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FCIL Newsletter, October 1998
v. 13, no. 1

Law Librarians Participate in USIA-Funded
Grant Projects Abroad

Law librarians at the Vermont Law School (VLS) and the University of Georgia School of Law (UGA) are involved in sister-school programs funded by the United States Information Agency. VLS recently received a $300,000 grant to further develop ties with Russia's Petrozavodsk State University. Carl Yirka, Director of the Julien and Virginia Cornell Library and Associate Professor of Law at VLS, will serve as the program's director. In addition to aiding in the development of courses and a clinic, an important aspect of the VLS-Petrozavodsk program involves the development of the law library in Petrozavodsk. The VLS Law Library will serve as the model for upgrading the Petrozavodsk Legal Information and Library Resource Center.

At UGA, the USIA grant money is funding a three-year project affording faculty members at UGA and the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the opportunity to cooperate in teaching and in curriculum development activities related to alternative dispute resolution. A discrete component of the project will focus on cooperation between the law libraries of the two faculties in the acquisition and exchange of educational materials and information about the legal systems of Argentina and the United States. UGA's Foreign & International Law Librarian, Anne Burnett, will visit at the Universidad del Salvador in November 1998, followed by Computer Services Librarian Carol Watson in July 1999, to work with their counterparts at the Universidad del Salvador's library in developing efficient means of exchanging information and in supporting the teaching and research efforts of both faculties.

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