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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.

Legal Librarian (Vancouver)

Original posting is here: http://www.zsa.ca/jobs/file/legal-librarian-5-years-downtown-vancouver/

Job description

Our client is a reputable local law firm, and they are seeking an enthusiastic law Librarian on a permanent, full-time basis. The ideal candidate will be a librarian with extensive law firm experience, and/or a research lawyer who can maintain the library and also provide legal advice. This is a fantastic opportunity to grow your career with a collegial, reputable firm!

Duties will include:

Sessions of interest at the 2015 SLA conference

The Special Libraries Association has uploaded a number of presentations and handouts for their upcoming conference. The following may be of interest to VALL members:

Petition to Re-Instate the Ontario E-Laws Detailed Legislative History Tables

Email from Annette Demers, Acting Law Librarian and Sessional Lecturer Paul Martin Law Library:

As you may have heard, during the recent E-Laws website migration, the decision was taken to discontinue producing the Detailed Legislative History Tables.

As you may know, in 2002, Ontario stopped publishing the Table of Public Statutes in the Statutes of Ontario.  Instead the SO directed users to E-Laws for these tables moving forward.

The Table of Public Statutes has been published since 1877 as an important historical legal research tool.

Now the tables have been discontinued outright, however the E-Laws team has not yet devised a solution to take its place.

Accordingly, I have prepared a letter and petition to the Ontario Minister of Justice requesting that these tables be re-instated, at least as long as a suitable replacement tool can be devised.

To sign the petition, please click here. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/elaws

To review the full letter, please see attached.

Please circulate this petition widely.  I hope to deliver it to the Ministry by June 15.

Thank you!
Annette

SFU's Annual GovInfo Day scheduled for April 24

On behalf of Simon Fraser University Library, and the BCLA Information Policy Committee, I am pleased to invite you to the Annual GovInfo Day, on Friday, April 24th, at Simon Fraser University in downtown Vancouver (details below).

This event is free but registration is required. To register for this event, please send an email with your name and library affiliation to me  [cgraebne@sfu.ca] by April 17th, 2015. Please note seating is limited and reservations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

SCC announces more case information on its website

OTTAWA – The Office of the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada has posted on its website a revised Policy for Access to Supreme Court of Canada Court Records.  The revisions to the Policy reflect the changes in the Court’s practice since 2009 when the Policy first came into effect. 

With the implementation of the revised Policy, the Court will provide more case information on its website. In addition to the hearing schedules, docket information, party information, case summaries, webcasts of appeal hearings and factums on appeal, the Court will begin to post memorandums of argument on applications for leave to appeal after they are granted. 

The revised Policy for Access to Supreme Court of Canada Records introduces a Registered Access process for frequent users.  A new Request for Registered Access to Court Records and additional information can be found on the Court's Website.

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