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.

CALL Webinar: Substantive Law Series on Real/Personal Property Law

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
1:00pm - 2:30pm EST 

Summary:

This webinar, aimed at legal information professionals, will provide an overview of substantive first-year law school property law, including both real and personal property law.

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

Questions / topics to be covered will include:

Deadline for early bird registration for CALL 2015 is April 3

Have you registered for CALL 2015? If not, then act fast! Make sure you register before Friday, April 3rd to take advantage of the early bird rate. That’s before Easter! Watch for the next e-blast to win tickets for the FRYE JAM.

Coming in on Friday or Saturday?  Participate in the Bay of Fundy Coastal Tour leaving at 1: 30 pm and coming back at 6:30 pm. Featured are visits to Hopewell Rocks, including a walk on the ocean floor as well as a visit to Cape Enrage. Details coming out soon on an e-blast!

Reposted from an email from Jeanne Maddix

SFU's Annual GovInfo Day scheduled for April 24

On behalf of Simon Fraser University Library, and the BCLA Information Policy Committee, I am pleased to invite you to the Annual GovInfo Day, on Friday, April 24th, at Simon Fraser University in downtown Vancouver (details below).

This event is free but registration is required. To register for this event, please send an email with your name and library affiliation to me  [cgraebne@sfu.ca] by April 17th, 2015. Please note seating is limited and reservations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

SCC announces more case information on its website

OTTAWA – The Office of the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada has posted on its website a revised Policy for Access to Supreme Court of Canada Court Records.  The revisions to the Policy reflect the changes in the Court’s practice since 2009 when the Policy first came into effect. 

With the implementation of the revised Policy, the Court will provide more case information on its website. In addition to the hearing schedules, docket information, party information, case summaries, webcasts of appeal hearings and factums on appeal, the Court will begin to post memorandums of argument on applications for leave to appeal after they are granted. 

The revised Policy for Access to Supreme Court of Canada Records introduces a Registered Access process for frequent users.  A new Request for Registered Access to Court Records and additional information can be found on the Court's Website.

Are you attending the 2015 CALL Conference in Moncton?

Volunteers are needed for short (and fun!) shifts staffing the CALL Vancouver 2016 booth in Moncton. If you are attending the conference and would be interested in volunteering, please contact Susannah Tredwell (stredwell@davis.ca) or Katherine Melville (kmelville@farris.com) directly.

March Seminar - Substantive law seminar on the topic of Aboriginal law

Please join VALL for our March seminar where guest speakers Tina Dion & Rosalind Campbell will be doing a substantive law seminar on the topic of Aboriginal law. This seminar will cover recent changes in aboriginal law with a focus on resources development, treaties, consultation, and accommodation.

Tina Dion is a sole practitioner in the areas of Aboriginal, environmental and administrative law, and civil litigation. In addition to assisting the Tsawwassen Government with merging into the Provincial Court system and establishing its Judicial Council, she has taught the First Nations Self-Government course as an adjunct professor at the UBC Faculty of Law since 2002.

Rosalind Campbell joined McDonald & Duncan in 2011. Her experience prior to law practice includes many years as a legal assistant and administering the Property Taxation Department for the Musqueam First Nation. Her experience with First Nations includes governance, economic development and property taxation. She is Coast Salish and an active member of the Musqueam First Nation.

Information on hiring an iSchool Co-op Student

Students learning the latest in library, information management, and archival fields can be an ideal fit for that special project or short-term vacancy you’ve been looking to fill.

The UBC Arts Co-op Program offers some of the brightest students for 4 or 8-month paid, full-time work terms from the iSchool@UBC, more formally known as the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies (SLAIS).

Types of Jobs UBC iSchool Students Perform:

  • Archives & Preservation of Information
  • Records Management
  • Library & Information Services
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Social Computing
  • Information Systems Management
  • Information Policy
  • Information Analysis & Retrieval

4 Steps to Hiring:

  1. Post a job:Use our online recruitment tool.
  2. Review applications: We'll email you a package of applications that are a fit for your position.
  3. Interview students: Shortlist candidates and we'll coordinate your interview schedule with our students.
  4. Make an offer: Select a candidate and we'll assist with making the offer.

To assist you throughout the hiring process, we can help you draft job descriptions, determine salary, coordinate interviews, and make offers. We’ll also monitor student success during the co-op term.

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