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The FCIL-SIS serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas and information on foreign, comparative and international law and legal research. The SIS also represents members' interests and concerns within AALL.


Congratulations to Rheny Pulungan

Recipient of the 2016 FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians

Ms. Rheny Pulungan is the 2016 FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians recipient. Congratulations! Ms. Pulungan is a native of Indonesia where she received her Bachelor of Laws from Gadjah Mada Univeristy of Indonesia, served as Law Faculty Lecturer at Bengkulu University and specialized in international law. Currently, Ms. Pulungan is Liaison Support Librarian at the University of Melbourne’s Law School Library where she offers reference services, teaches legal research workshops, and completes collection development projects. She holds a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in International Law from the University of Melbourne, and a Master of Information Studies in Librarianship from the University of Canberra. She is an active member of the Australian Law Librarians’ Association and has attended meetings and presentations within Australia, but this will be her first time attending a meeting of law librarians beyond the Australian border. 

Anticipating AALL & Returning to the University of Melbourne

Ms. Pulungan looks forward to attending the AALL 2016 Annual Meeting as an opportunity to learn about practices and programs adopted by law libraries in the United States, in order to assist her work in improving her students’ legal research skills. She also is eager to network and meet librarians from other countries, and to share what she has learned in assisting a variety of students at the University of Melbourne. On her return, she plans to present about her AALL experience at local meetings of the Australian Law Librarians’ Association, and to chronicle her experiences on the Melbourne Law School Library’s Facebook page, which she administers.


The FCIL-SIS welcomes all AALL attendees to her presentation, entitled The Legal Research Landscape in Indonesia: Limitations and Possibilities.  The presentation will take place on Monday, July 18, 4:30-5:30, in Hyatt-Columbus GH. Ms. Pulungan’s experience in both Indonesian and Australian law, as well as law librarianship, will be reflected in her presentation, which will treat comparatively access to legal information in both countries.

Please join us in welcoming Ms. Rheny Pulungan to Chicago in July!

News and Events

In addition to the 2016 Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians Presentation on July 18, the AALL Conference is featuring the following FCIL related programming:


Asian Legal Information in English: Availability, Accessibility, and Quality Control: Sunday, July 17th at 4pm.

Roman Law, Roman Order, and Restatements: Tuesday, July 19 at 8:30 am.

Vanishing Online? Legal and Policy Implications for Libraries of the EU's "Right to be Forgotten": Tuesday, July 19 at 11 am. 

The FCIL-SIS is also working with the American Society of International Law to co-sponsor a pre-conference workshop:

Two Sides to the United Nations: Working with Public and Private International Law at the UN: Saturday, July 16 at 9:30 am ($50 additional registration fee applies).

We look forward to seeing many of you at these events.

The FCIL-SIS Publicity Committee would like to introduce you all to "DipLawMatic Dialogues," the newly redesigned FCIL-SIS blog, now available for viewing at: http://fcilsis.wordpress.com.

We hope that the new blog will serve as yet another great way for our group to share information, connect with other special interest sections and caucuses, and reach out to readers from other professions.

The Committee is currently working with the FCIL-SIS board to establish guidelines for the blog's content.  Potential columns and content that have already been identified include book and movie reviews, monthly member spotlights, collection highlights, and a regular column on legal translation.

Although we are still working out the details of which types of content will be included, we welcome your suggestions and ideas.  If you are interested in contributing to the blog or have ideas for columns or other content, please contact us at aall.fcil.blog@gmail.com or fill out the comment form on our Blog Administrators page to submit them for consideration.  As the new blog takes shape, we will be reaching out to the group and soliciting contributions via our listserv, website, and/or social media.  In the meantime, we hope that you will enjoy looking around and forwarding us your suggestions.

Susan Gualtier and Loren Turner, FCIL-SIS Publicity Committee