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!

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, 

If you are interested in helping with this great project, please email  

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:

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.


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