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.
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.Â 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.
We all stop for our favourite morning beverage before going to work, so why not join your new and old friends at VALLâ€™s first ever Morning Coffee Get Together?Â
Meet and mingle over your Caramel Apple Cider, Espresso Con Panna or Rooibos Shaken Iced Tea (Iâ€™m not making these up!).Â The Morning Coffee Get Together will be a great way to get to know fellow members in a relaxedÂ and friendly setting.Â
Ok, so VALL is not making waves but we are meeting at the Waves Coffee House at 100 â€“ 900 Howe Street (corner of Howe and Smithe) on Wednesday, September 19 from 8 am to 9 am.Â Â No need to RSVP.Â
We are looking forward to meeting new members and catching up with VALL veterans - see you there!
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 - freeSubmitted by Christina Tribe on June 13, 2012 - 11:51am.
If you use the library services and computers at UBC-Robson Square, please be advised that they will beÂ shuttered at the end of June 2012.
The bookstore will remain open.Â
CanÂ anyoneÂ confirm rumoursÂ of St.Paul's library closure due to lack of funding?Â There was a Town Hall meeting at UBC inÂ late May to discuss implications of closure, however thereÂ has beenÂ no official statement as yet.
Alumni cards are now free until 2020,Â and offer all the same privileges as aÂ Community Borrower card.Â You can use your alumni card to borrow up to 50 books from UBC, though it'll cost $5 to send them from theÂ main campusÂ to Robson Square Bookshop.Â 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."
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.Â Our speakers, Peter Roberts and Bill Semrau, have extensive experience in this area:Â 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 usÂ be confident, in the case of a disaster, that the library we getÂ 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.
The Vancouver Association of Law Libraries is pleased to announce our next seminar, Tuesday April 17, at the Shangri-La Hotel, with Johanne Blenkin, Executive Director of Courthouse Libraries BC.
Ms. Blenkin will be speaking about recent changes in the Librariesâ€™ service model, resources and tools available to the public, and how Courthouse Libraries BC is assisting the public with their legal challenges in this new age of legal research.
We will be serving a buffet lunch with sandwiches and salads.Â Click here for the registration form.
Ted Tjaden's article "Legal Project Management for Law Librarians - Are You On Board?" was based on his session at the CALL conference last year, and is also available via SLAW and Tjaden's website.
The first paragraph of the Spectrum article reads:
Although project management has been used in most industries for some time now, only recently has it come to the forefront in the legal community, driven primarily by a desire for lawyers to meet client demand for better value and legal fee certainty.
There's still time to register for the VALL-BCLMA Joint Workshop - Project Management with Jim Brosseau.Â
He will offer an interactive session that will explore the key elements of project management, and will help us to understand that while it may take training and experience to master all of the nuances, the core elements of project management are easily within our grasp.
Since we are fast approaching this event, email/phone RSVP is encouraged. We can takeÂ payment at the event, as long as we know you are coming.
To register by fax, send form to: 604-669-9385
ToÂ register by email, please PDF form to: ctribe <at> harpergrey <dot> com
To register by phone, please call Christina Tribe at 604-687-0411
For more information on the seminar, click here to see the previous post:
For the registration form, click here
Hope to see you there!
We will be serving a Continental breakfast.
Date: Thursday March 29, 2012
Time: Registration & Breakfast Â -Â 7:30Â Â Â
Workshop - 8:00 - Noon
Place:Â Regency Hyatt Vancouver,Â 655 Burrard St., Conference Floor
The role of Project Manager is often placed on a pedestal surrounded by certifications and a decreed â€˜ownershipâ€™ of major initiatives, but in reality we are all involved in projects, every day. Join us for an engaging workshop on project management with Jim Brosseau, President of Clarrus Consulting. Jim has worked for 30+ years in the high technology sector in a variety of roles, including team leader, project manager, and director, and has personally worked with more than 100 organizations over the past 10 years with a goal of improving team effectiveness.
This interactive session explores the key elements of project management, and will help us to understand that while it may take training and experience to master all of the nuances, the core elements of project management are easily within our grasp. With this knowledge, we can look at everything on our plate in a different way, become more focused in our efforts, and reap many of the benefits of project management without the challenge of certification.
Hope to see you there!