Saturday, 20 June 2009
Day two of the BIALL Conference started with two excellent Plenary Sessions. The first"The digital information supply chain: Impacts, effects, opportunities and challenges of the rapidly changing landscape in e-content delivery" looked at the move by publishers from print to electronic publishing formats. The presentation was delivered by James Gray from Ingram Digital. This was a really interesting session which looked at how the move from print to digital will affect Libraries and what Libraries can do to ensure they remain abreast of developments in digital publishing and what they can do to encourage suppliers of legal information to develop digital formats that are both accessible and intuitive to use.
The next session was an introduction to the new UK Supreme Court the court which opens officially in October 2009 "will continue the work currently undertaken by the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords. This move will enhance the independence of the Law Lords and increase the transparency between the top levels of the UK judicial system and Parliament" This was a really interesting presentation, which also looked at the Library that will be at the heart of the new UK Supreme Court. Any BIALL members who wish to visit the new UK Supreme Court Library were invited to do so although you will need to arrange a visit in advance with the Librarian.
Following Lunch BIALL members were invited to attend the BIALL Annual General Meeting (AGM) the AGM. This is where reports from BIALL Committees are received and the Annual Reports are received and approved. There are also usually a number of votes that take place during this meeting including approval of the membership fee for the forhtcoming BIALL year.
The final two sessions of the day looked at The CLA Law Licence and Social Media. There will be a more detailed look at the Social Media session on the Running Librarian Blog shortly.