History of WCJLN

The World Criminal Justice Library Network was formed at a meeting of librarians and criminal justice information specialists in April, 1991, at the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Those who attended the inaugural meeting at Rutgers were unanimous in their recognition of the increasing demands and pressure placed on criminal justice libraries because of the globalization of crime and responses to it, and because of an information explosion in these fields. It is clear that no library can hope to collect everything, or to serve the diverse and increasingly international needs of its clients. Furthermore, the duplication of efforts on the part of all libraries is not cost beneficial in an era of information explosion accompanied by ever scarce resources. The need to save resources through pooling of information and services is therefore a major reason for establishing WCJLN.

1. To develop specific ways of sharing services and criminal justice information on a global scale.
2. To enhance communication among WCJLN members
WCJLN is working on the following projects:
1. Membership Directory. A directory of participant libraries, which lists holdings, special collections, services, and other details will be compiled and made available at cost.
2. Union List. The feasibility of developing a world union list of serials relating to criminal justice will be investigated, and the list constructed if possible.
3. Accession Lists. A means of sharing accession lists of each participating library will be devised.
4. International Crime Data. Disseminate, through on line data bases and other means, national and international crime statistics and criminal justice profiles.
5. Establish Gateways. Assist in identifying other networks, whether international, governmental, commercial, or academic, and facilitate access to them.
6. Languages. Communicate WCJLN activities and information in English, French and Spanish.
7. Training. WCJLN members will inform other librarians and criminal justice information specialists about the operation of the WCJLN network and related activities, and train as necessary.
8. United Nations. Assist the United Nations in its efforts to disseminate criminal justice information, by working through the United Nations Criminal Justice Information Network (UNCJIN).

Membership in WCJLN is free. For information contact
Phyllis Schultze, Co-chair,
WCJLN steering committee,
Rutgers/NCCD Collection,
S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice,
15 Washington St.,
Newark, N.J. 07102.
Fax: 201 648 1275.
Tel.: 201 648 5522.

This committee is co-chaired by Phyllis Schultze (Rutgers) and Graeme Newman (UNCJIN). Its role is to supervise the various projects of WCJLN. The membership of the committee is currently under review.

The Radzinowicz Criminology Library of the Cambridge Institute of Criminology, England; The Max Planck Institute, Germany; Centre of Criminology, University of Toronto, Canada; The Rutgers Criminal Justice/NCCD Collection, Newark, New Jersey; The Graduate Library of Public Affairs and Policy, the State University of New York at Albany; Institute of Criminology, University of Tubingen, Germany; Le Centre International de Criminologie Comparee, University of Montreal, Canada; Institute of State and Law, USSR Academy of Sciences; International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Science, Siracusa, Italy; The United Nations Dag Hammarskjold Library, New York; United Nations Criminal Justice Information Network (UNCJIN); The United Nations Criminal Justice and Crime Prevention Branch, Vienna, Austria UNCP&CJ; The Helsinki Institute for Crime Prevention and Control, Helsinki, Finland (HEUNI); The Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra, Australia (AIC); The National Criminal Justice Reference Service, U.S.A. (NCJRS).; The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics; National Institute of Justice U.S. Department of Justice; British Home Office Research and Statistics Unit; Canadian Department of Justice Library Services; University of Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy; John Jay College of Criminal Justice Library, New York.
Phyllis Schultze may also be contacted at pschultz@andromeda.rutgers.edu

Newark, NJ, USA : April 1991