Purchasing Power: A Legal Resources Purchasing Consortium?

Thursday, 29 October 2009

As Ruth Bird posted on the Academic Law Librarian mail list:

'Yesterday a focus group of academic law librarians met with representatives of Eduserv, a body that evolved from CHEST, which now undertakes Licence Negotiation Services in the Higher Education sector. Eduserv were keen to get our input in relation to which resources are of most use to us, and thus would be most suitable for them to follow up, to see whether consortium arrangements could be achieved.

The focus group wanted to let you know that this meeting has taken place, and that there will be more to report at a later stage, including, we hope, an update from Nikki Green of Eduserv at the BIALL Conference in Brighton.'

Eduserv has negotiated successfully with companies such as Microsoft and Adobe and have a good track record of getting good value for money for Higher Education Insitututions. With many institutions trying to cope with shrinking budgets, a purchasing consortium couldn't have come at a better time!

The ICLR & Youtube

Monday, 26 October 2009

Sara Batts of Uncooked Data has discovered a bit of a gem in "Always cited in preference" in her post she describes how the ICLR have launched a Youtube channel, which promotes and provides guidance on using the Law Reports they produce.

There are five videos in total, of which our favourite has to be "A tale of two citations" we're wondering if this really does happen?

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Justis goes ALL local!

As reported on the BIALL Solos/One Man Band blog in their post "Local Acts from Justis" Justis have entered into a joint venture with OPSI to increase the accessibility of local acts.

This should significantly improve the availability of local acts, although they are already available on Westlaw, OPSI and the Statute Law Database (SLD)

Interestingly Justis are asking for advice on how they should present these acts within Justis in their press release "Local acts from your local electronic publisher" so what do BIALL members think?

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What should we be calling ourselves?

Friday, 23 October 2009

Changing the name of any organisation can be contentious so a recent blot post on the 3 Geeks and a Law Blog caught our eye. Called "Am I A Librarian Or A Strategic Knowledge Professional?" the post looks at the annoucement by the Special Libraries Association (SLA) to their change their name to the "Association of Strategic Knowledge Professionals"

The author also includes some comments from SLA members within the blog post...some of the comments are as the post indicates...interesting!

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All EU Publications Now Available Online, Free

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

The EU Bookshop has launched their digital library where '12 million scanned pages in more than 110,000 EU publications are available free of charge for download', eGov Monitor reports.

The new digital library was launched at the Frankfurt Book Fair on the 16th of October and offers all publications edited by the Publications Office on behalf of the EU institutions, agencies and other bodies since 1952.

During peak production and in order to make their deadline, over 1.4 million pages were scanned per month!

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Speed Dating … with a difference!

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Once a year, CILIP hosts a Graduate Day providing help, support and advice to those who are considering a career in the library and information sector. As a part of this day, BIALL’s President Daniella King was joined by Tracey Dennis of the Inner Temple Library to be a part of a Speed Networking Panel. So what did this involve?

30 graduates were given the chance to question and interrogate Library professionals from a whole range of sectors – private, public, academic and freelancers. Many of the graduates were just about to embark on a Library and Information Course or were already working in the library sector but fancied a change of direction. They were given three minutes (a very loud hooter told everyone when time was up) to ask each professional about their sector to get an impression what opportunities may be on offer to them.

Several of the graduates hadn’t appreciated that law firms actually had librarians and thought law librarians only existed in academic institutions. A couple of others has law degrees but had decided not to become lawyers and felt that it was a good way to utilize their degree by becoming a law librarian. Many others didn’t really know what sector appealed to them but definitely seemed to feel that the law could offer them a great deal of variety and good career development.

It was a very enjoyable day and well worth attending – so hopefully after Daniella and Tracey’s efforts a few more people have now heard of BIALL and what we do. BIALL will definitely be attending again next year.

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What does your organisation block?

Monday, 12 October 2009

The 3 Geeks and a Law Blog have published the results of a survey underaken by Elaine Dockens, Library Director for Tressler LLP in Chicago in their blog post "Computer use in your organization"

Elaine surveyed a small group of Law Librarians about their firms policies on computer usage. The results are quite revealing although as indicated in the blog post the full results aren't yet available.

Perhaps some something similar should be undertaken in the UK?

New Supreme Court justices sworn in by... themselves

Monday, 5 October 2009

On 1 October, the new Supreme Court was opened for business and the justices were sworn in, the Times reports:

In the ceremony that took place in the Middlesex Guildhall in Parliament Square, "the deputy president of the court swore the President in, the President swore in the deputy and then the President — Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers — swore in everyone else.

It did, of course, raise the odd legal nicety — how could the deputy, Lord Hope of Craighead, swear in his boss when he was not technically sworn in himself? One for the lawyers to sort out, perhaps."


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Rate your legal information suppliers

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Joe Hodnicki of the Law Librarian Blog has created a short survey, which BIALL members might be interested in completing. The survey looks at relationships between Librarians and their legal information suppliers.

The focus of the survey is of course on US legal suppliers, but it will be interesting to see what the results are. This survey is a follow up to the Law Librarian's Blog posts;

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