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 regarding law library issues from May 27-30, in Beijing, China.
Law librarians and legal information professionals from both the U.S. and China shared 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.
Cihak spoke on Law Library Issues: Staffing and Costs. He joined Pepperdine in 2007 as the associate dean of Library and Information Services and professor of law. Prior to his arrival at Pepperdine he was the director of the Young Law Library and professor of law at the University of Arkansas from 2004-2007 after serving as the associate vice chancellor for library and information technology at Louisiana State University Law Center from 2001-2004.
He also served as director of the law library and professor of law at Kentucky from 1994 to 2001. During 1988 to 1994, he was affiliated at the University of Mississippi, first as head of Public Services, and then in 1991 he assumed the position of director of the law library and assistant professor of law. Prior law library service includes work in Oklahoma, Texas, and California.
Cihak has presented numerous state, regional, and national programs dealing with library and information technology issues. He has written extensively on topics dealing with library management, and marketing. His 2002 book, Leadership Roles for Librarians has been designated an American Association of Law Libraries Series Publication. He has served as president of the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries in 2001-2002, and he is currently active in regional chapters of the American Association of Law Libraries.
Cihak teaches Election Law. He has published articles dealing with the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and election law reform.