October 24-26, 2007
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Paper International Cultural Heritage Law Bibliography

Sally Wise, Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law, University of Miami Law School, USA

Abstract

The Mellon Foundation has given a grant to the University of Miami to support planning for and initial development of an International Cultural Heritage Law Bibliography (ICHLB). ICHLB would be the first, fully-abstracted, online bibliographic data base in cultural heritage law and policy, potentially encompassing the disciplines of art law, museum law, cultural property law and preservation law.

ICHLB is a collaborative undertaking among the University of Miami School of Law, the J. Paul Getty Trust, and the Project for Cultural Heritage Law & Policy. The project, founded in 2003 and directed by Professor Stephen Urice of the University of Miami School of Law, completed its initial feasibility study of ICHLB in 2004-2006. A Conference on Bibliographic Resources and Needs for Heritage Law and Policy was held at the Biddle Law Library, University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 2004.

Over the period of the planning grant, the collaborators will examine such issues as ICHLB’s subject and document scope, creation of a classification/indexing system, and ICHLB’s long-term sustainability. The findings will be presented for review at a meeting of an international advisory board.

University of Miami School of Law Professors Stephen Urice and Sally Wise are co-principal investigators under the grant.

Keywords: international, cultural heritage, law, bibliography, online, abstracts

Project Description

Institutional Participants

  • University of Miami School of Law
  • J. Paul Getty Trust
  • The Project for Cultural Heritage Law & Policy

Identified Individual Participants: (with role and e-mail address)

  • Stephen Urice, Ph.D., J.D., Associate Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law. Co-Principal Investigator for Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant, and Director, The Project for Cultural Heritage Law & Policy
  • Sally Wise, J.D., M.L.L., Professor of Law and Director of the Law Library, University of Miami School of Law. Co-Principal Investigator for Andrew W. Mellon grant.
  • Robin Schard, MLS, J.D., Assistant Library director for Public Services, University of Miami School of Law. Co-Principal participant from the Law Library.
  • Helen Wohl, J.D., MLS, Assistant Library Director for Collection Development and Special Collections, University of Miami School of Law. Co-Principal participant from the Law Library.
  • Kenneth Hamma, MFA, Ph.D., Executive Director, Digital Policies and Initiatives, J. Paul Getty Trust Leads the Getty’s participation in this collaboration.
  • Luke Swetland, Master of Arts, MLS, Senior Manager, AATA Online, Getty Conservation Institute, J. Paul Getty Trust. Principal participant from the Getty.

Funding Organization(s)

  • Private: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Funding Amount:

  • $50,000 Currency U.S. Dollars

Duration

  • Start Date 02/01/2007
  • End Date 04/15/2008

Project Description

A. Problem Statement

Cultural Heritage Law is a relatively young area of scholarship. It includes such disciplines as art law, cultural property law, heritage law, museum law, and related fields. Although there are several on-line resources for students, scholars, attorneys, journalists and others, no comprehensive, easily searchable bibliography exists. Nor has any organization created a classification system for the increasing number of publications in the field. The collaborators believe that scholarship would be facilitated with a fully-abstracted, comprehensive, on-line bibliography. There are other benefits as well. Cultural heritage law is experiencing not only an increase in academic interest but also increased interest in the courts and media. Judges, policy makers, journalists and others do not currently have access to a bibliography to help guide their decision-making and writing. The proposed bibliography will also provide these users with an easily accessible means of finding publications to assist their work.

B. Objectives

The International Cultural Heritage Law Bibliography (ICHLB) is a collaborative project among the University of Miami School of Law, the J. Paul Getty Trust, and the Project for Cultural Heritage Law & Policy. The Project, founded in 2003 and directed by Professor Stephen Urice of the University of Miami School of Law, completed its initial feasibility study of ICHLB in 2006. One part of this process was to hold in 2004 a conference at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law on Bibliographic Resources and Needs for Heritage Law and Policy. At the end of 2006, Professors Stephen Urice and Sally Wise of the University of Miami School of Law submitted a request to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a six-month planning grant to support planning for and initial development of the on-line, abstracted bibliography. The grant was awarded early in 2007. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the grant report will not be submitted to the Foundation until April 15, 2008.

C. Methods

The planning grant seeks to accomplish the following tasks

  • Identify and describe existing specialized bibliographic resources, determining potential collaborations or conflicts;
  • Finalize subject and document scope;
  • Identify and describe potential users;
  • Analyze sources of revenue for long-term sustainability;
  • Develop a collection development plan for the University of Miami School of Law Library and ascertain how the library will develop expertise to manage and provide access to the collection;
  • Develop a plan for the creation of a classification system and an indexing system;
  • Formalize the relationship and working model among the collaborators to assure effective implementation;
  • Determine optimal distribution mechanisms including the Getty’s existing network and through specialized legal research organizations and systems;
  • Identify and describe potential sources of support for ICHLB’s first, three-year implementation and launch phase to follow this planning phase;
  • Develop a grant narrative and budget for the development and launch phase;
  • Constitute and convene an international Advisory Board to review and critique the findings of the planning grant; and
  • Prepare a final report on these tasks to guide the implementation and continuing work for sustainability.

D. Milestones

  • The first milestone will be the completion of the planning grant’s report.
  • The next milestone will be the receipt of funding for ICHLB’s first, three-year implementation and launch phase.
  • The third milestone will be the success in sustaining the ICHLB.

E. Products

  • The product will be the International Cultural Heritage Law Bibliography, an on-line abstracted bibliography.

Cite as:

Wise, S., International Cultural Heritage Law Bibliography , in International Cultural Heritage Informatics Meeting (ICHIM07): Proceedings, J. Trant and D. Bearman (eds). Toronto: Archives & Museum Informatics. 2007. Published October 24, 2007 at http://www.archimuse.com/ichim07/papers/wise/wise.html