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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)

Ten Useful Websites for Techie Librarians

Rebecca Kati has produced a list of Ten Useful Websites for Techie Librarians that may be of interest.

Job posting: Director of Support Services, Saskatchewan Legislative Library

Saskatchewan Legislative Library
Director of Support Services
Level MCP06, Full Time, Commencing May 2013

The Saskatchewan Legislative Library invites applications for the position of Director of Support Services. Reporting to the Legislative Librarian, the successful candidate will be responsible for the leadership and strategic management of the operations of the Support Services Section of the Legislative Library.

The Support Services section has six full-time staff and is responsible for the acquisition, cataloguing, and management of a wide range of library materials; development and preservation of the Library’s repository of electronic publications of the Government of Saskatchewan; and management of the local implementation of a consortial integrated library system (Ex Libris’ Voyager) which is hosted by the University of Regina and shared by five libraries in the Regina area.

The Director of Support Services is a member of the Library’s senior management team, acts as an advisor with respect to Support Services operations, and participates in establishing priorities and strategic directions for the Library as a whole.

BCLI Asks for Public Input on Tests of Mental Capacity

(Media Release)

Vancouver, 22 February 2013—Today the British Columbia Law Institute has published its Consultation Paper on Common-Law Tests of Capacity. The consultation paper examines legislative reforms to judge-made rules governing when a person is determined to have the mental capacity to carry out a transaction or enter into a relationship. It was prepared with the assistance of a ten-person, all-volunteer project committee, made up of some of the leading lights in this area of the law.

“We hope to hear from legal advisors and the general public on this important topic,” said committee chair Andrew MacKay, “which touches on issues that affect the daily lives of British Columbians.”

The consultation paper contains 31 proposals for reform on how tests of mental capacity operate when someone wants to make a will, to designate a beneficiary under an insurance policy or retirement plan, to make a gift, to nominate a committee, to enter into a contract, to retain legal counsel, to marry or enter into a spousal relationship, or to separate from a spouse.

The full consultation paper, a summary consultation, a response booklet, a backgrounder, and a link to our survey are all available at

Historic Hansards to go online

According to a recent article, there are plans to put the complete version of federal Hansard available online.(Currently it is online available digitally back to 1994 for the House of Commons and 1996 for the Senate.) An online version of Hansard going back to 1988 is expected to be available in Spring 2013, and the entire project should be completed by the end of 2014.

Canadian online government publications portal announced

Association of Parliamentary Libraries in Canada (APLIC) / L’Association des bibliothécaires parlementaires au Canada (ABPAC)


Iqaluit, Nunavut

DATE:January 29, 2013

APLIC/ABPAC releases its Government and Legislative Libraries Online Publications Portal (GALLOPP/PPGPE): A key resource for locating Canadian and Provincial Government Publications.

The Association of Parliamentary Libraries in Canada (APLIC) is proud to announce the release of its unique pan-Canadian bilingual government and legislative publications portal known as GALLOPP (Government and Legislative Libraries Online Publications Portal) / PPGPE (Portail des publications gouvernementales et parlementaires électroniques). It promises to become a vital resource for Canadian libraries seeking the electronic publications of Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments and legislatures.

The result of collaboration between provincial and territorial legislative libraries from across Canada and the federal government’s Depository Services Program (DSP), the portal provides one-stop access to over 320,000 electronic provincial, territorial and federal government publications and legislative materials dating back to 1995.

Sarah Sutherland published in On Firmer Ground

Sarah Sutherland's article "The developing skill-employment disconnect in law libraries and what to do about it" is the most recent posting in the On Firmer Ground blog.

Susannah Tredwell represents CALL on On Firmer Ground's editorial board. If you are interesting in writing for this blog, please contact Susannah. The guidelines for submission are here:

Major addition to the Supreme Court of Canada decision’s website

(via Rosalie Fox, Director, Library & Information Management Branch, Supreme Court of Canada)

The Supreme Court of Canada and Lexum are proud to announce that the Court’s decision website now contains all decisions back to 1907. Moreover, all the PDF versions of decisions up to 2010 are identical to the official version available in the Supreme Court Reports.

This major content addition has been made possible thanks to the support of the Supreme Court of Canada. The Court has been at the forefront of free access to judicial decisions for the past 20 years. Lexum is proud to provide its technology and infrastructure to ensure continuous and efficient availability of Supreme Court of Canada decisions.

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