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What Jaf Did

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A list of my professional activities since Chartering in March 2008



Professional positions, events and committee attendance


Assistant Librarian, Law Firm - June 2005 onwards

Core duties - legal research on Scots and English law (Planning, Land Law, Company Law, Banking, Commercial Property, Transport, Landlord and Tenant, Utilities, Employment, Litigation, Environment); gather, select, reformat, categorise and upload content to internal Current Awareness system; train users on internal and external electronic resources; maintain of currency of stock, selection and despatch of materials for binding.


Convenor of Specialist Professional Group (SPG) - May 2009 onwards

Chair meetings of the SPG and SPG AGM, guide planning of member events, respond in official capacity to professional enquiries to the group, provide writeups for the Newsletter of any relevant courses attended, whether organised by the SPG or external.


SPG Newsletter editor, November 2006 - May 2009

Solicit, edit and assemble content from members for quarterly SPG members-only newsletter, distributed in Word format via email, or website download. 


SPG Website and mailing/membership database administrator, November 2006 - May 2009

          Approve new web memberships, issue passwords, remove spammers, maintain membership database in           response to information from Secretary and Treasurer.


SPG Committee meeting, August 2011

SPG Committee meeting, June 2011

SPG  AGM 2011 - May 2011

SPG  Committee meeting - March 2011

SPG  Committee Meeting - February 2011

SPG (Deferred) Xmas Networking Meeting - February 2011

SPG Committee meeting - January 2011

SPG AGM 2010 - May 2010

SPG Committee meeting - April 2010

SPG Committee meeting - July 2009

SPG Committee meeting  May 2009

SPG AGM 2010 - May 2009

SPG Committee meeting - February 2009

SPG Committee meeting - September 2008

SPG Committee meeting - June 2008


Course Organisation


Copyright training course for SPG (in progress) - November 2011 

Internet resources specialist trainer hands-on training day for SPG - June 2011

Edinburgh International Book Festival tickets purchase for SPG, August 2010

Training course for SPG on Digital Economy Act, July 2010

Edinburgh International Book Festival tickets purchase for SPG, August 2009

Training course for SPG on Web 2.0 and  the legal sector, June 2008



Conference, seminar and training attendance


Hands-on conservation and bookbinding evening, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, June 2011

SCOTBIS workshop at the National Library, June 2011

"Google and Beyond!", June 2011

HaggisandMash, January 2011

International conference, Australia, September 2010

"Digital Copyright: the next generation", July 2010

"Memoirs of a Radical Lawyer" Michael Mansfield at Edinburgh International Book Festival, August 2009

"Enterprise, engagement and new communications: Web 2.0 in the library", July 2009 

"Introduction to Maps and their use for Legal Librarians", March 2009

"The Future of the Book", debate, November 2008

Lawtel and Westlaw UK User Group Meeting, November 2008

"Facebook and social networking sites: cyberstalking paradise 2.0?", September 2008

"Books and Society", event at Edinburgh International Book Festival, August 2008

"Why Web 2.0: Challenges and opportunities for the legal sector",  June 2008

BIALL 39th Annual Study Conference, Dublin, June 2008

"From Parliament Square to Holyrood - historical official publications online", May 2008

"Copyright in the digital age: an introduction for information professionals", April 2008





Convenors Note for quarterly SPG Newsletter since May 2009

Quarterly update on recent SPG activities, relevant news topics, upcoming events, reminders of membership benefits.

Yearly Convenors Report, presented at AGM 

          Annual summing up of SPG activities, and upcoming events. 

Training course reviews for SPG Newsletter

          Writeups of any training attended which may be of interest to SPG Newsletter readers.


Informal briefing for Marketing Department on how social media (Twitter/blogging) could work for my employer.


Attendance report from conference in Melbourne for internal briefing


SPG newsletter report from Melbourne conference


Official response to publisher W. Greens regarding non-notified changes to Parliament House Book, an essential practitioner looseleaf, which resulted in W. green reinstating all removed materials.


Various articles for SPG newsletter from events attended and organised by SPG - training courses, Book Festival etc


Guest post on legal-sector blog.


Blogging on a regular basis

Dumpling in a Hanky - blogging regularly since 2007, on Scots law, UK law, libraries, technology, books, and anything that caught my eye. Google Reader lists blog as having 120 subscribers, as at 9 March 2011.

Since name change (which Blogger didn't allow me to leave a redirect for), 14 subscribers, as at 18 July 2011.


Created wiki for SPG Committee

This has enabled a smooth handover when people change positions/responsibilities, with no loss of knowledge when members step down, and provided a central repository of materials, and standard procedures and responses. Previously, the materials the Committee used were stored on various Committee members pcs, in paper format, or were on a USB stick which held the content of emails exchanged by the prior convenor.


The wiki is currently being used to discuss the proposed redesign of the SPG website: listing what the website currently does, what we want it to do, and giving links to websites that Committee members feel provide a good example of how the SPG website should develop. This means that by our next Committee meeting, which is scheduled to discuss the website issue, all Committee members will have the same materials and information available to them prior to the meeting. - 17 June 2011



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