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MARY ELLEN KAAS

LIBRARY DIRECTOR
McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter

My name is Mary Ellen Kaas. I'm the library director at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter. I've been here for nine years. I was part of the decision making process to bring WestlawNext into the firm. I think that WestlawNext represents the future of legal research.

"When other librarians ask me about WestlawNext, I tell them that the firm and I are happy we made this decision and that we feel that we've moved in the right direction."
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"The folder sharing will benefit our firm by enabling sharing across offices, among work groups, and with outside counsel."

I was delighted when the firm decided to add WestlawNext to its research capabilities since I believe it to be a worthwhile, valuable service. I was excited that out researchers would have access to both this information and a whole new way of searching.

I've been a librarian for many years so I am familiar with many sources. But when you get to 30,000 sources, you can't know them all, and it's always a nice surprise when you find something new by searching across all Westlaw content. And, you can filter your results on the left side of the screen and find additional suggestions on the right side - and sometimes discover a source you hadn't found previously.

"It is important to me to have the best technology."

Foldering is a unique feature of WestlawNext that has tremendous potential for this firm. The folder sharing will benefit our firm by enabling sharing across offices, among work groups, and with outside counsel.

Within the library, we can use folders to good advantage by saving articles and materials on certain issues that we search for frequently, and we are likely to have to produce it at a moment's notice, usually for that 3:00 meeting that's happening in five minutes. Putting that kind of information in folders internally is a good way to leverage the power of WestlawNext.


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