VALL News

CALL-ACBD announcement - Call for nominations: Denis Marshall Memorial Award for Excellence in Law Librarianship

Hi Everyone,
It is time once again for the Scholarships and Awards Committee to gather nominations for the Denis Marshall Memorial Award for Excellence in Law Librarianship. Please take a few minutes to think of a colleague you might like to nominate for this award.
This award is an honour bestowed upon a current member of CALL/ACBD who has provided outstanding service to the Association AND/OR enhanced the profession of law librarianship in the recent past. The specific contributions may reflect the qualities engendered by Denis Marshall:
  • a continued commitment to excellence in law librarianship;
  • a strong service ethic;
  • a commitment to continuous learning;
  • a significant contribution to the scholarship of the library profession
  • mentoring and encouraging those who seek a profession in law librarianship
  • the pursuit of innovation and/or innovative solutions
  • and/or a contribution to leadership in the law library profession.

Seeking volunteers to create an index for the VALL Review

As many of you know, this year represents the 25th anniversary of the VALL Review. Over the years topics covered in the Review have ranged from issues with loose leafs to the impact of technology in libraries. To help make these articles more accessbile we are seeking volunteers to continue working on the VALL Review index, http://vall.vancouver.bc.ca/node/172. 

If you are interested in helping with this great project, please email vallreview@gmail.com.  

February Seminar - Continuing Student Development

Please join VALL for its February seminar on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at the Shangri-La Hotel.

Guest Speaker George Tsiakos will be discussing the UBC Law Library’s role in teaching legal research and writing skills to law students. George will explain how the law library initially got involved in the program and its current responsibilities and role. He will highlight what is taught in the upper year advanced legal research courses as well as the new first year legal research and writing course. George will also provide some advice on how law firm librarians can assist law students in further developing their legal research skills.

George Tsiakos is currently the Instruction Librarian at the UBC Law Library. Over the past five years, he has taught legal research and writing courses as an adjunct professor at the UBC Faculty of Law. In his current role as Instruction Librarian, George coordinates and teaches in the UBC Law Faculty’s Legal Research and Writing program, including the new first-year Legal Research and Writing course. Previously, George was employed at Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP as a Research Librarian from 2008 - 2010 and as the Manager of Library Services from 2010 - 2012.

The registration form can be found here: http://vall.vancouver.bc.ca/files/February%20registration%20form.pdf

Coffee Morning at Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP

VALL members are invited to meet and mingle over morning coffee, tea, and pastries on Thursday, January 16th, 2014 at Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP between 7:30 and 8:30am. The street address is 700 West Georgia Street and attendees should take the elevator to reception on the 27th floor and ask to be directed to the 27th main lounge.

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! No registration or RSVP required.

Refreshments have been ordered to accommodate the numbers recorded at past socials. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Peter Bark Bursary

The Peter Bark Professional Development Bursary was established by VALL to commemorate Peter Bark and his contribution to VALL and law librarianship. The Bursary assists VALL members in attending meetings or conferences of library associations, such as the Canadian Association of Law Libraries, or other library-related workshops or professional development.

The fund is sustained by donations from individuals, law book publishers and grants from VALL.

For more information about Peter Bark, please read his obituary, published in The Advocate, (1991) 49: 155-16. Thank you to The Advocate magazine for permission to post this article.

Guidelines for applicants

Value: The total value of the bursary to be awarded per year is $1,500. There may be more than one successful applicant per year, receiving a portion of that amount.

After work drinks at The Railway Club

Come join your fellow VALL members for a drink after work on Thursday, December 12th at The Railway Club. We'll be there from 4:30 to 6:30.

After the great success of last year's event, we're looking forward to doing this again! The Railway Club is located on the second floor at 579 Dunsmuir Street. Take the stairs off Dunsmuir Street, just East of Seymour Street. Although we were not able to book the back room like last year, we do have tables reserved under "Vancouver Association of Law Librarians." Ask a staff member to point you in the right direction. An assortment of appetizers will be provided by VALL.

If you are also participating in VALL’s law library crawl, the final stop at Davis LLP is a short walk to The Railway Club and we would love for you to join us afterwards

BCLA's LTAS - Salary Survey for LibTechs & Assistants - 2013

The latest salary survey from BCLA's Library Technicians & Assistants Section is out.

If you have a moment, please complete the google docs survey.

 

Winter Seminar - The Technology Springboard with Steve Matthews

The Vancouver Association of Law Libraries is pleased to present our second seminar of the season with guest speaker Steve Matthews on Thursday, November 28th at the Shangri-La Hotel. 

In a presentation titled "The Technology Springboard: How Law Librarians Can Bootstrap Their Future,” guest speaker Steve Matthews of Stem Legal Web Enterprises will be talking about how law librarians are using technology outside of the law library in order to benefit their employer. 

Using real world examples and ideas for new directions, Steve will illustrate how the types of projects we get involved with have the potential to change the optics of the profession and positively impact our organizations. 

A direct link to the registration form can be found here

Please register with the attached form. Registration is not permitted at the door. No refunds are available after November 21st.

VALL October seminar less than one week away

The VALL October seminar with guest speaker Ludmila Herbst is less than one week away. If you have yet to register and wish to attend, please email VALL Programs Committee member, Bronwyn Guiton, with any questions. At this point special dietary requests can no longer be accommodated.

The topic of the upcoming seminar is the new BC Limitation Act. How does the new Act affect the work of lawyers and library professionals in BC? Ms Herbst of Farris LLP will be speaking to VALL members about just this topic. Having co-chaired the CLE course Limitation Act 2013 earlier this year, Ms. Herbst is thoroughly familiar with the new Act and its implications going forward.
 
The registration form is attached

Tomorrow is the Coffee Morning Social @ Fasken Martineau Library

VALL members are invited to meet and mingle over morning coffee, tea, and pastries tomorrow at the Fasken Martineau library between 7:30 and 8:30am. The street address is 550 Burrard Street and attendees should take the elevator to reception on the 29th floor and ask to be directed to the library.

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! No registration or RSVP required.

Refreshments have been ordered to accommodate the numbers recorded at past socials. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.
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