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Tuesday Session #2

The Incredible Shrinking Law Library: Fitting the Ship in the Bottle

Tuesday, May 27, 2003
9:00-10:30 am

The availability of legal information in electronic formats via online (commercial subscription databases), CD-ROM and the web has dramatically changed the nature of law librarianship over the past decade. From an institutional (as opposed to research) perspective, these changes present law librarians with challenges in areas of budgeting, collection development and acquisition policies, evaluation, space planning and storage, retention policies, licensing, access, ownership, and duplication of resources. What advice should librarians give their institutions regarding whether to keep, store or discard print materials in favour of electronic equivalents? What are the consequences? Are electronic materials in fact equivalents? What is a librarian to do? Our panel will discuss these issues from a variety of perspectives.

Speakers:
Annamarie Bergen, Legal Information Specialist, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Calgary, AB
Gordon Russell, Associate Professor and Director of Library and Information Technology, School of Law, St. Thomas University, Miami, FL
Stephen P. Weiter, Principal Law Librarian for Automation & Technical Services, Appellate Division Law Library, Fourth Department, Rochester, NY

Moderator:
Cyndi Murphy, Director, Research & Library Services, Stewart McKelvey Stirling Scales, Halifax, NS

Host:
CALL 2003 Program Committee


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