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Law Librarianship in India with Special Reference to the Judicial Library System

  • Rakesh K. Shrivastava

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Law librarianship, especially the librarianship in judicial institutions, is different from librarianship in any other discipline. This aspect is more appropriately explained by Prof. Igor I. Kavass, when he says that “the reason for law libraries being different from other types of libraries is that they serve a profession which is literally unable to exercise its work without the use of books.” While Librarians in other organizations may convince their users to give them some time for catering to their information requirements, a court librarian has to furnish the desired information at once because the case is being argued in the Court and desired information is needed in the course of the argument. So a law librarian has to provide the information instantly without any excuse. Because of this reason, a law librarian has to be a very alert professional and must develop his or her own tools and expertise to provide the desired information instantly.

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1 Kavass, Igor I. Law Libraries of United States Development & growth. International Journal of Law Libraries- 1975, 3 P 27–28.

2 Frederic, D. Dollenny (ed.). The Law Library: A living truth. Proceeding of 6th Biennial, Institute of Law Librarians, June 28-July 2, 1963, Chicago, Illoliois, 1964.

3 Report of the Lord Chancellor's Committee on law reporting.

4 Shrivastava, R.K., Vijay Kumar and Geeta Pai. Information use pattern in the field of law: An analysis of legal Literature cited by Advocates in the apex court. (communicated for publication).

5 Khodie, Dr. Narmada. In an interview by Mahr, Theodore A. An introduction to Law Library in India. Law Library Journal, 1991; 82 PP-91–128.

6 1973 Suppl. SCC 1.

7 1967 (2) SCR 762.

8 2002 (8) SCC 481.

9 Shrivastava, R.K & Sharma, Poonam. Dependence on foreign Literature of Lawyers in India: An analysis of citation pattern in constitutional bench decisions. (communicated for publication).

10 Shrivastava, R.K., Vijay Kumar and Geeta Pai. op. cit.

11 Ibid.

12 “Union catalogue of current periodicals in Supreme Court and High Court libraries in India”. Supreme Court Judges Libraries, New Delhi, 2005.

13 All India Judge's Association Vs. Union of India reported in AIR 1993 SC O 2510.

14 Jacobstein. The role of the Law schools in the education of Law Librarians. 55 Law Library J. 209–211 (1962).

15 Shrivastava, R.K., Vijay Kumar and Geeta Pai. op. cit.

16 Shrivastava, R.K Organising Law Librarianship in India: Role of the Professional forum. Paper presented in National Seminar of Perspective of Law Librarianship in India, Oct 14–15, 2006 at SNDT Women's University, Mumbai.

17 125th Law Commission Report (1988).

21 Quoted In. Dixon, Herbert B. Jr. The Lack of effort to ensure Integrity & Trustworthiness of Online Legal Information & documents. Judges Journal, Summer 2007, P 42–45.

* Chief Librarian, Supreme Court of India, New Delhi. The author wishes to express his gratitude to the Honorable Chief Justice of India for granting me permission to present my paper in this International Conference. I am also grateful to the Secretary General of the Supreme Court of India for his encouragement and support.

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