Affiliations: [a] Librarian, St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, Delhi-110 007, (E): [email protected] | [b] Associate Professor, Department of Library & Information Science, University of Delhi, Delhi-110 007, (E): [email protected]
Abstract: The judicial system of India is large and complex in size. The amount of legal information is growing at enormous pace, and legal professionals no longer commit such large amount of knowledge to memory. It is cumbersome for the users to locate the valuable legal information related to respective problem. Therefore, a study was conducted to know the librarians’ perspective to develop a model Online Legal Information System (OLIS) to suit the Indian environment. Findings of the study reveal that access instruction on the online resources are not clear, and there is lack of expertise in using legal databases. Majority of respondents suggested that the following resources and features should be incorporated in the proposed OLIS: Parliament debates, equivalent citation table, commentaries, search through appellant/respondent, Boolean search operators, printing and e-mail facility, help services through e-mail/discussion forum, citation search facility, search results filter, online account service, export of bibliographical record, save/export of retrieved results, save their searches, subject-wise clustering, Web 2.0 tools, online training, link to useful websites in the field of law, and help services. A number of suggestions put forward by the respondents are also recorded and incorporated in different features of the OLIS.
Keywords: Online legal information resources, Electronic resources, Law libraries, Librarians, India