Thursday, June 30, 2016

Updated Research Guides From GlobaLex

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:
  • Comparative Law: "What is meant by comparative law? In the strict sense, it is the theoretical study of legal systems by comparison with each other, and has a tradition going back over a century. In recent years it has gained in practical importance for two reasons. The first is the increased globalization of world trade, involving the need to conduct business in unfamiliar legal systems. The second is the move towards harmonization of laws, and more recently towards codification within the European Union, where several legal traditions coexist. More loosely, there are publications and internet resources that assemble legal materials from several jurisdictions, without necessarily undertaking comparisons, but they can be seen as 'tools of the trade' for comparative lawyers."
  • Researching Customary International Law, State Practice and the Pronouncements of States Regarding International Law: "This research guide is intended to be an introduction to the concept of international custom and its place as a source of international law. The primary focus is on researching state practice and the pronouncements of states regarding international law as evidence of custom. While treaties, state law and the actions of international organizations can also contribute to customary international law, this guide does not assist with researching these areas. References to some of the excellent research guides already written on these areas are included. The guide introduces the researcher to titles that provide texts of the pronouncements of states regarding international law, both U.S. and international. There are also recommendations for secondary sources and finding aids helpful in describing state practice and in tracking down additional resources. Lastly, a list of additional research guides on customary international law is also provided. These alternate research guides were used extensively in preparation for writing this guide, and are highly recommended as additional resources on the subject. "
  • Introduction to Public International Law Research: "Public International Law is composed of the laws, rules and principles of general application that deal with the conduct of nation states and international organizations among themselves as well as the relationships between nation states and international organizations with persons, whether natural or juridical. Public International Law is sometimes called the 'law of nations' or just simply International Law. It should not be confused with Private International Law, which is primarily concerned with the resolution of conflict of laws in the international setting, determining the law of which country is applicable to specific situations. In researching this field of law, the researcher must also be aware of Comparative Law, the study of differences and similarities between the laws of different countries. Comparative Law is the study of the different legal systems in existence in the world, i.e.; common law, civil law, socialist law, Islamic law, Hindu law and Chinese law."

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Effects of Demand-Driven Acquisitions on Law Library Collection Development

The Spring 2016 issue of Law Library Journal, a publication of the American Association of Law Libraries, has a feature article on The Effects of Demand-Driven Acquisitions on Law Library Collection Development :
"Many academic libraries have begun using demand-driven or patron-driven acquisitions (DDA or PDA). In this model of collection development, instead of purchasing materials and then adding records for them to the online catalog, a library adds records for certain items without purchasing them. Payment occurs only if and when the item is used."

"While generally thought of as being used for e-books, similar systems can be used for journal articles and print books. DDA has been around for almost two decades, but it is only recently that the convergence of several factors—the increasing availability of e-books on law topics, a strong and ever-growing preference for electronic materials by users, and closer scrutiny of both library collection budgets and library space—have made this a tool that law libraries, particularly academic law libraries, are likely to consider (...) "

"This article begins with a brief discussion of collection development practices in academic law libraries, followed by descriptions of both the mechanics and the goals of DDA programs. It then looks at possible changes to library collections as a result of these programs and suggests ways that librarians can continue to develop their collections in a professional manner while still taking advantage of the quick, easy, and possibly cost-saving aspects of DDA. The article focuses on academic law libraries, which are the most likely users of DDA, but in the long term, DDA will affect all law libraries because law firm and government law libraries frequently rely on academic law libraries to lend them materials that they do not own. "

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Statistics Canada Report on Victimization of Aboriginal People

The Statistics Canada publication Juristat has published a report on Victimization of Aboriginal people in Canada, 2014:
"While violence involving Aboriginal people has been the focus of social policy and research for quite some time, their overrepresentation as victims of violent crime has recently been at the forefront in Canada. Various reports have highlighted the elevated risk of victimization experienced by Aboriginal people. Examples include information produced by the Native Women’s Association of Canada, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Statistics Canada (...)."

"A better understanding of the extent of Aboriginal victimization—along with the context in which this violence occurs, the characteristics associated with violence and possible risk factors that contribute to violence—may help to inform prevention and policy programs. One source of information that can be used to measure violence against Aboriginal people in Canada is through the General Social Survey (GSS) on Victimization. By asking respondents aged 15 years or older to recount their experiences of selected forms of both violent and non-violent victimization, this survey captures detailed information on criminal incidents that may or may not have come to the attention of police."
Among the highlights:
  • In 2014, a higher proportion of Aboriginal people than non-Aboriginal people in Canada reported being victimized in the previous 12 months. Overall, 28% of Aboriginal people living in the provinces and territories compared with 18% of non-Aboriginal people reported being the victim of one of the eight types of offences measured by the General Social Survey (GSS) on Victimization.
  • Compared with 2009, fewer Aboriginal people reported being a victim of one of the eight crimes measured by the GSS on Victimization in 2014. The proportion of Aboriginal people living in the 10 provinces that reported being a victim decreased from 38% in 2009 to 28% in 2014, while the proportion of Aboriginal victims in the Territories decreased from 36% to 28% over the same period.
  • In 2014, the overall rate of violent victimization among Aboriginal people was more than double that of non-Aboriginal people
  • When controlling for various risk factors, Aboriginal identity by itself did not remain associated with increasing one’s overall risk of violent victimization. Rather, the higher rates of victimization observed among Aboriginal people appeared to be related to the increased presence of other risk factors among this group—such as experiencing childhood maltreatment, perceiving social disorder in one’s neighbourhood, having been homeless, using drugs, or having fair or poor mental health.
  • According to the 2014 GSS on Victimization, Aboriginal females had an overall rate of violent victimization that was double that of Aboriginal males, close to triple that of non-Aboriginal females and more than triple that of non-Aboriginal males.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Supreme Court of Canada: New Library Titles

The list of new library titles added to the Supreme Court of Canada collection for the second half of June 2016 is now available on the Court website.

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

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Brexit - What Happens Now?

Now that a majority of voters in the very (Dis)United Kingdom have voted in favour of leaving the European Union, what happens?

The Canadian Bar Association's National offers some insight in an article on The legal implications of Brexit.

The UK House of Commons Library has published a few research notes on the topic.

And according to Slaw.ca, whether you think the UK did the right thing, punched itself in the face in a moment of stupefying self-delusion or just jumped off the white cliffs of Dover without a parachute, it might be a boon for lawyers: "Leave it to lawyers to turn the largest demerger in history into business like advice on tax, 'antitrust, immigration, intellectual property, trade agreements, employment and other areas of law'."

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Further Details About the Dissolution of the Canadian Library Association

The membership of the Canadian Library Association (CLA) voted on January 27, 2016 to dissolve the organization and launch a new federation of Canadian library associations.

The CLA provided an update about the transition.

It includes information ab0ut:
  • Special Purpose Funds (charitable donations received by CLA for a special purpose)
  • lease of CLA office space
  • CLA Archives
  • who will be taking over advocacy work on copyright, ebooks and other issues
  • CLA Position Statements
  • who will take over CLA Awards, Scholarships and Research Grants
  • CLA websites
  • administration of the Library Materials Shipping Tool
  • physical assets
  • the RDA cataloguing standard
  • accreditation of Canadian MLIS programs
  • who takes over the Young Canada Works program
  • Copyright on CLA Publications
  • and many others 
Earlier Library Boy posts on the topic include:

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

July/August 2016 Issue of AALL Spectrum

The July/August 2016 issue of AALL Spectrum, a monthly publication of the American Association of Law Libraries, is available.

From the Editor's Note:
"This issue of AALL Spectrum highlights 'best practices' in a variety of operational environments. Best practices save us time and resources. Th ey keep us from having to reinvent the wheel and allow us, instead, to simply adopt and modify practices and procedures for our own unique environments. As such, it is easy to view them as solutions. I regard a best practice as less of a solution and more as a platform from which to confront the next emerging challenge. A best practice solves the problem for today, but not the emerging or morphing problem."

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Most Recent Issue of Evidence Based Library and Information Practice

The most recent issue of Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, an open access, peer reviewed journal that is published quarterly and hosted at the University of Alberta.

Articles that caught my attention include:
  • Library Assessment and Quality Assurance - Creating a Staff-Driven and User-Focused Development Process: "Gothenburg University Library has implemented a process with the goal to combine quality assurance and strategic planning activities. The process has bottom-up and top-down features designed to generate strong staff-involvement and long-term strategic stability... In 2008 the library started implementing a system in which each library team should state a number of improvement activities for the upcoming year. In order to focus the efforts, the system has gradually been improved by closely coupling a number of assessment activities, such as surveys and statistics, and connecting the activities to the long-term strategic plan of the library."
  • Educating Assessors: Preparing Librarians with Micro and Macro Skills: "To examine the fit between libraries’ needs for evaluation skills, and library education and professional development opportunities. Many library position descriptions and many areas of library science education focus on professional skills and activities, such as delivering information literacy, designing programs, and managing resources. Only some positions, some parts of positions, and some areas of education specifically address assessment/evaluation skills... Four bodies of evidence were examined for the prevalence of assessment needs and assessment education: the American Library Association core competencies; job ads from large public and academic libraries; professional development courses and sessions offered by American Library Association (ALA) divisions and state library associations; and course requirements contained in ALA-accredited Masters of Library Science (MLS) programs. "
  • Evaluating Approaches to Quality Assessment in Library and Information Science LIS Systematic Reviews: A Methodology Review: "Systematic reviews are becoming increasingly popular within the Library and Information Science (LIS) domain. This paper has three aims: to review approaches to quality assessment in published LIS systematic reviews in order to assess whether and how LIS reviewers report on quality assessment a priori in systematic reviews, to model the different quality assessment aids used by LIS reviewers, and to explore if and how LIS reviewers report on and incorporate the quality of included studies into the systematic review analysis and conclusions."


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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Edinburgh Law Review Wins British Legal Journal of the Year Award

The Edinburgh Law Review has won the 2016 Legal Journals Award given out by the British and Irish Association of Law Libraries (BIALL).

In presenting the award, Karen Palmer, President of BIALL, said:
"This year’s winning title stood out for the scope and depth of its content, combining the very best in traditional academic legal journal publishing in editorial authority, layout and quality of indexing with a broad range of original contributions advancing contemporary scholarship in the law of its principal jurisdiction."
The Award was presented in Dublin on 9th June during the 2016 BIALL Annual Conference.

The aim of the Legal Journals Award is to reward the publishing profession for quality products and outstanding contributions in the field of legal serial titles whether online or in print.
The specific aims of the Legal Journals Award are to:
  • Recognise and reward excellence in legal serials publishing
  • Promote awareness of outstanding products
  • Encourage the highest quality of publishing
  • Set industry standards
BIALL is a sister association of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Free Oxford University Press Resources on Brexit

Oxford University Press has made a number of resources freely available relating to this week's referendum in the United Kingdom on its continued membership in the European Union:
  • From Oxford Scholarly Authorities on International Law, leading commentary on the articles of the Vienna Conventions on the Law of Treaties on Termination and the Consequences of a Termination
  • From Oxford Handbooks Online, an overview of accession and withdrawal in the law of the EU
  • From Oxford Scholarship Online, a scholarly analysis of accession and withdrawal after the Lisbon Treaty 
  • the Brexit Debate Map will help readers keep track of recent commentary on and information about the legal consequences of a Brexit
[Source: Off the Shelf, Osgoode Hall Law School Library Blog]



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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Primary Research Group Report on Bundled Journals Package Contract Negotiations Benchmarks

New York-based Primary Research Group has published a report on Bundled Journals Package Contract Negotiations Benchmarks:
"The study presents data from 37 libraries and consortia, predominantly research university libraries, about their experiences in negotiating bundled packages of journal subscriptions with major publishers.  The report gives detailed information on which librarians by work title play the primary role in negotiations, the role of others in the organization, such as legal counsel, and spending on negotiation training.  The study also looks at the provisions of contracts, providing data on the percentage of contracts with financial distress cancellation clauses, with title swapping privileges, provisions for perpetual access, and use of non-disclosure agreements and other contract terms."
Print and PDF versions are available for $109(US). Site licenses are also available.

Earlier Library Boy posts about Primary Research Group include:

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Statistical Profiles of Library and IM Communities in the Federal Public Service

I found this on the Librarianship.ca website about two infographics about the Information Management (IM) and Library Science (LS) communities in the federal public service:
"The 2014 Public Service Employee Survey (PSES) IM Community infographic is based on the PSES responses of employees who indicated that they identify with the Information Management (IM) community in relation to their current job. The Library Science (LS) Population 2015 Infographic is based on the regional pay system and highlights key demographics for the 260 LS in the Core Public Administration (CPA)."

"There were 4,627 respondents from the 2014 PSES survey who self-identified as part of the IM Community (...)"

"The 2015 LS population infographic shows that the majority of LS are located in the NCR (73%), are women (77%), with their first official language being English (78%). Library and Archives Canada is the department with the largest number of people in the LS category with 19%. The largest group and level is LS-02 at 50%, followed by LS-03 at 33%. The LS group is older than the CPA with 74% over 40 years old compared with 65% in the CPA."

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Supreme Court of Canada: New Library Titles

The list of new library titles added to the Supreme Court of Canada collection for June 1-15, 2016 is now available on the Court website.

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

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

LégisQuébec Official Legislative Website Now Free

LégisQuébec, the website that contains official versions of Quebec laws and regulations, today went totally free.

The site which offers access to current and former versions of Québec statutes and regulations often going back to the late seventies used to require a subscription for many of its more advanced features.

The revised site has documents in HTML, PDF or EPUB formats.

LégisQuébec is produced by l'Éditeur officiel du Québec, the official publisher of the provincial government.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Survey for Law Library Benchmarks, 2016-17

New York-based Primary Research Group will soon publish a new edition of Law Library Benchmarks, a survey of law libraries.

US and Canadian law libraries that contribute through a survey will receive a free copy of Law Library Benchmarks, 2016-17 Edition:
"Participants receive a free pdf copy of the report when it is published. Your institution will be listed as a participant but the information that you provide is absolutely confidential; all data is amalgamated in a statistical package; no data is presented for individual institutions. Only law libraries from the USA or Canada are eligible for this particular study (though many of our studies are international in scope)."
Earlier Library Boy posts about Primary Research Group include:

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Bibliography on Lone Wolf Terrorism

Greta E. Marlatt from the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defence and Security (Monterey, California) has created a Lone Wolf Terrorism – A Brief Bibliography(updated to May 2016).

It is divided into sections for articles, books, reports, hearings (US Congress) and theses.

Material is international in scope and covers individuals motivated by radical right ideology, extreme religious fundamentalism as well as other violent ideas.

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Canadian Urban Library Council to Administer Library Materials Shipping Tool

The Canadian Library Association (CLA) announced last week that the Canadian Urban Library Council (CULC) is assuming the responsibility of administering the Library Materials Shipping Tool:
"This tool provided libraries across Canada access to affordable shipping rates. As a result of CLA's pending dissolution, it will no longer be administering this tool however we are delighted to share with you that the new administrator of this tool will be the Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC). CLA has been working with CULC to ensure that existing customer needs are met. More information will be provided through CULC on this transition."
In January, CLA members voted to dissolve the association and replace it with a new national library advocacy organization, the Canadian Federation of Library Associations. CLA has been gradually transferring its many responsibilities to other organizations and it will close its doors at the end of June.

You can find more information about the CULC on their website.

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