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Public Law Librarianship

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While there are common misconceptions regarding the definition of a public law library, it can be defined as a government mandated library which provides the public with access to legal resources. Largely, public law libraries are instituted by state or federal law.Public Law Librarianship: Objectives, Challenges, and Solutions aims to introduce firsthand knowledge on the funding, organizational structures, and governance related to the public law library. This book includes comprehensive research for current and future public law librarians to provide administrative guidance and professional sources essential for running a public law library.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Foreword
  5. Preface
    1. OVERVIEW
    2. WHERE DOES THE PUBLIC LAW LIBRARY FIT IN TODAY’S WORLD?
    3. BOOK DESCRIPTION
    4. CONCLUSION
  6. Acknowledgment
  7. Chapter 1: Introduction to Public Law Libraries
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. OVERVIEW
    3. HISTORY
    4. THE PUBLIC LAW LIBRARY’S STANDING WITHIN THE PROFESSIONAL COMMUNITY
    5. FUTURE TRENDS
    6. CONCLUSION
  8. Chapter 2: Patron Base
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. OVERVIEW
    3. PATRON CATEGORIES
    4. DISTINCTIONS BETWEEN LIBRARY TYPES
    5. FUTURE TRENDS
    6. CONCLUSION
  9. Chapter 3: Governance and Organizational Structures
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. OVERVIEW
    3. LIBRARY ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE
    4. THE LIBRARY COMMITTEE, LIBRARY BOARD, AND BOARD OF TRUSTEES3
    5. FUTURE TRENDS
    6. CONCLUSION
  10. Chapter 4: General Library Management
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. OVERVIEW
    3. PLANNING
    4. POLITICAL REALITIES
    5. FUNDING METHODS
    6. FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
    7. POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
    8. FUTURE TRENDS
    9. CONCLUSION
  11. Chapter 5: Personnel
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. OVERVIEW
    3. STAFFING AND LIBRARY GOVERNANCE
    4. STAFFING ISSUES AND CONFIGURATIONS
    5. EDUCATION
    6. SALARIES
    7. THE PUBLIC LAW LIBRARY’S STANDING WITHIN THE VARIOUS COMMUNITIES
    8. UPGRADING THE LIBRARY AND THE JOB DESCRIPTION
    9. FUTURE TRENDS
    10. CONCLUSION
  12. Chapter 6: Public Relations
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. OVERVIEW
    3. ROLE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
    4. POLITICS AND THE PUBLIC LAW LIBRARY
    5. MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS ACTIVITIES
    6. IDENTIFICATION AND BRANDING
    7. MARKETING PLAN
    8. PATRON GROUP
    9. FUTURE TRENDS
    10. CONCLUSION
  13. Chapter 7: Collection Development
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. OVERVIEW
    3. COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT POLICIES
    4. ACQUISITIONS
    5. FISCAL MANAGEMENT
    6. COLLECTION MANAGEMENT DECISIONS
    7. FUTURE TRENDS
    8. CONCLUSION
  14. Chapter 8: Technology, Contracts, and Electronic Resources
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. OVERVIEW
    3. ILS VS. OPAC
    4. CONTRACTS, LICENSE NEGOTIATION, AND PRICING
    5. VENDOR SELECTION
    6. DIGITAL FORMATS
    7. OTHER TECHNOLOGIES
    8. FUTURE TRENDS
    9. CONCLUSION
  15. Chapter 9: Technical Services
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. OVERVIEW
    3. WHAT IS A CLASSIFICATION SCHEME?
    4. CATALOGING
    5. RDA
    6. COLLECTION MAINTENANCE
    7. REPAIRS
    8. PRESERVATION
    9. RECORD KEEPING
    10. THEFT CONTROL AND SECURITY
    11. SECURITY
    12. WEEDING AND DISCARD PROCEDURES
    13. FUTURE TRENDS
    14. CONCLUSION
  16. Chapter 10: Public Services
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. OVERVIEW
    3. REFERENCE SERVICE
    4. BIBLIOGRAPHIC INSTRUCTION
    5. JAIL SERVICES
    6. HANDICAPPED ACCESS
    7. INTERLIBRARY LOAN
    8. CIRCULATION
    9. FUTURE TRENDS
    10. CONCLUSION
  17. Compilation of References
  18. About the Authors
  19. Appendix H
    1. PUBLIC LAW LIBRARY CATALOGING AND CLASSIFICATION SURVEY
  20. Appendix G
    1. PATHFINDER TEMPLATE
    2. ENDNOTES
  21. Appendix A
    1. PUBLIC LAW LIBRARY SERVICES SURVEY SUMMARY 2010
    2. SURVEY RESULTS
  22. Glossary
  23. Appendix C
    1. STATE AND COUNTY LAW LIBRARIES: FUNDING AND GOVERNANCE GRID
  24. Appendix B
    1. PUBLIC LAW LIBRARY COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT SURVEY
  25. Appendix D
    1. JAIL SERVICES PROCEDURE
  26. Appendix F
    1. PROFESSIONAL RESOURCES
  27. Appendix E
    1. SAMPLE JOB DESCRIPTIONS: MEMBER OF A GOVERNING BOARD OF TRUSTEES
    2. ADVISORY LAW LIBRARY COMMITTEE MEMBER
    3. PUBLIC LAW LIBRARIAN –SINGLE DEGREE SOLO POSITION
    4. COUNTY LAW LIBRARIAN - SINGLE DEGREE SOLO POSITION