Our Supplier of the Year

Monday, 31 October 2011

Each year at the BIALL Conference dinner, the Association gives out a number of awards. The recipients are normally very pleased. They get given a bunch of flowers, give an emotional speech and sometimes shed a tear. We then all give them a big clap and depending on how much has been drunk by this point they may even get the odd woop.

Then is that it?

Not if you are Bloomsbury Professional. Having won Supplier of the Year they have gone home and realised that this is exactly the sort of endorsement that deserves to go in their Interim Results.

If you look here on London Stock Exchange website they are proudly telling shareholders and potential investors;

"The first six months have been exceptionally strong for Bloomsbury Professional, which is on course for its most successful year. In June, we were named "Supplier of the Year" by the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians."

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Working on the Train...

Monday, 17 October 2011

I wanted to share this article with you about the times when you are beavering away on your laptop on the way to and from work: It's criminal on the 07:43 from Woking.  The posting mentions just how public your laptop screen maybe on a busy train and although the focus is on legal privilage, I think it's still worth a qucik read, perhaps on the train on your way home.

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The Tweet Trademark

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Social Media website Mashable reports that Twitter has settled a lawsuit over the use of the word "Tweet".

"Twitter doesn’t currently own the trademark to the term. Instead, Des Moines-based Twittad controls the trademark. Twittad a provider of sponsored advertising on Twitter, has trademark its tagline, “Let your ad meet tweets.” It also has trademarked various variations of the word “tweet.”"

Until now that is, Mashable tells us they have come to a "resolution" that will transfer the trademark to Twitter and allow both sides to continue doing business.

The story is also covered in the Wall Street Journal who go into greater detail about the legal side of things.

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Emerging Technologies

Thursday, 6 October 2011

In the past, James Mullan has introduced us to resources such as Wikis, Twitter and LinkedIn long before they went on to become household names. In this evening seminar, James will be discussing with us some of the latest technologies to emerge, and suggesting how they may become useful to us in the workplace.

James Mullan is the KM Systems Manager with Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP, and is a former winner of the Wildy’s Law Librarian of the Year award.

Thursday 20 October 2011 at 6:30pm  - Finers Stephens Innocent, 180 Great Portland Street

This event costs £10 (+ VAT) for BIALL members or £15 (+ VAT) for non-members, and booking is advised. Booking details.

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A Flare for Treaties?

Monday, 3 October 2011

Two years ago the FLARE Index to Treaties was launched. A searchable database indexing and listing over 1,500 of the most significant multilateral treaties concluded from 1856 onwards it extends access to those without the original hard copy (and those who have it but would prefer not to take a stroll to the library shelves!).

When it launched two years ago it began with content from two key sources;

Multilateral Treaties: index and current status, compiled and annotated within the University of Nottingham Treaty Centre by M.J. Bowman and D.J. Harris (London: Butterworths, 1984, tenth supplement, 1994)
World Treaty Index, compiled by Peter H. Rohn (Santa Barbara, California, 1984)

Well now it has been extended! You can find all the information here in a detailed article by Steven Whittle and Peter Clinch.In summary the main (although not all) new sources that have been harvested are:

Index of British Treaties, 1101-1988, various compilers (London, HMSO, 1971-1992)
Index to Multilateral Treaties, edited by Vaclav Mostecky (Cambridge: Harvard Law School Library, 1965)
Catalogue of Treaties 1814-1918 (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1919).

The Index may yet extend further and as Whittle and Clinch explain they have much they could add.

"The Index does not include any bilateral treaties concluded after 1815. Clearly it would be desirable to create a comprehensive database. However, the magnitude of the task may be illustrated by the fact that the World Treaty Index, compiled by Peter H. Rohn (Santa Barbara, California, 1984), which covers all types of treaty signed between only 1900 and 1980, comprises over 44,000 entries. The compilers estimate that during this period the number of bilateral treaties outnumbers multilaterals by a ratio of about 10 to 1.

As a starting point, the FLARE Group has considered creating a further extension to the Index to include bilateral treaties to which the UK is a party. The Group acknowledges that the task would be a considerable challenge requiring close cooperation and liaison with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. This development remains only a proposal for the time being."

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