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Amici Curiae Volunteer Intake Package

On December 1, 2016, Dom Bautista, the Executive Director of the Law Courts Centre, spoke to VALL members about “How Law Librarians Can Give Back”. Dom presented the group with the opportunity to volunteer their time as law librarians through the Amici Curiae workshop series, helping self-represented litigants fill out legal forms. This opportunity is a great way for law librarians to help increase access to justice.

The Amici Curiae Volunteer Intake Package for law librarians is now available (see attached, below). This package will also be circulated by email to VALL members.

Any questions about the volunteer program can be directed to Yvonne Choi, Executive Assistant at ychoi@harrisco.com

CALL Webinar: Libraries and Access to Justice

 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
10:00am - 11:30am

The Justice system has been described as in crisis. Following the release of the Action Committee on Access to Family and Civil Matters’ report in 2013 a number of initiatives across the country have been launched to address the issue. With the increase in self- represented litigants this is an issue that affects all law librarians from those who serve the public and firm librarians. Johanne Blenkin, CEO of CLBC will talk about the role of law libraries in access to justice, opportunities for law librarians and also about the LawMatters program for public libraries  that CLBC operates. Sarah McCoubrey, Access to Justice Strategist at CALIBRATE, will speak about the Ontario initiatives on A2J and collaboration with Ontario public libraries.

Webinar Costs:
CALL/ACBD Member: $40 + HST = $45.20 
Non-member: $60 + HST = $67.80
Student Members: $25 + HST = $28.25

To Register, Click Here  


February Brown Bag Session – DBTextworks with Jonathan Jacobsen

Please join VALL for our February Brown Bag session, where Jonathan Jacobsen of Andornot Consulting will lead a round-table discussion on DBTextworks. Past, present and future users of DBTextworks are all welcome.

RSVP early and don't forget to bring your lunch!

Date: Tuesday February 21st, 2017
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Place: Norton Rose Fulbright. 510 West Georgia Street, 18th Floor. Reception located on the 18th floor.     
Cost: N/A
Registration: Please send your RSVP email to Brenda Alm, balm@wt.ca, by February17th, 2017.

January Coffee Morning at Whitelaw Twining

VALL members are invited to meet and mingle over morning coffee, tea, and pastries Tuesday, January 31st, 2017. These casual socials are a great way to catch up with friends and to get to know fellow VALL members.

When: Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 from 7:30am – 9:00am
Where: Whitelaw Twining at 200 Granville Street, located on the 24th Floor.

Please send your RSVP email to Brenda Alm, balm@wt.ca, by January 30th, 2017.

Hope to see you there!<

Post-Seminar Survey - Dom Bautista "Access to Justice"

The Programs Committee would like to thank all of our members who attended the latest VALL seminar on December 1st, 2016!

We hope that those of you would please take a moment to complete this brief post-seminar survey. It will take less than 5 minutes to complete and all responses remain anonymous.

We value your insights and recommendations and will use them in shaping future programming.

Many thanks from the VALL Programs Committee!

December Seminar Speaker's Notes

On Thursday, December 1st, Dom Bautista presented “Access to Justice: How law librarians can give back”. Dom covered how law librarians could use their expertise to help self-represented litigants as a part of the Amici Curiae pro-bono volunteer program.

Dom has agreed to share his speakers notes with VALL Members.

CALL Webinar: Uncovering the UN Documentation System

Thursday, November 17, 2016
10:00 - 11:30am 

Summary:

This session will provide an overview of UN documentation. Participants will learn about the main UN organs and the different types of documents they produce; learn about document symbols and how they are structured. The different databases, tools, and publications useful to UN research will be highlighted.

Speaker:

Susan Goard has worked at the Dag Hammarskjold Library at the United Nations headquarters in New York since 2013 where she is the law librarian and training coordinator. Prior to working at the DHL, she worked at the library of the Supreme Court of Canada, and library of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (now Global Affairs Canada).

Webinar Costs:

CALL/ACBD Member: $40 + HST = $45.20 
Non-member: $60 + HST = $67.80
Student Rate: $25 + HST = $28.25

To Register, CLICK HERE 

Thursday December 1 Seminar - Please join VALL for our December Seminar - Access to Justice: How law librarians can give back

****DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29****

NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO REGISTER!

Please join VALL for our December seminar, “Access to Justice: How law librarians can give back” with guest speaker Dom Bautista. Dom will cover how law librarians can use their expertise to help self-represented litigants as a part of Amici Curiae. For more information about our speaker, please visit Dom's Twitter page @LCCDomBautista.

We're surveying BC lawyers

Hi all.

CLBC is adapting services, collection resources, products and overall methods to meet the evolving needs of lawyers throughout BC. To that end, we're running a survey of BC lawyers and hope you can help us get the word out to your lawyers by sending on the information below.

To all BC Lawyers: We’ll listen to your ideas, comments or gripes about practice needs, the changes sweeping the profession or Courthouse Libraries BC's services. A few minutes with this survey will help us shape the Courthouse Libraries BC of tomorrow and identify new products, services and approaches to address your needs.

Information you share will be anonymous, and we will report out on the big picture findings of the survey after it closes (November 25, 2016). Those who complete the survey will be given the chance to enter a draw for one of five $100 gift cards to Chapters/Indigo.

Be part of the conversation. Please take our survey today.

For more information, you can read a message from our CEO, Johanne Blenkin.

Thank you.

You're Invited: SLA WCC's Year End Event in Vancouver!

Vancouver-area law librarians interested in meeting up with their SLA colleagues and learning about data-driving storytelling are invited to join SLA WCC on November 22nd for our year end event.

Whether you’re making the case for expanded resources or demonstrating the value of your work, data-driven storytelling is a key tool in the arsenal of the modern information professional.

Our keynote speaker is renowned technologist Alexandra Samuel. As a member of the Wall Street Journal’s experts panel and author of Work Smarter with Social Media (Harvard Business Review Press), Alexandra is uniquely positioned to help information professionals leverage the data around them. Find her sharing thoughts on this topic and more on Twitter @awsamuel.

Where: BCIT Downtown Vancouver, The Atrium (room 825), 555 Seymour Street, Vancouver

When: Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Program: Check-in, catered snacks, cash bar, and networking from 6 PM. Keynote address from 6:30 PM.

Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets and your name will be added to the guest list at the door. Should you wish to sponsor a ticket for a student, you may purchase that option along with (or instead of) a ticket for yourself and event organizers will contact you with further details.

All are welcome!

Our thanks to Andornot Consulting for sponsoring this event.

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