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

VALL - December Seminar - Tips & Tricks from the Vancouver Law Library Community

The Vancouver Association of Law Libraries is pleased to present Tips & Tricks of the Trade with Teresa Gleave, Debbie Millward, and Kat Siddle for our December seminar on Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 at the Four Seasons, downtown Vancouver.

Teresa, Debbie and Kat will share some of their favourite websites, gadgets, research, tools, and library related “cool things” in this light-but-substantive program.

Please note the venue change, and that registration is due by Friday, December 7.  Click here for the registration form.

Latest issue of the VALL Review

The Fall 2012 issue of the VALL Review is now available.

This issue's feature article looks at making the business case for impementing a new library system, complemented by first-hand accounts from members who have recently gone through this process. It also includes the Annual Survey results, vendor updates, new member biographies, and more.

Please remember that you must be logged into the website in order to view the VALL Review.

VALL - October Seminar - The New Family Law Rules with John-Paul Boyd

The Vancouver Association of Law Libraries is pleased to present our first seminar of the season with guest speaker John-Paul Boyd on Tuesday, October 9th at the Shangri-La Hotel.

John-Paul will provide us with an overview of the new Family Law Act, the successor to the Family Relations Act. The new Act will reshape every aspect of the law on domestic relations in this province, from the care of children to the division of property and debt.

Our speaker practices family law with the firm Aaron, Gordon, Daykin and Nordlinger and is a litigator, arbitrator, mediator, and parenting coordinator.  In addition, John-Paul is the author of the BC Family Law Resource, a website, which includes his blog, for public legal education on family law. He also writes for The Stream, Courthouse Libraries BC Blog. He is a prolific writer and frequent speaker on family law topics and is a recipient of the CBA's National Pro Bono Service Award, the UBC Law Alumni Association's Outstanding Young Alumnus Award and the CBABC's Harry Rankin Q.C. Pro Bono Award.

The registration form is attached.

VALL is making Waves – Morning Coffee Get Together!

We all stop for our favourite morning beverage before going to work, so why not join your new and old friends at VALL’s first ever Morning Coffee Get Together? 

Meet and mingle over your Caramel Apple Cider, Espresso Con Panna or Rooibos Shaken Iced Tea (I’m not making these up!).  The Morning Coffee Get Together will be a great way to get to know fellow members in a relaxed and friendly setting. 

Ok, so VALL is not making waves but we are meeting at the Waves Coffee House at 100 – 900 Howe Street (corner of Howe and Smithe) on Wednesday, September 19 from 8 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!

VALL Executive 2012-2013

I am pleased to announce the incoming VALL Executive for 2012-2013:

Sarah Munro, President
Katherine Melville, Past President
Sarah Sutherland, Vice President
Tracy McLean, Membership
Helen Mok, Treasurer
Christina Tribe, Programs
Bronwyn M. Guiton, Programs
Joni Sherman, Programs
Carolyn Petrie, VALL Review
Gabriella Barsoum, VALL Review

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to be on the Executive. And, a big thank you to the outgoing members of the Executive: Wendy Holmes, Lynn Smith, Mica Donnelly and Marnie Bailey

UBC - Robson Square Library - To close at end of month; St. Paul's library - closure?; Alumni Cards - free

If you use the library services and computers at UBC-Robson Square, please be advised that they will be shuttered at the end of June 2012.

The bookstore will remain open. 

Can anyone confirm rumours of St.Paul's library closure due to lack of funding? There was a Town Hall meeting at UBC in late May to discuss implications of closure, however there has been no official statement as yet.

Alumni cards are now free until 2020, and offer all the same privileges as a Community Borrower card. You can use your alumni card to borrow up to 50 books from UBC, though it'll cost $5 to send them from the main campus to Robson Square Bookshop.  Note: "library privileges are for Alumni Association members' personal use only, and may not be transferred to other family members or used for business purposes."

VALL - June Seminar - Two Sides to Insurance Valuation - with Peter Roberts & Bill Semrau

The Vancouver Association of Law Libraries is pleased to announce our final seminar of the year, on Tuesday, June 26th at the Shangri-La Hotel.

Our two-person panel will speak on the current state of library valuation and how this relates to insuring our collections. Our speakers, Peter Roberts and Bill Semrau, have extensive experience in this area:  Roberts, of Thomson Reuters, has valuated libraries for many years; Semrau, a partner at Jones Brown Insurance Brokers & Consultants, has worked as an adjuster, and specializes in commercial applications. This seminar will introduce us to the topic and help us be confident, in the case of a disaster, that the library we get is the same as the library we had.

We will be serving a buffet lunch on the lovely terrace, and encourage you all to come socialize with your fellow VALL colleagues during this last get-together of the year.

The registration form is attached.

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