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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. 

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.

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 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: Use the code CALL2017 to apply a 10% discount after clicking ‘Register’!

Presentation slides for June Seminar – Canada’s First Online Tribunal with Shannon Salter

Guest speaker Shannon Salter very kindly shared her presentation slides from the June seminar "Canada’s First Online Tribunal".

Please note: Shannon points out their jurisdiction will eventually go up to $25,000, but for now they are starting with claims $5,000 and under. 

See the below link for the PDF version. 

Petition to the House of Commons: E-1116

On behalf of Amanda Wakaruk:

I hope you will take a moment to sign this House of Commons petition, which I've created as a private citizen (not on behalf of my employer) asking the Government of Canada to respond to the longstanding need to fix Crown copyright in Canada.

I have tried to summarize the importance of reforming Crown copyright at but we all know that the audience for this issue is small, despite the wide breadth of its impact. This is why I am also asking that you please forward this petition to other lists, your colleagues, and especially any content users whose work might have been impacted by Crown copyright over the years.

GALLOP Portal - Request for Feedback

Good afternoon,

The Association of Parliamentary Libraries in Canada (APLIC) has formed a group tasked with reviewing the GALLOP Portal. The GALLOP (Government and Legislative Libraries Online Publications) portal was created with the goal of having a one-stop access point to full-text, searchable electronic government documents collected by legislative libraries in Canada for their jurisdictions. We are requesting feedback from users, or from those who are not users but are interested in searching for government documents across multiple Canadian jurisdictions.

If you have the time, please help us by completing a short survey about the GALLOP Portal (

If you do not want to complete the survey, but would like to provide a quick remark, general comments or any other type of feedback, please feel free to email me at

Thank you very much, and have a great day,


Guide on Finding Court Records and Transcripts

Message from Yolanda Koscielski, Librarian for Criminology, Psychology & Philosophy at W.A.C. Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University:

Dear Colleagues,

I've recently created a guide on Finding Court Records and Transcripts (link:

This guide is designed to help SFU researchers looking for court records such as trial transcripts, affidavits, exhibits, and other documents associated with a case but *other than the main case law/judgment*. This is a research question I frequently receive.

I'm hoping the guide might be of use to others as well, including the public. Accordingly, if you have any have any suggestions for additional content, or notice a point that needs correcting (!), I'd be grateful to hear it. You can email me directly:

2017 Gov Info Day at the SFU Harbour Center Campus

A message from Carla Graebner, Librarian for Research Data Services and Government Information at the W.A.C. Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University:

GovInfo Day is Friday, April 28th and will be held at SFU Vancouver (room 7000) from 8:45 - 4:30. This year's program (agenda attached) consists of speakers from Library and Archives Canada, Environment Canada, BC STATs and SFU.

New for this year, we are hosting the PechaKucha/Cool Tools session. If you're interested in participating in this segment and have a tip, tool or resource (related to government or legal information or data) you want to show case in in 3-5 minutes, please indicate so in your registration.

I'll also be organizing a no-host social event after sessions conclude. You'll be asked to indicate your interest when you register.

Thanks to the support of SFU Library, GovInfo Day remains free but registration is required since space is limited. If, after registering, you are unable to attend, please let me know as soon as possible.

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