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Preparing for BIALL 2014

By Katherine Marshall and Isabel Jones

On 12 June 2014, hundreds of librarians and resource coordinators will gather in the historic spa town of Harrogate to attend the annual British and Irish Association of Law Librarians Conference (BIALL). The meeting provides an opportunity for delegates to convene and discuss the pressing issues in their field.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Data, Data, Everywhere.” The programme aims “to highlight the proliferation of ever-growing quantities of data, and the emerging technologies that have become available to exploit opportunities and manage the challenges” that this expansion has brought to the information management profession. The conference will offer a series of sessions on the use of social media, project management skills, and the use of e-books in the academic sector.

Here are some of the things we are most looking forward to at this year’s BIALL Conference:

  • Keynote address: “Data, Data, Everywhere” — Delivered by Phil Bradley, Information Specialist and Internet Consultant,  this presentation will focus on big data, social media, and the increasingly changing role of websites
  • The Brave New World of Free, Open Data, and Open Access — Don’t miss out on this pre-conference seminar led by Karen Blakeman on 11 June. This useful session will provide tips on how to locate open access scholarly literature and find high quality information
  • Saturday Kitchen — This year BIALL is hosting a “Saturday Kitchen” event where exhibitors and suppliers, including OUP, will provide an overview of their current and planned projects or new services
  • Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Collections in the UK — This parallel session will focus on how best to use databases to find treaties and international and foreign law reports


If you have any spare time before, during, or after the conference take time to explore all that Harrogate and Yorkshire have to offer.  From castle ruins and art galleries to World Heritage sites and fantastic scenery, there is much to do in this part of Northern England. Harrogate is also home to the famous Bettys Tearooms, which serve up a delicious selection of teas, cakes, and biscuits. The Tearooms are open until 9 p.m. daily, so there is plenty of time to pay a visit after a busy day in sessions.

If you are joining us at the conference don’t forget to visit the OUP stand to browse key titles and journals and pick up a copy of our latest catalogues. You will also have the opportunity to demo our fantastic suite of online research products.

To keep up-to-date with the conference as it happens, follow @biall_uk, @OUPIntLaw, and @OUPCommLaw, using the conference hashtag #BIALL2014.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Katherine Marshall is Senior Marketing Executive for Academic Law titles at Oxford University Press. Isabel Jones is Senior Marketing Executive for Commercial Law titles at Oxford University Press.

Oxford University Press is committed to developing outstanding resources to support students, scholars and practitioners in all areas of the law. Our practitioner programme continues to grow, with key texts in commercial law, arbitration and private international law, plus the innovative new ebook version of Blackstone’s Criminal Practice. We are also delighted to announce the new edition of the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, one of the most trusted reference resources in international law. In addition to books, OUP publishes a wide range of law journals and online products. Follow our law teams on Twitter at @OUPIntLaw and @OUPCommLaw.

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