The Future of Law Libraries

Dave Hoffman

Dave Hoffman is the Murray Shusterman Professor of Transactional and Business Law at Temple Law School. He specializes in law and psychology, contracts, and quantitative analysis of civil procedure. He currently teaches contracts, civil procedure, corporations, and law and economics.

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5 Responses

  1. John Armstrong says:

    This might be a bit of a nitpick, but does “sub rasa” have a meaning not clear to the generally educated layman, or was it a confounding of “sub rosa” and “tabula rasa“?

  2. Tomas Gomez says:

    I have had only limited experience with using an integrated library (i.e., where the law-school books are found in a single university-wide library), but that experience was not favorable. The place was the University of Stockholm where I performed some legal research over a couple of days for an article. I found it difficult to navigate the library in my search for the law books (incidentally, language was not the barrier) and found that the reference librarians were not as knowledgeable about the legal resources as I would have hoped. I may have just been there on a bad weekend, so to speak. But I don’t think I would be the first to recognize the value of librarians that specialize in our discipline. I would be interested to hear about anyone else’s experience with integrated libraries.

  3. Jim Milles says:

    I’ve just posted a lengthy comment on this issue at Out of the Jungle.

  4. Confessions of a Stack Rat

    I’ve been thinking a lot, recently, about the purposes of law libraries. In part that’s because of Dave Hoffman’s insightful post about these institutions. The bigger reason is that I’m on the library director search committee for one of the…

  5. Joe Hodnicki says:

    For an update on Tulane Law Library see

    Damage Control at Tulane Law Library on Law Librarian Blog at

    http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/law_librarian_blog/2006/01/damage_control_.html