BIALL Legal Foundations Course - bursary winner Annette Ramsden

Monday, 20 October 2014

With the BIALL Legal Foundations Course about to begin for the new academic year, bursary winner Annette Ramsden tells us what it means to her:

"I was overjoyed to be awarded a bursary to undertake the Legal Foundation course. I am the law subject librarian at the University of Central Lancashire and currently support the students, researchers and staff here. I already have experience in providing assistance in the field of law, having been an academic subject librarian for the past nine years supporting the Law Faculties at the University of Aberdeen & the University of Abertay, Dundee. However the support I provided was focussed on the Laws of Scotland and the legal systems specific to this jurisdiction, rather than the Laws of England & Wales. Whilst I did receive enquiries regarding English law during this time, they were usually specifically related to locating articles or resources rather than the underlying legal system and I could use the legal research skills I had developed to source them. However having, moved back into England to provide law subject support, including training, tutorials and 1-to-1 session for students, researchers and academics at UCLan, I felt my knowledge-base in understanding the concepts, laws and applications in regard to the different subject areas of English law was patchy and incomplete and I was concerned that I was unable to provide an optimum service. I do obviously undertake this user-support and training due to my previous experience in legal research and using legal resources and I pride myself on ensuring that I offer maximum support to the best of my abilities. However, through receiving a bursary to enable me to undertake the Legal Foundations course, I believe I would have a better grasp of the English legal system and this would ensure that I could provide an enhanced service to the user groups I support".

Each year BIALL awards two bursaries to cover the fees for the Legal Foundations Course. The awarding panel bases its decision on a number of factors including the quality of application, reasons for wishing to attend, reasons for applying for a bursary, how the course will benefit the recipients role, proven or potential contribution to BIALL and the ability to be a good ambassador for BIALL. We will hear from our second bursary winner, Lisa Anderson, in an upcoming post on the BIALL Blog.

To find out more about the bursary for this course or to read more about Legal Foundations Course please visit the BIALL website.

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We are 50!

Monday, 13 October 2014

Dear colleagues

We are 50!

We would like to share with our colleagues a milestone in our history. The Bodleian Law Library (aka the LawBod) celebrates its 50th anniversary next Friday, 17th October.

There is an Exhibition in the Bodleian Law Library Main Reading Room on the 20th for a week.

Our online exhibition (select 2) may be of interest to those who are not able to visit us in Oxford. We also have a downloadable pdf of the book produced to commemorate this event.

Best wishes


The LawBod staff.

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BIALL Apology

Monday, 6 October 2014

BIALL has extended apologies to Jon Husband for any offence caused by our use of the term "wirearchy" in the title of our 2015 conference.

We chose the term to encapsulate the theme of our next conference, but hadn't intended to suggest the conference would be explicitly about wirearchy.  We have now removed the term from the title, which remains as 'Collaboration, Co-operation, Connectivity'.

Marianne Barber
BIALL President

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Lyon Declaration

Monday, 15 September 2014

Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development. 
The "Lyon Declaration" is calling on members of  the United Nations to "... ensure that everyone has access to, and is able to understand, use and share the information that is necessary to promote sustainable development and democratic societies." 

BIALL as an organisation has now been added to the list of signatories.


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