Monday, June 06, 2016

Quickscribe Annotations Update for May 2016

Five local legal annotators contributed to Quickscribe 2.0 in May:
Have you tried out Quickscribe 2.0? It's an easy and effective way to research, track, and collaborate on BC legislation. Annotations are provided by a team of 25 local legal professionals. To try it out for free, visit  www.quickscribe.bc.ca/online/ and click the "Free Trial" icon.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

CALL/ACBD Conference ( #callacbd2016) Underway in Vancouver

I've been watching the CALL/ACBD conference unroll on Twitter the last couple of days, and by all accounts it's off to a great start: a terrific event in the stunning city of Vancouver.

If you're not able to be at the conference, be sure to follow the hashtag #callacbd2016. Seeing photos and candid moments and thoughts from the event really feel like the next best thing to being there! I've already hit on a few cool things...

This short & sweet handout contains three ideas for business development/marketing projects that law firm librarians can tackle right away:

 US legal research terms demystified, from a session entitled "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about US Legal Research But Were Afraid to Ask! US Legal Research For Canadians":

The winners of this year's Hugh Lawford Award for Excellence in Legal Publishing are Thomson Reuters & WestlawNext Canada:

And lastly, I was glad to see that the panel session Steve participated in, Computers in Legal Research, was well received!
There are still two days of sessions left. I'm keen to see more live-tweeting, especially from this morning's Lightning Talks!

Monday, May 02, 2016

Quickscribe Annotations Update for April 2016

Five BC acts had new annotations on Quickscribe 2.0 this month: 
Not familiar with Quickscribe 2.0? It's a terrific way to research, track and collaborate on BC legislation, and includes expert annotations written by a team of 25 local legal professionals. To try it out for free, visit  www.quickscribe.bc.ca/online/ and click the "Free Trial" icon.

Friday, April 01, 2016

Quickscribe Annotations Update for March 2016

Two BC acts had new annotations on Quickscribe 2.0 this month:
Quickscribe 2.0 is a better way to research, track and collaborate on BC legislation, and includes expert annotations written by a team of more than 20 local legal professionals. To try it out for free, visit  www.quickscribe.bc.ca/online/ and click the "Free Trial" icon.

Monday, March 07, 2016

Quickscribe Annotations Update for February 2016

Just a quick post to highlight the pieces of legislation that received new annotations on Quickscribe 2.0 in February:
  • Michael Bain, Hamilton Howell Bain & Gould: Land Title Inquiry Act, Environmental Management Act, Employment Standards Act, Family Law Act, Land Title Act 
  • Paul Wilson, Fasken Martineau LLP: Petroleum And Natural Gas Act, Oil & Gas Activities Act
Have you seen Quickscribe 2.0 in action? The service features annotations for BC legislation provided by a team of two dozen local legal professionals. To try out Quickscribe 2.0, sign up for a free trial at  www.quickscribe.bc.ca/online/

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Quickscribe Annotations Update for January 2016

Five of Quickscribe's panel of expert BC legislation annotators provided annotations in January 2016:
  • Stan Rule, Sabey Rule LLP – WESA
  • Margaret Mason, Bull Housser & Tupper LLP – Society Act
  • Jeff Waatainen, DLP Piper LLP – Forest And Range Practices Act, Forest Act and Forestry Service Providers Protection Act
  • Michael Hargraves, Stewart, McDannold, Stuart – Community Charter
  • Bill Buholzer, Young Anderson Barristers and Solicitors – Local Government Act
Quickscribe's team of more than 20 local legal professionals provide annotations for BC statutes and regulations. To take advantage of these annotations, sign up for a free trial of Quickscribe 2.0 at  www.quickscribe.bc.ca/online/.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

#clawbies2015 Acceptance Speeches

In case you missed it, we've posted a roundup of blog reactions (a.k.a, the acceptance speeches) to the 2015 Clawbies winners reveal over at Stem News.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Quickscribe Annotations Update for December 2015

Here's a quick look at the BC lawyers who contributed annotations to Quickscribe 2.0 in December 2015:
  • Murray Campbell, Lawson Lundell LLP -  Pension Benefits Standards Act 
  • Daniel Sorensen, Sorensen Smith LLP – Employment Standards Act 
  • Genevieve Taylor, Legacy Tax & Trust Lawyers LLP – WESA 
  • Paul Wilson, Fasken Martinau LLP– Petroleum And Natural Gas Act, Geophysical Exploration Regulation 280/2010, Emergency Management Regulation 204/2013, Drilling and Production Regulation 282/2010 
  • Guy Brown, Harper Grey LLP – Mental Health Act, Evidence Act, 
  • Bill Buholzer, Young Anderson Barristers and Solicitors – Local Government Act
These are a few of Quickscribe's team of 20+ local legal professionals who provide annotations for BC statutes and regulations. To sign up for a free trial of Quickscribe 2.0, visit  www.quickscribe.bc.ca/online/.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Roundup of #Clawbies2015 Nominations To Date

As always, we're carefully tracking the nominations for the 2015 Clawbies awards as they come rolling in. Here's who's participated in the 10th annual Canadian Law Blog Awards thus far - we'll continue to add to the list as more nominations are made.

Blogged nominations:

  • Sarah Roussel-Lewis at Legal Sourcery (Michael Geist, Lawyerist, First Reference Talks)
  • Sara Ross at Law.Arts.Culture (Combat Sports Law, TorontoMusicLaw.com, The Life of the Law)
  • Russell Alexander at FamilyLLB (AvoidAClaim, Precedent, CanLII Connects)
  • Leonid Sirota at Double Aspect (Administrative Law Matters, Sir Henry Brooke,  Michael Geist)
  • ABlawg (Administrative Law Matters, Anti-Terror Law, U of A Faculty of Law Blog, Blogging for Equality)
  • Will Tao at Canadian Immigration Law Blog (Administrative Law Matters, Stewart Sharma Harsanyi Calgary Immigration Law Firm Blog, Meurrens on Immigration)
  • Paul Daly at Administrative Law Matters (Pierre Trudel, Double Aspect, ABlawg)
  • Hassell Trial Counsel Blog (OTLA Blog, Darryl Singer, Will Davidson LLP Blog)
  • Hassell Arbitration Blog (Mackenzie DRS, Miskin Law Blog, Paralegal Scope) 
  • Kathryn Marshall at Lawsome (BC Injury Law and ICBC Claims Blog, Family Health Law Blog, Michael Geist)
  • Fiona Finn at Clio (Michael Geist, The Court, Slaw)
  • Startup Source (Michael Geist, Kira Systems Blog, Sport Law & Strategy Group Blog)

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Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Quickscribe Annotations Update for November 2015

 A quick post to share the newest annotations on Quickscribe 2.0 - here's what was added in November:
  • Eileen Vanderburgh, AHBL Management Limited Partnership – Freedom of Information And Protection of Privacy Act 
  • Margaret Mason, Bull Housser & Tupper LLP – Societies Act, Society Act
Those are just two members of Quickscribe's team of 20+ local legal professionals who provide annotations for BC statutes and regulations. To sign up for a free trial of Quickscribe 2.0, visit  www.quickscribe.bc.ca/online/.

Monday, November 02, 2015

Quickscribe 2.0 Annotations Update for October 2015

Here's a look at the statutes that received new annotations on Quickscribe 2.0 this past month:
  • Mary Brunton, Reed Pope Law Corporation - Strata Property Act
  • Robin Longe, Bull Housser & Tupper LLP- Mineral Tenure Act, Mines Act 
  • Eileen Vanderburgh, AHBL Management Limited Partnership – Freedom of Information And Protection of Privacy Act
Quickscribe 2.0 has a team of 20+ local legal professionals who create annotations to BC legislation. To sign up for a free trial of the service, visit www.quickscribe.bc.ca/online/.





Friday, October 02, 2015

Quickscribe Annotations Update for September 2015


Just a quick note to mention the statutes that received new annotations on Quickscribe 2.0 this past month:
  • Mary Brunton, Reed Pope Law Corporation - Strata Property Act
  • John-Paul Boyd, Canadian Research Institute For Law And The Family– Family Law Act
  • Emma McArthur, Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP - Wills, Estates and Succession Act
Quickscribe 2.0 has more than 20 local legal professionals who create annotations to BC legislation. To sign up for a free trial, visit www.quickscribe.bc.ca/online/.

Friday, September 18, 2015

2015 Pacific Legal Technology Conference

On Friday Oct 2, 2015, the ninth Pacific Legal Technology Conference will take place at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Once again I am lucky enough to be on the program presenting, this time with Darin Thompson from the BC Ministry of Justice and my old friend Michael Roman from Clark Wilson LLP. We'll be speaking on the IAIT2 panel session titled, Emerging Canadian Legal Technology.

The focus will be on new and emerging Canadian legal tech products, web services and SaaS offerings, and hopefully cover a wide enough sampling of companies that everyone in the audience can discover something new. After reviewing a dozen (or so) new Canadian services, Darin Thompson will also discuss how Governments are looking to leverage cloud infrastructures, and the potential impacts of that direction for law firms. As an example, he will present a short case study for a project he's been working on, involving the use of ODR for BCs Civil Resolution Tribunal.

The session should have both a good survey/discovery component, and a more detailed example with Darin's piece. Getting it all in under an hour will be the tricky part! But we're hoping the outcome will be the same: to provide some practical context as to what's happening within the Canadian legal cloud in 2015.

Hope to see you there!


 

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Quickscribe Annotations Update for August 2015


Here's a look at which legislation on Quickscribe 2.0 received new annotations in August -- you'll find expert commentary from:
  • Peter Roberts, Lawson Lundell LLP – Partition of Property Act
  • Michael Hargraves, Stewart, McDannold, Stuart – Community Charter
  • Paul Wilson, Fasken Martineau – Consultation and Notification Regulation 279/2010, Drilling and Production Regulation 282/2010, Oil & Gas Activities Act, Petroleum and Natural Gas Act

Quickscribe 2.0 has more than 20 local legal professionals providing annotations for BC legislation. To sign up for a free trial, visit www.quickscribe.bc.ca/online/.

Friday, August 07, 2015

Should the US Librarian of Congress be a Librarian or an Academic?

Slaw columnist Bob Berring published an important piece yesterday, and I'm afraid it's going to go under the radar.

Berring discusses the impending retirement of current US Librarian of Congress, Dr. James Billington, who at 86 years of age will leave the post after 28 years. Billington, who is neither a Librarian or an information professional, has long been the subject of critique from within the profession. The Washington Post article that Berring cites gives a small glimpse into the failing ecosystem that evolved under Billington's tenure.

The assessment offered by Berring should be required reading for anyone working in Libraries, and yes, even in Canada. The US Library of Congress has always played a leading roles in guiding our profession's standards. Libraries, globally, didn't function in the same unified manner last century without a strong LC -- LC Classification, Control Numbers, Subject Headings, literacy movements -- it's role was academic, had cultural influence, offered professional cohesion, and was emulated widely.

The digital age, as we know, has created an entirely new set of challenges. While I don't think as a profession that we are exactly behind on those changes, what we do need is help to conceive and achieve much bigger ideas. Librarians have always been willing to roll up their sleeves, but big ideas don't happen without leadership. In my view, that's always been our biggest weakness: we really need better leaders.

The glimmer of hope for Berring, and me for that matter, is that there's a chance to bring in a new visionary. Do I care if that individual is an Academic or a Librarian? A little, I'll admit. But it's less of an issue about academic qualifications, and more about having a love for the work. I wouldn't turn down a Jonathan Zittrain or a Brewster Kahle.

The US Library of Congress is at a crossroad, and not just in recruiting a new leader, but whether it has a leadership role to play for the profession. Can librarians look to the LC for unifying guidance the way they once did? Perhaps. But what we won't survive is another country club retirement gig for an aging academic.

We won't. It's that simple.

Friday, July 03, 2015

Quickscribe Annotations Update for June 2015

Here's a look at what's new on Quickscribe 2.0. In June, the following experts added annotations to various pieces of legislation:

  • Bill Buholzer, Young Anderson – Local Government Act, Oil & Gas Activities Act, Environmental Protection and Management Regulation 200/2010, Petroleum and Natural Gas Act
  • Paul Wilson, Fasken Martinau – Environmental Protection and Management Regulation 200/2010, Petroleum and Natural Gas Act
  • John-Paul Boyd, Canadian Research Institute For Law And The Family – Family Law Act
To learn more about Quickscribe 2.0 and the 20+ local legal professionals who annotate BC legislation, and to sign up for a free trial, visit www.quickscribe.bc.ca/online/.

Friday, June 26, 2015

A Fun Friday Find: Digital Public Library of America

Have you heard of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)? It's an ambitious project that aims to give free access to online collections in more than a thousand American libraries, archives and museums, and today it came one step closer to reaching a major goal.

The Knight and Sloan Foundations announced a $3.4 million gift to the DPLA that will help bring institutions in all 50 states on board by 2017.

I was not familiar with the DPLA but I'm glad I had a chance to check out their website, which is really a portal. There are some interesting and powerful ways to search the contents of the DPLA, including by geographic area and by timeline - even by colour!

At first I wasn't sure whether there'd be much Canadian content there, but I was pleasantly surprised. I used the map function and narrowed in on the location options to Canada, then browsed  the results I got for Washington state to see what might be there in terms of BC content. I found some cool old pictures of Pender Street (1923), and a girls' race at Brockton Point (1922), and an old-time sightseeing tour bus in Vancouver (1923). While looking for Winnipeg-related artifacts I came across this "silver dollar launching coin", a memento given to a Winnipeg-born shipbuilder upon the successful launch of a ship in San Francisco. That particular artifact was from a Smithsonian museum - which has more than a million records in the DPLA.

I encourage you to check out the DPLA and the incredible content it gives access to... kind of a fun Friday activity!

On a related note, you might be interested the announcement of the second Knight News Challenge on innovation in libraries, an international contest which will run early in 2016. Last year's contest funded 22 projects with $3 million (among them was The Internet Archive, creator of our beloved Wayback Machine). Check the winners out here or learn about them in this video:

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Quickscribe Annotations Update for May 2015

Here's a quick look at what's new on Quickscribe 2.0. In the month of May, annotations were added to the:
  • Local Government Act by Bill Buholzer, Young Anderson 
  • Employment Standards Act by Daniel Sorensen, Sorensen Smith LLP 
  • Petroleum and Natural Gas Act, Liquified Natural Gas Facility Regulation by Paul Wilson, Fasken Martineau 
  • Local Government Act by Michael Hargreaves, Stewart McDannold Stuart LLP 
  • Family Law Act by John-Paul Boyd, Canadian Research Institute For Law And The Family 
To learn more about Quickscribe 2.0 and the 20+ local legal professionals who annotate BC legislation, and to sign up for a free trial, visit www.quickscribe.bc.ca/online/.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Will CALL Lower Student Membership Fees?

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries has had reduced membership fees for students for quite some time, offering the same 30% reduction that the Association gives its retired members. At the upcoming conference in Moncton, there will be a special resolution at the AGM to take those reductions further. Members will be voting to lower student dues to a nominal flat fee of $15.00, plus the appropriate taxes.

The Student SIG, Membership Committee, and the CALL Executive should all be commended for bringing such a simple change forward. Students are not only the base of future membership, but a group that often brings much more than their membership fees to the table. This is a group that (when tapped) offers volunteer time, energy and fresh ideas.

At $15, membership would effectively be free for students; with the nominal fee being just enough of a deterrent for students who might "join for the sake of joining." The student who is exploring his or her range of career possibilities, and has even the smallest interest in law librarianship, would see the financial barrier to entry as minimal.

This seems like a smart move. I hope it goes through.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Newly Added Annotations in Quickscribe 2.0

For several years now, we've been posting a monthly summary of updated Quickscribe hardcopy manuals here on VLLB. Since Quickscribe's services are always evolving, we're going to change things up too.

From now on, we'll be bringing you a monthly summary of which legal experts have contributed annotations in Quickscribe 2.0, the company's online legislation service.

Here's a look at which BC laws and bills got new annotations within Quickscribe Online 2.0 in March:
  • Supreme Court Civil Rules (B.C. Reg. 168/2009) by Erik Magraken, MacIsaac & Company LLP
  • [2015 Bill 24] Societies Act, Society Act by Margaret Mason, Bull Housser & Tupper LLP 
  • Employment Standards Act by Daniel Sorensen, Sorensen Smith LLP
  • Health Care (Consent) and Care Facility (Admission) Act and the Health Professions Act by Guy Brown, Harper Grey LLP 
  • [2015 Bill 3] Building Act by Michael Hargreaves, Stewart McDannold Stuart LLP
  • WESA and the Supreme Court Civil Rules (B.C. Reg. 168/2009) by Stan Rule, Sabey Rule LLP
  • Family Law Act by John-Paul Boyd, Canadian Research Institute For Law And The Family
  • Strata Property Act  by Mary Brunton, Reed Pope Law Corporation
  • Property Law Act by Peter Roberts, Lawson Lundell LLP
Annotations are a subscriber benefit; if you'd like to try out Quickscribe 2.0, you can sign up for a free trial online. Or click on an expert's name in the list above for a bio and sample annotations.