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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.

New Canadian legal information tool

Last week Mitch Kowalski wrote about a new video service in law called LegalTube.ca from LawyerLocate.ca.

As Canadians move deeper into an era of video information and self-help, so does the legal community — well, at least part of the legal  community.

LawyerLocate.ca, Canada’s leading lawyer referral service, has now launched LegalTube.ca – this country’s only legal video distribution site, allowing every day Canadians to easily access video information on a wide range of legal topics. It also allows LawyerLocate.ca  lawyer members to expand their online presence. (read the full article here)

It seems like it may have interesting possibilities for those seeking accessible legal information and as a tool for marketting by lawyers (or at least photogenic ones).

Pacer announces missing federal court documents

For those of you who do US legal research on a regular basis: Pacer has announced that there are a large number of missing documents from the US Federal Courts on their system.

According to journalist John Hawkinson this is because of a  "system integration issue — didn't prioritize backwards compatibility."

Here is the text of the announcement (and here's the original announcement page):

'As of August 10, 2014 the following information will no longer be available on PACER: 

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