Petition to the House of Commons: E-1116

On behalf of Amanda Wakaruk:

I hope you will take a moment to sign this House of Commons petition, which I've created as a private citizen (not on behalf of my employer) asking the Government of Canada to respond to the longstanding need to fix Crown copyright in Canada.

https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-1116

I have tried to summarize the importance of reforming Crown copyright at fixcrowncopyright.ca but we all know that the audience for this issue is small, despite the wide breadth of its impact. This is why I am also asking that you please forward this petition to other lists, your colleagues, and especially any content users whose work might have been impacted by Crown copyright over the years.

GALLOP Portal - Request for Feedback

Good afternoon,

The Association of Parliamentary Libraries in Canada (APLIC) has formed a group tasked with reviewing the GALLOP Portal. The GALLOP (Government and Legislative Libraries Online Publications) portal was created with the goal of having a one-stop access point to full-text, searchable electronic government documents collected by legislative libraries in Canada for their jurisdictions. We are requesting feedback from users, or from those who are not users but are interested in searching for government documents across multiple Canadian jurisdictions.

If you have the time, please help us by completing a short survey about the GALLOP Portal (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GALLOP-survey).

If you do not want to complete the survey, but would like to provide a quick remark, general comments or any other type of feedback, please feel free to email me at dcumming@ola.org.

Thank you very much, and have a great day,

David

June Seminar – Canada’s First Online Tribunal with Shannon Salter

Please join VALL for our final June seminar, “Canada’s First Online Tribunal” with guest speaker Shannon Salter.

As well as being the chair of the Civil Resolution Tribunal, Shannon Salter is an adjunct professor at the UBC Allard School of Law, teaching administrative law and legal ethics.  She earned her BA and LLB from UBC, and her LLM from the University of Toronto.  Ms. Salter was a BC Supreme Court judicial law clerk before practicing civil litigation and serving as a vice chair of the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal.  Ms. Salter is a commissioner of the Financial Institutions Commission, vice president of the BC Council of Administrative Tribunals, and a board member of CanLII.  She also co-authored the BC Administrative Decision Maker’s Manual.

The CRT is moving towards resolving strata property and small claims at the convenience of the public with the implementation of a brand new online system. Come learn more about this innovative access to justice project, which leverages technology to help parties resolve their disputes by agreement.

Date: Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Guide on Finding Court Records and Transcripts

Message from Yolanda Koscielski, Librarian for Criminology, Psychology & Philosophy at W.A.C. Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University:

Dear Colleagues,

I've recently created a guide on Finding Court Records and Transcripts (link: http://www.lib.sfu.ca/help/research-assistance/subject/criminology/legal-information/courtrecords).

This guide is designed to help SFU researchers looking for court records such as trial transcripts, affidavits, exhibits, and other documents associated with a case but *other than the main case law/judgment*. This is a research question I frequently receive.

I'm hoping the guide might be of use to others as well, including the public. Accordingly, if you have any have any suggestions for additional content, or notice a point that needs correcting (!), I'd be grateful to hear it. You can email me directly: http://www.lib.sfu.ca/users/yolanda-koscielski

2017 Gov Info Day at the SFU Harbour Center Campus

A message from Carla Graebner, Librarian for Research Data Services and Government Information at the W.A.C. Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University:

GovInfo Day is Friday, April 28th and will be held at SFU Vancouver (room 7000) from 8:45 - 4:30. This year's program (agenda attached) consists of speakers from Library and Archives Canada, Environment Canada, BC STATs and SFU.

New for this year, we are hosting the PechaKucha/Cool Tools session. If you're interested in participating in this segment and have a tip, tool or resource (related to government or legal information or data) you want to show case in in 3-5 minutes, please indicate so in your registration.

I'll also be organizing a no-host social event after sessions conclude. You'll be asked to indicate your interest when you register.

Thanks to the support of SFU Library, GovInfo Day remains free but registration is required since space is limited. If, after registering, you are unable to attend, please let me know as soon as possible.

Job posting: Library Technician, Courthouse Libraries BC

Position Title: Library Technician (permanent, full-time, 5 days per week)
Organization: Courthouse Libraries BC
Location:  Vancouver / New West, North Vancouver (@ 75%/25%)

About Courthouse Libraries BC (CLBC)

CLBC is currently searching for a Library Technician. 

The Library Technician oversees all print acquisitions for CLBC’s 29 branch libraries. Comfortable with technology, the Library Technician also provides support for various software applications including the ILS, subscription databases and the CLBC website. This role will provide assistance and information to our library clients at the information desk, as required.

We offer a dynamic and supportive workplace, where we value diversity and work-life balance. This position is a five-day per week position (35 hours per week).

Job posting: Client Services Librarian, Courthouse Libraries BC

Location:  Vancouver and New West

Full-time, 5 days per week (hours will be split between both locations @ 75%/25%)

About Courthouse Libraries BC (CLBC)

CLBC is currently searching for a Client Services Librarian

We are looking for a team member with a customer service focus to provide information services for clients of the library. The Client Services Librarian works out of our Vancouver and New Westminster locations and supports staff and clients across the province via phone and email.

We offer a dynamic and supportive workplace, where we value diversity and work-life balance. This position is a five-day per week position (35 hours per week).

CLBC connects the legal community and the public in British Columbia with legal information and strives to equip our clients with the skills needed to use this information.

 What You’ll Be Doing

FYI: Liberals urged to scrap 19th century rule that requires laws be printed in books

Government yet to decide on proposal to wean Parliament from costly paper-based publishing
By Dean Beeby, CBC News Posted: Mar 20, 2017 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Mar 20, 2017 5:10 AM ET

An obscure statute dating from Confederation has Parliament frozen in time, forcing the government to print every new law on old-fashioned paper.

Bureaucrats want to ditch those rules, end the costly printing and make digital versions the new standard — but the Liberal government has yet to decide whether to break with tradition.

At issue is the Publication of Statutes Act, conceived in the 19th century, which requires the Queen's Printer to publish new laws passed by Parliament in an annual compendium that must be printed on quality paper.

The legislation has never been overhauled. Although Justice Canada publishes the laws online as well, the digital versions aren't considered official.

Library Book Ends For Sale

Miller Thomson LLP Vancouver is moving offices , and have found themselves with a glut of library book ends! If you are located in the Vancouver area and would like any of these they are free of charge, you just need to arrange to have them picked up!

Miller Thomson Address is #400-725 Granville Street, Vancouver BC, located on the 4th floor of the Nordstrom's building.

There are now 10 Princeton files available.

Please contact Scott Riley directly via email address, sriley@millerthomson.com

He will hold on to them for 2 months, and then likely have them recycled. If you'd like a photograph feel free to contact Scott.

CALL Webinar: Uncovering UN Treaties

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
10:00am - 11:30am PST

This session will provide an introduction to the UN Treaty Website. Participants will learn about the main databases available from the UN Treaty Website: the UN Treaty Series and the Multilateral Treaties deposited with the Secretary-General, and how best to search them. Additionally, participants will be introduced to a few other UN publications and websites helpful in treaty research.

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 Members: $25 + HST = $28.25
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