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

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

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 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 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

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!

Teaching Best Practices - An Informal Lunchtime Discussion

Following on the theme of the February lunchtime seminar at the Shangri-La, the VALL Programs Committee is pleased to invite you to an informal lunchtime discussion to share your own teaching best practices with fellow law librarians. Teaching and supporting new summer and articling students is a huge part of the job of many law librarians and this is an excellent opportunity to learn how your colleagues attack the challenge.

When: Thursday, March 6th, 2014. 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 best practices in teaching and dealing with new summer and articling students. 

RSVP: Attendance at the February 19th seminar at the Shangri-La is not a prerequisite for attendance at this event. Please email Bronwyn Guiton at to save yourself a spot. Boardroom capacity is 15 attendees so RSVP's are required.

Pub Night with SLA/WCC & UBC SLA Club

Earlier this month, Lindsay Tripp, the Vancouver Director of SLA WCC, invited VALL and the UBC SLA chapter to jointly host a social with her at The Railway Club's private back room. Your VALL Executive was delighted to accept the invitation and we hope you will join us from 6-9pm on Tuesday, February 25th. Please consider this your official invitation!

While there is some overlap between VALL and SLA WCC membership, there will also be some new faces and old friends to mix and mingle with. It might even be a good opportunity to vet potential practicum students for your library for the summer!

SLA WCC membership is not required as this is a joint social event.

The Railway Club is conveniently located next to Granville Skytrain station at 579 Dunsmuir Street.

Please RSVP to by Friday, February 21st so we can give the Railway Club an idea of how many servers we'll need.

Tickets are $10 at the door, and your ticket covers one drink ticket, appetizers, and entrance for door prizes. Exact change is greatly appreciated.

We look forward to seeing you!
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