Congratulations to the CALL Conference Organizing Committee on a job well done. It was a very enjoyable and inspiring conference.
Members of the VALL Executive at the conference:
Left to right back row: Taryn Gunter, Debbie Millward, Brenda Alm, Sarah Richmond
Left to right front row: Megan Smiley, Alexandria Everitt, Joni Sherman, Larissa Titova (a member of the CALL Conference Organizing Committee)
Out of the Stacks is thrilled to extend an invitation to all library and information professionals in the Lower Mainland to attend our inaugural social meet on June 23rd.
Out of the Stacks is an informal networking group of information professionals created in April 2016 to foster connections and build community in BC's Lower Mainland. Our aim is to organize and sponsor fun social gatherings in Vancouver open to information professionals of all ilks, and create a space for those working in the library and information sector to get together and form new connections outside of the workplace.
You can find more information and keep up to date with goings on here: https://www.facebook.com/OutOfTheStacks/
Our first event will take place at The Emerald (555 Gore Ave) in Chinatown on Thursday, June 23, beginning at 5:30pm. Join us for socializing, drinks, and fun! All welcome.
Details are here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1739550516265261/
A chat over the professional fence: embeddedness & evidence as common concepts in law and medical librariesSubmitted by Brenda Alm on May 19, 2016 - 1:28pm.
Abstract: law librarians and medical librarians work within dynamic information environments that require good communication skills, a reliance on precedence and evidence and working closely with constituents. Models of embeddedness are seen throughout librarianship but law and medical librarians, as information specialists working closely with their clienteles, can share innovative practices and approaches in providing information services. This session will focus on medical and law environments and their commonalities/differences; professional clienteles, fast timelines, complex technical information structures, pressures to provide information to the public, and high stakes evidence. There are great opportunities to share strategies across sectors.
Want to work on a project where legacy library formats meet machine readable metadata this summer?
We're working on a project to convert KF Modified, a specialized library classification scheme for legal materials, into a dynamic format for use in cataloguing tools and a linked data schema. We're looking for someone to convert a semi-structured legacy word processing file into a defined XML format.
We have a ~360 page file with some internal structure that comprises a classification scheme designed to make sense to organize book sized objects in physical space for people to navigate, and we need it converted into a machine readable format we have developed. Some automation of the conversion will be possible, but we anticipate some hand manipulation of the information will be required to get it right.
QP LegalEze sent out the following email this morning:
We are pleased to announce Queen’s Printer has now completed the content migration from QP LegalEze to BC Laws (www.bclaws.ca), as originally announced in March 2014 once this content migration was completed QP LegalEze would be discontinued.
Please note: QP LegalEze service will be discontinued effective April 29, 2016. Our distribution list consists of our account administrators and we ask you to please share this notice within your office to all users. A notice has also been posted on the QP LegalEze website.
We thank you for your support over the years and during this transition phase.
If you have any further questions please contact us.
The Canadian Association of Law Libraries is offering VALL members a chance to attend its May 14 workshop on “Webinars: Doing It Right”.
Webinars: Doing It Right
You’ve planned a great training session, but people just aren’t able to make it into your library. Don’t abandon all hope! Webinars are a low cost, high value way to provide training and build your community, wherever it happens to be. And as we all know, good libraries build services, but great libraries build communities. This session will help you write a compelling webinar, deliver it professionally, and troubleshoot common technical difficulties. It’s suited to any and all types of libraries.
Instructors: Shannon McLeod and Alex McNeur, Courthouse Libraries BC
Date: May 14, 2016 from 8:30 am to noon
Cost: $225 (for CALL, SLA, VALL and BCLMA members); $275 (everyone else)
Please contact Jessica Symons at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
VALL members are invited to meet and mingle over morning coffee, tea, and pastries on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 at the new office location of Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP. The drop in social will take place between 7:30 and 9:00am. The street address is 1800 510 West Georgia Street and attendees should take the elevator to reception on the 18th floor.
Please email email@example.com to RSVP if you are planning to attend.
A morning coffee get-together is a great way to get to know fellow members in a relaxed and friendly setting. We are looking forward to meeting new members and catching up with VALL veterans - see you there!
Attending the CALL conference in Vancouver, and debating a stay in the Conference hotel? The room block is selling out fast, so consider a room-share to keep costs down and secure your spot!
If you’re interested in finding a conference roommate, please make use of the CALL/ACBD Listserv to post a notice and connect with potential roommates, and visit the conference website accommodations page (link: http://callacbdconference.com/accommodations ) to book your room!