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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.

#SLAtalk: Post-Conference Chat

From Tracy Maleeff:

#SLAtalk: Post-Conference Chat

http://www.sla.org/slatalk-post-conference-chat/

Whether you attended #SLA2014 in person or just followed along from afar, join us for an hour-long Twitter chat to discuss the ideas and inspirations that came out of Vancouver.

When: Tuesday, June 24th at 4:00 pm Eastern (1:00 pm Pacific / 8:00 pm UTC)
What time is that where you are? http://time.is/compare

Questions to Answer:

James D. Lang Memorial Scholarship fund

James D. Lang Memorial Scholarship fund

A reminder to CALL/ACBD members that June 15 is the next deadline for applications to the James D. Lang Memorial Scholarship fund.

Members of CALL/ACBD who have been in good standing for a minimum of twelve months are invited to apply for funding.  The scholarship is designed to support attendance at a continuing education program, be it a workshop, certificate program or other similar activity deemed appropriate by the CALL/ACBD Scholarships and Awards Committee.  Support for attendance at annual conferences normally does not fall within the terms of reference for this scholarship.

This scholarship fund was established in memory of James D. Lang, a long-time employee of Carswell and member of CALL/ ACBD.  We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to further your professional education.

An application form is available under Scholarships and Awards on the CALL/ACBD website. Please e-mail the completed form and attachments to:

Ann Marie Melvie
Chair, CALL/ACBD Scholarships and Awards Committee
Email: amelvie@sasklawcourts.ca

CALL-ACBD Semantic Web Preconference slides posted

In case any VALL members were disappointed to miss the CALL-ACBD presentation I did with Tim Knight of Osgoode Hall Law School Library this year, I thought I would point out that the slides have been posted on the York Institutional Repository here.

Print copies of the SCRs available from the SCC

From the Library of the Supreme Court of Canada:

NOTICE TO LIBRARY ASSOCIATIONS

Subject: Change of Customer Service for the Canada Supreme Court Reports As of April 1, 2014, the Publishing and Depository Services of the Government of Canada ceased to sell or distribute print copies of government publications.

The Supreme Court of Canada, however, will continue to publish the print version of the Canada Supreme Court Reports. These will be available from the Office of the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada as of June 30, 2014.

Canadian libraries which were previously depository libraries under the Depository Services Program will continue to be eligible for complimentary print subscriptions to the Canada Supreme Court Reports.

The majority of foreign and international depository libraries will need to subscribe if they wish to continue their print subscription. Commercial subscriptions will be available directly from the Supreme Court of Canada.

It will also be possible to access the pdf copy of the Reports at no charge from the Supreme Court website (http://www.scc-csc.gc.ca). The pdf will be released simultaneous with the print distribution.

For queries or to subscribe to the Canada Supreme Court Reports, please contact:

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