Lexis Nexis Greenbook Webinar

A couple of posts today which have reported on Lexis Nexis runnng their first ever Webinar. Lo-fi Librarian has a post with a link to the Orange Rag where it is also reported (I love the tagline Legal Publisher enters the 21st Century) the IWR Blog also has a post.

As Lo-fi suggests, RSS Feeds and Podcasts cant be far off, surely!?!

Library 2.0

Yet another buzzword, I have to admit I quite like them! is Library 2.0. Library 2.0 follows hot on the heels of Web 2.0 and describes the "user centred" changes that are taking place in Libraries at the moment.

Out of the Jungle has an excellent post on Library 2.0 which includes links to other resources and numerous journal articles.

Who uses online tools and why?

This is the title, okay it's not the exact title but it's a bit snappier of a report published by Oxford University.

The report is based on a survey carried out between December 1st 2006 and February 16th 2007, the respondents are Continuing Education students and academics at the University of Oxford, so it's very specialized sample, neverthless it's worth taking a look at.

A publisher blogging

Shifted Librarian posts about the new ALA Editions Blog which she has been reading. This blog has posts on the process for "getting a book from idea to finished product marketed in multiple venues"

One of the things that Shifted Librarian would love to see and read about is behind-the-scenes" glimpses and insight into what is happening in this world." I agree with these comments and would encourage any UK based law publisher to think about creating a blog that gives this insight, it may reveal the pressures publishers are under to produce books and the implications in terms of time and costs that we then feel the pain of!

UK Parliament Blogs and RSS Feeds

Lo-fi librarian recently published a post about the new RSS feeds available on the UK Parliament website, bizzarely the feeds are hidden so that in order to subscribe to them you first have to subscribe to an email alert.

This post ties in nicely with a piece I saw in the March 2007 edition of elucidate about Parliamentary Blogs:

"Blogs are in use in every area of life and have been the subject of a Parliamentary
question! The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions was asked how much it cost
operate the blog of the Minister for Employment and Welfare Reforms. The cost was
given as £1,487 a month since its launch in October and there have been 4,731 visits
1,987 unique visitors. This makes it a rather expensive operation but it makes quite
interesting reading. See for yourself at http://www.dwp.gov.uk/welfarereform/blog/"

Interview with Karen Waldron of LNB

The most recent issue of Legal Information Management (LIM) contains an interview with Karen Waldron of LNB. In the interview Karen clears up some of the issues relating to the new LexisNexis Butterworths platform and outlines some of the developments which will be happening during 2007.

Library 2.0 a success

The most recent CILIP update has an article on the success of the "Five weeks to a social library course", the course covered Web 2.0 tools like Blogs, Wikis, Social Networking and Second Life, Flick, Social Bookmarking Software (del.icio.us) and implementing/selling social software in your Library.

This is the first free, completely online course which devotes itself to the use of social software in Libraries. The presentations are well worth looking at.

Life in the Web 2.0 law firm

What does Web 2.0 mean for lawyers and law firms, this is the question asked in the latest issue of Peer to peer magazine (The journal of the International Legal Technology Association).

Some interesting points made here notably that "Lawyers want and need to access their work product globally, and now they can. Increasingly, they're choosing products and services that are highly-personalized, focused on the end-to-end experience delivered by those products and services."

The oddest law book title

Nominations are being sought for the oddest law book title and you’ve only got 2 days left to vote so you best be quick. Off the top of my head I cant think of any odd books that I have been asked for, although interestingly there is a discussion on LIS-LAW at the moment about precedents relating to dog ownership, I'm obviously getting dog-tired because I haven't joined in.

I have handled some very strange enquiries in the past including someone asking me for information on JCB's that's right those big yellow things, when I used to work in academia art students always provided the best sort of enquiries, especially on Friday afternoons.

My all time favourite though has to be when I was at University and we were being taught how to undertake a reference interview, my enquirer (who was on the phone) asked for the "Orange of the pieces" from which I was supposed to gather they were talking about the "Origin of the species" 1+1 = 3

The Wiki is official!

I saw this post on a new blog I have just started reading. Other words to make it in to the Oxford English Dictionary include "tighty whities" don't ask! and ta-da, you've got to love the word "ta-da" I always use it during Powerpoint Presentations to add that extra bit of drama!

How to...Twitter

There have been so many posts flying around the Blogosphere about Twitter that I am beginning to think they are trying to take over the world.

I especially like the posts on Enquiring minds want to know and The Melcrum Blog, Lo-fi Librarian has also found some useful links which are well worth looking at.

I dont use Twitter at the moment but my understanding is that it is microblogging site, in other words people blog about anything and everything and they really do! David Kings post on "Twitter for Librarians" is excellent if you would like an introduction to Twitter and its potential.

Nattering in the Blogosphere

This post is a summary of an article which appears in the March 2007 edition of Amercian Libraries. The article asks 16 of the most "well known" librarian bloggers about how and why they blog.

Perfect Information new design

For those people who subscribe to Perfect Information you may be in for a shock as they have redesigned the front end. I think it looks great, much cleaner and less clunky looking, thankfully the functionality in the old version remains in this new redesigned version.

Two major improvements are the downloading and emailing of documents previously documents had to be downloaded and then emailed, which could be painful if the PDF was 300+ pages long, they have also improved the Date Issued functionality which I found awkward to use. Well done PI!

Statute Law Database - Use with caution

Nick Holmes over at Binary Law posted recently about the SLD and invited comments on its content and accuracy.

It seems there is a mixed response to the SLD with most people showing admiration for the product itself but concern that it may not be as accurate as it could be, of interest is an early report on Impact which demonstrated that for certain searches it should be used with caution.

The White Book - forms

Earlier this week I received the great news that you don't need to subscribe to the White Book forms when you subscribe to the White Book, naturally there is no change in the price if you exclude the forms element from your subscription. We wont be recycling as much paper now which is the only other downside I can see.

Now if only Sweet & Maxwell could have told us this earlier there wouldn't be any need for politicians to set Emission targets.

An update on Is it in force

Following on from my previous post on this subject, I have received some inside information that LNB are going to look at amending the functionality on the Global Platform to make it easier to use "Is it in force" and the "Statutes Citator" but not the information that is contained within the hard copy version of Halsbury's Is It in Force.

A Web 2.0 future for Enterprise Tools

Another great article in IWR, this one is a follow up to the debate that took place between Web 2.0 experts and Information Industry experts. This article asks information management technology suppliers whether search engines and content applications must incorporate social network features.

Yahoo Pipes

The latest issue of Information World Review (IWR) includes an article on Yahoo Pipes not in case you are wondering a Website for Pipe smoking enthusiasts but a new site hosted by Yahoo which allows "real users" to mix and mash information (RSS and Atom Feeds) easily.

According to the article the service is aimed at the ordinary rather then "techie"user. It's a great concept but it's probably going to take me a little while to get my head around it.

Lexis Nexis Academic User Group

The JIBS User Group has a post on their blog about the Academic Lexis Nexis Group. If you weren't aware of this group already they have their own webpage with meeting minutes and Key Contacts in Lexis Nexis.

BIALL Cheese and Wine Party

I attended the BIALL Cheese and Wine Party last friday although I didn't manage to eat any cheese unfortunately, so in honour of this a tribute to all things cheesy....


What are LNB doing with Halsbury's is it in force?

Yesterday one of my colleagues noticed that something weird has happened with Halsbury’s Is It In Force, from the Spring 2007 edition instead of it detailing the commencement details of Statues and their subsequent amendments it now only provides their commencement details.

Information about the repeal and amendment of Acts can be found in Halsbury's Statute Citator. Surely this means it should now be called Halsbury’s when was the statute originally enacted rather then Halsbury’s Is it in Force, very confusing...I cant see why Butterworths would make this change!

I'll give a prize* to anyone who can correctly identify the number of Halsbury's used in this post.

Library Bans all Men on Women's Day

As reported in the London Paper yesterday.

What is Web 2.0 : Ideas, technologies and implications for education

JISC have published a new Techwatch report on Web 2.0 which is well worth reading even if you don't work in the education sector. The report establishes that Web 2.0 is more than a set of ‘cool’ and new technologies and services and is a slippery little beggar to pin down!

I love some of the section headings like "A tale of two Tims" (Tim O'Reilly and Sir Time Berners Lee). The report also highlight some of the most well known Web 2.0 applications and sites.

Business Information Trends

This is the title of an article in the most recent issue of Freepint 8/3/2007 the article looks at how the market for Business Information has changed over the last year.

Thomson has sold off parts of its news services in the face of some stiff competition from Lexis Nexis and Factiva and some organisations are pulling out of news services completely, the article discusses these and other developments over the past year and looks at the future of news media and services.

The Law Wiki Dream

An article here from Nick Holmes which is published in the March 2007 edition of the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers about a centralised Law Wiki. Nick argues that a specialised Law Wiki is a viable proposal with contributions coming from many fields including UK Law Bloggers.

I'm a fan of Wikis but have been surprised that the number and range of Law Wikis in the UK isn't more. There are some excellent examples of Wikis being used and maintained internationally, they include Wikilaw, Jurispedia, LawPedia, Human Law Book Wiki and the excellent Web 2.0 for Lawyers. In the UK WikiCrimeLine and The Mental Health Wiki are examples of indviduals establishing and maintaining a Wiki. I also regularly refer to the LISWiki which is a Wiki dedicated to Library and Information Science.

The difference between these and the Wiki Nick and others have suggested is that they have a very narrow focus, a Law Wiki would require collaboration and contributions at a level not seen before, apart from perhaps in Wikipedia itself.

However as Nick says "we have the resources and the technologies now to achieve something" so lets live the dream.

How to deal with Info-stress

Sometimes I think people make these terms up but this really is a real term (although potentially the hyphen should be excluded) so what is Infostress or Info-stress, well it's a 21st Century disease (allegedly) that describes the huge amounts of information individuals have to deal with and the headaches caused as a results.

Is this a real disease...probably my head certainly aches when I return from a few days leave to a heaving inbox, the IWR Blog however has a more serious post on the subject and points to a report written by the Burton Group on how to deal with Info-stress, according to the IWR post the solution is an Enterprise Attention Management Strategy (EAMS)...now I need to lie down in a dark room whilst I sort out all these acronyms.

Web 2.0 explained

Nick Holmes at Binary Law has an interesting post on "What exactly is Web 2.0" with links to several excellent resources for any Lawyers interested in Web 2.0. These include a public Wiki called Web 2.0 for Lawyers

Legal Reference from Mumbai?

Will Librarians Jobs be the next to be outsourced is the subject of this Article in AALL Spectrum (March 2007). The short answer is that the the outsourcing of legal services is not a major threat to law librarianship.......at least not yet.

A Librarian insignia

Some thursday frivolity here on Out of the Jungle who suggest that Librarians should wear insignias so that users (students in this instance) know who are Librarians and who aren't!

I'm looking forward to receiving my "I filed Release 61 of the FSA Handbook and survived badge"

The Law Library of the Future

The Research and Writing Law Blog has a post from Adam Smiths Blog on "The Law Library of the Future" the post discusses the future of Law Libraries in the face of technological advances and changes in users behaviour. The author Bruce Macewen believes that Knowledge Management is the key to the development of Law Libraries and says that the Law Library of the future will evolve;

  • "from a tactical to a strategic resource
  • from static repository to dynamic, on-demand portal
  • from one-way delivery of assets to home for communities of practice, and
  • from a "one size fits all" commodity to an adaptive resource tailored to the needs of firms"

Bruce also says that "In general, the model for the new library is not the reading room at the Library of Congress or the British Museum, but: Starbucks. In other words, not the sacrosanct temple, but the drop-in, get away from the phone, casual environment ideal for reading in solitude or meeting informally to sling ideas around" now this sounds like my kind of Law Library I just love slinging ideas around, it's like swinging cats but with much more room.