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Law Librarianship in the Digital Age
Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Author: Edited by Ellyssa Kroski
ISBN: 978-0-8108-8806-7
Publishers: Scarecrow Press (Rowman & Littlefield)
Price: £44.95
Publication Date: Nov 2013

Publisher's Title Information

It is absolutely essential that today's law librarians are digitally literate in addition to possessing an understanding and awareness of recent advancements and trends in information technology as they pertain to the library field. Law Libraries in the Digital Age offers a one-stop, comprehensive guide to achieving both of those goals.
This go-to resource covers the most cutting-edge developments that face today's modern law libraries, including e-Books, mobile device management, Web scale discovery, cloud computing, social software, and much more. These critical issues and concepts are approached from the perspective of tech-savvy library leaders who each discuss how forward-thinking libraries are tackling such traditional library practices as reference, collection development, technical services, and administration in this new “digital age.”
Each chapter explores the key concepts and issues that are currently being discussed at major law library conferences and events today and looks ahead to what's on the horizon for law libraries in the future. Chapters have been written by the field's top innovators from all areas of legal librarianship, including academic, government, and private law libraries, who have strived to provide inspiration and guidance to tomorrow's law library leaders.


List of Figures
List of Tables
Jean O'Grady
Ellyssa Kroski
Part I. Major Introductory Concepts
1 Law Librarianship 2.0
Jennifer Wertkin
2. Embedded Librarianship
Thomas J. Striepe and Mary Talley
3. Copyright in the Digital Age
Kyle K. Courtney
4. Open Access to Legal Scholarship
Cheryl Kelly Fischer and Vicki Steiner
5. User Services Analysis for Decision Making
Kim Clarke
6. Law Library Management
Camille Broussard, Ralph Monaco, and Gitelle Seer
Part II. Technologies
7. Digitization
Michelle M. Wu
8. E-books in Law Libraries
Ellyssa Kroski
9. Tablets and Mobile Device Management
William R. Mills
10. The Law Library Website
Andrew Plumb-Larrick
11. Web-Scale Discovery and Federated Search
Valeri Craigle
12. The Cloud
Roger Vicarius Skalbeck
13. Social Software
Marcia L. Dority Baker
Part III. Reference Services
14. Reference Services in a Law Library
Carol A. Watson
15. Introduction to Legal Research
Rhea Ballard-Thrower
16. Online Information Sources
Sarah K. C. Mauldin
17. Major Legal Databases and How to Search Them
Theodora Belniak
Part IV. Instruction
18. Library Instruction in the Information Age
Emily Janoski-Haehlen
19. Educational Technologies
Kim Clarke and Nadine R. Hoffman
Part V. Technical Services
20. Technical Services 2.0
Edward T. Hart
21. Collection Development
Molly (Mary) E. Brownfield
22. Electronic Resources Management and User Authentication
Catherine M. Monte
Part VI. Knowledge Management
23. Knowledge Management
Steven A. Lastres and Don MacLeod
24. The Law Library Intranet
Emily R. Florio and Michael J. Robak
Part VII. Marketing
25. Digital Age Marketing
Carol Ottolenghi
26. Competitive Intelligence
Jennifer Alexander and M. T. Hennessey
Part VIII. Professional Development and the Future
27. Professional Development
Holly M. Riccio
28. The Future of Law Librarianship
Scott D. Bailey and Julie Graves Krishnaswami
List of Contributing Authors
Editorial Board List

The Author

Ellyssa Kroski is Director of Information Technology for the New York Law Institute, as well as a librarian, writer, educator, and international speaker. She is an adjunct faculty member at Pratt Institute and blogs at iLibrarian.


Law Librarianship in the Digital Age pulls into one place introductory information on almost every topic about which a law firm librarian might be curious. ... I read through many other chapters in this book and found that the quality of editing throughout was superb, the bibliographies were thoughtfully constructed, the book was extremely timely, and the writing and organization were clear and helpful. The table of contents is thorough and serves as a handy checklist of our issues. . . . Well-written and comprehensive in coverage, the book is engaging for both the merely curious and those in need of step-by-step instructions for implementing a change in their library's services or infrastructure. I highly recommend Law Librarianship in the Digital Age for any law librarian. - American Association of Law Libraries

This title is an invaluable addition to the literature on law librarianship. As a professor of library and information science, Law Librarianship in the Digital Age will be a timely resource for students studying the issues and field of law librarianship. This is a valuable textbook to introduce students to law libraries and legal information management issues. . . . It gives a current analysis of the new information world and access to resources that users expect in their law library collecCreated with DiDa!tions. The chapters provide an in-depth resource to the evolving challenges of the legal information profession including copyright, digital resources, databases, and the internet. - Yvonne J. Chandler, Associate Professor and Director, Legal Information Program, University of North Texas College of Information

This book covers the broad sweep of a law librarian's role in the 21st century, addressing everything from the basics of legal research to high level decision-making by law library directors. Anyone working, or aspiring to work in a law library will find it a valuable resource. - David A. Hollander, Law and Legal Studies Librarian, Princeton University Library

A must read for even the most experienced law librarians and a great addition to law librarianship literature. From open access to marketing, from tablets to competitive intelligence, there is something for everyone! Many of these chapters will make excellent reading for law librarianship courses and newly hired law librarians. Great job! - Penny A. Hazelton, University of Washington

Law Librarianship in the Digital Age is the messiah of legal reference sources that has been long awaited. As the Executive Director of the New York Law Institute such a resource serves as a rubric of tools and techniques for managing a law library in the ever-expanding digital environment and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at St John's University Division of Library and Information Science it is a comprehensive manual for training students on how to manage a law library. 'Law Libraries and the Cloud' to traditional 'Technical Services 2.0', this resource encompasses the breath and depth of law library management. - Ralph Monaco, executive director, The New York Law Institute

Every law librarian, from the newest to the most senior, should read this book. The future of the profession is mapped out. The right people are writing about the right subject. Ignore it at your peril. - Robert C. Berring, Jr., Walter Perry Johnson Professor of Law, Berkeley Law

I unequivocally endorse Law Librarianship in the Digital Age as it is an exceptional book that can be used as a textbook or supplementary text for an introductory Law Librarianship course. I would highly encourage students to make this book a permanent addition to their personal library. - Renate Chancellor, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Catholic University of America, School of Library and Information Science

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Law Librarianship in the 21st Century
Edition: 2nd
Format: Paperback
Author: Roy Balleste; Lisa Smith-Butler and Sonia Luna-Lamas
ISBN: 978-0-8108-9255-2
Publishers: Scarecrow Press (Rowman & Littlefield)
Price: £27.95
Publication Date: November 2013

Publisher's Title Information

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.


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

The Authors

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.


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

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