Call for nominations - IFLA LAW LIBRARIES Section Standing Committee

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

The IFLA Law Libraries Section encourages nominations to its Standing Committee (SC) for the term August 2013 - August 2017.

If you are interested in law libraries and legal information worldwide, please consider submitting your name in nomination for the IFLA Law Libraries Standing Committee.

The committee meets annually at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress and we organize and sponsor one or more sessions at each congress.  Our section aims to work as an international policy forum for all law librarians.  The Section on Law Libraries:
·         promotes understanding and cooperation among law libraries, and increases awareness of the value and importance of law libraries to the world;
·         encourages growth in the development of new law libraries, with a particular focus on emerging nations;
·         fosters the profession of law librarianship and legal research competencies worldwide;
·         develops professional standards and practices;
·         and provides leadership in the field of legal information policy, recognizing that equitable and permanent public access to authentic legal information is a necessary requirement for a just and democratic society worldwide.

We would welcome nominations from individuals with expertise and interest in any aspect law librarianship and legal information.   

Serving on a Standing Committee provides opportunities for professional development, networking with colleagues from many different countries and helping to advance the profession in specific areas of practice. It also provides the opportunity to shape and influence legal information policy.

Information on the nomination procedure.

For further information on the Law Libraries Section Standing Committee, please contact Claire M. Germain (Chair) at  For information on the nomination process, contact IFLA Headquarters at Nomination forms can be scanned and sent to, by fax or post and must reach IFLA HQ on or before 6 February 2013. 

Contributed by: Claire M. Germain, IFLA Law Libraries Section Chair

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The Curious Case of the Judgment Enhancers

Monday, 21 January 2013

For nearly 150 years, The Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England and Wales has been reporting judicial decisions of the senior and appellate courts in the English jurisdiction. Despite its long history, however, the work of the Council remains elusive to many. This seminar explores, among other things, the day to day work of a law reporter, how ICLT decides whether a case is re-portable and where ICLR fits into the digital age of legal information.

Wednesday 6 February, 6-8pm at Lewis Silkin LLP.
An evening seminar, presented by Daniel Hoadley of the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting.

Tickets for this seminar will cost just £8 + VAT for BIALL members (or £10 + VAT for non-members). All attendees will be provided with refreshments, and cake! The event details and booking form can be found on our website.

Submitted by: Mark Haines
(Chair, BIALL Professional Development Committee)

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Exhibition and Sponsorship information for the Biall Conference 2013

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

It's that time of year again - New Year, fresh start, new event plans... and the Biall Conference and Exhibition!

We would love to be included once again in your Exhibition and Sponsorship plans for 2013.   If you haven't been involved in previous Conferences it couldn't be easier and we'll support and help you along the way to ensure your get the maximum benefit from attending.
We're ready to take exhibition bookings and open to sponsorship interest for the 2013 Conference in Glasgow.
To see the Exhibition plan and secure your Exhibition space have a look at our flyer.  Identify the space you would like and contact Sovereign to book it.   It's that simple!

If you would like to speak to one of our organisers please contact Gillian Watt or Sovereign.

Thanks again to everyone for their on-going support of the Biall Conference and Exhibition.

See you in Glasgow,

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The Dissertation Award

Monday, 7 January 2013

Slightly belatedly (it was awarded in December) -  the BIALL Blog would like to congratulate Erin Gow on winning the BIALL 2012 Dissertation Award.  The official statement from BIALL HQ states;  
The PR and Promotions Committee of The British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL) are delighted to announce the winner of the 2012 Dissertation Award. The Dissertation Award was first awarded in 2009 and is offered to any library school student who submits the best dissertation on a corporate or legal topic.

The winner of the award this year is  Erin Gow, who is a Library Assistant at Gray’s Inn Library, an Inn of Court library serving barristers and members of the Inns of Court.  She works primarily at the enquiry desk, where she acts as the first port of call in assisting members with questions about legal resources and research

Erin’s paper aimed to explore the information literacy and legal research training needs of users of the Middle Temple Library.  It focused on the patterns of use of Library resources by users, reasons for these patterns,  previous training users have received, and general evidence of user training needs in law libraries

Ms Gow wins £250.00 plus one year's personal membership to BIALL
Now I bet some of you are having a it should have been me/why didn't I enter pang.  If you are, why not check out the wide range of BIALL administered bursaries and apply for one. It will make you feel better!        

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