West salutes law librarians

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Feeling a bit down, then have a look at this video which was shown at the recent AALL Conference. The video, produced by West is part of a campaign in the US which aims to "salute law librarians" and the critical role they play in managing knowledge and information on behalf of the organizations they represent.

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Make sure you receive your BIALL Newsletter

It is usual for bulk mail outs to be blocked by certain mail servers, even legitimate ones. If you haven't yet received your July newletter, this could be why.


We advise members to check spam/junk folders and to "whitelist" the email address (list@biall.org.uk) to prevent it from being tagged as spam.


In Outlook this is done by:

1.On the Tools menu, click Options.
2.On the Preferences tab, under E-mail, click Junk E-mail.
3.Click the Safe Senders or Safe Recipients tab.
4. Click Add.
5.In the Enter an e-mail address to be added to the list box, enter the address you want added(list@biall.org.uk), and then click OK.

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Green Book is being renamed...."The Green Book"

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Lexis Nexis (LN) has officially acknowledged that the Civil Court Practice is indeed called the 'Green Book'. This is after Law Librarians have been doing so for some years, but it's good to know we're all on the same page...

In an update sent out by LN, it announced "the online name for the Civil Court Practice 2009 is changing to The Civil Court Practice 2009 (The Green Book). This change will take effect in July and will make finding the source much easier, since it is already commonly known as "The Green Book"."

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Thinking about joining BIALL?

Sunday, 26 July 2009

If you're not currently a member of the British & Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL) it's great that you're reading our blog but have you ever thought about becoming a member?

You might not have realised that there are many many benefits associated with doing so, which If I could remember them I would list here, but instead I'll point everyone in the direction of "Why being a member of a professional association can be important"

This document, which has been produced by Daniella King (BIALL President) explains why memberships to organisations like BIALL are important.

Potential members can can use it either in its in its entirety or just parts of it. There are also a number of vacancies on several BIALL Committees. The details of all the BIALL committees, what they do and who to contact are available on the BIALL Committees page on the BIALL website.

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JISC - Libraries of the future

Friday, 24 July 2009

JISC the organisation that “inspires UK colleges and universities in the innovative use of digital technologies”, has published a 10-minute documentary on Libraries of the Future.



Enjoy - [Hat tip - The iLibrarian]

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The 'Edgeless University' and new technologies

Monday, 20 July 2009

'Edgeless University: why higher education must embrace technology', the report commissioned by JISC, warns that UK universities may lose their edge in education unless they adopt new learning models and technologies.

At the moment four of the top ten universityies in the world are British and the UK is a popular choice for international students. But the slow adoption of new technologies will damage this competitive edge unless they act now.

'Edgeless University' says that online and social media could help universities reach a greater number of students and improve the quality of research and teaching, an article in Information World Review reports. This would create 'edgeless universities' where information, skills and research are accessible 'far beyond the campus walls'.

The report also calls for universities to make their research freely available online.

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BIALL appoint its first VP!

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Since October 2008, BIALL has been able to appointment someone to the honorary position of Vice President (VP) of BIALL. This position, which is a term of 3 years is for someone whose involvement on Council would be advantageous to the association.

BIALL is therefore pleased to announce that Chris Holland (Librarian at the Law Society) has been appointed as our first VP. Chris will be BIALL's Copyright Advisor and will sit on the Legal Information Group.

Chris has extensive experience in this area both as BIALL representative on LACA (Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance) and as part of his work with the Copyright Licensing Agency when developing the licence for law firms.

BIALL’s President Daniella King said of the appointment “I’m thrilled that Chris has accepted the role and his experience will be a great asset to BIALL”

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Bloomsbury Publishing acquires Tottel Publishing

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

In an interesting move Bloomsbury Publishing have has entered into an agreement to acquire Tottel Publishing Limited. Once completed Tottel Publishing Ltd will be renamed Bloomsbury Professional.

Bloomsbury Publishing which is most famous for publishing the Harry Potter series has according to the press release on their website. "...identified academic and professional publishing as a growing niche sector. The proposed acquisition of Tottel fulfils a strategic objective of Bloomsbury in pursuing opportunities in this market and follows from the acquisitions of Methuen, Berg Publishers, and The Arden Shakespeare and the set up of Bloomsbury Academic"

Tottel have also released a Trade Press Release which comments on their acquisition by Bloomsbury.

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City Information Group ceases trading

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

It was with great sadness that BIALL today learnt that the City Information Group has ceased trading.

According to the press release which was issued earlier today, the group has been seriously affected by the downturn that has affected many individuals, organisations and firms within the City.

The City Information Group has been around for 20 years and will be sadly missed by anyone who has attended any of the seminars they've hosted.

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How do I exactly?

The BIALL How Do I? wki was launched during the Manchester conference during "Have your say" The site which uses free software from PBWorks began life as a space for the PR committee to share information and organise their committee meetings and then became a platform for members of the committee to save useful answers posted to the LIS-LAW email distribution list.

Navigating the wiki is easy, members can browse via broad subject headings (Legislation, Cases, Treaties etc), via the A-Z index or by searching the Wiki.

The Committee believe the wiki will be a useful tool, particularly for solo librarians who don’t have colleagues to bounce ideas off and to new starters to the profession who are just finding their feet. We know, as well, that there will be something for everyone so have a look!

For the time being access to the wiki to make amendments to pages is restricted to members of the Committee. If you wish to add comments to the wiki, you can request “Reader” access which will activate the Comments function or you can “Contact the wki Owner” to suggest any amendments or additions to the wiki.

The wiki is constantly evolving and developing so the PR and Promotions Committee would welcome any comments or suggestions about the wiki. The full contact details of all the members of this committee are available on the BIALL Website.

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THES on Arnold and ebooks

Last month the Guardian reported that the Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has a budget deficit of over $24 billion, thinks he can make savings by getting rid of ‘expensive textbooks’ in schools by replacing them with ebooks.

Tara Brabazon's article from the Times Higher Education Supplement, questions whether in this case, educational technology has been 'introduced to cut costs in resources, not to enhance existing standards'.

She also looks at some interesting emerging research that suggests 'screen reading tends towards data grabbing, power browsing and key-word searching' not 'deeper, immersed' engagement.

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