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 email@example.com.
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 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 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
The latest salary survey from BCLA's Library Technicians & Assistants Section is out.
If you have a moment, please complete the google docs survey.
There was not much uptake on the VALL FaceBook page, so the executive and social media volunteers decided that it was appropriate to delete it. You are still welcome to interact with other VALL members online on LinkedIn, Twitter, and here on the members' blog.
It was interesting to explore the different social media platforms and how people like to interact professionally. When there are more changes in the social media ecosystem, it may be worth trying other platforms or FaceBook again.
Thank you to Bronwyn Guiton and Stephanie Karnosh who volunteered to do the work to get the page up and running.