The Art of Communicating Change

If you were not able to attend Peter de Jager's webinar last week on "The Art of Communicating Change", you have another chance to see it.

The webinar is available at The file is a Windows Media Video file and you can view it with a variety of utilities, including the Windows Media Center application.

Peter de Jager is a well-known speaker on the subject of change management. You can find more information on Peter on his website at

Reminder: Applications for Peter Bark Bursary deadline March 1, 2010

Peter Bark Bursary

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. The fund is sustained by donations from individuals, law book publishers and grants from VALL.

For more information about Peter Bark, please read his obituary, published in the Advocate, (1991) 49: 155-16. Thank you to the Advocate magazine for permission to post this article.

Guidelines for applicants

Value:  Bursaries up to a maximum of $1,500 per successful applicant may be awarded per year. 

Eligibility: Applicants will have been members of VALL for a minimum of one year. Members of the current executive are eligible to apply.

Financial circumstances of applicant(s) will be considered.

Preference will be given to applicants attending a professional conference for the first time or who have conference responsibilities or who are active in VALL or in the law library community.

UBC SLAIS Co-op program

UBC’s School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies (SLAIS) Graduate Co-op students are now available for Summer 2010!

Co-op students are a flexible, cost-effective way to supplement your staff team for short-term opportunities or special projects.

The Business of Law – Views from the Law Firm Administrator’s Chair

Mark your calendars for the VALL/BCLMA KM JOINT SEMINAR on Tues. Jan. 26, 2010! 


This seminar provides an understanding of the business of law from the Administrator’s perspective.  It develops your capacity to think and act strategically in your library by focusing on the business models and latest trends and practices in law firm Administration and challenges facing Administrators in today’s economy.  The goal is to enable both new and experienced law library professionals to develop a working knowledge of the following areas and to be comfortable discussing financial and administrative decisions:

Latest issue of PLL Perspectives now available

The latest issue of PLL Perspectives (the newsletter of AALL's Private Law Libraries SIS) includes the following articles:

  • PubMed Searching for the Novice
  • Marketing & the Library: Best Practices for Working in Tandem — interesting article on how to make collaboration between the Marketing and Library departmentswork
  • Digital Collections — a list of of some of PLL members' favorite digital collections

Free U.S. journal search engine

The American Bar Association’s Technology Resource Center has unveiled a "free search engine [that] searches the free full-text of over 300 online law reviews and law journals" online. You can find the search engine (and a list of the journals) at Naturally, coverage varies on a journal by journal basis.

(Thanks to Simon Fodden for pointing this site out.)

Season's Greetings to Everyone

The Vancouver Association of Law Libraries would like to wish everyone the very best for the holidays and the New Year.


November Seminar - Speakers Notes from West Coast LEAF

Please find the speakers' notes and powerpoint presentation from West Coast LEAF attached. I think all who were there can say that this brilliant seminar gave us a lot to think about.

CALL looking for best practices on how to communicate the value of a library

From: Canadian Association of Law Libraries List [mailto:CALL-L@LISTSERV.UNB.CA] On Behalf Of Deborah Copeman
Sent: December 4, 2009 5:23 AM
Subject: Sharing best practices for demonstrating the value of the library

In the results of the recent survey sent to members of the CALL Courthouse and Law Society Libraries SIG, members showed a strong interest in sharing best practices for demonstrating the value of the library.

After we shared survey results via the CALL-L discussion list, the CALL executive suggested extending the collection and compilation of this information to all CALL members, as these best practices would have broad appeal and value across the association membership.

Accordingly, we are extending a call to share best practices for demonstrating the value of the library to all CALL members.

How do you demonstrate the value of the library to your stakeholders? How is this value expressed?

CanLII announces improvements to its legislative materials

From the CanLII announcement by Frédéric Pelletier:

Today we are bringing some improvements to our legislation publication system. Here are the most important ones.

  • Tables of contents for federal legislation. Federal statutes and regulations are now displayed with a two-level, automatically generated table of contents, with links pointing to headings, sections and subsections. Please note that the URLs now provided might have to be modified in the future, as this feature will be improved towards better recognition of the text's structure. We will add similar tables of contents to legislative databases from jurisdictions for which the documents can be automatically parsed with reasonable efforts.
  • Stable link to the last version. The most recent version now has a stable URL. This means that you can choose to link to the version of the text that always includes the most recent amendments, but you may also elect to link to this recent version as it is in force when you refer to it, before any subsequent amendment.
  • Former titles and citations. From now on you can search for legislative materials with a former title or a former citation, when these have been amended since the beginning of our point-in-time versions' coverage period.
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