LAC Group Expands Innovative Library as a Service Platform with Fastcase as Research Partner
LOS ANGELES and WASHINGTON, July 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- LAC Group, the Leader in Information Curation and Knowledge Management, today announces the expansion of its Library as a Service ("LaaS") platform for law firms and corporations to include legal research with Fastcase. LAC's LaaS includes a spectrum of capabilities encompassing traditional on-site staffing and library management as well as cloud-based content delivery platforms and LAC's distributed network of North American and UK-based researchers, librarians and information specialists.
Clients can access services through LAC's configurable Knowledge Services Portal or via existing organizational resources (including intranets, email or other internal portals). Library as a Service leverages both client-side and LAC subscriptions to offer complete end-to-end library management solutions and/or incremental offerings that augment existing in-house capabilities.
Self-service or assisted research using Fastcase is now available through the Library as a Service portal. Clients of LAC Group will now be able to choose a variety of integration and usage options for both self-service and supported research. Clients of Fastcase can choose to integrate their subscription with the LAC Library as a Service portal, as well as request research, business intelligence reports, competitive intelligence reports and marketing support, directly through Fastcase. LAC Library as a Service maximizes a firm's resource utilization, extends subject matter expertise and curates data streams which support marketing opportunities and activities.
"Law library research is undergoing change at an incredible rate," noted Deborah Schwarz, Founder and CEO of LAC Group. "Availability of and access to data is at unprecedented levels, but with an increasing pressure to spending," she concluded.
A cornerstone of LAC's Library as a Service offering is its Research Engine powered by Fastcase. Fastcase is a Research Platform that provides a smarter alternative to traditional research options. Whether leveraging LAC's distributed workforce of tested/trained researchers and information professionals, or performing research on one's own, Fastcase delivers intelligent analytics, data visualization tools, ease of use, and a smarter, more modern pricing model.
"Creating new options for firms and corporate counsel has significant strategic advantages for our collective clients," commented Fastcase President Phil Rosenthal. "The addition of Fastcase to the Library as a Service platform is a game-changing enabler for firms. The LAC/Fastcase combination will give them a trusted solution to ensure they are getting the right information at the right time," Rosenthal said.
"LAC's partnership with Fastcase creates real strategic advantages for both companies," added Rob Corrao, Chief Operating Officer of LAC Group. "Bringing the ease of use and power of Fastcase's research and tools together with LAC's distributed labor pool and Library as a Service platform creates a unique, curated offering that will redefine the competitive intelligence playing field."
In addition to adding research capabilities through Fastcase, LAC's Library as a Service Portal offers integrated library solution (ILS) offerings, library spend analysis and benchmarking, rights clearance services, cataloging and metadata services, indexing support, marketing support, competitive intelligence and business intelligence research, curated news alerts, as well as a full suite of assisted primary and secondary research offerings.
About LAC Group
LAC Group has been helping its clients enact best practices and solve library and archival challenges since 1986. From information sciences staffing, to metadata creation, to consulting, spend management and physical media storage, LAC Group has a complete suite of solutions designed to help maximize the utility of real-time and archival information. A WBENC-certified woman-owned business, LAC Group continues to be the trusted choice of leading law firms, major studios, broadcasters, government agencies, Fortune 500 companies and universities seeking to manage the ever-increasing challenges of information and knowledge management. The company operates from three facilities in Greater Los Angeles (Century City, Burbank and Thousand Oaks) as well as offices in New York, Rockville, MD, Chicago, Denver, Boston and the United Kingdom.
Fastcase is a leading legal publisher focused on smarter legal software that democratizes the law, making it more accessible to more people. Using patented software that combines the best of legal research with the best of Web search, Fastcase helps busy users sift through the clutter, ranking the best cases first and enabling the re-sorting of results to find answers fast. Founded in 1999, Fastcase has more than 800,000 subscribers from around the world. Fastcase is an American company based in Washington, D.C. For more information, follow Fastcase on Twitter at @Fastcase or visit www.fastcase.com.
Jennifer Brand, Fastcase Media Relations
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