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Aslihan Bulut will serve as the Acting Law Librarian of Congress

Aslihan Bulut will serve as the acting Law Librarian of Congress. Aslihan brings a wealth of experience to her new role of providing strategic leadership from her current position, the deputy law librarian for collections at the Law Library of Congress, a role she has been serving in since 2019.

Aslihan Bulut standing in the great hall of the Library of Congress.

Aslihan Bulut. Photo by Geraldine Davila Gonzalez.

Aslihan managed and oversaw the Global Legal Collections Directorate in establishing priorities, design, launch and execution of Law Library initiatives related to physical and digital collections. Prior to joining the Law Library, Aslihan served as the director of academic services in the California State University system at the San Jose State University, King Library campus, where she provided leadership, planning, and administration for collection development, research support, and instruction.

Aslihan has worked in academic law libraries most of her professional career. She served as the program coordinator and librarian for foreign, comparative and international law at the Langdell Law Library of Harvard Law School for over seven years, where she led a team of professional librarians in coordinating all of the library services to the graduate students enrolled in Doctor of Juridical Science and Master of Laws programs at Harvard Law School. She coordinated projects involving the international, foreign, and comparative collections at Langdell Law Library and was the library editor for ShariaSOURCE.

In addition to selecting for jurisdictions across Central, South, and Southeast Asia, she provided research services to Harvard law faculty members, including preparing bibliographies, and conducting extensive legal, academic, interdisciplinary, and policy related research. Aslihan has also worked as a reference librarian and lecturer in law at the Arthur W. Diamond Law Library of Columbia University, School of Law. There, she completed year-long rotations as the interlibrary loan department supervisor, first-year legal research and writing coordinator, Westlaw/Lexis liaison, and foreign, comparative, and international law coordinator. She provided reference services in Anglo-American, international, and foreign law to faculty, students and all other patrons, including creating bibliographies, legislative histories, and in-depth and general research. She also co-developed and co-taught legal research instruction classes for the first year law students, created and taught a Summer Law Associate Research Refresher program, and wrote various research guides on topics like human rights and Islamic law.

Aslihan has been a presenter at numerous national and international library forums, such as the Boulder Conference on Legal Information, the Global Legal Skills Conference and the Annual Conference of the Special Libraries Association. Aslihan has a JD from the City University of New York, School of Law, an MLS from Rutgers University, School of Communication, Information, and Library Science, and a BS from Montclair State University.

Celebrating the Life of Deputy Librarian for Library Collections and Services and Law Librarian of Congress Jane Sánchez

Deputy Librarian for Library Collections and Services and 25th Law Librarian of Congress Jane Sánchez has passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. Jane is survived by her husband, Christopher Freitas, and her three children, Adam, Alyson, and Andrew. She will be dearly missed by her family, friends, and colleagues. Librarian of Congress Dr. […]

New Acquisition: Legal Document Signed by Mary Coffin Starbuck of Nantucket and Wunnatuckquannum

Since March is Women’s History Month, we thought it would be a good time to announce that the Law Library has recently acquired a legal document signed by Mary Coffin Starbuck and the Wampanoag Sachem, Wunnatuckquannum. The Law Library’s rare books collection is in principle a collection of printed books, but we also have the […]

From the Serial Set: Visualizing Yellowstone

Every so often, our team comes across a Serial Set volume that contains photographs, maps, or plates. These visuals preserve moments in time, and in cases of geographical surveys, the early impressions of a landscape. In 1871, geologist Ferdinand V. Hayden led the first of his federally-funded explorations into the Wyoming territory that would later […]

FALQs: The Controversy Over Marriage and Anti-Conversion Laws in India

The following is a guest post by Tariq Ahmad, a foreign law specialist in the Global Legal Research Directorate of the Law Library of Congress. He has previously contributed posts on Islamic Law in Pakistan – Global Legal Collection Highlights, the Law Library’s 2013 Panel Discussion on Islamic Law, Sedition Law in India, and FALQ posts on Proposals to Reform Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws, Article 370 […]

The Constitution of the Colony of Maryland in Liberia

Last September, Betty came across our copy of Constitution and laws of Maryland in Liberia, which needed full cataloging. We knew then that we wanted to talk about this founding document of one of the older democratic governments in Africa. Liberia’s roots extend back to 1821, when former enslaved persons and free-born Blacks first founded […]

An Interview with Aranza Obscura, Herencia Crowdsourcing Intern

Today’s interview is with Aranza Obscura, an intern working on transcribing the Herencia: Centuries of Spanish Legal Documents crowdsourcing campaign at the Law Library of Congress.  Describe your background. I was born in Mexico City and grew up in a border town called Laredo in South Texas. Being steeped in both Mexican and American values allowed me […]

Join Us for a New Lunch and Learn Webinar – Federal Legislative History Research

One of the topics reference librarians get asked about most frequently at the Law Library of Congress is how to find debates, hearings, reports, and other documents that may reflect legislative intent regarding a bill as it moves through Congress. Thus, by popular request, the next entry in the new Lunch and Learn series offered […]

What’s new in Congress.gov? Spring 2021 Edition

Most of our Congress.gov posts focus on the enhancements which are part of our three week sprint cycles by which we release new material and upgrades to Congress.gov. However, sometimes I like to take a longer look back at the work we have done and provide a bigger snapshot of the Congress.gov enhancements. At the […]