BIALL Handbook of Legal Information Management by Loyita Worley, Sarah Spells

By Loyita Worley, Sarah Spells

The second one variation of this well known guide has been completely up to date via the unique crew of specialists and a few new participants, to supply present most sensible perform tips at the key criminal details matters for all sorts of service.Each of the chapters is up to date to mirror basic adjustments in legislation libraries and their clients long ago seven years. specifically, the instruction manual covers new info applied sciences, together with social networking and communique. New chapters additionally specialise in the main issues of outsourcing, and the impression of the 2007 felony companies Act. the second one variation of this beneficial guide remains to be a massive specialist reference device for managers and employees of every kind of criminal details prone, and should aid them with the demanding situations they face of their paintings each day.

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Law libraries have been at the forefront of many developments in information management and are currently at the leading edge of exploring new roles for libraries and librarians in serving their constituencies. This chapter will describe and set law libraries in Britain and Ireland in context and relate their present state and their historical development to the various branches of the legal profession and the legal systems. There is a brief comparative outline of law libraries in other countries.

18 BIALL Handbook of Legal Information Management Academic law libraries generally provide for undergraduate students of law and also may support students of law as part of a non-law degree. Those universities which run vocational courses also make specific provision for their support. Academic law libraries often now support students on taught courses at master’s degree level in certain specialized subjects which are an area of dynamic growth in law schools. Many law schools register students for research degrees in areas of particular expertise of their staff and the library has a responsibility to support their research along with the research needs of their academic staff, although this may well include recourse to other law libraries, regionally or nationally.

In Scotland the Supreme Courts Library serving the Court of Session and the High Court of Justiciary is located in Parliament House amid a concentration of other law libraries nearby, including of course the Advocates Library, described above. The Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service, an agency of the Department of Justice for Northern Ireland,34 maintains a library within the Royal Courts of Justice in Belfast and at its headquarters from which it serves the regional courts’ offices and distributes most of its resources to the chambers of judges.

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