Working with Non-English Materials for the English Speaker

Thursday, June 6, 2019 (11am - 12pm US/Central)


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As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, most of us will inevitably need to research laws from non-English speaking countries, whether we are helping a firm close an international business deal or a professor perform comparative research. In this webinar, a panel of experienced foreign, comparative, and international law librarians who have worked in Europe, Africa, Asia, Canada, and the Caribbean will provide practical guidance on finding English translations of non-English laws, provide tips to identify relevancy to your research, and how to find help when you’re truly stuck. Participants will receive a bibliography of reliable translation materials and be able to select the resources, translation services, and aids suited to a specific task, whether the goal is to catalog a document, provide document retrieval, or answer a complex research question.

The webinar will benefit firm librarians, who are tasked with researching foreign laws when their firms are involved in foreign transactions or litigation but who usually do not have the support of a designated foreign, comparative and international law (FCIL) librarian. This will also benefit academic librarians who assist professors and students in researching foreign laws and other librarians involved in this type of work.

Learn how to:

• Assess the strengths and weaknesses of print and online foreign language resources
• Select and use any of the resources of reliable translation materials
• Plan and implement an appropriate approach to translating a foreign legal resource

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Erin Gow
Online Services Librarian
Brandeis Law Library

Erin Gow is the Online Services Librarian at the Brandeis Law Library. Prior to joining Brandeis, Gow worked for several years at law libraries in the United Kingdom, beginning as a Library Assistant at Gray’s Inn Library and then serving for two years as European Librarian at Middle Temple Library. As European Librarian, Gow worked with legal materials in several languages to develop a specialist collection of European legal materials. Gow chairs the FCIL-SIS European Law Interest Group.

Yemisi Dina
Acting Chief Law Librarian
Osgoode Hall Law School Library

Yemisi Dina joined the Osgoode Hall Law School Library as Associate Librarian and Head of Public Services in June 2006 and currently serves as the library’s Acting Chief Law Librarian. Prior to this, Dina was Law Librarian at the College of The Bahamas/University of The West Indies LLB Program 2001 – 2005 where she helped establish a law library for the program. She worked briefly as Principal Librarian at the newly decentralized Lagos Campus of the Nigerian Law School, Council of Legal Education. She started her career in 1995 as Law Librarian at the Adeola Odutola Law Library, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Dina chairs the FCIL-SIS African Law Interest Group where she coordinated the compilation of a guide to Top African Legal Research Resources.

Alex Zhang
Assistant Dean for Legal Information Services and Professor of Practice
Washington and Lee School of Law

Alex Zhang is the Assistant Dean for Legal Information Services and Professor of Practice at Washington and Lee School of Law. Zhang joined W&L in December 2018 from Stanford Law Library, where she has served as Head of Public Services since December 2016. Before joining Stanford, she was a Senior Associate Librarian and Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School, where she taught Advanced Legal Research, managed Michigan Law Library's reference and information desk services, and developed the Library's print and electronic legal materials specializing in non-U.S. jurisdictions. Zhang chaired the Asian American Law Librarian Caucus in 2015-2016 and is the Immediate Past Chair of AALL's Foreign, Comparative, & International Law Special Interest Section. She is also a Board member of the Chinese-American Forum on Legal Information and Law Libraries.

Registration Fees:

These fees are available through 06/03/2019
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Member $0.00   Individual
Site Registration $125.00   Individual
Non-Member $60.00   NonMember
Site Registration $150.00   NonMember

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