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SSRN (Social Science Research Network) is an online depository of published works and working papers in law, economics, and other disciplines.

Recent Publications:

  • Redefining Open Access for the Legal Information Market, 98 Law Libr. J. 619-637 (2006).
    • The open access movement in legal scholarship fails to address—and in fact diverts resources from—the real problem facing law libraries today: the soaring costs of nonscholarly, commercially published, practitioner-oriented legal publications. One solution to this problem is for law schools to redirect some of their resources—intellectual capital, reputation, and student labor—to publishing legal information for practitioners rather than legal scholars.
  • Managing After a Disaster: Or, There and Back Again, 25 Legal Ref. Svcs. Q. 59-75 (2006).
    • The library literature is full of articles and books on disaster preparedness, from evacuation of staff and users to salvaging books and equipment. Little guidance is available, however, on dealing with management issues such as staff morale and user frustration. If handled successfully, the inevitable disruption can provide opportunities for staff growth. Attention to issues of morale and staff cohesiveness is essential to providing the level of service that users expect.
  • Out of the Jungle, AALL Spectrum 9, No. 5 (Feb. 2005), at 10.
    • In 2004 the digital v. print debate is over, and digital has won; some of us just refuse to believe it. Libraries in the future are going to be mostly digital. Monographs will continue to be published and read in print for the foreseeable future, and law journals will probably be published in hard copy owing to the demands of tenure requirements. But the most heavily used research sources—statutes, cases, administrative regulations and rulings, treatises, and even law journals—will be used almost exclusively in electronic format. In the wake of the digital v. print outcome, law librarians in all settings need to reexamine some of the assumptions that we have held on to so tightly.
  • Leaky Boundaries and the Decline of the Autonomous Law School Library, 96 Law Libr. J. 387-423 (2004).
    • Academic law librarians have long insisted on the value of autonomy from the university library system, usually basing their arguments on strict adherence to ABA standards. However, law librarians have failed to construct an explicit and consistent definition of autonomy. Lacking such a definition, they have tended to rely on an outmoded Langdellian view of the law as a closed system. This view has long been discredited, as approaches such as law and economics and sociolegal research have become mainstream, and courts increasingly resort to nonlegal sources of information. Continued insistence on total autonomy risks a failure to meet all the information needs of the academic legal community.
  • Librarians as Educators, AALL Spectrum 8, No. 9 (July 2004), at 20.
  • Survey on Law Library Reorganizing and Restructuring. 7 Briefs in Law Librarianship Series. Buffalo, NY: Hein, 2003.
  • Creating an Information Commons, AALL Spectrum 7, No. 3 (May 2003), at 24-25.
  • New Career Paths: From Computing Services to Library Director, AALL Spectrum 7, No. 3 (Nov. 2002), at 14.

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