Susannah Tredwell's blog
- Selected presentations from Computers in Libraries 2011 are available at http://www.infotoday.com/CIL2011/Presentations.asp. Although most of the materials are just the powerpoints from the presentations, there is some interesting material in there. I especially liked Tasha Bergson-Michleson's "Search: Quick Tips for Adding Value".
- Jane Baugh has an article in the April issue of AALL Spectrum on "Negotiating vendor contracts in your favor".Â It includes a great sidebar on "Contract Best Practices".
- Nina Platt has a recent column on "Cost Recovery of Online Legal Research: When is Overhead NOT Overhead" where she makes a case for what is fair to charge back to the client and what is not.
- The Free Law Reporterâ„¢ (FLR) is a project by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction of the United States to "develop a freely available, unencumbered law reporter". Coverage is from January 1, 2011 forward and includes slip opinions from the appellate level courts of the 50 states and DC, the federal circuit courts, and the Supreme Court of the United States. The archives will include â€œunpublishedâ€ opinions, but comprehensive coverage is not guaranteed. (Hat tip to the Legal Informatics Blog.)
The Parliament of Canada has unveiled its new website.The changes are intended to "provide users with easier access to content about Parliament, its institutions and processes, as well as enhanced access to legislation."
LEGISinfo now displays bills with a "progress bar" so that you can see at a glance how far a bill has travelled in the legislative process. You can refine the results by bill type, sponsor and/or status. LEGISinfo has also introduced an overview option, whereby bills are sorted based on the stage they have reached (e.g. Third reading, Committee, etc.)
CanLII announced yesterday that users can now set up RSS feeds for their CanLII searches. An orange RSS feed symbol will now appear at the top of search results; clicking on this symbol allows users to subscribe to an RSS feed for that specific search.
CanLII also announced that it has changed the way that search results for searches involving proximity operators are displayed. Instead of highlighting all the search terms (whether or not they were in proximity to each other) it will now highlight only the keywords that match the query.
The full text of the announcement can be found here: http://www.canlii.org/en/blog/index.php?/archives/52-Major-Improvements-to-Search-Tools.html.
- Ted Tjaden has written a great article on SLAW on Finding English Translations of French Language Court Decisions in Canada.
- Luigina Vileno's recent article "Testing the Usability of Two Online Research Guides" in Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and ResearchÂ looks at usability testing of online research guides. The conclusions are probably the most relevant part of the article for law librarians; they include avoiding jargon, making "greater use of headings and subheadings", removing links to pdf pages, creating shorter pages and hyperlinking significant words.
- A summary of Roberta Schaffer's (she's the Law Librarian of Congress) keynote speech at the AALL Vendor Colloquium can be found here and here. Schaffer looks at trends in publishing and knowledge sharing.
- Michel-Adrien Sheppard of the SCC library has some useful links to metrics for measuring (and showing) your library's value.
- Steven A. Lastres has a recent blog post (February 26, 2011) on SLA's Future Ready 365 blog on "Knowledge Management in a Changing World".
- The Canada Gazette online has a page listing all current consultations regarding proposed regulations. Additional information on current government consultations can be found at http://www.consultingcanadians.gc.ca/cpcPubHome.jsp?lang=en.
- Dewey B Strategic is a new blog for law librarians. Recent posts include "Centralized Licensing as a Risk Management Strategy" (discussing the advantages of firmwide licences) and "Vendor Sourcing: Thinking the unthinkable as a strategic alternative to outsourcing".
- If you deal with U.S. securities questions, you may be interested in the free webinar "Where in the World is Dodd-Frank? A Guide for Researches" put on by the Practicing Law Institute and the Law Library Association of Greater New York. (Registration is required.)
- The Harvard Business Review publishes brief daily management tips.
- And on a non-legal note the New York Times's list of what to do and eat in Vancouver is worth looking at.
- CanLII now allows you to directly link to the paragraph level in judgments. You do this by manually adding â€œ#par[number]â€ to the end of the URL for a case, e.g. http://www.canlii.org/en/ca/scc/doc/2010/2010scc63/2010scc63.html#par14.
- Nina Platt has produced nine postings in her "What Functionality and Content Should I Add to My Intranet" series, including Part 7: Administrative Department Content (which makes suggestions as to what should be on the library's page), Part 8: Practice Group/Admin Dept â€“ Internal Users, and Part 9: Research Portal / Page.
- Simon Fodden has created Twitter feeds for recent court decisions for a number of courts, including the B.C. Court of Appeal (@CanCourts/BCCA), the SCC (@CanCourts/SCC) and the Ontario Court of Appeal (@CanCourts/ONCA).
- And last (but not least) a word of advice: don't try to smuggle Kinder Eggs into the United States. You could face a $300 fine.
- David Whelan explains how to use word proximity searching on Google.
- India joins the Free Access to Law movement, with the introduction of LII of India.
- Google announces its Google eBookstore. Currently Canadians can only access free and public domain Google eBooks.
- Jason Wilson discusses the importance of metadata for law judgments.
And last (but not least, given the current weather in Vancouver):
Copyright is a key issue for parliament this fall, and CLA is continuing its advocacy efforts to ensure that government and department officials know our views on the proposed legislation.Â Bill C-32, An Act to amend the Copyright Act, will have second reading in the House of Commons on 2 November.
We need your help to get the message to all MPs now.Â This Copyright Advocacy Kit provides you with all the tools you need to contact your Member of Parliament and communicate our key points.Â The kit includes a list of 8 key messages, a sample form letter to your MP, a guide for holding an in-person meeting, and a link to find contact information for your MP.Â The kit also contains background information, including the latest CLA Position Statement â€œProtecting the Public Interest in the Digital World: the views of the Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des bibliothÃ¨ques on Bill C-32, An Act to amend the Copyright Actâ€.
Copyright impacts all of us.Â Contact your MP today!
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Whether they like to think so or not, info pros have a brand, and the clientsâ€™ perception of that brand will influence their careers.
In this session, Ulla traces the similarities and dissimilarities between well known consumer productsâ€™ and companiesâ€™ brands and ours, discussing the need to build a professional image consciously to foster client confidence in the quality and value of our services.
Illustrating how seemingly superficial â€œsignalersâ€ send messages clients pick up on, Ulla provides a checklist of tips for selecting and supporting the brand we want to project.
A recent article by Laura Justiss ("A Survey of Electronic Research Alternatives to Lexis and Westlaw in Law Firms") looks at what alternatives exist to Lexis and Westlaw in U.S. law firms.
The abstract reads as follows:
Mrs. Justiss conducted a survey of law firm librarians in 2010 that identified electronic research database alternatives to Lexis and Westlaw and ranked them by subscription frequency. The survey included research databases for primary source alternatives; court docket and case information services; secondary sources for topical legal research and legal periodicals; financial, business and news sources; public records; and non-legal and legal-related sources, including intellectual property databases. The survey also generated information regarding suggested or mandated legal research policies in law firms for the use of alternatives to Lexis and Westlaw and examined their applicability to billable and non-billable research. Lastly, it examined the prevalence in firms of flat rate pricing agreements with Lexis, Westlaw or both.
The link to the article can be found here: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1649471