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.

Copyright course

VALLeagues, I just want to endorse Lesley Ellen Harris' course, which I took back in the 2000s. She is very good at explaining this complex and ever-shifting topic.

Here's information from CALL/ACBD's email, which you will likely have seen:

This fall, Lesley is teaching an online course through Copyrightlaws.com called “Certificate in Canadian Copyright Law”, which is the only copyright certificate program for non-lawyers in Canada. In addition, she is offering a special discount just for members of CALL/ACBD. More information can be found on the registration page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-2017-certificate-in-canadian-copyright-law-registration-35517233000. Use the code CALL2017 to apply a 10% discount after clicking ‘Register’!

October Lunchtime Seminar - "Reputation Matters" with Daniel Reid

**One Week Left to Register** 

Please join VALL for our October Seminar, “Reputation Matters: Tips and Tricks for Dealing with Online Defamation and Privacy Actions” with guest speaker Daniel Reid of Harper Grey LLP. Many VALL members will remember Daniel from his presentation on the topic of defamation from 2011.

In his practice, Daniel frequently obtains orders identifying the authors of “anonymous” phone messages, emails and webpages, injunctions restraining publication of defamatory or private material, and orders to produce computers for forensic analysis.  He is cited by the Supreme Court of Canada (in conjunction with Mr. Baynham, QC) in the leading case concerning liability attached to online “hyperlinks”.

Daniel will talk about the evolving law regarding online publications, the difficulty in gathering evidence online, and useful resources that can assist in investigating “anonymous” publications.

Date: Friday, October 27th, 2017

Place: The Law Courts Inn, Inside the Law Courts Building. 800 Smithe Street, 4th Floor, Vancouver. Enter off of Nelson Street, climb the large set of concrete stairs, and walk to the end of the building. The lower entrance to the Law Courts Inn is located next to the emergency exit doors.

Job posting: Law Librarian, Lakehead University (Thunder Bay, ON)

Lakehead University invites applications for a Law Librarian to commence in January 2018. The Law Librarian reports to the University Librarian and Vice-Provost (Teaching & Learning) and will work closely with the Dean, Bora Laskin Faculty of Law.

The Search Committee will begin considering potential candidates after October 16, 2017 and will continue until the position is successfully filled. Applicants should include a letter of interest that clearly articulates your vision and interest in law librarianship, a curriculum vitae, and the names three referees (who will not be contacted without the consent of the applicant).

Job posting at https://partnershipjobs.ca/jobs/8031

News from Dom Bautista and Amici Curiae

Amici Curiae is excited to announce it is launching a new legal forms workshop in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library. This new workshop will ultimately be at the centrally located Oakridge Branch and will offer assistance with legal forms, including in the areas of:

  • BC Court of Appeals (civil and family law matters);
  • Supreme Court of BC Civil and family law matters;
  • Provincial Court of BC affidavits;
  • BC Human Rights Tribunal applications; and
  • employment, tenancy and foreclosure matters.

Our free service is available to the public, including battered women, transgender persons, and Indigenous people.

We will be hosting an information session and we invite you to come hear more about the services we will be offering at this new workshop:

Date: Monday, September 18, 2017

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library 350 West Georgia Street Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1
Boardroom: Alma VanDusen room (lower level)

Please RSVP by e-mail to Yvonne Choi at YChoi@harrisco.com.

2016-2017 VALL Membership Survey - Closing Date

The 2016-2017 VALL Membership Survey will close at 10:00am  on Tuesday August 22nd, 2017. Be sure to get your responses in as they will be digested, and discussed at the next VALL Executives meeting.

Thank you to all who have already submitted!

2016-2017 VALL Membership Survey

Dear VALL Members,

 

We would greatly appreciate your taking the time to complete the 2016-2017 VALL Membership Survey! Your constructive feedback is important to us, and will help ensure that future programming meets your needs and expectations. This year’s survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete and your responses remain anonymous.

 

Many thanks on behalf of the Programs Committee and all of us on the VALL Executive.

2016-2017 VALL Membership Survey

Dear VALL Members,

We would greatly appreciate your taking the time to complete the 2016-2017 VALL Membership Survey! Your constructive feedback is important to us, and will help ensure that future programming meets your needs and expectations. This year's survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete and your responses remain anonymous.

Many thanks on behalf of the Programs Committee and all of us on the VALL Executive.

Have a lovely long weekend! 

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