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You're Invited: SLA WCC's Year End Event in Vancouver!

Vancouver-area law librarians interested in meeting up with their SLA colleagues and learning about data-driving storytelling are invited to join SLA WCC on November 22nd for our year end event.

Whether you’re making the case for expanded resources or demonstrating the value of your work, data-driven storytelling is a key tool in the arsenal of the modern information professional.

Our keynote speaker is renowned technologist Alexandra Samuel. As a member of the Wall Street Journal’s experts panel and author of Work Smarter with Social Media (Harvard Business Review Press), Alexandra is uniquely positioned to help information professionals leverage the data around them. Find her sharing thoughts on this topic and more on Twitter @awsamuel.

Where: BCIT Downtown Vancouver, The Atrium (room 825), 555 Seymour Street, Vancouver

When: Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Program: Check-in, catered snacks, cash bar, and networking from 6 PM. Keynote address from 6:30 PM.

Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets and your name will be added to the guest list at the door. Should you wish to sponsor a ticket for a student, you may purchase that option along with (or instead of) a ticket for yourself and event organizers will contact you with further details.

All are welcome!

Our thanks to Andornot Consulting for sponsoring this event.

Early consolidation of the BC Pension Benefits Standards Act now on Quickscribe

Quickscribe has posted an early consolidation of the not-yet-in-force BC Pension Benefits Standards Act to their site. It can be located by searching for "pension benefits" in the blue search box on the home page and then selecting the result with "early consolidation - not yet in force" beside it.

The early consolidation includes the not yet in force amendments from 2014 bill 10 and doesn't include the amendments from 2014 bill 9.

I wanted to highlight this for any VALL members working for pensions people who are prepping for this Act coming into force later this year. 

Senate Page Program is Recruiting - ideal for aspiring law librarians

If you know a current grade 12 student or an in-progress undergrad student who aspires to be a law librarian/lawyer/paralegal/legal assistant, I encourage you to send them the attached Senate Page Program recruiting information.

I was a Senate Page for two years and it was a fantastic experience because I was so interested in political science. I definitely recommend it over the rival House of Commons Page Program. Typically, Senate Pages will go on to work in public policy, law, or non-profit management.

Please feel free to have any interested young people in your life contact me if they have any questions.

December Social at Blakes

The Vancouver Association of Law Libraries is pleased to announce our December Social, hosted by Blakes.
 
Join other VALL members for a chance to meet and mingle before the Christmas bustle with some wine (or beer if you prefer) and some delicious appetizers. This social will be a great way to catch up with old friends and meet new colleagues. 
 
Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014
 
Time: 4pm - 7pm (arrivals after 6pm please call Larisa Titova on her cell: 604-351-5904  to be let up)
 
Where: 595 Burrard Street, Suite 2600, Vancouver
 
RSVP: RSVPs are encouraged but not required (this way we will have an idea of how much wine/food we need). Please send your RSVP to Brenda Alm balm@wt.ca.

November Seminar - Finding Those Who Don't Want to Be Found

Please join VALL for our November seminar where guest speaker Julie Clegg will be doing a repeat of her standout seminar from the 2014 SLA Conference, “Finding Those Who Don’t Want to Be Found Using Social Media and Other Cyber Tools.” This seminar will focus on resources, tips and techniques that will enhance your research skills.

Julie Clegg is the President of Toddington International, a Vancouver based company specializing in helping its customers find and use online information more effectively. Experienced in policing and investigation, Julie specializes in the advancement of skills in online intelligence, advanced information gathering and critical incident practices.

This seminar will also be the last of 2014 so we encourage you to come see some old friends and new colleagues before the rush of Christmas descends.

Date: Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Time: Check-in @ 11:45, lunch @ 12 noon, seminar to conclude by 1:15.

Place: Shangri-La Hotel. 1128 W Georgia St, Vancouver

Cost: $46 VALL members, $65 non-members (+$2 fee only if paying online)

Registration: Register by mail or online. Follow the steps on the registration form, linked here.

Please register and pay by Tuesday, November 11, 2014. No refunds are available after Tuesday, November 11, 2014.

Legislation Research Skills Refresher for VALL Members

You are invited to attend a legislation research skills refresher for VALL members. This event will be facilitated by Tracy McLean and Alex McNeur at the downtown location of Courthouse Libraries BC.

The target audience for this event are VALL members who have done some legislative research in the past, but would like a refresher on specific elements or strategies. Attendees will be asked to share questions they would like a refresher on prior to the event so that Tracy and Alex can create a customized session.

Where: Courthouse Libraries BC, downtown Vancouver.

Date: Tuesday, November 4th

Time: 9:30am - 10:15am

Cost: free 

RSVP: An RSVP is required to reserve a space. Please email your RSVP and a question you would like covered to Emily.Klomps-Spanjers@mcmillan.ca.

September Seminar - Research on Businesses and their Markets

Please join VALL for its September seminar on Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at the Shangri-La Hotel.

Guest speaker Alyssa Green, of VPL's InfoAction, will be discussing research on businesses and their markets. Taking an in depth approach to the topic, Alyssa will cover (among others): finding company information and industry level and stock information. Alyssa will also live demo some useful sources.

Date: Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Time: Registration @ 11:45, lunch @ 12 noon, seminar to conclude by 1:30.

Place: Shangri-La Hotel. 1128 W Georgia St, Vancouver

Cost: $46 VALL members, $65 non-members (+$2 fee only if paying online)

Registration: Register by mail or online. See registration form for details. The registration form is here.

PayPal payment option is below. Don't forget to follow up with an email to Emily.Klomps-Spanjers@mcmillan.ca with your registration details if you are paying by PayPal. 

Library Materials for Natural Resources Law - An Informal Lunchtime Discussion

Edit on Thursday, August 14th:  This event is regretfully postponed. There hasn’t been enough uptake to make this event as useful to attendees as it could be. With that in mind I’m going to postpone this event until later in the Fall when more folks are back in the office. Thank you to those that did RSVP!

 

You are invited to join a discussion about the best library materials that support lawyers in natural resources practice (i.e. forestry, mining, LNG, etc.). Please come to share your own favourite library materials and learn about your colleagues' favourites too. This will be a free flowing discussion guided by the areas of expertise represented in the room.

When: Tuesday, August 19th. Noon - 1 PM. 

Where: Lawson Lundell LLP boardroom, 925 West Georgia Street, 16th floor

What: Bring your own lunch and be ready to discuss your own favourite library materials for natural resources law and learn about some new and different sources.

RSVP: Please email Bronwyn Guiton at bguiton@lawsonlundell.com to save yourself a spot. The boardroom being used has a capacity limit so RSVPs are required.

VALL/SLA WCC Summer Get-Together

SLA WCC is holding a casual summer get-together on Wednesday, July 9th from 5-7pm. They have invited VALL to join them in this social.
 
The location is Truffles Café at VanDusen Botanical Garden (5251Oak Street, at 37th Avenue). Beverages and snacks will not be sponsored and you can peruse the menu in advance here: http://www.trufflesfinefoods.com/wp-content/uploads/Menu_Cafe_VanDusen_2....
 
The gardens are open until 9pm throughout the summer, so consider staying on for a stroll.
 
Admission to the garden is $10.75 for adults. Admission to the garden is not required if you’re only joining us for refreshments. See the VanDusen website for complete details http://vandusengarden.org/.
 
Interested? Please RSVP to vancouver@wcanada.sla.org by July 7th.

June Seminar - Libraries and Librarians as Educators with Sarah Glassmeyer

UPDATE (June 3, 2014): Registration has reached capacity for the space we are in for the June seminar. Registrations received after the capacity limit will be returned with a prompt notification. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact bguiton@lawsonlundell.com.

Please join VALL for its June seminar on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (595 Burrard Street), in Vancouver.

Guest speaker Sarah Glassmeyer will be discussing the latest developments in how legal material can be taught and how libraries can create and preserve educational resources.

Sarah is one of the speakers at the closing session of the SLA 2014 conference in Vancouver and she will be addressing a separate topic with VALL.

Sarah Glassmeyer is a lawyer and a librarian based out of Chicago, Illinois. She is the Director of Community Development at the Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). Followers of Sarah on Twitter (@sglassmeyer) know her as an incisive, enthusiastic, and funny advocate for tech, the law, and libraries.
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