Prison book restriction ‘harms studying’ – BBC News

Posted September 24th, 2014 in education, libraries, Ministry of Justice, news, prison officers, prisons by sally

‘Restrictions on the number of books prisoners in England and Wales can have in their cells is inhibiting inmates’ ability to learn, a charity warns.’

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BBC News, 24th September 2014


The latest on cuts: Lessons for authorities following R (Draper) v Lincolnshire CC – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted August 7th, 2014 in budgets, consultations, judicial review, libraries, local government, news by sally

‘Mr Justice Collins has handed down judgment in the latest case borne out of government cuts. The judgment provides useful learning to local authorities in particular on how to comply with new duties in relation to expressions of interest under the Localism Act 2011, writes Leon Glenister.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 5th August 2014


Consulting on library cuts – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 4th, 2014 in budgets, consultations, libraries, local government, news by sally

‘Local authorities proposing sensitive budget cuts inevitably cross minefields laden with lethal legal ordnance. This generally includes volatile consultation and equalities devices. But following the decision of Collins J on 17 July in Draper v Lincolnshire County Council [2014] EWHC 2388 (Admin), consultation may have become more complex.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 4th August 2014


High Court to decide the fate of the Warburg Institute’s historic library – The Independent

Posted June 25th, 2014 in libraries, news, trusts, universities by sally

‘The fate of one of the “most important libraries in the world” which houses thousands of historic volumes saved from the Nazis, is to be decided in the High Court.’

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The Independent, 24th June 2014


Researchers given ‘data mining’ right under new UK copyright laws –

‘Copying content from online journals or other texts for the purposes of non-commercial research is no longer an infringement of UK copyright laws providing copiers have lawful access to that content and they, generally, make “a sufficient acknowledgement” of the original work.’

Full story, 2nd June 2014


Another council faces judicial review over changes to library provision – Local Government Lawyer

‘Lincolnshire County Council has become the latest local authority to face judicial review proceedings over proposed cuts to its libraries.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th February 2014


Lincolnshire group challenges council’s library change – BBC News

Posted February 11th, 2014 in consultations, judicial review, libraries, local government, news by tracey

‘A campaign group is going to the High Court to challenge a move by Lincolnshire County Council to change its library system.’

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BBC News, 11th February 2014


Open Access version of the Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review – IALS

Posted February 6th, 2014 in evidence, libraries, news by sally

‘Building on successful work with the School of Advanced Study’s Open Journals System, a project is in progress at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) to develop an Open Access version of the Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review.

Established in 2004, the Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review brings articles, legal developments and case reports to academics, practitioners and the industry in relation to digital evidence and electronic signatures from across the world.

This Open Access version of Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review is being developed by Stephen Mason (founder, publisher and general editor) with the Institute on the SAS Open Journals System – further raising the visibility and accessibility of the journal and its contents.

Our exciting project, through SAS OJS, will safeguard free online access to all the back issues for legal researchers, support the publication of publicly available future issues and help stimulate new areas of legal discussion and scholarship.

The full back run of published volumes is now available on the service and we are beginning work on Volume 11 : 2014 as a “Born Digital” Open Access publication.’

The Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review

IALS, 6th February 2014


Barnet library squatters to be evicted, judge rules – The Guardian

Posted December 19th, 2012 in budgets, demonstrations, libraries, news, squatting by sally

“Squatters who have occupied a north London library for more than three months with the blessing of the local community are to be evicted, a judge has ruled. However, the court recognised their right to protest and the illegal tenants have been given a six-week stay of execution before they will be moved on.”

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The Guardian, 18th December 2012


Library closures may be unlawful, says Commons select committee – The Guardian

Posted November 6th, 2012 in illegality, libraries, news, reports, select committees by sally

“A ‘damning’ report into library closures up and down the country has found that councils making plans to shut branches without taking proper account of local needs risk breaking the law.”

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The Guardian, 6th November 2012


EU laws on orphan works given final approval –

Posted October 5th, 2012 in copyright, EC law, libraries, news, universities by tracey

“EU ministers have voted to back new laws that will allow for libraries, museums and universities, among other organisations, to digitise works from their collections that have become ‘orphaned.’ ”

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Public will have to report crime at police stations and libraries – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 5th, 2012 in budgets, libraries, news, police by sally

“The public face having to go to supermarkets and libraries to report crimes to the police as more stations are shut down to save money, MPs have heard.”

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Daily Telegraph, 4th September 2012


Doncaster library legal battle lost by Carol Buck – BBC News

Posted August 2nd, 2012 in disabled persons, libraries, local government, news by sally

“A disabled woman from South Yorkshire has lost her legal challenge against an elected mayor over library funding.”

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BBC News, 1st August 2012


Government may be in breach of EU copyright laws over volunteer-run libraries’ royalty payment commitments, authors’ body claims –

Posted July 25th, 2012 in copyright, EC law, intellectual property, libraries, news, publishing, volunteers by tracey

“The Government may have failed to abide by EU copyright laws if volunteer-run libraries are not required to pay authors royalties when they loan out books, the Society of Authors (SoA) has claimed.”

Full story, 24th July 2012


Authors face royalty threat from volunteer libraries – The Guardian

Posted July 23rd, 2012 in budgets, libraries, news, voluntary organisations by tracey

“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.”

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The Guardian, 22nd July 2012



BIALL Wallace Breem Award 2012

Posted June 21st, 2012 in inns of court, libraries, news by sally

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… – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 2nd, 2012 in budgets, equality, judicial review, libraries, local government, news by sally

“‘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.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 2nd May 2012


Surrey library volunteer decision ruled unlawful by High Court – BBC News

Posted April 3rd, 2012 in libraries, news, volunteers by sally

“Surrey County Council’s decision to run 10 libraries by volunteers in a move to keep its 52 libraries open has been ruled unlawful by the High Court.”

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BBC News, 3rd April 2012


Copyright exceptions will not deliver anticipated economic growth, licensing bodies say –

Posted April 2nd, 2012 in archives, copyright, libraries, licensing, news by sally

“Writing exceptions to copyright into UK law will not deliver economic growth and would in fact ‘remove the core asset value’ in creators’ content, a number of licensing bodies have said.”

Full story, 2nd April 2012


Library Closures and the Public Sector Equality Duty: Libraries – 11 KBW

Posted March 22nd, 2012 in equality, libraries, local government, news by sally

“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.”

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11 KBW, 22nd March 2012