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Meeting of the world's leading criminal justice librarians in Canberra

Media Release

12 January 2003

The world's leading Criminal Justice Librarians will be meeting in Canberra this week at a conference hosted by the Australian Institute of Criminology and the Australian Federal Police. They will be attending the 7th World Criminal Justice Library Network meeting here in Canberra. This is the first time that the biennial meeting of the Network has been held outside of either Europe or North America.

The World Criminal Justice Library Network (WCJLN), established in 1991, represents librarians, managers and information specialists from the world's leading criminal justice libraries.

'Librarians from both the Australian Institute of Criminology and the Australian Federal Police have taken a leading role in the provision of innovative information services, and Australia's hosting of this important world meeting is a recognition of the quality of this information work', said the Institute's Director, Dr Adam Graycar.

In his opening remarks to the meeting, Dr Graycar will highlight three challenges for criminal justice information providers in the 21st Century:

  • Firstly to think and operate globally. It is a long time since crime and justice issues have been the limited concern of single nation states.
  • Secondly, technological innovations in communications and librarianship offer wonderful opportunities for information providers to deliver a range of innovative services for clients.
  • Finally, librarians face a challenge to harness global and transnational networks, and modern technology, to benefit a wider range of nation states and a larger worldwide audience.

The meeting's program includes a number of interesting and challenging presentations, including:

  • From carnal knowledge to sedition and mutiny: the life and times of a prosecutions librarian
  • Knowledge management for the Hong Kong Police Force
  • Online legal publishing at the University of the South Pacific, Vanuatu
  • Online resources for teaching criminology and criminal justice.