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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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  • ISBN: 978-1-58852-013-5
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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


CHAPTER 1
Strategic Planning

§1.01 Introduction
§1.02 Understanding Strategic Planning
§1.03 Ensuring a Flexible Strategic Plan
[1] Engaging the Strategic Planning Team
[2] Enabling the Strategic Planning Team to Be Effective
[3] Consultants
[4] Sample Strategic Planning Timeline
§1.04 The Strategic Planning Process
[1] Mission, Vision and Values
[2] Environmental Scan for Strategic Priorities and Objectives
[3] Goals, Objectives, Strategies, Executions and Tactics
§1.05 Presentation of the Plan
§1.06 Ongoing Monitoring, Evaluating and Revising of the Plan
§1.07 Preventing Plan Failure
§1.08 The Balanced Scoreboard in the Strategic Plan Implementation
§1.09 Appendix: Sample Strategic Plans
[1] University of Montana School of Law, William J. Jameson Law Library Strategic Plan
[2] Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman Law Library Strategic Plan
[3] Minnesota State Law Library Strategic Plan FY18-FY20
[4] A Strategic Plan for the Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Library Services Unit 2015-2020
§1.10 Recommended Resources

CHAPTER 2
Managing Financial Resources 
§2.01 Introduction
[1] Understanding the Cost of Legal Information
§2.02 Developing a Budget
[1] Accounting Basics
[2] Types of Budgets
[3] Financial Forecasting and the Budgeting Process
[4] Sample Budget Calendar
§2.03 Managing Academic Law Library Finances
[1] Alternative Funding Sources
[2] Grants
[3] Revenue Raising Initiatives
§2.04 Managing Private Law Library Finances
[1] Cost Recovery for Online Legal Research

CHAPTER 3
Collection Development

§3.01 Introduction
[1] Electronic Resources and Collection Development
§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
§3.02A Managing Contracts and License Agreements
§3.03 Appendix
[1] Collection Development Policy—Private Academic Law Library
[2] Acquisitions Policy—Private Law Library
[3] Law Firm Collection Development Policy
[4] Collection Development Policy—County Law Library
[5] Collection Development Policy (Partial)—Minnesota State Law Library
[6] Collection Development Guidelines—Selective Federal Depository Libraries
[7] Executive Committee Regulations of the Association of American Law Schools
[8] American Bar Association Standards for Accredited Law Schools
[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

CHAPTER 4
Marketing the Law Library

§4.01 Introduction
§4.02 The Marketing Mix
§4.03 Building a Twenty-First Century Brand Reputation for a Law Library

[1] Logo and Design Management Branding
§4.04 Marketing Tools and Techniques
§4.05 Developing a Marketing Plan

[1] Marketing Research
[2] Elements of a Plan
§4.06 Sample Marketing Plan§4.07 Public Relations
[1] Press Releases
[2] Sample Library Press Releases
[3] Annual Reports

CHAPTER 5
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 Augmented Reality
§5.04A MOOCs in Legal Education
§5.04B Gamification: Game-Based Learning
§5.04C Digital Badges
§5.05 Next Generation Catalogs, Library Service Platforms, and Discovery Interfaces
[1] Background
[2] Integrated Library System Options
[3] 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
[12] Social Media Competencies
§5.07 3D Printing
§5.08 Online Legal Education
§5.09 Altmetrics
§5.10 Digitization Projects
§5.11 Big Data and Legal Data Analytics
[1] Big Data and Legal Data Analytics Products
§5.12 Intranets
§5.13 Deep Web Research

[1] Best Practices for Searching the Deep Web
[2] The Dark Web
§5.14 Competitive Intelligence
[1] Examples of Competitive Intelligence Tasks
[2] Competitive Intelligence Resources: Websites, Databases and Alert Services
[3] Competitive Intelligence: Further Reading
§5.15 Artificial Intelligence
[1] Use of Artificial Intelligence
[2] AI: Roles For Law Librarians and Legal Information Professionals
§ 5.16 Blockchain
[1] Bitcoin
[2] Potential Uses for Blockchain in Addition to Bitcoin
[3] Blockchain Law
[4] Possible Downsides to Blockchain and Its Implementation
[5] Further Reading

CHAPTER 6
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

CHAPTER 7
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 Website for the Newville Law Library
[3] Request for Proposal for Library Consultant Services—County Law Library
§7.06 Library Consultants

CHAPTER 8
Legal Research Instruction and Training 
§8.01 Introduction
§8.02 How “Digital Natives” Conduct Legal Research
§8.03 Research Skills Needed in Practice
§8.04 Training Initiatives in Private Law Libraries
§8.04A Partnering with Academic Law Librarians
§8.05 Legal Research Texts—To Use or Not Use
§8.06 The Duty to Do Electronic Legal Research
§8.07 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
§8.08 Legal Research Instruction—Selective Bibliography of Articles
§8.08A Sample Legal Research Syllabi

[1] Basic Legal Research Course
[2] Advanced Legal Research Course
§8.09 Appendix
[1] AALL Principles and Standards for Legal Research Competency
[2] The Boulder Statement on Legal Research Education
[3] Report of the ABA Task Force on Law Schools and the Profession: Narrowing the Gap (“The Mac-Crate Report”) 1992, Fundamental Lawyering Skills

CHAPTER 9
Management Trends: Six Sigma in the Library 
§9.01 Introduction
§9.02 Six Sigma in the Library
§9.03 Case Study
§9.04 For Further Reading


CHAPTER 10
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

CHAPTER 11
Law Library Space Planning 
§11.01 Introduction
§11.02 Space Planning

[1] Elements of a Library Space Plan
§11.03 Resources for Library Renovations
§11.04 Library Space Planning Consultants
§11.05 Downsizing and Moving the Collection

[1] Library Moving Resources
§11.06 Appendix
[1] Sample Library Space Planning Guide Worksheet with Formulas
[2] Checklist: Planning Considerations for Sustainability

CHAPTER 12
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
§12.05A Library Security Personnel
§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

CHAPTER 13
Human Resources: Redefining Roles and Responsibilities

§13.01 Introduction
§13.02 Educational Standards for Law Librarians
§13.03 New Roles and Responsibilities in Private Law Libraries
§13.04 New Roles and Responsibilities in Academic Law Libraries
§13.05 Defining New Roles and Responsibilities
[1] Developing Job Descriptions
[2] Job Analysis
[3] Writing Job Descriptions
[4] Legal Issues
§13.06 Sample Job Descriptions
[1] Academic Law Library Positions
[2] State, Court and County Law Library Positions
[3] Private Law Library Positions
[4] Computing and Technology Support Job Descriptions
[5] Mean Salary Information for Law Library Positions
§13.07 Action Verbs Commonly Used in Job Descriptions
§13.08 Best Practices in Workforce Management Planning: Supporting the Library’s Strategic Plan

[1] Blank Roles and Responsibilities Chart
[2] Sample Roles and Responsibilities Checklist
[3] Sample Quick Responsibility Assignment Chart
[4] Checklist for Determining Future Workforce Requirements
[5] Checklist: Workforce Action Plan for Skills Gaps
§13.09 Checklist for Writing and the Uses of Job Descriptions
§13.10 Trends in Hiring

[1] Virtual Teams
§13.11 Appendix
[1] Sample Virtual Teamwork Situation Judgment Test Items
[2] Qualities of Successful Remote Team Members

CHAPTER 13A
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

CHAPTER 13B
Diversity in Law Libraries
§13B.01 Introduction
§13B.02 Increasing Diversity in Law Librarianship

[1] AALL Efforts
[2] Diversity Initiatives by Individual Law Libraries
§13B.03 Strategic Planning for Diversity
[1] Defining Diversity
[2] Assessing the Need
[3] Mission Statement
[4] Drafting the Plan
[5] Responsibility and Accountability
[6] Sample Library Diversity Plan
§13B.04 Recommended Resources

CHAPTER 14
Copyright

§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
§14.02A Copyright and Digital Libraries
[1] Digitizing Materials Created in Other Formats
[2] Purchasing and Licensing Digital Content
§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] Leading Legal Publishers’ Permission Policies
[3] Collective Rights Organizations
[4] Sample Permission Request Letter
[5] Managing Copyright and Licensing Issues
[6] Sample Copyright Policy
[7] Working with Authors to Manage Their Copyright
§14.06 Essential Library Resources
[1] Primary Authority
[2] Secondary Sources
§14.07 Appendix
[1] Selected Statutes
[2] Regulations
[3] AALL Guidelines on the Fair Use of Copyrighted Works by Law Libraries
[4] ALA Model Policy Concerning College and University Photocopying for Classroom, Research and Library Reserve Use


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