Chair, Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals Committee, 1980–82
AALL Vice President/President-Elect, 1984–85
AALL President, 1985–86
AALL Immediate Past President, 1986–87
Chair, Special Committee on Law Librarian Compensation, 2001–02
Professional Honors & Awards
Named to Walter Perry Johnson Chair in Law, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 1995
Sandy Peterson Memorial Lecturer, Law Librarians Society of Washington, DC, 1998
Koch Endowed Lecture, University of Washington, 1999
Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship, 2003
Boalt Hall Law School Citation Award, 2004
Symposium, “Legal Information and the Development of American Law: Further Thinking About the Thoughts of Robert C. Berring,” Berkeley, California, October 21, 2006 [papers published in Law Library Journal 99 (2007): 191–424]
Centennial Award for Most Influential Author of the Past Fifty Years, Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section, 2006
Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award, 2014
AALL Hall of Fame, Inductee, 2014
Selected Publications by Inductee*
“Acquisitions and Selection of Primary and Secondary Legal Materials for Social Science Collections,” Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian 1 (Winter 1979): 127–35. (With Roy M. Mersky & Michael Richmond.)
How to Find the Law. 8th ed. American Casebook Series. St. Paul, Minn.: West Pub. Co., 1983. 790p. (With Morris L. Cohen.)
Finding the Law: An Abridged Edition of “How to Find the Law, 8th Ed.” American Casebook Series. St. Paul, Minn.: West Pub. Co., 1984. 556p. (With Morris L. Cohen.)
“How to Be a Great Reference Librarian,” Legal Reference Services Quarterly 4 (Spring 1984): 17–37.
“Full-Text Databases and Legal Research: Backing Into the Future,” High Technology Law Journal 1 (1986): 27–60.
“Dyspeptic Ramblings of a Retiring Past President,” Law Library Journal 79 (1987): 345–50.
“Legal Research and Legal Concepts: Where Form Molds Substance,” California Law Review 75 (1987): 15–27.
Practical Approaches to Legal Research. New York: Haworth Press, 1988. 150p. (With Kent C. Olson).
How to Find the Law. 9th ed. American Casebook Series. St. Paul, Minn.: West Pub. Co., 1989. 716p. (With Morris Cohen & Kent C. Olson.)
“Legal Research: Should Students Learn It or Wing It?” Law Library Journal 81 (1989): 431–49. (With Kathleen Vanden Heuvel.)
Winning Research Skills. St. Paul, Minn.: West Pub. Co., 1991. 147p. (With Nancy P. Johnson & Thomas A. Woxland.) [also co-authored 2d–5th editions, 1993–2006]
“The Electronic Law Library: The Electronic Future of Law Libraries,” Law Librarian 24 (1993): 168–73.
“Collapse of the Structure of the Legal Research Universe: The Imperative of Digital Information,” Washington Law Review 69 (1994): 9–34.
Review of In Search of Equality: The Chinese Struggle Against Discrimination in Nineteenth-Century America, by Charles J. Mcclain, Asian Law Review 2 (1995): 87–103.
“Future Librarians.” In Future Libraries, edited by R. Howard Bloch & Carla Hesse, 94–115. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, 1995.
“On Not Throwing out the Baby: Planning the Future of Legal Information,” California Law Review 83 (1995): 615–35.
“Plenary Session: The Shifting Universe of Legal Information.” In The National Conference on Legal Information Issues: Selected Essays, edited by Timothy L. Coggins, 21–32. AALL Publication Series, No. 51. Littleton, Colo.: Fred B. Rothman & Co., 1996.
“Reflections on Mentors.” In Law Librarianship: Historical Perspectives, edited by Laura N. Gasaway and Michael C. Chiorazzi, 185–202. AALL Publication Series, No. 52. Littleton, Colo.: Fred B. Rothman & Co., 1996.
“Thoughts on the Future: A Steroid-Enhanced Editorial,” Legal Reference Services Quarterly 15, no. 3/4 (1996): 1–14.
“Universal Citation Systems: Will Tinkering with the Future Be the End of Reliable, Standardized Opinions,” ABA Journal 82 (July 1996): 74.
“Farewell to All That,” Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Journal 19 (1997): 431–47.
“Chaos, Cyberspace and Tradition: Legal Information Transmogrified,” Berkeley Technology Law Journal 12 (1997): 189–212.
“Partners and Alliances in Digital Information,” Collection Management 22, no. 3–4 (1998): 9–20.
“Legal Information and the Search for Cognitive Authority,” California Law Review 88 (2000): 1673–1708.
“Legal Research and the World of Thinkable Thoughts,” Journal of Appellate Practice and Process 2 (2000): 305–18.
“Chinese Law, Trade and the New Century,” Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business 20 (2000): 425–45.
Legal Research Survival Manual. St. Paul, Minn.: West Group, 2002. 93p. (With Elizabeth A. Edinger.)
“Affirmative Action in Perspective,” Review of Silence at Boalt Hall: The Dismantling of Affirmative Action, by Andrea Guerrero, California Law Review 91 (2003): 1125–37.
“Mike Jacobstein: Truly a Giant,” Law Library Journal 97 (2005): 633–36.
“Deconstructing the Law Library: The Wisdom of Meredith Willson,” Minnesota Law Review 89 (2005): 1381–1406.
“A Brief History of Law Librarianship.” In Law Librarianship in the Twenty-First Century, edited by Roy Balleste, Sonia Luna-Lamas & Lisa Smith-Butler, 1–13. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2007.
“The Heart of Legal Information: The Crumbling Infrastructure of Legal Research.” In Legal Information and the Development of American Law, edited by Richard A. Danner and Frank G. Houdek, 296–309. St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson/West, 2007.
International Legal Research in a Nutshell. St. Paul: Thomson/West, 2008. 313p. (With Marci B. Hoffman.)
“Suggestions for American Judges: Ten Books that Merit Reading,” Journal of Appellate Practice and Process 10 (2009): 347–56.
“Speculations on Chinese Law and Society in Modern China: An Essay.” In Interpretation of Law in China—Roots and Perspectives, edited by Michal Tomásek and Guido Muhlemann, 21–41. Prague: Charles University in Prague, Karolinum Press, 2011.
“Title 51 of the U.S. Code and Why It Matters,” Green Bag 2d 14 (2011): 251–56.
“The Great Law Books—An Introduction to Chapter One,” Journal of Law 1 (2011): 315–16.
“A Famous Book About Famous Books—Men and Books Famous in the Law, by Frederick Hicks,” Journal of Law 2 (2012): 267–70.
“The End of Scholarly Bibliography: Reconceptualizing Law Librarianship,” Law Library Journal 104 (2012): 69–82.
“The Ultimate Oldie but Goodie: William Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Law of England,” Journal of Law 4 (2014): 189–93.
“What A Long, Strange Trip It’s Been,” Journal of the Legal Writing Institute 20 (2015): 9–11. “A Brief History of Law Librarianship.” In Law Librarianship in the Twenty-First Century, 2nd ed., Scarecrow Press, 2014.
*For a complete list through its date of publication, see Frank G. Houdek, “From the Reference Desk to River City: A Bibliography of the Writings of Robert C. Berring,” Law Library Journal 99 (2007): 413–23.
Selected Publications About Inductee
“Robert C. Berring,” in Reflections on Law Librarianship: A Collection of Interviews, edited by Marjorie A. Garson et al., 1–15. Littleton, Colo.: Fred B. Rothman & Co., 1988.
“Robert C. Berring,” in Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library: An Oral History, edited by Mary Ann Andersen, 517. Seattle: University of Washington School of Law, 1988.
Robert C. Berring, “Conventional Wisdom,” in Frank G. Houdek, “Stories of ‘My First Annual Meeting,’” Law Library Journal 88 (1996): 9, 14–15.
Robert C. Berring, “Books,” in Frank G. Houdek, “What Law Librarians Collect,” Law Library Journal 91 (1999): 577, 586.
Frank G. Houdek, “Robert C. Berring,” in “AALL History Through the Eyes of its Presidents,” Law Library Journal (2006): 299, 319–20.
Frank G. Houdek, “From the Reference Desk to River City: A Bibliography of the Writings of Robert C. Berring,” Law Library Journal 99 (2007): 413–23.
Robert C. Berring, “The Education of a Twentieth-Century Law Librarian,” Legal Reference Services Quarterly 32 (Jan.-June 2013): 1–12.
Robert C. Berring Interview. In An Oral History of Law Librarianship, interviewed by Patrick E. Kehoe, July 2, 2013, videorecording. Spinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf, HeinOnline.
Robert C. Berring, “Part II. 1975–78: Days at the Mother Library,” Legal Reference Services Quarterly 33 (2014): 191–202.
Heidi Frostestad Kuehl, “Celebrating Three of AALL’s Most Accomplished: The Association Presents Its Most Prestigious Award to Berring, Johnston, and Nicholson,” AALL Spectrum 18 (June 2014): 30–31.
Robert C. Berring, “The Cambridge Years,” Legal Reference Services Quarterly 34 (2015): 105–18.
Robert C. Berring, “Seattle, Berkeley, and the Fighting Librarians,” Legal Reference ServicesQuarterly 35 (2016): 1–17.
Robert C. Berring, “The Home Stretch to the Next Deanship: Part V of the Education of a Law Librarian,” Legal Reference Services Quarterly 35 (2016): 215–30.
Assistant Librarian, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, College of Law, 1974–75
Associate Librarian and Lecturer, Tarlton Law Library, University of Texas School of Law, 1976–78
Associate Librarian, Harvard Law School Library, 1978–79
Acting Librarian, Harvard Law School Library, 1979–80
Deputy Librarian, Harvard Law School Library, 1980–81
Professor of Law and Law Librarian, University of Washington School of Law, 1981–82
Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 1982–2005 (Walter Perry Johnson Professor of Law, 1997–present)
Dean, School of Library and Information Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1986–89
Interim Dean, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 2003–04
Associate Dean for Student Services, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 2008–10
B.A., Harvard College, 1971
J.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1974
M.L.S., University of California, Berkeley, 1974
Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (Outside AALL)