KM Manager Job posting - Sedgwick LLP, Kansas City

Sedgwick is an international trial, litigation and business law firm headquartered in San Francisco. With over 400 attorneys in 15 offices in the US and Europe, we work with the world’s largest corporations, insurers and businesses to provide legal strategies that secure outstanding results.

We are currently seeking a talented and experienced Knowledge Management Manager in our Kansas City location.

Summary of Position:

The Knowledge Management (KM) Manager is responsible for optimizing and further developing the Knowledge Management resources of the firm. The candidate will work with Senior Management to provide thorough KM resources including people, processes and technologies to ensure efficient research and other resources are available to our attorneys to service our clients.

Report on the ROI of special libraries

A group of Australian library associations has released a report called "Putting a Value on ‘Priceless’: an independent assessment of the return on investment of special libraries in Australia". 

According to the report:

[T]his work is that special libraries have been found to return $5.43 for every $1 invested — and that's a conservative estimate of their real contribution. For example, it takes into account the time saved by doctors, lawyers, corporate executives and political advisors searching for answers, but it does not take into account the improved quality of the results supplied by trained information specialists. It looks at how much it would cost users to have to buy the information they gain for free from the library, but it does not assess the savings achieved by library staff negotiating advantageous prices with information suppliers.

The report can be found at

(via Michel-Adrien Sheppard)

Digital materials at the Courthouse Libraries

Courthouse Libraries BC has provided details of its move away from print materials and towards electronic materials on its website: The posting notes that:

In 2014, we are cancelling print law reports, print legislation (except for British Columbia legislation), and updates to most of the loose-leaf services we subscribe to.

It goes on to explain the problems with loose-leaf subscriptions, something which should be familiar to all of us in the VALL community:

Why is the library cancelling loose-leafs?

In short, because loose-leafs have become prohibitively expensive. Loose-leafs have always presented challenges for libraries: they take up a great deal of staff time to file updates (1,900 hours in 2013), the updates often include only minor substantive improvements, and loose-leafs frequently have pages go missing. Loose-leafs lack the benefits of digital titles (which feature full-text search, fillable forms, and ability to email excerpts), and lack the portability of texts.

CanLII Connects is live!

CanLII Connects a new site focussed on crowd sourcing commentary on Canadian caselaw has gone live today. Here is some more information from the blog:

Registration for the New Law Librarians' Institute 2014 now open

The New Law Librarians' Institute, sponsored by CALL/ACBD, is an intensive, week-long program aimed at developing librarians' skills in the key competencies of law librarianship. The program will feature expert instruction from leading law librarians and law professors, small class size, a mix of lectures and practical sessions, hands on sessions, and valuable take-home materials. The Institute will be held at the Brian Dickson Law Library, University of Ottawa with accommodation in the university's residences.

Sessions to be included:
Introduction to Property Law
Introduction to Quebec Civil Law
Introduction to Aboriginal Law
Introduction to Constitutional Law

Tour of the Art Gallery library & catacombs followed by a social at the Art Gallery Cafe

Earlier this month, Joanna Spurling, the Library Technician at Koffman Kalef LLP, extended an invitation to the VALL membership to join her for a tour of the Vancouver Art Gallery library and catacombs. Joanna is also the Cataloguing Technician at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and together with Cheryl Siegel, the Librarian/Archivist there, she will be hosting us for a private tour on Tuesday, April 22nd, at 4pm. Following the tour, there will be a social at the Art Gallery Café, with free appetizers provided by VALL. Please feel free to join us for the social, regardless of if you can make the tour. We hope to see you there!

Volunteering at SLA in Vancouver

Hello VALL colleagues,

The SLA Annual Conference is coming up, June 8-10, 2014 in Vancouver.

If you're likely attending the conference this year, and might be available to join us at the host chapter 2014 table for a bit, please complete this very short survey. Not familiar with every restaurant, sightseeing option, or tour?  No worries, we will have maps and quick answer sheets for you.

Debbie Millward
Host table coordinator, SLA 2014

Patricia Cia & Christina de Castell
Vancouver 2014 Host Committee co-chairs

Positions Available for the 2014/2015 VALL Executive

VALL wants you for the executive!

We are looking for 3 VALL members to serve on the 2014/15 executive. We need a treasurer, a third person for the programs committee, and a second VALL Review editor. These roles entail a one year commitment (and the option to stay on), with no experience necessary.  You can read brief job descriptions here, or feel free to contact me or any of the current executive with questions about the roles.

On the fence about volunteering?  Think of it this way - it might be your turn to be on the VALL executive.  11 is the ideal number of the executive.  VALL has 104 members in total.  Of those 104, 3 are student members (and so ineligible to be on the executive) and 14 are Honoured, Lifetime, or Honorary members. 15 members don't work in the downtown core, while 17 firms or organizations have more than one VALL member and may prefer to have only one member on the executive at a time.  Next year's executive will include a Kits commuter and 2 people from the same firm, but generally, you can see that the main pool we draw from is the downtown librarian community.  Your turn comes up more frequently than you might imagine!

Job posting: Law Society of BC - Director, Communications and Knowledge Management

The Law Society is seeking a dynamic communications professional with an interest in service to the public and members of the legal profession to become its new Director, Communications and Knowledge Management. Reporting to the Chief Information and Planning Officer and working closely with the Chief Executive Officer, the new Director, Communications and Knowledge Management will be responsible for developing and executing an integrated communications, public relations, government relations and knowledge management program that supports the goals of the Law Society.

The knowledge management portion of the portfolio of responsibilities is an acknowledgement that sources of information of relevance to lawyers in the conduct of their practice are dispersed throughout the Law Society and that an effective communications and knowledge management capability is essential to ensure that this information is properly organized and accessible to members.

The ideal candidate will be a service-oriented, public relations and communications professional who has led a communications team responsible for a wide range of communications programs and initiatives, including event coordination and promotion, print and web-based publications, and media, public and government relations. In addition, this individual will bring a strong background in the organization of information and ensuring accessibility to information through a variety of communications tools, including print and state of the art digital tools.

CALL/ACBD Mentoring Program - Applications Now Open

CALL Mentoring Program is open for 2014!

The CALL Membership Development Committee is pleased to announce that the CALL Mentoring Program is open for 2014. Open to every CALL member, the program is a unique opportunity for CALL members to grow professionally and network within the law library profession.

Connecting with an experienced mentor helps you:

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