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Legislative Assembly of Ontario Website Survey

On behalf of Erica Anderson:

Hello,

I am pleased to announce a project is underway to update the Legislative Assembly of Ontario’s public website.  Part of the work includes regularly communicating proposed changes and the plans ahead to key stakeholders.

The new website will feature: 

  • A simplified design that is responsive on any device
  • New content pages and features for the general public
  • Updated services and directories

As part of our planning process we are collecting feedback on the usefulness of the current site.

If you can, please fill out a short survey now posted at the bottom of every page on www.ontla.on.ca.  All of your comments and suggestions will be considered.

I will be in touch in early 2018 with more information.  In the meantime, if you have any questions about the Assembly website or this project, please contact me.

Crown copyright e-petition update

On behalf of Amanda Wakaruk:

Thank you to everyone who supported the Crown copyright e-petition 1116, which asked the Government of Canada to make publicly available government works part of the public domain (background information available here).

The petition closed on September 23 with almost three times the number of signatories required for certification. It is also one of the few e-petitions to have signatories from all provinces and territories. The e-petition is scheduled for tabling in the House of Commons on Friday, October 20. The Government of Canada will then have 45 days to respond.

Conversations generated by this process have been inspiring. It was especially rewarding to hear directly from supporters in the private and government sectors, given that much of the evidence we were working with was based on the experiences of those in post-secondary environments.

Job posting: Librarian/Library Technician, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East, positioning us to help companies with their legal needs around the world.  DLA Piper (Canada) LLP is one of Canada’s leading law firms with a team of innovative, proactive and dedicated lawyers, administrative and support staff who serve our clients in Canada, the Pacific Rim and around the world. As one of British Columbia’s Top Employers from 2007 to 2017, we offer competitive salaries and benefits including a generous, top-rated employee pension plan. We believe that all members of our team need to work together to provide world class service to our clients.

If you are talented in providing unprecedented service, are enthusiastic and a team player, we are looking for you!  We are currently looking for a Librarian or Library Technician to join our Library department and invite you to review the job description.

Reporting to the Manager of Library Services in Vancouver, the duties of this full-time position include reference, staff orientation, current awareness and assisting the other Library staff in providing library services to the Firm.

This position may be based in either our Vancouver or Toronto offices.

Petition to the House of Commons: E-1116

On behalf of Amanda Wakaruk:

I hope you will take a moment to sign this House of Commons petition, which I've created as a private citizen (not on behalf of my employer) asking the Government of Canada to respond to the longstanding need to fix Crown copyright in Canada.

https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-1116

I have tried to summarize the importance of reforming Crown copyright at fixcrowncopyright.ca but we all know that the audience for this issue is small, despite the wide breadth of its impact. This is why I am also asking that you please forward this petition to other lists, your colleagues, and especially any content users whose work might have been impacted by Crown copyright over the years.

GALLOP Portal - Request for Feedback

Good afternoon,

The Association of Parliamentary Libraries in Canada (APLIC) has formed a group tasked with reviewing the GALLOP Portal. The GALLOP (Government and Legislative Libraries Online Publications) portal was created with the goal of having a one-stop access point to full-text, searchable electronic government documents collected by legislative libraries in Canada for their jurisdictions. We are requesting feedback from users, or from those who are not users but are interested in searching for government documents across multiple Canadian jurisdictions.

If you have the time, please help us by completing a short survey about the GALLOP Portal (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GALLOP-survey).

If you do not want to complete the survey, but would like to provide a quick remark, general comments or any other type of feedback, please feel free to email me at dcumming@ola.org.

Thank you very much, and have a great day,

David

CALL webinar: US Legislation for Canadian Legal Researchers (Part One)

March 2, 2017
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Summary: This webinar will cover the legislative branch of government in the US -  its structure, its law-making powers, and its legal publications.  Emphasizing the differences between Canadian and US legislative publications, this session will focus primarily on free websites which provide access to federal legislative work.

Bio: Professor Penny A. Hazelton

Penny Hazelton has been working as a law librarian for over 44 years at the University of Washington, the US Supreme Court Library, and the University of Maine.  She has enjoyed teaching legal research to law students, lawyers, judges, prisoners, librarians, and members of the public.  She is the editor of Specialized Legal Research and co-author of the Washington Legal Researcher’s Deskbook.

*Please note that this is part one of a 2 part series. Part 2 will be available on June 22, 2017.

Webinar Costs:
CALL/ACBD Member: $40 + HST = $45.20
Non-member: $60 + HST = $67.80 
Student Members: $25 + HST = $28.25

To register click here.  

QP LegalEze to be discontinued April 29, 2016

QP LegalEze sent out the following email this morning:

We are pleased to announce Queen’s Printer has now completed the content migration from QP LegalEze to BC Laws (www.bclaws.ca), as originally announced in March 2014 once this content migration was completed QP LegalEze would be discontinued. 

Please note:  QP LegalEze service will be discontinued effective April 29, 2016.  Our distribution list consists of our account administrators and we ask you to please share this notice within your office to all users.  A notice has also been posted on the QP LegalEze website.   

We thank you for your support over the years and during this transition phase.

If you have any further questions please contact us. 

Thank you,

Saturday, May 14 workshop on "Webinars: Doing It Right"

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries is offering VALL members a chance to attend its May 14 workshop on “Webinars: Doing It Right”.

Webinars: Doing It Right   

You’ve planned a great training session, but people just aren’t able to make it into your library. Don’t abandon all hope! Webinars are a low cost, high value way to provide training and build your community, wherever it happens to be. And as we all know, good libraries build services, but great libraries build communities. This session will help you write a compelling webinar, deliver it professionally, and troubleshoot common technical difficulties. It’s suited to any and all types of libraries.

Instructors: Shannon McLeod and Alex McNeur, Courthouse Libraries BC

Date: May 14, 2016 from 8:30 am to noon

Cost: $225 (for CALL, SLA, VALL and BCLMA members); $275 (everyone else)

Please contact Jessica Symons at events@callacbd.ca to register.

New content on BC Laws

The following content is now available on the BC Laws site:

  • Act/Ministry Responsibilities
  • Archived Consolidations of Statutes
  • Archived Consolidation of Regulations 
  • Bills
  • Consolidated Provisions in Force
  • Defunct Regulations
  • Minister of Finance Directives
  • Ministerial Orders
  • Proclamations
  • Regulation Bulletins
  • Rules of Court and Related Enactments
  • Table of Repealed, Replaced and Renamed Public Statutes

BC Laws adds historical Supreme Court Rules

BC Laws has added some historical Supreme Court Rules to its collection. The rules are:

No amendments are included.

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