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Recovering the Costs of Legal Research

The CLE course materials for Legal Research — 2008 have a section on "Recovering the Costs of Legal Research" by Timothy Outerbridge.

Nina Platt on Online Searching Costs

An interesting article by Nina Platt as to the value of online legal research and why firms should be able to recover costs for online researching.

(via Shaunna Mireau)

Nov. 2008 VALL Review

I enjoyed the latest VALL review, especially Gwendoline's Before the Flood and the conference reports from Christina and Graeme.

Although it's now the home of the Vancouver Art Gallery, echoes of the earlier Courthouse Library linger on.  We still use the rolling ladders from the old library, which now houses the Vancouver Art Gallery Library.  The ladders don't quite reach the ceiling, which must be close to 20 feet high, but they're still tricky to navigate. We keep the institutional archives in the basement near the now vacant jail cells, so the links to the old Courthouse are ever present.

SLA Legal Division Quarterly newsletter

The latest issue of the SLA's Legal Division Quarterly newsletter is up at http://units.sla.org/division/dleg/Newsletter/LDQ%20Summer%20v15n3.pdf. Contents include an overview of presentations from the 2008 SLA conference including "If I Knew Then What I Know Now: Tales from the Dark Side" (on dealing with vendors) and the "Emerging Technologies Breakfast".

Citizenship and Immigration Canada under fire

QUEBEC - Citizenship and Immigration Canada is under fire from organizers of a series of conventions held in Quebec City this summer for turning down the visa requests of many African citizens over concerns they would attempt to remain here after the event.
"A meeting of 4,000 international librarians starting next week in Quebec City has also seen about 30 of its delegates from Africa and developing countries elsewhere denied access to Canada. Organizer Claude Bonnelly finds it regrettable that some of the keynote speakers and translators will not be able to attend the conference.

"It's ironic, but sad, when you know that the title of our conference is Librarians without borders," he said.

Source

UBC Robson Square library closed in August

Due to construction work at the plaza level of the UBC Robson Square campus, the UBC Bookstore and Library will be closed August 2 - September 1, 2008. During this closure, materials can be borrowed and picked up at the UBC Point Grey campus, and other off-campus branches such as the St. Paul's Hospital Library. Please call 604-822-6596 for information regarding Document Delivery and Interlibrary Loan services during this time.

(Source: http://www.library.ubc.ca/robsonsquare/, via Anne Ikeda)

UBC has provided this handy map of where the library is located in St. Paul's Hospital.

Use the Notables Area for Sharing!

There are a number of publishing areas to get to know on our new website, and I'd like to share one of them today, notables.The notables area is a common sharing area where VALL members can relay some of the interesting things they're reading online.

To add something, simply start a new blog post and use the drop down menu to classify it under Notables. Then, paste in your link into the body of the post; or write some comments and add a link to the appropriate words within your text.

A very simple approach, and a good opportunity to test out the new website!

Peter Bark Bursary

The Peter Bark Professional Development Bursary was established by VALL to commemorate Peter Bark and his contribution to VALL and law librarianship. The Bursary assists VALL members in attending meetings or conferences of library associations, such as the Canadian Association of Law Libraries, or other library-related workshops or professional development.

The fund is sustained by donations from individuals, law book publishers and grants from VALL.

For more information about Peter Bark, please read his obituary, published in The Advocate, (1991) 49: 155-16. Thank you to The Advocate magazine for permission to post this article.

Guidelines for applicants

Value: The value of the bursary is $500. or an amount determined by the VALL Executive. There may be more than one successful applicant per year.

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