Legal Research and Law Library Management

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Julius J. Marke, Richard Sloane, Linda M. Ryan, Caroline Young

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This revised edition of Legal Research and Law Library Management retains the best elements of the previous edition while covering the latest in law library management, including: collection development; controlling the cost of obtaining and maintaining legal information; strategic planning; retaining a law library consultant; online legal research; the changing role of academic law reviews in legal scholarship; and copyright law and “fair use” of research materials.

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  • Julius J. Marke

Julius J. Marke, (deceased), was Professor of Law Emeritus and a former director of the law library at New York University School of Law. He was also Distinguished Research Professor of Law and former director of the law library at St. John's University School of Law.

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  • Richard Sloane
Richard Sloane, (deceased), was Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a law library planning consultant to law firms and corporate law departments, having served more than 150 such institutions in 20 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. For many years, he was Attorney in Charge of the Library at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York.

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  • Linda M. Ryan
Linda M. Ryan was Director of the Law Library at St. John's University School of Law and Research Professor of Law. She also created the M.L.S. Program in Law Librarianship at St. John's University.

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  • Caroline Young

Caroline Young is Associate Director for Public Services,

The Center for Law and Justice Library
Rutgers Law School

Part 1. Library Management

Strategic Planning

§1.01 Introduction
§1.02 What is Strategic Planning
§1.03 Planning to Plan
[1] Assembling the Planning Team
[2] Creating the Planning Environment
[3] Retaining Consultants
§1.04 The Planning Process
[1] Mission and Vision Statements
[2] Environmental Scanning
[3] Goals, Objectives and Strategies
§1.05 Presenting the Plan
§1.06 Implementing the Plan
§1.07 Monitoring, Evaluating and Revising the Plan
§1.08 Conclusion
§1.09 Appendix
[1] Sample Strategic Plans
[2] Law Library Section of Institutional Strategic Plans
§1.10 Recommended Resources

The Cost of Legal Information

§2.01 Introduction
§2.02 Understanding the Cost of Legal Information
§2.03 Controlling Costs
§2.04 Cost Recovery for Legal Research
§2.05 State Bar Association Resources
[1] Casemaker
[2] Fastcase
[3] InCite
[4] Loislaw
[5] Versuslaw
[6] Content Analysis
§2.06 Cost of Leading Print Resources
[1] Introduction
[2]  Administrative Law
[3]  Admiralty and Maritime Law
[4]  Alternative Dispute Resolution
[5]  Antitrust Law
[6]  Aviation Law
[7]  Banks and Banking Law
[8]  Bankruptcy Law
[9]  Business Organizations
[10]  Civil Procedure
[11]  Commercial Law
[12]  Communications Law
[13]  Computer/Internet/Technology Law
[14]  Consumer Law
[15]  Criminal Law and Procedure
[16]  Elder Law
[17]  Entertainment and Sports Law
[18]  Environmental Law
[19]  Family Law
[20]  Food and Drug Law
[21]  Health Law
[22]  Immigration Law
[23]  Insurance Law
[24]  Intellectual Property
[25]  International Law
[26]  Labor and Employment Law
[27]  Professional Responsibility
[28]  Property Law
[29]  Securities Law
[30]  Tax Law
[31]  Wills, Trusts and Estates
§2.07 Cost-Free Current Awareness Resources

Collection Development

§3.01 Introduction
§3.02 Elements of a Collection Development Plan
[1] Mission
[2] Policy Introduction
[3] Overview of the Collection
[4]  Cooperative Collection Development
[5]  Selection Guidelines
[6] Retention and Weeding
[7]  Policy Review
§3.03 Appendix
[1] Collection Development Policy—Academic Law Library
[2] Acquisitions Policy—Private Law Library
[3]  Law Firm Collection Development Policy
[4] Collection Development Policy—King County Law Library
[5] Collection Development Policy (Partial)— Minnesota State Law Library
[6] Collection Development Guidelines—Selective Federal Depository Libraries
[7] Executive Committee Regulations—Association of American Law Schools
[8] Standards for Accredited Law Schools—American Bar Association
[9] County Law Library Standards—American Association of Law Libraries
[10] Standards for Appellate Court Libraries and State Law Libraries
[11] Weeding and Retention Guidelines—Florida State University Law Library
[12] Weeding and Archival Policy—Appalachian School of Law
[13] Collection Development Policies on the Web
[14] Selected Resources


Emerging Technologies

§5.01 Introduction
§5.02 Mobile Technology
[1] Ethical Issues
[2] Sample Mobile Technology Security Policy
[3] Law Libraries and Mobile Devices
[4] E-Book Readers and Tablets
§5.03 Smart Objects
[1] Quick Response Codes
[2] Radio Frequency Identification (RDIF)
§5.04 Next Generation Catalogs and Discovery Interfaces
[1] Background
[2] Discovery Interfaces
§5.05 Next Generation Catalogs and Discovery Interfaces
[1] Background
[2] Discovery Interfaces
§5.06 Social Media in Libraries
[1] Introduction
[2] Blogs
[3] RSS
[4] YouTube
[5] Wikis
[6] IM and Embedded Chat
[7] Podcasting
[8] Flickr
[9] Tagging and Social Bookmarking
[10] Social Networking
[11] Twitter
§5.07 Social Media Competencies

Library Facilities: Greening the Library

§6.01 Introduction
§6.02 Environmental Audit
§6.03 Developing a Sustainability Plan
§6.04 Sample Sustainability Plan
§6.05 Bibliography
[1] Books and Articles
[2] Blogs and Web Sites

Library Consultants

§7.01 Introduction
§7.02 Hiring Considerations
§7.03 Consulting Selection Process
§7.04 Suggested Format for Request for Proposal for Library Consultant
§7.05 Sample Requests for Proposals
[1] Request for Proposal for Strategic Planning
[2] Sample Request for Proposals for the Law Library Web Site for the Newville Law Library
[3] Request for Proposal for Library Consultant Services—County Law Library
§7.06 Library Consultants



Disaster Planning

§10.01 Introduction
§10.02 The Planning Process
[1] The Disaster Response Team
[2] Risk Assessment
§10.03 Responding to Specific Emergencies
§10.04 Disaster Supplies and Equipment
§10.05 Salvage Priorities
§10.06 Salvage Procedures
[1] Water Damage
[2] Mold and Mildew
[3] Fire Damage
[4] Dirt
[5] Insects and Rodents
§10.07 Sample Disaster Plan
§10.08 Emergency Preparedness Exercise
§10.09 Disaster Experts and Consultants
§10.10 Bibliography and Internet Resources
[1] Essential Resources
[2] Articles
[3] Books and Book Chapters
[4] Disaster Plans
[5] Disaster Plan Templates
[6] Internet Resources
[7] Pamphlets and Leaflets
[8] Proceedings
[9] Videos


Safety and Security Issues

§12.01 Introduction
§12.02 Security Risk Assessment
§12.03 Securing the Physical Library
[1] Building Exterior
[2] Building Interior
§12.04 Securing the Collection
[1] General Collection
[2] Special Collections and Archives
§12.05 Patron and Staff Safety and Security
§12.06 Appendix
[1] Sample Library Security Reports
[2] Safety, Security and Patron Conduct Policies Adaptable to Law Libraries
[3] Library Opening and Closing Procedures Adaptable to Law Libraries
[4] ALA/ACRL Guidelines on Library Safety and Security
[5] State Legislation Regarding the Theft and Mutilation of Library Materials
[6] Bibliography
[7] Other Resources

Human Resources: Job Descriptions

§13.01 Introduction
§13.02 Job Analysis
§13.03 Writing Job Descriptions
§13.04 Legal Issues
§13.05 Sample Job Descriptions
[1] Academic Law Library Positions
[2] County, Court and State Law Library Positions
[3] Private Law Library Positions
[4] Computing and Technology Support Job Descriptions
§13.06 Action Verbs Commonly Used in Job Descriptions

Human Resources: Performance Evaluations

§13A.01 Introduction
§13A.02 The Performance Review Process
§13A.03 Employee Self-Assessment
§13A.04 Sample Self-Assessment Questions
§13A.05 The Written Performance Evaluation
§13A.06 Performance Evaluation Questionnaires
§13A.07 Ratings and Ranking Systems
§13A.08 Sample Performance Evaluation Forms
[1] Self-Evaluation Form
[2] Employee Self-Evaluation Form (Alternate Form)
[3] Library Staff Self-Evaluation Form (Alternate Form)
[4] Library Employee Performance Evaluation
[5] Public Services Performance Appraisal Form
[6]  Employee Performance Evaluation Form (Alternate Form)
§13A.09 The Performance Review Meeting
§13A.10 Bibliography


§14.01 Introduction
§14.02 Copyright Law—The Basics
[1] Rights of Copyright Holder
[2] Duration of Copyright
[3] Works for Hire
[4] Collected Works and Compilations
[5] Notice and Registration
[6]  Transferring Copyright
[7]  Copyright Infringement
[8] International Law and Copyright
§14.03 Copyright Exemptions
[1] First Sale Doctrine
[2] Fair Use Doctrine
[3] Interlibrary Loans
[4] Other Copying by Libraries and Archives
[5] Copying by Patrons
§14.04 Copyright Notices and Signage
§14.05 Obtaining Permission
[1] Sample Publisher’s Permission Request Form
[2] Sample Publisher’s Permission Policies
[3] Collective Rights Organizations
[4] Sample Permission Request Letter
§14.06 Essential Library Resources
[1] Primary Authority
[2] Secondary Sources
§14.07 Appendix
[1] Selected Statutes
[2] Regulations
[3] AALL Model Private Firm Copyright Guidelines
[4] ALA Model Policy Concerning College and University Photocopying, Classroom, Research and Library Reserve Use

Part II. Legal Research Tools and Training

Leading Print and Online Services

§15.01 Introduction
§15.02 Finding the Law
[1] Jurisdictional Analysis
[2] Sequential Use of Legal Materials
§15.03 Statutes
§15.04 Judicial Opinions
[1] Print
[2] Online
§15.05 Federal Regulations
[1] Federal Register
[2] Code of Federal Regulations
§15.06 State and Local Regulations
§15.07 Court Rules
§15.08 Looseleaf Services
§15.09 Legal Research in Cyberspace
§15.10 Legal Commentaries
§15.11 Docket Research Online
§15.12 Briefs Online
§15.13 Sources of English Law
[1] Treatises and Texts
[2] Legal Periodicals
[3] Legal Encyclopedias
[4] Statute and Statutory Instruments
[5] English Court System and Law Reports
[6] Digests
[7] Current Law
[8] English Law Online
§15.14 Updating the Law
§15.15 New Forms of Citation
§15.16 The Duty to Do Electronic Legal Research
§15.17 Sanctions for Legal and Factual Research Failure
[1] State Imposed Fines in California
[2] Federal Sanctions Under Rule 11
[3] Glaring Lapses in Federal Court Briefs
[4] Frivolous Research Conduct Under State Law

Law Reviews and Journals

§16.01 Introduction
§16.02 Law Reviews
[1] General
[2] Specialized
[3] Changing Roles of Academic Law Reviews
§16.03 Hein Online
§16.04 Legal Scholarship Network
§16.05 Open Access to Legal Scholarship

Legislative History: Federal

§17.01 Introduction
§17.02 Bills
§17.03 Hearings
§17.04 Floor Debates
§17.05 Reports
§17.06 Views of Administrators
§17.07 Extrinsic Aids
[1] Dictionaries
[2] Technical Dictionaries
[3] Foreign Language Construction
[4] Treatises and Textbooks
[5] Examples of Use of Extrinsic Aids by Courts
§17.08 Limits on Recourse to Legislative History
[1] Debate Over Extrinsic Aids
[2] Bibliography on the Legislative History
§17.09 Finding Legislative History
[1] Finding Aids
[2] Packaged Histories
[3] Congressional Research Service

Legislative History: State

§18.01 Legislative Process
§18.02 Documentation for Legislative Process
[1] Bills
[2] How to Trace a Bill
[3] Legislative Debates, Committee Hearings and Reports
[4] Other Sources of Legislative History and Intent
[5] Bibliography on Legislative History Research in New York
[6] State Legal Research Guides

Federal, State and Local Rules and Regulations

§19.01 Introduction
§19.02 Three Basic Levels of Regulatory Authority
[1] Local Regulations
[2] State Sources
[3] Federal Rules