Tuesday, 28 February 2012
Pictures from the evening can be found on the BIALL Flickr pages at http://www.flickr.com/photos/biall/sets/72157629466531377/
Many congratulations to Catherine McArdle for organising another successful evening!
Monday, 27 February 2012
Phil Bradley's article about Pinterest in the UKeiG online magazine Elucidate, worth a read:
Thursday, 23 February 2012
I don't know about you but I've never been invited to a party in Boston before ( and that includes Boston, Lincolnshire as well as Boston, Massachusetts...)
Well I have now - in fact the whole BIALL membership has!
The 2012 AALL Annual Meeting and Conference takes place in Boston (Massachusetts not Lincolnshire) and Darcy Kirk the AALL President has written to the BIALL President Elect to let us know we have been invited along.
"Designed by law librarians, for law librarians, the AALL Annual Meeting and Conference offers more than 100 educational programs and workshops, as well as library tours, excursions and other special events. In addition to the educational programming, the conference offers an extensive Exhibit Hall with more than 190 booths. You will find more information at www.aallnet.org/conference."
She goes on to explain that we are eligible for the AALL Member Discount. Find the full letter with the secret discount code in the members area of the BIALL website.
Tuesday, 21 February 2012
On the 13th March the BIALL Quiz 2012 is taking place!
An always popular - and competitive - event it takes place at the Penderel's Oak on the 13th March.
Find all the details on the details here.
Prizes for the quiz and raffle are being sponsored by Wildy & Sons.
Monday, 13 February 2012
Brighten up the gloom of winter, sharpen up your networking or just enjoy a glass of something with old friends, it's not too late to RSVP our invitation to the BIALL Cheese and Wine Evening on 24th February. Open to all, members and non-members. As usual our very own photographer will be on hand to immortalise the moment - see last year's "Cheese and Wine " photos on Flickr.
Tuesday, 7 February 2012
- Who (both within and outside the service supplier) will be able to see my information?
- Who owns and controls your infrastructure? Is this outsourced to any third party?
- In what countries might our data be held?
- Can I see a copy of your reliability/availability/downtime reports (if any)?
- What service levels are guaranteed, e.g., availability, time taken to resolve a problem, and what compensation do you offer if you fail to fulfil that? (Resist the practice of discounts on future subscriptions, but insist where possible to receive financial compensation there and then?
- Have you ever had security breaches in the past? (If “yes”, ask for more details.)
- What assurances can you give that data protection standards will be maintained even if the data we supply is stored in a country with weak, or no data protection laws, or where government inspection powers are very wide-ranging?
- How easy would it be to migrate my data to a competitor service once this contract ends? Can you guarantee that it will be in a usable format?
- What are the names of your employees responsible for handling our data?
- What security policies, technology and systems do you employ? What national or international standards do they comply with?
- Do I get any rights of refusal before you make changes to the service that affect my data? (Alternatively, can we cancel early and get money back if we cancel early because of unwanted service changes?)
- Will you use my organisation’s name or type of data given to you on any of your advertising? (If need be, require that the cloud supplier has to ask for permission each time)
- What special measures will you take regarding data we tag as confidential?
- Could we have a free trial with some non-sensitive data before committing ourselves?
- Are you willing to include clauses in the contract relating to ensuring there is no unauthorised loss or destruction of data?
- Will you guarantee to inform us if you become aware of any data security breach that affects or involves our data?
- Finally, and most important, is your contract negotiable?
Monday, 6 February 2012
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