Monday, September 26, 2016

Canadian Association of Law Libraries Webinar on Reducing Stress Through Play

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) is organizing a webinar called Play to Reduce Stress and Increase Cognition on October 13, 2016 from 1 to 2:30PM Eastern:
"Law schools and law firms are stressful environments which can lead individuals to feel overwhelmed, anxious or depressed, potentially resulting in destructive behaviour.  Universities and professional legal associations have developed wellness and mental health programs to assist individuals develop coping mechanisms.  Librarians can supplement these programs by offering fun-filled, playful activities which will reduce stress in and increase the cognitive abilities of their patrons." 
"In recent years, researchers have extolled the emotional, psychological and physical benefits of adults partaking of childhood games.  Libraries are perfectly situated to provide students, lawyers and staff with opportunities to play.  Self-paced “take-a-break” games and activities, for example, allow individuals to spend a few minutes having fun and becoming re-energized.  Planned events can be useful in creating a positive social environment by bringing students, lawyers and staff together to have fun or engage in playful competition."
The speaker will be Kim Clarke, Head of the Bennett Jones Law Library and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Calgary.

CALL/ACBD Member: $40 + $5.20 HST = $45.20
Non-member: $60 + $7.80 HST = $67.80
Student Rate: $25 + $3.25 HST = $28.25

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Supreme Court of Canada Hearings Calendar for October 2016

The Supreme Court of Canada has published its calendar of appeal hearings for October 2016.

To find out more about any particular case, the Court's website has a section that allows users to find docket information, case summaries as well as facta from the parties. All you need to do is click on a case name.

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Directory of Quebec Law Blogs

Édith Guilhermont, a legal scholar at the University of Sherbrooke in the province of Quebec, has created a directory of Quebec law-related blogs.

It lists blogs that deal with law applicable to Quebec an whose main audience is the Quebec legal community.

Guilhermont's recent research has been trying to answer the question of whether law-related blogs can be included in the category of "doctrinal literature" (scholarly commentary) alongside traditional formats such as treatises, seminar/conference papers, theses, etc.


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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Two New Canadian Association of Law Libraries Awards

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries announced at its 2016 annual conference in Vancouver that Thomson Reuters is funding  two new prizes launched in memory of members the Association lost in 2015.

The Gisele Laprise Prize will recognize an outstanding contribution to the understanding of civil and common law systems in Canada and the Michael Silverstein Prize will recognize an outstanding contribution to the understanding of primary law and legal taxonomy.

Applications/nominations for both of these awards will open in early December 2016 and close in February 2017.  

The winners will be announced at the annual conference in Ottawa (May 2017). 

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

September 2016 Issue of Governance and Recordkeeping Around the World

The Governance and Recordkeeping Around the World newsletter, published by Library and Archives Canada (LAC), highlights issues pertaining to government and recordkeeping practices in the public and private sectors around the world.

The September 2016 issue has just been published.

It includes:
  • news items from Canada and around the world 
  • announcements of upcoming Canadian and international events (meetings, conferences, seminars) 
  • project and product news in areas such as digitization, archives, open source, e-government, access to information and Web 2.0 
  • listings of papers and readings (white papers, presentations, reports)

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Canadian Bar Association Legal Futures Round-Up: September 19, 2016

CBA National, the magazine of the Canadian Bar Association, publishes a regular feature entitled Legal Futures roundup that tracks "noteworthy developments, opinions and news in the legal futures space as a means of furthering discussion about our changing legal marketplace."

The most recent instalment includes items on, among other things, legislative reform of the legal services industry in England and Wales, Norton Rose’s acquisition of Bull Housser in Vancouver, whether lawyers ought to have a monopoly on delivering legal services, access to justice in rural communities, Justice Robin Camp’s disciplinary hearing in front of the Canadian Judicial Council over remarks he made during a sexual assault trial in Alberta, a survey about legal services outsourcing, the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) clauses of the Trans Pacific Partnership, and more.

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Fall Lineup at the Supreme Court of Canada

Earlier this week, the Toronto Star published a preview of some of the big cases to be heard this fall at the Supreme Court of Canada:
"Can a Canadian court curb Google search results worldwide if they advertise a Canadian company’s counterfeiting competitor? Does Facebook violate your privacy rights when it uses your name and photo in ads to endorse products after you 'liked' a website? What’s the proper test to release a convicted murderer on bail while he appeals a conviction?"

"They’re just some of the big questions among 29 appeals facing a short-handed Supreme Court of Canada as it starts a busy fall session next month."
The Court website has more details in its Scheduled Hearings section. Click on the name of any upcoming case to access docket information, a summary of the legal issues involved as well as copies of the facta submitted by the parties.

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Most Recent Issue of Canadian Law Library Review Available Online

The most recent issue of the Canadian Law Library Review (CLLR) is now available online on the Issuu publishing platform.

The feature articles are:
  • E-Books in Canadian Law Libraries 
  • Coping With Budget Cuts: How Canadian Libraries Compare With Other Countries
The CLLR is the journal of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries.




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Thursday, September 15, 2016

More on New Lbrarian of Congress Carla Hayden

This is a follow-up to yesterday's post entitled Carla Hayden Sworn In as 14th Librarian of Congress.

Carla Hayden, the former chief executive of the Enoch Pratt Free Library system in Baltimore and a former president of the American Library Association, was sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. yesterday.

Hayden is the first woman and the first African-American to serve as Librarian of Congress.

Here is some of the background and news coverage relating to her appointment:

The Library of Congress Gets a History-Making New Leader (The Atlantic, July 13, 2016): "Hayden will be the first Librarian of Congress appointed during the internet age— and the first librarian who seems to understand its power. Hayden is credited with modernizing the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore’s 22-branch city library system. (She also successfully kept the library open throughout the Freddie Gray protests last year.) As president of the American Library Association in 2003 and 2004, she frequently and publicly criticized Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, which allowed federal law enforcement to access public-library borrowing records. Hayden has sat on the National Museum and Library Services Board since 2010. She holds a doctorate degree in library sciences from the University of Chicago. Though these may sound like job requirements, Hayden is the first professional librarian to run the Library in more than 60 years."
New librarian of Congress Carla Hayden taking over organization in turmoil (Baltimore Sun, September 14, 2016): "The Library of Congress is an organization in turmoil. The world's largest and most prestigious library has seen its reputation suffer after a withering report was released in March 2015 by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (...) The report painted a picture of an institution in danger of losing touch with the public because it hasn't kept pace with modern methods of creating, sharing and preserving information. For instance, a huge backlog of materials moldering in warehouses has yet even to be cataloged — let alone digitized (...) Hayden's supporters say she has the backbone, political savvy and grit to pull off even a turn-around this daunting. This is the woman who assumed the top job at the Pratt in 1993 when the library's reputation was in a decline so steep many feared it wouldn't recover and restored it to a position of national prominence. There's a reason, they say, that this year Fortune magazine ranked Hayden 25th among the world's 50 greatest leaders."
Carla Hayden breaks new ground as 14th librarian of Congress (AP, September 14, 2016): "Hayden was sworn in Wednesday by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, with her hand on Abraham Lincoln's Bible. It's part of the library's collection and was used by Obama at his inauguration. 'As a descendant of people who were denied the right to read, to now have the opportunity to serve and lead the institution that is the national symbol of knowledge, is a historic moment,' Hayden said to applause from a crowd that included numerous members of Congress and actor and literacy advocate LeVar Burton, the longtime host of 'Reading Rainbow'."
‘Rock star’ Baltimore librarian makes history at Library of Congress (Washington Post, September 14, 2016): "The usually quiet atrium of the Enoch Pratt Free Library came alive with laughter and cheers last month as hundreds gathered to say goodbye to a Baltimore official known to many as “Doc.” It was an astonishing display of affection for the Pratt’s departing leader, Carla D. Hayden, who is being sworn in Wednesday as the new head of the Library of Congress. Many dismiss urban libraries as outdated and irrelevant, yet Baltimore residents and civic leaders were celebrating the Pratt and Hayden, who captained its resurgence."
‘10 Questions With Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden (Time Magazine, September 26, 2016 issue): "What’s significant about your new appointment? Being the first female and the first African American means that the legacy of the 14 Librarians of Congress will include diversity–and also a female in a female-dominated profession."

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Carla Hayden Sworn In as 14th Librarian of Congress

Earlier today, Carla Hayden, the former chief executive of the Enoch Pratt Free Library system in Baltimore and a former president of the American Library Association, was sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress during a ceremony in Washington, D.C.


Hayden is the first woman and the first African-American to serve as Librarian of Congress.


The entire ceremony was broadcast live on YouTube and has been archived.


The Law Librarian of Congress, part of the Library of Congress, is the world's largest law library.



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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Spreadsheet of Library Strategic Plans From Across Canada

Patricia Presti from Infotrova Research Services Canada has created a spreadsheet listing more than 100 strategic plans from all kinds of libraries across Canada.

The list includes link to plans developed by public, academic and special libraries.

[Source: Stephen's Lighthouse]


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Monday, September 12, 2016

Research Libraries Statement on Fair Dealing and Copyright

Last week, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries issued a statement that declares that the Copyright Act’s fair dealing provision is being applied by Canadian university libraries in a responsible and informed manner:
"Over the past twelve years, the Supreme Court of Canada has written extensively on the appropriate use of the fair dealing exception under the Copyright Act, championing a 'large and liberal' interpretation. This balanced approach to copyright has been welcomed across the higher learning environment, and the Copyright Act’s fair dealing provision is being applied by Canadian university libraries in a responsible and informed manner."

"The 31 member libraries of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) spent $293 million on information resources in 2014-15, demonstrating a clear commitment to accessing print and digital content legally and rewarding content owners accordingly."

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Thursday, September 08, 2016

Association of Research Libraries Releases Collection Assessment Survey Resuls

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) recently released a "SPEC Kit" on collection assessment.

Since the early 1970s, ARL has used the SPEC survey program to bring research libraries up-to-date information on library policies and procedures from member libraries in Canada and the USA.

The collection assessment SPEC kit:
"(...) explores which collection assessment methods, measures, and practices ARL member libraries currently employ. This study gathered information on which library staff collect and analyze data, for what purposes the results are used, with whom data is shared, how well assessment questions are answered. The survey also investigated whether the available methods, data, and tools are aligned with the purposes for assessing collections."

"This SPEC Kit includes examples of job descriptions of library staff who are responsible for collection assessment, data collection and analysis policies and procedures, and examples of how collection data is used and shared with a range of constituents."

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Tuesday, September 06, 2016

September 2016 Issue of In Session: Canadian Association of Law Libraries' e-Newsletter

The September 2016 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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Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Library Boy on Hiatus in August

Library Boy is taking a vacation in August. All I can think about these days is riding my bike along the Rideau Canal, ice cream and Netflix binge watching.

Keep well, keep cool and talk to you after Labour Day.
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

List of Top Ten Canadian Law Podcasts

Emma Durand-Wood from Stem Legal, a legal industry strategy firm, has published a blog post describing her list for ten of the best Canadian law podcasts:
"Whether Serial was your introduction to the wonderful world of podcasts, or you’ve been listening to them for years, podcasts have officially gone mainstream — some are even calling 2016 “the year of the podcast”. Amidst the hundreds and thousands of podcasts out there on iTunes and otherwise, it can be hard to find the good stuff (the fact that even an amateur can make one: boon and bane)."

"So here are 10 of the best Canadian law-related podcasts for your listening pleasure."

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

July 2016 Issue of Connected Bulletin on Courts and Social Media

The July 2016 issue of Connected is available online. The bulletin covers news about the impact of new social media on courts.

The bulletin is published by the Virginia-based National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and the Conference of Court Public Information Officers.

In this month's issue:
  • Should Pokémon Go stop in the courtroom?
  • Facebook Live vs. Privacy Law
  • New Mexico Supreme Court issues warning to judges about using social media
  • Massachusetts teen to face manslaughter over texts urging boyfriend to commit suicide
  • Court: Text messages can form a binding contract
  • Jailer's social media posts under investigation

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Analysis of Beverley McLachlin's Output as Chief Justice of Canada

The Court.ca blog run by students at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto has just published part 2 of The Supreme Court by Numbers, an analysis of the output of Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin since she was appointed to her position in January 2000.

Part 1 was published in April and consisted in a word-count analysis of the output of all the Supreme Court of Canada justices based on the 2015 decisions of the Court (in English).

Part 2 concludes by saying:
"McLachlin’s output is worthy of a Chief Justice who has spent many years on the Court. She continues to produce a remarkable number of opinions annually, while attending to her other duties as Chief, she is squarely in the majority camp for most decisions, and is also able to join with all of her colleagues, albeit some more frequently than others. In order to see how her legacy compares with her peers, our next project will be to compare and contrast Chief Justice MacLachlin’s output with her two Charter­-era predecessors: Chief Justice Brian Dickson and Antonio Lamer."

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