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Registration open for 2014 WestPac Conference, in Seattle, October 9-11, 2014

Alana Carson of the Western Pacific Chapter of AALL has invited VALL members to join them for their annual meeting in Seattle, running October 9-11, 2104. VALL members can register at the WestPac member rate.

Here is the announcement: 

Gallagher Law Library - UW School of Law in Seattle hosts our 2014 WestPac Conference

Please Register

Alana Carson from Local Arrangements wants everyone to know that you can now register early to receive the Conference Early Bird rate. Registering early also helps Local Arrangements plan for meals and events.

Be sure to book your hotel early as well. There are a limited amount of rooms available at the contracted rate. Please visit the Conference Website for information on registration, the hotel, events, and transportation options.

You will receive information on the Education Program soon, as the program is added to the webpage.

Our conference takes place from Oct. 9-11, including an amazing reception on opening night. Looking forward to seeing familiar and new faces this year!

CALL-ACBD Semantic Web Preconference slides posted

In case any VALL members were disappointed to miss the CALL-ACBD presentation I did with Tim Knight of Osgoode Hall Law School Library this year, I thought I would point out that the slides have been posted on the York Institutional Repository here.

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


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:

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.

CALL-ACBD announcement - Call for nominations: Denis Marshall Memorial Award for Excellence in Law Librarianship

Hi Everyone,
It is time once again for the Scholarships and Awards Committee to gather nominations for the Denis Marshall Memorial Award for Excellence in Law Librarianship. Please take a few minutes to think of a colleague you might like to nominate for this award.
This award is an honour bestowed upon a current member of CALL/ACBD who has provided outstanding service to the Association AND/OR enhanced the profession of law librarianship in the recent past. The specific contributions may reflect the qualities engendered by Denis Marshall:
  • a continued commitment to excellence in law librarianship;
  • a strong service ethic;
  • a commitment to continuous learning;
  • a significant contribution to the scholarship of the library profession
  • mentoring and encouraging those who seek a profession in law librarianship
  • the pursuit of innovation and/or innovative solutions
  • and/or a contribution to leadership in the law library profession.

The CanLII Conference and Hackathon next week

The CanLII Conference and Hackathon is running next week on September 13-14. The first day is a conference style and the second day is a hackathon. You can find out more about the event here, and register here.

The event will be livecast, and the hope is to have remote participants. Registration is free, so hopefully you will have time to participate if you are interested.

Update on the VALL Social Media Experiment

There was not much uptake on the VALL FaceBook page, so the executive and social media volunteers decided that it was appropriate to delete it. You are still welcome to interact with other VALL members online on LinkedIn, Twitter, and here on the members' blog.

It was interesting to explore the different social media platforms and how people like to interact professionally. When there are more changes in the social media ecosystem, it may be worth trying other platforms or FaceBook again.

Thank you to Bronwyn Guiton and Stephanie Karnosh who volunteered to do the work to get the page up and running.

VALL member Susannah Tredwell's Slaw column was published today

VALL member Susannah Tredwell posted a very useful column today: Measuring the Performance of Law Firm Libraries:

It is challenging for law firm libraries to measure the performance of their libraries. Traditional library metrics are less helpful for law firm libraries compared to public or academic libraries; for example, circulation statistics are often used as an indicator of library usage and what parts of the library collection are in highest demand. In law firm libraries, many of the materials are used primarily in the library or are signed out to a single lawyer for months (in some cases for years) at a time. The circulation statistics for a given book will therefore suggest that it was never or rarely taken out and so the metrician will wrongly conclude that it was a non-valuable part of the collection. . .

I was very impressed with her discussion of ways of measuring ROI in firms.

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