MSC activities update

Friday, 29 February 2008

Membership Services Committee (MSC) has been planning its activities around the forthcoming conference.

Thank you to all those who responded to the questions on mentoring for new delegates at conference. It was good to have a range of responses from seasoned delegates as well as those for whom Dublin will be their first event.

The consensus was in favour of a buddy scheme, with the other useful information being published via this blog (what to wear and where people are staying are two key details people seemed keen to know).

New delegates will receive information during the booking process.

Members' Forum - now known as Have your Say - will take a slightly different form this year - see earlier blog post for details.

As well as the conference activities, MSC has recently reviewed the salary survey questions in light of feedback from last year's exercise, reducing ambiguity and increasing relevance.

A new approach to Members’ Forum

If you are attending this year’s conference you will notice that Members’ Forum has been renamed “Have your say…”.

The new name is not the only change. The Membership Services Committee (MSC) are looking at ways to encourage discussion and would like members to use this blog to post any suggestions or questions.

The suggestions or questions posted will hopefully set the foundations for a lively discussion at “Have your say…”. This will also allow those who are unable to attend the conference to have an input into this important member’s event.

In addition to this, as a special incentive there will be a prize draw that all attendees can enter as they arrive. “Have your say…” will be on Thursday 12 June 2008, starting at 16:15 with an anticipated finish of 17:15.

Cheese...if you please

Thursday, 28 February 2008

Tomorrow will see BIALL members gather for the now Annual Cheese and Wine Party.

The Cheese and Wine Party is always an extremely well attended event so for anybody is going tomorrow the BIALL Bloggers look forward to seeing you there.

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Not quite the Brits...

Thursday, 21 February 2008

...but there are still loads of reasons why you should add your nomination to those already received by the Awards and Bursaries Committee.

Every year BIALL recognises and rewards the high levels of service and professional commitment achieved by individuals and services working within the legal information/law library sector. This also includes awards to publishers and suppliers in respect of good customer relations practice and for high standards of publishing.

This year the following awards are up for grabs:

Please do have a look at the criteria and support good practice in these areas, by voting today! For more information on all of these award please contact Susan Scorey

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Law Firm Librarians play crucial intelligence role (Part 2)

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Following swiftly on from a previous blog post Sweet & Maxwell/Thomson have emailed me to say that they are not planning to publish the research discussed in the Law Society Gazette article but they are happy to send the presentation, which is a summary of the results, to anyone who is interested.

Requests for the slides which contain a summary of the results should be sent to

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Law firm librarians play crucial intelligence role..

Thursday, 14 February 2008 the title of a story on page 6 of this weeks Law Society Gazette (14/02/2008) in it the author discusses the results of a report published by Sweet & Maxwell (unfortunately not available online at present) which shows that librarians have exchanged their traditional roles of researching changes in the law to supplying commerically foucsed information.

The research also showed that 70% of senior information professionals now deliver market information and other commercially valuable benefits to their firms.

An intriguing article, it will be interesting to read the full report when it is officially published.

The Past, Present & Future of Legal Information

Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Lexis Nexis Butterworths have made this seminar available here for all to view. Unfortunately I'm not able to view this video but no doubt the Richard Susskind speech will be interesting, as will the Q&A session, with questions including;

  • What might Web 2.0 mean to clients of Lawyers
  • Convincing lawyers to use online technologies
  • The authority of an online community
  • The role of government in providing value added access to law

Law Librarianship in 2007 : A review

Fiona Durrant, BIALL Council Member and Loyita Worley, editor of the BIALL Handbook of Legal Information have co-written a piece for the latest CILIP update. The piece is a review of developments during 2007 and a look at what the future holds for Law Librarianship. Significant developments during 2007 included;

  • The Financial Times placing an embargo on its content.
  • The challenges and opportunities created by Web 2.0 technologies especially Blogs and Wikis
  • The increased importance of online resources
  • The challenge of dealing with spiralling costs

This is a well written piece which sits alongside reviews of 2007 by other Librarians. The question is, what does 2008 hold?

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