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

2014 SLA 60 Sites in 60 Minutes presentation available

The slides from the 2014 SLA conference presentation "60 Sites in 60 Minutes" are now available at The presenters were John DiGilio, Gayle Lynn-Nelson, and Samuel Wiggins.

#SLAtalk: Post-Conference Chat

From Tracy Maleeff:

#SLAtalk: Post-Conference Chat

Whether you attended #SLA2014 in person or just followed along from afar, join us for an hour-long Twitter chat to discuss the ideas and inspirations that came out of Vancouver.

When: Tuesday, June 24th at 4:00 pm Eastern (1:00 pm Pacific / 8:00 pm UTC)
What time is that where you are?

Questions to Answer:

James D. Lang Memorial Scholarship fund

James D. Lang Memorial Scholarship fund

A reminder to CALL/ACBD members that June 15 is the next deadline for applications to the James D. Lang Memorial Scholarship fund.

Members of CALL/ACBD who have been in good standing for a minimum of twelve months are invited to apply for funding.  The scholarship is designed to support attendance at a continuing education program, be it a workshop, certificate program or other similar activity deemed appropriate by the CALL/ACBD Scholarships and Awards Committee.  Support for attendance at annual conferences normally does not fall within the terms of reference for this scholarship.

This scholarship fund was established in memory of James D. Lang, a long-time employee of Carswell and member of CALL/ ACBD.  We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to further your professional education.

An application form is available under Scholarships and Awards on the CALL/ACBD website. Please e-mail the completed form and attachments to:

Ann Marie Melvie
Chair, CALL/ACBD Scholarships and Awards Committee

CALL-ACBD Semantic Web Preconference slides posted

In case any VALL members were disappointed to miss the CALL-ACBD presentation I did with Tim Knight of Osgoode Hall Law School Library this year, I thought I would point out that the slides have been posted on the York Institutional Repository here.

UBC SLAIS Co-op Program, Fall 2014

Hire Education | Watch why @

Hire a graduate student in library, archival or information studies. 

It's a great time to get a head start on student recruitment for the fall. We're now posting jobs for work terms that start in September or October. Students learning the latest in library, information management, and archival fields can be an ideal fit for that special project or short-term vacancy you’ve been looking to fill. The UBC Arts Co-op Program offers some of the brightest students for 4 or 8-month paid, full-time work terms from the iSchool@UBC, more formally known as the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies (SLAIS). 

Types of Jobs SLAIS Students Perform:

June Seminar - Libraries and Librarians as Educators with Sarah Glassmeyer

UPDATE (June 3, 2014): Registration has reached capacity for the space we are in for the June seminar. Registrations received after the capacity limit will be returned with a prompt notification. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact

Please join VALL for its June seminar on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (595 Burrard Street), in Vancouver.

Guest speaker Sarah Glassmeyer will be discussing the latest developments in how legal material can be taught and how libraries can create and preserve educational resources.

Sarah is one of the speakers at the closing session of the SLA 2014 conference in Vancouver and she will be addressing a separate topic with VALL.

Sarah Glassmeyer is a lawyer and a librarian based out of Chicago, Illinois. She is the Director of Community Development at the Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). Followers of Sarah on Twitter (@sglassmeyer) know her as an incisive, enthusiastic, and funny advocate for tech, the law, and libraries.

Print copies of the SCRs available from the SCC

From the Library of the Supreme Court of Canada:


Subject: Change of Customer Service for the Canada Supreme Court Reports As of April 1, 2014, the Publishing and Depository Services of the Government of Canada ceased to sell or distribute print copies of government publications.

The Supreme Court of Canada, however, will continue to publish the print version of the Canada Supreme Court Reports. These will be available from the Office of the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada as of June 30, 2014.

Canadian libraries which were previously depository libraries under the Depository Services Program will continue to be eligible for complimentary print subscriptions to the Canada Supreme Court Reports.

The majority of foreign and international depository libraries will need to subscribe if they wish to continue their print subscription. Commercial subscriptions will be available directly from the Supreme Court of Canada.

It will also be possible to access the pdf copy of the Reports at no charge from the Supreme Court website ( The pdf will be released simultaneous with the print distribution.

For queries or to subscribe to the Canada Supreme Court Reports, please contact:

Competitive Intelligence Conference

The BCLMA Knowledge Management Sub-section and the Vancouver Association of Law Libraries invite you to attend a lunch-time Competitive Intelligence Conference.

Please join us for a panel discussion with three local experts to explore the relationship between competitive intelligence and business research, knowledge management, and business development. Our three speakers, Euan Sinclair, Jeff Voon, and Patti Wotherspoon, will share their research approaches, favourite tools, and knowledge-sharing strategies.

When: Wednesday, May 14th, 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Where: Bull, Housser & Tupper, Suite 900 – 900 Howe Street

Cost: $35.00

Please RSVP by Friday, May 9th, 2014.

Please see the attached announcement for additional information and payment information.

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