Monday, September 18, 2017

The Good and Bad of PowerPoint Slides

Ah...PowerPoint.

How do I love thee? How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways...

Today on Slaw.ca, Steven B. Levy wrote about what PowerPoint is good for, and not so good for:
"I’ve seen many successful projects perceived as troubled simply because the project manager couldn’t 'manage' a presentation."

"In a project management presentation, PowerPoint (or its equivalent) is good for two things, and two things only:
  • Visuals, and
  • Signposts
It is a very poor tool for the purpose most people use it: transmission of information."
Not that I have ever, ever made any of the mistakes listed.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Supreme Court of Canada: New Library Titles

The list of new library titles added to the Supreme Court of Canada collection from September 1st to 15th, 2017 is now available on the Court website.

It is possible to subscribe via e-mail to receive the list.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

September 2017 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 2017 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 13, 2017

Law Library of Congress Interview With Adrienne Keys, Specialist in Legislative Information Systems Management

In Custodia Legis, the blog of the Law Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., has posted an interview this week with Adrienne Keys, specialist in legislative information systems management within the Congressional Research Service (CRS) of the Library of Congress:
"How would you describe your job to other people?
As a specialist in legislative information systems management, I do a little bit of a lot of different things for Congress.gov, including testing the system to ensure the accuracy of legislative and congressional data, and making sure that new and existing site features are working correctly. I am currently preparing to give a demonstration of the site to a group of congressional staff as part of a pre-conference event. I am also frequently on the front line answering questions about the site from users – which reminds me very much of my previous jobs in public affairs and congressional services. One aspect of my role that I particularly enjoy is publishing tips on Congress.gov search – and other site – functions. New tips are posted on Congress.gov’s homepage almost every week, with links to help pages with detailed information and images that provide additional guidance."
Congress.gov is the free official website for U.S. federal legislative information.

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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American Libraries Magazine 2017 Library Design Showcase

The magazine American Libraries has just published the 2017 Library Design Showcase:
"These are shining examples of innovative architectural feats that address user needs in unique, interesting, and effective ways. Renovations and expansions dominated this year, showing that libraries are holding on to and breathing new life into spaces already cherished by their communities."
One of the buildings featured in the slide show is the Vaughan Civic Centre Resource Library in Vaughan, Ontario.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Indigenous Canada

The University of Alberta has developed a free MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) entitled Indigenous Canada:
"From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations."
"Indigenous Canada is for students from faculties outside the Faculty of Native Studies with an interest in acquiring a basic familiarity with Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal relationships."
The free online class takes place over 12 weeks and includes twelve modules composed of video lectures, course notes and required and recommended readings.

Topics covered include:
  • The fur trade and other exchange relationships
  • Land claims and environmental impacts
  • Legal systems and rights
  • Political conflicts and alliances
  • Indigenous political activism
  • Contemporary Indigenous life, art and its expressions.
Earlier Library Boy posts about MOOCs include:

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Manitoba Law Reform Consultation Report on Small Estates

The Manitoba Law Reform Commission has published a Consultation Report on Updating the Administration of Small Estates as part of its Access to Justice initiative entitled "Access to Courts and Court Processes".

"In Manitoba, The Court of Queen’s Bench Surrogate Practice Act ('The Surrogate Practice Act') governs the administration of estates, whether there is a will or not. The rules in place serve to protect estates from fraud and mismanagement. The ordinary process for obtaining probate carries with it legal and administrative costs as well as time and administrative burdens. But what happens in the case of relatively small estates, where the costs associated with administering the estate may be disproportionately high compared to the value of the estate? In these cases, the estate available for distribution may be depleted. Alternatively, the personal representative for the estate may choose not to administer the estate at all"

(...)

"This Consultation Report considers possible amendments to improve the legislation and procedure related to the summary administration of small estates under The Surrogate Practice Act. The primary area addressed is whether the monetary jurisdiction should be increased."
The report looks at practices in a number of other Canadian jurisdictions, including Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories.

The comment period on this Consultation Report is open until October 30, 2017.

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13 Questions With Allyson Fox - Southern Ontario Library Service

The librarianship.ca website has been running a series of librarian profiles called 13 Questions With ...

Here is the most recent one with Allyson Fox, Training Manager, Southern Ontario Library Service:
"Why a career in librarianship?
Working at the Law Society of Upper Canada was what led to me pursing a career as a librarian. I didn’t intentionally seek out a library job, but once I started working in the Great Library, I knew that I was where I was supposed to be. I loved spending my days in the library and watching and listening to the knowledgeable staff members, many of whom had been there for decades. They seemed to know everything there was to know about legal research. I liked the high-pressure environment as lawyers would rush in on very tight deadlines and the reference team would work together to get them the information they needed. My manager (Jeanette Bosschart) and the Executive Director (Janine Miller) encouraged me to apply to FIS [University of Toronto]. I pursued my Masters degree while continuing to work part time. Their support and belief in me is what allowed me to finish my Masters while continuing to work and gain the hands on front line experience that I have since applied to every role I’ve had (...)

How do you stay current in your field?
In my current role as Training Manager at SOLS, I develop and coordinate training opportunities for public library staff across southern Ontario. To do my job well, I need to keep on top of the evolving trends and issues impacting public libraries. One of the things I love most about my job is that I get to connect with people working in libraries of all sizes which allows me to stay current about the innovative and exciting things public libraries are doing to serve their communities."

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Most Recent Issue of LawNow: Wills and Estates

The most recent issue of LawNow is available online.









The magazine is published by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta.

The main section contains a number of features articles on wills and estates.

The issue also has a special report on the Canadian Senate.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Québec Copyright Collective Sues Laval University

This is a follow-up to the July 23, 2017 Library Boy post entitled Reaction to Federal Court Decision on York University Fair Dealing that discussed the lawsuit by Access Copyright over the alleged improper reproduction and copying of protected works at York University in Toronto.

Last week, Québec copyright collective Copibec announced it was launching a class action lawsuit against Québec City-based Université Laval for alleged copyright infringement.

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Thursday, September 07, 2017

Everyday Legal Problems and the Cost of Justice

The Canadian Forum on Civil Justice (CFCJ) surveyed over 3,000 people in Canada to better understand their experiences with the civil and family justice system.

The CFCJ has broken down the results based on:

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Wednesday, September 06, 2017

University Of Ottawa Will Host Revived Court Challenges Program

According to the CBC, the University of Ottawa will host a revived Court Challenges Program to help Canadians launch constitutional rights cases in court.

The Program, which provided funding to help minority, women's and other disadvantaged groups to help them launch "test court cases" challenging laws that may violate equality rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, was dismantled under the previous federal government.

According to the CBC story:
"The university will create a new Canadian Centre for the Court Challenges Program, which will be independent of the school aside from administrative support."

"Its role will be to assist the two expert panels who decide which cases to fund: one devoted to official-language cases and the other to human rights (...)"

"[Professor Richard] Clément said the centre will soon hire a small staff, including two lawyers to receive and analyze requests. The lawyers will present each case to the relevant expert panel, who will decide independently whether to provide funding."
The government has committed to spend $5 million per year on the program.

Earlier Library Boy posts about the Court Challenges Program include (older links may not work):
  • Court Challenges Program Challenged? (September 7, 2006): "Newspapers of the CanWest Global chain distributed a Janice Tibbetts article today that claims that the federal government may be considering the elimination of the Court Challenges Program as part of an overall review of government programs (...) The CanWest News Service article entitled Funding for minority groups to challenge federal laws under review reports that the program, first set up under former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, 'has been the target of harsh criticism from social conservatives and critics of so-called judicial activism, who assert the initiative is a slush-fund for left-leaning groups to circumvent the will of elected legislators by challenging them in court'."
  • Lawsuit to Reinstate Federal Court Challenges Program (January 8, 2008): "According to [the Osgoode Hall Law School blog] The Court, 'Last month, a coalition of eight organizations representing equality-seeking communities announced that it will file a motion in Federal Court to intervene in a case challenging the decision of the federal government to cut funding to the Court Challenges Program (...) While operating, the program funded cases dealing with issues such as same-sex marriage, accessibility rights for people with disabilities, sex discrimination, violence against women, criminal law provisions regarding the use of disciplinary force against children, and racial discrimination in the immigration system'. "
  • Impact on Language Minorities from Court Challenges Program Cancellation (January 22, 2008): "The most recent issue of the Canadian government's Weekly Checklist of official publications lists the December 2007 report of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Official Languages on the Court Challenges Program." 
  • Partial Restoration of Court Challenges Program (June 20, 2008): "The government is only reestablishing the official languages minority component of the program, under the name Program to Support Linguistic Rights. However, funding has not been restored for Charter challenges by other groups such as ethnic minorities, gays and lesbians or people with disabilities."

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Tuesday, September 05, 2017

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

The September 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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Monday, September 04, 2017

University Of Toronto Symposium on Library Metrics

The iSchool at the University of Toronto is organizing a symposium next month (Oct. 2 & 3) on Outcomes, Value & Impact: Metrics for Library Success:
"Are your measurement strategies up-to-date?
  • Are you up-to-date on the latest in statistical profiles of libraries in Canada?
  • Are we measuring the community engagement and learning or just counting transactional stats?
  • What's the next step in measurement and what do we know about peer analyses now?"
Speakers include: 
  • Rebecca Jones, Director, Services, Brampton Public Library
  • Mohamed Hosseini-Ara, Toronto Public Library
  • Kim Silk, Canadian Research Network & Author, Creating a Culture of Evaluation
  • Richard Hulser, Chief Librarian, Natural History Museum of LA
  • Terry Beck, Information Services Manager, Sno-Isle Libraries
  • Christa Werle, Public Services Project Manager, Sno-Isle Libraries (via Skype)
  • Lindsay Hanson, Data Analysis Librarian, Sno-Isle Libraries
  • Stephen Abram, Executive Director,Federation of Ontario Public Libraries
  • Carl Thompson, Counting Opinions
  • Daphne Wood, Director, Communications & Development, Greater Victoria Public Library

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Statistics Canada Article on Mandatory Minimum Penalties

Statistics Canada's publication Juristat has published an article entitled Mandatory minimum penalties: An analysis of criminal justice system outcomes for selected offences:
"Historically, Canadian law has laid out mandatory minimum penalties (MMPs) for the most serious offences under the Canadian Criminal Code, such as murder and high treason. For some offences, sometimes under the presence of certain aggravating circumstances such as re-offending or using a firearm, judges in adult courts are required by law to impose a specific type of penalty or length of sentence. In addition to minimum custody sentences (imprisonment), mandatory minimums may apply to fines, and also include the mandatory federal victim surcharge imposed on offenders and used to fund services for victims. Judges do not have the discretion to give a penalty that is less than the MMP, regardless of the circumstances of the case. Over the course of the 20th century in Canada, there was an increase in the use of mandatory minimum penalties for offences such as impaired driving (starting in 1921) and firearms offences (mostly in 1995). Since 2005, the number of offences with MMPs in the Criminal Code and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act increased considerably, as new legislation introduced new or increased mandatory minimums (...)"

"The analysis presented in this Juristat article examines the characteristics and outcomes of cases in adult criminal courts for some of the offences that were subject to changes in MMP legislation enacted from 2005 to 2012. Specifically, the analysis looks at sentencing for offences occurring before and after the introduction or amendment of mandatory minimum penalties, using data from the Integrated Criminal Court Survey (ICCS). In particular, the report focusses on cases where the most serious offence involved selected sexual violations against children, child pornography, or selected firearms-related offences. Some information on police-reported incidents from the Uniform Crime Survey (UCR) is also provided."

"It is important to note that this analysis of court outcomes is limited to information provided by the courts. Information about prosecutor decisions prior to proceeding to court, such as plea bargaining and Crown election, that may have an impact on sentencing, is not available."

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Canadian Web Archiving Coalition Inaugural Meeting

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries is organizing the inaugural meeting of the Canadian Web Archiving Coalition in Gatineau, Québec on September 20:
"The Canadian Web Archiving Coalition (CWAC) is an inclusive community of practice within Canadian libraries, archives, and other memory institutions engaged or otherwise interested in web archiving. The Coalition’s mission is to identify gaps and opportunities that could be addressed by nationally coordinated strategies, actions, and services, including collaborative collection development, training, infrastructure development, and support for practitioners and researchers."
For more background on the Coalition.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Thomson Reuters White Paper on Law Firm Librarians

Thomson Reuters has published a White Paper called Taking a closer look at the changing role of today’s law librarian.

It is based on a survey of 123 respondents from large and medium firms and finds that the law librarian profession has gone through substantial change in the past few years:
"more than half of respondents said their role had undergone substantial change within the past three years, with 15 percent reporting 'extreme change.' How much has changed? Forty-eight percent of respondents reported spending more than three-quarters of their time on activities that were not part of their job descriptions three years ago. That’s a staggering degree of change."

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Monday, August 28, 2017

International Literature Review on Licenses

The International Federation of Library Associations: (IFLA) recently published a Literature Review on the Use Of Licenses in Library Context that looks at the impact of digital licenses on access to library materials.

From the Executive Summary:
"A growing share of library collections is digital. With books – a good – replaced by access to databases – a service – traditional acquisition is increasingly replaced by licencing agreements."

"This has brought many advantages – costs related to physical storage and upkeep are falling, and libraries have access to a wider range of content than ever before. However, the move from purchased ‘hard’ copies to licensed ‘soft’ ones has also brought challenges."

"In order to understand these, and the evidence behind them, IFLA commissioned a literature review in late 2016. This looked through the available academic and grey literature, from theoretical analyses to practical survey work on libraries’ experience of licensing, and its limits as a tool."

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Canadian Association of Law Libraries Webinar on Copyright

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) is hosting a webinar on September 13, 2017 called The Conversation Continues: Copyright in Context for CALL Members . It starts at 1PM Eastern time:
"Following the plenary at this year's Annual Conference, this webinar panel will discuss the much anticipated review of the Copyright Act and other copyright issues that concern law librarians in Canada."
The speakers are:
  • Amanda Wakaruk, Copyright Librarian at the University of Alberta
  • Kim Nayyer, Associate University Librarian, Law and Adjunct Associate Professor, Faculty of Law at University of Victoria. She is also co-chair of the CALL Copyright Committee
  • Lesley Ellen Harris, author of the book, Canadian Copyright Law, 4th ed.

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