# Replace A Word With Librarian

Monday, 28 May 2012

Much fun has been had on Twitter in the last week or so with the game .

I thought I would share some of the best with you...

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a librarian.

After all... I'm just a librarian, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.

Ich bin ein librarian.

A librarian is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to.

We few, we happy few, we band of librarians

One librarian to rule them all, And in the darkness bind them.


You don't understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could've been a librarian, instead of a bum, which is what I am

If you have any good ones why not suggest them as a comment?

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Time to have your say

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Have Your Say  is where you ask the questions about BIALL's activities, and it will once again be taking place at Conference in June.

This is your formal opportunity to raise issues about the whole range of committees, awards, conference, activities, publications and events that BIALL promotes or produces.

It's not just for those able to make the session in Belfast.  Membership Services Committee would really encourage you to add your query, comment, suggestion, praise or complaint to the agenda here on the BIALL blog or to send it by email to Olwyn Mitchell (MSC committee chair)-- or catch us at the conference before the session.

Posted by Sally Peat at 13:51 0 comments  

40 Years of the BIALL Duplicates Exchange Scheme!

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Did you know that the BIALL Duplicates Exchange Scheme is 40 years old in 2012?

It has been, almost continuously, operational since 1972 and has this year risen again from the ashes (complete with botox) all happy, polished and raring to go (a comment from one of the scheme members).

One of the strongest features of the Scheme is the means by which all libraries can share resources, helping both large and small firms, academic and government libraries. Basically, the Scheme operates three times a year with mailings in October, February and June. It is a very good means of obtaining missing copies and off-loading duplicate periodical parts that you may have. Apart from helping to replace missing issues over the years there is a definite feel good factor in being able to help other people by passing on duplicate materials.

The Scheme can, quite easily, run alongside ad hoc Lis-Law mailings. One of the positive features is that it does provide an opportunity to focus the mind three times a year to get compile a list.

The practicalities of the scheme are fairly straight forward. There is an annual subscription which is dependant upon whether you are a member of BIALL or not and this entitles you to the three mailings. The subscription for 2012-2013 will be £38.40 for BIALL members and £60 for non-members – these figures include VAT.

The next mailing will be at the end of June – if you would like to join the Scheme please let me know and I will add you to the mailing list and invoice accordingly.


Contributed by: Catherine McArdle

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John Eaton Wins Award!

Monday, 14 May 2012

John Eaton has been awarded the - deep breath - 2012 Association of College and Research Libraries, Law and Political Science Section Marta Lange/CQ Press Award!

The award honors an academic or law librarian who has made distinguished contributions to bibliography and information service in law or political science.

John is a law librarian and associate professor at the University of Manitoba in Canada.  He is also a member of BIALL and you may have bumped into him at conference to which he is a regular attender. Amongst the many reasons he won this award was his authorship of Finding English Law: Key Titles for Non-UK Lawyers and Researchers.  The book aimed at the non UK lawyer or researcher provides a listing of current and informative books on one hundred topics of English law.

Find all the details about his award here.

Well done John!

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BIALL Annual General Meeting 2012

Thursday, 10 May 2012

The 2012 AGM, chaired by Susan Scorey President of BIALL, will be held in a few weeks time on Friday 15th June at 1.30pm during the Annual Conference in Belfast.

Most of the business of the Annual General Meeting is formal, but it is the only opportunity during the year for the membership to exercise its decision-making rights.  Conference Delegates who are not members of the Association may attend the AGM as observers, but may not vote.  The annual subscription rates are approved at this meeting, and it is only at the AGM that the Constitution and Regulations of the Association may be amended.  If there is a vote, which is on a show of hands, those present who are both a personal member and the designated representative of an institutional member have one vote in each capacity and should raise both hands.  Please note, apart from matters that have already been notified to the Secretary in writing and two weeks in advance, matters may only be raised under Any Other Business at the discretion of the Chair. 

Any members of BIALL who have an item they wish to be included on the Agenda should notify the Chair, Susan Scorey, in writing no later than Friday, 1st June 2012.

The agenda and accompanying papers will be made available on the website shortly.

Posted on behalf of Susan Scorey, President of the British & Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL).

Posted by Sally Peat at 12:37 0 comments  

New Venue For Online

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Online has moved!  That is the Online Information Conference and Exhibition is no longer going to be held at Olympia but at the Victoria Park Plaza on Vauxhall Bridge Road.

We are lucky at my work in that our manager allows us a half day each to visit the exhibition which is always impressively big. 

The one drawback is that November is normally freezing!  I have memories of snow, ice and sitting on the tube wondering why the tube driver at Olympia tube won't shut the doors.  In this regard at least the new venue will be a definite improvement.

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Early Bird Date for Conference Registration

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

A reminder that the early bird date for Conference Registration is scheduled for this coming Friday, 4 May. However, as it is a Bank Holiday weekend, we will accept early bird bookings up to close of business on Wednesday, 9 May.  

See the BIALL website for full details of the Belfast Conference also available online booking.

 See you in Belfast!!

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Is "a Universal Digital Library" within reach?

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Have a read of this interesting article in the LA Times (at this link) which gives a good overview of the great Google digitisation project. It stalled when the Authors Guild and a group of five publishers alleged copyright infringement.  The case eventually ended with the judge ruling that the issues raised were a matter for Congress.

Written by Pamela Samuelson, the faculty director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, the article argues that we should still be striving for a "Universal Digital Library". She outlines how this could happen in the second half of the piece - indeed she evangelises about it!

"Workable solutions exist to fulfil the dream of a universal digital library. Do we really want to tell our grandchildren that we could have achieved this goal but lacked the will to do so?"

Mine won't need to, copyright law will be taught right after walking and talking...

Posted by Philip Cable at 23:15 0 comments  

Speaker Profiles



Speaker: Laura Woods, Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Presentation: Parallel session 3C - "Library Blogging: Where are all the law librarians?"

Profile: Laura Woods graduated from City University London with an MSc in Library and Information Studies in January 2010, and is currently working as an Information Services Advisor at Addleshaw Goddard LLP. She blogs about her professional development activities at Organising Chaos, and you can find her on Twitter as @WoodsieGirl.  She is interested in networking with her peers, particularly fellow new professionals, and in innovative ways to promote library services and the information profession. She has previously presented on the subjects of marketing library services outside the "echo chamber", and on managing your CPD on a budget. She has also written for BIALL, CILIP and SLA publications on career development, networking for new professionals and using social media.

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