Legislative Research: A VALL Report

Earlier this year the B.C. Courthouse Library announced that it would no longer be publishing two publications, the British Columbia Legislative Digest (“BCLD”) and the Canada Legislative Index (“CLI”). The last updates for each are current to June 30th, 2010, respectively. Both publications were important tools for legislative research. They tracked pending bills, bills that died on the order paper, and sections of acts to be proclaimed. The issues published up to cancellation will continue to be essential tools for archival research.

What has been lost with the cancellation of the BCLD and the CLI? If other publishers were to take on the task of replacing the BCLD and CLI, what would be the essential, important, and useful elements in replacement products?

SLA & the Future of Information Professionals of the 21st Century

Last night SLA Western Canada Chapter held its 25th Anniversary celebration at the Terminal City Club. It was a wonderful evening for an Anniversary celebration with the snowflakes falling outside and the warmth and cheer of the holiday season inside the beautifully decorated venue. It was my first time attending a SLA event and I really enjoyed myself. The event featured prominent speakers covering library topics from the past, present, and future.

Reflecting on the evening's discussions, I realized that many past topics remain current today.  For example, both Carol Williams (retired library manager of BC Securities Commission) and Jan Wallace (head of David Lam Library at UBC) touched on the perceptions that organizations have of the role information professionals perform in their organizations.  It seems to be an ongoing issue.

The SLA WCC 25th Anniversary Celebration left me with plenty to think about. It especially brought to the forefront the challenges we can face communicating our value to the organizations we serve. SLA has developed documents related to this topic and I would be happy to share with anyone who is interested. After this anniversary celebration, I'm really excited about the possibilities for information professionals in the 21st century and I'm looking forward to being part of that future.

Index to Canadian Legal Periodical Literature

From: Nadege Arsa
Sent: November 15, 2010 8:38 AM
Subject: Index to Canadian Legal Periodical Literature

The CAIJ (Centre d’accès à l’information juridique), an organization related to the Barreau du Québec, acquired in the Spring of 2009 all the rights, titles and interests in the Index to Canadian Legal Periodical Literature (ICLPL), including copyrights for both print and electronic formats.  The CAIJ is proud to continue the work of  Marianne Scott, a personality who has made her mark in the Canadian library community.

Since April 2010, CAIJ has provided electronic access to the Index through the library catalog JuriBistroMD BIBLIO. Fully bilingual, this electronic version covers the period from 1998 to today. Index entries are in the form of bibliographic records. It is thus possible to more easily locate journal articles and case comments either by subject, author or title.

The Special Libraries Association - Western Canada Chapter is 25 years old? Now that’s something to celebrate!

A panel of prominent speakers has been selected for a night of nostalgia and vision:

Jan Wallace – Head of David Lam Library, UBC; SLA-WCC President 1992-93

Carol Williams – Manager at BC Securities Commission (retired); SLA-WCC President 1997-98

Barbara Holder – Librarian at FP Innovations-Wood Products Division; SLA-WCC President 1999-2000

Debbie Schachter – Director of Technology & Collection Management at VPL; SLA-WCC President 2009

Peter Tyrell – Director and CTO, Andornot Consulting

Come, help us celebrate the bridge between our past and our future.

When? 5-8pm, November 24th, 2010

Where? Terminal City Club, Downtown Vancouver

Peter Bark Professional Development Bursary

As the VALL membership heads into the busy fall season, just a quick note to mark your calendars with the Peter Bark Bursary application deadline — March 1, 2010. 

The Peter Bark Professional Development Bursary was established by VALL to commemorate Peter Bark and his contribution to VALL and law librarianship. The Bursary assists VALL members demonstrating financial need in attending meetings of the Canadian Association of Law Librarians or other law library associations, continuing education workshops or other professional development.

For additional guidelines and information, please see: http://vall.vancouver.bc.ca/bursary

Please apply by letter and include the reasons why you wish to attend the meeting or professional development opportunity, and your conference responsibilities, if any.

Please attach a letter from your employer indicating extent of financial support from your firm/institution.

Please send applications by March 1, 2010 to:

Vancouver Association of Law Libraries
RE: Peter Bark Professional Development Bursary
P.O. Box 48663, Bentall Centre
Vancouver, B.C. V7X 1A1


Latest Issue of the VALL Review

The Fall 2010 issue of the VALL Review is now available.  This issue features an article on teaching legal research, an overview of the Canada Border Services Agency Library and a wonderful remembrance of the first VALL honoured member Marjorie Keddy.

CLA Copyright Grassroots Advocacy Kit now available

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Sent: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 3:45 PM
To: cla@lists.cla.ca
Subject: [cla] CLA Copyright Grassroots Advocacy Kit now available

Copyright is a key issue for parliament this fall, and CLA is continuing its advocacy efforts to ensure that government and department officials know our views on the proposed legislation.  Bill C-32, An Act to amend the Copyright Act, will have second reading in the House of Commons on 2 November.

We need your help to get the message to all MPs now.  This Copyright Advocacy Kit provides you with all the tools you need to contact your Member of Parliament and communicate our key points.  The kit includes a list of 8 key messages, a sample form letter to your MP, a guide for holding an in-person meeting, and a link to find contact information for your MP.  The kit also contains background information, including the latest CLA Position Statement “Protecting the Public Interest in the Digital World: the views of the Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des bibliothèques on Bill C-32, An Act to amend the Copyright Act”.

Copyright impacts all of us.  Contact your MP today!

UBC Co-op Students For Hire in 2011

It's a great time to start thinking about your hiring needs for the new year.
If you're looking to staff peak work periods or need help with a special project, we’re now posting jobs for the January to April work term.

We have undergrad students from Social Sciences, Humanities, and Creative and Performing Arts available, and graduate students from the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies.

Also read below for an exciting announcement about new funding for hiring co-op students!

News: BC Arts Council Announces Funding for Hiring Co-op Students
The BC Arts Council has just announced “Special Project Assistance – Co-op Placements” to support arts and cultural organizations hiring co-op students during 2011. The maximum assistance level is $10,000 per 16-week work term.
November 1, 2010
Organizations that are existing clients of the BC Arts Council who will hire from established co-op programs in post-secondary institutions, with priority given to BC schools.
If your organization qualifies, consider taking advantage of it to hire a student from UBC Arts Co-op. We have many high-caliber students available for works terms throughout 2011: January to April, May to August, and September to December.

How to Hire a Co-op Student
1. Send us a job description via email to arts.co-op@ubc.ca.
2. Review applications: we’ll email you a package of applications that are a fit for your position.

CLA Vancouver Event: Finding the Sweet Spots: The Value-Added Special Librarian

Thursday, October 28, 2010, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Delta Vancouver Suites, 550 West Hastings Street, Innes Thompson Room

Whether they like to think so or not, info pros have a brand, and the clients’ perception of that brand will influence their careers.

In this session, Ulla traces the similarities and dissimilarities between well known consumer products’ and companies’ brands and ours, discussing the need to build a professional image consciously to foster client confidence in the quality and value of our services.

Illustrating how seemingly superficial “signalers” send messages clients pick up on, Ulla provides a checklist of tips for selecting and supporting the brand we want to project.

Marjorie Lucille Keddy, 1926 - 2010

Marjorie Keddy, longtime VALL member, passed away last Thursday, August 12th.  Marjorie began working at the Vancouver Courthouse Library, as it then was, in 1954.  In 1969 the BC Law Society Benchers appointed her assistant Chief Librarian, in recognition of her many years of hard work and dedication.  She moved on to Ladner Downs (now Borden Ladner Gervais) where she spent seven years before leaving to do freelance work.  She retired in 1991 and became VALL's first Honoured Member that same year.  At the time  Diana Inselberg wrote a lovely tribute to Majorie which appeared in the December 1991 issue of the VALL Review.

VALL and the British Columbia law library community have lost a true pioneer in law librarianship.  Our thoughts are with her family and friends.

Thank you to Anne Beresford for notifying VALL of Marjorie's death.  A tribute to Marjorie will appear in the Fall 2010 VALL Review.  Her obituary can be found here.
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