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Updated: 2017-10-17T04:12:21.989-04:00

 



Upcoming Symposium Supreme Court of Canada: Looking to the Future

2017-10-16T15:33:03.128-04:00

The Supreme Court of Canada, in conjunction with the National Judicial Institute, is hosting a symposium on Thursday, October 26 on the future of the court:
"Some 110 participants, including the Justices of the Supreme Court, chief justices and judges from several Canadian courts and other courts around the world, legal scholars, lawyers, government representatives and law students will attend the Symposium. The theme of the Symposium is the Supreme Court of Canada: Looking to the Future. An impressive selection of speakers will address four broad themes: Different Models of Supreme Court Judging; the Supreme Court, the Executive and Parliament; the Public Presence of the Supreme Court and the Role of the Media; and the Supreme Court of Canada of the Future: An Open Discussion. During the last segment, short videos will be presented by law students who won a national essay competition whose theme was 'SCC 2067 – the Supreme Court of Canada in Fifty Years’ Time'." [from the press release]
The event will be webcast live.



Supreme Court of Canada: New Library Titles

2017-10-16T15:33:48.492-04:00

The list of new library titles added to the Supreme Court of Canada collection from October1 to 15, 2017 is now available on the Court website.

It is possible to subscribe via e-mail to receive the list.



Three-Part Series on State of Law Library eBooks 2017-18

2017-10-11T15:39:50.493-04:00

The website LLRX.com has published the first article in a three-part series on The State of Law Library eBooks 2017-18.

It is written by Ellyssa Kroski, Director of Information Technology at the New York Law Institute (NYLI) :
"This article will describe the current landscape of eBooks relevant to the law library field, the benefits and challenges of offering eBooks in law libraries, the different ways to purchase law-related eBooks, and how to get started choosing a solution. This is Part One of a three-part article series which will be followed closely by Part Two: Brass Tacks which will discuss the different pricing models that are available, how they work, their advantages, disadvantages, and a checklist of questions to ask before choosing an eBook solution for your law library. Part Three: What Law Libraries are Doing will delve into what we’ve chosen to do for our eBooks program at NYLI and how that has evolved over the past five years to a hybrid model, as well as what other law libraries have chosen as their solutions."



Canadian Association of Law Libraries Webinar on Platforms, Apps and Omnibots

2017-10-10T19:48:16.693-04:00

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) is hosting a webinar on October 26, 2017 called Platforms, Apps and Omnibots - Alternate Views on the Future of Legal Research . It starts at 1PM Eastern time:
"Can you imagine a future where a single sign-in will give you access to a range of tools to support different aspects of legal research? How about one where effective research requires multiple accounts from different service providers each of which offer a tailored solution. Or perhaps a future where you simply ask an artificially intelligent Alexa, Siri, Cortana or Google to find you some stuff that you can rely on? As you might have already observed, we are madly rushing in all three directions right now!"
The speaker is Colin Lachance, former CEO of CanLII (2011 - 2015), and past advisor to numerous legal tech startups.



Library Association Submissions on Canadian Copyright Board Reform

2017-10-05T18:34:19.662-04:00

The Government of Canada has been holding consultations on the reform of the Copyright Board whose job it is to establish royalties for the use of copyrighted materials.

Today, the website Librarianship.ca posted summaries of the submissions from two library associations: the Canadian Federation of Library Associations and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries.



Call for Proposals for WILU 2018 Library Instruction Conference in Ottawa

2017-10-04T15:53:29.377-04:00

WILU stands for Workshop for Instruction in Library Use and is an annual Canadian conference devoted to research and innovations in the area of information literacy and library instruction.

The University of Ottawa Library will be hosting the 2018 WILU conference next June.

The Call for proposals is open until November 13, 2017.

Proposals can be made for the following formats:
  • Presentation (45-minute session)
  • Workshop (120-minute session)
  • Panel discussion (45-minute session)
  • Lightning talk (7-minute session)
  • Techno expo kiosk (similar to a poster session, but with computers and large screens to showcase innovative applications of instructional technology)
The WILU 2018 conference site has a history section that contains presentations from many earlier gatherings.



Statistics Canada Report on Sexual Assault

2017-10-04T15:43:49.302-04:00

Statistics Canada has published a report entitled Police-reported sexual assaults in Canada, 2009 to 2014: A statistical profile:
"There were 117,238 sexual assaults reported by police in Canada from 2009 to 2014. The vast majority (98%) of sexual assaults reported by police were level 1 offences, which involve some or no physical injury to the victim. The remaining 2% were level 2 or 3 sexual assaults, which are more violent and involve bodily harm or endangering the life of the victim."

"Not all sexual assaults, however, are reported to police. Sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes in Canada. According to the most recent General Social Survey (GSS) on Canadians' Safety (Victimization), which collects information on incidents whether or not they were reported to the police, about 1 in 20 sexual assaults were reported to the police in 2014."
Among the highlights of the report:
  • Majority of sexual assault victims were young females
  • Half of male sexual assault victims were boys aged 13 or younger
  • Delay in reporting to police about 12 times longer for sexual assault than for physical assault
  • Sexual assaults involving a child victim saw longest delays in reporting to police
  • Accused charged in less than half of sexual assault incidents
  • Most victims of sexual assault knew their assailant
  • Just over half of child sexual assault victims were victimized by a family member



Law Commission of Ontario Class Actions Project

2017-10-03T19:36:35.738-04:00

The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) has launched a major class actions research project:

"The LCO’s class action project considers Ontario’s experience with class actions since the enactment of the Class Proceedings Act in 1993. The project has two main objectives:
  • Survey the experience with class actions in Ontario, and
  • Provide an independent and practical analysis of class actions from the perspective of their three objectives: access to justice, judicial economy, and deterrence.
The project will produce an independent, balanced, and authoritative report on class actions issues. The report may make recommendations for law reform where appropriate to do so."
Public consultations will begin later in 2017.

The last comprehensive review of class  proceedings in Ontario was in 1990.



October 2017 Issue of In Session - E-Newsletter of Canadian Association of Law Libraries

2017-10-02T12:44:50.312-04:00

The October 2017 issue of In Session is available online.

It is the monthly e-newsletter of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) and contains news from CALL committees and special interest groups, member updates and events.



Annotated Criminal Code for Social Media Abuse

2017-09-29T15:46:05.226-04:00

University of British Columbia law professor Benjamin Perrin has published an annotated Criminal Code that deals with Social Media Crime in Canada:


"This annotated Criminal Code aims to be a resource for scholars, judges, Crown prosecutors and defence counsel, police, and others interested in social media and criminal law. After the relevant Criminal Code provisions in bold, a brief description of the general law related to them appear, followed by a more detailed set of case summaries that describe the application of each provision in the social media context. These summaries are concise enough to identify potentially relevant judicial decisions quickly so that readers can then consult the full decisions. The following offences are covered in this annotated Criminal Code:
  • Participation in the activity in a terrorist group (s. 83.18)
  • Counselling the commission of an indictable offence for the benefit of, at the direction of or in association with a terrorist organization (ss. 2, 83.24-27, 464)
  • Public mischief (s. 140)
  • Sexual interference (s. 151)
  • Invitation to sexual touching (s. 152)
  • Sexual Exploitation (s. 153)
  • Voyeurism (s. 162)
  • Child pornography (s. 163.1)
  • Luring a child (s. 172.1)
  • Indecent acts (s. 173)
  • Criminal harassment (s. 264)
  • Uttering threats (s. 264.1)
  • Sexual assault (s. 265)
  • Inciting hatred (s. 319)
  • Unauthorized use of a computer (s. 342.1)
  • Extortion (s. 346) "
The CBC interviewd Prof. Perrin yestersay.



Supreme Court of Canada: New Library Titles

2017-09-29T15:33:48.498-04:00

The list of new library titles added to the Supreme Court of Canada collection from September 16th to 30th, 2017 is now available on the Court website.


It is possible to subscribe via e-mail to receive the list.



US Federal Courts Web Archive

2017-09-28T12:43:26.403-04:00

The Library of Congress blog In Custodia Legis has a post today on the launching of the Federal Courts Web Archive:
"The Federal Courts Web Archive, recently launched by the Library of Congress Web Archiving Team and the Law Library of Congress, provides retrospective archival coverage of the websites of the federal judiciary. The websites in this archive include those of the Supreme Court of the United States, as well as federal appellate courts, trial courts, and other tribunals. These sites contain a wide variety of resources prepared by federal courts, such as: slip opinions, transcripts, dockets, court rules, calendars, announcements, judicial biographies, statistics, educational resources, and reference materials. The materials available on the federal court websites were created to support a diverse array of users and needs, including attorneys and their clients, pro se litigants seeking to represent themselves, jurors, visitors to the court, and community outreach programs."
The archive covers the following courts:
  • US Supreme Court
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals
  • U.S. District Courts
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Courts
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces



Preview of the Upcoming Term of the US Supreme Court

2017-09-28T12:38:01.367-04:00

The Congressional Research Service in Washington has prepared a Preview of Select Cases for the upcoming term of the US Supreme Court:
"The next Court term has the potential to be one of the most consequential in years."
"A full discussion of every case that the Court will hear during the October 2017 term is beyond the scope of this report (indeed, the Court has to grant certiorari to the majority of cases that will likely make up its docket for the upcoming year). But Table 1 provides brief summaries of the cases the Court has already agreed to hear during the October 2017 term, and many of the cases on the Court’s docket are discussed in existing or forthcoming CRS products. The majority of this report highlights four notable cases of the new term that could impact the work of Congress: (1) Carpenter v. United States; (2) Christie v. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA); (3) Gill v. Whitford; and (4) Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission."
The highlighted cases deal with:
  • the warrantless collection of historical cell phone location data
  • New Jersey’s sports gambling prohibition
  • electoral redistricting and gerrymandering
  • states’ interests in enforcing their civil rights laws against the interests of those who object to same-sex marriage on religious grounds



Law Library of Congress Interview With Michael Goodson, Baseball Law Expert

2017-09-29T15:58:42.545-04:00

In Custodia Legis, the blog of the Law Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., has posted an interview this week with Michael Goodson, Collection Services Intern whose job is to identify U.S. and foreign legal collection items related to baseball and the law for a major library exhibit next year:
"How would you describe your job to other people?
I would describe my job to other people as becoming the dedicated baseball expert of the Law Library of Congress – specializing in searching the vast legal collections for fascinating information in order to help put together the upcoming Baseball Americana exhibit (...)

What is the most interesting fact you’ve learned about the Law Library?
The Library of Congress has the most extensive baseball card as well as comics collections!"
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.   



Five Questions with Megan Siu, Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta

2017-09-29T16:01:30.483-04:00

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) has been running a series of member profiles called Five Questions With...

The most recent interview is with Megan Siu, Community Development & Education Specialist, Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta.
Many more profiles can be found on the CALL Blog.

Another interesting profile series consists of interviews by the Law Library of Congress in Washington with members of its staff.



Supreme Court of Canada Calendar of Upcoming October 2017 Hearings

2017-09-25T12:44:20.098-04:00

The Supreme Court of Canada has published its calendar of appeal hearings for October 2017.

To find out more about any particular case, click on the docket number in parentheses next to each case name to find docket information, case summaries as well as facta from the parties.



Law Commission of Ontario Releases Fifth Paper on Defamation

2017-09-24T18:38:57.422-04:00

This is a follow-up to the July 27, 2017 Library Boy post entitled Law Commission of Ontario Releases Papers on Defamation.

The Law Commission of Ontario has released a fifth and final background paper as part of its project on Defamation Law in the Internet Age.

The paper is entitled Reputation systems, ADR, Industry Regulation and other Extra-Judicial Possibilities for Protecting Reputation in the Internet Age.



Updated Research Guides From GlobaLex

2017-09-24T18:30:58.251-04:00

GlobaLex, 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:A Research Guide to Cases and Materials on Terrorism: "A bibliographic survey of the law relating to terrorism - even one that tries to avoid advocacy and argument, and perhaps even more so on account of that - exposes its author to criticism more than anything over definition and criteria for inclusion. Terrorism itself is a moving target: laws addressing it written by a fearful Establishment, its history written by the victors. Terrorist acts can be undertaken for all sorts of reasons or, conceptually at least, for none at all other than to promote anarchy or to express hatred. A purely criminal undertaking (as in extortion) is the least likely to threaten the wider public (such crime tends to be local or limited to particular ethnic groups) and it is also the easiest to deal with. Terrorist acts commonly arise out of grievance and frustration, real or imagined: religious, political, economic, personal. Terrorism, or the threat of terrorism, can involve weapons of mass destruction, or it can consist of measures of murder and mayhem, repression and intimidation directed at individuals, at a group or class, or at all the inhabitants of a region or state. While a dozen or more sectors of the law are pertinent to terrorism - some as cause, some as effect, some as impediment and some as punishment - historically, no law has been more successful than the mere passage of time in bringing it to an end. Terrorism and its companion, civil unrest, either bring revolutionary change and are then sanctified in a new national myth, or they fail and grievances either continue to fester or are overtaken by events (...) The point of this survey is not so much to list sources - many of these could be found with a search engine and legal database; others by using some of the better bibliographic sites listed here. It is rather to provide some assistance in planning research and in formulating issues to address - to examine the range of issues and provide links, first to sources that are considered reliable and unbiased, then to specimen law cases and scholarly articles and, finally, to opinions and arguments not otherwise adumbrated which, even if they are in support of a particular agenda are coherent, plausible and forthright in their advocacy or apologia. Collected here are many of the major court cases involving terrorism and terrorists of the modern era, as well as a sampling of issues related to terrorism. "The Amparo Context in Latin American Jurisdiction: An Approach to an Empowering Action: " Since 1948 and after the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the necessity of a judicial mechanism of human rights protection became a global concern. Under the influence of Mexican amparo, the right to everyone 'to simple and prompt recourse, or any other effective recourse, to a competent court or tribunal for protection against acts that violate his fundamental rights recognized by the constitution or laws of the state concerned or by this Convention, even though such violation may have been committed by persons acting in the course of their official duties' was included in the American Convention on Human Rights (article 25.1) in 1969. With this 'inter-American purpose', the writ of amparo was conceived (also called Acción de Tutela, Recurso de Amparo and Juicio de Amparo, among others), inspired in the Mexican amparo which was created with the deep [...]



Government Information Day in Ottawa

2017-09-24T18:24:29.635-04:00

The University of Ottawa Library and the Carleton University Library, in collaboration with Library and Archives Canada (LAC), are holding a Government Information Day on October 26, 2017.

The day's activities will take place at Library and Archives Canada and feature presentations on the following themes:
  • Access to government information and data in an era of “open by default” 
  • Extending preservation and access - government information and data beyond government 
The full program is available on the LAC website.



Newest Issue of Canadian Law Library Review

2017-09-19T19:35:34.471-04:00

The most recent issue of the Canadian Law Library Review (CLLR) is available online.

The CLLR is the official journal of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries.



The Good and Bad of PowerPoint Slides

2017-09-18T18:25:52.284-04:00

Ah...PowerPoint.

How do I love thee? How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways...

Today on Slaw.ca, Steven B. Levy wrote about what PowerPoint is good for, and not so good for:
"I’ve seen many successful projects perceived as troubled simply because the project manager couldn’t 'manage' a presentation."

"In a project management presentation, PowerPoint (or its equivalent) is good for two things, and two things only:
  • Visuals, and
  • Signposts
It is a very poor tool for the purpose most people use it: transmission of information."
Not that I have ever, ever made any of the mistakes listed.



Supreme Court of Canada: New Library Titles

2017-09-16T15:35:05.319-04:00

The list of new library titles added to the Supreme Court of Canada collection from September 1st to 15th, 2017 is now available on the Court website.

It is possible to subscribe via e-mail to receive the list.



September 2017 Issue of Governance and Recordkeeping Around the World

2017-09-14T17:28:56.882-04:00

The Governance and Recordkeeping Around the World newsletter, published by Library and Archives Canada (LAC), highlights issues pertaining to government and recordkeeping practices in the public and private sectors around the world.

The September 2017 issue has just been published.

It includes:
  • news items from Canada and around the world 
  • announcements of upcoming Canadian and international events (meetings, conferences, seminars) 
  • project and product news in areas such as digitization, archives, open source, e-government, access to information and Web 2.0 
  • listings of papers and readings (white papers, presentations, reports)



Law Library of Congress Interview With Adrienne Keys, Specialist in Legislative Information Systems Management

2017-09-13T17:35:20.171-04:00

In Custodia Legis, the blog of the Law Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., has posted an interview this week with Adrienne Keys, specialist in legislative information systems management within the Congressional Research Service (CRS) of the Library of Congress:
"How would you describe your job to other people?
As a specialist in legislative information systems management, I do a little bit of a lot of different things for Congress.gov, including testing the system to ensure the accuracy of legislative and congressional data, and making sure that new and existing site features are working correctly. I am currently preparing to give a demonstration of the site to a group of congressional staff as part of a pre-conference event. I am also frequently on the front line answering questions about the site from users – which reminds me very much of my previous jobs in public affairs and congressional services. One aspect of my role that I particularly enjoy is publishing tips on Congress.gov search – and other site – functions. New tips are posted on Congress.gov’s homepage almost every week, with links to help pages with detailed information and images that provide additional guidance."
Congress.gov is the free official website for U.S. federal legislative information.

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.  



American Libraries Magazine 2017 Library Design Showcase

2017-09-13T17:28:08.214-04:00

The magazine American Libraries has just published the 2017 Library Design Showcase:
"These are shining examples of innovative architectural feats that address user needs in unique, interesting, and effective ways. Renovations and expansions dominated this year, showing that libraries are holding on to and breathing new life into spaces already cherished by their communities."
One of the buildings featured in the slide show is the Vaughan Civic Centre Resource Library in Vaughan, Ontario.