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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.

Soliciting content for BCLA Perspectives

I have been asked by Cassie McFadden, one of the editors of BCLA Perspectives, to post the following request:

Are you a library professional in British Columbia who is working on an interesting project or initiative, either independently or within your organization? Is there an event or issue in the library world that you are itching to discuss and share with your colleagues?

The BCLA's quarterly online publication, Perspectives, is currently seeking submissions for its August 1 issue! Visit https://bclaconnect.ca/perspectives/guidelines for submission guidelines. Pitches and inquiries can be sent to perspectives@bcla.bc.ca.

Professional development opportunity: LLEAD: Library Leaders Excellence and Development

I recently went for lunch with Ken Haycock, and he let me know about this interesting leadership development opportunity in the new year:

LLEAD: Library Leadership Excellence and Development

The ultimate vision of this program is a library sector with the leadership capacity to best serve and advance the quality of life for the people who live and work in their communities.

To realize this vision, the program will focus on its goal of equipping library leaders with the approaches, processes and competencies demanded in senior leadership roles.

LLEAD participants are expected to practice and improve skills that are directly transferable to the library environment in organizational leadership, teamwork, finance, human resources management, and advocacy.  At the end of the year-long program, successful LLEAD participants will demonstrate the resilience, self-awareness and abilities to influence strategic outcomes at the organizational and community level.

You can learn more about it here.

A new information resource for Vancouver real propery

I was lucky enough to attend the Pacific Legal Technology Conference last week and heard about a new information resource from the City of Vancouver. It's called Vanmap and there was talk that the precision of free governmental information will change the responsibility of lawyers in real property transations.

Here's the main page, and here's a screenshot of the listing for the Vancouver Convention Centre:

Vanmap screenshot

I was asked for a few more details, so here they are:

The case that discussed the standard of care for real estate lawyers in surveying is Winrob et ux v. Street and Wollen, 19 D.L.R. (2d) 172, 28 W.W.R. 118. At the scale of the published surveying maps available in the 1950's the lines dividing lots would scale up to 10 feet wide in the real world. The data available on Vanmaps allows users to see maps with property lines at a of detail that translates to a few centimeters.

CALL-ACBD Twitter chat on opportunities for law librarians arising from the CBA Futures Report

CALL-ACBD is hosting a "President's Twitter chat" on September 25 from 9:00-10:00am PDT on opportunities for law librarians arising from the CBA Futures Report.

Here is the announcement from CALL-ACBD with instructions on how to participate.

If you haven't ever participated in a tweet chat before, they are a great low barrier professional development tool that lets you get to know about others who share interests and participate in the conversation. Participation can range from retweeting what you find interesting to posting your own thoughts.

The hash tag is #CALLFuture

BCLA mentorship program applications open

The British Columbia Library Association mentorship program for this year has opened for applications.

In previous years there have been particular requests from mentee applicants for mentors in law libraries, so if anyone is interested, it seems that there is desire for some insight on working a law libraries.

New Canadian legal information tool

Last week Mitch Kowalski wrote about a new video service in law called LegalTube.ca from LawyerLocate.ca.

As Canadians move deeper into an era of video information and self-help, so does the legal community — well, at least part of the legal  community.

LawyerLocate.ca, Canada’s leading lawyer referral service, has now launched LegalTube.ca – this country’s only legal video distribution site, allowing every day Canadians to easily access video information on a wide range of legal topics. It also allows LawyerLocate.ca  lawyer members to expand their online presence. (read the full article here)

It seems like it may have interesting possibilities for those seeking accessible legal information and as a tool for marketting by lawyers (or at least photogenic ones).

Pacer announces missing federal court documents

For those of you who do US legal research on a regular basis: Pacer has announced that there are a large number of missing documents from the US Federal Courts on their system.

According to journalist John Hawkinson this is because of a  "system integration issue — didn't prioritize backwards compatibility."

Here is the text of the announcement (and here's the original announcement page):

'As of August 10, 2014 the following information will no longer be available on PACER: 

Announcement of service reductions at the Courthouse Libraries BC

Service reductions have recently been announced at Courthouse Libraries BC, due to budget cuts.

Here is the blog post discussing the changes for those who haven't seen it already.

Program published for 2014 WestPac Conference, in Seattle, October 9-11, 2014

The Western Pacific Chapter of AALL has extended an invitation to VALL members to attend their annual meeting in Seattle this year at the member rate. You can read more about registration in my post from yesterday here.

For those of you considering attending, the for 2014 WestPac Conference, will be in Seattle from October 9-11, 2014, and the program has been published here.

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