Help us improve the Courthouse Libraries BC website

CLBC is in the early stages of reorganizing the content on our website to make it easier to find. We think we’ve arranged in a way that makes sense, and now we’d like to hear from you. Please take our 10 minute interactive survey.

Complete it any time before 5pm on Wednesday June 28, 2017 and enter to win one of two $50 gift cards!

To start, click this link:

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Contact:


The CALL/ACBD Webinar Sub-Committee wants YOU!

The CALL/ACBD Webinar Sub-Committee is seeking new members, specifically a BC region representative.

This is a great opportunity to learn about how webinars are run and develop educational programming for law librarians across the country! Need further incentive? All members on the Webinar Sub-Committee get to attend all CALL/ACBD webinars free-of-charge!

If you are interested or want more information about this opportunity, feel free to contact Alex Everitt at

Presentation slides for June Seminar – Canada’s First Online Tribunal with Shannon Salter

Guest speaker Shannon Salter very kindly shared her presentation slides from the June seminar "Canada’s First Online Tribunal".

Please note: Shannon points out their jurisdiction will eventually go up to $25,000, but for now they are starting with claims $5,000 and under. 

See the below link for the PDF version. 

June Coffee Morning at McCarthy Tétrault

VALL members are invited to meet and mingle at the new McCarthy Tétrault office and library space, Wednesday, June 21st, 2017!

When: Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 from 7:30am – 9:00am
Where: McCarthy Tetrault at 745 Thurlow Street, Suite 2400

Mingling will be on the Reception Floor, with tours down to the library space at 8:00am and 8:30am.

Please send your RSVP email to Susan Caird,, by Thursday, June 15th, 2017.

Hope to see you there!

Petition to the House of Commons: E-1116

On behalf of Amanda Wakaruk:

I hope you will take a moment to sign this House of Commons petition, which I've created as a private citizen (not on behalf of my employer) asking the Government of Canada to respond to the longstanding need to fix Crown copyright in Canada.

I have tried to summarize the importance of reforming Crown copyright at but we all know that the audience for this issue is small, despite the wide breadth of its impact. This is why I am also asking that you please forward this petition to other lists, your colleagues, and especially any content users whose work might have been impacted by Crown copyright over the years.

GALLOP Portal - Request for Feedback

Good afternoon,

The Association of Parliamentary Libraries in Canada (APLIC) has formed a group tasked with reviewing the GALLOP Portal. The GALLOP (Government and Legislative Libraries Online Publications) portal was created with the goal of having a one-stop access point to full-text, searchable electronic government documents collected by legislative libraries in Canada for their jurisdictions. We are requesting feedback from users, or from those who are not users but are interested in searching for government documents across multiple Canadian jurisdictions.

If you have the time, please help us by completing a short survey about the GALLOP Portal (

If you do not want to complete the survey, but would like to provide a quick remark, general comments or any other type of feedback, please feel free to email me at

Thank you very much, and have a great day,


June Seminar – Canada’s First Online Tribunal with Shannon Salter

Please join VALL for our final June seminar, “Canada’s First Online Tribunal” with guest speaker Shannon Salter.

As well as being the chair of the Civil Resolution Tribunal, Shannon Salter is an adjunct professor at the UBC Allard School of Law, teaching administrative law and legal ethics.  She earned her BA and LLB from UBC, and her LLM from the University of Toronto.  Ms. Salter was a BC Supreme Court judicial law clerk before practicing civil litigation and serving as a vice chair of the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal.  Ms. Salter is a commissioner of the Financial Institutions Commission, vice president of the BC Council of Administrative Tribunals, and a board member of CanLII.  She also co-authored the BC Administrative Decision Maker’s Manual.

The CRT is moving towards resolving strata property and small claims at the convenience of the public with the implementation of a brand new online system. Come learn more about this innovative access to justice project, which leverages technology to help parties resolve their disputes by agreement.

Date: Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Guide on Finding Court Records and Transcripts

Message from Yolanda Koscielski, Librarian for Criminology, Psychology & Philosophy at W.A.C. Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University:

Dear Colleagues,

I've recently created a guide on Finding Court Records and Transcripts (link:

This guide is designed to help SFU researchers looking for court records such as trial transcripts, affidavits, exhibits, and other documents associated with a case but *other than the main case law/judgment*. This is a research question I frequently receive.

I'm hoping the guide might be of use to others as well, including the public. Accordingly, if you have any have any suggestions for additional content, or notice a point that needs correcting (!), I'd be grateful to hear it. You can email me directly:

2017 Gov Info Day at the SFU Harbour Center Campus

A message from Carla Graebner, Librarian for Research Data Services and Government Information at the W.A.C. Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University:

GovInfo Day is Friday, April 28th and will be held at SFU Vancouver (room 7000) from 8:45 - 4:30. This year's program (agenda attached) consists of speakers from Library and Archives Canada, Environment Canada, BC STATs and SFU.

New for this year, we are hosting the PechaKucha/Cool Tools session. If you're interested in participating in this segment and have a tip, tool or resource (related to government or legal information or data) you want to show case in in 3-5 minutes, please indicate so in your registration.

I'll also be organizing a no-host social event after sessions conclude. You'll be asked to indicate your interest when you register.

Thanks to the support of SFU Library, GovInfo Day remains free but registration is required since space is limited. If, after registering, you are unable to attend, please let me know as soon as possible.

Job posting: Library Technician, Courthouse Libraries BC

Position Title: Library Technician (permanent, full-time, 5 days per week)
Organization: Courthouse Libraries BC
Location:  Vancouver / New West, North Vancouver (@ 75%/25%)

About Courthouse Libraries BC (CLBC)

CLBC is currently searching for a Library Technician. 

The Library Technician oversees all print acquisitions for CLBC’s 29 branch libraries. Comfortable with technology, the Library Technician also provides support for various software applications including the ILS, subscription databases and the CLBC website. This role will provide assistance and information to our library clients at the information desk, as required.

We offer a dynamic and supportive workplace, where we value diversity and work-life balance. This position is a five-day per week position (35 hours per week).

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