FCIL-SIS European Law Interest Group: Join the new MyCommunity Page

europe-political-mapDo you work in a law firm with branches or clients in Europe? Do you support law school faculty who are researching and studying the substantive law of European nations or the European Union?  Are you responsible for FCIL collections in your library and are curious about how to expand your knowledge of European legal issues?  Are you interested in questions of comparative or historic law in civil and common law jurisdictions?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, please consider joining the new FCIL-SIS European Law Interest Group community page at http://community.aallnet.org/home. This community provides a space to share resources, gather feedback from other professionals on tricky questions, and get involved in European-related FCIL programming.

The European Law Interest Group is open to anyone interested in aspects of European law, including collection development, legal research, substantive law, and access to print or electronic materials. While the group originally focused on Eastern Europe, we now examine all of Europe, with recent programming on the European Union and Ukraine.

AALL 2017 Recaps: FCIL-SIS Book Club Discussion

By Gabriela Femenia

Book coverNow an FCIL-SIS standing tradition, the book club coordinated by Dan Wade met in Austin at 12:15pm on July 17 to discuss this year’s title: Richard Haass, A World in Disarray (Penguin Press, 2017). In attendance were Dan Wade (Yale), Dan Donahue (Houston), Alice Izumo (Columbia), Loren Turner (Minnesota), Susan Gualtier (Penn), and Gabriela Femenia (Penn).

Dan Wade opened the discussion by sharing an email from John Wilson (UCLA), who could not attend. The group appreciated and largely agreed with his review, concluding that it provides a good summary of 20th and 21st century U.S. foreign policy, offers apt critiques of our approach to the national debt, and advances an interesting concept of “sovereign obligation” as a framework for post-Cold War foreign relations, although the attendees also expressed some skepticism about the effectiveness of such a concept. In particular, the participants questioned whether the concept was sufficiently defined apart from being contrasted with traditional sovereignty on the one hand and “responsibility to protect” on the other, and thought that more illustrative examples would have been helpful in solidifying the distinctions. Haass’s failure to suggest an enforcement mechanism for sovereign obligation was also pointed out. The group also noted the lesser depth in treatment of the final third of the book compared with the first two thirds, which reflects the book’s origin as a series of lectures given at Cambridge.

The discussion then turned to the implications of the Trump administration’s policies, which were not discussed in the book as it was completed before the transition. For example, Haass favorably cites the Paris Accords as a model for foreign policy approach in a post-Cold War world, but the administration’s decision to withdraw from the climate accords casts some doubts on Haass’s predictions. Similarly, Haass’s favorable positions toward the Trans Pacific Partnership, a path to citizenship, and the importance of predictability in foreign policy, appear to clash with the administration’s practices and positions thus far.

The participants also offered a few additional critiques of Haass’s analysis, including whether the current moment is really as new and unprecedented as he claims, whether his view is too Western-centered, and whether it sufficiently addresses the role of international law vs. soft law. The discussion concluded with thanks to Dan Wade for establishing this useful annual discussion, and coordinating the meeting.

The book club is open to all interested participants! If you would be interested in participating in the discussion next year, keep an eye out for the call for title suggestions about a month before the AALL annual meeting, over the FCIL-SIS’s My Communities board and email.

Calling All Potential Bloggers: We Want You!

We are working on cultivating more regular blog content. This is your chance to get your exchangesname out there and to share what you’re up to.  You don’t have to be a member of the FCIL-SIS to contribute!

We have a few regular features we’re looking for bloggers for:

1) Teaching FCIL series: We’re starting a new series centered on teaching FCIL research courses. Do you have great ideas for the classroom? Did you come up with a solution for teaching something difficult? Are you using videos or some other kind of technology in your classroom? This is a great chance to share it with your colleagues.  We have a couple of people interested in doing a post on this, so it doesn’t need to be more than a one-off commitment.

2) Book and Film Reviews: Are you interested in doing a book or film review for us? We can help you find titles to review!

3) New FCIL Librarian series: Are you a newer FCIL librarian? Would you be willing to share some of the lessons you’re learning in your first year or two as an FCIL librarian? We have one fabulous newer FCIL librarian contributing to this, but would love to add another.

4) Anything else that interests you for a regular columb. A few ideas I’ve had: a series on how to use FCIL electronic resources; a series on how you handled an interesting FCIL research question; a series on researching materials from a particular international organization. But we’re open to anything; if you have an idea, please share it!

5) Guest posts.  We are also interested in guest posts at any time, so if you’ve visited a foreign country lately and want to share anything you’ve learned/seen while there, saw an interesting presentation that you’d like to recap for us, or recently came across an interesting resource, or have any other ideas of things to share, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

If you’re interested in any of these or something different, please contact Alyson Drake at alyson.drake@ttu.edu by Friday, August 18th. I look forward to hearing your great ideas!

You can also contact us at any time over the course of the year if you’re interested in a guest post.

Best,
Alyson Drake & Susan Gualtier
Co-Chairs, FCIL-SIS Publicity Committee

Introducing…Tove Klovning as the August 2017 FCIL Librarian of the Month

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1.Where did you grow up?

I grew up in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Norway. I am Norwegian, but spent my childhood years in Asia due to my father’s work in the United Nations. I am thankful for having been given an opportunity at a young age to discover new countries and languages, while also learning to accept various cultures and differences.

2. Why did you select law librarianship as a career?

Good question. I did not. It chose me! I am going to blame this career choice on my mentor, Paul D. Callister, who encouraged me to pursue a career in FCIL law librarianship.

Thanks to my mentor I ended up applying to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s M.S. degree in library and information science after graduating with an LL.M. degree from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2001. I was awarded a full merit scholarship which contributed to my interested in learning more about this profession.

I love all aspects of my job and have never had a boring day at work since I started working at Washington University. I am a research facilitator, lecturer in law, a mentor, a speaker, supervisor and colleague. I feel fortunate that my job includes both administrative duties as well as teaching duties.

3. When did you develop an interest in foreign, comparative, and international law?

I developed an interest at a very young age because of my father’s professional career with the United Nations.

4. Who is your current employer? How long have you worked there?

My current employer is Washington University School of Law. I have worked here since June of 2002. I was first I hired as Access Services/Government Documents Librarian & Lecturer in Law. In 2009, I transitioned into the position as the law school’s FCIL Law Librarian & Lecturer in Law.

5. Do you speak any foreign languages?

Give me a couple of days in any country in the world and I can guarantee that I will be able to have a meaningful conversation with the people around me! I have always loved learning languages and love traveling.  In my early twenties I was a solo globetrotter. I am bilingual in English and Norwegian, fluent in Swedish and Danish and have limited proficiency in Icelandic. However written Icelandic is easier to understand than spoken Icelandic. Having lived in the US for many years I will need a couple of days in France and Germany to brush-up both my French and German language skills. I can understand and use familiar everyday expressions in Turkish and Arabic. When I was a little girl I was able to communicate in Hindi, Malay and Urdu.

6. What is your most significant professional achievement?

My ability to multi-task and take on new responsibilities when called for!

As the law school’s foreign, comparative, and international law subject specialist, I oversee collection development, purchases and library services for these collections. However, I also oversee two separate Federal and State Government Depository Collections as the both their coordinator and subject specialist. (I recently assumed responsibility as the university wide Federal and State Depository coordination in addition to my recent responsibilities as the law school’s Federal and State Depository collection coordinator and specialist).

Over the years I have published several legal research guides on both American, international, and foreign legal research methodology and had speaker opportunities both in the US and abroad. I have a law degree and a post specialization in American law from the University of Bergen in Norway and a Master of Law and Master of Science from University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.

My job also includes teaching responsibilities. I am a lecturer in law at the law school and in this capacity I teach a one year American Legal Research Methodology class to first year law students and offer an eight hour legal workshop to JSD students (doctoral students) and visiting scholars. I also give legal research talks in law school seminar classes and recently started supervising Ph.D. dissertations.

7. What is your biggest food weakness?

I cannot live without fruits! At home we always have multiple types of fruits available for anyone to grab. Sometimes you will find me turn some of these goodies into delicious a jam, juice, snack or dessert.

8. What song makes you want to get up and sing/dance?

Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like

9. What ability or skill do you most wish you had (that you don’t have already)?

I would love to be able to play a musical instrument and compose songs. Fortunately, my daughter has this ability. She currently has 4 songs on iTunes and on Spotify, and has released 2 music videos on YouTube thanks to a music producer in Texas who encouraged her to pursue this field as singer, songwriter and composer Sema Elin.

I am currently reading many books on artist management and the music industry.  I must admit that I have enjoyed learning about the music industry from a potential music management perspective. A new song and music video is in the works.

10. Aside from the basic necessities, what is one thing you can’t go a day without?

Getting up early in the morning! I am totally a morning person.

11. Anything else you would like to share with us?

The ASIL Midyear Meeting will be at Washington University School of Law October 26- 28 (2017). Make sure to save the date and swing by my neck of the woods!

 

 

AALL 2017 Recap: Yemisi Dina & Thomas Mills win Spirit of the FCIL-SIS Awards!

The Spirit of the FCIL-SIS Award is presented each year to members whose work furthers our mission, serves the entire FCIL-SIS, and inspires other to act. This year during the AALL 2017 Annual Meeting, Yemisi Dina and Thomas Mills received Spirit of the FCIL-SIS Awards.

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Yemisi Dina is an Associate Librarian and Head of Public Services at Osgoode Hall Law School Library in Toronto, Canada.  Yemisi currently serves as Chair of the African Law Interest Group and was responsible for proposing, coordinating, and moderating the FCIL-SIS sponsored program at this year’s Annual Meeting: Global Energy Law: Perspectives from North America and Africa.  Yemisi has published two research guides on the Globalex platform: one on Nigerian law and one on Caribbean law , based on her prior experience as a librarian in both Nigeria and the Bahamas. Additionally, Yemisi developed a project that digitizes and summarizes customary court decisions from Ibadan and Abeokuta, two major cities in South Western Nigeria.  These court decisions are not published in an official record, so Yemisi’s summaries provide one of the few means of access.  As many members may remember, Yemisi shared the results of her project at the jurisdictions IG joint meeting held during last year’s Annual Meeting in Chicago. Thank you, Yemisi!  Congratulations!

 
millsThomas Mills, now the Director of the University of Notre Dame Law School Library, served with a team of consultants for the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in the summer of 2009, providing advice on how to archive materials on the genocide trials.  He has also served as Chair of the FCIL-SIS Strategic Planning Committee; Chair of the FCIL-SIS Pre-Conference Summit Task Force; a member of the Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals committee; and a member of the indexing of periodical literature committee.  More recently he has worked as a member of the project team of Global Online Access to Legal Information(GOALI).  Congratulations, Thomas!

AALL 2017 Recap: Authors of the Mexican Law and Legal Research Guide win the Reynolds & Flores Publication Award!

The Reynolds and Flores Publication Award is named after the authors of the Foreign Law Guide, a source that we all gratefully consult on daily basis. This award recognizes FCIL-SIS member(s) who have created a publication that enhances the professional knowledge and capabilities of law librarians. Winning publications may be print, digital, or electronic initiatives. Thus, journal articles, treatises, symposia papers, digitization projects, websites, databases, and ebooks are all eligible for consideration. This year, all authors of the Mexican Law and Legal Research Guide won the Reynolds & Flores Publication Award: Bianca T. Anderson, Marisol Floren-Romero, Julienne E. Grant, Jootaek Lee, Lyonette Louis-Jacques, Teresa M. Miguel-Stearns, Jonathan Pratter, and Sergio Stone. Julienne and Jonathan, as co-editors of the Guide, accepted the award on behalf of the group.

The Guide was most recently published in March of  2016 in Volume 35, Issue 1, of the Legal Reference Services Quarterly.  It covers all types of  primary sources of law and secondary legal literature, including international agreements, state gazettes, law journals, textbooks, and monographs.  Additionally, it filled a gap in the literature: it contains an extensive bibliography of secondary literature in English on Mexican law and legal research, which is not found in other research guides or treatises on Mexican law and legal research. Since its publication, it has received approximately 500 views (on the Taylor & Francis platform that hosts Legal Reference Services Quarterly) and over 200 SSRN downloads.  

The Guide is a significant contribution to our field in terms of its content, but it is also a fantastic example of the quality of work we can achieve when we collaborate with each other for the benefit of our profession.  Congratulations to all!

AALL 2017 Recap: Sergio Stone receives the Daniel L. Wade Outstanding Service Award!

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Each year, we honor an FCIL-SIS member who has made outstanding contributions to the Section in any number of the following areas: outstanding leadership in the Section, at meetings, and through committee work; special and notable service to the Section; participation in Section educational programs and public-speaking activities; mentoring activities that inspire others in the Section; and activities that encourage others to join the section. This year, our colleague, Sergio Stone won the Daniel L. Wade FCIL-SIS Outstanding Service Award

Sergio is currently the Deputy Director and Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Librarian at Stanford University Law School’s Robert Crown Library.  He has contributed to the FCIL librarianship community both nationally and internationally throughout his career. Sergio served as Chair of the Asian Law Interest Group from 2006-2010 and then as Chair of the FCIL-SIS in 2011-2012.  In addition to his work with the FCIL-SIS, he serves as the Chair of the Nomination Committee of International Association of Law Libraries and as the Chair of the Nomination Committee of Chinese-American Forum on Legal Information and Law Libraries.  

Sergio’s scholarship on Mexican legal research, Cuban legal research, Chinese legal research, and international legal research appears in many well-known legal research publications such as Globalex, Legal Reference Services Quarterly, and American Society of International Law’s EISIL. He is also a contributor of the Mexican Law and Legal Research Guide, which won this year’s Reynolds and Flores Publication Award.

For his contributions to the FCIL-SIS and the world of FCIL librarianship overall, join us in congratulating Sergio Stone as this year’s recipient of the Daniel L. Wade Outstanding Service Award!