Last month our Deputy Librarian gave a presentation on locating authorities to clerks at Blackstone Chambers. The session included some background on the English legal system and offered tips on how to find law reports more quickly and easily. Feedback from participants indicated that “the presentation was well constructed and clear; all information was relevant and useful; the presentation provided a good refresher for those who have not dealt with authorities for a long time and several people found learning about the hierarchy of online sources very useful, as they did not know about that before.”
The library is happy to organise training in chambers. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you think your clerks would benefit from our assistance.
We launched the Current Awareness Blog in April 2007 as a way of providing a free and simple way for people to keep up to date with legal news.
Library staff monitor a range of news sources and select news items, case updates and legislation to post each day. Key-words are then added to each post, to enable readers instantly to collate items on the same topic.
Since its inception, the Current Awareness Blog has evolved to cover other materials such as long-form comment and analysis produced by Chambers, as well as information on forthcoming law lectures.
The blog has been received very positively and valuable user feedback has not only helped shape the service but also helped justify the time and effort invested. Its audience has grown from members of the Inns to the wider legal community (including academics, law firms and libraries located both in the UK and overseas).
We would like to thank everyone who has supported this project over the years and, of course, all of our readers, subscribers and Twitter followers.
The April issue of the Library Newsletter includes news of the revised booklet Library Resources for the Bar, the relaunch of the AccessToLaw website, newly available online sources of Commonwealth Caribbean case law, a retrospective marking ten years of the Current Awareness blog, an update on legal research training opportunities, and features on the History of the EU timeline (launched on “Brexit Day”), new acquisitions, and the Education section of AccessToLaw.
The Library will close for Easter at 2.00 p.m. on Thursday 13 April and reopen at 9.00 a.m. on Tuesday 18 April 2017. This calendar gives the opening hours of all four Inn Libraries over the Easter vacation.
The new version of AccessToLaw, our legal gateway site, is now live. The upgraded site runs on WordPress, the same technology that underpins the Library website and the Current Awareness blog. It is more user-friendly and works on all devices – from PCs to tablets to smartphones. AccessToLaw contains annotated links to more than 1,300 free legal sites from the UK, the Commonwealth and around the world.
The Inn will be mounting an exhibition of the proposed scheme with visual depictions of the exterior of the building, interior layouts and a new entrance/reception area for the main building. The exhibition will be open from Monday 27 February to Wednesday 1 March between 10am and 4pm in Inner Temple Hall.
The plans allow for the creation of a third and fourth floor to house an educational centre with training rooms, an auditorium and offices to provide for an increasing requirement for education and training facilities within the Inn.
The plans preserve the use of seven of the existing rooms (Rooms A-G) on the main floor of the Library but not the Library Gallery which becomes part of the new third floor. A book storage room in the basement will house some of the material displaced from the Gallery.
Preliminary work on identifying the alternative facilities needed to run the Inn during the construction phase, estimated to start in spring 2019, will be intensified once the planning application is approved. This will include the provision of a temporary library service.
A set of the latest floorplans for Project Pegasus is available at the Library Enquiry Point.