Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Did you miss this year's CALL conference?
Learn about what Greg Lambert of 3 Geeks and a Law Blog calls the "three foot radius of the law library" (hint: it surrounds you whenever you go!) and get tips on getting published, moving up the management ladder, legal research instruction, and read summaries of many other interesting-sounding sessions.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Quickscribe Manual Updates for June 2014
Canadian Law Journals and Reviews Online
(Update July 4th 2014: we'll be posting occasional updates to this list.)
FREE FULL TEXT PDF
Queens Law Journal
Indigenous Law Journal (U of T)
APPEAL: Review of Current Law & Law Reform (UVic)
Manitoba Law Journal
Dalhousie Journal of Legal Studies
Western Journal of Legal Studies (University of Western Ontario)
Osgoode Hall Law Journal
Free PDF (current issue only)
Constitutional Forum (U of A)
Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law (Thompson Rivers University)
(Forthcoming -- site says it will be open access)
Canadian Journal of Human Rights (U of M)
Alberta Law Review (U of A and U of C)
UBC Law Review
University of Toronto Law Journal
Abstracts and first-page previews only
Canadian Journal of Women & the Law
Journal of Arbitration & Mediation (Dalhousie, University of Sherbrooke, and the Canadian Arbitration Congress)
Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence (University of Western Ontario)
McGill Law Journal
Selected PDF abstracts
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Saskatchewan Law Review
Table of contents only
Revue juridique Thémis (U of Montreal)
Table of contents only
Windsor Law Review
Table of contents only
Health Law Journal (U of A)
Table of contents only
Health Law Review (U of A)
Table of contents only
Review of Constitutional Studies (U of A)
Table of contents only
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
New Law Library Blog: Legal Sourcery
Published by library staff at the LSS, the author bio page notes Reché McKeague as the site's feature blogger; along with the site's team of staff bloggers: Ken Fox, Melanie Hodges Neufeld, Alan Kilpatrick, Kelly Laycock and Sarah Roussel-Lewis.
This blog has been updated frequently and has a nice mix of resources and commentary; and judging by its first few months of operation, looks to be a nice addition for those of us who follow law library blogs.
It's also nice to see this effort gain some traction with their target audience of Saskatchewan lawyers. They recently surpassed 10K page views in just a few months of operation, so the word must be getting out...
Congratulations to the crew over at Legal Sourcery. Please keep up the good work!
Monday, June 02, 2014
Quickscribe Updates for May 2014
- BC Real Estate Legislation Manual
- BC Forest Legislation Manual
- BC Environment Legislation Manual
- Crown Counsel Motor Vehichle Legislation Manual
- BC Transport Legislation Manual
- BC Motor Vehicle Legislation Manual
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Quickscribe Manual Updates for April 2014
Friday, March 14, 2014
Speed-reading App is a Fraud?
The story made sense: that eye motion was wasted effort, and we could consume more content if we maximized our intake efficiency. Stationary focus, plus some visual queues to improve word recognition.
But even while reading the article, it felt off. Many years ago (20 now, in fact) I did my undergrad in Psych & Linguistics. I couldn't recall anything specific as to why I was feeling skeptical about the upper limits of speed reading, but I figured it was somewhere in that past.
Thankfully, today I came across this piece by NBC news reporter Devin Coldewey. (And I now see there are other similar pieces being written.) The truth, is that this method of reading isn't new; and historically, it doesn't have a great track record.
The method is called "rapid serial visual presentation," or RSVP, and has been around for more than 40 years. The problem is that with longer pieces of writing, this method of intake shows very poor comprehension by readers. Essentially, we can't jack up our rate of word identification, and still maintain the same level of understanding.
I have no doubt that reading efficiency can be improved. As an example, the article linked above also points to the power of skimming as a speed reading technique. But the idea of reading at 500 or 1000 words a minute? Consuming and understanding every single word over a sustained period, such as with reading a novel?
I'm not buying it. Neither, it seems, are the experts.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Now on Goodreads
We've also uploaded a profile for our book, "Content Marketing and Publishing Strategies for Law Firms", published by The Ark Group last summer.
If you're already on Goodreads and happen to own a copy of our book, we would greatly appreciate your support via a positive rating or review. And if you don't own a copy, please consider adding us to your future reading list by clicking on the "want to read" button.
Monday, March 03, 2014
Quickscribe Manual Updates for February 2014
- BC Labour Legislation
- BC Motor Vehicle Legislation
- BC Transport Legislation
- Crown Council Motor Vehicle Legislation
- RCMP Legislation
Friday, February 21, 2014
New Service for Rural BC Lawyers
"We Come to You
Or at least, our books come to you.
Even if you don’t have a Courthouse Library in your community, you can still use our books. This new service is called Book in a Box. We send you books using Canada Post, and when they’re due, you mail them back to us—at no cost to you. Just use the pre-paid postage slip included in the box. We’ve already tested it with real clients, and they found the process quick and easy."It's hard to imagine a huge demand for this service, given that it targets lawyers in smaller communities. But there are also some related advantages: 1) smaller numbers keeps costs to a minimum, 2) access is enhanced for lawyers who might not engage the CLBC's services otherwise, and 3) boosting print circulation will help to maximize exposure of the collection.
Legal monographs may all eventually be digitized and distributed by easier means. That's a nice thought. As we all know, however, it's harder to make a business case for digitization when demand, and circulation on a per-item basis are limited.
So until that day comes, there's still an incentive for law libraries to optimize their print material circulation numbers. This kind of program is really no different than setting up satellite libraries within law firms in order to get books closer to their most frequent users.
It just makes sense.
Monday, December 02, 2013
Quickscribe Updates for November, 2013
Friday, November 29, 2013
VALL Presentation Slides
Many thanks to all my friends at VALL for the opportunity to speak. I was totally impressed by the responses to my many impromptu surveys during the session. I think maybe half the room knew what Github was, and was familiar with the forking of open source code.
That speaks volumes about the future of our profession!
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Phil Bradley's New Book: Expert Internet Searching
Most librarians will appreciate the subject line of the email I received: Is it all on Google? No! This is something many web users tend to forget. Drilling down into the right tools, what we used to call "the deep Web", can deliver far more quality materials than a cursory Google search.
Bradley has rewritten much of the book from scratch, and given that I've lost my copy of the previous edition, this might be the time to grab a new one.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Quickscribe Manual Updates for July 2013
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Newly Minted Author
It's not a justifiable self-critique, of course. At least not in the daylight. But perhaps ticking that check-box off my life list will let me sleep a little easier now. It's a milestone, and one I am very proud of.
Oh yes, my reason for rambling... Last night I posted our Stem news item announcing the forthcoming book Jordan Furlong and I have been working on for the past year. As you can see from reading Jordan's post from earlier today, he's equally as thrilled as I am.
For the particulars, please check out the Ark Group's bookshop summary, the executive summary & TOC, or the sample chapter that are now available.
Writing with a co-author wasn't as bad an experience as one might expect. It helps when your co-author is Jordan Furlong; but it also helps when you have a personal history of critiquing each other's work. Jordan knew my Columbo routine of 'just one more idea' going in. (Even when it meant yet another twist to our narrative.) To say I'm appreciative would be an understatement.
I would also like to add a note of thanks to my colleague Emma Durand-Wood, who is a big part of the idea generation process at Stem. Her ability to flesh out the intended message, or identify an inconsistency that Jordan or I wouldn't see, was invaluable to the writing process. We mentioned Emma by name in the acknowledgements for good reason.
And finally, I'd like to thank Terry Edwards and Matthew Kraemer from Pushor Mitchell for stepping up to be one of our book's case studies. We're proud to be working with such a great firm.
Monday, June 24, 2013
Quickscribe Manual Updates for June 2013
Thursday, June 06, 2013
Some of Our "Best" Work
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.
Congratulations, 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!
Monday, June 03, 2013
Quickscribe Manual Updates for May 2013.
- B.C. Environmental Legislation Manual;
- B.C. Family Legislation Manual;
- B.C. Strata Property Act and Regulations Compendium;
- B.C. Real Estate Legislation Manual;
- B.C. Motor Vehicle Legislation; and
- B.C. Forest Legislation Manual.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Quick View and the Cached Internet
It's unclear whether QV is delivering some kind of cached page copy, but that's the assumption I'm making. The project is also still in experimental stages and is only using Wikipedia pages at this time. This makes sense; at least from a 'copyright permission' point of view. It's one thing to keep copies of webpages in Google cache; but quite another to deliver those surrogates to users, rather than the original website's version. Publisher consent is required.
Now, what if Google can deliver mobile content faster? Mobile is an easy target here. Who needs speed more? ... Perhaps website owners are prepared to trade 'speed' for their publishing control. I don't know, and would hope smaller publishers wouldn't buy into this model (or able to afford it?); but for the biggest of publishers, I suspect this kind of offering could be a big draw. Mobile growth being what it is, and the exposure opportunities that Google can deliver.
Can you imagine the New York Times or Wall Street Journal not jumping aboard?
The Internet has always had the ability to "level the playing field." Big or small, web publishing (mostly) allowed one to punch above their weight class. For really big publishers, however, QV could be their chance to rise above upstart competitors. To purchase certain factors differentiating their delivery. And really, who better to partner with?
As for Google, QV might be their chance to further embed their company as "the platform" built upon the Internet's infrastructure. (I obviously have similar thoughts re: Facebook and G+.) Whenever big companies house and deliver the content of others to Internet users, a little publisher independence is lost.
If Publishers become reliant on Google, letting them deliver their pages faster and to more people, I can't see them being able to step off the platform -- even if they wanted to. Once your competition is using "the platform" too, right or wrong, the risks are too high to leave. Which is what many people are betting on by holding company stock in the 'GoogAppleFaceAzons' of the world. Platforms could be profitable.
A little tin foil hat going on here? Perhaps. But if the Internet becomes a question of speedy cached content vs. mom-and-pop self-hosted content; there will be another type of 'digital divide' going on. And unfortunately, it won't be Publishers (big or small) who profit.