Via Rosalie Fox, Director, Supreme Court of Canada Library:
The Office of the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada has announced in a Notice to the Profession that its Policy for Access to Supreme Court of Canada Court Records takes effect on February 9, 2009.
With the introduction of this policy, the Court will provide more case information on its web site. In addition to the schedules, docket information, party information and case summaries currently available, the Court will provide webcasts of appeal hearings and will post appeal factums filed on or after February 9, 2009.
Courtroom proceedings will be webcast live unless the case is subject to a publication ban. An archive of webcasts will be maintained on the website. There are restrictions on the use of webcasts. If you want permission to use a webcast, you must submit an online Request to Use Supreme Court of Canada Photographs, Videos or Webcasts.
The February 2009 issue of the AALL Spectrum contains an article on "How to foster mutually-beneficial librarian-vendor partnerships". The article discusses howÂ librarians canÂ get the most out of their relationship with vendors.
One paragraph that may be of particular interest to librarians at the moment (given the current economic climate) is:
Communicate Transparently about Constraints â€” If you have budgetary constraints, project management challenges, [...], or any other predictable issues that might put the brakes on your purchasing, you should discuss these early and clearly. Your vendor will likely need to report back to management on progress, the sales cycle, and so forth. If you put your representative in an informed position, even if the news is negative in the short term, he or she will respect you for it and will appreciate your candor.
(Thanks to Emma Wood for pointingÂ out this article.)
Via Dianne Lemieux:
"The BC Superior Courts are pleased to announce the launch of our new website. The websiteâ€™s new features include:
- improved look and feel
- improved navigation bars
- improved judgment search template
- improved hearing lists for both Court of Appeal and Supreme Court matters
- online access to Supreme Court scheduling information without requiring recourse to Scheduling staff
- enhanced practice resources, e.g., Practice Directions, court forms, reference to self-help resources, links to other useful websites
- easier access to court registry and location information
The BC Superior Courts would like to acknowledge the assistance received from the Board of Directors of CanLII (http://www.canlii.org/) in providing information which we used to reorganize our judgment database and implement the improvements to the search engine.Â Without this assistance as well as assistance from LexUM (http://www.lexum.ca/), we would not have been able to complete this upgrade.Â
We welcome your comments about the new website.Â To comment, please send an email to the Website Coordinator."
The following letter from Carswell was sent to VALL on the occasion of our 20th anniversary:Â
December 9, 2008
Dear Vancouver Law Librarians:
Congratulations on your 20th anniversary! This is truly a significant milestone and one we are delighted to celebrate with you today. For those of you who were part of that first gathering in 1988, there must be a tremendous sense of accomplishment as you celebrate in the "The Seasons" ballroom today and reflect back on your journey.
Over the past 20 years, the volume of information, the technology that has driven it and the speed at which it has reached us has seen the practice of Law go through unprecedented change. I know that each of you has played a critical role in supporting your colleagues and customers in managing these sometimes challenging yet tremendously exciting changes.
On behalf of everyone at Carswell, a Thomson Reuters business, I welcome you to our sponsored lunch. You have played a key role in our growth in Western Canada and we are proud of our 20-year partnership. British Columbia continues to be important to our business success and we look forward to exploring more opportunities to support each of you in the years ahead.
Once again, congratulations we hope you enjoy your lunch.
Don Van Meer
Carswell, a Thomson Reuters business
On November 30, 2008, a regulation under the OntarioÂ Legislation Act, 2006 came into effect, making copies of statutes and regulations published on Ontario'sÂ e-Laws official copies of the law.
Both of the following are now official:
- An on-screen display of a statute or regulation viewed on, or downloaded from, the e-Laws website
- A printout of a statute or regulation viewed on, or downloaded from, the e-Laws website.
A copy of the news release announcing this changeÂ is here.
As of January 1, 2009 an up-to-date unofficial consolidation of the British Columbia Statutes and Regulations will be available free of charge through the Queen's Printer website at http://www.BCLaws.ca. (The site does not appear to be up yet.)
No word as to whether B.C. legislation will be included on CANLII.
I enjoyed the latest VALL review, especially Gwendoline's Before the Flood and the conference reports from Christina and Graeme.
Although it's now the home of the Vancouver Art Gallery, echoes of the earlier Courthouse Library linger on. We still use the rolling ladders from the old library, which now houses the Vancouver Art Gallery Library. The ladders don't quite reach the ceiling, which must be close to 20 feet high, but they're still tricky to navigate. We keep the institutional archives in the basement near the now vacant jail cells, so the links to the old Courthouse are ever present.
The B.C. Courthouse Library has unveiled a new logo andÂ the beta version version of its new library catalogue: http://abl.courthouselibrary.ca/.
The new catalogue offers: a "Google-like simple search that accommodates variations in spelling and pluralization", "relevancy-ranked search results", "word cloud displaying associated terms to help you find what you need" and "one-click options to refine your search by date of publication, subject and so on".