Research Librarian Wanted

The British Columbia Securities Commission is looking for a librarian for a one-year contract. The successful applicant will assist the Commission’s lawyers, accountants and investigators by undertaking company and legal research and by making inquiries into the public record. You will publish a daily news service. You will also contribute to the maintenance of a focused collection of securities and administrative law materials. This position is ideal for a new or recent library school graduate with plans to embark on a career in either law or business librarianship. You have the curiosity as well as the initiative to thrive as a researcher in a field with which you may very well be unfamiliar: the Canadian securities industry.


Non-Traditional Law Librarian Wanted!

At Ascendion Law, Law Librarians are a critical part of the professional team.  Be part of a 21st-century law firm.

Ascendion Law is a business litigation boutique with aspirations to revolutionise the business and practice of law.  We act for clients in a wide-range of "bet the business" white collar crime and regulatory defence cases, corporate and commercial disputes, and many others. We have also started a new innovative service to address the underserved Small Claims market. You could be part of this pioneering team.

Your duties will include:

December Lunchtime Seminar – “How to Be a Librarian in Kazakhstan” with Rebecca Slaven

Please join VALL for our December seminar, “How to Be a Librarian in Kazakhstan” with guest speaker Rebecca Slaven.

Vancouver Area Special Libraries Event

The Special Libraries Association Western Canada Chapter is holding its year end event on Monday, November 27th in one week. 

Details follow. 

Our keynote speaker, CBC Vancouver meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe, will be speaking to the parallel challenges faced by libraries and the media industry as advances in technology change the way our clients navigate the world around them. She will also be addressing her experiences communicating specialized information and research to non-specialist audiences, including how she leveraged her podcasts, Fault Lines and 2050: Degrees of Change. 

Librarian, Courthouse Libraries BC - Victoria, BC

Position Title: Librarian, Courthouse Libraries BC

Location: Victoria, BC

Position Status: Term (one year), Full-time (35 hours per week) with the possibility of permanent status 

About Courthouse Libraries BC 

Courthouse Libraries BC (CLBC) is currently searching for a Librarian for our Victoria location.

CLBC’s vision is that everyone in BC has the legal information they need and the ability to use it. CLBC connects the legal community and the public in BC with legal information and strives to equip our clients with the skills needed to use this information.

We are looking for a team member with a customer service focus to provide information services to clients in the Victoria branch and to share the responsibility for the day to day functioning and maintenance of the library. This position is part of our Regional Branches team that serves clients throughout the province.

We offer a dynamic and supportive workplace, where we value diversity and work-life balance. This position is a one year term, working Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm (35 hours per week). 

What You’ll Be Doing

November Coffee Morning @ Dentons Canada LLP

VALL members are invited to meet and mingle over morning coffee, tea, and pastries Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017!

When: Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 from 7:30am - 9:00am
Where: Dentons Canada LLP, 250 Howe Street on the 20th Floor

Please send along your RSVP and any dietary restrictions to Julie Wettstein,, by November 21st, 2017

Hope to see you there! 

Legislative Assembly of Ontario Website Survey

On behalf of Erica Anderson:


I am pleased to announce a project is underway to update the Legislative Assembly of Ontario’s public website.  Part of the work includes regularly communicating proposed changes and the plans ahead to key stakeholders.

The new website will feature: 

  • A simplified design that is responsive on any device
  • New content pages and features for the general public
  • Updated services and directories

As part of our planning process we are collecting feedback on the usefulness of the current site.

If you can, please fill out a short survey now posted at the bottom of every page on  All of your comments and suggestions will be considered.

I will be in touch in early 2018 with more information.  In the meantime, if you have any questions about the Assembly website or this project, please contact me.

Crown copyright e-petition update

On behalf of Amanda Wakaruk:

Thank you to everyone who supported the Crown copyright e-petition 1116, which asked the Government of Canada to make publicly available government works part of the public domain (background information available here).

The petition closed on September 23 with almost three times the number of signatories required for certification. It is also one of the few e-petitions to have signatories from all provinces and territories. The e-petition is scheduled for tabling in the House of Commons on Friday, October 20. The Government of Canada will then have 45 days to respond.

Conversations generated by this process have been inspiring. It was especially rewarding to hear directly from supporters in the private and government sectors, given that much of the evidence we were working with was based on the experiences of those in post-secondary environments.

Job posting: Librarian/Library Technician, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East, positioning us to help companies with their legal needs around the world.  DLA Piper (Canada) LLP is one of Canada’s leading law firms with a team of innovative, proactive and dedicated lawyers, administrative and support staff who serve our clients in Canada, the Pacific Rim and around the world. As one of British Columbia’s Top Employers from 2007 to 2017, we offer competitive salaries and benefits including a generous, top-rated employee pension plan. We believe that all members of our team need to work together to provide world class service to our clients.

If you are talented in providing unprecedented service, are enthusiastic and a team player, we are looking for you!  We are currently looking for a Librarian or Library Technician to join our Library department and invite you to review the job description.

Reporting to the Manager of Library Services in Vancouver, the duties of this full-time position include reference, staff orientation, current awareness and assisting the other Library staff in providing library services to the Firm.

This position may be based in either our Vancouver or Toronto offices.

CALL/ACBD Webinar: Platforms, Apps and Omnibots - Alternate Views on the Future of Legal Research

Thursday, October 26, 2017

10:00 - 11:30 PST

Can you imagine a future where a single sign-in will give you access to a range of tools to support different aspects of legal research? How about one where effective research requires multiple accounts from different service providers each of which offer a tailored solution. Or perhaps a future where you simply ask an artificially intelligent Alexa, Siri, Cortana or Google to find you some stuff that you can rely on? As you might have already observed, we are madly rushing in all three directions right now!

In this webinar, Colin will discuss these different and potentially conflicting trends; introduce the players, tools and technologies being applied to legal research, and offer some suggestions on how to manage the onslaught of new gadgets and miracle solutions demanding your time and legal research investment dollars.

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