Thursday, October 19, 2017

Primary Research Group Report on University Faculty Use of Library Assistance in Navigating Bibliometrics & Altmetrics Tools

New York-based Primary Research Group has just published a report called International Survey of Research University Faculty: Use of Library Assistance in Navigating Bibliometrics & Altmetrics Tools:
"This 76-page report presents data from a sample of 325 faculty from research universities in the USA, Canada, the UK, Ireland and Australia about their use of library resources in navigating bibliometrics and altmetrics tools. The study reports on the extent of use of library classes, videos, tutorials, brown bag lunch presentations and other sources of assistance to faculty on the growing use of bibliometric and altmetric tools. In addition, the study reports on the percentage of faculty seeking help of any kind in this area, their evaluation of the quality of the help offered, and their needs in this area currently and in the future. Data in the report is broken down by many useful criteria including age, gender, academic title, field of subject specialization, teaching load and other personal variables, as well as institutional variables such as world university ranking, public/private status, host country, and other institutional variables."
Print and PDF versions are available. Site licenses are also available.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Crown Copyright E-Petition Update

This is an update to the Library Boy post of May 31, 2017 entitled Petition to House of Commons to Fix Crown Copyright.

University of Alberta Copyright Librarian Amanda Wakaruk had circulated a petition asking the Government of Canada to make publicly available government works part of the public domain.

Wakaruk provided an update earlier this week on a government information listserv:
"The petition closed on September 23 with almost three times the number of signatories required for certification. It is also one of the few e-petitions to have signatories from all provinces and territories. The e-petition is scheduled for tabling in the House of Commons on Friday, October 20. The Government of Canada will then have 45 days to respond."
Wakaruk has more information on the topic on her Fix Crown Copyright website.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Upcoming Symposium Supreme Court of Canada: Looking to the Future

The Supreme Court of Canada, in conjunction with the National Judicial Institute, is hosting a symposium on Thursday, October 26 on the future of the court:
"Some 110 participants, including the Justices of the Supreme Court, chief justices and judges from several Canadian courts and other courts around the world, legal scholars, lawyers, government representatives and law students will attend the Symposium. The theme of the Symposium is the Supreme Court of Canada: Looking to the Future. An impressive selection of speakers will address four broad themes: Different Models of Supreme Court Judging; the Supreme Court, the Executive and Parliament; the Public Presence of the Supreme Court and the Role of the Media; and the Supreme Court of Canada of the Future: An Open Discussion. During the last segment, short videos will be presented by law students who won a national essay competition whose theme was 'SCC 2067 – the Supreme Court of Canada in Fifty Years’ Time'." [from the press release]
The event will be webcast live.

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Supreme Court of Canada: New Library Titles

The list of new library titles added to the Supreme Court of Canada collection from October1 to 15, 2017 is now available on the Court website.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Three-Part Series on State of Law Library eBooks 2017-18

The website LLRX.com has published the first article in a three-part series on The State of Law Library eBooks 2017-18.

It is written by Ellyssa Kroski, Director of Information Technology at the New York Law Institute (NYLI) :
"This article will describe the current landscape of eBooks relevant to the law library field, the benefits and challenges of offering eBooks in law libraries, the different ways to purchase law-related eBooks, and how to get started choosing a solution. This is Part One of a three-part article series which will be followed closely by Part Two: Brass Tacks which will discuss the different pricing models that are available, how they work, their advantages, disadvantages, and a checklist of questions to ask before choosing an eBook solution for your law library. Part Three: What Law Libraries are Doing will delve into what we’ve chosen to do for our eBooks program at NYLI and how that has evolved over the past five years to a hybrid model, as well as what other law libraries have chosen as their solutions."

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Canadian Association of Law Libraries Webinar on Platforms, Apps and Omnibots

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) is hosting a webinar on October 26, 2017 called Platforms, Apps and Omnibots - Alternate Views on the Future of Legal Research . It starts at 1PM Eastern time:
"Can you imagine a future where a single sign-in will give you access to a range of tools to support different aspects of legal research? How about one where effective research requires multiple accounts from different service providers each of which offer a tailored solution. Or perhaps a future where you simply ask an artificially intelligent Alexa, Siri, Cortana or Google to find you some stuff that you can rely on? As you might have already observed, we are madly rushing in all three directions right now!"
The speaker is Colin Lachance, former CEO of CanLII (2011 - 2015), and past advisor to numerous legal tech startups.

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Thursday, October 05, 2017

Library Association Submissions on Canadian Copyright Board Reform

The Government of Canada has been holding consultations on the reform of the Copyright Board whose job it is to establish royalties for the use of copyrighted materials.

Today, the website Librarianship.ca posted summaries of the submissions from two library associations: the Canadian Federation of Library Associations and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries.

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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Call for Proposals for WILU 2018 Library Instruction Conference in Ottawa

WILU stands for Workshop for Instruction in Library Use and is an annual Canadian conference devoted to research and innovations in the area of information literacy and library instruction.

The University of Ottawa Library will be hosting the 2018 WILU conference next June.

The Call for proposals is open until November 13, 2017.

Proposals can be made for the following formats:
  • Presentation (45-minute session)
  • Workshop (120-minute session)
  • Panel discussion (45-minute session)
  • Lightning talk (7-minute session)
  • Techno expo kiosk (similar to a poster session, but with computers and large screens to showcase innovative applications of instructional technology)
The WILU 2018 conference site has a history section that contains presentations from many earlier gatherings.

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Statistics Canada Report on Sexual Assault

Statistics Canada has published a report entitled Police-reported sexual assaults in Canada, 2009 to 2014: A statistical profile:
"There were 117,238 sexual assaults reported by police in Canada from 2009 to 2014. The vast majority (98%) of sexual assaults reported by police were level 1 offences, which involve some or no physical injury to the victim. The remaining 2% were level 2 or 3 sexual assaults, which are more violent and involve bodily harm or endangering the life of the victim."

"Not all sexual assaults, however, are reported to police. Sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes in Canada. According to the most recent General Social Survey (GSS) on Canadians' Safety (Victimization), which collects information on incidents whether or not they were reported to the police, about 1 in 20 sexual assaults were reported to the police in 2014."
Among the highlights of the report:
  • Majority of sexual assault victims were young females
  • Half of male sexual assault victims were boys aged 13 or younger
  • Delay in reporting to police about 12 times longer for sexual assault than for physical assault
  • Sexual assaults involving a child victim saw longest delays in reporting to police
  • Accused charged in less than half of sexual assault incidents
  • Most victims of sexual assault knew their assailant
  • Just over half of child sexual assault victims were victimized by a family member

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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Law Commission of Ontario Class Actions Project

The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) has launched a major class actions research project:

"The LCO’s class action project considers Ontario’s experience with class actions since the enactment of the Class Proceedings Act in 1993. The project has two main objectives:
  • Survey the experience with class actions in Ontario, and
  • Provide an independent and practical analysis of class actions from the perspective of their three objectives: access to justice, judicial economy, and deterrence.
The project will produce an independent, balanced, and authoritative report on class actions issues. The report may make recommendations for law reform where appropriate to do so."
Public consultations will begin later in 2017.

The last comprehensive review of class  proceedings in Ontario was in 1990.

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Monday, October 02, 2017

October 2017 Issue of In Session - E-Newsletter of Canadian Association of Law Libraries

The October 2017 issue of In Session is available online.

It is the monthly e-newsletter of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) and contains news from CALL committees and special interest groups, member updates and events.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Annotated Criminal Code for Social Media Abuse

University of British Columbia law professor Benjamin Perrin has published an annotated Criminal Code that deals with Social Media Crime in Canada:


"This annotated Criminal Code aims to be a resource for scholars, judges, Crown prosecutors and defence counsel, police, and others interested in social media and criminal law. After the relevant Criminal Code provisions in bold, a brief description of the general law related to them appear, followed by a more detailed set of case summaries that describe the application of each provision in the social media context. These summaries are concise enough to identify potentially relevant judicial decisions quickly so that readers can then consult the full decisions. The following offences are covered in this annotated Criminal Code:
  • Participation in the activity in a terrorist group (s. 83.18)
  • Counselling the commission of an indictable offence for the benefit of, at the direction of or in association with a terrorist organization (ss. 2, 83.24-27, 464)
  • Public mischief (s. 140)
  • Sexual interference (s. 151)
  • Invitation to sexual touching (s. 152)
  • Sexual Exploitation (s. 153)
  • Voyeurism (s. 162)
  • Child pornography (s. 163.1)
  • Luring a child (s. 172.1)
  • Indecent acts (s. 173)
  • Criminal harassment (s. 264)
  • Uttering threats (s. 264.1)
  • Sexual assault (s. 265)
  • Inciting hatred (s. 319)
  • Unauthorized use of a computer (s. 342.1)
  • Extortion (s. 346) "
The CBC interviewd Prof. Perrin yestersay.

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Supreme Court of Canada: New Library Titles

The list of new library titles added to the Supreme Court of Canada collection from September 16th to 30th, 2017 is now available on the Court website.


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Thursday, September 28, 2017

US Federal Courts Web Archive

The Library of Congress blog In Custodia Legis has a post today on the launching of the Federal Courts Web Archive:
"The Federal Courts Web Archive, recently launched by the Library of Congress Web Archiving Team and the Law Library of Congress, provides retrospective archival coverage of the websites of the federal judiciary. The websites in this archive include those of the Supreme Court of the United States, as well as federal appellate courts, trial courts, and other tribunals. These sites contain a wide variety of resources prepared by federal courts, such as: slip opinions, transcripts, dockets, court rules, calendars, announcements, judicial biographies, statistics, educational resources, and reference materials. The materials available on the federal court websites were created to support a diverse array of users and needs, including attorneys and their clients, pro se litigants seeking to represent themselves, jurors, visitors to the court, and community outreach programs."
The archive covers the following courts:
  • US Supreme Court
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals
  • U.S. District Courts
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Courts
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

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Preview of the Upcoming Term of the US Supreme Court

The Congressional Research Service in Washington has prepared a Preview of Select Cases for the upcoming term of the US Supreme Court:
"The next Court term has the potential to be one of the most consequential in years."
"A full discussion of every case that the Court will hear during the October 2017 term is beyond the scope of this report (indeed, the Court has to grant certiorari to the majority of cases that will likely make up its docket for the upcoming year). But Table 1 provides brief summaries of the cases the Court has already agreed to hear during the October 2017 term, and many of the cases on the Court’s docket are discussed in existing or forthcoming CRS products. The majority of this report highlights four notable cases of the new term that could impact the work of Congress: (1) Carpenter v. United States; (2) Christie v. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA); (3) Gill v. Whitford; and (4) Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission."
The highlighted cases deal with:
  • the warrantless collection of historical cell phone location data
  • New Jersey’s sports gambling prohibition
  • electoral redistricting and gerrymandering
  • states’ interests in enforcing their civil rights laws against the interests of those who object to same-sex marriage on religious grounds

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Law Library of Congress Interview With Michael Goodson, Baseball Law Expert

In Custodia Legis, the blog of the Law Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., has posted an interview this week with Michael Goodson, Collection Services Intern whose job is to identify U.S. and foreign legal collection items related to baseball and the law for a major library exhibit next year:
"How would you describe your job to other people?
I would describe my job to other people as becoming the dedicated baseball expert of the Law Library of Congress – specializing in searching the vast legal collections for fascinating information in order to help put together the upcoming Baseball Americana exhibit (...)

What is the most interesting fact you’ve learned about the Law Library?
The Library of Congress has the most extensive baseball card as well as comics collections!"
The Law Library of Congress is the world’s largest law library, with a collection of over 2.65 million volumes from all ages of history and virtually every jurisdiction in the world.   

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Five Questions with Megan Siu, Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) has been running a series of member profiles called Five Questions With...

The most recent interview is with Megan Siu, Community Development & Education Specialist, Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta.
Many more profiles can be found on the CALL Blog.

Another interesting profile series consists of interviews by the Law Library of Congress in Washington with members of its staff.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Supreme Court of Canada Calendar of Upcoming October 2017 Hearings

The Supreme Court of Canada has published its calendar of appeal hearings for October 2017.

To find out more about any particular case, click on the docket number in parentheses next to each case name to find docket information, case summaries as well as facta from the parties.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Law Commission of Ontario Releases Fifth Paper on Defamation

This is a follow-up to the July 27, 2017 Library Boy post entitled Law Commission of Ontario Releases Papers on Defamation.

The Law Commission of Ontario has released a fifth and final background paper as part of its project on Defamation Law in the Internet Age.

The paper is entitled Reputation systems, ADR, Industry Regulation and other Extra-Judicial Possibilities for Protecting Reputation in the Internet Age.

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Updated Research Guides From GlobaLex

GlobaLex, the electronic collection created by the Hauser Global Law School Program at the New York University School of Law, recently updated some of its research guides:
  • A Research Guide to Cases and Materials on Terrorism: "A bibliographic survey of the law relating to terrorism - even one that tries to avoid advocacy and argument, and perhaps even more so on account of that - exposes its author to criticism more than anything over definition and criteria for inclusion. Terrorism itself is a moving target: laws addressing it written by a fearful Establishment, its history written by the victors. Terrorist acts can be undertaken for all sorts of reasons or, conceptually at least, for none at all other than to promote anarchy or to express hatred. A purely criminal undertaking (as in extortion) is the least likely to threaten the wider public (such crime tends to be local or limited to particular ethnic groups) and it is also the easiest to deal with. Terrorist acts commonly arise out of grievance and frustration, real or imagined: religious, political, economic, personal. Terrorism, or the threat of terrorism, can involve weapons of mass destruction, or it can consist of measures of murder and mayhem, repression and intimidation directed at individuals, at a group or class, or at all the inhabitants of a region or state. While a dozen or more sectors of the law are pertinent to terrorism - some as cause, some as effect, some as impediment and some as punishment - historically, no law has been more successful than the mere passage of time in bringing it to an end. Terrorism and its companion, civil unrest, either bring revolutionary change and are then sanctified in a new national myth, or they fail and grievances either continue to fester or are overtaken by events (...) The point of this survey is not so much to list sources - many of these could be found with a search engine and legal database; others by using some of the better bibliographic sites listed here. It is rather to provide some assistance in planning research and in formulating issues to address - to examine the range of issues and provide links, first to sources that are considered reliable and unbiased, then to specimen law cases and scholarly articles and, finally, to opinions and arguments not otherwise adumbrated which, even if they are in support of a particular agenda are coherent, plausible and forthright in their advocacy or apologia. Collected here are many of the major court cases involving terrorism and terrorists of the modern era, as well as a sampling of issues related to terrorism. "
  • The Amparo Context in Latin American Jurisdiction: An Approach to an Empowering Action: " Since 1948 and after the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the necessity of a judicial mechanism of human rights protection became a global concern. Under the influence of Mexican amparo, the right to everyone 'to simple and prompt recourse, or any other effective recourse, to a competent court or tribunal for protection against acts that violate his fundamental rights recognized by the constitution or laws of the state concerned or by this Convention, even though such violation may have been committed by persons acting in the course of their official duties' was included in the American Convention on Human Rights (article 25.1) in 1969. With this 'inter-American purpose', the writ of amparo was conceived (also called Acción de Tutela, Recurso de Amparo and Juicio de Amparo, among others), inspired in the Mexican amparo which was created with the deep conviction of the need for a procedural instrument to protect the fundamental rights of the governed against the public power, including challenging the constitutionality of laws. Today is clear that one fundamental aspect in the modernization of the justice system in Latin American countries has been the quantitative and qualitative improvement of the instruments and the constitutional possibilities for the citizen to access the justice. This is particularly relevant taking into account the lack of access and the corruption in some governments and justice systems in the region. "

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Government Information Day in Ottawa

The University of Ottawa Library and the Carleton University Library, in collaboration with Library and Archives Canada (LAC), are holding a Government Information Day on October 26, 2017.

The day's activities will take place at Library and Archives Canada and feature presentations on the following themes:
  • Access to government information and data in an era of “open by default” 
  • Extending preservation and access - government information and data beyond government 
The full program is available on the LAC website.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Newest Issue of Canadian Law Library Review

The most recent issue of the Canadian Law Library Review (CLLR) is available online.

The CLLR is the official journal of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries.

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