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Around the world, legal information managers, law librarians and other legal information specialists work in many settings: law schools, private law firms, courts, government, and public law libraries of various types. They are characterized by their expertise in working with legal information in its many forms, and by their work supporting legal professionals, scholars, or students training to become lawyers. In an ever-shrinking world and a time of unprecedented technological change, the work of legal information managers is challenging and exciting, calling on specialized knowledge and skills, regardless of where in the world they practice their profession. Their role within legal systems contributes substantially to the administration of justice and the rule of law. This International Handbook addresses the policy and strategic issues with which legal information managers and law librarians need to engage in the context of the diverse legal environments in which they work. It provides resources, analysis, and considered studies on an international basis for seasoned professionals, those about to enter the field, and anyone interested in the evolution of legal information in the twenty-first century.
Richard A. Danner is Rufty Research Professor of Law and Senior Associate Dean for Information Services at Duke Law School in Durham, North Carolina. He is responsible for the J. Michael Goodson Law Library and the Academic Technologies department at Duke. Professor Danner has served as President of the American Association of Law Libraries, on the executive committee of the Association of American Law Schools, and as First Vice-President of the International Association of Law Libraries. From 1984-94 he served as editor of the Law Library Journal. Jules Winterton is Librarian and Associate Director of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London and Associate Professor at the Ghana Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. He was President of the International Association of Law Libraries from 2004 until 2010 and received the Wildy-BIALL Librarian of the Year award in June 2010.