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Old Wine in New Bottles ***or Canadian Conference with a difference

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  31 July 2008

Marianne Barber
Marianne Barber read Classics and then did her training in librarianship at Bedford College and North London Polytechnic (when Edward Dudley was head of the School of Librarianship and Derek Langridge still lectured on Ranganathan's Colon classification scheme!). Her first professional post was as Inter-library Loans Librarian at Portsmouth Poly, after which she trekked North to support her husband's career and later to bring up two children. During an eleven year interval she trained as an adult literacy tutor and a counsellor, acquired a great deal of committee experience and improved her negotiating and time-management skills! She then came into law librarianship by chance and has been “hooked’ ever since. Shei is on the Liverpool committee of the SCL (Society for Computers and Law), the BIALL WebEditorial Board as well as the steering group of the current BIALL project to set up a Register of UK Online Resources. She is a past chair of the Liverpool Law Librarians Group and a current co-owner of Lis-law. After nearly 10 years running the library at the Chester branch of the College of Law she was promoted this year to the post of Information Development Manager. Her new job description includes activities which affect the College as a whole – such as copyright advice, management of electronic resources, Athens administration, SENDA compliance. She also helps out in the branches and deputise for the College Head of LIS. She discovered BIALL conferences in 1998 and has only missed one since!


Every once in a while a conference should have a “wow” factor. This year, thanks to an overseas bursary from BIALL and encouragement from our Head of Information Services, I was lucky enough to attend such an event. Despite the threat of SARs and a management restructuring at work, I found myself in Niagara-on-the-Lake at the end of May at the 2003 conference of the Canadian Association of Law Librarians (Association Canadienne des Biblioteques de Droit.)

Research Article
Copyright © The British and Irish Association of Law Librarians 2003

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