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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!

A chat over the professional fence: embeddedness & evidence as common concepts in law and medical libraries

***Only 5 spaces left! Get yours while you can*** 

Please join VALL for our June seminar “A chat over the professional fence: embeddedness & evidence as common concepts in law and medical libraries” where guest speakers Sarah Sutherland and Dean Giustini will initiate a discussion about how special librarians in law and medicine can adapt novel models of practice, and seize opportunities to work closely with client communities. An early view of what strategies have worked to change the dynamic of how information is integrated into the library's mission will be started.

Abstract: law librarians and medical librarians work within dynamic information environments that require good communication skills, a reliance on precedence and evidence and working closely with constituents. Models of embeddedness are seen throughout librarianship but law and medical librarians, as information specialists working closely with their clienteles, can share innovative practices and approaches in providing information services. This session will focus on medical and law environments and their commonalities/differences; professional clienteles, fast timelines, complex technical information structures, pressures to provide information to the public, and high stakes evidence. There are great opportunities to share strategies across sectors.

Date: Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

REMINDER: Coffee Morning @ Bull Housser

***REMINDER***

VALL members are invited to meet and mingle over morning coffee, tea, and pastries on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 at the new office location of Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP. The drop in social will take place between 7:30 and 9:00am. The street address is 1800 510 West Georgia Street and attendees should take the elevator to reception on the 18th floor.

Please email emily.klomps-spanjers@mcmillan.ca to RSVP if you are planning to attend.  

A morning coffee get-together is a great way to get to know fellow members in a relaxed and friendly setting. We are looking forward to meeting new members and catching up with VALL veterans - see you there!

Fast Track Update on Tools for Client Monitoring & Current Awareness

NOTE: Registration has been extended to March 25th!

VALL is pleased to present the March seminar "Fast Track Update on Tools for Client Monitoring & Current Awareness." This seminar will be fast track style with a variety of speakers from different areas to capture different perspectives on the subject of client monitoring & current awareness. This seminar will cover topics such as business-intelligence alerts, legislation and case-law monitoring, news sources & blogs, and creating dynamic intranet pages (among others).

Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2016

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

Place: Blakes 595 Burrard Street, Suite 2600, Three Bentall Centre, Vancouver

Cost: $35 VALL members, $55 non-members (+$2 fee only if paying online)

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

Please register and pay by Friday, March 25, 2016. No refunds are available after Friday, March 25, 2016. Registration is not permitted at the door. Dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated for late registrations.

Coffee Morning @ Bull Housser

VALL members are invited to meet and mingle over morning coffee, tea, and pastries on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 at the new office location of Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP. The drop in social will take place between 7:30 and 9:00am. The street address is 1800 510 West Georgia Street and attendees should take the elevator to reception on the 18th floor.

Please email emily.klomps-spanjers@mcmillan.ca to RSVP if you are planning to attend.  

A morning coffee get-together is a great way to get to know fellow members in a relaxed and friendly setting. We are looking forward to meeting new members and catching up with VALL veterans - see you there!

 

March Seminar

A seminar is currently in the planning stages. Further details coming soon!

November Seminar - The Art of Speaking for Success

Please join VALL for our November seminar “The Art of Speaking for Success” where guest speaker Dorothea Hendriks will cover the topic of effective communication and delivery of our message to management, peers, lawyers, in training, and with vendors.

In this workshop we look at:

  • Engaging your listener without handcuffs
  • Basic body language dos and don’ts
  • Art of asking questions
  • Communication styles
  • Attitude and action

Dorothea Hendriks provides professionals with the tools they need to increase their confidence levels, express ideas with greater clarity and impact others with their message.  

An educator and former instructor at Vancouver Community College, she has presented to over 5,000 people, delivering workshops, keynotes and coaching sessions focused on speaking and presentation skills.

Dorothea is the owner of Art of Speaking for Success and Presentation Skills Inc. and passionate about helping people experience the benefits of becoming more effective communicators.

This seminar will also be the last of 2015 so we encourage you to come see some old friends and new colleagues before the rush of Christmas descends.

Date: Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Lexbox Lunch & Learn: Legal Research Workspace

Pierre-Paul Lemyre at Lexum is pleased to host a lunch & learn for VALL members to talk to us about Lexbox.

Lexbox is an online workspace for legal researchers that makes it very easy to create personalized databases of online legal information and keep track of them over time. Lexbox provides advanced legal research features such as saving frequent queries for reuse, updates and/or citation alerts, and collaborative features.  Lexbox supports a variety of legal information systems including CanLII, BC Laws and many courts and tribunals websites.

Pierre-Paul Lemyre is a lawyer with over 15 years of experience in the legal technology sector. He is one of the founding partners of Lexum Inc., which is the primary provider of online legal information in Canada. As Director of Business Development, Pierre-Paul oversees all commercial activities of Lexum and is largely responsible for providing the strategic vision in this regard.

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015

June Seminar - Mentor/Mentee Relationships in Law Libraries (Note: Change of Venue)

Guest speakers Debbie Millward & Shannon Cheng will be doing a seminar on the topic of mentoring in a law library. With a focus on the what, why, and who of being a mentor/mentee, this seminar will cover what newer members looking for advice might ask, how experienced members can give back to the profession, or ideas for mid-career members contemplating a job change.

Debbie Millward joined Lawson Lundell in 2014 as manager of information resources, after a contract position as library manager at McMillan. Her experience prior to law libraries was at the Vancouver Sun and The Province, where she managed the news research library. Debbie’s background as a mentor comes from over 20 years as a practicum host, from teaching library students at UBC and Langara, and serving on committees and the executives of SLA and VALL. Most recently, she was a BCLA mentor for SLAIS student Shannon Cheng.

Shannon Cheng began her Master of Library and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia in September 2014. With a background in sociology and insurance, she wanted to learn more about libraries and information as a professional field. As a mentee to Debbie, Shannon gained greater insight into the field, while developing a lasting professional relationship.

Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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