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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: 

Announcement of service reductions at the Courthouse Libraries BC

Service reductions have recently been announced at Courthouse Libraries BC, due to budget cuts.

Here is the blog post discussing the changes for those who haven't seen it already.

SLA-CWCN project management workshop in Vancouver - September 10th

Join SLA's Western Canada Chapter for a half-day project management workshop in Vancouver with Jim Brosseau of Clarrus Consulting.

 

At the 2014 Annual Conference, SLA President Kate Arnold identified project management skills as a key competency for information professionals.

 

Program published for 2014 WestPac Conference, in Seattle, October 9-11, 2014

The Western Pacific Chapter of AALL has extended an invitation to VALL members to attend their annual meeting in Seattle this year at the member rate. You can read more about registration in my post from yesterday here.

For those of you considering attending, the for 2014 WestPac Conference, will be in Seattle from October 9-11, 2014, and the program has been published here.

Registration open for 2014 WestPac Conference, in Seattle, October 9-11, 2014

Alana Carson of the Western Pacific Chapter of AALL has invited VALL members to join them for their annual meeting in Seattle, running October 9-11, 2104. VALL members can register at the WestPac member rate.

Here is the announcement: 

Gallagher Law Library - UW School of Law in Seattle hosts our 2014 WestPac Conference

Please Register

Alana Carson from Local Arrangements wants everyone to know that you can now register early to receive the Conference Early Bird rate. Registering early also helps Local Arrangements plan for meals and events.

Be sure to book your hotel early as well. There are a limited amount of rooms available at the contracted rate. Please visit the Conference Website for information on registration, the hotel, events, and transportation options.

You will receive information on the Education Program soon, as the program is added to the webpage.

Our conference takes place from Oct. 9-11, including an amazing reception on opening night. Looking forward to seeing familiar and new faces this year!

Vivian Schmidt memorial

VALL colleagues - I received this notice and thought I would share it here, in case any of you knew Vivian Schmidt.

Dear All,

It's with deep sadness that I share, a valued colleague, librarian, friend and SLAIS graduate, Vivian Schmidt, passed away June 21st. Vivian worked for many local libraries, public & special and was recognized for her expertise in the area of legal librarianship, Please join us in remembering Vivian Sat. July 5th, details, provided by the CUPE 391, follow


Vivian Schmidt's memorial service will be at the Hamilton Harron Funeral Home 5390 Fraser St., Vancouver on Saturday July 5th, at 2:00pm.

If you click on the Hamilton Harron link above you will go to the website where you will also note on the right hand side of the homepage, an Obituaries & Services Box with a link to Vivian Lee Austin Schmidt. The link leads to a guest book where you can submit an entry.

A reception will follow the memorial. See attached image which will be distributed to all work units.

Please RSVP your attendance to lauramaries@hotmail.com

Thank you

Gerard Batty

President, CUPE 391

Vancouver, Gibsons & Sechelt Public Library Workers

2014 SLA 60 Sites in 60 Minutes presentation available

The slides from the 2014 SLA conference presentation "60 Sites in 60 Minutes" are now available at http://www.slideshare.net/iBraryGuy/2014-sla-60-sites-in-60-minutes-slides. The presenters were John DiGilio, Gayle Lynn-Nelson, and Samuel Wiggins.

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