Alberta Law Libraries Job Posting - Systems and Technology Specialist

Job Posting - online version can be found here:
Open competition

Closing Date
September 30, 2014

Program Services 3
Justice and Solicitor General

About Us
Alberta Law Libraries (ALL) is a province-wide network of law libraries operating within Alberta Justice and Solicitor General, Court Services Division. The Libraries provide access to legal information resources and legal research services to the legal community (judiciary, crown prosecutors, lawyers, law students and court employees), other libraries and the public.


CALL-ACBD Twitter chat on opportunities for law librarians arising from the CBA Futures Report

CALL-ACBD is hosting a "President's Twitter chat" on September 25 from 9:00-10:00am PDT on opportunities for law librarians arising from the CBA Futures Report.

Here is the announcement from CALL-ACBD with instructions on how to participate.

If you haven't ever participated in a tweet chat before, they are a great low barrier professional development tool that lets you get to know about others who share interests and participate in the conversation. Participation can range from retweeting what you find interesting to posting your own thoughts.

The hash tag is #CALLFuture

Federal Open Government Initiative - Have Librarians Been at the Table?

The following is the text of an email from Annette Demers, the President of CALL/ACBD:

Dear Colleagues,

I was wondering to what extent librarians have been involved in the consultations currently underway regarding Phase 2 of the Open Government Initiative?

I see that there are open consultation meetings taking place over the next couple of months across Canada - perhaps librarians should plan to attend!!   Please forward widely!

CALL/ACBD 2015 Conference Call for Proposals

TURNING THE TIDE / RENVERSER LA MARÉE is the theme for the CALL/ACBD 2015 conference.

The extended economic downturn has had wide-ranging effects on law libraries and the practice of law librarianship. We will explore ways in which libraries are confronting the new economic realities and are successfully turning the tide. We will examine ways in which we can improve all our various environments, from the micro work-office level to the macro industry level. In keeping with our theme, we also plan to make environmental law the focus of our substantive law sessions. We will see how law and law libraries can be transformative in nature and will look to the future to develop solutions ahead of the waves.

Let's meet and surf the opportunities by TURNING THE TIDE at the CALL/ACBD 2015 Conference!

Job Posting - Reference Librarian - Legislative Library of British Columbia

Legislative Library of British Columbia
Salary Range: $54,969-$63,138
Full Time, Auxiliary,  Up to 1 year

Job description

The British Columbia Legislative Library invites applications for the position of Auxiliary Reference Librarian.  Reporting to the Manager, Reference Services, this position will provide in-depth reference and research services and instruction in the use of Library resources to Members of the Legislative Assembly, their staff, and other Library patrons.  This is a full time, temporary position.

Qualifications: You have a degree in Library Science from an accredited library school.  Reference experience is preferred.  You have excellent customer service and communication skills.  You have demonstrated strong interpersonal, tact and diplomacy skills. Knowledge of/experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and data manipulation is an asset.

Interested applicants can click on the link above to view the job description and read  the full list of duties and qualifications.

Please submit a covering letter and résumé quoting competition LA1421 by September 22, 2014 to:

BCLA mentorship program applications open

The British Columbia Library Association mentorship program for this year has opened for applications.

In previous years there have been particular requests from mentee applicants for mentors in law libraries, so if anyone is interested, it seems that there is desire for some insight on working a law libraries.

New Canadian legal information tool

Last week Mitch Kowalski wrote about a new video service in law called from

As Canadians move deeper into an era of video information and self-help, so does the legal community — well, at least part of the legal  community., Canada’s leading lawyer referral service, has now launched – this country’s only legal video distribution site, allowing every day Canadians to easily access video information on a wide range of legal topics. It also allows  lawyer members to expand their online presence. (read the full article here)

It seems like it may have interesting possibilities for those seeking accessible legal information and as a tool for marketting by lawyers (or at least photogenic ones).

Pacer announces missing federal court documents

For those of you who do US legal research on a regular basis: Pacer has announced that there are a large number of missing documents from the US Federal Courts on their system.

According to journalist John Hawkinson this is because of a  "system integration issue — didn't prioritize backwards compatibility."

Here is the text of the announcement (and here's the original announcement page):

'As of August 10, 2014 the following information will no longer be available on PACER: 

Job posting: Library Manager, Department of Natural Resources

The Departent of Natural Resources has an open posting to hire a library manager in Vancouver. It closes September 3, 2014.

The posting is here.

Job posting: McCarthy Tétrault LLP - Researcher position (Calgary)

McCarthy Tétrault LLP is recruiting an enthusiastic, service-oriented Researcher based in our Calgary office.  Reporting to the Manager, Research and Information Services, this position is part of a multi-office library team with responsibility for providing research support and comprehensive information services to firm lawyers, articling students, and internal departments.

Selected as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for the second consecutive year, McCarthy Tétrault is a top tier, innovative national law firm that offers a wealth of challenging and rewarding career opportunities. Be part of a dynamic organization whose clients are Canada's most influential businesses and institutions, and experience:

¬    working on interesting and challenging projects

¬    developing and enhancing your knowledge of Canadian and global businesses

¬    working with leading lawyers across Canada

Join our talented team of over 1500 employees. By joining our firm, you will have the opportunity to work together with great people who are focused on achieving results within a team who promotes greater cooperation and collegiality.

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