December Social - Guest speaker - D. Michael Bain - "The Advocate - From Digits to Digital."


The Vancouver Association of Law Libraries is pleased to announce our December Social, December 6 at the Shangri-La Hotel. 


Our guest speaker is Michael Bain, Assistant Editor of the Advocate, the Vancouver Bar Association magazine.   Bain will regale us with tales of the current effort to bring the Advocate into the digital age and other legal adventures.  This will be an extremely entertaining and lively get together, and a great chance to catch up with friends and colleagues to celebrate the season.


Hope to see you there!  


Report on Carswell's "Contents Only" Policy

Please note that a Report on Carswell's "Contents Only" policy has been published to the CALL website. This is the result of a joint effort between the TALL Publisher Liaison Committee and the CALL Vendor Liaison Committee. Please find this report on the Committee and Group Publications page - Vendors page.

October Seminar - Topic of Law - Defamation

The Vancouver Association of Law Libraries is pleased to present Bryan Baynham, Q.C. and Daniel Reid in a presentation on the topic of Defamation. Their knowledge and expertise on this topic of law will be most welcome. This is a timely topic in the aftermath of the Vancouver Riots (and blogger lynch mob) and other high profile defamation cases in the news lately. Since many of our lawyer and librarian colleagues have blogs and twitter accounts, addressing the issue of defamation & social media will also be covered.

Calendar of Events 2016/2017

VALL Upcoming Events

  • No events currently scheduled.

(A list of seminars from previous years can be found here.)

Selected Upcoming Conferences

  • CALL: May 7-10, 2017 in Ottawa, ON
  • BIALL: June 8-10, 2017 in Manchester, England
  • SLA: June 18-20, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ
  • AALL: July 15-18, 2017 in Austin, TX

Latest Issue of the VALL Review

The Summer 2011 issue of the VALL Review is now available. Highlights include a book review of Bite-Sized Marketing, a summary of the CALL conference, a feature article on library management and photos from our June Seminar & Social.

June ebook Seminar and Social

The Vancouver Association of Law Libraries is excited to present the June ebook Seminar and Social! Ebook expert Tami Setala, Assistant Manager of Collections & Electronic Resources at VPL, will discuss ebooks in libraries and bring in some e-readers for us to view and play with. If you have an e-reader of your own, please feel free to bring it to show your VALL colleagues! Please join us as we learn more about this increasingly ubiquitous technology at our Summer Social. Note that the yearly roundtable questionnaire will also be distributed at this time.

Hope to see you there!

Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Time: Registration - 11:45    Lunch - 12:00 noon

Place: Shangri-La Hotel, 1128 W. Georgia Street, Conference Floor

Cost: $45.00

Please click here for the registration form.

Please register and pay by Wednesday, June 8, 2011. Registration is not permitted at the door. No refunds are available after this date.

Latest Issue of the VALL Review

The Spring 2011 issue of the VALL Review is now available. Features include articles by Susan Van Dyke and Connie Crosby on the merits of social media, updates from Courthouse Libraries BC and UBC Law Library, and a summary of the VALL/BCLMA training workshop.

Effective Training: An Interactive Workshop with Reva Kalef

Mark your calendars for the VALL/BCLMA KM JOINT SEMINAR on
Wednesday, March 16, 2011!

This highly interactive training workshop is designed to help you build a collaborative learning environment with lawyers and staff in your firm.
Whether you want to improve training strategies, enhance library services, or gain support for implementing a knowledge management solution, developing excellent skills as a trainer is one of the best ways to engage your audience, and build value in your organization.

Reva Kalef has been a successful training consultant for over 27 years. Her workshop objectives include three essential components.

Workshop Objectives

By the end of this workshop, you should be able to:

  1. Explain special considerations when working with adult learners;
  2. Describe the characteristics of a motivating instructor;
  3. Explain key ideas for effective session planning.

About Reva Kalef

Reva has worked in the field of adult education as an instructor, instructional designer and consultant since 1984. Her practice focuses in two major areas: trainer development workshops (The Trainer's Workshop Series) and learning-related Consultation Services.

VALL website policy

All members of the Vancouver Association of Law Libraries (VALL) are welcome to post material to the VALL website. Material that would be of interest to the VALL membership (such as job postings or conference announcements) may also be posted by a VALL Member on behalf of a non-VALL member.

The website is a VALL-sponsored communication tool for VALL members, published to the open web and available for viewing by all visitors to the website.

Members posting to the VALL website are expected to cite sources, check facts, and acknowledge and correct errors in their posts. Professionalism, courtesy and relevance to VALL are expected; spam, personal attacks, and off-topic comments are not permitted.

VALL makes no representations as to the accuracy or validity of information on the website. Statements and opinions expressed by members posting to the website are theirs alone. Links to websites operated by third parties from the website are provided for information and convenience only. VALL assumes no responsibility and will not be held liable for the statements and opinions published on the website, either directly or via third party websites.

VALL reserves the right to delete or edit any posting to the website.

Social Media Series, Part 1: Susan Van Dyke on Social Media in the Legal Industry

The Vancouver Association of Law Libraries is pleased to announce that it will be holding a two-part Social Media Series to start off the New Year! In this first part, Vancouver legal marketing and communication consultant Susan Van Dyke will discuss the impact and uses of social media in law firms and law libraries. To keep up with this constantly evolving landscape, Susan will advise us of tips and trends for the future, and will take questions from the floor.

Susan Van Dyke's website and blog can be viewed at:


A special Americana Buffet Lunch will be served at this event:

Americana Buffet Lunch
Roast Tomato Soup, Fresh Basil & Charred Onions
Cobb Salad, Egg, Avocado, Cherry Tomato, Blue Cheese, Bacon & Buttermilk Dressing 
Potato Wedges, Sour Cream, & Chives
Three Cheese Macaroni, Cheddar, Fontina, Gruyere & Rosemary Crumbs
Slow Roasted Baby Back Ribs, Apple-Jalapeño Purée & Green Apple Slaw 
Apple Crumble Pie, Caramel & Whipped Cream  
JJ Bean Organic & Decaffeinated Coffee
Assorted Artisan Teas 


Looking forward to seeing you there!

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