Claire M. Germain, the Edward Cornell Law Librarian and Professor of Law, spoke at the conference of Chinese and American law librarians held in Beijing, China, on May 29, 2009. Her topic was "Digitizing the World's Laws," and she discussed collaborative projects on worldwide access to law through the Internet, such as the world legal information institutes, the Global Legal Information Network, and digitization of print materials at Cornell. She also covered digital law issues, such as long term access and preservation and authenticity of official sources. Her co-panelists were Harry S. Martin III, the Henry N. Ess III Librarian and Professor of Law Emeritus at Harvard Law School and Interim Law Library Director and Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Texas; and Billie Jo Kaufman, Associate Dean for Library and Information Resources & Professor of Law at American University.
The conference presented an opportunity for law librarians and legal information professionals from both the U.S. and China to share experiences and exchange views in regard to legal information development and law library management. Professor Germain served on the advisory board for the conference.