Foreign Law Selectors Meeting - AALL 2006
Submitted by Dan Wade, Yale Law Library
As a prelude to the much anticipated program "Developing Foreign, Comparative and International Law: Collections, Sources, Strategies, and Techniques" about twenty librarians arose at an early hour to discuss Foreign Law selection.
The following matters were discussed:
1. Dan Wade, Yale Law Library, chaired the meeting and exhorted libraries to provide Linda Tashbook, University of Pittsburgh, with their institution's information on Foreign Law collecting for her website, Foreign Law Collections in U.S. Libraries, http://www.law.pitt.edu/library/international/foreigncollections.php.
2. Lyonette Louis-Jacques, University of Chicago, invited people to volunteer to serve as experts in foreign and international law. Her current list of experts appears on the front page of the FCIL-SIS website. She prepared a presentation for the April, 2006 SWALL Meeting, "Jumpstart Your Foreign and International Research: Use People Resources," which can be found at http://www.aallnet.org/sis/fcilsis/Jumpstart.htm.
3. There was a considerable discussion on the newly created blog for new journals and other items relating to Foreign, Comparative and International Law collection development. Librarians were exhorted to post news of new journals on the blog, http://foreignlawcollections.blogspot.com.
4. The Group took a minute to congratulate and acknowledge Mirela Roznovschi's work on the web relating to foreign and international law research. 2006 marks the tenth anniversary of her Guide to Foreign and International Law Legal Databases. http://www.law.nyu.edu/library/foreign_intl/index.html .
Mirela reported that she started GlobaLex in February 2005 and by the end of 2006 there will be guides for close to one hundred jurisdictions on it. Congratulations and thank you, Mirela!
5. Dan Wade presented a brief report from the Northeast Foreign Law Librarians Cooperative Group. He distributed handouts on Thai Law from Thomas Mills at Cornell and information regarding Spanish publishers from Teresa Miguel at Yale.
6. The group decided to request special interest group status in the hope of getting coffee at their meeting or perhaps a later meeting hour. Dan Wade will pursue this and agreed to chair the 2007 meeting.
In the course of the week in St. Louis there was considerable discussion regarding the creation of an interest group for Roman Law and its legal tradition. Please contact Lucia Diamond at Berkeley if you are interested.
7. The meeting concluded with Marylin discussing her extensive GlobaLex guide to Religious Legal Systems: A Brief Guide to Research and its Role in Comparative Law. In the course of that discussion Dan Wade distributed a few journal titles he thought were of interest.
Those in attendance are to be commended for rising at the early hour and cooperating nationally on Foreign Law collection development. We hope you will consider joining this august group when it meets in New Orleans. If you have items you would like to add to the agenda, please contact email@example.com .