BC Public Libraries need your immediate support

The provincial operating grants for BC Public Libraries are in SERIOUS danger! These grants fund programs and services that are currently free to all BC residents, and represent an investment in the future of our province.

Act NOW and let the Provincial government know you oppose cuts to important province-wide library programs and services. If the proposed cuts are made now, there will likely be more cuts in the future.

Times are tight, but the return on investment in public library services and programs is high as public libraries are heavily used in bad times,  so cutting their funding adversely affects many people. Programs and services funded by these grants are run collaboratively, which saves significant taxpayer dollars.

Here's what's at stake:

Registration form now available for AALL WestPac 2009

42nd Annual WestPac Meeting
October 8 – 11, 2009
Victoria BC

Hotel: Laurel Point Inn (http://www.laurelpoint.com/)

 

Host Library: University of Victoria, Diana M. Priestly Law Library (http://library.law.uvic.ca/)

 

UPDATE: the registration form is now available at http://library.law.uvic.ca/westpac2009/Registration.html.

Latest issue of the VALL Review up

The Summer issue of the VALL Review is now available on the website. Highlights include an article by Jeff Purkiss on vendor-librarian relations, vendor tips on getting the most out of your databases, and a photo of Christina Tribe's baby boy Aaron.

Emma Wood Recaps SLA 2009

Our old friend Emma Wood has been busy writing a series of SLA 2009 recap posts this week on the Vancouver Law Librarian Blog:

Enjoy!

Negotiating

For those of you who have to negotiate from time to time (that is, everyone), you may find the slides from Mary-Ellen Bates's presentation "Painless (no, really!) Negotiating" at the 2009 SLA Conference of interest.

(Thanks to Emma Wood for the link.)

New Supreme Court Rules in force July 1, 2010

On July 7, 2009, new B.C. Supreme Court Civil Rules and revised schedule of fees were announced by the B.C. Government (B.C. Reg. 168/2009). The new rules and fees will come into force on July 1, 2010.

For more information, see the Press Release and Backgrounder. A summary of the key features of the new rules is also available.

Speaker's Notes 2008-2009

September 19, 2008

Topic: "Cool Things"
Presenters: Steve Matthews from Stem Legal, Wilma MacFarlane from Farris, Joanne Lecky from McCarthy Tetrault, and Christina Tribe and Liisa Tella from Harper Grey
Steve Matthews' blog entry on his "Cool Thing" (the VALL website) is here.

October 16, 2008

Topic: "Carbon Tax and Climate Change: A Legislative Perspective"
Presenter: Lana Shipley, Lawson Lundell LLP
No speaker's notes

November 20, 2008

Topic: U.S. Legal Research
Speaker: Grace Pastine, B.C. Civil Liberties Association
Grace's speaker's notes are available here.

December 9, 2008

VALL's 20th Birthday Party (Four Seasons)

February 19, 2009

Topic: "The Uniform Law Conference of Canada"
Presenter: Lisa Peters, Lawson Lundell LLP
No speaker's notes.

March 19, 2009

Topic: InfoAction
Presenter: Christina de Castell, InfoAction
No speaker's notes

April 16, 2009

Topic: Who's Lying and Who's Telling the Truth: How does a Judge Determine Credibility
Presenter: Madam Justice Susan A. Griffin
No speaker's notes

June 18, 2009

Pictures from June 18th VALL meeting

Pictures from yesterday's VALL meeting:

VALL Annual Round Table Luncheon, June 18, 2009

Please join us for our annual round table luncheon, June 18, 2009. This will be our final gathering of the season, and, as in years past, there will be lively discussions on topics of interest for future events, and stories and tidbits from the most recent CALL conference.

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2009
Time: Registration - 11:45, Lunch - 12:00 noon
Deadline for Registration: Friday June 12, 2009 (Registration is not permitted at the door). No refunds are available after this date.
Cost: $18.25

Click here to download the registration form (pdf format)

Part 5 of PIPEDA in force

Part 5 of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, S.C. 2000, c. 5 came into force on June 1, 2009 (P.C. 2009-828). Part 5 amends the Statute Revision Act to authorize the publication and distribution of an electronic version of the Consolidated Statutes and Regulations of Canada.

The full text of the act can be seen at http://www2.parl.gc.ca/content/hoc/Bills/362/Government/C-6/C-6_4/C-6_4.pdf.

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