Publications

Handbook of Legal Information Management 2nd Edition

The second edition of this popular handbook has been thoroughly updated by the original team of experts and some new contributors, to provide current best practice guidance on the key legal information issues for every type of service. Each of the chapters is updated to reflect general changes in law libraries and their users in the past seven years. In particular, the handbook covers new information technologies, including social networking and communication. New chapters also focus on the key topics of outsourcing, and the impact of the 2007 Legal Services Act. The second edition of this valuable handbook continues to be an important professional reference tool for managers and staff of all types of legal information services, and will help them with the challenges they face in their work every day. Edited by Loyita Worley and Sarah Spells.

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Moys Classification and Thesaurus for Legal Materials

The 5th edition of the Moys Classification and Thesaurus for Legal Materials was published by De Gruyter Saur on 26 November 2012. This was the first edition to be published under the auspices of BIALL after the sad passing of Betty Moys in 2002. It contains some substantial revisions from previous editions, including a major reworking of the scheme’s structure in the area of real property, natural resources and the environment, as well as an update of the European schedule to reflect the changes introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon 2007, and a general tidying up of the Dewey notation to correct errors and duplication. Further information on the 5th edition is available at the De Gruyter Saur website.

Users of the scheme are encouraged to join the email list LIS-MOYS-USERS which provides a forum for anyone to make suggestions for amendments and improvements, as well as being a general discussion forum and a way to seek help from other users.

How to Use Table II is a simple 5-page guide on the construction of Moys classification numbers for non-common law jurisdictions. The introduction to the Moys scheme includes instructions for this, but they are by necessity quite brief, and many Moys users have struggled to understand them. The guide was prepared by Diana Morris, the editor of the 5th edition.

Legal Information Management (LIM)

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BIALL Annual Salary Survey

This annual survey provides a comprehensive document to enable law librarians and information professionals to compare their job and pay with colleagues in other organisations in the academic, private or public sectors. The purpose of the survey is to provide our members with a benchmark document which can be used in salary negotiations. Analysis is prepared on behalf of BIALL by Dr. Shona McTavish.

If you have any suggestions for improvements to the survey or wish to view data as a non-member please contact Sandra Smythe.

This publication is only available to members. The 2016/17 Survey was published in October 2017. Please login to view and/or download.

BIALL Annual Law Firm Library Survey 2015/16

This survey is designed to aid law firm librarians benchmark their services against other law firms. It provides a snapshot of staffing, expenditure on hard copy material, subscriptions to databases and the range of services supplied by respondents.

58 law firms responded to the survey in its inaugural year. An article summarising the results will appear in the Summer 2017 issue of Legal Information Management.

The survey would not have been made possible without the efforts of the Working Group, whom we’d like to thank: Karen Gray (Information and Research Services Manager, Gowling WLG), Claire Greening (Head of Library and Knowledge Services, Withers LLP), Helen Gwinn (Legal Information Manager, Blake Morgan LLP), Diane Nicholls (Knowledge Services Manager, Irwin Mitchell LLP), Steven Riley (Library/Information Services Officer, Mills & Reeve LLP), Janet Scoones (Director of Information and KM, Trowers & Hamlins LLP), Helen Williams (Senior Information Specialist, Integreon).

We are also indebted to Dr Shona McTavish who prepared the analysis.
Any comments or feedback can be sent to surveys@biall.org.uk or to the BIALL President Elect.
The next survey is planned for the beginning of 2018.

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History of the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians 1969-1999

Mary Blake provides a fascinating overview of the first 30 years of our Association in her publication History of the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians 1969 – 1999.

The title, published by BIALL in 2000 in hardcopy only. Available to buy from BIALL for £5.00

Academic Law Library Survey

The Annual Academic Law Library Survey outlines the activities and funding of academic law libraries in the UK and Ireland. It is the only survey of its kind and provides data which academic librarians use to bench-mark their own services and law course validation bodies note when appraising the provision of institutions seeking to run law courses. It is based on responses to a survey questionnaire undertaken by Academic Services staff at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies on behalf of the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL).

This survey has been run on an annual basis since 1996 and reported in The Law Librarian and latterly in Legal Information Management. It is sponsored either by the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL) or by the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS).

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Sources of Biographical Information on Past Lawyers

This title by Guy Holborn, published by BIALL in 1999, points out sources of biographical information on past lawyers. Available to buy from BIALL for £12.50

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