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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.

Upcoming Event: Out of the Stacks

Out of the Stacks is thrilled to extend an invitation to all library and information professionals in the Lower Mainland to attend our inaugural social meet  on June 23rd.

Out of the Stacks is an informal networking group of information professionals created in April 2016 to foster connections and build community in BC's Lower Mainland. Our aim is to organize and sponsor fun social gatherings in Vancouver open to information professionals of all ilks, and create a space for those working in the library and information sector to get together and form new connections outside of the workplace.

You can find more information and keep up to date with goings on here: https://www.facebook.com/OutOfTheStacks/

Our first event will take place at The Emerald (555 Gore Ave) in Chinatown on Thursday, June 23, beginning at 5:30pm. Join us for socializing, drinks, and fun! All welcome.

Details are here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1739550516265261/

QP LegalEze to be discontinued April 29, 2016

QP LegalEze sent out the following email this morning:

We are pleased to announce Queen’s Printer has now completed the content migration from QP LegalEze to BC Laws (www.bclaws.ca), as originally announced in March 2014 once this content migration was completed QP LegalEze would be discontinued. 

Please note:  QP LegalEze service will be discontinued effective April 29, 2016.  Our distribution list consists of our account administrators and we ask you to please share this notice within your office to all users.  A notice has also been posted on the QP LegalEze website.   

We thank you for your support over the years and during this transition phase.

If you have any further questions please contact us. 

Thank you,

Saturday, May 14 workshop on "Webinars: Doing It Right"

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries is offering VALL members a chance to attend its May 14 workshop on “Webinars: Doing It Right”.

Webinars: Doing It Right   

You’ve planned a great training session, but people just aren’t able to make it into your library. Don’t abandon all hope! Webinars are a low cost, high value way to provide training and build your community, wherever it happens to be. And as we all know, good libraries build services, but great libraries build communities. This session will help you write a compelling webinar, deliver it professionally, and troubleshoot common technical difficulties. It’s suited to any and all types of libraries.

Instructors: Shannon McLeod and Alex McNeur, Courthouse Libraries BC

Date: May 14, 2016 from 8:30 am to noon

Cost: $225 (for CALL, SLA, VALL and BCLMA members); $275 (everyone else)

Please contact Jessica Symons at events@callacbd.ca to register.

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