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AALL Spectrum / January/February 2018 / Volume 22, Number 3

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50 AALL SPECTRUM | WWW.AALLNET.ORG in providing research assistance to students in the completion of their dissertations, as research is a heavy component of the writing process. He welcomed making it mandatory for students to consult with librarians in selecting topics and formulating research strategies. Similarly, law librarians in the U.S. help their law review teams. In some law schools, such as the University of Minnesota and Boston College, consultation with librarians is a requirement for law review students at the beginning of their courses. Funding and Outreach Law libraries from both countries are facing issues related to safeguarding their autonomy while maintaining a collaborative relationship with their main campus libraries. Harvard Law and Cornell Law are two unique law libraries in the U.S. in that they operate less independently, as many of their technical services functions are inte- grated with their main campus librar- ies. In comparison, a decent number of law libraries in China are still relying on their main campus library for par- tial funding support. Chinese law libraries have done great work utilizing social media for student outreach. Xiamen University School of Law oers a full line of library ser- vices, including chat reference, catalog browsing, holds placement, viewing and downloads of electronic content, study room reservation, and more to their students through its WeChat public account. e library also pushes out librarian-generated content recom- mending new titles, discussing emerg- ing cases and hot topics, promoting faculty publications, and research focus through its WeChat account to grab student's attention. When it comes to collecting faculty scholarship, several Chinese law librarians mentioned that they collect not only traditional schol- arly publications, but also in-time and inuential comments and tweets that faculty post onto their individual social media accounts. is is a novel service that no U.S. law library seems to be currently providing. Another observation of Chinese law libraries' practices is that their collec- tion development, electronic resource subscription, renewal, and cancellation decisions are heavily data-driven. Most Chinese law libraries tend to have better staed information technology departments to help with data gath- ering, including usage data and data analysis to gauge user behavior. e panelist from Southwest University Political Science and Law explained how usage statistics tracked using AJAX technology can be more accu- rate, less biased, and easier for parallel comparison in contrast to vendor- supplied usage data. Library Design and Open Access In terms of library space design, Chinese attendees were impressed with professor James Heller's presentation of the beautiful library facility and tech- nology integration at William & Mary School of Law Library, let alone the ping-pong room, pool room, and chess table their students and faculty can enjoy when a break is needed. Sessions on library design brought fresh ideas to Chinese attendees on how to make their future law library a more desir- able space for their users. ere were also illuminating discussions on eorts of promot- ing open access to legal materials to the general public at the National Library of China, state law libraries, Prosecutorial Literature Center of the National Prosecutor College, and through vendor-led initiatives such as Research4Life by Brill Publishing. Cultural Activities/Future Conference Overall, the conference was a huge success. Attendees were also given the opportunity to walk along the scenic trail of West Lake and tour the cam- pus of the host institution, Zhejiang University Guanghua Law School. e upcoming CAFLL biennial Conference will be held in Washington,DC, in July 2019, in conjunction with the AALL Annual Meeting. at year will also mark the tenth anniversary of CAFLL since its formation. CAFLL strives to continue serving as a mutually benecial forum to pro- mote the exchange of ideas, practices, and scholarship among US-Sino law librarians. It welcomes all interested parties, old and new friends, to join the 2019 conference in Washington, DC. Please visit CAFLL for more information on the conference at bit.ly/JF18CAFLL. ¢ EDUCATION WEI LUO DIRECTOR OF TECHNICAL SERVICES Washington University Law Library St. Louis, MO luo@wustl.edu © 2018 BY WEI LUO EVELYN MA REFERENCE LIBRARIAN FOR FOREIGN AND INTERNATIONAL LAW Yale Law School Lillian Goldman Law Library New Haven, CT evelyn.ma@yale.edu © 2018 BY EVELYN MA NING HAN TECHNICAL SERVICES LIBRARIAN Concordia University School of Law George R. White Law Library Boise, ID nhan@cu-portland.edu © 2018 BY NING HAN READ Ning Han's article "Legal Research Instruction and Law Librarianship in China: An Updated View of Current Practices and a Comparison with the U.S. Legal Education System," in the winter 2017 issue of Law Library Journal at bit.ly/LLJ109-Han. Evelyn Ma's article "From the Ground Up: Building a Chinese Vernacular Legal Collection to Support Research at Yale and Beyond," in the June 2009 issue of AALL Spectrum at bit.ly/J09-Ma.

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