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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.

Interesting article on document retention issues

From a recent PinHawk Librarian digest:
By Daniel Braude

March 17, 2016 
At its most basic level, information governance (IG) is the management of data across the information lifecycle. Although traditionally thought to focus squarely on records management, IG includes data security, privacy, knowledge management and e-discovery, along with related compliance and risk management issues.

However, a significant factor in IG risk does relate directly to records management, specifically the failure to appropriately manage records while allowing a “keep everything” culture to exist. Promoting data minimization and disposition requires much more than merely adopting a records management policy and retention schedule. Employees must be provided the means to comply to avoid a “rules without tools” environment.

To achieve policy compliance, organizations must address the four key aspects of records management: people, process, technology and controls.

INFORMATION GOVERNANCE RISK

Job Posting: Reference Librarian, F/T, Lawson Lundell LLP

Job Posting: Reference Librarian, Lawson Lundell LLP, Vancouver

Lawson Lundell LLP is currently seeking a full-time librarian to perform a variety of duties in our law library.

Under the direction of the library manager, the librarian will:

  • Provide reference, research and current awareness services to our lawyers, articling students, and legal support staff;
  • Identify writing opportunities for our lawyers, in partnership with the Business Development & Marketing department
  • Coordinate transitions of resource platforms, as required;
  • Assist the library manager with training of students and new lawyers;
  • Attend practice group meetings as information-resources liaison, alternating with library manager
  • Coordinate other information projects, as required

Qualified applicants will have:

Public Speaking Workshop, March 10, 2016

Public Speaking Workshop for Legal Support Staff
 
When:  Thursday, March 10, 2016, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Location:  Law Courts Center, #150 - 840 Howe St., Vancouver
Spaces left:  13
Cost:  $10.00 
Facilitator: Dom Bautista

This pilot clinic is designed as a drop in activity and priced to encourage people to just try it out. Attendance is limited to 14.

For more information contact: 604.685.2727

BCLMA Conference 2016 is next week

The British Columbia Legal Management Association is holding its bi-annual conference next week in Richmond, BC. The theme is Synergy, through Technology & Teamwork.
The conference kicks off on Wednesday, March 2nd, at 6:00 p.m. and runs all day Thursday, March 3rd. Location: River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond.
Over 100 delegates have registered this year, and there is a great program with lots of networking opportunities. 
 
Early-bird registration was $400 for BCLMA members and is now $500 for members and $595 for non-members. 
The conference website is at http://bclma.org/conference/.
BCLMA's Knowledge Management subsection includes VALL members. Reasons to consider joining include opportunities to meet and learn with non-library professionals from other law firms. The KM subsection is co-chaired by VALL members Carolyn Petrie and Sarah Richmond.

New York Public Library's digital photograph collection

Wonderful resource: digitized, high-resolution, public domain images from the NYPL, with a great search engine. Warning: may result in lost hours of browsing.

Go to the archive site here and as an example, see this image of the Law Library of The Lawyers Club, Equitable Building, New York 

SLA WCC workshop: Conflict Management

The Special Libraries Association Western Canada Chapter is hosting a full day interactive workshop on collaborative conflict management for information professionals. Many librarians have experienced workplace conflict at some point during their career – perhaps with co-workers, clients, management, or the general public.  Kerry Palmer, (Justice Institute of BC), will provide participants with a strong foundation in conflict management techniques including assertive communication skills and how to set respectful limits on aggressive behaviour. 

This workshop is designed for librarians in all sectors: academic, special, and public. Breakfast and lunch are included which gives participants the opportunity to network with fellow information professionals in beautiful downtown Vancouver at the Teck Resources Building.  SLA is pleased to extend member pricing to those belonging to other "information associations”, such as BCLA, CLA and VALL

About our Speaker:

Article in CALL's CLLR: The Middle Office

The current issue of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries' Canadian Law Library Review includes Euan Sinclair's feature article, The Middle Office as a Bottom Line Contributor. It is an interesting argument for collaboratively expanding the impact within law firms by the professionals in the middle: those in law libraries, IT, knowledge management, competitive intelligence, business research, etc. He closes the piece with, "..the middle office has to stop thinking in terms of being a back office function, one step removed from clients. Instead, the middle office must step up to the firing line and join the front office as a valued strategic business partner in providing excellent service to the firm's clients."

Euan, Director of Knowledge Management for Lawson Lundell, delivered a "middle office" presentation last spring to a joint VALL/BCLMA seminar. 

Members of CALL/ACBD can read the full article online, in CLLR's Vol. 40 No. 1 issue.

Peter Bark Bursary - applications are now being accepted!

Peter Bark Bursary

Reminder: the deadline for applications is March 1, 2015.

The Peter Bark Professional Development Bursary was established by VALL to commemorate Peter Bark and his contribution to VALL and law librarianship. The Bursary assists VALL members in attending meetings or conferences of library associations, such as the Canadian Association of Law Libraries, or other library-related workshops or professional development.

See the Peter Bark Bursary page here.

Using law librarian skills in business development

Interesting musings on further expanding the law librarian's role within business development, found via PinHawk today:

Should the Role of the Law Librarian in Law Firm Business Development Expand?

Supporting the firm's business development through research is a stated part of my role. To what extent Is it an explicit or implicit part of your responsibilities?

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