Legal Reference Materials Course

Thursday, 13 November 2014

BIALL is running the Legal Reference Materials course again on 15th December at City University.

This course is intended for recent entrants to law librarianship and for those working in more general libraries which have legal materials. The aim of the course is to introduce participants to the structure of law and legal materials as well as to teach participants how to use the basic legal reference materials. The one day course also provides participants with practical experience. This is an ideal course for both librarians and assistants.

- Tony Simmonds from the who is Senior Librarian at the University of Nottingham will be taking participants through legislation sources.
- Emily Allbon Lecturer in Legal Skills and Method and Director of Mooting at City University will be taking participants through case law sources.

Please see our website for full details and booking form.

Contributed by: Lisa Anderson

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British And Irish Association Of Law Librarians (BIALL) – Written evidence (DSC0020)

Monday, 3 November 2014

Published on the Parliament website:

Essentially, it's a summary of the LETR work and how our response highlights the role information professionals can play in skilling the future workforce (in the legal sector).

Q4. What skills do future workers need in order for the UK to be globally competitive? How do the digital skills required for technical roles compare to those needed by the wider workforce to operate in a digitally competitive environment? Can the current supply chain deliver this?

In response to this question, the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL)[1], will be referring to those working in legal practice and studying in Legal Education as those who fall under the ‘wider workforce’ who will need to work in the increasingly digital environment as opposed to those with the technical skills who will be building the future digital environment. As BIALL recently contributed to the Legal and Education Training Review (LETR), this response is a summary of BIALL’s contribution to the LETR.

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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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