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:

Link courtesy of Dawn Urquhart

VALL September Seminar: Emergency Response Planning with Guy Robertson

Guy Robertson

Please join us as we welcome Guy Robertson, disaster planning and risk management consultant for libraries, archives and information centres, to the first VALL Seminar of the 2009-2010 year. Guy graduated from UBC’s School of Librarianship in 1981 and for over 20 years has been active in preparing organizations for contingencies of all kinds.   His current projects include a business continuity plan, an anti-terrorist / anti-sabotage plan, a privacy and information security program, and the development of procedures to combat money laundering. In addition to his career as a consultant, Guy teaches at SLAIS, UBC, and at Langara...


For information on registration, click here. Please register by Tuesday, September 22.


Local Law Librarians Making a Difference

It was so nice to see this story in today's Vancouver Sun: Raising the bar: Here's one library that's giving back.

Local law librarians Kathy Barry and Wilma Macfarlane are featured describing their Fiction Friday program, and how they've raised money for charities such as the Raise-a-Reader literacy program, the United Way & the Union Gospel Mission.

Congratulations to you both! Story photo captured below for posterity.

Now Accepting Co-op Job Postings for Positions Starting in January 2010

We are now accepting Co-op job postings for positions starting in January 2010!

UBC School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies (SLAIS) graduate co-op students can undertake projects such as:

  • Reference Services
  • Instruction
  • Programming
  • Collection Evaluation
  • Needs Assessment
  • Research and Analysis
  • Website Design
  • Content Development
  • Archival Services
  • Records Management
  • Database Design
  • Search Functionality
  • Metadata Creation
  • Resource Description
  • Indexing
  • Classification

Co-op students are a flexible, cost-effective way to supplement your staff team for short-term opportunities or special projects. Students are available for 4- or 8-month co-op work terms.

Hire a SLAIS Co-op Student:

CALL/ACBD/MichALL 2010 Call For Proposals

Call For Proposals

The Call

Do you have an idea for an interesting and informative session for the 2010 conference? If so, we want to hear from you! The Windsor 2010 Programming Committee is sending out a Call for Proposals to the entire membership. By doing this, we hope to encourage as many people as possible to send in interesting and innovative session proposals for the Windsor 2010 conference. We want to ensure that we offer creative and enlightening sessions, but the only way we can do that is to receive great proposals from you!

How to Submit

Please note that program submissions this year can be made online! We encourage you to submit your proposals by filling out the online submission form by going to the following website:

If you are unable to submit your proposal via the online form, you may also submit your proposals via email to Cathy Cotter, Programming Chair, at


If you are interested in proposing a session, please take a moment to read the submission guidelines by clicking on the link below. This includes important details such as the information to be included with the proposal and speaker reimbursement.

Memorial Service for Hugh Lawford

From: Canadian Association of Law Libraries List [mailto:CALL-L@LISTSERV.UNB.CA] On Behalf Of Alisa Posesorski
Sent: August 26, 2009 6:49 AM
Subject: [CALL-L] Memorial Service for Hugh Lawford

You may or may not be aware that Hugh Lawford died last week. There was a private family funeral last Friday, but the family is planning a memorial service on a weekend afternoon in September. The date and location have not yet been finalized. Lillian Lawford has asked me to assist her in contacting people who might wish to attend, so she can get an idea of the numbers and choose an appropriately-sized venue. Can you please contact me if you think you would attend, and also please feel free to contact others who might be interested. The final details will be posted on CALL-L and the TALL listserv.

Alisa Posesorski
Vice President
Irwin Law Inc.
14 Duncan Street
Suite 206
Toronto, ON
M5H 3G8

Update on WestPac annual meeting 2009

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

Hotel: Laurel Point Inn (

Host Library: University of Victoria, Diana M. Priestly Law Library (

The Western Pacific Chapter will hold its Annual Meeting from October 8-10, 2009 at the Laurel Point Inn in Victoria, British Columbia. This conference is hosted by WestPac and the Diana M. Priestly Law Library, University of Victoria. The local arrangements committee has finalized the programme and social events, which will include presentations and events highlighting current international legal and cultural issues of local and broader significance. Please see our website for further information at Pre and post conference tours have also been planned.

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