October edition of the VALL Membership Directory 2009-2010 now available

The first edition of the printable (and searchable) PDF version of the VALL Membership Directory 2009-2010, current to October 30, 2009, is now available on the VALL website.   The PDF is searchable this year using the Adobe Reader's find box.

Members can access the directory under Member Resources.  Please note that you will need to sign in to the website in order to access the file.

If you find any errors or omissions, please notify Katherine Melville so the database can be updated.  Also, please take this opportunity to make sure your own profile is displaying your current information on this website.  The next printable directory will be published in February 2010.

Westlaw goes mobile

Westlaw Canada now has a mobile browser that you (or your lawyers) can use on a Blackberry. Simply go to www.wireless.westlaw.com or www.wireless.westlaw.com/Keycite.You can find out more about it here: http://www.wireless.westlaw.com/Welcome/Frameless/help/help.wl?RS=WLA9.11&VR=2.0. (You will of course need a Westlaw Canada subscription.)

(Thanks to Shaunna Mireau for the tip!)

Google Scholar adds legal content

Google has announced that, effective today, you will be able to use Google Scholar to find and read full text legal opinions from U.S. federal and state district, appellate and supreme courts.

Simply go to Google Scholar, enter your search, and click on the "Legal opinions and journals" radio button. Search results will include links to the cases as well as articles that refer to them. Keep in mind that you will not be able to get the full text of all cases and articles; in some cases you will only get citation information.

"Doing More with Less"

The 2009 edition of the Professional Legal Management Week Magazine has an article on "Doing More with Less: the Librarian Approach". The article starts off by noting that "more than 73 percent of law firm libraries ... experienced budget cuts" and goes on to discuss how law librarians can strategically manage the library budget so that the firm gets the best possible resources given their budget.

Another article "Doing More with Less: Innovative ideas from small law libraries" by David Whelan looks at ways small law libraries in Ontario have managed to use inexpensive or free tools to provide library services. Technologies and tools used include Zotero, LogMeIn and RSS feeds.

Update from CALL's Vendor Liaison Committee

Dear CALL-eagues,

The Vendor Liaison Committee has been very active this fall. We recently released the Price trends report and we have been working on issues raised at the business meeting at the CALL conference in May. We have been looking at how to make effective use of CALL-L for vendor issues and have put together some suggestions for using this tool. This piece (http://www.callacbd.ca/images/File/Vendors%20SIG/using_call_l_vendor_issues.doc) along with our established Librarian-Vendor Relations – Best Practices (http://www.callacbd.ca/images/File/Vendors%20SIG/VLC_checklist(1).htm) provides practical advice for library staff to manage the vendor client relationship.

Vendor pricing trends for 2010

From: Canadian Association of Law Libraries List [mailto:CALL-L@listserv.unb.ca] On Behalf Of Shaunna Mireau
Sent: October 20, 2009 9:39 AM
To: CALL-L@listserv.unb.ca
Subject: VLC - Price Trends 2010

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It is an established tradition for the Vendor Liaison Committee to share pricing trends at this time of year. Here are the various publisher price trend predictions the Committee has assembled:

Canada Law Book is advising a 3% to 6% price increase for print and electronic products.

Carswell price increases will be in the 5-7% range for print products.

CCH Legal/Business/Tax subscription products will increase approximately 3-9%. The price increase for Legal/Business books available in print should be in the 2-5% range and for our Tax books in a 5-10% range for 2010.

Éditions Yvons Blais price increase for books should be in the 3-5% range. The increase for online products is in the range of 3-7%.

Emond Montgomery Publications price increases will be selective and will not exceed 2-5%.

Victoria Courthouse Library - Librarian Job Posting

Courthouse Libraries BC is looking for a full-time librarian for our Victoria Library. This is a permanent full-time position; please see the attached posting for full details.

Photos from the September Seminar...

The first VALL seminar for the 2009/2010 season, in our new location, the Shangri-La, and featuring guest speaker Guy Robertson - Emergency Response Planner for libraries, archives and information centres, was one to remember...

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend!

Guy Robertson

What is the future of charging back online services?

Greg Lambert has written an interesting article on the issue of charging back the costs of online services to clients:  "Sorry Westlaw and Lexis - The Days of Passing Charges to Clients Are Numbered". There has been a lot of discussion in recent months about the future of the hourly rate for lawyers, and Greg discusses what the impact of alternative fee arrangements might be on recovering online costs:

"No longer will online research be seen as a pass-through cost to the client. Because the client will not be paying the attorney by the hour, they will not buy the idea that online charges are saving them money because it saves the attorney time. Clients will say that firms will need to bear the burden of the online research because, if it truly saves them time, then that means they should be able to spend less time on the client’s matter, thus the savings is really a benefit to the firm."

Some Libraries to Drool Over

As a change from all the legal questions: http://curiousexpeditions.org/?p=78

Link courtesy of Dawn Urquhart

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