The BIALL Professional Development Committee are pleased to announce the Spring Social, taking place on Friday 22 March.

Thursday, 28 February 2013


Intended as the natural successor to the BIALL Cheese and Wine party, for a modest ticket price this event welcomes BIALL members for an evening of food, drink and networking at the Punch Tavern, in the heart of London’s legal district.

We have listened to comments from members, to try to organise the kind of social event which you would like to attend. You asked for a range of drinks, so we picked a great pub with a good selection of beers and wines. You’ve also told us that you wanted a good spread of food, so this has also been arranged (around half of which will be vegetarian). Some have stated that an inspiring and aesthetic venue is important to them, so we picked a grade 2 listed premises which retains many of the original features dating from its construction in 1897. We’ve even made sure that cheese and wine are both still on the menu!

The event is being generously sponsored by the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England and Wales, and also further subsidised by a payment from BIALL. This means that we are able to offer tickets to BIALL members at a price of just £10 each, which will cover free food and drink for most of the evening, eventually reverting to a cash bar if/when our bar tab finally runs out.

In the first instance tickets will only be available to BIALL members, due to the fact that this event has a strict capacity. In the event that any tickets are left over by 11 March, on that date we will also widen ticket sales to non-members as well (at a price of £20 per ticket).

To book yourself a ticket, please see the for Booking Form. 

Bookings can be made either by returning this form (with payment enclosed) as instructed, or by e-mailing the form through and pledging to pay your admission fee on the night. Please note that all places must be pre-booked; due to capacity considerations, we will not be able to accommodate people turning up waving a £10 note on the night who have not booked their place beforehand.

This will be an entirely non-profit making event. In the event of any profit being made on ticket sales, this will be added to money raised by the raffle on the night and donated to the Wallace Breem Memorial Fund.

Hope to see you at the Spring Social,
Mark Haines
(Chair, Professional Development Committee)

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How to get a PhD in Law

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

To all academic law librarians in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Again this year I have organised the popular “How to get a PhD in Law” programme of National Training Days to assist MPhil and PhD students in law (and other interested researchers) registered at universities across the UK. This programme provides the chance for informative discussion, legal research guidance and opportunities for networking.

There are still two days remaining in the 2012/2013 programme:

Saturday 16th March 2013: covers legal research skills, literature reviews, qualitative and quantitative research methods and comparative legal research for PhD students. See web link for more details:  

Wednesday 22nd May 2013: concentrates on preparing PhDs for the mini-Viva and the Viva, presenting skills, publishing your research, and preparing for the Ethics Committee. See web link for more details:  

Each day will also include tailored research skills training by IALS senior law librarians, optional library tours and networking opportunities for participants.

Registration and online payments: Details of the booking fees and access to registration and online payments are available via the individual web pages above.

Information about these and all other IALS events is available on the IALS Calendar of Events.

Contributed by: David Gee,  Deputy Librarian, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

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Google and the World Brain

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Storyville - 2012-2013 - 17. Google and the World Brain
If you missed this, catch it on iPlayer - it's a must see programme.


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And The Nominations Are ...

Wednesday, 13 February 2013


An Oscar not a LILAC

The BIALL Working Group on Legal Information Literacy (Emily Albon, Ruth Bird, Natasha Choolhun, Peter Clinch, Tracey Dennis, Julie Ferris, Kathy Jacob and Loyita Worley) has been nominated for an award for the BIALL Legal Information Literacy Statement! 

The Credo Reference Digital Award for Information Literacy is a CILIP award for promoting Information Literacy.  It will be awarded at  LILAC - that's the Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference.

The LILAC website gives more details;

 "The CILIP Information Literacy Group is pleased to announce for the second year running an award for innovation in digital resources for IL, generously sponsored by Credo Reference.  This recognises an individual or group who develop the best new digital resource for promoting IL. The winner will receive £500 for personal use and £500 for their nominated charity."

You can find a full list of nominees by visiting the website here.

But what you are more likely thinking is I should read this potentially award winning piece of work!  You will find the Legal Information Literacy Statement is on the BIALL website right here.

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BIALL Quiz

Monday, 11 February 2013

There is still space for a few more teams at this year's BIALL Quiz on Wednesday 27 February, 6-9pm, at Penderel’s Oak, Holborn.

The Quiz Night returns, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Prenax, and the kind donation of prizes by Wildy & Sons. John Evans again takes the helm as Quizmaster, and all profits from the evening will be donated to Cogwheel Trust International and the Wallace Breem Memorial Fund.

For more details and a link to the booking form please see the Quiz page on the BIALL website:

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BIALL Cheese and Wine Party (Correction)

Friday, 8 February 2013

The last issue of the BIALL Newsletter stated that the date of the next Cheese & Wine party would be on the 22nd of February.

This event is actually scheduled to take place on the 22nd of March. More details on this event and a booking form will be available soon.

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The King in the Car Park

Tuesday, 5 February 2013



Richard III (2 October 1452 – 22 August 1485)

Must see TV - the Richard the III documentary last night on Channel 4, Richard III: the King in the Car Park.

In light of the success of the documentary which followed the discovery of the unearthed remains of the last Plantagenet king, we have a clip of the introduction of the Trial of Kind Richard the Third made in 1984.  The whole trial is availalbe to watch online:

"The charge is that King Richard III did, in or about the month of august, 1483, in the Tower of London, murder Prince Edward, Prince of Wales, and Prince Richard, Duke of York.

King Richard III stands indicted at the bar of history. In this unique work the members of the jury have been invited to deliver their verdict on a matter whch has been the subject of fierce controversy and dispute for over 500 years: whether or not King Richard III was responsible for the alleged murder of the two young princes. He himself was killed on the battlefield of Bosworth in 1485 and so is beyond the power and jurisdiction of this or any other human court. The task of the jury is, therefore, to pass historical judgement upon him. Their verdict will stimulate rather than terminate the controversy that has surrounded the deaths of the princes."

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BIALL 2013 Conference Survey

Monday, 4 February 2013

A quick post to provide you with details of a new survey for legal information professionals which aims to discover what inspired you to enter the legal sector and how you find working with legal information in general.  For more information or to complete the survey please visit the survey.

"This survey will investigate how information professionals enter the legal sector and adapt to working with legal information..."

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