C O R N E L L L A W LIB R A R Y MYRON TA YLO R H ALL ITH A C A , N EW YO R K
h* r r y b i t n e r L IB R A R IA N
Report o f the Law Librarian 1973-1974
July 16 , 1974
This report must begin with a special word o f praise fo r the en tire Law Library S ta ff fo r its o vera ll performance during the past year.
Particu larly noteworthy has been the s p ir it of
cooperation and the coordination o f many a c t iv itie s between and among the departments o f the Law Library.
BOOK BUDGET , i As a resu lt o f the increase in the U niversity's appropriation to the Law Library book budget, the acquisition o f materials showed a welcome increase over the two previous years. A to ta l o f $164,364.50 was available fo r the year and the year ended with some surplus.
Much o f this surplus w i ll be needed to
bring the co lle c tio n o f taxation materials up-to-date now that there w i ll be a f u l l time member of the law fa cu lty handling taxation courses.
-2An increase in the book budget fo r the next fis c a l year has been approved and the best that can be expected from this increase w i l l be to cover risin g costs o f a l l types o f m aterials.
There is no doubt
that more funds are needed in order to improve the o v e ra ll quality o f the co llectio n .
THE WORK: OF THE DEPARTMENTS
i Acquisitions A to ta l o f 11,^38 volumes were acquired by purchase in 1973-197^ and 252 volumes by g i f t or exchange.
In addition i t was
discovered that fiv e years o f U.S. Supreme Court and New York Court o f Appeals B riefs, to ta llin g 1,13^ volumes, had not been accessioned. One hundred ninety-nine volumes were withdrawn.
A net gain o f 12,625
volumes fo r the year brings the size o f the Law Library co llectio n as o f June 30, 1974, to 294,058 volumes. Beginning in January, 1974, as a resu lt o f the cooperation o f Henry Murphy, Assistant Director and Mann Librarian, we are receivin g many valuable documents through Mann Library's designation as a U.S. Government Depository o f Government publications.
w i ll eventually bring some savings to the Law Library budget.
m aterial being received w ill be le g is la tiv e materials such as hearings and reports as w ell as many other valuable documents.
We hope to
expand this arrangement to include other items o f a le g a l nature. Cataloging This department continues to make excellen t progress in the c la s s ific a tio n and re c la s s ific a tio n o f materials under the new Library o f Congress K (Law) C lassification schemes as they are developed.
-3the present time the area o f Great Britain and Scotland is being c la s s ifie d .
Very shortly the schemes fo r Canada and fo r general
le g a l materials are expected. Public Services During the past year the facu lty has had a number of v is itin g scholars and i t is g ra tify in g to report the many compliments received from these v is ito rs about the excellent service provided by the s t a ff o f this department.
While this s t a ff does deserve much
credit fo r its cooperation and willingness to serve, the support services o f the acquisition and cataloging departments are en titled to some o f this cred it. Collection (Pre-1900 Holdingsâ€”Preservation):
should be made o f the survey by the Law Library s t a ff o f the holdings o f pre-1900 material in connection with the Libraries Preservation Committee established by the Director o f L ib raries.
The Law Library
has about 36,500 volumes published prior to 1900, constituting about 12 per cent o f the present to ta l holdings.
There are 20 books printed
in the l6th Century, 2k1 ? in the 17th Century, and l,L 6 l in the 18th Century.
A f a ir proportion are in need o f repair which is usually
expensive fo r such m aterial.
Their present housing is not the best
fo r such publications. Hours o f Opening:
at the demand o f the students, the Law
Library was open one additional hour in the evening, Sunday through Thursday and an additional four hours on Friday evening, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The use o f the lib ra ry during these additional hours was
not as great as anticipated in view o f the requests by the students.
-4PERSONNEL The current year has brought about a larger than usual turnover o f personnel.
Four members o f the supporting s t a ff have l e f t and
two more w i ll be leaving during the summer.
Mrs. Jean Ehrhorn,
cataloger, has already l e f t to accompany her husband to his new position a fter completing his studies at Cornell. A p a rticu la rly great loss w i ll come with the resignation o f Miss Marie Whited, ch ief o f the Cataloging Section o f the Law Library since 1968.
Miss Whited w ill jo in the s t a ff o f the Library o f Congress
in Washington, D.C.
This is a very fin e advancement fo r her and we
wish her every success.
She has made a very important contribution
with her leadership in the c la s s ific a tio n and re c la s s ific a tio n o f the Law Library co llectio n .
She w ill be missed very much.
I t is good to report that the Law Library s t a ff has been increased by one beginning in July, 197^â€˘
This new supporting s t a ff position
is in the Public Services Department which has been in need o f additional assistance fo r the past four or fiv e years. Personnelâ€”A c tiv itie s Alan Diefenbach served as Administrative Chairman, University Hearing Board. Mrs. Lois Hickson continues to serve on the Serials Currently Received Committee o f the University Libraries. Mrs. Doris Jensen served as a member o f the Committee on D irectories o f the American Association o f Law L ibraries.
She is a member o f the
Cornell University Libraries Planning Council and is the Law Library Representative to the Cornell University Libraries Publications Committee. Mrs. Jensen attended the Seventh Annual Meeting o f the South Central Research Library Council, October, 1973} in A lfred , New York.
-5Thomas Kingsley was elected Vice-President and President-elect o f the Cornell University
Library S ta ff Association.
He is co-author
with Dr. Paulin Atherton, Syracuse University, o f a paper en titled "R etrieval Studies in an Academic Library" delivered before the American Society fo r Information Science Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, October, 1973.
He has published a bibliography, The Federal Impeachment
Process, Cornell University Libraries Bibliography series no. 5 . Mr. Kingsley has worked closely with fa cu lty and students in the preparation o f special bibliographies and has given special lectures on le g a l bibliography to lib ra ry school students.
He has completed
successfully courses in Legal Bibliography and Criminal Justice at the Law School. Robert Oakley is a f u l l time law student and has completed his f i r s t year with a good record.
He works ten hours a week during class
time and f u l l time during the Intersession and the Summer vacation periods.
He is a member o f the American Association o f Law Libraries
Committee on Automation and S c ie n tific Development and is co-editor o f the Newsletter o f this Committee.
He served as President o f the
Cornell University Libraries S ta ff Association and is a member o f the Cornell University Joint Committee on Campus Planning.
Mr. Oakley was
a contributor to American Association o f Law Libraries, Committee on Law Library Services to Prisoners, Checklist o f Materials fo r Prison Law Libraries and represented the Social R esponsibilities Round Tables o f the Finger Lakes at meetings o f the Tompkins County J a il Committee. He has lectured to lib ra ry school groups on le g a l bibliography.
attended the Annual Meeting o f the South Central Research Library Council in October, 1973, in A lfred , New York.
Mr. Oakley was awarded
a grant by the Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library to attend
-6the annual meeting o f the American Association o f Law Libraries in St. Paul, Minnesota, June 23-26, 197^.
Mr. Oakley has developed an
experimental KWIC index to le g a l periodicals and is working with Professor Pasley to obtain computer research f a c i l i t i e s fo r the Cornell Law School. Miss Marie Whited was a member o f the Cataloging and C lassification Committee o f the American Association o f Law Libraries and the Chairi person o f the Standing Committee on Ad Hoc Committees on Promotion o f the Cornell University Libraries Academic Assembly.
She was a collaborator
on a bibliography o f law cataloging a rtic le s fo r the 197^ American Association o f Law Libraries In stitu te on Cataloging and C lassification . Harry Bitner served as a member o f the Constitution and By-Laws Committee o f the American Association o f Law Libraries and attended the annual meeting o f this organization in St. Paul, Minnesota, June 21-26, 1974.
He attended the annual meeting o f the Association o f American
Law Schools in New Orleans, December 27-30, 197^, where he completed his membership on the Committee on Libraries but w i l l continue with the Committee as advisor and consultant.
At this meeting o f the Association
o f American Law Schools he was elected co-presider o f the Section on Legal Research and Writing.
Mr. Bitner continues as Project Director
o f the Libraries Study Project o f this Association.
Some 29 Supplements
to the various subjects o f Law Books Recommended For Libraries published by the Project have been printed or soon w i l l be.
Mr. Bitner served
on the Inspection Team to recommend the possible approval o f the U niversity o f Akron Law School's membership in the Association o f American Law Schools.
He was a member o f the Steering Committee,
Cornell University Libraries Academic Assembly.
Mr. Bitner was
elected to the Board o f Trustees, South Central Research Library
-7Council and Financial Secretary o f the Council o f Federated M inisteries, Cornell University. Mrs. Crystal Bradford continued to serve as Treasurer o f the Flower Committee, Cornell University Libraries. Mrs. P a tricia Hall has earned 15 credits towards an MLS at Syracuse University.
She is a member o f the Cornell University
Library S ta ff B u lletin , a member o f the Constitution Committee, Cornell University Library S ta ff Association, and a member o f the subcommittee on Orientation o f the Libraries Assembly.
As I have already acknowledged at the beginning o f this report my special appreciation to the Law Library s t a ff, I now express my thanks to the Dean, Faculty and Library Committee o f the Law School fo r th eir understanding, cooperation and support.
I am also indebted
to the University Libraries administration and s t a ff fo r th eir assistance and cooperation in so many areas o f operation. Respectfully submitted
S ta tis tic s â€” C ollection, Expenditures
Law Library S ta ff Personnel l i s t
Cornell Law Library S ta tistics 1971/72-1973/74
COLLECTION Vols- held at beginning o f year Volumes added Volumes Withdrawn ^°tal Volumes at end o f year
Volumes previously accessioned at J" ln Library and transferred to Law Library Total
EXPENDITURES Treatises & Monographs ■ ‘higlo-American Po^eign ^°htinuations ^bglo-American Foreign Total Treatises and Continuations ^•hding Total Expenditures
86,907.56 10 , 862.92
120 , 123.57
Appendix 2 G ifts Mr. J. Gardiner Pieper, Marino Bar Review Course, In c., Garden City, New York, a set o f the Marino Library o f New York Law. GDR Committee fo r Human Rights, Berlin, Germany, a copy o f th eir pamphlet "Equal Rights fo r Women in the GDR." Mr. Harold Levy, a g i f t o f $50.00 to be used to purchase books on c i v i l lib e r tie s in the name o f "President John F. Kennedy." Professor Peter Ward, University o f Florida Law Center, G ainesville, F lorida, a copy o f his book The Tort Cause o f Action. Mr. Robert L. Macey, New York, New York, a copy o f his book Our American Leviathan Unbound. Mr. L. R. Fink, National Consumer Finance Association, Washington, D.C., a copy o f Consumer Credit L ife and D isa b ility Insurance. Cornell Law Review, a number o f books used fo r reviewing. Professor P h ilip Bereano, Structural Engineering, Cornell U niversity, a copy o f Lon F u ller, The Problems o f Jurisprudence, 19^9. Professor Robert Pasley, LL.B. 1936, Cornell Law School, a number o f law books and periodicals. Professor Harry Henn, Cornell Law School, a number o f law books. Professor Rudolf Schlesinger,' Cornell Law School, a number o f law books. Professor Bertram W illcox, Cornell Law School, a large number o f le g a l m aterials. Professor William Farnham, LL.B. 1922, Cornell Law School, a number o f law books and periodicals. Cornell International Law Journal., law books used fo r reviewing. Mr. H. D. Rhynedance, J r., Alexandria, V irgin ia, fiv e law books. Professor David Ratner, Cornell Law School, a number o f le g a l m aterials. Dean Roger Cramton, Cornell Law School, a number o f le g a l m aterials. Professor John MacDonald, LL.B. 1926, Cornell Law School, a number o f le g a l m aterials. Professor Walter Oberer, Columbia University, New York, New York, a number o f le g a l m aterials. Professor David Curtiss, LL.B. 19^-0, Cornell Law School, a number o f le g a l m aterials.
Professor Faust Rossi, LL.B. i 960, Cornell Law School, a number o f le g a l m aterials. Professor Kurt Hanslowe, Cornell Law School, a number o f le g a l m aterials. Ezra Cornell, I I I , LL.B. 1927, White & Case, New York, New York, subscription to the Trademark Reporter. Judge Lloyd F. MacMahon, LL.B. 1938, United States D is tric t Court, New York, New York, current volumes o f Federal Reporter, 2d Series, Federal Supplement and Federal Rules Decisions. Professor Lane Wilkins, The University o f Utah Law Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, the 1969 Utah Session Laws. Professor Mario P. Goderich, University o f Miami Law Library, Coral Gables, Florida, the 1967 General Laws. Mrs. S ally Robinson, Ithaca, New York, a number o f le g a l materials from Professor Robinson's co llectio n . Professor Herbert Briggs, Cornell U niversity, Department o f Government, le g a l m aterials. Professor Gray Thoron, Cornell Law School, a number o f le g a l m aterials. D. Boardman Lee, Esq., Ithaca, New York, a copy o f A Treatise on the Law o f Real Property, by Alfred G. Reeves, 1907. Thaler and Thaler law firm , Ithaca, New York, a number o f le g a l m aterials. Professor Harry Bitner, Cornell Law School, a number o f periodicals cash contribution. Max F. Schmitt, '24, Director, Regional O ffice, Cornell University, New York, New York, cash contribution in memory o f Forbes D. Shaw ' 35 . Richard H. Gilden, Esq., LL.B.1971, New York, New York, cash contribution. Allen G. Edwards, cash contribution. John J. Corwin, LL.B. 1932, New York, New York, cash contribution fo r the Leonard H. Bernstein Memorial Fund.
Appendix 3 Exhibits
Witchraft and the Law, Salem, Massachusetts Chief Justice Weintraub, Supreme Court o f New Jersey, Cornell University Law School A l umnu s Federal Impeachment History o f Cornell Law School Ithaca Legal Concepts Project and Publications
Law Library S ta ff
ADMINISTRATION (Extension 6-4236) Harry Bitner, Law Librarian and Professor o f Law Mrs. Crystal Bradford, Administrative Secretary I.
PUBLIC SERVICES (Extensions 6-33^4 and 6 -4775 ) D. Alan Diefenbach, Reference Librarian Robert Oakley, Assistant Reference Librarian (Part Time) Thomas Kingsley, Circulation Librarian Mrs. P a tricia Hall, Library Assistant I I I , A-15 Mrs. Andrea Barnett, Library Assistant I I I , A-15 , Library Supervisor, A-13 Stewart Epstein, Library Assistant, A-12 Miss Diane H eller, Library Assistant I , A-10
TECHNICAL SERVICES A.
, Acquisitions Section (Extension 6 - 3668) Mrs. Mrs. Mrs. Mrs. Gary Miss
Lois Hickson, Order Librarian A lice McPherson, Head Account Clerk, A-15 Janet Baer, Searcher I I , A-15 A lice Olsefski, Searcher I , A-13 Bogart, Library Assistant I I , A-12 Debra Van Buskirk, Library Assistant I , A-10
Cataloging Section (Extension 6-3982) Miss Marie Whited, Catalog Librarian Mrs. Doris Jensen, Cataloger , Cataloger Mrs. Susan Saylor, Library Assistant I I I , A-15 Mrs. Edna Nash, Library Assistant I I I , A-15 Mrs. Nancy McBride, Library Assistant I I , A-12 Miss Sharon Armstrong, Library Assistant I , A-10 Norman Wennet, Library Assistant I , A-10
July, I 97L
CORNELL UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES INFORM ATION REQUESTED FOR VARIOUS A N N U A L REPO RTS FOR THE Y E A R 1973 /74
P lease com plete this form in duplicate and return one fo rm to G. F. Shepherd, Jr. Acting D irector, 201 Olin L ib ra ry , and one to Elizabeth M. Murphy, 234 Olin L i Â brary before July 10, 1974. If you have supplied regular Monthly reports on Circulation, Inter lib ra ry Loans, R eference Service and Cataloging, it is not necessary to furnish totals for the year. L ib ra rie s , other than the Central L i Â braries and its Departments, are asked to supply data on lib ra ry income and expenditures fo r the yea r, and on those items in the annual report fo rm which do not appear on the monthly reports, in so far as your records perm it. L ib ra ry L
_______ _______ Librarian
Harry Bitner______________ __
Circulation and R eserve: A.
Circulation 1. Home Use a. Regular 9f868 b. 7 -day or other ________ Total Home Use 2. Building Use a. Reading Rooms 81.630 b. C arrels ________ c. Studies ________ d. Other (L is t) ________ Total Building Use Total Circulation R e se rv e 1. Closed R eserve -Home Use 10,8o6 2. Overnight - Closed R eserve ________ 3. Home Use - Open Shelf ________ Total R eserve How many hours per week was lib ra ry open for fu ll-s e rv ic e in fa ll term 1973 (excluding pre-exam ination periods and other special tim es)
R eferen ce S ervice A. B. C.
Inform ation and Directions R eferen ce Questions Search Questions
JU M 1.236.
In terlib ra ry S ervice (Loan and Photoduplication) A.
P rob lem Questions ______ 10^ B ibliographies ________ 8 Total R eferen ce S ervice
Lending 1. T itles Requested 2. T itles Loaned 3. Volumes Loaned B orrowing 1. T itles Requested 2. T itles Borrowed 3. Volumes Borrowed Photoduplication 1. Outgoing (Lending) a. O rders and Inquiries R eceived b. O rders F illed (by T itle ) 1. Photoprint (X erox-C oin fax e tc .) a. X erox - Coinfax b. X erox - Copyflo, photoÂ stats etc. c. M icrofilm s d. Other M icroform s 2. Incoming (Borrowing) a. O rders W ritten b. O rders F illed
Copy S ervice A.
X erox E xternal Use (No. of sheets) 1. Campus - (cash) 21,171____ 2. M ail O rders ____________ Total External Use Internal L ib ra ry U se* (No. o f Sheets) ILL Coin-Op Copier 1. Total Coin Dial _____ _______ 2. A ll Other a. Interdepartm ent _____ 192 b. In terlib ra ry _____ c. Known Internal 1,030
",!If w ork done for In terlib ra ry Loan S ervice Do Not count as "In tern al L ib r a r y U se". Show as I L L . This w ill elim inate duplication o f count.
No. of Orders Placed No. of Volumes at Beginning of Y ear No. of Volumes Added by Purchase No. of Volumes Added by Gift or Exchange Total No. of Volumes Added E. Total Volumes No. of Volumes L ost or Withdrawn fro m F. Records Total Number at end of year G. M ic ro film H. a. No. of R eels (physical count) held at beginning of year b. No. of R eels (physical count) added c. No. of R eels (physical count) at end of year M icrocards I. a. No. of Ph ysical Units held at beginning of year b. No. of Ph ysical Units added c. No. of P h ysical Units at end of year M icroprin t Sheets J. a. No. of Ph ysical Units held at beginning of year b. No. of Ph ysical Units added c. No. of Ph ysical Units held at end of year K. M icrofich e a. No. of Ph ysical Units held at beginning of year b. No. of Ph ysical Units added c. No. of Ph ysical Units held at end of year L . T O T A L M ic ro fo rm Units held at end of year (a d d le , Jc, Kc) M. Motion Pictu res a. No. held at beginning of year b. No. added c. No. at end of year N. Audio Recordings a. No. held at beginning of year b. No. added c. No. held at end of year
A. B. c. D.
12 , 82kÂ° 29k, 257 199 291^.058-
______ 26___ _______ 0___ 36
0 0 2
0 _______ 0___ 0
30k ______ 39___ 33l 322
0 _______ k___
Includes 5-year backlog o f New York State Briefs and U.S. Supreme Court B riefs, Total: 1,13k volumes.
g_ 0 0 0 0
Q. 0 q
B. C. D. E.
Records a. No. held at beginning of year b. No. added c. No. held at end o f year F ilm strip s (include film loops) a. No. held at beginning of year b. No. added c. No. held at end of year Maps a. No. held at beginning o f year b. No. added c. No. held at end of year
New 1. 2. 3.
T itles O riginal Cataloging L. C. Cataloging Other Total New T itles Total N ew Volumes Maps M icro-Reproductions (P ie ce s) R ecla ssified and Recataloged 1. T itles 2. Volumes Card Production 1. Printed Cards (L C or Other) 2. Typed Cards 3. Multilithed Cards Completed 4. Multilithed Cards Run
2509 _________ 3424 807*+
Newspapers Currently R eceived A. B.
C. D. E. F.
Number of subscriptions beginning of year Added by Subscription 1. Through C .U . L ib ra ry 2. D irectly Withdrawn No. of Subscriptions end of year Added by Gift and Exchange Number of Gifts & Exchanges beginning of year 1. Through C .U . L ib ra ry 2. D irectly Withdrawn No. of Gift & Exchange Subscriptions Total No. of T itles R eceived
______ 0 0 q_
0 0 0
V III. S erials C urrently R eceived (Excluding Newspapers reported above) A. B. C.
Number of T itles beginning of year T itles Added during year No. of Withdrawals & Cancellations Total No. o f T itles R eceived
___ 5. 1*68^
L ib r a r y Expenditures A.
Person al S ervices 1. Salaries a. P rofession a l $ . 93,990.00 b. C lerica l 102.806.00 Total Salaries 2. T em porary Services a. Student b. Non-Student (Include fu ll-tim e staff paid on hourly rate) 26.80 Total Tem porary S ervices Total P erson a l S ervices Books, P e rio d ic a ls and Binding 1. Books & P e rio d ica ls a. A llocation $ 142. OOP. 00 b. Endowment Funds 8,178.00 c. Special Gifts 14,186.50 Total Books & P e rio d ica ls 2. Binding 3. Total Books, P e rio d ica ls and Binding 4. General Operating Expenses 5. Equipment a. N ew 60 Drawer Card Catalog b. Replacement 6 . Other Grand Total L ib ra ry Expenditures
$ 196, 796.00
$ _ J u o 85jli i 200.841.11
L ib r a r y Staff A.
Salaried Staff (given in fu ll-tim e equivalents) 1. P ro fes sio n a l 2. C le ric a l Total
7 ^ ¥■ >q
Student and Other Hourly Assistants 1. Number of Hours of Student Assistants During Year 2. Number of Hours o f Other Hourly Assistants (Include fu ll-tim e staff paid on hourly rate) Total Hours
___ 10.0 1.922.8
This Inform ation w ill be treated as C O N F ID E N TIA L. For Consolidated Budget - 1974/75 F igu res. A.
Total Number o f Positions 1. Adm inistration 2. P ro fessio n a l 3. N on -P rofession al Total 1974/75 Budget Figures 1. P erson a l S ervices a. Salaries b. Tem porary Services Total 2. Books, P e rio d ica ls & Binding a. Books and P eriod ica ls b. Binding Total 3. Other 4. Equipment
______1 ______6.5 ___ l6 23.5
110, 121 No Report
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