- Edited by Richard A. Danner, Duke University, USA and Jules Winterton, University of London, UK
Around the world, legal information managers, law librarians and other legal information specialists work in many settings: law schools, private law firms, courts, government, and public law libraries of various types. They are characterized by their expertise in working with legal information in its many forms, and by their work supporting legal professionals, scholars, or students training to become lawyers.
In an ever-shrinking world and a time of unprecedented technological change, the work of legal information managers is challenging and exciting, calling on specialized knowledge and skills, regardless of where in the world they practice their profession. Their role within legal systems contributes substantially to the administration of justice and the rule of law.
This International Handbook addresses the policy and strategic issues with which legal information managers and law librarians need to engage in the context of the diverse legal environments in which they work. It provides resources, analysis, and considered studies on an international basis for seasoned professionals, those about to enter the field, and anyone interested in the evolution of legal information in the twenty-first century.
Contents: Foreword; Preface; Defining international law librarianship in an age of multiplicity, knowledge, and open access to law, Richard A. Danner; Globalisation and legal information management, Jules Winterton; The education and training of law librarians, Penny A. Hazelton; Global legal education and its implications for legal information management, Michael Crommelin and Carole Hinchcliff; Global legal practice and information management, Tanya du Plessis; Ideology, illusion and the global copyright regime, Colin Darch; Legal information literacy, Ruth Bird. Law Librarianship Around the World: Introduction, Jules Winterton; Law librarianship in India, Uma Narayan; Law librarianship in Moldova, Mariana Harjevschi; Law librarianship in Nigeria, Ufuoma Lamikanra; Law librarianship in the Philippines, Lilia F. Echiverri; Law librarianship in Turkey, Sami Cukadar; Law librarianship in Vietnam, Le Thi Hanh. Digitising the world's laws, Claire M. Germain; Free access to legal information, LIIs, and the free access to law movement, Graham Greenleaf; Globalisation and commercial legal publishing, Kendall F. Svengalis; Collection building: foreign, comparative, and international law in print ,Holger Knudsen; Shaping electronic collections in foreign, comparative and international law, Marylin J. Raisch; International organisations and legal information, Jeroen Vervliet; Comparative law: academic perspectives, Teresa M. Miguel; A research agenda for international law librarianship, Barbara Garavaglia and the Board of the International Association of Law Libraries; The International Association of Law Libraries; Index.
About the Editor: Richard A. Danner is Rufty Research Professor of Law and Senior Associate Dean for Information Services at Duke Law School in Durham, North Carolina. He is responsible for the J. Michael Goodson Law Library and the Academic Technologies department at Duke. Professor Danner has served as President of the American Association of Law Libraries, on the executive committee of the Association of American Law Schools, and as First Vice-President of the International Association of Law Libraries. From 1984-94 he served as editor of the Law Library Journal. Jules Winterton is Librarian and Associate Director of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London and Associate Professor at the Ghana Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. He was President of the International Association of Law Libraries from 2004 until 2010 and received the Wildy-BIALL Librarian of the Year award in June 2010.
Reviews: Prize: Winner, The Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award, 2012.
'I warmly welcome the publication of this book. A diverse and international group of leading experts has provided professional legal information managers with a definitive guide to the central issues of policy and strategy that are of direct concern to the progressive law librarian (and to the legal profession) of tomorrow. The book is not only for the traditional law librarian but will also engage legal information scientists, know-how managers, legal process analysts, legal management consultants, legal knowledge engineers, and many other related specialists. In this heady time of astounding flux, we need - and this book gives us - sober, balanced minds systematically addressing the implications of recent and emerging developments in technology and information management.' From the Foreword by Professor Richard Susskind, OBE
'The approach taken throughout the book is contextual, scholarly, informed and considered and intended to give a range of views and opinions to generate debate, reflection and interest for anyone with any kind of interest in the subject. While I found some chapters more instantly engaging than others it is obvious a very great deal of work and intellectual effort has gone into the publication.' Library and Information Research
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