Article in CALL's CLLR: The Middle Office

The current issue of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries' Canadian Law Library Review includes Euan Sinclair's feature article, The Middle Office as a Bottom Line Contributor. It is an interesting argument for collaboratively expanding the impact within law firms by the professionals in the middle: those in law libraries, IT, knowledge management, competitive intelligence, business research, etc. He closes the piece with, "..the middle office has to stop thinking in terms of being a back office function, one step removed from clients. Instead, the middle office must step up to the firing line and join the front office as a valued strategic business partner in providing excellent service to the firm's clients."

Euan, Director of Knowledge Management for Lawson Lundell, delivered a "middle office" presentation last spring to a joint VALL/BCLMA seminar. 

Members of CALL/ACBD can read the full article online, in CLLR's Vol. 40 No. 1 issue.

CALL Webinar - Understanding the Lawyer Personality

Thursday, March 5, 2015
10:00am - 11:30am  
 
Summary:
Lawyers are not like other people--over 20 years of research by Dr. Larry Richard at LawyerBrain shows that the people who become lawyers have a number of very atypical personality traits. In this program, Dr. Richard will explain the unique traits that characterize lawyers, and discuss why these patterns occur as well as how you can adapt to them when you're working with lawyers or when they are your customers. Dr. Richard practiced law for ten years himself, before earning a Ph.D. in psychology in 1993.

Early consolidation of the BC Pension Benefits Standards Act now on Quickscribe

Quickscribe has posted an early consolidation of the not-yet-in-force BC Pension Benefits Standards Act to their site. It can be located by searching for "pension benefits" in the blue search box on the home page and then selecting the result with "early consolidation - not yet in force" beside it.

The early consolidation includes the not yet in force amendments from 2014 bill 10 and doesn't include the amendments from 2014 bill 9.

I wanted to highlight this for any VALL members working for pensions people who are prepping for this Act coming into force later this year. 

Corporate Registry Notices now available on BC Laws

The Queen's Printer has announced that Corporate Registry Notices are now available on its BC Laws site (http://www.bclaws.ca/). Registry notices for corporations go back to 2003 on the website and registry notices for societies and firms go back to 2011.

B.C. Gazette Part I now available on BC Laws

The Queen's Printer has announced that the B.C. Gazette Part I is now available on its BC Laws site (http://www.bclaws.ca/).

The B.C. Gazette, Part I contains published legal notices such as Calling for Tenders, Forest Development Plans, and Notices to Creditor. It includes issues from January 2003 to present.

Private, Special and Local Acts now available on BC Laws

The Queen's Printer has announced that Private, Special and Local Acts are now available on the BC Laws site (www.bclaws.ca).

A Table of Private, Local and Special Acts and Unconsolidated Public Acts (1872 to November 28, 2011) has also been made available.

Peter Bark Bursary - applications are now being accepted!

Peter Bark Bursary

Reminder: the deadline for applications is March 1, 2015.

The Peter Bark Professional Development Bursary was established by VALL to commemorate Peter Bark and his contribution to VALL and law librarianship. The Bursary assists VALL members in attending meetings or conferences of library associations, such as the Canadian Association of Law Libraries, or other library-related workshops or professional development.

See the Peter Bark Bursary page here.

Support VALL Members Running for CALL/ACBD Executive Board!

This is your chance to support a colleague and become the member of a vibrant, engaged professional association! Katherine Melville and Carolyn Petrie, members of the VALL community, are running for office on the executive board of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries. Join CALL/ACBD today and you can vote in the February elections. More information about the association, as well as the membership registration form, is available on the website.

It's time to speak - Advocacy Course is now re-opened!

From Wendy Newman of the University of Toronto:


A warm greeting on a freezing cold January day!

Just want to let you all know that the MOOC: Library Advocacy Unshushed, will be offered again, starting Feb. 2. You will recognize some familiar NELI folks in our guest speaker roster. This is a free, interesting, and painless way to do professional development during a Canadian winter. I hope you will help to spread the word in your networks.

Press release: http://www.ischool.utoronto.ca/press-releases

Cheers,
Wendy

Wendy Newman
Mentor, NELI I-III

Senior Fellow and Lecturer
Faculty of Information
University of Toronto
140 St. George Street
Toronto, ON M5S 3G6
416-978-8876
wendy.newman@utoronto.ca
www.ischool.utoronto.ca
MOOC: Library Advocacy Unshushed!

Is anyone missing the CLE "Introducing Evidence at Trial"?

We found the 2013 CLE text Introducing Evidence at Trial: A BC Handbook in our book drop on December 19th, but it's not our copy.

Is anyone missing it?

There are no stamps in the book, but it does have a call number on the spine, KN390 I57 2013.  There is a card pocket in the back, complete with card, that was last filled out on September 5th by JRB.

If it's yours, let us know!  604-660-2841. If we don't hear anything by February 2, 2015, we're going to adopt it into our collection.

 Thanks!

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