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The goal of Trends Interactive is to generate a freewheeling dialogue on a variety of subjects of interest to law librarians.

Law libraries are rapidly changing in order to continue to provide valuable services to the larger organization. This includes not only  programmatic changes but also changes in basic organizational structure, resulting in new job duties for some current staff.  In the inaugural Trends Interactive article, Michelle Wu discusses how to manage the incorporating of new job responsibilities into currently existing positions.

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Now Available: Academic Law Library Director Perspectives: Cases and Insights

Law Libraries, Librarianship, New Book Kaylyn Zurawski

A must-read for any potential law library director!

Over the past 5 years, directors of law libraries have been retiring at a rapid rate and this pace is only increasing. As a result, many new law library directors may have relatively little exposure to a director’s responsibilities before assuming the role. Academic Law Library Director Perspectives: Cases and Insights is a valuable guide and learning tool for any prospective or new law library director looking to learn the ins and outs of the position. More than 30 accomplished and successful law library academic law library directors share their expertise and wisdom that will help a new director easily transition into their new position.

This guide will help the reader:
  • Get insider information and advice from more than 30 law library directors who have firsthand experience in the field.

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Abortion in the United States: A Compilation of Federal and State Laws, 2nd Edition Reviewed in Law Library Journal

AALL, Constitutional Law, Documentary History of the Legal Aspects of Abortion in the U.S., Family Law, Librarianship, State Law jstanley

Abortion in the United States: A Compilation of Federal and State Laws, 2nd ed.  by Tobe Liebert was recently reviewed by Sara Sampson in Law Library Journal!

Sampson writes: “This set provides a snapshot of the full text of all state (including the District of Columbia) abortion laws as they currently exist and some historical federal statutes. This includes the federal Hyde Amendment in its original (1976) and current (2011) forms. This is particularly helpful because, as provisions of appropriation acts, they do not appear in the U.S. Code. It also includes the vetoed Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 1995. While this compilation is convenient for today’s users, it may be invaluable to future scholars.

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The Librarian’s Copyright Companion was reviewed on the AALL Spectrum Blog!

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The Librarian’s Copyright Companion, 2nd Edition by James S. Heller, Paul Hellyer and Benjamin J. Keele was reviewed on the AALL Spectrum Blog today! Reviewer Andrea Alexander recommends the title to both copyright novices and those who are experts in the subject.

Alexander writes “This book, an update of 2004’s first edition, was authored by three academic law librarians, all of whom hold both law and library degrees.  Each of the eight chapters from the first edition has been updated, and a ninth chapter on the library as publisher has been added.  There are also sixteen appendices that range from suggested online copyright resources to model policies to selected provisions from Title 17 of the USC.  

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Pre-orders start today for The Librarian’s Copyright Companion, 2nd Edition!

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The Librarian’s Copyright Companion, 2nd Edition provides a framework that will help librarians analyze the impact of copyright law in their library.  Much has changed since the first edition came out in 2004. The transition from print to digital continues in periodical collections and academic reserves and repositories. This book is another voice of copyright, beginning with a different premise: copyright exists to promote the dissemination of information, and while creators have certain rights, so do users.

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Recently Updated – Annuals and Surveys

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Annuals and Surveys Appearing in Legal Periodicals An Annotated Listing 2012 Supplement

Compiled by Catherine L. Kerr & Joy Humphrey

Updated annually, this loose-leaf publication saves valuable research time by identifying surveys appearing in law reviews, bar association journals, and annuals. Researchers may overlook these sources and the wealth of information they offer because they are not always easy to find. This work is divided into three distinct parts:

  • State law surveys
  • U.S. Supreme Court and federal circuit surveys
  • Subject-specific surveys

Each individual listing contains the most current title of the annual or survey. If the title has changed significantly from prior years,

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Hein is now the distributor for Alert Publications for The Spirit of Law Librarianship, 2nd Edition

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Hein is now the distributor for Alert Publications, Inc. for

The Spirit of Law Librarianship, 2nd Edition
By Roy M. Mersky & Richard A. Leiter

Service is the theme for this second edition of the Spirit of Law Librarianship. Here, law librarians describe and analyze the profession of law librarianship and show how law librarians’ skills can be used to provide service to the law library profession, the community, academic institutions, and the public.

The book also celebrates the “Spirit of Law Librarianship Award”, which was established in 1992 by compilers Roy M. Mersky and Richard A. Leiter, following the publication of the first edition in 1991. 

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Celebrating Diversity

2010, AALL Publications Series, Librarianship editor

A Legacy of Minority Leadership in the American Association of Law Libraries
By: Carol Avery Nicholson, Ruth Johnson Hill & Vincente E. Garces

Celebrating Diversity is an indispensable historical guide to ethnic diversity within the American Association of Law Libraries. This work consists of three sections reflecting the pendulum’s swing from past to future: “Early Giants,” “A Legacy of Leadership,” and “The Future.” It contains demographic data from 199 minority law librarians, obtained in an electronic survey and providing information on the level and variety of their professional activities and on reflections on recruitment to the field of law librarianship.

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Legal Ethics

2010, Legal Profession, Legal Research Guides, Librarianship editor

A Legal Research Guide, 2nd Edition
By: Lee F. Peoples

This work is divided into three main sections. The first section focuses on legal ethics in research in the United States. The second section explores the multi-jurisdictional practice of law and its implications for legal ethics research. The final section discusses legal ethics research in light of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, which set new or enhanced standards for all U.S. public company boards, as well as management and accounting firms.

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Published: Buffalo; William S. Hein &

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Annuals and Surveys Appearing in Legal Periodicals

2010, Bibliography, Librarianship editor

An Annotated Listing, 2009 Revision
Compiled by: Katherine Kerr and Joy Humphrey

Updated annually, this loose-leaf publication saves valuable research time by identifying surveys appearing in law reviews, bar association journals, and annuals. Researchers may overlook these sources and the wealth of information they offer because they are not always easy to find. This work is divided into three distinct parts:

  • State law surveys
  • U.S. Supreme Court and federal circuit surveys
  • Subject-specific surveys
Each individual listing contains the most current title of the annual or survey. If the title has changed significantly from prior years, it will be indicated in the notes section.

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