Update on the VALL Social Media Experiment

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.

Coffee Morning Social @ Fasken Martineau Library

VALL members are invited to meet and mingle over morning coffee, tea, and pastries provided by VALL and hosted at the Fasken Martineau library on Thursday, September 26th, between 7:30 and 8:30am. 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. Please ask for the library at reception upon arrival.
Refreshments have been ordered to accommodate the numbers recorded at past socials. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

October Seminar - The New BC Limitation Act

The Vancouver Association of Law Libraries is pleased to present our first seminar of the season with guest speaker Ludmila Herbst on Thursday, October 10th at the Shangri-La Hotel.

On June 1, 2013 the new BC Limitation Act, SBC 2012, c 13 came into effect, replacing the old RSBC 1996, c 266. How does this 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.

Survey: Continuing Education @ SLAIS

VALL colleagues:

At the request of Caroline Haythornthwaite, Director of SLAIS, The iSchool @ UBC, we are exploring continuing education opportunities to offer the library community. As a starting point, the focus will be on continuing education for post-MLS/MLIS librarians in British Columbia. Future offerings are hoped to be expanded to others within the Libraries/Archives/Museum communities.  

As part of the needs assessment process, SLAIS seeks your input into development of continuing education, along with understanding the needs and demographics of librarians in all settings, including public, academic, and special libraries, as well as those with an MLS/MLIS working in new and non-traditional settings. 

Please pardon cross-posting of this survey request!

The survey, which closes at midnight on Friday August 9, is available by clicking on, or copying and pasting, this URL:
With many thanks for your time and participation,

Debbie Millward
CE@SLAIS consultant

Reminder - Today is the last day to take the 2012-2013 VALL Survey!

The VALL membership survey will be closing today, Thursday, June 20th.

If you have not yet taken 10 minutes to share your feedback for VALL this 2012-2013 year, please do so today! The link was sent to you via email. If you have not yet received it, please let us know, and we will email you the link.

A big thank you to the 40+ members who have already completed the survey.  Your participation in the survey helps the Programs Committee determine seminars for the coming year. It also helps steer the Executive, by letting us know which direction you would like to see VALL to go in the future.

Thank you!

VALL Programs Committee

VALL Seminar - Wednesday June 5 - Knowledge Sharing, Transfer Strategies, & the Generational Shift

The Vancouver Association of Law Libraries is pleased to announce our final seminar of the year, on Wednesday, June 5th at the Shangri-La Hotel. This workshop could not come at a better time for the VALL community as there have been -- and will be -- many shifts in our working environment: new positions opening, transfers, closures, merging firms, climbing of the corporate ladder, and yes, even retirement.

Jenny Lewis & Michelle Sharp will present on the topic of knowledge transfer strategies that will ease employee transitions in law libraries. They will share methodology that can be easily implemented in your law library to mitigate knowledge loss risk. Organizations need to proactively explore and implement ways to share and transfer, explicit and tacit, knowledge as part of everyday practice to ensure business continuity. 

The seminar offers value both to managers of law libraries with transitioning staff, and to staff of all levels interested in strategies that will keep their library in the best possible state as they transition to a new position or into retirement. For more information they invite you to visit their website and stay connected through Facebook and Twitter.

The registration form is below, and here.

VALL - BCLMA Joint Workshop - The Case for Making a Business Case - With Dave Macdonald, CMA


The Case for Making a Business Case – with Dave Macdonald, CMA

Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver

Join us for a practical and engaging workshop on making a business case with Dave Macdonald of Yupana Consulting. Dave will share insight on how parties receive business plans, what they look for and how you can effectively tell the story of your project in a way that will garner understanding and support. We want our departments and organizations to be sustainable. This means having the right strategies and systems in place to be financially sound, and this workshop will help you do that.

Dave founded Yupana in 2010 after helping several start-ups develop and grow into thriving organizations. As a Certified Management Accountant, he has helped small businesses manage financial positions and grow into multi-million dollar organizations. The companies Dave has worked with have gone on to flourish and have been backed by solid strategies and robust financial systems and processes.

To RSVP, please contact Christina Tribe at 604-687-0411 (or ctribe <at> harpergrey <dot> com)

Register soon (registrations close on Friday, March 8) as this workshop is bound to sell out quickly! Payment will be accepted at the door.

Tuesday, February 19th - Seminar - Sarah Sutherland on Professional Relevance & the Evolution of Law Library Work

The Vancouver Association of Law Libraries is pleased to present guest speaker Sarah Sutherland on Tuesday, February 19th at the Shangri-La Hotel.

Sarah will talk about some of the changes happening in law libraries & the practice of law and what they mean for law libraries. She will talk about ways for library & knowledge management staff to look for opportunities & seek out professional development opportunities pre-emptively as a way to maintain relevance & professional interest. She believes the practice of law is changing toward increased emphasis on both technology & management skills, which creates opportunities for library & knowledge management staff to work toward better integrating into the larger practice of the firm. She will talk about some of the changes and ways to take advantage of the opportunities available.

Sarah is the manager of library services at McMillan LLP in Vancouver.

The registration form is here.

Wednesday January 30 - Early Morning Meet & Greet at Waves Coffee House

Based on the success of our first meet & greet morning coffee networking/ social event, we're putting on another one! 

The Morning Coffee Get Together will be a great way to get to know fellow members in a relaxed and friendly setting.

We are meeting at the Waves Coffee House at 100 - 900 Howe Street (corner of Howe and Smithe) on Wednesday January 30, at 7:30 am to 9 am.  No need to RSVP.

We are looking forward to meeting new members and catching up with VALL veterans - see you there!

Anne Rector, 1938-2012

It is with sadness that the Vancouver Association of Law Libraries notes the passing of Honoured Member Anne Rector.  Anne worked in the Barristers Library and Judge’s Library from 1975 to 2003, and was instrumental in forming VALL. She will be missed by many in the law library community.  Please find her memorial page via the Vancouver Sun, copied below:

RECTOR, Anne Isobel

November 11, 1938 - November 27, 2012

Anne died at Delta Hospital at the age of 74 after a long struggle with COPD. She was predeceased by her husband, Charlie Rector and by her sister, Eleanor Ross of Toronto. She is survived by her cousin, Sheila Moore and Sheila's son, Chris Moore of Victoria and by her cousin, Noreen McKenzie of Drumheller, Alberta. Anne enjoyed a successful career in the Judges' Library of the Vancouver Courthouse until her retirement. She and her husband Charlie were avid travelers in their beloved province of BC. Anne had a great love of mysteries and was well served by Cecilia at the Ladner Pioneer Library. Special thanks to loyal friends, Susan, Denise and Kathy. Very special thanks to Dr. Henderson and Dr. Balakumar and the staff at Delta Hospital for their kindness and care. There will be no service by request. Anne's ashes will be interred with her husband's at Boundary Bay Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Delta Funeral Home (604) 946-6040

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