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 in attending meetings or conferences of library associations, such as the Canadian Association of Law Libraries, or other library-related workshops or 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: The total value of the bursary to be awarded per year is $1,500 or an amount set by the VALL Executive. There may be more than one successful applicant per year, receiving a portion of the award.

Eligibility:  VALL members of at least a year's standing are eligible to apply.  Members who have received the bursary previously are eligible to apply. Members of the current executive are eligible to apply. Student members are not eligible for the Peter Bark Bursary. Financial circumstances of applicant(s) will be considered. Preference will be given to applicants demonstrating financial need and those 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. However, all members of a year's standing or more are encouraged to apply.

Conditions: Recipients may be expected to attend particular sessions at the conference as VALL representatives.  Recipients may report back to the VALL membership at the June or subsequent meeting with an oral report on conference activities (this condition is not mandatory) and provide a written submission for the VALL Review.

Apply by letter.  Applications should include a brief description of the event and the reasons why you wish to attend (including conference responsibilities, if any). Attach a letter from your employer indicating extent of financial support from your firm/institution.

Please send applications by March 1, 2018 to:

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

2017 Recipients

The following VALL members received the Peter Bark Bursary for 2017:

Emily Nickerson, Research Librarian, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada

Sarah Sutherland,Manager of Content & Partnerships,CanLII             

Evelyn Taylor, Legal Research Librarian, Justice Canada