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Print copies of the SCRs available from the SCC

From the Library of the Supreme Court of Canada:


Subject: Change of Customer Service for the Canada Supreme Court Reports As of April 1, 2014, the Publishing and Depository Services of the Government of Canada ceased to sell or distribute print copies of government publications.

The Supreme Court of Canada, however, will continue to publish the print version of the Canada Supreme Court Reports. These will be available from the Office of the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada as of June 30, 2014.

Canadian libraries which were previously depository libraries under the Depository Services Program will continue to be eligible for complimentary print subscriptions to the Canada Supreme Court Reports.

The majority of foreign and international depository libraries will need to subscribe if they wish to continue their print subscription. Commercial subscriptions will be available directly from the Supreme Court of Canada.

It will also be possible to access the pdf copy of the Reports at no charge from the Supreme Court website ( The pdf will be released simultaneous with the print distribution.

For queries or to subscribe to the Canada Supreme Court Reports, please contact:

UBC iSchool CE Course: Copyright in the 21st Century: Understanding Domestic and International Trends

Join copyright expert Paul Whitney at the iSchool@UBC for Copyright in the 21st Century: Understanding Domestic and International Trends .This is a full day course discussing international and national copyright issues and how they affect your workplace, including broad principles and issues which are shaping copyright in the emerging digital age. This course considers broad areas such as fair dealing, the public domain, mass digitization for the print disabled, as well as specific issues, including the library provision of eBooks and the cross border exchange of content by libraries and archives.

Paul Whitney is the former City Librarian at Vancouver Public Library and has taught graduate courses on copyright, library collections and publishing. He is a consultant, speaker and volunteer on library and public policy issues, and an authority on copyright and intellectual property concerns

Offered Saturday, June 21, 2014 9 am – 5 pm, UBC Point Grey campus. To enrol or for further information visit

Additional information on continuing education opportunities at UBC-SLAIS

Take the Next Step with the iSchool@UBC new Continuing Education offerings

iSchool@UBC introduces new Continuing Education program designed with information professionals in mind

Vancouver, BC April 10, 2014. The iSchool at UBC (SLAIS) is pleased to announce our new Continuing Education (CE) program. Courses are now offered to library and archival specialists looking to explore the changes and growing opportunities in information studies. The CE program builds on the iSchool’s commitment to support professionals in an information-intensive age. Courses are designed to address new and emerging areas of information studies, and to help information specialists meet the challenges of a globally driven environment.

New continuing education opportunity from UBC-SLAIS: Social Media for Information Professionals - A Critical Look

Social Media for Information Professionals - A Critical Look (May 3 and 10)

Dean Giustini has taught health librarianship and social media courses at UBC’s iSchool (SLAIS) and at the UBC School of Population and Public Health (SPPH). He earned his MLS and MEd degrees at UBC.

This course is tailored to graduates of SLAIS, professional librarians and archivists who want to discuss social media critically. Its purpose is to provide critical and practical information on current social media issues. Dean will lead participants through current material using cases, lecture and audience responses and interactions. This course is not meant to focus on the latest tools but navigating the professional challenges in their implementation; it will highlight specific challenges and issues in using social media effectively (2 Saturdays: $325)

For more information visit


Report on the ROI of special libraries

A group of Australian library associations has released a report called "Putting a Value on ‘Priceless’: an independent assessment of the return on investment of special libraries in Australia". 

According to the report:

[T]his work is that special libraries have been found to return $5.43 for every $1 invested — and that's a conservative estimate of their real contribution. For example, it takes into account the time saved by doctors, lawyers, corporate executives and political advisors searching for answers, but it does not take into account the improved quality of the results supplied by trained information specialists. It looks at how much it would cost users to have to buy the information they gain for free from the library, but it does not assess the savings achieved by library staff negotiating advantageous prices with information suppliers.

The report can be found at

(via Michel-Adrien Sheppard)

Digital materials at the Courthouse Libraries

Courthouse Libraries BC has provided details of its move away from print materials and towards electronic materials on its website: The posting notes that:

In 2014, we are cancelling print law reports, print legislation (except for British Columbia legislation), and updates to most of the loose-leaf services we subscribe to.

It goes on to explain the problems with loose-leaf subscriptions, something which should be familiar to all of us in the VALL community:

Why is the library cancelling loose-leafs?

In short, because loose-leafs have become prohibitively expensive. Loose-leafs have always presented challenges for libraries: they take up a great deal of staff time to file updates (1,900 hours in 2013), the updates often include only minor substantive improvements, and loose-leafs frequently have pages go missing. Loose-leafs lack the benefits of digital titles (which feature full-text search, fillable forms, and ability to email excerpts), and lack the portability of texts.

CanLII Connects is live!

CanLII Connects a new site focussed on crowd sourcing commentary on Canadian caselaw has gone live today. Here is some more information from the blog:

Registration for the New Law Librarians' Institute 2014 now open

The New Law Librarians' Institute, sponsored by CALL/ACBD, is an intensive, week-long program aimed at developing librarians' skills in the key competencies of law librarianship. The program will feature expert instruction from leading law librarians and law professors, small class size, a mix of lectures and practical sessions, hands on sessions, and valuable take-home materials. The Institute will be held at the Brian Dickson Law Library, University of Ottawa with accommodation in the university's residences.

Sessions to be included:
Introduction to Property Law
Introduction to Quebec Civil Law
Introduction to Aboriginal Law
Introduction to Constitutional Law

Volunteering at SLA in Vancouver

Hello VALL colleagues,

The SLA Annual Conference is coming up, June 8-10, 2014 in Vancouver.

If you're likely attending the conference this year, and might be available to join us at the host chapter 2014 table for a bit, please complete this very short survey. Not familiar with every restaurant, sightseeing option, or tour?  No worries, we will have maps and quick answer sheets for you.

Debbie Millward
Host table coordinator, SLA 2014

Patricia Cia & Christina de Castell
Vancouver 2014 Host Committee co-chairs

CALL-ACBD webinar registration open: Civil Procedure 101 with Ted Tjaden

The CALL Webinar Sub-Committee is pleased to announce our next Webinar…

Civil Procedure 101 – An Overview for Legal Information Professionals: Legal Research and Knowledge Management Support of a Litigation Practice:

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

1:00pm to 2:30pm EDT


Ted Tjaden, a long-time member of CALL/ACBD and the 2010 recipient of the Denis Marshall Memorial Award for Excellence in Law Librarianship, is the national litigation precedents lawyer in Gowlings’ Toronto office. Ted works closely with the firm’s national precedents team and litigation lawyers to organize and annotate the firm’s litigation research and precedents for use by the firm’s advocacy professionals. Ted has extensive experience as a litigator and knowledge management lawyer and is called to the bar in both British Columbia and Ontario. In addition to being the author of Legal Research and Writing, 3rd ed (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2010) and The Law of Independent Legal Advice, 2nd ed (Toronto: Carswell, 2013), he is a regular speaker at conferences on issues of knowledge management, technology and the effective organization of litigation documents.


This webinar, aimed at legal information professionals, will provide an overview of the litigation process. The goal will be to explain the various elements of a lawsuit and show the various ways that legal research and knowledge management impact – and are affected by – litigation.

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