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!

Legislative Research: A VALL Report

Earlier this year the B.C. Courthouse Library announced that it would no longer be publishing two publications, the British Columbia Legislative Digest (“BCLD”) and the Canada Legislative Index (“CLI”). The last updates for each are current to June 30th, 2010, respectively. Both publications were important tools for legislative research. They tracked pending bills, bills that died on the order paper, and sections of acts to be proclaimed. The issues published up to cancellation will continue to be essential tools for archival research.

What has been lost with the cancellation of the BCLD and the CLI? If other publishers were to take on the task of replacing the BCLD and CLI, what would be the essential, important, and useful elements in replacement products?

December Social with Vancouver Journalist Daphne Bramham

The Vancouver Association of Law Libraries is excited to announce that the December Social will feature respected journalist Daphne Bramham.  She is a columnist for the Vancouver Sun as well as the author the “The Secret Life of Saints: Child Brides and Lost Boys in a Polygamous Mormon Sect."   Please join us as we listen to her experiences writing about Bountiful and other important legal and hot topics that are emerging into public debate.  Afterwards, she will happily field your questions.

Daphne Bramham's blog "THINK TANK: Polygamy, pornography, human trafficking, immigration, civic hijinks, and other issues that ought to be publicly debated" can be viewed at:


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

Peter Bark Professional Development Bursary

As the VALL membership heads into the busy fall season, just a quick note to mark your calendars with the Peter Bark Bursary application deadline — March 1, 2010. 

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 demonstrating financial need in attending meetings of the Canadian Association of Law Librarians or other law library associations, continuing education workshops or other professional development.

For additional guidelines and information, please see:

Please apply by letter and include the reasons why you wish to attend the meeting or professional development opportunity, and your conference responsibilities, if any.

Please attach a letter from your employer indicating extent of financial support from your firm/institution.

Please send applications by March 1, 2010 to:

Vancouver Association of Law Libraries
RE: Peter Bark Professional Development Bursary
P.O. Box 48663, Bentall Centre
Vancouver, B.C. V7X 1A1


VALL Publishers’ Forum

The Vancouver Association of Law Libraries is pleased to announce that it will be holding a Publishers' Forum as the very first Seminar of the 2010/2011 Season!  Please join us as we sit down with our legal publishers to discuss what’s new and what’s expected in the coming year. Representatives from the major Canadian vendors as well as local BC vendors will be present to provide an overview of research products, services, and work solutions. Afterwards, we’ll open up the floor to the audience for questions.

Speakers will include representatives from: 

  • Canada Law Book
  • Carswell
  • CCH
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Helaine Distributors
  • LexisNexis

Please note that a special plated lunch will be served at this meeting. Hope to see you there!


Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2010

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

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

Cost: $45.00


Marjorie Lucille Keddy, 1926 - 2010

Marjorie Keddy, longtime VALL member, passed away last Thursday, August 12th.  Marjorie began working at the Vancouver Courthouse Library, as it then was, in 1954.  In 1969 the BC Law Society Benchers appointed her assistant Chief Librarian, in recognition of her many years of hard work and dedication.  She moved on to Ladner Downs (now Borden Ladner Gervais) where she spent seven years before leaving to do freelance work.  She retired in 1991 and became VALL's first Honoured Member that same year.  At the time  Diana Inselberg wrote a lovely tribute to Majorie which appeared in the December 1991 issue of the VALL Review.

VALL and the British Columbia law library community have lost a true pioneer in law librarianship.  Our thoughts are with her family and friends.

Thank you to Anne Beresford for notifying VALL of Marjorie's death.  A tribute to Marjorie will appear in the Fall 2010 VALL Review.  Her obituary can be found here.

UBC SLAIS 50th Anniversary Distinguished Alumni nominations

Do you know a SLAIS alumnus with exceptional accomplishments that has been an inspirational role model in the library and information or archival field? This is your opportunity to help recognize them! 

The UBC School of Library, Archival and Information Studies Alumni Executive Committee calls for Distinguished Alumni nominations. Distinguished Alumni will be recognized at the SLAIS 50th Anniversary celebrations April 29th – 30th, 2011.

The nomination criteria and nomination form are attached.

Nomination forms are due November 1st, 2010. Please e-mail to

Please contact Christine Gergich (SLAIS Alumni Executive Committee member) at if you have any questions.

Thank you,
SLAIS Alumni Executive Committee

Ps. The 40th SLAIS Anniversary Distinguished Alumni were:

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