Thursday, 13 December 2007

ALLICE Meeting Minutes: Wednesday 12 December

ALLICE meeting held at Cobbetts in Birmingham on Wednesday 12 December 2007.

Caroline Covington presented the treasurers annual report. The report was correct as of September 2007, and does not include membership subscriptions for 2007/2008. ALLICE's bank account remains healthy - largely because firms did not charge for catering at meetings.

ALLICE will be offering a bursary to attend the BIALL conference in 2008. It will cover conference fees, but not travel or accomodation. Sue Kendall and Hilary Boucher will form the bursary sub committee, and the application criteria will broadly follow BIALL's own. Further information will appear on the weblog in due course.

ALLICE will offer a £200 Christmas charity donation. Members voted for their choice of charity, and the Saltley and Nechells Law Centre was their preferred choice.

ALLICE will be organising a new year social event on Thursday 7 March. We do not have sponsorship this year, but ALLICE will partially subsidise the event. Members voted for their choice of venue, and Zizzi was their preferred choice, with Las Iguanas in a close second place.

Jackie Hanes is looking to step down from the role of ALLICE secretary at the next meeting in March. We are therefore looking for a volunteer to take over the role. It involves organising meetings and social events, including venues, speakers, and minutes. Please contact for further information.

The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 12 March. We have provisionally booked Laurence Bebbington to talk about digital copyright, but we do not have a venue to host the meeting. Please contact if you are interesting in hosting the next meeting.

We have also approached the European Information Association about the possibility of them running a training event in Birmingham. They are open to the idea, but would like more information on the type of event we require.

Thursday, 29 November 2007

Next meeting: Wednesday 12 December

The next ALLICE meeting will be at 12.30pm on Wednesday 12 December at Cobbetts, One Colmore Square, Birmingham ( If you will be attending the meeting, please reply to confirm by Friday 7 December. Please can I request that all members do confirm their attendance, and inform us of cancellations as necessary, so as to help our host venue arrange catering.

We have not arranged a formal agenda for the meeting, as we are planning a pre-Christmas informal event. However we will be discussing the annual charity donation, and our new year social event. Please can you let me have any charity or restaurant nominations by Friday 7 December too.

Thursday, 22 November 2007

Future meetings?

We are meeting next week to plan future ALLICE meetings. Please can you let us know if you have any agenda items for 2008? Perhaps you would like us to invite a guest speaker, or have a group discussion on a hot topic? If you do, please post a comment to the blog, or email us at

See you in December ...

Jackie H, Caroline M and Caroline C.

Thursday, 11 October 2007

ASLIB: Employability Workshop

ASLIB Midlands are organising an Employability workshop on Thursday 8 November at Birmingham Central Library attached. The workshop is aimed at anyone who is looking for a job, whether it is for the first time, or in order to change or improve their current job. Please contact Margaret Brittin for further information.

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

ALLICE Meeting Minutes: Wednesday 3 October

ALLICE Meeting held at Needham and James in Birmingham on Wednesday 3rd October 2007

1. New members

We would like to welcome the following new members: Barry Vickery (7Side), Zoe Durrant (Cobbetts), Dipti Gohil, Mandy Hulme, Toyin Olanrewaju (Eversheds), and Louise Bowler (Wragges).

2. Membership subscription renewals 2007/2008

Caroline Covington sent Subscription Renewal Invoices in September. Please ensure that invoices are returned and payments are received by Friday 12 October. A new members list will be sent out afterwards.

3. ALLICE conference bursary update

Hilary Boucher and Sue Kendall volunteered to form a conference bursary committee. They will be meeting shortly, and aim to develop selection criteria by the end of the year. They both welcome any comments and suggestions you might have.

4. Birmingham Law Society Library update

Hazel Hewison and Pat Pritchard provided an update on the Birmingham Law Society Library. Members were thanked for their responses to the recent survey. We were warned that the future of the Library is uncertain. Many members are concerned about the possibility of closure. They are frequent users of the service, and have reduced their own collections on the basis of availability via the Birmingham Law Society Library.

There is a meeting at 4.30pm on Tuesday 16 October at the Birmingham Law Society. It has not been widely publicised but Birmingham Law Society members are encouraged to attend. We also discussed organising a petition to Save the Birmingham Library Society Library. However, to observe formal protocol, this will now be delayed until after the meeting.

5. Next meeting

The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 12 December at Cobbetts. We are not planning a Christmas social event, but hope to arrange one in the New Year.

6. UK Statute Law Database demonstration

We welcomed Clare Allison and Norman Hodgett of the Statutory Publications Office who spoke to us about the UK Statute Law Database (

The UK Statute Law Database is a publicly available collection of primary UK legislation. It was launched in December 2006, after 18 years in the planning. It contains the revised text of primary legislation, including useful annotations as to start date and extent. It also includes historic versions of legislation at a given point in time. It has a very flexible search engine, enabling users to search by title, citation and subject, and also date and extent. It has become an increasingly popular tool, with 100,000+ users in August. It has faced criticism for containing out of date legislation. In the future, the first priority is to complete updating the primary legislation, and the second priority is to carry revised secondary legislation.

Some members questioned the waiver of crown copyright for commercial use. Norman said that the information on the OPSI website was misleading, and confirmed that the UK Statute Law Database did waive crown copyright for commercial use.

All members were given a UK Statute Law Database user guide. An electronic copy is also available for members who were not able to attend the meeting. Please contact Jackie Hanes for further information.

Generally members were impressed by the service, as a rival to other government information services, and to the commercial legal publishers.

Tuesday, 25 September 2007

SLIM & CILIP Inforum: Job descriptions and CVs

SLIM and CILIP InForum are hosting "Jobs descriptions and CVs: Making them work for you" meeting at Birmingham Central Library on Wednesday 10th October. Please contact Lyndsay Rees-Jones for further information.

Friday, 21 September 2007

7Side: Visit to Companies House and Welsh Assembly

7Side are organising a visit to Companies House and the Welsh Assembly Government on Friday 12 October. They are providing transport to the venue, and refreshments including a buffet lunch. If you would like further information or to book a place please contact Hannah Caunter at 7Side on or 02920 451 444 Ext: 231.

Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Agenda: Wednesday 3rd October

Agenda for the ALLICE meeting on Wednesday 3rd October:

1. New members
2. Membership subscription renewals 2007/2008
3. BIALL conference bursary update
4. Birmingham Law Society Library update
5. Next meeting
6. Statute Law Database demonstration

Tuesday, 11 September 2007

Next Meeting: Wednesday 3rd October

ALLICE's next meeting will be as follows:

Please email to confirm your attendance by Friday 28 September.

Monday, 10 September 2007

Subscription Renewals 2007-08

Subscription renewals for the year 1st September 2007 to 31st August 2008 have been emailed to members.

Please can you ensure that payments are returned to me by Friday 12th October 2007.

A new members list will be sent out in October/November.

Tuesday, 26 June 2007

ALLICE Meeeting Minutes (Wednesday 20 June)

ALLICE Meeting Minutes
Wednesday 20 June 2007
Mills and Reeve, Colmore Row, Birmingham

1. New Members

We would like to welcome Andrew Clarke from Harvey Ingram LLP.

2. Union Serials List

We would like to thank Carol Wilson for her hard work compiling this years Union List.

3. ALLICE Weblog

The ALLICE Weblog is available at All members are invited to contribute to the Blog, but this does require registration using a Google account.

4. BIALL Conference Bursary

We are considering offering a bursary for a member to attend the next BIALL conference in 2008. The bursary would be similar to that offered by BIALL. We hope that it will make the conference accessible to ALLICE members who would not normally be able to attend. Applications would be judged by an independent bursary committee.

5. Summer Social

We are planning to hold another social event on Thursday 16 August. Caroline Mosley will send further details by email nearer the time.

6. Next Meetings

The next meetings are planning for Wednesday 3 October and Wednesday 12 December. The meetings do not currently have venues, so we are looking for volunteers to host the meetings.

7. Subscriptions due in September

A reminder that ALLICE memberships subscriptions will be due in September.

8. Birmingham Law Society: Library Survey

Hazel Hewison explained that Birmingham Law Society is currently reviewing the current use and future of their library service. She is planning to survey library members, but also requested comments from ALLICE.


Our agenda had included a talk from Michael Maher, who was to present the findings of a law library benchmarking survey conducted by BRILL (Bristol regional law library group). Unfortunately Michael had to cancel at short notice, but we were intrigued by his survey, and hope to invite him to another meeting.


We would like to thank Sue Kendall of Mills and Reeve for hosting our meeting.

Thursday, 7 June 2007

SLIM & CILIP InForum Discussion Workshops

SLIM in partnership with CILIP InForum: where informative meets informal
SLIM is a networking group in the Midlands, originally launched to support special librarians. It welcomes all information professionals in the region.

CILIP InForum is a series of discussion workshops where you can network with like-minded library and information professionals. InForum allows face-to-face sharing and collaboration, complementing the CILIP Communities online platform.

2007 Programme

◙ 18 July - Demonstrating your value: how to sell the Business Case

◙ 10 Oct – Job descriptions + CVs: making them work for you

◙ 19 December – Personal review

Times: 5.30 for a 6.00pm start -
Finishing at 7.30pm
PLACE: Shakespeare Room, Birmingham Central Library (for location see and click on libraries) NB. The Shakespeare Room is not in the library– coming from Victoria Square it’s on the left, between Paradise Forum and the Adrian Boult Hall.
There will be a charge of £5.00 for CILIP members and £15.00 for non-members. Refreshments [wine/nibbles] will be provided.
To reserve a space please send booking form with cheque, made payable to ‘CILIP’, by the Friday prior to the session, or for further information please contact: Margaret Brittin, Information Unlimited, 27 Hansell Drive, Dorridge, Solihull, West Midlands B93 8RQ Tel: 01564 773715 email:

Tuesday, 29 May 2007

Next Meeting: Wednesday 20 June

The next ALLICE meeting will be on Wednesday 20 June at Mills and Reeve in Birmingham.

Date: 12.30pm-2.00pm Wednesday 20 June
Venue: Mills and Reeve, 78-84 Colmore Row, Birmingham, B3 2AB

Please let me know if you will be attending by Friday 8 June.

Thursday, 10 May 2007

Next Meeting

The next ALLICE meeting will be on Wednesday 20 June at Mills and Reeve in Birmingham. Please can you send any items for the agenda to by Friday 25 May.
Further details about the meeting will follow in due course.

Friday, 4 May 2007

Union Serials List

If you want to contribute to the ALLICE Union List, please send a copy of your serial holdings to Carol Wilson by Thursday 10 May.

Wednesday, 28 March 2007

Welcome to the ALLICE weblog

As discussed in our March 2007 meeting, we have created an ALLICE weblog. It aims to provide an online forum for exchange of legal information news and views. Anyone can comment on the blog, but only authors can post new items. Please contact for further information. Please note than only ALLICE members can become ALLICE blog authors.