Should there be Library liaisons in other industries?

Monday, 30 November 2009

The Wikiman posts an interesting question in his latest blog post "what about having library liaisons in other industries?" In the post the Wikiman asks whether it would be mutually beneficial if there were closer ties between organisations like BIALL and CILIP.

This would not only be beneficial to the organisations in terms of encouraging members to join these respective organisations, but could promote these organisations above and beyond their usual membership base.

BIALL is certainly very proactive in this area, with several members on the CILIP Update Editorial board and links with many organisations in the UK and overseas, but is there more BIALL could do?

Posted by James Mullan at 13:03 0 comments  

Google makes free US caselaw available

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Google announced yesterday that it will be making free US caselaw available on Google Scholar.

All text legal opinions from U.S. federal and state district, appellate and supreme courts will be included.

It will also have value-added features such as links to related journal articles and other cited cases.

Google saluted people like Joe Ury, working at BALII, as one of the pioneers making free content available to the public.

(thanks to Scott for his 16 Nov comment)

Posted by Tara Norcross at 10:36 0 comments  

Should Westlaw and Lexis be like Google?

Monday, 16 November 2009

The Out of the Jungle blog has written an interesting post called "Why Westlaw and Lexis should not be like Google" in it they discuss why LexisNexis and Westlaw should not try to be more like Google.

The post identifies a number of reasons why Google type searching would not be appropriate for tools like LexisNexis or Westlaw. They include the following:

  • Google flattens the world of information (it doesn't distinguish what type of information your searches are returning)
  • While the goal of Google is to save you work, intellectual work is what lawyering is about, and what distinguishes the lawyer from the paralegal.

The author makes some interesting points in this post, which are well worth reading.

Posted by James Mullan at 10:00 1 comments  

Online Information 2009 Conference on a Shoestring

Thursday, 12 November 2009

If you don't have an extra £793 in your training budget, the free seminars at the Online Information Conference are still nothing to be sniffed at.

From our own David Percik's negotiating tips to the Victoria & Albert Museum's open source CMS and SaaS success stories ....

From the latest developments in open access publishing, to using social media as a tool for rebranding, there's something for everyone.

And of course, to remind us not to post photos of ourselves passed out in the streets, CILIP presents professionalism in the digital world

Posted by Tara Norcross at 18:41 0 comments