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Law Librarianship in the Twenty-First Century

Second Edition

Roy Balleste; Lisa Smith-Butler and Sonia Luna-Lamas

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. « less more »
Scarecrow Press
Pages: 352Size: 6 x 9
978-0-8108-9232-3 • Hardback • November 2013 • $99.00 • (£65.00)
978-0-8108-9255-2 • Paperback • November 2013 • $53.00 • (£37.95)
978-0-8108-9233-0 • eBook • November 2013 • $50.00 • (£32.95)
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.
James Andrews




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


About the Contributors
It is valuable to have this much insight and information condensed in a single publication. . . .[T]his work will be a useful addition to virtually any law library collection as a primer or reminder of what is done in this field. It should also be of considerable interest to schools of librarianship and information management, especially those that offer a course on law librarianship.
Law Library Journal

This compilation comprises chapters by many of the leading figures in the law library profession. It is a wonderful collection full of insights that would be both useful for the seasoned librarian and of critical importance for the novice or someone considering entering the field. The writings, dealing with the many aspects of this special niche of librarianship, range from the philosophical to the very practical, and all are well-written and entertaining.
Scott B. Pagel, director of the Law Library & professor of Law, Jacob Burns Law Library, The George Washington University

In an age where nothing is certain; and, in which the legal profession itself is experiencing unprecedented upheaval and change, this volume combines the wisdom of historical perspective, the boldness of sophisticated peer advice, and the richness of nuanced and diverse voices of law librarianship's most accomplished and respected luminaries. The second edition of Law Librarianship in the Twenty-first Century is very highly and enthusiastically recommended.
Filippa Marullo Anzalone, professor of Law & associate Dean for Library & Technology Services, Boston College Law School