Letter from Carswell

The following letter from Carswell was sent to VALL on the occasion of our 20th anniversary: 

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.

Best regards,

Don Van Meer
Carswell, a Thomson Reuters business

Nina Platt on Online Searching Costs

An interesting article by Nina Platt as to the value of online legal research and why firms should be able to recover costs for online researching.

(via Shaunna Mireau)

Ontario e-laws now an official source of law

On November 30, 2008, a regulation under the Ontario Legislation Act, 2006 came into effect, making copies of statutes and regulations published on Ontario's 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 change is here.

Finally, B.C. law on the internet... for free!

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.

Nov. 2008 VALL Review

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.

B.C. Courthouse Library unveils new catalogue

The B.C. Courthouse Library has unveiled a new logo and 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".

VALL 20th Anniversary Celebration

"you win cases in the library, and not in the courtroom"
— Mr Justice Marshall Rothstein as attributed to Art Mauro, Officer of the Order of Canada

Vancouver Association of Law Libraries
20th Anniversary Celebration

Celebrity guest speaker Ian Hanomansing, Co-Anchor, CBC News

Please join with VALL members, past and present, as we honour twenty years of the Vancouver Association of Law Libraries. Bring your stories and photos to share our history as we reunite to celebrate yesterday, today and tomorrow.

VALL Luncheon on November 20, 2008 - U.S. Legal Research

Grace Pastine of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association will offer a Canadian overview of the US court system, emphasizing how a researcher should navigate case law from the separate but interrelated federal and state court systems in the United States. She will also talk about locating and noting up American case law and other primary legal resources, such as statutes and regulations, and using secondary resources such as treatises, legal encyclopedias and case digests to maximum benefit.

(NOTE: This is a change from the originally scheduled talk.)

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2008

Time: Registration - 11:45 Lunch - 12:00 noon

Place: Law Courts Inn, 800 Smithe Street, 5th floor

Deadline for Registration: Friday, November 14, 2008 (Registration is not permitted at the door)

Cost: $18.25

Please register and pay by Friday November 14, 2008. No refunds are available after this date.

See the attached form for registration details.

Further reading on climate change

For those of you who attended today's luncheon meeting, the Climate Change Bulletin that Lana Shipley referred to is here.

Other links that may be of interest:

Mentorship opportunity at SLAIS

"The SLAIS BCLA/CLA Student Chapter coordinates a professional mentorship program. We are currently seeking MLIS professionals who are interested in mentoring SLAIS students. We welcome participation from recent graduates, early-career, mid-career and experienced professional librarians. We aim to have professionals from all different types of libraries/sectors represented in our mentorship program.

Our goal is to foster the creation of mutually satisfying relationships between practicing information professionals and SLAIS students. Program participation keeps mentors connected with what is happening at SLAIS and provides an opportunity for students to share the wisdom of practicing information professionals. Mentors and students can get together as often or as little as they wish (but usually meet once or twice per academic term).

Once we match up students with mentors working in their area of professional interest, we connect mentors and mentees via email. At that point, the two of you can decide when, where, and how frequently you would like to meet.

In the past, professionals living outside of the Lower Mainland have also participated, using phone calls and email to communicate rather than in-person meetings.

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