VALL News

March Seminar - Substantive law seminar on the topic of Aboriginal law

Please join VALL for our March seminar where guest speakers Tina Dion & Rosalind Campbell will be doing a substantive law seminar on the topic of Aboriginal law. This seminar will cover recent changes in aboriginal law with a focus on resources development, treaties, consultation, and accommodation.

Tina Dion is a sole practitioner in the areas of Aboriginal, environmental and administrative law, and civil litigation. In addition to assisting the Tsawwassen Government with merging into the Provincial Court system and establishing its Judicial Council, she has taught the First Nations Self-Government course as an adjunct professor at the UBC Faculty of Law since 2002.

Rosalind Campbell joined McDonald & Duncan in 2011. Her experience prior to law practice includes many years as a legal assistant and administering the Property Taxation Department for the Musqueam First Nation. Her experience with First Nations includes governance, economic development and property taxation. She is Coast Salish and an active member of the Musqueam First Nation.

Support VALL Members Running for CALL/ACBD Executive Board!

This is your chance to support a colleague and become the member of a vibrant, engaged professional association! Katherine Melville and Carolyn Petrie, members of the VALL community, are running for office on the executive board of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries. Join CALL/ACBD today and you can vote in the February elections. More information about the association, as well as the membership registration form, is available on the website.

December Social at Blakes

The Vancouver Association of Law Libraries is pleased to announce our December Social, hosted by Blakes.
 
Join other VALL members for a chance to meet and mingle before the Christmas bustle with some wine (or beer if you prefer) and some delicious appetizers. This social will be a great way to catch up with old friends and meet new colleagues. 
 
Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014
 
Time: 4pm - 7pm (arrivals after 6pm please call Larisa Titova on her cell: 604-351-5904  to be let up)
 
Where: 595 Burrard Street, Suite 2600, Vancouver
 
RSVP: RSVPs are encouraged but not required (this way we will have an idea of how much wine/food we need). Please send your RSVP to Brenda Alm balm@wt.ca.

November Seminar - Finding Those Who Don't Want to Be Found

Please join VALL for our November seminar where guest speaker Julie Clegg will be doing a repeat of her standout seminar from the 2014 SLA Conference, “Finding Those Who Don’t Want to Be Found Using Social Media and Other Cyber Tools.” This seminar will focus on resources, tips and techniques that will enhance your research skills.

Julie Clegg is the President of Toddington International, a Vancouver based company specializing in helping its customers find and use online information more effectively. Experienced in policing and investigation, Julie specializes in the advancement of skills in online intelligence, advanced information gathering and critical incident practices.

This seminar will also be the last of 2014 so we encourage you to come see some old friends and new colleagues before the rush of Christmas descends.

Date: Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

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

Place: Shangri-La Hotel. 1128 W Georgia St, Vancouver

Cost: $46 VALL members, $65 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 Tuesday, November 11, 2014. No refunds are available after Tuesday, November 11, 2014.

Legislation Research Skills Refresher for VALL Members

You are invited to attend a legislation research skills refresher for VALL members. This event will be facilitated by Tracy McLean and Alex McNeur at the downtown location of Courthouse Libraries BC.

The target audience for this event are VALL members who have done some legislative research in the past, but would like a refresher on specific elements or strategies. Attendees will be asked to share questions they would like a refresher on prior to the event so that Tracy and Alex can create a customized session.

Where: Courthouse Libraries BC, downtown Vancouver.

Date: Tuesday, November 4th

Time: 9:30am - 10:15am

Cost: free 

RSVP: An RSVP is required to reserve a space. Please email your RSVP and a question you would like covered to Emily.Klomps-Spanjers@mcmillan.ca.

September Seminar - Research on Businesses and their Markets

Please join VALL for its September seminar on Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at the Shangri-La Hotel.

Guest speaker Alyssa Green, of VPL's InfoAction, will be discussing research on businesses and their markets. Taking an in depth approach to the topic, Alyssa will cover (among others): finding company information and industry level and stock information. Alyssa will also live demo some useful sources.

Date: Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Time: Registration @ 11:45, lunch @ 12 noon, seminar to conclude by 1:30.

Place: Shangri-La Hotel. 1128 W Georgia St, Vancouver

Cost: $46 VALL members, $65 non-members (+$2 fee only if paying online)

Registration: Register by mail or online. See registration form for details. The registration form is here.

PayPal payment option is below. Don't forget to follow up with an email to Emily.Klomps-Spanjers@mcmillan.ca with your registration details if you are paying by PayPal. 

Library Materials for Natural Resources Law - An Informal Lunchtime Discussion

Edit on Thursday, August 14th:  This event is regretfully postponed. There hasn’t been enough uptake to make this event as useful to attendees as it could be. With that in mind I’m going to postpone this event until later in the Fall when more folks are back in the office. Thank you to those that did RSVP!

 

You are invited to join a discussion about the best library materials that support lawyers in natural resources practice (i.e. forestry, mining, LNG, etc.). Please come to share your own favourite library materials and learn about your colleagues' favourites too. This will be a free flowing discussion guided by the areas of expertise represented in the room.

When: Tuesday, August 19th. Noon - 1 PM. 

Where: Lawson Lundell LLP boardroom, 925 West Georgia Street, 16th floor

What: Bring your own lunch and be ready to discuss your own favourite library materials for natural resources law and learn about some new and different sources.

RSVP: Please email Bronwyn Guiton at bguiton@lawsonlundell.com to save yourself a spot. The boardroom being used has a capacity limit so RSVPs are required.

June Seminar - Libraries and Librarians as Educators with Sarah Glassmeyer

UPDATE (June 3, 2014): Registration has reached capacity for the space we are in for the June seminar. Registrations received after the capacity limit will be returned with a prompt notification. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact bguiton@lawsonlundell.com.

Please join VALL for its June seminar on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (595 Burrard Street), in Vancouver.

Guest speaker Sarah Glassmeyer will be discussing the latest developments in how legal material can be taught and how libraries can create and preserve educational resources.

Sarah is one of the speakers at the closing session of the SLA 2014 conference in Vancouver and she will be addressing a separate topic with VALL.

Sarah Glassmeyer is a lawyer and a librarian based out of Chicago, Illinois. She is the Director of Community Development at the Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). Followers of Sarah on Twitter (@sglassmeyer) know her as an incisive, enthusiastic, and funny advocate for tech, the law, and libraries.

Competitive Intelligence Conference

The BCLMA Knowledge Management Sub-section and the Vancouver Association of Law Libraries invite you to attend a lunch-time Competitive Intelligence Conference.

Please join us for a panel discussion with three local experts to explore the relationship between competitive intelligence and business research, knowledge management, and business development. Our three speakers, Euan Sinclair, Jeff Voon, and Patti Wotherspoon, will share their research approaches, favourite tools, and knowledge-sharing strategies.

When: Wednesday, May 14th, 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Where: Bull, Housser & Tupper, Suite 900 – 900 Howe Street

Cost: $35.00

Please RSVP by Friday, May 9th, 2014.

Please see the attached announcement for additional information and payment information.

Positions Available for the 2014/2015 VALL Executive

VALL wants you for the executive!

We are looking for 3 VALL members to serve on the 2014/15 executive. We need a treasurer, a third person for the programs committee, and a second VALL Review editor. These roles entail a one year commitment (and the option to stay on), with no experience necessary.  You can read brief job descriptions here, or feel free to contact me or any of the current executive with questions about the roles.

On the fence about volunteering?  Think of it this way - it might be your turn to be on the VALL executive.  11 is the ideal number of the executive.  VALL has 104 members in total.  Of those 104, 3 are student members (and so ineligible to be on the executive) and 14 are Honoured, Lifetime, or Honorary members. 15 members don't work in the downtown core, while 17 firms or organizations have more than one VALL member and may prefer to have only one member on the executive at a time.  Next year's executive will include a Kits commuter and 2 people from the same firm, but generally, you can see that the main pool we draw from is the downtown librarian community.  Your turn comes up more frequently than you might imagine!

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