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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Mentor, NELI I-III
Senior Fellow and Lecturer
Faculty of Information
University of Toronto
140 St. George Street
Toronto, ON M5S 3G6
MOOC: Library Advocacy Unshushed!
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.