Job Posting: Chief Executive Officer, Courthouse Libraries BC

Essence of the Opportunity

Courthouse Libraries BC (CLBC) is an innovative and progressive non-profit, knowledge management organization with facilities within courthouses throughout the province. CLBC serves as a hub and a connector for the judiciary, legal profession and community partners involved in access to justice. Funded by The BC Law Society, The Law Foundation of BC and the Attorney General, CLBC has a mandate to deliver services that support lawyers in the practice of law and the public’s understanding of the legal system. Enhancing justice through access to information is the ultimate goal. Over the years, CLBC has grown from a bricks and mortar book repository to a multi-channel, technology savvy resource that collects, curates and supports the development of legal information and makes it available when and where it is needed.

CALL Webinar: Uncovering the UN Documentation System

Thursday, November 17, 2016
10:00 - 11:30am 


This session will provide an overview of UN documentation. Participants will learn about the main UN organs and the different types of documents they produce; learn about document symbols and how they are structured. The different databases, tools, and publications useful to UN research will be highlighted.


Susan Goard has worked at the Dag Hammarskjold Library at the United Nations headquarters in New York since 2013 where she is the law librarian and training coordinator. Prior to working at the DHL, she worked at the library of the Supreme Court of Canada, and library of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (now Global Affairs Canada).

Webinar Costs:

CALL/ACBD Member: $40 + HST = $45.20 
Non-member: $60 + HST = $67.80
Student Rate: $25 + HST = $28.25

To Register, CLICK HERE 

Thursday December 1 Seminar - Please join VALL for our December Seminar - Access to Justice: How law librarians can give back



Please join VALL for our December seminar, “Access to Justice: How law librarians can give back” with guest speaker Dom Bautista. Dom will cover how law librarians can use their expertise to help self-represented litigants as a part of Amici Curiae. For more information about our speaker, please visit Dom's Twitter page @LCCDomBautista.

We're surveying BC lawyers

Hi all.

CLBC is adapting services, collection resources, products and overall methods to meet the evolving needs of lawyers throughout BC. To that end, we're running a survey of BC lawyers and hope you can help us get the word out to your lawyers by sending on the information below.

To all BC Lawyers: We’ll listen to your ideas, comments or gripes about practice needs, the changes sweeping the profession or Courthouse Libraries BC's services. A few minutes with this survey will help us shape the Courthouse Libraries BC of tomorrow and identify new products, services and approaches to address your needs.

Information you share will be anonymous, and we will report out on the big picture findings of the survey after it closes (November 25, 2016). Those who complete the survey will be given the chance to enter a draw for one of five $100 gift cards to Chapters/Indigo.

Be part of the conversation. Please take our survey today.

For more information, you can read a message from our CEO, Johanne Blenkin.

Thank you.

You're Invited: SLA WCC's Year End Event in Vancouver!

Vancouver-area law librarians interested in meeting up with their SLA colleagues and learning about data-driving storytelling are invited to join SLA WCC on November 22nd for our year end event.

Whether you’re making the case for expanded resources or demonstrating the value of your work, data-driven storytelling is a key tool in the arsenal of the modern information professional.

Our keynote speaker is renowned technologist Alexandra Samuel. As a member of the Wall Street Journal’s experts panel and author of Work Smarter with Social Media (Harvard Business Review Press), Alexandra is uniquely positioned to help information professionals leverage the data around them. Find her sharing thoughts on this topic and more on Twitter @awsamuel.

Where: BCIT Downtown Vancouver, The Atrium (room 825), 555 Seymour Street, Vancouver

When: Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Program: Check-in, catered snacks, cash bar, and networking from 6 PM. Keynote address from 6:30 PM.

Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets and your name will be added to the guest list at the door. Should you wish to sponsor a ticket for a student, you may purchase that option along with (or instead of) a ticket for yourself and event organizers will contact you with further details.

All are welcome!

Our thanks to Andornot Consulting for sponsoring this event.

CALL Webinar: Navigating the Mentoring Relationship

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
10:00am - 11:30am  


Whether you’re new to mentoring or just looking to brush up your style, our expert panel of mentors and mentees will help you ensure that you have the skills to approach a mentoring relationship with confidence. Learn how to set expectations, give and receive constructive feedback, and build your professional network. After exploring the mentoring relationship from a variety of perspectives, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. This webinar is free to CALL Student Members and CALL Unwaged Members.


Tanya Davis

Tanya Davis has been the Provincial Law Librarian at the Law Society of New Brunswick Library since September 2006. She received her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2011 and is a member of Beta Phi Mu - International Library and Information Studies Honor Society. She has been a member of CALL/ACBD since 2003 and was the 2009 recipient of the CALL Education Reserve Fund Grant. Tanya was Co-Chair of the Program Committee of the CALL/ACBD 2015 Conference held in Moncton, NB and has been a member of the Membership Development Committee since 2010. She is a member of the Atlantic Provinces Library Association (APLA), the Association of Professional Librarians of New Brunswick (APLNB) and has contributed to the APLNB quarterly publication.

Steve Carroll

Job Posting: Legal Researcher, McCarthy Tétrault (Calgary)

Legal Researcher

McCarthy Tétrault is Canada’s leading full-service law firm. We provide creative and intelligent legal services to some of the most influential businesses and institutions nationally and globally, throughout our offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montréal, Québec City and London, U.K.

We offer challenging and rewarding career opportunities and are delighted to have been selected as one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers 2016, and for the fourth consecutive year as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers 2016.

We have a current opportunity for an enthusiastic, service-oriented Legal Researcher. This is a permanent,full-time opportunity in Calgary.

Reporting to the Manager, Research and Information Services, this position is part of a national team with responsibility for providing research support and comprehensive information services to firm lawyers, articling students, and internal departments.

Job Posting: Library & Research Administrator (Bermuda)

From ZSA Legal Recruitment

Job description

Our client, a reputable mid-sized Bermuda law firm that provides business support services, is seeking a Library & Research Administrator to join their well respected team. The firm offers an excellent compensation package and a dynamic and rewarding working environment. Bermuda boasts the largest per capita number of lawyers, in the world who operate Bermuda’s international insurance, reinsurance, and financial empires. In this role, you will provide high quality information and research support services.

Duties will include: providing legal and business research; supporting staff with information sources; monitoring and updating legislation and regulatory developments; creating and maintaining physical and online reference resources; library management; processing and circulating materials; creating training manuals and mentoring staff as needed; and assisting with special projects.

Announcements for Laprise and Silverstein prizes (Thomson Reuters)

Announcement from the Canadian Association of Law Libraries:

On behalf of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL), and as announced at the 2016 annual conference in Vancouver, Thomson Reuters is funding two new prizes launched in memory of members the Association lost in 2015. The prizes remember the significant contributions of Gisèle Laprise and Michael Silverstein. The Gisele Laprise Prize will recognize an outstanding contribution to the understanding of civil and common law systems in Canada and the Michael Silverstein Prize will recognize an outstanding contribution to the understanding of primary law and legal taxonomy.

Applications/nominations for both of these awards will open in early December 2016 and close in February 2017. Further information about the prizes is available on CALL's Scholarships and Awards website. Please remember to include examples of the nominee’s writings for consideration by the panel. The winners will be announced at the annual CALL conference in Ottawa (May 2017).

Can law librarians have a role in increasing access to justice?

Post by Dom Bautista, Executive Director of the Law Courts Center 

Can law librarians have a role in increasing access to justice?

Yes they can!

Amici Curiae can certainly use  the expertise of librarians, starting with completing the legal basis section of the Notice of Civil Claim (Form 1) and Notice of Family Claim (Form F1) for self-represented litigants.

Amici Curiae clinics, which is now in its 5th year of operation, provide assistance to self-represented litigants by drafting their court forms. Amici Curiae volunteers are comprised mostly of paralegals and legal assistants. Their work is supervised by duty counsel. No legal advice is given in its clinics.

Amici Curiae operates 6 clinics (details:

  • BC Court of Appeal;
  • Supreme Court of BC;
  • BC Human Rights Tribunal;
  • Temporary Foreign Workers Uncontested Divorce Application;
  • Battered Women’s Support Services; and
  • Atira Women’s Resource Society at the (Downtown Eastside).

Amici Curiae recently welcomed firm accountants into the fold to help self-represented litigants, notably women and transgender women, prepare their F8 Financial Statement affidavits.

Can law librarians have a role in increasing access to justice?

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