April Brown Bag Session – Hosting Library Practicum Students

Please join VALL for our upcoming Brown Bag session where we will discuss the topic of hosting library practicum students. Law libraries are often asked to host practicum students from Library Technician or MLIS programs. Whether your library regularly hosts practicum students or if your new to the process, come out and learn from the experience of other VALL members.

VALL Executive Member Bronwyn Guiton has agreed to start off the discussion by speaking about her article “Practical Approaches for Enhancing the Student Practicum in Law Libraries” which was featured in Volume 39 (3) of last year’s CALL/ACBD Canadian Law Library Review. 

Space is limited, so please RSVP quickly.  

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Place: Harper Grey LLP. 650 W Georgia St #3200, Vancouver
Cost: N/A (Please bring your own lunch).
Registration: Please RSVP to Emily.Klomps-Spanjers@mcmillan.ca.

CALL Webinar: Substantive Law Series on Real/Personal Property Law

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
1:00pm - 2:30pm EST 


This webinar, aimed at legal information professionals, will provide an overview of substantive first-year law school property law, including both real and personal property law.

There are two goals: (i) to give a sense of what students study and learn in their first year law school property law class, including explanations of substantive property law, and (ii) to provide practical tips on researching property law issues.

Questions / topics to be covered will include:

Deadline for early bird registration for CALL 2015 is April 3

Have you registered for CALL 2015? If not, then act fast! Make sure you register before Friday, April 3rd to take advantage of the early bird rate. That’s before Easter! Watch for the next e-blast to win tickets for the FRYE JAM.

Coming in on Friday or Saturday?  Participate in the Bay of Fundy Coastal Tour leaving at 1: 30 pm and coming back at 6:30 pm. Featured are visits to Hopewell Rocks, including a walk on the ocean floor as well as a visit to Cape Enrage. Details coming out soon on an e-blast!

Reposted from an email from Jeanne Maddix

SFU's Annual GovInfo Day scheduled for April 24

On behalf of Simon Fraser University Library, and the BCLA Information Policy Committee, I am pleased to invite you to the Annual GovInfo Day, on Friday, April 24th, at Simon Fraser University in downtown Vancouver (details below).

This event is free but registration is required. To register for this event, please send an email with your name and library affiliation to me  [cgraebne@sfu.ca] by April 17th, 2015. Please note seating is limited and reservations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

SCC announces more case information on its website

OTTAWA – The Office of the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada has posted on its website a revised Policy for Access to Supreme Court of Canada Court Records.  The revisions to the Policy reflect the changes in the Court’s practice since 2009 when the Policy first came into effect. 

With the implementation of the revised Policy, the Court will provide more case information on its website. In addition to the hearing schedules, docket information, party information, case summaries, webcasts of appeal hearings and factums on appeal, the Court will begin to post memorandums of argument on applications for leave to appeal after they are granted. 

The revised Policy for Access to Supreme Court of Canada Records introduces a Registered Access process for frequent users.  A new Request for Registered Access to Court Records and additional information can be found on the Court's Website.


Legislative Library of British Columbia
Full Time Regular Position

The British Columbia Legislative Library invites applications for the position of Library Technician. Reporting to the Manager, Technical Services and Systems, this position will provide classification and cataloguing for all types of materials, with a focus on government documents. The position will analyze and design processes for the acquisition and cataloguing of print and digital material; create and modify webpages and databases; work with other staff to create digital services that improve access to the Library’s collection and supervise Technical Services Assistants. The position may include some additional systems and reference work under the supervision of a Librarian.

Qualifications: You have completed a Library Technician Diploma OR have a minimum of 5 years’ equivalent experience. You are familiar with web design, cataloguing standards and have sound working knowledge of standard library organization and procedures. Preferences include some experience in a library environment, supervisory experience, strong customer service skills and ability to pay attention to detail.  

Are you attending the 2015 CALL Conference in Moncton?

Volunteers are needed for short (and fun!) shifts staffing the CALL Vancouver 2016 booth in Moncton. If you are attending the conference and would be interested in volunteering, please contact Susannah Tredwell (stredwell@davis.ca) or Katherine Melville (kmelville@farris.com) directly.

Job posting - Learning and Research Librarian, Law, University of Victoria Libraries


Regular, Full Time Librarian Appointment 


The Learning and Research Librarian, Law is a member of University of Victoria Libraries and is located in the law library. The position is responsible for learning and research assistance and liaison services for the students and faculty of the Faculty of Law, and other patrons of the law library. Responsibilities include selection and evaluation of print and electronic resources for the law library collection; in-class instruction on legal research methods; and, may also include instruction of credit courses for the Faculty of Law, particularly in legal research and writing. The Learning and Research Librarian, Law reports to the Associate University Librarian, Law and works collaboratively with other librarians in the law library and University of Victoria Libraries and with the Senior Supervisor, Law Library. For the full job description see: http://www.uvic.ca/library/about/work/index.php  


March Seminar - Substantive law seminar on the topic of Aboriginal law

Please join VALL for our March seminar where guest speakers Tina Dion & Rosalind Campbell will be doing a substantive law seminar on the topic of Aboriginal law. This seminar will cover recent changes in aboriginal law with a focus on resources development, treaties, consultation, and accommodation.

Tina Dion is a sole practitioner in the areas of Aboriginal, environmental and administrative law, and civil litigation. In addition to assisting the Tsawwassen Government with merging into the Provincial Court system and establishing its Judicial Council, she has taught the First Nations Self-Government course as an adjunct professor at the UBC Faculty of Law since 2002.

Rosalind Campbell joined McDonald & Duncan in 2011. Her experience prior to law practice includes many years as a legal assistant and administering the Property Taxation Department for the Musqueam First Nation. Her experience with First Nations includes governance, economic development and property taxation. She is Coast Salish and an active member of the Musqueam First Nation.

Job posting - Library & Records Coordinator, Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd. (Vancouver)

- Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd.

Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd. (KCB) requires a Library & Records Coordinator to lead the library and records activities in the Vancouver office, in collaboration with the Librarian in our Calgary office. In this role, you will manage our collection of over 15,000 physical items in the core subject areas of Civil and Geotechnical Engineering, including KCB’s online subscriptions.

Reporting to the VP, Technical, the successful candidate will perform administrative and professional librarian and information services in a technical corporate library, and is involved in all aspects of library maintenance, including directing users in the most cost-effective, timely methods for retrieving information.

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