vol. 14, no. 1: October
Report of the CIS and Eastern European Working Group
New York Law School Library
The CIS and Eastern European Working Group business meeting was held
on Sunday, July 18, 1999. The meeting was convened by Marta Kiszely (New
York Law School Library). In attendance were Yuliya Bir (Harvard
Law School Library), Maria Cap (Los Angeles County Law Library), Andy Grossman
(Universite catholique de Louvain), Marylin Raisch (Columbia University
Diamond Law Library), Leena Siegelbaum (Harvard Law School Library), Maria
Smolka-Day (University of Pennsylvania Law Library), Mary Strouse (Howard
University Library), and Stephen Wiles (Harvard Law School Library). The
group discussed a wide range of relevant issues.
Among the subjects covered were the nature of legal documentation in
the region: official sources in cases where an official gazette is not
published, and the modes of government information dissemination. Along
these lines, the problems of unpromulgated laws and regulations, and proposed
or draft legislation were mentioned.
Acquisitions and collection development issues were of paramount concern.
On the national level, only a handful of libraries collect official sources
from the region, holdings are incomplete, even for primary sources, scholarly
works are difficult to obtain, whether in translation or in the vernacular,
and small jurisdictions are unevenly covered.
Members gave their experiences concerning the dynamic developments in
legal publishing in the countries of the region. Also, they discussed the
diversity and pointed out the differences among the countries with respect
to computer equipment, electronic publishing, and online cataloging.
In the future, the group intends to use working group time-slots for
special programs, and it was decided to work on these proposals during
the coming year.
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