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CALL/ACBD New Professionals SIG - Early Career Advice Survey 2017

On behalf of the CALL/ACBD New Professionals SIG, we would like to invite VALL members to participate in our Early Career Advice Survey. Our goal is to gather anecdotes, suggestions, and words of wisdom from the community for student and new CALL/ACBD members. The survey takes less than 15 minutes to complete and responses remain anonymous. The theme for this year's survey is "the first 5 years", which includes questions such as the do's and don'ts of the interviewing process and helpful networking tips. 
We look forward to hearing from you! Thank you for sharing your time and experience. Results from the survey will be posted to the CALL/ACBD SIG webpage by May 2017.

Guide on Finding Court Records and Transcripts

Message from Yolanda Koscielski, Librarian for Criminology, Psychology & Philosophy at W.A.C. Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University:

Dear Colleagues,

I've recently created a guide on Finding Court Records and Transcripts (link: http://www.lib.sfu.ca/help/research-assistance/subject/criminology/legal-information/courtrecords).

This guide is designed to help SFU researchers looking for court records such as trial transcripts, affidavits, exhibits, and other documents associated with a case but *other than the main case law/judgment*. This is a research question I frequently receive.

I'm hoping the guide might be of use to others as well, including the public. Accordingly, if you have any have any suggestions for additional content, or notice a point that needs correcting (!), I'd be grateful to hear it. You can email me directly: http://www.lib.sfu.ca/users/yolanda-koscielski

2017 Gov Info Day at the SFU Harbour Center Campus

A message from Carla Graebner, Librarian for Research Data Services and Government Information at the W.A.C. Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University:

GovInfo Day is Friday, April 28th and will be held at SFU Vancouver (room 7000) from 8:45 - 4:30. This year's program (agenda attached) consists of speakers from Library and Archives Canada, Environment Canada, BC STATs and SFU.

New for this year, we are hosting the PechaKucha/Cool Tools session. If you're interested in participating in this segment and have a tip, tool or resource (related to government or legal information or data) you want to show case in in 3-5 minutes, please indicate so in your registration.

I'll also be organizing a no-host social event after sessions conclude. You'll be asked to indicate your interest when you register.

Thanks to the support of SFU Library, GovInfo Day remains free but registration is required since space is limited. If, after registering, you are unable to attend, please let me know as soon as possible.

Library Book Ends For Sale

Miller Thomson LLP Vancouver is moving offices , and have found themselves with a glut of library book ends! If you are located in the Vancouver area and would like any of these they are free of charge, you just need to arrange to have them picked up!

Miller Thomson Address is #400-725 Granville Street, Vancouver BC, located on the 4th floor of the Nordstrom's building.

There are now 10 Princeton files available.

Please contact Scott Riley directly via email address, sriley@millerthomson.com

He will hold on to them for 2 months, and then likely have them recycled. If you'd like a photograph feel free to contact Scott.

CALL webinar: US Legislation for Canadian Legal Researchers (Part One)

March 2, 2017
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Summary: This webinar will cover the legislative branch of government in the US -  its structure, its law-making powers, and its legal publications.  Emphasizing the differences between Canadian and US legislative publications, this session will focus primarily on free websites which provide access to federal legislative work.

Bio: Professor Penny A. Hazelton

Penny Hazelton has been working as a law librarian for over 44 years at the University of Washington, the US Supreme Court Library, and the University of Maine.  She has enjoyed teaching legal research to law students, lawyers, judges, prisoners, librarians, and members of the public.  She is the editor of Specialized Legal Research and co-author of the Washington Legal Researcher’s Deskbook.

*Please note that this is part one of a 2 part series. Part 2 will be available on June 22, 2017.

Webinar Costs:
CALL/ACBD Member: $40 + HST = $45.20
Non-member: $60 + HST = $67.80 
Student Members: $25 + HST = $28.25

To register click here.  

January Coffee Morning at Whitelaw Twining

VALL members are invited to meet and mingle over morning coffee, tea, and pastries Tuesday, January 31st, 2017. These casual socials are a great way to catch up with friends and to get to know fellow VALL members.

When: Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 from 7:30am – 9:00am
Where: Whitelaw Twining at 200 Granville Street, located on the 24th Floor.

Please send your RSVP email to Brenda Alm, balm@wt.ca, by January 30th, 2017.

Hope to see you there!<

Post-Seminar Survey - Dom Bautista "Access to Justice"

The Programs Committee would like to thank all of our members who attended the latest VALL seminar on December 1st, 2016!

We hope that those of you would please take a moment to complete this brief post-seminar survey. It will take less than 5 minutes to complete and all responses remain anonymous.

We value your insights and recommendations and will use them in shaping future programming.

Many thanks from the VALL Programs Committee!

CALL Webinar: Navigating the Mentoring Relationship

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
10:00am - 11:30am  

Summary:

Whether you’re new to mentoring or just looking to brush up your style, our expert panel of mentors and mentees will help you ensure that you have the skills to approach a mentoring relationship with confidence. Learn how to set expectations, give and receive constructive feedback, and build your professional network. After exploring the mentoring relationship from a variety of perspectives, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. This webinar is free to CALL Student Members and CALL Unwaged Members.

Speakers:

Tanya Davis

Tanya Davis has been the Provincial Law Librarian at the Law Society of New Brunswick Library since September 2006. She received her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2011 and is a member of Beta Phi Mu - International Library and Information Studies Honor Society. She has been a member of CALL/ACBD since 2003 and was the 2009 recipient of the CALL Education Reserve Fund Grant. Tanya was Co-Chair of the Program Committee of the CALL/ACBD 2015 Conference held in Moncton, NB and has been a member of the Membership Development Committee since 2010. She is a member of the Atlantic Provinces Library Association (APLA), the Association of Professional Librarians of New Brunswick (APLNB) and has contributed to the APLNB quarterly publication.

Steve Carroll

UBC iSchool (SLAIS) Co-op Students Available for Fall or Winter Work Terms

Students from the UBC iSchool (School of Library, Archival and Information Studies) are still available for Fall co-op work terms (September-December). We’re also starting to post positions for the Winter term (January-April), and some of our students are available for full-time or part-time 8 month work terms spanning September-April.

Educated in one of Canada’s leading schools for information professionals, UBC iSchool students are equipped with the latest knowledge for obtaining and managing information in an increasingly complex world. 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.

Types of Work UBC iSchool Students Perform:

  • Archives & Preservation of Information
  • Records Management
  • Library & Information Services
  • Data Discovery & Wrangling
  • Information Systems Management
  • Information Policy
  • Information Analysis & Retrieval
  • Research

To assist you throughout the hiring process, the UBC Arts Co-op Program can help with drafting job descriptions, determining salary, coordinating interview scheduling, making offers, and monitoring student success during the co-op term.

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