Law Librarianship in the 21st Century, a text for library and information science courses on law librarianship, introduces students to the rapidly evolving world of law librarianship. With no prior knowledge of the law required, students using this book will find practical answers to such questions as: What is law librarianship? How do you become a law librarian? How does law librarianship interrelate with the legal world? Individual chapters provide a concise treatment of such specialized topics as the history of law librarianship, international law, and government documents. Standard topics are dealt with as they apply to the law library, including collection development, public services, technical processing, administration, technology, and consortia. The textbook also includes an explanation of the common acronyms and special terminology needed to work in a law library. This new edition updates the text throughout and adds two new chapters.
Roy Balleste is the law library director and professor of law at St. Thomas University School of Law, in Miami Gardens, FL. Sonia Luna-Lamas is the associate director and head of technical services at St. Thomas University School of Law, in Miami Gardens, FL. Lisa Smith-Butler is the associate dean and director and a professor of law at the Charleston School of Law, Sol Blatt Jr. Law Library where she has been since 2009.
Foreword James Andrews Preface Acknowledgments Dedication Introduction Roy M. Mersky (In Memoriam) 1 A Brief History of Law Librarianship Robert C. Berring Jr. 2 Working at the Law Library: A Practical Guide Karl T. Gruben 3 The Administration of the Academic Law Library: The Glue That Binds Lisa Smith-Butler 4 Public Services Anne Klinefelter & Sara Sampson 5 State Law Libraries in the Twenty-First Century: The Maryland Experience Steve Anderson 6 The Curious Case of County Law Libraries Robert Riger 7 Law Firm Libraries Abigail E. Ross 8 Collection Development, Licensing, and Acquisitions Frederick W. Dingledy, Benjamin J. Keele & Jennifer E. Sekula 9 Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Librarianship Mary Rumsey 10 Technical Services Sonia Luna-Lamas 11 The Evolution of Government Documents Jennifer Bryan Morgan 12 Technology Trends in Law Libraries Billie Jo Kaufman & Roy Balleste 13 The Law Library of Congress Christine Sellers 14 The World of Library Consortia: Collaboration and Resource Sharing in the Twenty-First Century Tracy L. Thompson Index About the Contributors Bibliography