Finding and Researching Experts and their Testimony

The 3rd edition of the American White Paper on Finding and Researching Experts and their Testimony has been released.

B.C.'s new Civil Resolution Tribunal

The "implementation website" for the online Civil Resolution Tribunal has been launched.  Early days, but something to keep an eye on.

December Social at Blakes

The Vancouver Association of Law Libraries is pleased to announce our December Social, hosted by Blakes.
 
Join other VALL members for a chance to meet and mingle before the Christmas bustle with some wine (or beer if you prefer) and some delicious appetizers. This social will be a great way to catch up with old friends and meet new colleagues. 
 
Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014
 
Time: 4pm - 7pm (arrivals after 6pm please call Larisa Titova on her cell: 604-351-5904  to be let up)
 
Where: 595 Burrard Street, Suite 2600, Vancouver
 
RSVP: RSVPs are encouraged but not required (this way we will have an idea of how much wine/food we need). Please send your RSVP to Brenda Alm balm@wt.ca.

Statistics Canada beta site

From Carla Graebner, Simon Fraser University:


Statistics Canada is in the process of redeveloping their website and is looking for feedback [http://www.statcan.gc.ca/beta/n1/en].

From their FAQ [http://www.statcan.gc.ca/beta/n1/en/statcan_faq#a1_1]:

"We are improving our website in response to comments received from our users. While most users are able to navigate the current website and find the information they require, we have identified the need for a more simplified and coherent product line.

Statistics Canada is also changing the way it disseminates information to Canadians to take advantage of evolving technology, increase user satisfaction and improve data retrieval success rates."

The FAQ notes that the beta site is not to be used as the source for official statistics since the information on it is a snapshot of content from spring 2014.  Feedback can be given on a page by page basis, sent directly to the Statistics Canada web design team or submitted to the discussion forum for participating online [http://www.statcan.gc.ca/beta/n1/en/consultation

Carla

CALL/ACBD offering sponsorship for the Northern Exposure to Leadership Institute (NELI)

From Ann Marie Melvie, Chair, CALL/ACBD Scholarships and Awards Committee:


The next Northern Exposure to Leadership Institute (NELI) will be held March 29-April 4, 2015.

CALL/ACBD is pleased to have the opportunity to sponsor one member as a nominee to the Institute. While there is no guarantee that our nominee will be selected, CALL/ACBD is prepared to fund the registration fee and up to $1,000 in travel costs to our nominee if he or she is selected by the Institute.

Members of CALL/ACBD who have been in good standing for a minimum of twelve months are invited to apply for CALL/ACBD nomination and funding. For details on applying to be the CALL/ACBD nominee, please view the NELI page on the CALL/ACBD website.

Using law librarian skills in business development

Interesting musings on further expanding the law librarian's role within business development, found via PinHawk today:

Should the Role of the Law Librarian in Law Firm Business Development Expand?

Supporting the firm's business development through research is a stated part of my role. To what extent Is it an explicit or implicit part of your responsibilities?

Connie Crosby on Knowledge Management Practice in Organizations

The ever-informative Connie Crosby of Crosby Group Consulting was one of the contributors to Knowledge Management Practice in Organizations: The View from the Inside, edited by Ulla de Stricker and published by IGI Global at the beginning of 2014.

Connie has just announced that her two chapters in this book are now available for free download:

CALL announces Substantive Law Webinar Series

Substantive Law Webinar Series 

Summary: 

The Webinar Committee is pleased to offer a series of substantive law webinars delivered by Ted Tjaden. Ted delivered a webinar on Civil Procedure in March, 2014, and due to the level of interest, the Committee has paired up with Ted to offer the following subjects over 2014 and 2015.

Tort Law - October 30, 2014 from 1:00pm-2:30pm EST

Contract Law - December 9, 2014 from 1:00pm-2:30pm EST

Constitutional Law - February 12, 2015 from 1:00pm-2:30pm EST

Real/Personal Property Law - April 21, 2015 from 1:00pm-2:30pm EST

Criminal Law - June 18, 2015 from 1:00pm-2:30pm EST

November Seminar - Finding Those Who Don't Want to Be Found

Please join VALL for our November seminar where guest speaker Julie Clegg will be doing a repeat of her standout seminar from the 2014 SLA Conference, “Finding Those Who Don’t Want to Be Found Using Social Media and Other Cyber Tools.” This seminar will focus on resources, tips and techniques that will enhance your research skills.

Julie Clegg is the President of Toddington International, a Vancouver based company specializing in helping its customers find and use online information more effectively. Experienced in policing and investigation, Julie specializes in the advancement of skills in online intelligence, advanced information gathering and critical incident practices.

This seminar will also be the last of 2014 so we encourage you to come see some old friends and new colleagues before the rush of Christmas descends.

Date: Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Time: Check-in @ 11:45, lunch @ 12 noon, seminar to conclude by 1:15.

Place: Shangri-La Hotel. 1128 W Georgia St, Vancouver

Cost: $46 VALL members, $65 non-members (+$2 fee only if paying online)

Registration: Register by mail or online. Follow the steps on the registration form, linked here.

Please register and pay by Tuesday, November 11, 2014. No refunds are available after Tuesday, November 11, 2014.

Upcoming Webinar on GALLOP Canadian Government Publications Portal

Via Michel-Adrien Sheppard's blog:

A webinar on GALLOP, the Government and Legislative Libraries Online Publications Portal, will be held on October 22, 2014.

The webinar, GALLOP into Government Docs and Legislative Libraries, "is essential for anyone working with government publications, and will also be relevant for school, public, academic, and special librarians searching for government publications. It will address collaborative efforts to preserve and make available electronic government publications in Canada. Reference librarians will learn how to use this reliable source of Canadian content. Library school students may find value in this session regarding ways libraries are cooperating to navigate the ongoing shift from paper to electronic resources and manage print collections economically."
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