Tuesday October 25 Seminar - Steve Carey on the new Societies Act

Please join VALL for our October seminar “The new Societies Act”.

The new Societies Act, the governance law for BC non-profits, will come into force on November 28, 2016. Steve Carey, Associate at Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP, will speak about the reason for the legislative changes, the legal community’s involvement in the process of creating the new Act and regulations, the transitional provisions and the key changes of which to be aware.

Date:  Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Time: Registration @ 11:45, lunch @ 12 noon, seminar to conclude by 1:15.

Place: Law Courts Inn, 840 Howe Street

Cost: $50 VALL members, $60 non-members (+$2 fee only if paying online)

Registration: Register by mail or online. Follow the steps on the registration form, linked here.

After Summer Social at the Vancouver Art Gallery Cafe

Take a break after a busy summer and join us for the VALL social!

The get together will be a great way to get to know fellow members in a relaxed and friendly setting.

We are meeting at the Vancouver Art Gallery Cafe at 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver  on Tuesday September 20, at 4:30 pm to 6:30.  No need to RSVP.

We are looking forward to meeting new members and catching up with VALL veterans - see you there!

2015-2016 VALL Membership Survey

If you have not already done so, the Programs Committee invites you to complete the 2015-2016 Membership Survey.

The survey should take approximately 5 minutes to complete, and your input helps determine future programming and other events.

Many thanks for contributing your thoughts and recommendations.  

2015-2016 VALL Membership Survey

We would like to present the 2015-2016 VALL membership survey. Your constructive feedback is important to us, and will help ensure that future programming meets your needs and expectations. We recognize you are all busy, but assure you it is quite short and your responses will remain anonymous.

Many thanks on behalf of the Programs Committee and all of us on the VALL executive!

UBC iSchool (SLAIS) Co-op Students Available for Fall or Winter Work Terms

Students from the UBC iSchool (School of Library, Archival and Information Studies) are still available for Fall co-op work terms (September-December). We’re also starting to post positions for the Winter term (January-April), and some of our students are available for full-time or part-time 8 month work terms spanning September-April.

Educated in one of Canada’s leading schools for information professionals, UBC iSchool students are equipped with the latest knowledge for obtaining and managing information in an increasingly complex world. Students learning the latest in library, information management, and archival fields can be an ideal fit for that special project or short-term vacancy you’ve been looking to fill.

Types of Work UBC iSchool Students Perform:

  • Archives & Preservation of Information
  • Records Management
  • Library & Information Services
  • Data Discovery & Wrangling
  • Information Systems Management
  • Information Policy
  • Information Analysis & Retrieval
  • Research

To assist you throughout the hiring process, the UBC Arts Co-op Program can help with drafting job descriptions, determining salary, coordinating interview scheduling, making offers, and monitoring student success during the co-op term.

CALL Webinar: The Lean Law Library

The Lean Law Library: How to Apply Process Improvement Concepts to your Organization
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
10:00am - 11:30am


Law libraries are under pressure to be better, faster, and cheaper. How can we achieve BFC while maintaining high quality services to our appreciative clients? This session will reveal how using the lens of Lean Six Sigma to review law library operations can build BFC opportunities that will also delight law library customers and stakeholders.

Lean Six Sigma is trending to become the ‘new’ solution to pressures on the legal market place. Law librarians who can use Lean Six Sigma concepts will be able to cross pollinate library with management, increasing the relevance of the library as integral to the organization as a whole, not simply as a room or a team who are important to legal researchers.

Soliciting content for BCLA Perspectives

I have been asked by Cassie McFadden, one of the editors of BCLA Perspectives, to post the following request:

Are you a library professional in British Columbia who is working on an interesting project or initiative, either independently or within your organization? Is there an event or issue in the library world that you are itching to discuss and share with your colleagues?

The BCLA's quarterly online publication, Perspectives, is currently seeking submissions for its August 1 issue! Visit for submission guidelines. Pitches and inquiries can be sent to

VALL’s Programs Committee is looking for their 3rd member!

We are looking for a VALL member to join the Programs Committee on the 2016/17 Executive. This role entails a one year commitment (and the option to stay on), with no experience necessary.  You can read a brief job description on the VALL website, or feel free to contact me or any of the current Executive members with questions about the role. 

The 2016/17 Executive  is an enthusiastic and dynamic group.  Please let me know if you would like to join them!

Larisa Titova
Past President

Congrats to the CALL Conference Organizing Committee!

Congratulations to the CALL Conference Organizing Committee on a job well done. It was a very enjoyable and inspiring conference. 

Members of the VALL Executive at the conference:  

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Left to right back row: Taryn Gunter, Debbie Millward, Brenda Alm, Sarah Richmond

Left to right front row: Megan Smiley, Alexandria Everitt, Joni Sherman, Larissa Titova (a member of the CALL Conference Organizing Committee)

Upcoming Event: Out of the Stacks

Out of the Stacks is thrilled to extend an invitation to all library and information professionals in the Lower Mainland to attend our inaugural social meet  on June 23rd.

Out of the Stacks is an informal networking group of information professionals created in April 2016 to foster connections and build community in BC's Lower Mainland. Our aim is to organize and sponsor fun social gatherings in Vancouver open to information professionals of all ilks, and create a space for those working in the library and information sector to get together and form new connections outside of the workplace.

You can find more information and keep up to date with goings on here:

Our first event will take place at The Emerald (555 Gore Ave) in Chinatown on Thursday, June 23, beginning at 5:30pm. Join us for socializing, drinks, and fun! All welcome.

Details are here:

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