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Issues and Trends of Collection Development of East Asian Law in the United States

Law Library Journal, Vol. 105, No. 3, pp. 321-351, 2013

Northeastern University School of Law Research Paper No. 132-2013

32 Pages Posted: 16 Mar 2013 Last revised: 6 Feb 2015

Jootaek Lee

Northeastern University - School of Law

Xiaomeng Zhang

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Law School

Keiko Okuhara

University of Hawaii - William S. Richardson School of Law

Evelyn L. Ma

Yale University - Law School

Date Written: August 1, 2013

Abstract

This paper will first delineate the general policy and guidelines for developing foreign and transnational law collections in U.S. law libraries. It will then analyze factors which shape their East Asian collections, such as the law libraries’ preservation and digitization efforts and their related cost-efficiency, faculty and student interests, and the availability and quality of English translations. In the sections entitled “Basic Collection Materials and Trends of East Asian Countries,” print and electronic resources for conducting research in the laws of Republic of Korea, Japan and China, as well as those of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, are comprehensively surveyed. Lastly, the concluding section explores the pressing issues, current trends and challenges in developing South Korean, Chinese and Japanese law collections in an academic law library in the United States.

Keywords: international law, foreign law, China, Chinese, Japan, Japanese, Korea, Korean, collection, library, libraries, issues, trends, Northeastern, Yale, Michigan, Hawaii, foreign law collection, international law collection, research, legal research, East Asian law research, foreign law research

Suggested Citation

Lee, Jootaek and Zhang, Xiaomeng and Okuhara, Keiko and Ma, Evelyn L., Issues and Trends of Collection Development of East Asian Law in the United States (August 1, 2013). Law Library Journal, Vol. 105, No. 3, pp. 321-351, 2013; Northeastern University School of Law Research Paper No. 132-2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2233508

Jootaek Lee (Contact Author)

Northeastern University - School of Law ( email )

416 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
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Xiaomeng Zhang

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Law School ( email )

625 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1215
United States

Keiko Okuhara

University of Hawaii - William S. Richardson School of Law ( email )

2515 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822-2350
United States

Evelyn L. Ma

Yale University - Law School ( email )

P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520-8215
United States

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