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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?

Google Scholar for legal research

Good morning,

I found this article interesting, posted by Pinhawk today: Reduce Legal Research Costs with Google Scholar. Nothing to drop WestLaw or QuickLaw over, but this piece can serve as a useful reminder to keep this tool in the research arsenal.

Vivian Schmidt memorial

VALL colleagues - I received this notice and thought I would share it here, in case any of you knew Vivian Schmidt.

Dear All,

It's with deep sadness that I share, a valued colleague, librarian, friend and SLAIS graduate, Vivian Schmidt, passed away June 21st. Vivian worked for many local libraries, public & special and was recognized for her expertise in the area of legal librarianship, Please join us in remembering Vivian Sat. July 5th, details, provided by the CUPE 391, follow

Vivian Schmidt's memorial service will be at the Hamilton Harron Funeral Home 5390 Fraser St., Vancouver on Saturday July 5th, at 2:00pm.

If you click on the Hamilton Harron link above you will go to the website where you will also note on the right hand side of the homepage, an Obituaries & Services Box with a link to Vivian Lee Austin Schmidt. The link leads to a guest book where you can submit an entry.

A reception will follow the memorial. See attached image which will be distributed to all work units.

Please RSVP your attendance to

Thank you

Gerard Batty

President, CUPE 391

Vancouver, Gibsons & Sechelt Public Library Workers

UBC iSchool CE Course: Copyright in the 21st Century: Understanding Domestic and International Trends

Join copyright expert Paul Whitney at the iSchool@UBC for Copyright in the 21st Century: Understanding Domestic and International Trends .This is a full day course discussing international and national copyright issues and how they affect your workplace, including broad principles and issues which are shaping copyright in the emerging digital age. This course considers broad areas such as fair dealing, the public domain, mass digitization for the print disabled, as well as specific issues, including the library provision of eBooks and the cross border exchange of content by libraries and archives.

Paul Whitney is the former City Librarian at Vancouver Public Library and has taught graduate courses on copyright, library collections and publishing. He is a consultant, speaker and volunteer on library and public policy issues, and an authority on copyright and intellectual property concerns

Offered Saturday, June 21, 2014 9 am – 5 pm, UBC Point Grey campus. To enrol or for further information visit

Volunteering at SLA in Vancouver

Hello VALL colleagues,

The SLA Annual Conference is coming up, June 8-10, 2014 in Vancouver.

If you're likely attending the conference this year, and might be available to join us at the host chapter 2014 table for a bit, please complete this very short survey. Not familiar with every restaurant, sightseeing option, or tour?  No worries, we will have maps and quick answer sheets for you.

Debbie Millward
Host table coordinator, SLA 2014

Patricia Cia & Christina de Castell
Vancouver 2014 Host Committee co-chairs

Survey: Continuing Education @ SLAIS

VALL colleagues:

At the request of Caroline Haythornthwaite, Director of SLAIS, The iSchool @ UBC, we are exploring continuing education opportunities to offer the library community. As a starting point, the focus will be on continuing education for post-MLS/MLIS librarians in British Columbia. Future offerings are hoped to be expanded to others within the Libraries/Archives/Museum communities.  

As part of the needs assessment process, SLAIS seeks your input into development of continuing education, along with understanding the needs and demographics of librarians in all settings, including public, academic, and special libraries, as well as those with an MLS/MLIS working in new and non-traditional settings. 

Please pardon cross-posting of this survey request!

The survey, which closes at midnight on Friday August 9, is available by clicking on, or copying and pasting, this URL:
With many thanks for your time and participation,

Debbie Millward
CE@SLAIS consultant
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