Moys Classification

Thursday, 27 August 2009

The Publications Committee is looking at producing a new edition of Moys which was last
published in 2001.

Diana Morris will be editing the 5th edition with the assistance of other volunteers. Diana was Librarian / Research Services Manager at Slaughter and May before retiring in December 2007. She was on the Editorial Board for the 3rd edition published in 1992.

Other members of the board include:

  • Helen Garner (Bodleian Law Library)
  • Caroline O'Sullivan (Norton Rose)
  • Corresponding members include:
  • Jacqueline Elliot (Australian representative)
  • Mac Elrod (Canadian representative)

If anyone else would like to join the board (particularly if you work in a government department library or professional institute and have experience of using different areas of the Moys schedules) - please contact Diana Morris

To all Moys users please:

  • Post a message to LIS-MOYS-USERS stating the areas you feel need revision or expansion;
  • Look through your copy of the 4th edition to see what new numbers you have created and post them to the list for consideration; and
  • Comment on the suggestions posted by others

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BIALL Conference 2010 - Call for papers‏

Wednesday, 19 August 2009


Risks and Opportunities – Managing Resources in Difficult Times
BIALL 41st Annual Study Conference & Exhibition

Thursday 10 June 2010 to Saturday 12 June 2010, Brighton

The British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL) was formed in 1969. It is an independent and self-supporting body which was established to represent the interests of legal information professionals, and other suppliers of legal literature and reference materials, in the United Kingdom and Ireland. There are over 700 members of BIALL, both personal and institutional. Almost every legal information unit is represented - academic legal research libraries, units in commercial, technical and industrial concerns, the courts and government departments. The diversity of the membership is one of BIALL's strengths as the members form a close network and share specialist knowledge and concerns, learning from the experience of others.

In a highly stressed economic climate, it is critical that legal information professionals grasp the opportunities which arise from the myriad of problems presented by the uncertain economy: that is, to be creative and imaginative in managing all resources, be they hard copy, electronic or human resources.

Legal information professionals are being asked to do this while suffering the classic symptoms of recession:

  • greatly reduced budgets,
  • low morale among staff,
  • the requirement to continually justify the existence of legal information units,
    the drive to add value to services with no extra cash to fund initiatives.

Amongst the topics BIALL would like to cover during the Brighton Conference are:

  • How to cut the right costs and make the right investments,
  • How to add value to the legal information unit without stretching the budget,
  • How to obtain Kite Marks such as the Customer Service Excellence mark (previously known as the Charter Mark), the ISO or LEXCEL Practice Management Standard,
  • How to keep on the right side of copyright legislation,
  • How to best negotiate legal electronic resource contracts and the renewals of existing contracts,
  • How to best market the legal information unit within a larger organisation to minimise potential cuts to budget.

We are inviting speakers from within the legal and information world to submit proposals for papers which fit within this brief. The conference programme is a blend of plenary sessions lasting 45 minutes and delivered to approximately 250 delegates, and parallel sessions lasting 60 minutes and delivered to between 30 and 80 delegates.

Actual presentations should last between 25 and 30 minutes in the plenary sessions, and between 35 and 40 minutes in the parallel sessions.

Although the emphasis of the conference should be on the broad themes set out above, we encourage all submissions for sessions so long as they are on topics of current interest to the membership.

Parallel sessions are usually streamed, and this year we are keen to run a stream of sessions of particular relevance to senior level legal information professionals. We will aim to continue to stream according to sector (eg academic, law firm, general interest) as well.

As already outlined, the Association's members and Conference delegates hail from many jurisdictions, principally England and Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Ireland. In addition the Conference will comprise delegates from the academic, corporate, professional societies and court/government sectors with a mix of senior and junior staff. Not all subjects lend themselves to a multi-jurisdictional multi-sector approach, but these aspects of the audience should be borne in mind, especially for plenary sessions.

Although a professional association not run for profit but for the benefit of its members, BIALL can offer speakers a package which normally includes travel expenses, overnight accommodation, attendance at the conference on the day of the presentation, and a modest honorarium.

The BIALL Conference Committee will consider proposals for papers on the basis of abstracts. An abstract should be between 250 and 500 words long, providing a clear idea of the content of the presentation, an indication of its target audience, and an opinion as to whether it is best suited to a plenary or parallel session.

The abstract should be accompanied by a short biography, ideally between 150 and 200 words long, outlining relevant professional experience, publications, and papers delivered at previous conferences, seminars or training events. Submissions for plenary sessions should specifically include details of previous speaking experience at similar conferences.

Informal enquiries can be made to the Chair of the Conference Committee, John Furlong at or the Programme Co-Ordinators Hannah Fogg at and Niamh Burns at

Examples of previous programmes, speaker biographies and session synopses can be viewed at under conferences.

Abstracts should be submitted by email to,, and

Closing date for submission: 16 October 2009.

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From the House of Lords to the Supreme Court

Thursday, 13 August 2009

If you didn't know already on the 30th of July the House of Lords handed down its last judgment. From October its judicial function will be taken on by the new Supreme Court.

In this five minute video Lord Mance, one of the 12 Law Lords in the House of Lords, outlines the key changes to the judicial role of Parliament.

[Hat Tip - Strictly Legal - The Birbeck Law Librarian's Blog]

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TFPL and Intelligent Resources merge

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Information World Review noted in yesterday's article that TFPL and Intelligent Resources have merged.

'TFPL, the recruitment, training and consulting division of specialist information and knowledge management company IDOX has merged its recruitment division with Intelligent Resources, a specialist permanent recruitment business'.

At the moment they are going by the name of TFPL Intelligent Resources.

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Apollo completes BPP takeover

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Today's article in THE announced that Apollo, an American for-profit higher education company has just completed its acquisition of BPP for £368 million.

BPP Law School and the College of Law are Britain's two biggest professional legal education providers.

In an article in this Sunday's Observer, the UK's relationship with private higher education is said to be on the rise.

With the Conservative Shadow Universities Minister, David Willetts, announcing that a Conservative government would encourage competition from private institutions in higher education this may be only the first of many.

“There are American university chains that are looking to come to Britain and [there is] talk of mergers between British and American universities. India is looking at links. I think it’s ripe for these kinds of supply-side reforms,” Mr Willetts said.

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