Evaluating Law Library services

Monday, 21 September 2009

Ron Friedman at Prism Legal reports in his post "Slashing BigLaw Libraries" on the results of the AM Law 200 survey of Law Libraries.

Some highlights from his blog post:

  • About 1/2 of the 86 responding librarians reported cutting budgets and almost 60% cutting staff.
  • Digital and print resources cutbacks are widespread.
  • Almost one-third intend to use just one of Lexis or Westlaw. (This is a significant change in practice for Law Librarians and it surely cant be long before it becomes more widespread)
  • New software products now allow librarians to track online data usage. (These products include OneLog and Research Monitor)
  • Several respondents had favorable comments about SharePoint as a sharing and distribution platform.

The article makes very interesting reading as do other blog post on this subject, they include:

What a wonderful world we live in: the future of Legal Research

According to this article from the Huffington Post "The Reinvention of Legal Research" these are wondorous times in the world of online publishing. The author of the article Peter Schwarz makes five points which are well considered in a blog post from the 3 Geeks and a Law Blog, they are;

  • Data Trumps documents
  • Information is liquid
  • Information is a commodity
  • Customers will not pay for research
  • Large legal publishers are in trouble

The original article and the the post from the 3 Geeks and a Law Blog are well worth a quick read.

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BIALL's 40th Birthday Party

Friday, 18 September 2009

BIALL's 40th Birthday party took place on Friday the 11th of September at Delfina, sponsored by Justis the night was a colourful celebration of 40 years of work by BIALL.

You can view all the photos taken on the night on BIALL's flickr page.

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What does the Google book settlement really mean?


Early this summer Google and representatives of rights owners and publishers in the US came to an agreement on how to settle the copyright and other legal issues in relation to the Book Search Project but what is Google Books and what will the agreement Google have made with publishers in the US mean?

In the YouTube video below "Nathan" an engineer from the Google Books team talks about how Google books can be used and the agreement they've reached with publishers.

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Salary Survey 2009

Monday, 7 September 2009

The Salary Survey 2009 is now available for download from the members' area of the BIALL website.

Follow the links from the Publications section to the members-only archive for this year's survey and for past years too, back to 2003.

Sara Batts
Membership Services Committee

Supreme Court Website

The launch of the new Supreme Court website should be of interest to all BIALL members. From the new website "The Supreme Court is the final court of appeal in the UK for civil cases. It hears appeals in criminal cases from England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It hears cases of the greatest publicor constitutional importance affecting the whole population"

Of course the Supreme Court doesn't officially "launch" until the 1st of October 2009 so until that time the website doesn't have a huge amount of information but it's still worth taking a sneak peek at!

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Looking for some inspiration?

Friday, 4 September 2009

With only a week to go until BIALL's 40th Birthday Party, the question everyone is asking is what to wear? Well if you're looking for some inspiration then we recommend the following sites;



From the look of some of the pictures available on the Web it could be a colourful night in more than one way!

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