Archive for the 'library' Category

Collaborative blog!

February 5, 2008

If you want to see what law librarians talk about when they get together, have a look here. It’s a new collaborative blog about all things law library!

RSS feeds for law books

October 25, 2007

Lo-fi has just set up a Facebook group for possibly the smallest constituency of Facebook users possible: UK librarians who wish that legal publishers would set up RSS feeds for new publications. Having said this, there are now 11 (count em’!) members.

Joking aside, this is something that legal publishers really need to get to grips with. If Binary Law can manage it by scraping data from a series of spreadsheets provided by the publishers themselves, why can’t the likes of Sweet & Maxwell and LNB, with their presumably enormous IT and information management departments?

I am now a proud member- if you share these sentiments, please join!

Sue the libraries!

October 18, 2007

There’s an excellent article in today’s Technology Guardian, asking why the likes of the RIAA have not sued public libraries, since they can so easily disseminate digital media. As the author puts it, “they are the institutions which have the longest experience of making copyright goods available fairly to people who have not paid directly for them; and in all the time libraries have been around, no one has come up with a better model”. Right on!

The author, Andrew Brown, goes on to make a case for libraries in general as valuable in the digital age, since they can provide repositories for electronic information, and access to databases such as JSTOR.  Individual access to the likes of JSTOR would be prohibitively expensive; using a library one can gain access for a tiny tax payment. Perhaps in the not-too-distant future libraries (or something like them) will become the hubs for electronic information?

It’s really refreshing to hear libraries talked about in such a positive fashion, and something of an antidote to the doom and gloom that so often is the tone of commentary on the field.

London Libraries & Information Community

October 9, 2007

My colleague Ian has just set up a calendar detailing events of interest to library and information professionals. It is hosted by Vibe Journal, and can be found here. It will hopefully provide information professionals in London a one stop shop to check out events potentially of interest.

Currently it features events from CILIP in London. It is intended that the other large information professional groups in London will also be able to contribute to the calendar, including BIALL and CIG. I’ll be updating events on behalf of CLIG, on whose committee I sit.

A neat solution to a problem I didn’t even realise existed!