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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.

CALL Conference - Hotel Room Sharing

Attending the CALL conference in Vancouver, and debating a stay in the Conference hotel? The room block is selling out fast, so consider a room-share to keep costs down and secure your spot!

If you’re interested in finding a conference roommate, please make use of the CALL/ACBD Listserv to post a notice and connect with potential roommates, and visit the conference website accommodations page (link: http://callacbdconference.com/accommodations ) to book your room!

Webinar: Top 25 Free Technologies for Law Librarians

Canadian Association of Law Libraries Webinar Series 
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
1:00pm - 2:30pm EST 
Summary:
Libraries are continually faced with the challenge of making the most of their budgets while progressively increasing efficiency and library services. Join Ellyssa Kroski and Avery Le to discover how you can implement free technologies in your library today. Ellyssa will present 15 Free Technologies for Law Libraries discussing how the New York Law Institute is leveraging many different types of free social software and open source applications to improve internal operations, market library services, and encourage staff collaboration. Find out what types of free applications are available for electronic resources management (ERM), private intranets, reference statistics tracking, email management and more in this informative talk! Avery will discuss her Top 10 Free Computer Tools that facilitate tasks such as converting files, editing photos, cropping videos, embedding materials into PowerPoint presentations, adjusting computer settings, creating interactive charts and more.
 
Speakers:

Webinar: Substantive Law - Family Law

Canadian Association of Law Libraries Webinar Series

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

10:00am - 11:30am 

Summary:
This session will provide a summary on family law issues including:
a) Parenting;
b) Support obligations, including child and spousal support;
c) Property division;
d) Rights of unmarried spouses; and,
e) Divorce
Speaker:
Mimi Marrello practices in the Family Law Service Group at Mann Lawyers and teaches the Introduction to Family Law course at the University of Ottawa. Since becoming a lawyer, she has focused her practice on family law. She is a past board member of Family Services Ottawa/Services à la famille d'Ottawa, and is currently the Co-Chair of the Annual Family Law Institute Conference held in Ottawa each year. She obtained a law degree in 1999 and was then called to Bar in Ontario in 2001.

Webinar Costs:
CALL/ACBD Member: $40 + HST = $45.20 
Non-member: $60 + HST = $67.80
Student Rate: $25 + HST = $28.25
To Register, Click Here 

Question re CLE Webinars and Course Material

Question for the cataloguers out there - how are you treating the CLE Course Materials and Webinar Archives?

We have been cataloguing to the individual paper level until now - this month and last month I noticed that there were often only 1 or 2 papers included in a course, whereas there are multiple sessions linked in the Webinar Archives (see the Expert Evidence - 2015 for an example: 1 paper, 7 webinars).  

As the webinars are very well indexed, I see a value in cataloguing to the individual webinar level as well. Is anyone else doing this?

Any thoughts, suggestions, and opinions are welcome. And thank you!

Marnie 

 

New content on BC Laws

The following content is now available on the BC Laws site:

  • Act/Ministry Responsibilities
  • Archived Consolidations of Statutes
  • Archived Consolidation of Regulations 
  • Bills
  • Consolidated Provisions in Force
  • Defunct Regulations
  • Minister of Finance Directives
  • Ministerial Orders
  • Proclamations
  • Regulation Bulletins
  • Rules of Court and Related Enactments
  • Table of Repealed, Replaced and Renamed Public Statutes

Webinar: Collaborating to Preserve and Access Legal Information

CALL/ACBD Webinar 

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 1:00PM - 2:30 EST

The rate at which information is created in the modern world is astonishing. 90% of the world's data has been generated in the past two years! This explosive pace is quickly exceeding our ability to manage legal information using traditional management models. The need to collaborate around the preservation of and access to legal information has never been more apparent.

Professional development opportunity: LLEAD: Library Leaders Excellence and Development

I recently went for lunch with Ken Haycock, and he let me know about this interesting leadership development opportunity in the new year:

LLEAD: Library Leadership Excellence and Development

The ultimate vision of this program is a library sector with the leadership capacity to best serve and advance the quality of life for the people who live and work in their communities.

To realize this vision, the program will focus on its goal of equipping library leaders with the approaches, processes and competencies demanded in senior leadership roles.

LLEAD participants are expected to practice and improve skills that are directly transferable to the library environment in organizational leadership, teamwork, finance, human resources management, and advocacy.  At the end of the year-long program, successful LLEAD participants will demonstrate the resilience, self-awareness and abilities to influence strategic outcomes at the organizational and community level.

You can learn more about it here.

A new information resource for Vancouver real propery

I was lucky enough to attend the Pacific Legal Technology Conference last week and heard about a new information resource from the City of Vancouver. It's called Vanmap and there was talk that the precision of free governmental information will change the responsibility of lawyers in real property transations.

Here's the main page, and here's a screenshot of the listing for the Vancouver Convention Centre:

Vanmap screenshot

I was asked for a few more details, so here they are:

The case that discussed the standard of care for real estate lawyers in surveying is Winrob et ux v. Street and Wollen, 19 D.L.R. (2d) 172, 28 W.W.R. 118. At the scale of the published surveying maps available in the 1950's the lines dividing lots would scale up to 10 feet wide in the real world. The data available on Vanmaps allows users to see maps with property lines at a of detail that translates to a few centimeters.

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