The February 2009 issue of the AALL Spectrum contains an article on "How to foster mutually-beneficial librarian-vendor partnerships". The article discusses howÂ librarians canÂ get the most out of their relationship with vendors.
One paragraph that may be of particular interest to librarians at the moment (given the current economic climate) is:
Communicate Transparently about Constraints â€” If you have budgetary constraints, project management challenges, [...], or any other predictable issues that might put the brakes on your purchasing, you should discuss these early and clearly. Your vendor will likely need to report back to management on progress, the sales cycle, and so forth. If you put your representative in an informed position, even if the news is negative in the short term, he or she will respect you for it and will appreciate your candor.
(Thanks to Emma Wood for pointingÂ out this article.)
I enjoyed the latest VALL review, especially Gwendoline's Before the Flood and the conference reports from Christina and Graeme.
Although it's now the home of the Vancouver Art Gallery, echoes of the earlier Courthouse Library linger on. We still use the rolling ladders from the old library, which now houses the Vancouver Art Gallery Library. The ladders don't quite reach the ceiling, which must be close to 20 feet high, but they're still tricky to navigate. We keep the institutional archives in the basement near the now vacant jail cells, so the links to the old Courthouse are ever present.
"It's ironic, but sad, when you know that the title of our conference is Librarians without borders," he said.
Due to construction work at the plaza level of the UBC Robson Square campus, the UBC Bookstore and Library will be closed August 2 - September 1, 2008. During this closure, materials can be borrowed and picked up at the UBC Point Grey campus, and other off-campus branches such as the St. Paul's Hospital Library. Please call 604-822-6596 for information regarding Document Delivery and Interlibrary Loan services during this time.
(Source: http://www.library.ubc.ca/robsonsquare/, via Anne Ikeda)
UBC has provided this handy map of where the library isÂ located inÂ St. Paul's Hospital.
There are a number of publishing areas to get to know on our new website, and I'd like to share one of them today, notables.The notables area is a common sharing area where VALL members can relay some of the interesting things they're reading online.
To add something, simply start a new blog post and use the drop down menu to classify it under Notables. Then, paste in your link into the body of the post; or write some comments and add a link to the appropriate words within your text.
A very simple approach, and a good opportunity to test out the new website!
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.
The fund is sustained by donations from individuals, law book publishers and grants from VALL.
For more information about Peter Bark, please read his obituary, published in The Advocate, (1991) 49: 155-16. Thank you to The Advocate magazine for permission to post this article.
Guidelines for applicants
Value: The total value of the bursary to be awarded per year is $1,500 or an amount set by the VALL Executive. There may be more than one successful applicant per year, receiving a portion of the award.