BIALL Conference 2018

June 7-9, 2018, Birmingham

About BIALL Conference 2018

The theme for this year – Designing our future: debate, develop, deliver, allows us to explore innovative design for our future, whether that be in physical library spaces, through technology, through the services we offer or our professional role.

The Provisional Programme and Registration Form for the 2018 Conference are now available. Alternatively Register online.

Check out the Events calendar listing for full details of the sessions and speaker bios.

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Further updates and useful information about attending the conference will be posted here and on our social media pages – please check back soon! In the meantime see how easy it is to travel to our conference venue by viewing our travel guide.

Sessions & Talks

We have plenary sessions covering our future working relationships, the future of student services, and a panel session debating emerging skills and future roles in the legal sector.

The parallel sessions will allow delegates to consider Designing our future further by considering our working environments, how technology does and will play a part in that environment, and experiences on how libraries have been redesigned.

We have lightning talks covering BIALL’s move to the cloud, current awareness, telling a story in infographics, changing jurisdictions, cost savings through intelligent legal technology, and BIALL in Sierra Leone.


The Exhibition is where you can meet and chat with a wide range of exhibitors, eager to share with you their latest developments, innovations, and products relevant for the legal information community. It is an excellent opportunity to catch up with your suppliers and meet new ones, so don’t forget to pack your business cards. Whilst you are heading around the Exhibition, why not also complete this year’s Cadbury chocolate themed passport game and be entered into a prize draw?

During the lunch breaks on Thursday and Friday a number of product demonstrations will be taking place for you to get more in-depth updates from featured companies.


The busy conference days spent in the Exhibition and sessions are once again accompanied by two
evening events to allow you to relax and network further with colleagues.

Thursday night sees a fun
evening taking place in the Hilton Metropole with a series of interactive games and friendly competitions.
Food and drinks will complete the evening.

Friday evening allows us to celebrate BIALL members at
the President’s Reception, followed by the Annual Dinner that sees the presentation of the BIALL and
Lexis Library awards. The formal Annual Dinner is sponsored by LexisNexis and will allow you to get
your “glad rags” on and congratulate the well deserving award winners.


Our Keynote speaker this year is the recipient of the British Council’s Winston Churchill Fellowship in 2015 through which she researched design and use of libraries. She is Dr Gemma John, founder of the spatial strategy consultancy Human City. Gemma has worked alongside architects to help them understand the behaviour of potential occupants so buildings are designed to support the needs of these occupants.

BIALL is intrigued to hear what insights she has on the topic of library design.


Our Platinum Sponsor



Our Gold Sponsors



Our Silver Sponsor


Our Confirmed Exhibitors

Still time to join our Exhibitors

As major purchasers and users of legal material, the Association’s members are committed to developing a strong two-way working relationship with suppliers. The Conference is due to attract over 200 members and with its extensive Exhibition and social events, provides an ideal opportunity to reinforce these links.

We invite you to participate in the continuing success of the relationship between suppliers and legal information professionals.

The Exhibition is an important and integral part of the Annual Conference. It provides a forum in which suppliers can exhibit and demonstrate products as well as an opportunity to meet with Conference delegates.The Exhibition provides members of the Association with a focused annual opportunity to view new products, to meet trade representatives and to interact generally with suppliers.

For more details and package and pricing details, see our full brochure.

Register Now!

The Provisional Programme and Registration Form for the 2018 Conference are now available. Online Registration available too. Early Bird discounts available until Friday 13th April 2018. The Conference will take place in Birmingham on Thursday 7th – Saturday 9th June.

Venue Details

Hilton Birmingham Metropole
National Exhibition Centre,
Birmingham, B40 1PP,
United Kingdom

See out how easy it is to travel to our conference venue by viewing our travel guide.

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