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B.C. Courthouse Library unveils new catalogue

The B.C. Courthouse Library has unveiled a new logo and the beta version version of its new library catalogue:

The new catalogue offers: a "Google-like simple search that accommodates variations in spelling and pluralization", "relevancy-ranked search results", "word cloud displaying associated terms to help you find what you need" and "one-click options to refine your search by date of publication, subject and so on".

Further reading on climate change

For those of you who attended today's luncheon meeting, the Climate Change Bulletin that Lana Shipley referred to is here.

Other links that may be of interest:

Mentorship opportunity at SLAIS

"The SLAIS BCLA/CLA Student Chapter coordinates a professional mentorship program. We are currently seeking MLIS professionals who are interested in mentoring SLAIS students. We welcome participation from recent graduates, early-career, mid-career and experienced professional librarians. We aim to have professionals from all different types of libraries/sectors represented in our mentorship program.

Our goal is to foster the creation of mutually satisfying relationships between practicing information professionals and SLAIS students. Program participation keeps mentors connected with what is happening at SLAIS and provides an opportunity for students to share the wisdom of practicing information professionals. Mentors and students can get together as often or as little as they wish (but usually meet once or twice per academic term).

Once we match up students with mentors working in their area of professional interest, we connect mentors and mentees via email. At that point, the two of you can decide when, where, and how frequently you would like to meet.

In the past, professionals living outside of the Lower Mainland have also participated, using phone calls and email to communicate rather than in-person meetings.

Searching for VALL alumni

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of VALL; to celebrate this milestone we will be holding a "birthday party" in December. We would like to invite all VALL members, past and present to the party, but to do so we need to find the contact information for any and all former members of VALL, be they in Bermuda or the Falkland Islands.

If you have contact information for a former VALL member, could you please send it to Gabriella Barsoum, our membership secretary, at We want to make sure as many people as possible get invited.

VALL Lunch on September 19, 2008: "Cool Things"

It has now been one year since we last presented a "Cool Things" programme, so we thought we would start off the 2008/2009 VALL year on the same popular theme. In the spotlight this month will be Steve Matthews from Stem Legal, Wilma MacFarlane from Farris, Joanne Lecky from McCarthy Tetrault, and Christina Tribe and Liisa Tella from Harper Grey, each of whom will speak for a few minutes on some cool tricks, and offer us some exciting research tips.  Please join us for a cutting-edge information session as we begin this 20th Anniversary Year of the Vancouver Association of Law Libraries.

Date: Friday, September 19, 2008
* While VALL's lunch meetings are usually held on Thursdays, due to a scheduling conflict at the Law Courts Inn, this month's meeting had to be scheduled on a Friday.

Time: Registration - 11:45 Lunch - 12:00 noon

Place: Law Courts Inn, 800 Smithe Street, 5th floor

Deadline for Registration: Friday, September 12, 2008 (Registration is not permitted at the door)

Cost: $18.25

The Registration Form is attached as a PDF.

SLA Western Canadian Chapter newsletter

The latest issue of the SLA Western Canadian Chapter's newsletter is up at Contents include overviews of various presentations from the 2008 SLA conference and an article entitled "Things I Learned at the Vancouver Courthouse Library".

SLA Legal Division Quarterly newsletter

The latest issue of the SLA's Legal Division Quarterly newsletter is up at Contents include an overview of presentations from the 2008 SLA conference including "If I Knew Then What I Know Now: Tales from the Dark Side" (on dealing with vendors) and the "Emerging Technologies Breakfast".

UBC Robson Square library closed in August

Due to construction work at the plaza level of the UBC Robson Square campus, the UBC Bookstore and Library will be closed August 2 - September 1, 2008. During this closure, materials can be borrowed and picked up at the UBC Point Grey campus, and other off-campus branches such as the St. Paul's Hospital Library. Please call 604-822-6596 for information regarding Document Delivery and Interlibrary Loan services during this time.

(Source:, via Anne Ikeda)

UBC has provided this handy map of where the library is located in St. Paul's Hospital.

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