We asked our law academics to write about one or two notable works that had influenced their thinking. The request was not limited to the influences on their academic role, but in general. The aim was to have an interaction with our colleagues that was not just related to work. We were absolutely thrilled when over 40 of them took the time to write a small piece which explained their selection. From their contributions we prepared a booklet, and a website http://notableworks.squarespace.com/, (and linked from our website www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/law).
We also purchased, as a special collection, their selections, which will be on permanent display in the law library. The works include poetry and paintings and some music as well as some great literature, so it is eclectic in nature. The joint Faculty / LawBod launch took place this evening. The photos show some of the contributors, the books selected, the Dean, and some of the law library project team. We have had wonderful feedback, with many academic colleagues regretting missing the deadline. Whilst there was a fair bit of work and cajoling along the way, the combined efforts of a dedicated team of law library staff resulted in a book and website worth reading. We have enjoyed trying something a little bit different with our academic colleagues. The books will remain on display as a special collection in the corridor shelves on Level 1, near the EU collection.