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Member Blog Policy

All VALL members are welcome to post on the VALL website. Please see the Website Policy page for full details of how to post materials. If you run into any issues posting an announcement, please contact the webmaster.

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Job Posting Policy

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Job postings will be removed 30 days after the deadline for applications. If there is no deadline in the job posting, the job posting will be removed 60 days after its initial publication date.

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Job posting - Corporate Librarian, Metro Vancouver

Metro Vancouver has an opening for a Corporate Librarian in their Legal and Legislative Services Department. Here's part of the posting from the Partnership Job Site:

Corporate Librarian Burnaby , BC

Description

Corporate Librarian

(Full-Time Regular)

DUTIES:

Plans and coordinates the provision of library services; identifies, selects, acquires and manages information resources to meet the requirements of client departments; prepares draft library policies and/or participates in the development of organizational policies related to issues such as copyright, retention, archiving, preservation and maintenance of internally produced documents.

Administers the selection and procurement of electronic information products; negotiates vendor contracts including terms of usage and ongoing product development; issues contracts within assigned budget; ensures contract compliance; troubleshoots subscription and access problems; recommends and administers subscription renewal.

Provides reference, research services and information in response to a variety of requests from departmental staff, municipalities, the business community and the general public.

FYI: Liberals urged to scrap 19th century rule that requires laws be printed in books

Government yet to decide on proposal to wean Parliament from costly paper-based publishing
By Dean Beeby, CBC News Posted: Mar 20, 2017 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Mar 20, 2017 5:10 AM ET

An obscure statute dating from Confederation has Parliament frozen in time, forcing the government to print every new law on old-fashioned paper.

Bureaucrats want to ditch those rules, end the costly printing and make digital versions the new standard — but the Liberal government has yet to decide whether to break with tradition.

At issue is the Publication of Statutes Act, conceived in the 19th century, which requires the Queen's Printer to publish new laws passed by Parliament in an annual compendium that must be printed on quality paper.

The legislation has never been overhauled. Although Justice Canada publishes the laws online as well, the digital versions aren't considered official.

Library Book Ends For Sale

Miller Thomson LLP Vancouver is moving offices , and have found themselves with a glut of library book ends! If you are located in the Vancouver area and would like any of these they are free of charge, you just need to arrange to have them picked up!

Miller Thomson Address is #400-725 Granville Street, Vancouver BC, located on the 4th floor of the Nordstrom's building.

There are now 10 Princeton files available.

Please contact Scott Riley directly via email address, sriley@millerthomson.com

He will hold on to them for 2 months, and then likely have them recycled. If you'd like a photograph feel free to contact Scott.

CALL Webinar: Uncovering UN Treaties

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
10:00am - 11:30am PST

This session will provide an introduction to the UN Treaty Website. Participants will learn about the main databases available from the UN Treaty Website: the UN Treaty Series and the Multilateral Treaties deposited with the Secretary-General, and how best to search them. Additionally, participants will be introduced to a few other UN publications and websites helpful in treaty research.

Susan Goard has worked at the Dag Hammarskjold Library at the United Nations headquarters in New York since 2013 where she is the law librarian and training coordinator. Prior to working at the DHL, she worked at the library of the Supreme Court of Canada, and library of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (now Global Affairs Canada).

Webinar Costs:
CALL/ACBD Member: $40 + HST = $45.20 
Non-member: $60 + HST = $67.80
Student Members: $25 + HST = $28.25

Seminar American Court Structures, Case Law and Commentary

********************ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT********************

Please e-mail Brenda Alm (balm@wt.ca) for registration availability 

Please join VALL for our March lunchtime seminar, "American Court Structures, Case Law and Commentary" with guest speaker Sarah Richmond.

Sarah Richmond is the Library Manager/ Research Lawyer at Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP. She is also currently president of VALL and co-chair of the BCLMA’s KM subsection. Prior to her position at AHBL, Sarah completed her MLIS at Western University in London, articled at a mid-size law firm in Ottawa, and completed her LL.B. at the University of Windsor. She was called to the BC Bar in December 2013 after transferring from Ontario. As part of her role as Library Manager/Research Lawyer at AHBL, Sarah enjoys training the articling and summer students on legal research resources.

This seminar will begin with an introduction to US court structures, judicial selection methods and an overview of stare decisis. The practice of Canadian citation (by lawyers and by judges) of American authorities will be discussed. The seminar will also cover case law research using print secondary source materials, paid/ electronic subscription resources, free internet-based resources, US court documents and will look at US legal citation.

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