Goodbye OPSI, hello

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Literally hot off the press OPSI and the Statute Law Database (SLD) have been replaced by a new website (it's going to take a while to get used to saying that)

The new site promises to "bring together the legislative content currently held on the OPSI website and revised legislation from the Statute Law Database to provide a single legislation service that replaces the current services"

Sadly this means that both OPSI (a long time favourite of many Law Librarians) and the SLD will shortly be decomissioned. BIALL members should be aware that some functionality and content that was available on OPSI and the SLD is not yet on

At least it is a few weeks before the new trainees start so there is still time to sort out those training guides/materials :)

Posted by James Mullan at 10:50 1 comments  

FindLaw launches in the UK

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

As reported late last week in Information World Review FindLaw has launched a "UK specific free legal information website"

The site is primarily for anyone looking for a solicitor or advice in relation to a legal issue. However some of the content may be of interest to Legal Information Professionals.

Posted by James Mullan at 10:00 0 comments  

LIG Supplier Survey 2010

Monday, 26 July 2010

The results of the survey that BIALL's Legal Information Group ran in March are now available on the LIG pages of the BIALL website.

As it was the first year of the survey, we were cautious about what we agreed to publish. There has been some interest in more details being made available in future years, among both BIALL members and suppliers, so this will be discussed at the next LIG meeting. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the methodology of the survey, feel free to send them to David Percik.

Many thanks to everyone who took the time to respond to the survey.

Posted by Laura Woods at 21:44 0 comments  

Your views on the Digitial Economy Act (DEA)

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

The Digital Economy Act 2010 could have far reaching consequences for librarians. For example a library providing Wi-fi internet access to its clients could be an "Internet Service Provider" under the Act, which would involve a new set of obligations to assist in measurers to combat online copyright infringement.

BIALL is writing a response to the Ofcom consultation on the implementation of the copyright provisions of the DEA. BIALL would welcome any views and queries members may have. This will assist BIALL in drafting a response which reflects the views of BIALL members from all sectors. The consultation relates to Ofcom's draft version of the Code of Initial Obligations

If you have any views in relation to this consulation please add a comment to this blog post or email BIALL Vice President Chris Holland

Posted by James Mullan at 09:38 0 comments