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vol. 14, no. 1: October 1999

Report of the CIS and Eastern European Working Group
Marta Kiszely
New York Law School Library

The CIS and Eastern European Working Group business meeting was held on Sunday, July 18, 1999. The meeting was convened by Marta Kiszely (New York Law School Library).  In attendance were Yuliya Bir (Harvard Law School Library), Maria Cap (Los Angeles County Law Library), Andy Grossman (Universite catholique de Louvain), Marylin Raisch (Columbia University Diamond Law Library), Leena Siegelbaum (Harvard Law School Library), Maria Smolka-Day (University of Pennsylvania Law Library), Mary Strouse (Howard University Library), and Stephen Wiles (Harvard Law School Library). The group discussed a wide range of relevant issues.

Among the subjects covered were the nature of legal documentation in the region: official sources in cases where an official gazette is not published, and the modes of government information dissemination. Along these lines, the problems of unpromulgated laws and regulations, and proposed or draft legislation were mentioned.

Acquisitions and collection development issues were of paramount concern. On the national level, only a handful of libraries collect official sources from the region, holdings are incomplete, even for primary sources, scholarly works are difficult to obtain, whether in translation or in the vernacular, and small jurisdictions are unevenly covered.

Members gave their experiences concerning the dynamic developments in legal publishing in the countries of the region. Also, they discussed the diversity and pointed out the differences among the countries with respect to computer equipment, electronic publishing, and online cataloging.

In the future, the group intends to use working group time-slots for special programs, and it was decided to work on these proposals during the coming year.

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