Publications and lectures by IALS visting fellows

Visiting Fellowship in Law Librarianship


The Institute considers applications for the Fellowship in Law Librarianship in respect of any area of law librarianship but welcomes in particular projects which relate to the following activities in which its own library is involved:

  • The continuing development of its collections particularly from jurisdictions outside the United Kingdom. This may include the development of co-operative links between libraries.

  • The continuing development of the provision of legal information in electronic form, particularly from the regions described above.

  • The generation of external funds, particularly with regard to the provision of information services to the legal profession.

  • Implementation and exploitation of the Innopac system in law libraries.

  • Archives of legal information in particular relating to legal education.

The duration of Fellowship is flexible but is normally between 2 and 6 months. Fellowships can consist of or include a period working with Institute library staff or be a period of research based in a research carrel.

The general terms of visiting fellowships and the application procedure are available here.
Applications are normally considered by the Research Committee and the Library Committee of the Institute in April preceding the academic year, October to September, in which the fellowship will be held. However, applications may be considered at any time of the year. Intending applicants may discuss their applications with the Librarian .

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Current Fellow

Not at present

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Past Fellows

January 2014 - April 2014
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Bård Tuseth
Law Librarian at the University of Oslo

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Bård Tuseth's main research undertaking during his time at IALS has been an investigation into academic research support at major law libraries in and around London - looking particularly at facilities and services that are aimed at the need of academic researchers or of special use for this group. As part of his research he talked to key staff at the IALS Global Law Library, visited colleagues at City University Law Library, the Squire Law Library at Cambridge and the Bodleian Law Library at Oxford. These talks gave insight into research support services at these institutions and will yield an article where Bård will discuss different approaches to research support.

In addition Bård's time at IALS gave him the opportunity to work on his part of a forthcoming book on writing a masters thesis in law. The book is a collabortaive initiative with a Norwegian legal researcher and will be published by Universitetsforlaget in the spring of 2015.

October 2006 - January 2007
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Richard J Matthews
former Head of Reference and Research Services
University Libraries, Wichita State University

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Richard Matthews' research in the UK grows out of his ongoing work as co-editor of the forthcoming State-by-State Report on Authentication of Online Legal Resources (AALL Access to Electronic Legal Information Committee and Washington Affairs Office). He is investigating UK perspectives, examining national law and information policy addressing official status of publicly available legal resources on the Web, as well as use of authentication procedures, if any, for those sources. Matthews was editor-in-chief of the State-by-State Report on Permanent Public Access to Electronic Government Information (AALL Government Affairs Committee and Washington Affairs Office, 2003).

When is Law on the Web the Official Published Source? Criteria, Quandaries, and Implications for the US and UK

Discussion Draft on Presentation at IALS on Monday, 11 December 2006

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January 2006 - March 2006
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Uma Narayan
Chief Librarian, The Honourable Judges' Library,
Bombay High Court, Mumbai, India

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During her fellowship, Uma Narayan also held a Commonwealth Professional Fellowship.

January 2006 - March 2006
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Cynthia Fellows
former State Law Librarian of Alaska

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During her fellowship, Cynthia provided assistance to BAILII, working on a methodology for compiling subject lists of leading cases in English law. She pursued independent research into current trends in citation to and reliance on non-traditional sources of authority in US appellate court opinions, exploring the extent to which these changes are reflective of overall trends in legal culture. Her article on Alaska law libraries, Law Libraries of "the Last Frontier", was published in Legal Information Management November 2004, pp 257-264. Cynthia Fellows was subsequently appointed Associate Research Fellow of the Institute and continues to work closely with the British and Irish Legal Information Institute at IALS , focusing on improving the usability of BAILII's interface and search engine.

June 2002 - June 2002

Amber Lee Smith
former Foreign and International Law Librarian,
Los Angeles County Law Library

March 2002 - March 2002
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Mary Jane Kelsey
Associate Director for Technical Services
Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School

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Mary Jane Kelsey spent a concentrated period of her time at IALS with section heads who were responsible for various aspects of Innopac library system.

She gave two public presentations to librarians from the seven research institutes of the School of Advanced Study to introduce the Millennium modules Yale had recently beta tested.  She also spent time with IALS librarians learning that the issues they deal with and the solutions are quite similar to those of American academic law libraries.

May 2001 - July 2001
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Halvor Kongshavn
Law Librarian at Bergen University Library, Norway

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Fellowship report:

Web publication: Web Sources to public internaitonal law -

Web publication: Web texts to public international law -

Printed publication of above web publications:

Chapter 4 in the book "Praktisk rettskildelære" -

Article in journal - Amicus Curiae (Issue 36, August 2001, pp 13-14)

May 2000 - July 2000

Caron Rollins
Associate Law Librarian, Diana M. Priestley Law Library,
University of Victoria, British Columbia

April 1999 - September 1999
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Vanessa O'Meara
Reader Services Librarian, Law Courts Library, Sydney

October 1997 - September 1998

David Wills
Squire Law Librarian, University of Cambridge

February 1997 - March 1997

Oluremi Jegede
former Librarian of the
Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

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