Latin American Law Group & Foreign Selectors Joint Meeting
by Dan Wade
The Latin American Law Interest Group and the Foreign Law Selectors met together in New Orleans at AALL on Monday, July 16th. Twenty-three law librarians were in attendance.
Dan Wade, Yale, presented a brief report on the activities of the Northeast Foreign Law Librarians (Columbia, Cornell, Fordham, Georgetown, NYU, Penn, Yale, and Harvard ex officio) over the past year and Thomas Mills, Cornell, reported on the CJK conference to be held at Cornell this fall.
Victor Essien, Fordham, presented a letter he had drafted on behalf of the Northeast Group to Lexis-Nexis France decrying the high cost of the online version of Juris Classeur, and requesting a lower price, as it would not receive great use in any of the member libraries. Victor asked those in attendance to join the Northeast Group institutions in signing the letter. The letter was never sent as Dan Wade and Blair Kauffman, Director of the Yale Law Library, spoke to Steve Yandle, formerly Yale Law School's Financial Dean, and now an executive of Lexis-Nexis, who promised to talk to his colleagues about the matter. Steve will be back at Yale in late October and will hopefully report on his discussions.
Teresa Miguel discussed the launch of her Latin American Law serials holding list found at www.aallnet.org/sis/fcilsis/Latinamericanjournals/index.html. She invited other institutions to join her in this endeavor.
Dan Wade discussed the possibility of including on the FCIL SIS web page profiles which explain how each academic law library is spending its Foreign Law budget. The meeting of the Foreign Law Selectors could be used to explain these profiles. Next summer's meeting will feature the profiles from Los Angeles County and the law schools of southern California. If you would like to participate, please contact Teresa Stanton at Berkeley.
Pedro Padilla, University of Puerto Rico, reported on the XXXVII ACURIL (Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries), meeting which took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico June 3-9, 2007. At the meeting, it was resolved that a "Subject Content Group" on Law be formed. It will work to create a network of law librarians in the Region, to share knowledge and information, and to have a special Law related agenda at every annual meeting of ACURIL, including presentations of the legal systems of the countries where the conference meets. Marisol Floren of Florida International University, and Pedro Padilla, will take the initial steps towards the establishment of the network. It seems like the interest group is in full swing, as evidenced by the large number of programs on Caribbean law and the profession of law librarianship at this year's meeting. Two law vendors were in attendance: Luis A. Retta, supplying books from Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina and Cuba; and Libros de Barlovento, supplying books from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
One feature that it is hoped can be added to next year's Foreign Selector's meeting is the sharing of librarians' favorite selections to their collections over the year: reference books, treatises, etc., e.g., Rechtswisenschaft und Rechtsliteratur im 20. Jahrhundert: Mit Beiträgen zur Entwicklung des Verlages C.H. Beck / Ed. Dr. Ditmar Willoweit, Munich: Beck, 2007.