Federal Open Government Initiative - Have Librarians Been at the Table?

The following is the text of an email from Annette Demers, the President of CALL/ACBD:


Dear Colleagues,

I was wondering to what extent librarians have been involved in the consultations currently underway regarding Phase 2 of the Open Government Initiative?

I see that there are open consultation meetings taking place over the next couple of months across Canada - perhaps librarians should plan to attend!!   Please forward widely!

CALL/ACBD 2015 Conference Call for Proposals

TURNING THE TIDE / RENVERSER LA MARÉE is the theme for the CALL/ACBD 2015 conference.

The extended economic downturn has had wide-ranging effects on law libraries and the practice of law librarianship. We will explore ways in which libraries are confronting the new economic realities and are successfully turning the tide. We will examine ways in which we can improve all our various environments, from the micro work-office level to the macro industry level. In keeping with our theme, we also plan to make environmental law the focus of our substantive law sessions. We will see how law and law libraries can be transformative in nature and will look to the future to develop solutions ahead of the waves.

Let's meet and surf the opportunities by TURNING THE TIDE at the CALL/ACBD 2015 Conference!

BCLA mentorship program applications open

The British Columbia Library Association mentorship program for this year has opened for applications.

In previous years there have been particular requests from mentee applicants for mentors in law libraries, so if anyone is interested, it seems that there is desire for some insight on working a law libraries.

New Canadian legal information tool

Last week Mitch Kowalski wrote about a new video service in law called LegalTube.ca from LawyerLocate.ca.

As Canadians move deeper into an era of video information and self-help, so does the legal community — well, at least part of the legal  community.

LawyerLocate.ca, Canada’s leading lawyer referral service, has now launched LegalTube.ca – this country’s only legal video distribution site, allowing every day Canadians to easily access video information on a wide range of legal topics. It also allows LawyerLocate.ca  lawyer members to expand their online presence. (read the full article here)

It seems like it may have interesting possibilities for those seeking accessible legal information and as a tool for marketting by lawyers (or at least photogenic ones).

Pacer announces missing federal court documents

For those of you who do US legal research on a regular basis: Pacer has announced that there are a large number of missing documents from the US Federal Courts on their system.

According to journalist John Hawkinson this is because of a  "system integration issue — didn't prioritize backwards compatibility."

Here is the text of the announcement (and here's the original announcement page):

'As of August 10, 2014 the following information will no longer be available on PACER: 

Announcement of service reductions at the Courthouse Libraries BC

Service reductions have recently been announced at Courthouse Libraries BC, due to budget cuts.

Here is the blog post discussing the changes for those who haven't seen it already.

September Seminar - Research on Businesses and their Markets

Please join VALL for its September seminar on Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at the Shangri-La Hotel.

Guest speaker Alyssa Green, of VPL's InfoAction, will be discussing research on businesses and their markets. Taking an in depth approach to the topic, Alyssa will cover (among others): finding company information and industry level and stock information. Alyssa will also live demo some useful sources.

Date: Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Time: Registration @ 11:45, lunch @ 12 noon, seminar to conclude by 1:30.

Place: Shangri-La Hotel. 1128 W Georgia St, Vancouver

Cost: $46 VALL members, $65 non-members (+$2 fee only if paying online)

Registration: Register by mail or online. See registration form for details. The registration form is here.

PayPal payment option is below. Don't forget to follow up with an email to Emily.Klomps-Spanjers@mcmillan.ca with your registration details if you are paying by PayPal. 

Library Materials for Natural Resources Law - An Informal Lunchtime Discussion

Edit on Thursday, August 14th:  This event is regretfully postponed. There hasn’t been enough uptake to make this event as useful to attendees as it could be. With that in mind I’m going to postpone this event until later in the Fall when more folks are back in the office. Thank you to those that did RSVP!

 

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 bguiton@lawsonlundell.com to save yourself a spot. The boardroom being used has a capacity limit so RSVPs are required.

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.

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