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SLA looking for writers for Canadian legal column

From: Liz Polly []
Thursday, September 22, 2011 10:27 AM
Legal Division
[sla-dleg] Writers needed for Legal Division Quarterly's Canadian Corner/Coin Canadien column

Calling all Canadians! SLA's Legal Divison newsletter, Legal Division Quarterly, is renewing its Canadian column formerly known as "Letter from Canada." The Legal Division would love to hear from Canadian law librarians, members of SLA and CALL are welcome to contribute. The revamped Canadian Corner/Coin Canadien column will feature membership news, Canadian legal trends, hot topics, and much more. We need YOU to make this happen. Send us your news from the Great White North!

Please contact the LDQ editor, Liz Polly, for any contributions or more details regarding the new column. All articles must be submitted to the editor in electronic format.

Media Release: BCLI Calls for Reforms to Address Unfair Contracts

Vancouver, 28 September 2011 -- The British Columbia Law Institute has published today its Report on Proposals for Unfair Contracts Relief. The report recommends that British Columbia enact a Contract Fairness Act to consolidate and modernize the leading concepts that contract law deploys against contractual unfairness.

“The current law on contractual unfairness is largely found in court cases and this body of precedent contains needless complexities, gaps, and uncertainties,” noted committee chair Prof. Joost Blom, QC. “The time is ripe to address these issues and make the law more certain and accessible by enacting legislation.”

The proposed Contract Fairness Act will clarify vexing ambiguities in the application of unconscionability, duress, and undue influence, create a framework for integrating those concepts, provide for a duty of good faith in the performance of contracts and supply a definition of “good faith,” and address concerns about remedies for misrepresentation.

Job posting: Law Librarian, Alberta Justice and Attorney General, Edmonton

Organization:  Alberta Justice and Attorney General, Edmonton
Job Title:  Law Librarian
Closing Date:  September 2, 2011
Competition Number:  1006850
Job type:  Permanent, Full-time

Role:  Are you a dynamic, innovative person with a passion for legal reference and research? If so, Alberta Law Libraries has an opening for a Law Librarian in Edmonton.

Donations to Slave Lake Library

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Sent: Thu, May 19, 2011 10:28:05 AM
Subject: [Jerome-L] Donations to Slave Lake Library

Peace Library System is coordinating efforts to help the Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library begin rebuilding.  Thank you to the library community for your many expressions of support to date.  Please note the following information:

Rebuilding the Slave Lake Library – one Donation at a Time

The public library in the Town of Slave Lake was completely destroyed on Sunday, May 15, as a result of a huge forest fire.   The beautiful new Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library had just opened in 2010. 

Talk on Canadian copyright on Friday, May 13th

-----Original Message-----
From: Carla Graebner []
Sent: May 3, 2011 11:00 AM
Subject: Registration open: Canadian copyright in a changing political environment

Hi Everyone,

I am delighted to let you know the SFU Library and the BCLA Information Policy Committee are hosting a talk on Canadian copyright with Professor Sam Trosow from the University of Western Ontario on Canadian copyright at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 13th.

Job posting: Team Lead, Alberta Law Libraries

Description and duties:

A challenging and rewarding position is available within the Alberta Law Libraries. Reporting to the Information, Research and Training Services Manager, the successful candidate will be accountable for organizing and managing effective and efficient operations of the five Law Libraries located in Edmonton.

Responsibilities include the delivery of timely and relevant legal reference and research as well as providing training services to internal and external stakeholders. This position also provides considerable opportunity for participation in strategic planning and developing and implementing procedures. Providing skilled administration of the Edmonton libraries and effective human resources management, the Edmonton Librarian is a key figure in the continued growth and future success of Alberta Law Libraries client services.

The ideal candidate would be a dynamic team leader with high level organizational, problem-solving, time management and analytical skills.

They will also have superior interpersonal and communication skills, proven collaborative mentoring abilities, and a demonstrated commitment to client service.

To learn more about the requirements of the position, click here:

Legislative Research: A VALL Report

Earlier this year the B.C. Courthouse Library announced that it would no longer be publishing two publications, the British Columbia Legislative Digest (“BCLD”) and the Canada Legislative Index (“CLI”). The last updates for each are current to June 30th, 2010, respectively. Both publications were important tools for legislative research. They tracked pending bills, bills that died on the order paper, and sections of acts to be proclaimed. The issues published up to cancellation will continue to be essential tools for archival research.

What has been lost with the cancellation of the BCLD and the CLI? If other publishers were to take on the task of replacing the BCLD and CLI, what would be the essential, important, and useful elements in replacement products?

Index to Canadian Legal Periodical Literature

From: Nadege Arsa
Sent: November 15, 2010 8:38 AM
Subject: Index to Canadian Legal Periodical Literature

The CAIJ (Centre d’accès à l’information juridique), an organization related to the Barreau du Québec, acquired in the Spring of 2009 all the rights, titles and interests in the Index to Canadian Legal Periodical Literature (ICLPL), including copyrights for both print and electronic formats.  The CAIJ is proud to continue the work of  Marianne Scott, a personality who has made her mark in the Canadian library community.

Since April 2010, CAIJ has provided electronic access to the Index through the library catalog JuriBistroMD BIBLIO. Fully bilingual, this electronic version covers the period from 1998 to today. Index entries are in the form of bibliographic records. It is thus possible to more easily locate journal articles and case comments either by subject, author or title.

Job posting: Information Resources and Access Manager, Alberta Law Libraries (Edmonton)

Information Resources and Access Manager
Location:  Edmonton
Ministry: Justice and Attorney General
Closing Date: November 24, 2010

UBC SLAIS Co-op program

Are you looking to hire a student this fall? If so, we’d like to help.

Since 2002, the UBC Arts Co-op Program has offered employers access to some of the brightest and best SLAIS students to hire for 4- or 8-month paid, full-time co-op terms (or equivalent). Employers benefit by hiring highly motivated, enthusiastic graduate-level students studying the most recent techniques in the library, information management, and archival fields to help complete special projects or fill short-term vacancies.

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