Uncooked Data


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SLA 2010

Uncooked Data is in New Orleans at SLA’s annual conference. I’m tweeting with the hashtag #sla2010 and looking forward to a busy three days.

As SLA Europe president elect I have a mix of things to do, places to go and people to meet. It’s going to be fun!


Filed under: Committee, SLA Europe

CLIG – Spring Party

Now the dust has settled here’s a brief report from last week’s CLIG Spring Party. CLIG’s run of good weather continued with a beautiful sunny evening, just right for enjoying the view from the 31st floor. I forget how spoiled I am to work in a building that allows me to see so much of London on a daily basis – it was great to be able to share the facilities with fellow CLIG members and point out now-familiar landmarks.

Daniella King’s London-based quiz was well received and a great topic of conversation to start the night with. CLIG’s ever-popular raffle included some great prizes – two gorgeous hampers, champagne, and various gift vouchers all generously donated. And as mentioned, the weather obliged with clear skies allowing us to enjoy a beautiful (ash-enhanced) sunset.

I’m standing down from the CLIG committee at the AGM later in the year so this is my last Spring Party with responsibilities – it’s always fun, if exhausting, to host events but I am starting to look forward to being able to attend relatively incognito as a normal member in future.

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CLIG Spring Party 2010

City Legal Information Group, for which I am currently membership secretary, has just announced details of this year’s Spring Party.
We’ll be enjoying the views across the City from the 31st floor of Broadgate Tower, one of London’s newest landmarks. The Spring Party is always fun with a hotly contested quiz, a raffle of generously donated prizes and of course wine and canapes.

I’m looking forward to this, not just because it is being hosted where I work, and I know that people will love the view. There’s something really mesmerising about being able to see so much of London and beyond. Full details and the booking form are on CLIG’s website.

It will also be my last Spring Party as a CLIG committee member. I am going to be stepping down as Membership Secretary at this year’s AGM and leaving the committee altogether. It’s been a great 3.5 years since I joined – only a few months into my first full-time post as a librarian. At that time the most relevant contribution I could make was from my experience organising events and I clearly remember saying little more than ‘Hello’ at my first committee meeting. That in itself is remarkable if you know how often I talk too much!

So if you’re looking for a way to contribute to our profession, to expand your knowledge and bring your set of skills ‘to the table’, I’d recommend volunteering for a similar opportunity.

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CLIG: New Year Drinks

City Legal Information Group is going to the pub. There’s no pressure for drinking – if you are still, by 19 January, on mineral water and lemon as part of your new year resolutions*, then come along anyway – we just wanted an informal evening where members can catch up with each other. We’re hoping to foster some discussions about the kind of events people would like us to run too.

Thanks to sponsorship from TFPL, CLIG is also able to say “it’s our round” – at least for your first drink, mineral water or otherwise.

Hope to see you there.

*If your other new years resolution is ‘be more organised’ then here you will find a variety of freebie calendar and planner options you can print. This is one of my favourite resources.

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Google law, Supreme Court & forthcoming SLA Event

A heads up for some forthcoming posts.

Google have announced that they now have US law available – this is an interesting development for those of us who have regular need for the laws and judgments from the US where the paid services we have access to are relatively expensive. I have not had a proper look; I will give this service an assessment and post an opinion shortly.

This evening (18 November) I will be part of the CLIG team running a visit to the Supreme Court – I’m quite excited about this!

And I am excited and also suitably nervous at the prospect of speaking as part of the panel at the next SLA eventThe Changing Landscape of the Information Profession. Again, more on that later.  

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CLIG’s Companies Act Seminar

Last night Chris Sollars, HR & Training Director from 7Side, led 30 CLIG members through the implications of the recent changes to the UK company filing regime. Around 30 people heard how the apparently subtle changes will have consequences: directors’ service addresses, permissable names, reduced shareholder information. On an operational level Chris also provided a list of the known issues with Companies House information (like random insertion of middle names into officers details… the mind boggles!). And I can see myself becoming familiar with IN01s before long.  A fuller review of the event will be on the CLIG website in due course. But for now, I’d like to say thanks again to Chris for accepting our invitation to speak, to James  and Jas, other CLIG committee members who helped run the event and especially to Jas for hosting us at Morrison & Foerster.

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Forthcoming event

City Legal Information Group (CLIG) is running a seminar on 28 October looking at the final stages of implementation of the Companies Act 2006. One of 7Side’s directors, Chris Sollars, will be discussing the changes to the filing regime that came into force on 1 October 2009. These changes to the content and numbering of the documents that can be downloaded from CH will have an effect on the way that we check details of directors, for example.

If seminars aren’t your thing, there is guidance from Companies House here.

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