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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.

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

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."

Announcing Osgoode Digital Commons

From Louis Mirando, Chief Law Librarian, Osgoode Hall Law School:

The Osgoode Hall Law School Library is pleased to announce the official launch of the Osgoode Digital Commons (http://digitalcommons.osgoode.yorku.ca/), the Osgoode Hall Law School's official, open-access institutional repository. The launch was part of the Osgoode Research Celebration held held today as the first official event of the Osgoode @ 125 celebrations to mark the School's 125th anniversary.

With the launch of its Digital Commons, Osgoode has become the first law school in Canada to provide free online access to its legal scholarship. The Osgoode Digital Commons is part of the Library's and the law school’s commitment to better preserve, organize and disseminate legal research and legal information — including full-text (PDF) copies of scholarly articles published by Osgoode faculty, journals published by the School, graduate theses, digitization projects undertaken by the Library, a gallery of books published by Osgoode faculty, and an archive of videos produced by the School. And this is just the start of an ongoing project to build a comprehensive archive of Osgoode research, all full-text and open-access.

Please take at a look at Osgoode Digital Commons and let us know what you think.

CALL-ACBD Twitter chat on opportunities for law librarians arising from the CBA Futures Report

CALL-ACBD is hosting a "President's Twitter chat" on September 25 from 9:00-10:00am PDT on opportunities for law librarians arising from the CBA Futures Report.

Here is the announcement from CALL-ACBD with instructions on how to participate.

If you haven't ever participated in a tweet chat before, they are a great low barrier professional development tool that lets you get to know about others who share interests and participate in the conversation. Participation can range from retweeting what you find interesting to posting your own thoughts.

The hash tag is #CALLFuture

Federal Open Government Initiative - Have Librarians Been at the Table?

The following is the text of an email from Annette Demers, the President of CALL/ACBD:


Dear Colleagues,

I was wondering to what extent librarians have been involved in the consultations currently underway regarding Phase 2 of the Open Government Initiative?

I see that there are open consultation meetings taking place over the next couple of months across Canada - perhaps librarians should plan to attend!!   Please forward widely!

CALL/ACBD 2015 Conference Call for Proposals

TURNING THE TIDE / RENVERSER LA MARÉE is the theme for the CALL/ACBD 2015 conference.

The extended economic downturn has had wide-ranging effects on law libraries and the practice of law librarianship. We will explore ways in which libraries are confronting the new economic realities and are successfully turning the tide. We will examine ways in which we can improve all our various environments, from the micro work-office level to the macro industry level. In keeping with our theme, we also plan to make environmental law the focus of our substantive law sessions. We will see how law and law libraries can be transformative in nature and will look to the future to develop solutions ahead of the waves.

Let's meet and surf the opportunities by TURNING THE TIDE at the CALL/ACBD 2015 Conference!

BCLA mentorship program applications open

The British Columbia Library Association mentorship program for this year has opened for applications.

In previous years there have been particular requests from mentee applicants for mentors in law libraries, so if anyone is interested, it seems that there is desire for some insight on working a law libraries.

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