Soliciting content for BCLA Perspectives

I have been asked by Cassie McFadden, one of the editors of BCLA Perspectives, to post the following request:

Are you a library professional in British Columbia who is working on an interesting project or initiative, either independently or within your organization? Is there an event or issue in the library world that you are itching to discuss and share with your colleagues?

The BCLA's quarterly online publication, Perspectives, is currently seeking submissions for its August 1 issue! Visit https://bclaconnect.ca/perspectives/guidelines for submission guidelines. Pitches and inquiries can be sent to perspectives@bcla.bc.ca.

VALL’s Programs Committee is looking for their 3rd member!

We are looking for a VALL member to join the Programs Committee on the 2016/17 Executive. This role entails a one year commitment (and the option to stay on), with no experience necessary.  You can read a brief job description on the VALL website, or feel free to contact me or any of the current Executive members with questions about the role. 

The 2016/17 Executive  is an enthusiastic and dynamic group.  Please let me know if you would like to join them!

Larisa Titova
Past President

Congrats to the CALL Conference Organizing Committee!

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:  


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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)

Upcoming Event: Out of the Stacks

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 libraries

***Only 5 spaces left! Get yours while you can*** 

Please join VALL for our June seminar “A chat over the professional fence: embeddedness & evidence as common concepts in law and medical libraries” where guest speakers Sarah Sutherland and Dean Giustini will initiate a discussion about how special librarians in law and medicine can adapt novel models of practice, and seize opportunities to work closely with client communities. An early view of what strategies have worked to change the dynamic of how information is integrated into the library's mission will be started.

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.

Date: Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Quickscribe Demonstration at CALL

Mike Pasta, owner of Quickscribe Services Ltd., will be hosting a vendor demo at the upcoming CALL Conference on Sunday, May 15 at 12:30 in Salon DE.  

The demonstration will provide a general overview of Quickscribe Online 2.0, including a review of the new user interface and search engine. 

This is a great opportunity for those who are not familiar with Quickscribe to learn about the latest version of this popular resource.

Please feel free to extend notice of this event to any CALL colleagues who you think may be interested in attending this short 30-minute session.

QP LegalEze to be discontinued April 29, 2016

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. 

Thank you,

Saturday, May 14 workshop on "Webinars: Doing It Right"

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 events@callacbd.ca to register.

REMINDER: Coffee Morning @ Bull Housser

***REMINDER***

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 emily.klomps-spanjers@mcmillan.ca 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!

CALL Webinar: Employment & Labour Law

Employment & Labour Law
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
1:00pm - 2:30pm EST 
 
Summary:
This webinar, aimed at legal information professionals, will provide an overview of Labour & Employment law. The goals of the session are to distinguish between labour law and employment law, to examine the legislative framework that governs this body of law both provincially and federally and the enforcement mechanisms available under the legislation. We will also provide practical tips on locating and citing various board decisions.
 
Speakers:
Lou L. Poskitt, Associate at Harris & Company
Lou advises and represents private sector employers, primarily in the hospitality and retail sectors, with a particular focus on human rights and labour law. She has extensive experience responding to human rights complaints, filing applications to dismiss, resolving grievances and advising on collective bargaining. Lou has appeared before the Human Rights Tribunal, the BC Labour Relations Board, various boards of arbitration, the Provincial Court of British Columbia, Supreme Court of British Columbia and the BC Court of Appeal.
 
Webinar Costs:
CALL/ACBD Member: $40 + HST = $45.20 
Non-member: $60 + HST = $67.80
Student Rate: $25 + HST = $28.25
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