2017-04-24T18:30:45.669-04:00GlobaLex, the electronic collection created by the Hauser Global Law School Program at the New York University School of Law, recently updated some of its research guides:
2017-04-23T16:42:03.996-04:00The May/June 2017 issue of AALL Spectrum is now available online.
2017-04-20T14:50:57.245-04:00The non-profit Canadian Forum on Access to Justice (CFCJ) publishes a regular newsletter about Access to Justice.
2017-04-20T14:42:07.244-04:00The list of new library titles added to the Supreme Court of Canada collection from April 1 to 15, 2017 is now available on the Court website.
2017-04-19T14:53:13.766-04:00Five university libraries in Ontario (at the University of Ottawa, the University of Western Ontario, Queen's, University of Toronto, and McMaster) are participating in the Keep@Downsview partnership, which is a shared last print copy repository project:
"The project, called Keep@Downsview, aims to consolidate and rationalize low-use print materials held by the partner libraries and ensure long-term preservation of these important scholarly materials in Ontario, while still providing access via document delivery and ILL. In doing so, each of the partner institutions demonstrates its commitment to the stewardship of print collections for future generations while repurposing valuable space on campus. This paper describes the background, rationale, challenges, and lessons learned for this unique Canadian project that leveraged funding from the province of Ontario, the University of Toronto‘s high density preservation facility at Downsview, and the commitment of all partners to preserve the scholarly record in Ontario (...)
"(...) the five libraries also quickly established the goals of the project and agreed to four key principles:
There has been some discussion (but less action) in relation to the idea of a "last print copy repository" in the case of legal materials, as can be seen in these 2 Slaw.ca articles from recent years:
- The project strives to save costs while maintaining access to a principal research collection by sharing in the responsibility of storing and maintaining one shared preservation print copy at the Downsview facility.
- The project includes both journals and monographs.
- All materials in Downsview are low-demand materials, as determined by the participating institutions.
- All institutions share ownership of the materials they transfer. "
2017-04-18T12:50:20.301-04:00The LexBox app is now available on the website of the Canadian Legal Information Institute, CanLII.
2017-04-18T12:44:53.323-04:00The Legal Information Preservation Alliance is offering a free webinar on the new Law ArXiv platform on Thursday, April 27 at 2PM Eastern Time.
"The LawArXiv mission is to empower the scholarly legal community and champion open access principles by ensuring community ownership of legal scholarship. The project has been in the planning stages for several months and is expected to launch within the next few weeks."LawArXiv is an emerging collaborative initiative of the Legal Information Preservation Alliance, the Mid-America Law Library Consortium, the NELLCO Law Library Consortium, and the Cornell Law Library. Christine Iaconeta (Law Library Director, University of Maine) will moderate the program. Presenters are Jean Wenger (Chair, LIPA Board), Corie Dugas (Executive Director, MALLCO), and Tracy Thompson (Executive Director, MALLCO).
2017-04-12T18:18:27.764-04:00The Ross Intelligence blog has published an interview with Colin Lachance, the former CEO of CanLII (Canadian Legal Information Institute) and the current CEO of Compass/MLB, a new firm that has taken over the defunct Canadian case law publisher Maritime Law Book:
"In leading Compass/MLB, Colin is taking the helm of an online legal publishing company for a second time. From 2011 to 2015, he was CEO of Canada’s most used legal information resource (CanLII — a not-for-profit free law platform funded by all Canadian lawyers), and in that capacity was recognized as a Fastcase50 innovator in 2013, an ABA Journal Legal Rebel in 2014, and as among Canadian Lawyer Magazine’s Top 25 Most Influential of 2014. With degrees in business and law, including an LL.M. in law and tech awarded in 2013, he’s also held senior legal, policy, marketing and lobbying positions in the telecommunications industry, a field in which he still does a little legal work on the side."
2017-04-12T18:13:30.781-04:00The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) is hosting a webinar on April 18, 2017
2017-04-10T17:18:48.342-04:00The New Professionals Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL/ACBD) is looking for responses to an Early Career Advice Survey it has developed:
"The goal of this survey is to gather anecdotes, suggestions and words of wisdom from the CALL/ACBD community for new professionals on a variety of professional development topics. This survey takes less than 15 minutes to complete and responses remain anonymous."The theme for this year’s survey is “the first 5 years” which includes questions such as the do’s and don’ts of the interviewing process and helpful networking tips.
2017-04-10T17:06:18.835-04:00The Supreme Court of Canada has published its calendar of appeal hearings for April 2017.
2017-04-07T16:02:13.556-04:00This week saw two additions of free Quebec legal sources online.
2017-04-05T13:50:01.379-04:00The April 2017 issue of In Session is available online.
2017-04-04T13:34:14.353-04:00The list of new library titles added to the Supreme Court of Canada collection from March 16 to 31, 2017 is now available on the Court website.
2017-04-03T18:56:58.995-04:00The website Librarianship.ca has been running a series of profiles of Canadian librarians for a few years now.
"What’s your best time-saving shortcut?
There’s no one magic bullet, but I am really big on using the right format for the task (phone call, email, meeting, conference call). For instance, I schedule independent work times (we call it “heads-down” in my team). We operate in a very Outlook calendar-centric world, so I make sure to block off time far in advance for projects or reports, so that meetings don’t get scheduled and leave me running for the finish line at the last minute. When someone sends me an email about a piece of work such as a report, I move that email straight to the Calendar and throw together a to-do list in under a minute to get it out of my inbox. Everything in my Calendar (and lots of other places) is colour-coded by team name or audience. I get about 100 emails a day and usually reach inbox = 0 by Friday afternoon (...)"
"Do you find yourself always working on something? Or when you finish a project, do you take time to let your mind wander without concern for what’s next?
One project at a time? What world is this you speak of? I have nine on my departmental work plan, and those are just the ones that the rest of OPL is directly implicated in; my team is usually cooking up at least a few other small ones all the time. I let my mind wander when I am walking to work, on my bike, on a run, or in the shower. Those are the places where I get the best ideas. I’m pretty good at disconnecting, but I believe that everyone’s neocortex chews on things and spits out answers even when we think we’re resting."
2017-04-02T14:02:03.002-04:00The library of the Middle Temple in London, England has compiled an annotated list of online resources regarding the United Kingdom's decision to leave the Euriopean Union, otherwise known as Brexit.
2017-03-31T14:58:57.281-04:00Connie Crosby, President of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL), has written a letter to The Honourable Judy M. Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada, explaining the many concerns law librarians have about the idea of discontinuing the paper publication of the annual Statutes of Canada.
"Work with the Library and Archives Canada (LAC)—to ensure any electronic-only publications meet preservation requirements and are captured accurately and completely for future reference. Until that time, if a whole program of printing is not possible, perhaps a limited run of paper volumes printed in a different format and given to selected key repositories—such as LAC and the Library of Parliament— would be an interim solution until a more informed decision can be made. Although the government seems to fall back on the digital archiving that Library and Archives Canada is doing, please note LAC itself has gone through massive budget cuts resulting in constraints on what they are actually able to accomplish (...)
"If the government continues on the path towards 'digital only' publication of the Statutes of Canada, we would encourage you to REPLACE the Publication of Statutes Act with a comprehensive plan that considers:
- maintaining a small print run for long-term preservation purposes;
- the future of the Canada Gazette, and in particular the Canada Gazette Part Three which provides our only official online version of annual statutes, as well as the helpful Table of Proclamations;
- the future of the Table of Public Statutes. This Table was published as a stationary publication in the Statutes of Canada each year. The online version on Justice Laws is not sustainable in its current format – an annual archived version could be contemplated;
- what will be the official version of our Statutes of Canada moving forward in a digital age?
- a way to maintain the side-by-side, English/French comparison, which can be an important part of some statutory interpretation exercises, while still meeting accessibility requirements."
2017-03-30T13:17:30.038-04:00Tomorrow is World Backup Day.
"This independent initiative to raise awareness about backups and data preservation started out — like most good things on the internet - on reddit by a couple of concerned users. Let’s make this happen!"The website explains how to backup important files either on a USB device or in the cloud.
2017-03-29T17:24:49.923-04:00The Winter 2017 issue of Law Library Journal is now available online. It is published by the American Association of Law Lbraries.
2017-03-29T17:17:28.219-04:00The Statistics Canada publication Juristat has published an article on Police resources in Canada, 2016.
2017-03-28T19:51:20.002-04:00Now that it appears that the Canadian government will legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Canada by July 1, 2018, it might be interesting to look at what the policies are currently here and how other jurisdictions have handled the issue of legalization/decriminalization.
"Marijuana, otherwise known as cannabis, has been legally prohibited in Canada since 1923. The 2002 report of the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs noted that there was little debate surrounding this addition to the criminal law at the time; as such, the precise motivation for doing so remains unclear."The article also looks at how marijuana is regulated in other jurisdictions such as the states of Washington and Colorado, Uruguay, Portugal and the Netherlands.
"Today, the prohibition of cannabis is found in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA), which makes it an offence to possess, traffic, import and export, or produce cannabis."
"Penalties upon conviction for these offences range from a fine for the least serious possession offences to potential life imprisonment for the most serious trafficking offences. Sentences are more severe if the amount of cannabis involved is large."
"Mandatory minimum sentences apply if certain factors are present, such as the threat or use of violence or a weapon in the commission of the offence. A mandatory sentence need not be applied if an offender successfully completes a drug treatment program."
"This document discusses the legal regulation of marijuana in Canada and in a number of other jurisdictions. After some material on marijuana itself, it provides an overview of the international drug control regime, including current debates surrounding the possible reform of this regime and the outcomes of the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem, which took place in April 2016. The document then turns to the legal treatment of marijuana in Canada, including the prevalence of use of marijuana in this country. It then examines different regulation approaches - including legalization and decriminalization - in a number of jurisdictions."Those jurisdictions include Uruguay, the United States, Portugal, Spain, and the Netherlands.
2017-04-19T14:35:42.517-04:00Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has signed a deal with OCLC, the international non-profit library co-operative, to replace AMICUS.
"LAC’s current system is outdated and no longer adequately meets the needs of Canadians. Following an in-depth analysis and consultations with key stakeholders in the Canadian library community, LAC concluded that it would be less costly to acquire these services than to build and maintain an in-house system."
"Implementation of LAC’s new library management system will take place over the next 24 months. LAC will continue to serve its clients using AMICUS while the new service is implemented. Once the OCLC system is fully operational in 2018, AMICUS services will be discontinued."
"To take advantage of OCLC’s world-class services, Canadian libraries must be members of the co-operative. Many Canadian libraries are already members of OCLC. In line with feedback from the Canadian library community, LAC has negotiated an agreement with OCLC whereby LAC will cover the interlibrary loan and copy cataloguing subscription fees for small public libraries and small libraries at post-secondary institutions (community colleges, CEGEPs and universities). In spring or summer 2017, LAC will let libraries know how they can apply for financial assistance in order to become members of OCLC."
"LAC will also work closely with Canadian libraries that are not OCLC members to resolve their interlibrary loan and copy cataloguing needs."
2017-03-27T17:39:17.135-04:00The British Columbia Provincial Court’s Chief Judge Thomas Crabtree will host a live Twitter Town Hall on April 6, 2017.
2017-03-26T17:25:32.182-04:00The United Nations has launched a new version of its Case Law Database covering International Criminal Tribunals.
2017-03-26T17:14:21.084-04:00The Law Library of Congress's recently compiled report on Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity, and War Crimes Jurisdiction is now available online:
"This chart reports on 149 jurisdictions that have laws punishing at least one of the three crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity, or war crimes. It indicates, where information was available, whether those laws cover only nationals, foreign persons when the offense is committed within the territory, or foreign persons when the offenses are committed outside of the country’s borders. In cases for which it is known that the laws have actually been applied, that information is included in the far right column of the chart."The Law Library of Congress is the world’s largest law library, with a collection of over 2.65 million volumes from all ages of history and virtually every jurisdiction in the world.