“The government is facing anger from authors shocked to discover that they are not entitled to royalties for books borrowed from libraries run by ‘big society’- inspired volunteers.”
The Guardian, 22nd July 2012
The BIALL Wallace Breem Award 2012 has been awarded to the team at Inner Temple Library.
Margaret Clay and Tracey Dennis received the award at the BIALL Annual Dinner which took place at the Europa Hotel, Belfast, on Friday 15th June.
The award reflects the team’s considerable contribution to the legal information profession via three sources in particular.
Firstly, the publication ‘Transcripts of Judicial Proceedings in England and Wales: a Guide to Sources‘. This was first published in 2006 and a new edition was published in 2011. The guide provides invaluable information on how to find transcripts of judicial proceedings of courts and tribunals in England and Wales in an easy-to-use format. The guide is compiled and updated by contacting service providers directly in order to ensure that the information given about their services is as accurate as possible.
Secondly, a daily current awareness blog. This provides up-to-date information on new case law, changes in legislation, and legal news relating to England and Wales. Users can receive updates via email, RSS or Twitter and a version of the blog is also available for mobile devices. Currently the blog attracts 20,000 visits per month from over 100 countries and has 2,000 subscribers and 2,430 followers on Twitter. The Times described the blog as “An extremely useful digest of latest resolutions and legal news stories from around the web, updated regularly.”
Thirdly, the AccessToLaw Database which provides annotated links to selected UK, Commonwealth and international legal websites. Over 1400 sites are currently included. These are mainly legal, government and parliamentary sites with a particular emphasis on those which contain substantive law or related materials, or which will help the legal practitioner to find such information. New sites are added regularly, and existing site entries are checked and updated every three months.
Nominating the winner, Elaine Wintle of Blackstone Chambers felt that ‘the quality of the work that they do, under considerable budgetary constraints, deserves an accolade’.
The judging panel agreed and were pleased to acknowledge the achievements of the team at Inner Temple Library.
Text taken from the BIALL website.
“‘Yes, come to the library! Browse and borrow, and help make sure it’ll still be here tomorrow…’ Thus concludes “Library poem”, penned by Children’s Laureate and Gruffalo creator Julia Donaldson, the latest high profile recruit to the campaign against planned library closures.”
UK Human Rights Blog, 2nd May 2012
“I [Elisabeth Laing QC] consider 6 topics in this paper
(1) the legislative framework
(2) the implied duty to assess need
(3) community groups
(4) Equality Impact Assessments (‘EIAs’) and libraries
(5) institutional arrangements
(6) the Localism Act 2011.”
Full story (PDF)
11 KBW, 22nd March 2012
“The duty to provide library services for children was one of the key arguments advanced by campaigners in Brent challenging the council’s decision to close 6 of its 12 libraries. Reliance was placed upon section 7 of the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964. This requires local authorities to provide a comprehensive and efficient library service.”
UK Human Rights Blog, 20th October 2011
“National legislation establishing a system under which the remuneration payable to authors in the event of public lending was calculated exclusively according to the number of borrowers registered with public establishments on the basis of a flat-rate amount fixed per borrower and per year was contrary to article 5(1) of Council Directive 92/100/EEC of 19 November 1992 on rental right and lending right and on certain rights related to copyright in the field of intellectual property (OJ 2006 L376, p28).”
WLR Daily, 30th June 2011