February 27 Colloquium with David Mao, Law Librarian of Congress

 “The Law Library of Congress: Acquisitions, Access, and Authenticity”

 A Colloquium with David Mao

Law Librarian of Congress

Thursday, February 27, 6:00 p.m.
Columbus School of Law, Room 205
Directions – complimentary parking in garage
The Catholic University of America

Abstract:
Originally founded to serve the United States Congress and the Supreme Court of the United States, the Law Library of Congress is today the world’s largest law library, and its mandate has expanded to include serving the legal information needs of the nation and the world.  David S. Mao, Law Librarian of Congress, talks about the creation of world’s largest collection of legal heritage, the access challenges to materials in various formats, and the importance of authentic versions of primary legal information.

About the speaker:
David S. Mao is the 23rd Law Librarian of Congress. He manages the Law Library of Congress, which contains the world’s largest collection of legal materials and serves as the leading research center for foreign, comparative, and international law. Previously he served as Deputy Law Librarian and as a section head in the Congressional Research Service. Mr. Mao is a magna cum laude graduate of The George Washington University. He earned his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, and was in private practice for several years before pursuing a master’s degree in library science at The Catholic University of America. Before entering government service, he held positions at the Georgetown University Law Library and within the research library of the international law firm of Covington and Burling LLP. Mr. Mao has served as treasurer and board member of the American Association of Law Libraries, and currently is treasurer and a board member of the Chinese and American Forum on Legal Information and Law Libraries, of which he is a founding member. A member of the American Bar Association, he is admitted to the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania Bars.

Note regarding accommodations: Please contact David Shumaker, shumaker@cua.edu, at least one week prior to the event to request disability accommodations. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.

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