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ebook on Wrongful Dismissal and Employment Law

In partnership with Lancaster House, CanLII has just added its first text, an ebook on Wrongful Dismissal and Employment Law by Peter Neumann and Jeffrey Sack. The eBook can be found at The first update will appear in July and subsequent updates will be published two to four times annually thereafter.

For further details on this intiative, please see CanLII's press release.

Data Protection Laws of the World

The law firm DLA Piper has published a free eBook, "Data Protection Laws of the World". The book "offers a high-level snapshot of selected features of national laws as they currently stand in 58 jurisdictions across the world" from Argentina to the United States.

Job posting: Law Library Technician, Alberta Law Libraries (Edmonton)

Job Title:   Library Technician 
Job ID:  1010387
Location:  Edmonton 

Full/Part Time:   Part-Time 
Regular/Temporary:  Temporary 

Open competition

Closing Date 
April 6, 2012

Law Library Technician
Information and Creative Technical Services 3

Alberta Justice and Attorney General

Are you a dynamic, innovative person with a passion for delivering the best client experience? If so, Alberta Law Libraries has an opening for a Law Library Technician wage position in Edmonton.

CANSIM now available for free

Statistics Canada has announced that CANSIM is now available free of charge under the Statistics Canada Open Licence Agreement.

CANSIM is Statistics Canada's key socioeconomic database. It includes data on a wide range of areas such as "Business, consumer and property services", "Crime and justice" and "Prices and price indexes".

CALL 2012 program announced


The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL)  has announced details of their 2012 conference: The theme this year is Towering Opportunities / Possibilités Immenses. The program "is designed to help you and your organization as we struggle with the towering bits & bytes of information and other challenges in today's economic environment."

The program can be found here: VALL member Sarah Sutherland is speaking on "Library Systems Migrations: If Your Staff Want to Retire, You're Doing it Wrong" on Tuesday, May 8. The Private Law Libraries SIG is sponsoring two sessions: "Knowledge Management in Law Libraries: The Role for Legal Information Professionals" (on Monday, May 7 at 2:00) and "Legal Research and Writing Best Practices for Educating Law Students and Lawyers" (on Tuesday, May 8 at 3:30).

Information about the Pre-Conference Workshop, Advocacy 101, is available on their website as well as inforrmation on transportation, accommodations and some FAQs to help with planning.

Carswell changes loose-leaf purchase policy

Effective October 1, 2011, Carswell has changed its policy "regarding the purchase of loose-leaf Supplemented Services". A press release discussing the new loose-leaf policy can be found here:

Legal links for September 19, 2011

JSTOR announces free access to pre-1923 content

JSTOR has announced that it now offers free access to the pre-1923 content on its databases. According to the announcement:

This “Early Journal Content” includes discourse and scholarship in the arts and humanities, economics and politics, and in mathematics and other sciences.  It includes nearly 500,000 articles from more than 200 journals. This represents 6% of the content on JSTOR.

(Hat tip to Donata Krakowski of the Halifax Law Courts.)

Legal links for June 10, 2011

B.C. court decision that costs of online research are "overhead"

In the recent judgment Fairchild v. Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, 2011 BCSC 616, the judge stated that he was "even more convinced today that the cost of computerised research is properly an item of overhead than I was in 2001 when I decided Prevette v. Cusano." He went on to say:

In this current electronic age there are even more resources available (at no cost) for conducting legal research online than ever before (for example, there is now the CanLii system and our own courts website — which includes the vast majority of the court’s written reasons issues since 1999, at least). Therefore absent convincing evidence that pay-per-use type of computerised legal research was a necessary adjunct of the prosecution of this case, I will not allow the claim for these amounts.

[79]           In respect of the Westlaw charge, Mr. Orchard said that his law firm (Borden Ladner Gervais) does not maintain a monthly subscription service for Westlaw. Each search is billed to the firm as it is conducted and the costs of those searches are then passed on to the client. As to why a Westlaw search was required, Mr. Orchard said that Westlaw has an excellent database for searching cases in respect of quantum.

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