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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 http://www.canlii.org/en/commentary/wrongfuldismissal/. 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.
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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".
The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL)Â has announced details of their 2012 conference: http://www.callacbd.ca/en/content/2012-conference. The theme this year is Towering Opportunities / PossibilitÃ©s 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: http://www.callacbd.ca/en/content/program-0. 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.
- Google now allows you to create custom searches. One example is a Book Blogs Search Engine where you can search book reviews.
- The following links to the slides from a recent SLA Webinar on Using the Internet to Research Private U.S. Companies by August Jackson.
- As of October 1, 2011, copies of judicial decisions obtained from "approved electronic databases" such as Quicklaw and CanLII are acceptable for filing in the Ontario Supreme Court of Justice.
- How do you define "Knowledge Management"? Here are 101 definitions.
This â€œEarly Journal Contentâ€ includes discourse and scholarship in the arts and humanities, economics and politics, and in mathematics and other sciences.Â 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.)
- Connie Crosby has compiled a great list of social media briefing papers suitable for lawyers and librarians interested in getting basic background information on social media.
- Steven A. Lastres's Collection Development in the Age of the Virtual Law Firm Library, published in the June 2011 issue of the AALL Spectrum, has some great suggestions on how to manage your collection (and your OPAC) in the age of electronic resources.
- PowerPoint Presentations from the ABA Techshow 2011 are now available online. Subjects covered include cloud computing and social networking, as well as the ever popular "60 sites in 60 minutes" and "60 tips in 60 minutes".
- If you are interested in the free law movement, there are a number of papers on the Law Via the Internet Conference 2011 website. Papers that may be of particular interest are Daniel Poulin's "Free Access to Law in Canada - How and Why?", which gives a terrific overview of the history of online legal research in Canada, and Marc-AndrÃ© Morissette's "Sub-second search on CanLII" (if you're interested in the mechanics of how searches work).
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 â€” which includes the vast majority of the courtâ€™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.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 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.