Information Management - New Name for the Law Librarian
British and Irish Association of Law Librarians Press Release
Information provision in the legal world has changed dramatically since the formation of the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL) in 1969. Now the Association, which is the primary professional organisation for the provision of information on law in the United Kingdom and Ireland, wants to disseminate its own message to reflect the changing face of the profession. Their journal has undergone a complete overhaul. Not only has it been renamed Legal Information Management, but its look has been updated with a new cover and format. The aim is to encompass the needs of all those involved in providing legal information.
In today's legal world, professional support lawyers, knowledge managers and information officers are employed in both the academic and the commercial world and the traditional role of the law librarian is disappearing. To reflect this, there is a move away from themed issues of the journal towards a greater focus on current topics, with management issues discussed on a regular basis. Favourites like the current awareness section and the reviews are still included and there will be a new regular IT column. A sample of the new journal can be seen at http://www.biall.org.uk.
BIALL Chair Valerie Stevenson comments "Keeping up to date with developments in legal information is extremely important to information managers, legal practitioners and academics as well as law librarians. Legal Information Management aims to provide high quality articles on a wide range of topics which will appeal to all sectors of the profession. The first issue in the new format provides valuable guides to information on human rights and devolution, and future issues will cover the latest developments in IT and information management."
Subscriptions rates for Legal Information Management are £82 for institutional members available from Sweet & Maxwell Ltd, The Hatchery, Hall Bank Lane, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, W Yorks, HX7 5HQ. For further information about the journal contact Jonathan Gordon-Till, Aon Consulting, 21 Peterborough Road, Harrow, Middlesex, HAl 2AJ, Tel: 020 8970 4448 (email@example.com).