Advisory Board

Ruth Bird - Bodleian Law Librarian

Ruth Bird is the Bodleian Law Librarian at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. She has been working in this position for over 10 years. Prior to this she had worked at two leading Australian law firms, managing multiple offices, and also as law librarian at the University of Melbourne. She is active on professional bodies, and is currently First Vice-President of IALL. Her interests are teaching, information literacy skills and the provision of excellent quality services to support the research and teaching undertaken by the Faculty and students. A key achievement has been the growth of the hybrid library service, balancing the e-resources with the ongoing impact of books and other legal resources received via legal deposit in addition to purchase. She is an Honorary Bencher at Middle Temple, and is currently advising on law libraries and their modernisation in Burma.

Janos Böszörmenyi - Researcher

Janos Böszörmenyi works at the University of Vienna, Austria. He is a researcher at the Centre for Computers and Law, where he works on projects funded in the European Union's 7th Framework Programme and the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG). He is Treasurer of the Vienna Centre for Legal Informatics (WZRI). Janos gained work experience at the Austrian Foreign Ministry, several Austrian courts, the European Parliament in Brussels and the Austrian Economic Chamber' office in Budapest. He studied law at the University of Vienna and the University of Geneva.

Pascal Braak - Law Librarian

Pascal Braak, LLM is a Law Librarian at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the Netherlands. He is responsible for print and digital collection management, innovation of products and services, faculty liaison and legal information literacy. As a member of the management team, he also takes part in strategic decision making processes within the Library.
The UvA Law Library serves 3,500 students and 300 employees (research staff and professors). In all library activities the focus lies on 'just in time', and not 'just in case' deliverables; the collection keeps pace with both faculty research priorities and student programmes, whilst courses are taught in close connection with the educational curriculum. From mid-2014 the library will operate an 'e-only' policy. The library also supports research promotion, OA and RDM.

Lesley Dingle - Foreign & International Law Librarian

Lesley Dingle is the Foreign & International Law Librarian at the Squire Law Library University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. She has been working in this role since 1997. She is responsible inter alia for electronic resource management of FCIL materials. She also teaches courses to undergraduate and postgraduates in the Law Faculty on sourcing electronic and print content. This is an integral part of the Faculty teaching curriculum. In 2005 Lesley founded the Eminent Scholars Archive, a unique online resource which documents the careers and works of legal scholars with strong associations to Cambridge University. It includes oral history and other archival material related to individual scholars. Extra mural activities have included various consultancies, as well as chair and membership of several panels, including publishing companies. She is a Senior Member of Wolfson College.

Marci Hoffman - Associate Director, Law Library

Marci Hoffman works at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, United States. As the Associate Director, she is responsible for selection and collection development at the Law Library, including both print and electronic resources. Her specific area of expertise is international, foreign and comparative law research. As such, Marci teaches an international and foreign legal research seminar in the law school curriculum. She has written extensively on international and foreign legal research and resources and is the co-author of International and Foreign Legal Research: A Coursebook (2d ed. 2012). Marci is the General Editor of the Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (AALL) and the Foreign Law Guide (Brill).

Coen van Laer - Legal Information Expert

Coen van Laer works as a Legal information expert and copyright adviser at Maastricht University Library, The Netherlands. His areas of expertise relate to selecting sources of legal information and participating in the development and maintenance of several courses which help students and staff members to find relevant academic information. In addition, he has ample experience in instructing users how to use several databases in order to improve the retrieval of information.
Coen studied both Dutch law and philosophy at the Radboud University Nijmegen; in addition, he had written a doctoral dissertation about the suitability of comparative concepts for legal studies. He publishes regularly in the fields of law and librarianship.

Alison Shea - Reference Librarian/Foreign & International Specialist

Alison Shea is Reference Librarian/Foreign & International Specialist at Fordham University School of Law, United States. She received a BA from Boston University, and a JD and MSLS from The Catholic University of America. Her particular interest is in foreign, international, and comparative law, and teaches a number of sections of both basic and advanced legal research courses on a variety of topics, including US legal research for LLMs and foreign and international research. Alison has authored a number of articles for a variety of publications, and was a co-editor of Sources of State Practice in International Law (2014). She is an active member of the American Association of Law Libraries, the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians, and the International Association of Law Libraries.

René Winter - Liaison Law Librarian

René Winter works as Liaison Librarian Law at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He is responsible for academic information provision on behalf of the Faculty of Law.
Course specific services consist of providing an efficient way to access relevant literature and sources within the academic field of law. This involves optimizing and expanding the digital & print collection of the University Library and acquisitions.
Additional services consist of consultation, support and training, focused on conducting a literature review, making effective use of databases, offering academic information through online portals, digitally searching, finding, selecting, validating and applying academic data.