Herb Cihak, Associate Dean for Library and Information Services and Professor of Law, spoke at the China-United States Conference on Legal Information and Law Libraries, held May 27-30, in Beijing, China. Dean Cihak's topic at the conference was Law Library Issues: Staffing and Costs.
The Conference was jointly sponsored by the State Commission on Legal Education of the Ministry of Education of China, the International Association of Law Libraries, and the American Association of Law Libraries; supported by the China Education Association for International Exchange; and co-organized by the Legal Education Research Institute of China Law Society and the China University of Political Science and Law. Law librarians and legal information professionals from both the U.S. and China gathered at the Conference to share experiences regarding legal information development and law library management. The major goal of the Conference was to promote communication and cooperation in the area of legal information and law libraries between the two countries.
According to Dean Cihak, "[t]his conference brought together librarians, law deans, educational leaders and government officials from throughout China. I believe that bridges have been built which will allow for future exchanges of information technology. The conference produced a declaration of possible future steps�one step being another joint conference scheduled to be held in the U.S. in 2011."