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EMLIP Meeting – 9 August 2012

Posted by JackieHanes on 10 August, 2012

I attended an EMLIP meeting hosted by Nottingham Trent University.  We were a select group this time – due to some members acquiring last minute Olympics tickets!  The meeting was held in the Newton Building – a showpiece conference centre – with excellent lecture theatres and meeting rooms – and delicious biscuits to accompany the coffee.

We discussed the presentations given by Thomson Reuters at our previous meeting; and there was considerable interest in Solcara as a federated search engine.  Westlaw have gone quiet on a release date for their new interface – none of the group had heard from their reps, and were concerned as they prepared for new students and trainees. 

We discussed summer projects, and conversation also turned to Talis Aspire and Patron Driven Acquisition.  The Universities at Nottingham Trent and Derby have both implemented these initiatives, and had some words of advice and caution.  Talis Aspire: Nottingham Trent have experienced difficulty adding digitised materials to their reading lists.  They also feel Talis have prioritise development of ‘social media’ functionality over fixing known software bugs.  PDA: both librarians had been dissatisfied with the range of legal titles included in the collections – they had encountered both old editions and foreign jurisdictions – are were concerned that students might select inappropriate materials.

The group exchanged experiences of the BIALL Conference held in Belfast in June.  Generally experiences were positive, with some stand out speakers on financial law, US law and tender processes.  Some sessions were described as ‘very interesting but not practical’ – such as the ‘importance of case law’ session.  Finally, there was a general feeling that many sessions were ‘focus groups’, with the speakers gaining more than the delegates. 

Finally the group discussed the emergence of Isential Solutions, a new ‘library outsourcing’ company established by former managers at Integreon.  Isential have been targeting managing partners at law firms in the Midlands offering ‘library health checks’ and promisng to save ££££s on their library spend.  Naturally, law firm librarians are worried.

There was no official speaker at this meeting – so we had to buy our own lunch …!  We had very nice pizza at an Italian restaurant around the corner from City campus, made all the nicer for the glorious sun shining down on us.

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