Courthouse Libraries BC: Website Search Problems

Can't find the book you want? Blame our search.

by Kat Siddle | Aug 27, 2015

If you're trying to find a book on our website, you won't have much luck today (August 27, 2015). Our website search is experiencing errors. 

It doesn't look like it's broken, but if you look closely, you'll see that  your search results will not include books and other materials from our library catalogue.  

Courthouse Libraries BC is looking for feedback on their library catalogue

It has been a couple of years since Courthouse Libraries BC implemented Soutron (our current library management software), and we want to know how it is working for you. Is it easy to use? Are you able to access the results that you need? How can we make it better?

If you have a chance to check it out and let us know about your experience (there is a link to the survey on the catalogue), it would be much appreciated!

Thank-you for your input!

Heather

BC Laws adds historical Supreme Court Rules

BC Laws has added some historical Supreme Court Rules to its collection. The rules are:

No amendments are included.

Joanne Lecky

It is with profound sadness that I write to let you know that Joanne Lecky, our friend and colleague, passed away on Thursday, July 2nd, following a year-long battle with cancer.

Joanne began her library career at ICBC, before moving to the law firm world. Her first legal library position was at Bull Housser Tupper as a Reference Librarian for 4 ½ years, followed by the position of Manager of Library & Information Services at Singleton Urquhart. In 2008, she moved to McCarthy Tétrault, first as the Director, Library Systems & Training and then as the Director, e-Library Technology. In these roles, she honed her legal and business reference skills, her project management skills as well as her leadership skills.

During her time at McCarthy’s,  Joanne progressed from managing a small, regional library to directing a cross-functional, integrated national team, streamlining and centralizing Library training, technology, and technical services to develop new workflow processes and provide highly functional, vital library services to the firm.

Legal Librarian (Vancouver)

Original posting is here: http://www.zsa.ca/jobs/file/legal-librarian-5-years-downtown-vancouver/

Job description

Our client is a reputable local law firm, and they are seeking an enthusiastic law Librarian on a permanent, full-time basis. The ideal candidate will be a librarian with extensive law firm experience, and/or a research lawyer who can maintain the library and also provide legal advice. This is a fantastic opportunity to grow your career with a collegial, reputable firm!

Duties will include:

CALL Webinar: Substantive Law Series on Criminal Law

Thursday June 18, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am

CALL/ACBD Webinar 

Summary:

This webinar, aimed at legal information professionals, will provide an overview of substantive first-year law school criminal law.

There are two goals: (i) to give a sense of what law school students study and learn in their first year criminal law class, and (ii) to provide practical tips on researching criminal law issues.

Questions / topics to be covered will include:

 

Sessions of interest at the 2015 SLA conference

The Special Libraries Association has uploaded a number of presentations and handouts for their upcoming conference. The following may be of interest to VALL members:

June Seminar - Mentor/Mentee Relationships in Law Libraries (Note: Change of Venue)

Guest speakers Debbie Millward & Shannon Cheng will be doing a seminar on the topic of mentoring in a law library. With a focus on the what, why, and who of being a mentor/mentee, this seminar will cover what newer members looking for advice might ask, how experienced members can give back to the profession, or ideas for mid-career members contemplating a job change.

Debbie Millward joined Lawson Lundell in 2014 as manager of information resources, after a contract position as library manager at McMillan. Her experience prior to law libraries was at the Vancouver Sun and The Province, where she managed the news research library. Debbie’s background as a mentor comes from over 20 years as a practicum host, from teaching library students at UBC and Langara, and serving on committees and the executives of SLA and VALL. Most recently, she was a BCLA mentor for SLAIS student Shannon Cheng.

Shannon Cheng began her Master of Library and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia in September 2014. With a background in sociology and insurance, she wanted to learn more about libraries and information as a professional field. As a mentee to Debbie, Shannon gained greater insight into the field, while developing a lasting professional relationship.

Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Petition to Re-Instate the Ontario E-Laws Detailed Legislative History Tables

Email from Annette Demers, Acting Law Librarian and Sessional Lecturer Paul Martin Law Library:

As you may have heard, during the recent E-Laws website migration, the decision was taken to discontinue producing the Detailed Legislative History Tables.

As you may know, in 2002, Ontario stopped publishing the Table of Public Statutes in the Statutes of Ontario.  Instead the SO directed users to E-Laws for these tables moving forward.

The Table of Public Statutes has been published since 1877 as an important historical legal research tool.

Now the tables have been discontinued outright, however the E-Laws team has not yet devised a solution to take its place.

Accordingly, I have prepared a letter and petition to the Ontario Minister of Justice requesting that these tables be re-instated, at least as long as a suitable replacement tool can be devised.

To sign the petition, please click here. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/elaws

To review the full letter, please see attached.

Please circulate this petition widely.  I hope to deliver it to the Ministry by June 15.

Thank you!
Annette

April Brown Bag Session – Hosting Library Practicum Students

Please join VALL for our upcoming Brown Bag session where we will discuss the topic of hosting library practicum students. Law libraries are often asked to host practicum students from Library Technician or MLIS programs. Whether your library regularly hosts practicum students or if your new to the process, come out and learn from the experience of other VALL members.

VALL Executive Member Bronwyn Guiton has agreed to start off the discussion by speaking about her article “Practical Approaches for Enhancing the Student Practicum in Law Libraries” which was featured in Volume 39 (3) of last year’s CALL/ACBD Canadian Law Library Review. 

Space is limited, so please RSVP quickly.  

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Place: Harper Grey LLP. 650 W Georgia St #3200, Vancouver
Cost: N/A (Please bring your own lunch).
Registration: Please RSVP to Emily.Klomps-Spanjers@mcmillan.ca.

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