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Todays Events at IALS
IALS hosts a number of workshops, lectures and conferences. For todays listing, see todays events.
Public Holiday Monday 25th August 2014
The Library will close to readers at 5:30pm on Saturday 23rd August for the August Public Holiday on Monday 25th August 2014 and will re-open at 9:00am on Tuesday 26th August 2014. The Document Supply Service for Subscribers will close at 5:00pm on Friday 22nd August 2014 and will re-open at 9:30am on Tuesday 26th August 2014.
Keeping up-to-date with the law - new Research Guide from IALS Library
IALS Library has launched a brand new online Research Guide called Keeping up-to-date with the law. The law is constantly changing and it is crucial that legal researchers stay abreast of the changes that affect their research area. The guide can be accessed here: http://libguides.ials.sas.ac.uk/keepinguptodate.
IALS' flagship Workshop addresses the future of legal education and honours Professor Avrom Sherr
This year the Institute’s annual W G Hart Legal Workshop was on the very topical and vital subject of "Legal Education and Training and the Professions". Currently legal education is going through a period of unprecedented change and the Workshop provided an important opportunity for reflection on these changes and specifically on the report and recommendations published last year by the Legal Education and Training Review (LETR). The first day of the Workshop ended with a reception to honour Professor Avrom Sherr and the official unveiling of Professor Sherr's portrait by the notable portrait painter Alastair Adams, member and President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, which now hangs alongside Alastair's earlier works of Professors Daintith and Rider.
Citing legal materials using OSCOLA - a brand new online guide from IALS Library
IALS Library has published a new addition to its popular range of online Research Guides; referencing and citing legal materials using the Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA). OSCOLA is the only UK born legal citation system, and since its inception in 2000 it has become the most commonly used system in UK higher education, providing a simple, uniform way to reference all types of primary and secondary materials. The OSCOLA guide can be accessed here: http://libguides.ials.sas.ac.uk/referencing
FLAG, the Foreign Law Guide, updated and rebuilt
The project to update and rebuild FLAG, the Foreign Law Guide, has been completed in June 2014. You can now search the updated and rebuilt database! FLAG is a guide to collections of foreign and international law held in UK libraries. It describes holdings of primary materials in print and microform, (but not electronic resources, which are beyond the scope of the guide). FLAG contains a wealth of information to help researchers and librarians discover and locate collections of treaties, papers of the United Nations and other international organisations, the law reports and codes and legislation of many jurisdictions, and useful indexes and other finding tools.
IALS Library Summer Vacation Opening Hours
Our Summer Vacation Opening Hours commence on Saturday 14th June 2014. The weekday hours are reduced until 8.00pm and we do not open on Sundays during the Summer Vacation from mid-June until September. More details are at: http://ials.sas.ac.uk/about/hours.htm
W G Hart Workshop 2014: Legal Education and Training and the Professions
For further information on how to book a place, please see: http://events.sas.ac.uk/events/view/15715
IALS Library Roadshows 2014
Each Spring and Summer librarians from IALS travel across the UK to visit academics, librarians and PhD students at law schools around the country to spread the message that IALS is a national institution with a law library that is open to all postgraduate researchers regardless of location. At each road show we outline the world class collections of the library, demonstrate the legal databases that researchers can access remotely without ever needing to set foot in London, and showcase the range of online legal research tools that are freely available on the IALS website. If you would like the IALS Library road show to come to your university in 2015 please do get in touch with Lisa Davies at lisa.davies@ials.sas.ac.uk.
Call for Papers: Forbidden Access: Censoring Books and Archives
‘Forbidden Access’ is a multidisciplinary conference exploring how published works and archival materials and the ideas contained in them are affected, obscured or distorted by censorship. The conference is a collaboration between the Institute of English Studies, the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and Senate House Library. The conference seeks to explore the proliferating and divisive causes, symptoms and effects of the censoring impulse, from overt interference with a text to the subtler, intangible effects of caution and fear in the face of anticipated control, and to do so in relation to a variety of angles and contexts: aesthetic, cultural, socio-economic, ideological, legal, and political. Proposals for 20 minute papers on censorship without restriction as to historical period or place are invited from historians, book historians, lawyers, legal historians, biographers, librarians, archivists and literary scholars on any aspect of the power of censorship. Please send paper proposals for 300 words max. plus a short biography to IESEvents@sas.ac.uk

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