Library Materials for Natural Resources Law - An Informal Lunchtime Discussion

You are invited to join a discussion about the best library materials that support lawyers in natural resources practice (i.e. forestry, mining, LNG, etc.). Please come to share your own favourite library materials and learn about your colleagues' favourites too. This will be a free flowing discussion guided by the areas of expertise represented in the room.

When: Tuesday, August 19th. Noon - 1 PM. 

Where: Lawson Lundell LLP boardroom, 925 West Georgia Street, 16th floor

What: Bring your own lunch and be ready to discuss your own favourite library materials for natural resources law and learn about some new and different sources.

RSVP: Please email Bronwyn Guiton at to save yourself a spot. The boardroom being used has a capacity limit so RSVPs are required.

For those interested, this sort of informal lunchtime discussion is not replacing VALL's other educational programming. It is being organized as an additional counterpoint to our more expensive lunchtime seminars where we have a guest lecturer.

SLA-CWCN project management workshop in Vancouver - September 10th

Join SLA's Western Canada Chapter for a half-day project management workshop in Vancouver with Jim Brosseau of Clarrus Consulting.


At the 2014 Annual Conference, SLA President Kate Arnold identified project management skills as a key competency for information professionals.


Program published for 2014 WestPac Conference, in Seattle, October 9-11, 2014

The Western Pacific Chapter of AALL has extended an invitation to VALL members to attend their annual meeting in Seattle this year at the member rate. You can read more about registration in my post from yesterday here.

For those of you considering attending, the for 2014 WestPac Conference, will be in Seattle from October 9-11, 2014, and the program has been published here.

Registration open for 2014 WestPac Conference, in Seattle, October 9-11, 2014

Alana Carson of the Western Pacific Chapter of AALL has invited VALL members to join them for their annual meeting in Seattle, running October 9-11, 2104. VALL members can register at the WestPac member rate.

Here is the announcement: 

Gallagher Law Library - UW School of Law in Seattle hosts our 2014 WestPac Conference

Please Register

Alana Carson from Local Arrangements wants everyone to know that you can now register early to receive the Conference Early Bird rate. Registering early also helps Local Arrangements plan for meals and events.

Be sure to book your hotel early as well. There are a limited amount of rooms available at the contracted rate. Please visit the Conference Website for information on registration, the hotel, events, and transportation options.

You will receive information on the Education Program soon, as the program is added to the webpage.

Our conference takes place from Oct. 9-11, including an amazing reception on opening night. Looking forward to seeing familiar and new faces this year!

Research position at McCarthy Tetrault, Toronto

McCarthy Tétrault LLP is recruiting an enthusiastic, service-oriented Researcher based in our Toronto office.  Reporting to the Manager, Research and Information Services, this position is part of a multi-office Library team with responsibility for providing research support and comprehensive information services to firm lawyers, articling students, and internal departments.

Selected as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for the second consecutive year, McCarthy Tétrault is a top tier, innovative national law firm that offers a wealth of challenging and rewarding career opportunities. Be part of a dynamic organization whose clients are Canada's most influential businesses and institutions, and experience:

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Job Posting - Research Specialist - Dentons Canada LLP Vancouver Office


Research Specialist
Vancouver Office


Dentons is a global firm driven to provide a competitive edge in an increasingly complex and interconnected marketplace. It was formed in March 2013 by the combination of international law firm Salans LLP, Canadian law firm Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (FMC) and international law firm SNR Denton. Dentons is built on the solid foundations of these three highly valued law firms. Each built an outstanding reputation and valued clientele by responding to the local, regional and national needs of a broad spectrum of clients of all sizes – individuals; entrepreneurs; small businesses and start-ups; local, regional and national governments and government agencies; and mid-sized and larger private and public corporations, including international and global entities.

Google Scholar for legal research

Good morning,

I found this article interesting, posted by Pinhawk today: Reduce Legal Research Costs with Google Scholar. Nothing to drop WestLaw or QuickLaw over, but this piece can serve as a useful reminder to keep this tool in the research arsenal.

VALL/SLA WCC Summer Get-Together

SLA WCC is holding a casual summer get-together on Wednesday, July 9th from 5-7pm. They have invited VALL to join them in this social.
The location is Truffles Café at VanDusen Botanical Garden (5251Oak Street, at 37th Avenue). Beverages and snacks will not be sponsored and you can peruse the menu in advance here:
The gardens are open until 9pm throughout the summer, so consider staying on for a stroll.
Admission to the garden is $10.75 for adults. Admission to the garden is not required if you’re only joining us for refreshments. See the VanDusen website for complete details
Interested? Please RSVP to by July 7th.

Vivian Schmidt memorial

VALL colleagues - I received this notice and thought I would share it here, in case any of you knew Vivian Schmidt.

Dear All,

It's with deep sadness that I share, a valued colleague, librarian, friend and SLAIS graduate, Vivian Schmidt, passed away June 21st. Vivian worked for many local libraries, public & special and was recognized for her expertise in the area of legal librarianship, Please join us in remembering Vivian Sat. July 5th, details, provided by the CUPE 391, follow

Vivian Schmidt's memorial service will be at the Hamilton Harron Funeral Home 5390 Fraser St., Vancouver on Saturday July 5th, at 2:00pm.

If you click on the Hamilton Harron link above you will go to the website where you will also note on the right hand side of the homepage, an Obituaries & Services Box with a link to Vivian Lee Austin Schmidt. The link leads to a guest book where you can submit an entry.

A reception will follow the memorial. See attached image which will be distributed to all work units.

Please RSVP your attendance to

Thank you

Gerard Batty

President, CUPE 391

Vancouver, Gibsons & Sechelt Public Library Workers

Client Services Librarian (5 days per week, 6 month contract)

Client Services Librarian (5 days per week, 6 month contract)

Organization: Courthouse Libraries BC

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Location: Vancouver, BC

Courthouse Libraries BC connects the legal community and the public in British Columbia with legal information and tools. We are looking for a librarian with a customer service focus to provide information services for clients of the library. The position is part of our team that serves clients in our Vancouver library and supports clients across the province via phone, email and chat service.

We offer a dynamic and supportive workplace, where we value diversity and work-life balance. This is a five day per week position for 6 months, starting on August 1, 2014 (or sooner).

What You’ll Be Doing

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