As readers of this blog, you likely know that Stem
's roots go back to legal
librarianship. It's been a while since Emma or I have worked in that
capacity, but we've never forgotten the resources that were essential to
our former work. For us, one of those go-to resources was BC
lawyer Catherine Best
's indispensable website, legalresearch.org
If you're not familiar with it, the "Best Guide to Canadian Legal Research
is an info-packed website beloved by Canadian law students, legal
researchers, and law librarians alike. Folks from outside Canada also
cite is as a valuable resource for researching our laws. Simply put,
this is one of those "gems" that you find yourself going back
to time and time again.
So, you can imagine how thrilled we were
when Catherine asked us to help her update the site's look and
organization. She'd done an impressive job at hand-coding the site's
HTML with painstaking care and precision since its inception in 1998,
but the time had come to migrate the site into a content management
system that would be more stable and user-friendly.
We worked with
Catherine for several months on this project, and are pretty happy with
the finished product: a refreshed organization and great-looking
WordPress-based website where Catherine can continue to share her
expertise and wisdom on this essential topic. It's also now easier to view across
different devices, and has social media sharing capabilities, making it generally more accessible.
Here's a screen capture of the new homepage:
Did I mention Catherine is blogging now too? As VLLB readers, legal research is likely part of your job. So be sure to subscribe to her new Canadian Legal Research Blog
Catherine, on this exciting milestone for legalresearch.org -- an
important contribution to Canadian legal research and a boon to law
students, librarians, and legal researchers everywhere!