As legal research becomes increasingly globalized, an emphasis on foreign, comparative, and international law (FCIL) librarianship core competencies is more important than ever. New developments in technology, culture, and legal research necessitate a fresh look at the skills required to be successful in FCIL librarianship. This session will highlight previous scholarship on FCIL librarianship skills, while presenting the latest research on core competencies in the field. The session will primarily involve in-depth roundtable discussions among FCIL librarians, practitioners, and other stakeholders to determine the most critical knowledge, skills, and abilities required for FCIL librarianship in a variety of contemporary, dynamic settings. Anyone interested in cultivating a universal standard of excellence in FCIL librarianship is encouraged to attend and participate.
Takeaway 1: Participants will be able to identify the changes in foreign, comparative, and international law (FCIL) librarianship over the past 20 years, and analyze the effect of those changes on the field.
Takeaway 2: Participants will be able to identify and articulate universal FCIL librarianship core competencies in order to select, design, and implement training programs that cultivate skills aimed at attaining the core competencies.
Takeaway 3: Participants will be able to communicate the relevance and importance of the core competencies to their colleagues so they can make suggestions on ways to implement the competencies in their home institutions.
Who should attend: All types of law librarians, including FCIL librarians
Track(s): General or Core Programs
Neel Kant Agrawal is the Librarian for Global Law at LA Law Library, one of the nation's premier repositories for foreign, comparative, and international law ("FCIL"). Neel focuses on research and reference, FCIL collection development, teaching, and marketing the library’s FCIL services. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Loyola Law School (Los Angeles) and an editor and regular columnist for the California International Law Journal.
Neel recently completed his M.L.I.S. with a Special Certificate in Law Librarianship from the University of Washington. Prior to that, he worked at the National American Civil Liberties Union Criminal Law Reform Project in Santa Cruz, CA. Neel received his undergraduate and law degrees from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI, where he specialized in international law. Additionally, Neel interned at the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library, Open Society Foundations, and South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre.
Lyonette Louis-Jacques has been the Foreign and International Law Librarian & Lecturer in Law at the D’Angelo Law Library, University of Chicago Law School since 1992. Lyo received her B.A. degree in French and her J.D. from the University of Chicago, and her library science degree from the University of Michigan. Lyo was the Foreign and International Legal Reference Librarian at the University of Minnesota Law Library from 1986-1992.
Lyo is a past chair of the Foreign, Comparative & International Law Special Interest Section (FCIL-SIS), the Advisory Committee on the Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals, and the Computing Services Special Interest Section (CS-SIS) of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). She served on the AALL Executive Board from 2005-2008. She is a member of the International Association of Law Libraries (IALL), the Canadian Association of Law Libraries/Association canadienne des bibliothèques de droit (CALL/ACBD), and the American Society of International Law (ASIL). Lyo serves on the Board of the Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago.
Lyo is co-founder, with Mila Rush, of the INT-LAW international law librarians’ listserv. She is a “Legal Information” columnist for the Slaw: Canada’s Online Legal Magazine blog. She is co-editor of the CALL Bulletin and “TechBuzz” columnist. She co-edited, with Jeanne Korman, one of the AALL/Oceana “Training the Next Generation of FCIL Librarians” Institutes books, Introduction to International Organizations (1996). She authored the ASIL ERG chapter on international law-related listservs, and compiled the “Law Lists” guide from 1998-2005. She compiled the “International Calendar” section of the International Journal of Legal Information (IJLI) from 1999-2008. And, until recently, Lyo maintained the Jumpstart directory of foreign, comparative, and international legal research specialists willing to help each other with reference questions. It is now updated by Mary Rumsey. Lyo’s writings focus on gaps in international legal research, listservs, and use of e-resources for FCIL research.
Library Professor Mary Rumsey is the Foreign, Comparative & International Law Librarian at the University of Minnesota Law Library. Her main responsibilities include selecting foreign and international materials for the collection, teaching foreign and international legal research, and serving patrons with foreign and international law research needs.
Mary received her B.A. degree in philosophy and political science from the University of Wisconsin, Phi Beta Kappa, and her law degree from the University of Chicago. She practiced law for two years and then worked for West Group in its Westlaw Research and Development Department. In 1998, she received a master's degree in library and information science from Dominican University.
Mary worked for the William Mitchell College of Law as the Electronic Services Librarian before joining the staff at the University of Minnesota Law Library in June 2000. She is a member of the American Society of International Law, and a past chair of the Foreign, Comparative & International Law Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries. She has written extensively on library and legal research issues, with two of her publications receiving national awards. With Marci Hoffman, she has published two editions of the book International and Foreign Legal Research: A Coursebook (Martinus Nijhoff/Brill).