Your association needs you!

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Lord Kitchener once said – “Your country needs you”. This might sound corny – but your association also needs you. We need your views, suggestions, expertise and involvement to ensure the continued success of BIALL.

In the last BIALL Newsletter, we included an invitation for nominations for the election of officers and members. Some BIALL members have asked for further information and have asked why they should put themselves forward. So read on!

BIALL is an association made up of volunteers. All of our committees and post holders are volunteers and offer their time and expertise free of charge to our association. Those people active in BIALL are either elected to the role (by our members) or are nominated and agreed by Council.

Those posts which are elected include President, President Elect, Treasurer, Secretary and Council Officers. Those not elected by our members include Committee Chairs and Members – these are suggested by the individual committees and approved by Council

So – what positions are on offer at present?

  • President -Head of the association with responsibility for chairing council meetings and hosting BIALL's annual conference. The President also has overall responsibility for Council and all committees and liaises with other international associations. If unopposed – the current President Elect David Wills will assume the role of President after Daniella King steps down.

  • President Elect -In charge of Strategy and Finance in relation to the various BIALL committees. This person will resume the role of President after one year if unopposed. This position is currently available for nominations.

  • Treasurer - Responsible for the administration of the finances of the Association and is therefore accountable to the Council. The role is for 2 years – our current Treasurer Alden Bowers is standing for re-election

  • Council Members -Five council members currently sit on the BIALL council. They have responsibility for liaising with specific BIALL committees and the role is for 2 years. There are currently two council places available for nominations.

If you would like information regarding any of these roles please contact Daniella King BIALL President.

Apart from these positions all our committees are looking for additional members. You can review the full list of committees on the BIALL website. More information on the work of individual committees is available from the committee chair.

Posted by James Mullan at 11:35 0 comments  

The BIALL How Do I? wiki opens up!

Friday, 26 March 2010

For those following the progress of the BIALL wiki, you'll be pleased to learn that the PR & Promotions Committee are opening up the wiki, allowing registered users to not just comment on pages, but also create and edit them too! All current "Readers" of the wiki will be given "Writer" level, which will allow users to edit pages and revert pages to previous versions. An updated user guide with instructions on adding/editing pages is available on the wiki home page:

- Anneli Sarkanen, PR & Promotions Committee

Posted by Laura Woods at 12:10 0 comments  

BIALL 2010 Dissertation Award

Thursday, 25 March 2010

BIALL is now inviting entries for the 2010 Dissertation Award.

This year’s prize is £250 PLUS free membership to BIALL for one year. Membership entitles you to:

  • A subscription to Legal Information Management journal worth £104
  • Full access to the BIALL website, BIALL Newsletter & Email Forum
  • 25% off FT Research
  • Discounted rates for conferences, professional development courses, networking events and much more!

The small print:

  • Open to all undergraduate and postgraduate library school students on a CILIP accredited course
  • The topic must be of a corporate or legal nature
  • The dissertation must be submitted electronically and include an executive summary
  • It must be submitted to by 1 Oct 2010
  • Only one dissertation per course per library school may be submitted
  • Submission is at the discretion of the university not by individual students
  • The winner will be officially announced on 10 December 2010

Posted by Laura Woods at 13:55 1 comments  

LIG survey of BIALL members

Monday, 22 March 2010

BIALL's Legal Information Group is currently running a survey of the membership, asking them about their attitudes towards their suppliers. The first week of the survey has gone well, with well over a hundred responses being submitted, but the views of anyone who has not yet filled out the survey will be gratefully received. Who knows, perhaps your opinions will decide which organisation receives the first ever BIALL Supplier of the Year Award at the Brighton conference in June. Or you might be randomly selected as the lucky respondent who receives £50, although people can answer the questions anonymously if they prefer. The important thing is that you tell LIG what you think, so that we can best represent your views and interests with the suppliers.

The survey is available at until 17:00 on Friday 26th March. Any questions or comments, about the survey or about anything else to do with suppliers of legal information, can be sent to

David Percik, Chair, Legal Information Group

Bursaries for Brighton 2010

Monday, 15 March 2010

Fancy going to the BIALL Conference in Brighton, but it’s not your turn?
New to legal information management or BIALL?
Old hand, but currently out of work?
Would like to apply for a bursary, but not sure you’re eligible?
Library student interested in law librarianship?

This year, Council has again provided a generous sum to support attendance of BIALL members at the Annual Conference. Sweet and Maxwell have also kindly provided funding for one member to attend the conference. The bursaries will cover the registration fee, up to 3 nights accommodation at the Barcello Old Ship Hotel and the pre-conference seminar if attending. Although preference may be given to those new to the profession or to BIALL, or to those who would not otherwise be able to attend, the Committee will consider other applications. You may be asked to write up your experiences for the Newsletter or the BIALL Blog.

Please do apply for a bursary

Full details on the BIALL website under Awards and Bursaries

- Susan Scorey, Chair, Awards and Bursaries Committee

Resilience in Today's Marketplace Seminar - Thursday 4th March @ BPP, Holborn

Monday, 8 March 2010

This evening seminar kicked off at 18.30 last Thursday with Sue Hill and Lesley Robinson asking everyone why they were there. A lot of people were clearly hedging their bets, as challenges were heading their way: out-sourcing, restructuring, mergers, and re-deployment all mentioned as current issues. For some people, they were looking to climb the career ladder, move sector, or change career completely, but needed to update their CV.

Sue recommends that people should always have an up-to-date CV and should regularly monitor and update it - as you never know what is around the corner. So, the speakers started by looking at the key things to include on CVs - everything from the wording to the layout; length; format and what not to include! Everyone then discussed their own CVs in a group. This really highlighted how much easier it is to criticise someone else's CV than to objectively look at your own - so get someone else to read yours!

We went on to look at common interview techniques, include competency-based questions, taking it in turns to interview each other on certain achievements or projects. This certainly illustrated those people who say too much in response to interview questions - and those who perhaps don't say enough.

The evening concluded with wine and nibbles, and Sue ran a short one-to-one clinic for those people with particular questions. Everyone took away useful tips and more confidence to make their next application - whenever that may be...

Hannah Milford, BIALL Professional Development Committee Chair

BIALL Cheese & Wine evening

Monday, 1 March 2010

The annual BIALL Cheese and Wine Evening took place at Lincoln's Inn on Friday 26th February. You can view photos from the night on the BIALL Flickr page. Many thanks to the Professional Development Committee for organising such a fun evening!

Posted by Laura Woods at 21:26 0 comments