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Parliament's Historical Debates are now available online!

From Sonia Bebbington of the Library of Parliament:

Parliament’s Historical Debates are now available online!

The Library of Parliament, in collaboration with Canadiana.org, is launching its Historical Debates of the Parliament of Canada digital portal.

The portal provides free public access to digital versions of the historical debates of the Parliament of Canada in both official languages.  It includes all published debates of both the Senate and the House of Commons from Parliament 1, Session 1* until coverage on parl.gc.ca begins.**

This initiative significantly increases access to Parliament’s documentary history and heritage.  The portal can be browsed by Chamber, Parliament, Session, and volume, and is full-text searchable with a number of search filters available.

The digital page images were produced by Library and Archives Canada, and the portal developed in collaboration with Canadiana.org, a membership alliance dedicated to building Canada’s digital preservation infrastructure and providing wide-ranging access to Canadian documentary heritage. Questions, comments and feedback can be directed to:

Shelagh Mikulak Memorial Scholarship in Library Sciences Fund

On behalf of Annamarie Bergen:

As many of you know, a little over three months ago we lost one of our own, Shelagh Mikulak. Shelagh was passionate about librarianship and believed in mentoring individuals wishing to pursue a career in the library field.  For this reason a memorial fund is being created through the Calgary Foundation – the Shelagh Mikulak Memorial Scholarship in Library Sciences Fund.

In order to make the Shelagh Mikulak Memorial Scholarship in Library Sciences Fund a reality, our first goal is to raise $100,000 in order to firmly establish the fund and work towards awarding grants ‘in perpetuity.’  This is where you can help! Please consider donating to this fund. Any donations of $25.00 or more will receive a tax receipt. 

Many of us have specific charities we support each year.  I am hoping you will consider adding this to your list!  We always talk about the importance of encouraging individuals to join our field and this fund will not only help do this, but also raise the profile of our profession.

Call for submissions for CALL 2014 extended

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries has extended the call for program submissions for the 2014 conference to November 1, 2013.

For more information and the program submission form, go to http://www.callacbd.ca/en/content/2014-conference-call-program-submissions.

The conference will be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, May 25–28, 2014.

If you have any questions, please contact Karen Sawatzky at ksawatzky@tappercuddy.com.

Call for submissions for CALL 2014

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries has put out a call for program submissions for their 2014 conference. The conference will be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, May 25–28, 2014. Program submissions are due by October 18, 2013.

For more information and the program submission form, go to http://www.callacbd.ca/en/content/2014-conference-call-program-submissions

If you have any questions, please contact Karen Sawatzky at ksawatzky@tappercuddy.com.

60 Sites in 60 Minutes

The slides from the SLA conference presentation "60 Sites in 60 Minutes" can be found here: http://www.slideshare.net/iBraryGuy/60-sites-in-60-minutes-sla-2013. The presenters were Gayle Lynn-Nelson (LexisNexis Librarian Relations Group), Sam Wiggins (Norton Rose Fulbright LLP), and John DiGilio (Reed Smith LLP).The presentation talks about 60 websites that you might not have heard of, including some legal ones.

SLA presentation materials now available

SLA has made the presentation materials available for a number of the sessions at its upcoming conference. Materials that might be of interest to VALL members include:

eBook on copyright

The University of Ottawa Press has made the eBook "How the Supreme Court of Canada Shook the Foundations of Canadian Copyright Law" available to download for free. The eBook, edited by Michael Geist, "represents the first comprehensive scholarly analysis" of the five copyright rulings made by the Supreme Court of Canada in 2012.

CALL presentations now available

The presentation materials for a number of conference sessions from the recent Canadian Association of Law Libraries Conference in Montreal are now available. These conference materials include:

Seven DFO libraries closing

Seven Fisheries libraries, including the one in Vancouver, will be closing. The 11 Fisheries libraries will be consolidated into four locations, including the Institute of Ocean Sciences in Sidney BC. The rationale for the closings is "The growing willingness of Canadians to look online, coupled with an increasing presence of information online, including electronic scientific journals, enable the Department to consolidate its library resources."

Approximately 30,000 DFO-published reports and publications are currently available online, and can be found at the Department’s library portal "WAVES". DFO-published items that are not already available online will be digitized if requested by users.

Metadata: Organizing and Discovering Information

Coursera is offering an eight-week course on "Metadata: Organizing and Discovering Information". The next course starts in September 2013 and is taught by Jeffrey Pomerantz of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The course outline is as follows:

Unit 1: Organizing Information
Unit 2: Dublin Core
Unit 3: How to Build a Metadata Schema
Unit 4: Alphabet Soup: Metadata Schemas That You (Will) Know and Love
Unit 5: Metadata for the Web
Unit 6: Metadata for Networks
Unit 7: How to Create Metadata
Unit 8: How to Evaluate Metadata

(h/t to Sarah Glassmeyer)

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