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:

June Seminar & Social! Plus photos...

Summer is here! Take a break from your busy day and join us for our Summer Social Event and roundtable discussion on Thursday, June 24th!

This is an opportunity for VALL members to get together, share stories and summer plans, and enjoy a fantastic BBQ lunch!  We will be introducing next year's Executive, announcing the new Lifetime Members and catching up with many of our Honoured Members! A photographer will be available to take individual and group photos as well, so if you have been thinking about updating your VALL profile with your picture or if you'd just like a shot with your friends and colleagues, this the time to do it. 

Reminder: Applications for Peter Bark Bursary deadline March 1, 2010

Peter Bark Bursary

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. The fund is sustained by donations from individuals, law book publishers and grants from VALL.

For more information about Peter Bark, please read his obituary, published in the Advocate, (1991) 49: 155-16. Thank you to the Advocate magazine for permission to post this article.

Guidelines for applicants

Value:  Bursaries up to a maximum of $1,500 per successful applicant may be awarded per year. 

Eligibility: Applicants will have been members of VALL for a minimum of one year. Members of the current executive are eligible to apply.

Financial circumstances of applicant(s) will be considered.

Preference will be given to applicants attending a professional conference for the first time or who have conference responsibilities or who are active in VALL or in the law library community.

The Business of Law – Views from the Law Firm Administrator’s Chair

Mark your calendars for the VALL/BCLMA KM JOINT SEMINAR on Tues. Jan. 26, 2010! 


This seminar provides an understanding of the business of law from the Administrator’s perspective.  It develops your capacity to think and act strategically in your library by focusing on the business models and latest trends and practices in law firm Administration and challenges facing Administrators in today’s economy.  The goal is to enable both new and experienced law library professionals to develop a working knowledge of the following areas and to be comfortable discussing financial and administrative decisions:

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