Thursday, January 16, 2020

Article: Diversity Initiatives to Recruit and Retain Academic Librarians

The most recent issue of College & Research Libraries features an article on Diversity Initiatives to Recruit and Retain Academic Librarians: A Systematic Review.

It is written by 3 Canadian academic librarians.
"The aim of this study is to determine the strategic approaches that academic libraries are using in their efforts to recruit and retain diverse librarians. Systematic review methodology involved searching Library & Information Science Abstracts, Library & Information Science Source, Gender Studies Database, Race Relations Abstracts, Google, and grey literature composed primarily of information from library associations’ and organizations’ websites. The primary search terms (and their variations) include diversity, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomics, academic library, librarians, recruitment, and retention. Publications were included if they were about the recruitment and/or retention strategies used by academic libraries to improve diversity among librarians. Nineteen publications and one ALA website were included in the review. All 20 publications were based in a North American context, and the interventions included targeted recruitment strategies, internship or residency programs, mentor- ship, and professional development opportunities. Using a modified version of the CASP Qualitative Checklist, the publications were critically appraised to evaluate the validity of the findings. Fifty percent of the publications included an assessment component to determine the value of the intervention. Although a number of programs exist to recruit minorities to academic librarianship, the number of visible minorities in the field has remained stagnant for decades."

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

January 2020 Issue of Governance and Recordkeeping Around the World

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 January 2020 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 etc.
  • listings of papers and readings (white papers, presentations, reports)

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Supreme Court of Canada: New Library Titles

The list of new library titles added to the Supreme Court of Canada collection from January 1-15, 2020 is now available on the Court website.

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

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Uniform Law Conference of Canada Consultation on Crowdfunding

The Uniform Law Conference of Canada (ULCC) has published a consultation document on what it is proposing as a Uniform Informal Public Appeals and Crowdfunding Act:
"The proposed uniform Act is a revised version of the Uniform Informal Public Appeals Act which was issued by the Conference in 2011. The recent growth of public appeals conducted through the internet, popularly known as 'crowdfunding' has prompted the Conference to revisit this topic (...)"

"These informal public appeals were the subject of a project launched in 2009 by the Civil Section of the Uniform Law Conference of Canada. The Conference [hereafter ULCC] has operated continuously since its formation in 1918. Its Civil Section brings together government policy lawyers and analysts, lawyers in private practice, law teachers and representatives of Canada’s law reform bodies, all of whom serve on a volunteer basis. They consider areas in which provincial and territorial laws would benefit from harmonization . The main work of the Section is reflected in “uniform statutes”, which the Section develops and recommends for enactment by all relevant governments in Canada (...)"

"The response of the ULCC was, in 2011, to develop and promulgate the Uniform Informal Public Appeals Act [UIPAA] ..."

"Saskatchewan was the first jurisdiction to implement the Uniform Act and, as it turns out, its IPAA was in place where and when it was most needed. The disastrous highway accident involving a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team resulted in significant loss of life and injuries. An appeal, with extremely general objects, carried out through an internet platform (GoFundMe), raised approximately $15 million and how it should be distributed constituted a major test of Saskatchewan’s IPAA. Fortunately, the provisions of the Act gave the organizers and the court all the tools they needed to craft a distribution scheme that commanded almost unanimous support of the victims and their families. The existence of the Act averted what had the potential to be an extremely divisive issue within the community."

"Although the Act in its present form proved its worth in the Humboldt case, it cannot be safely assumed that its application will be equally straightforward in other cases involving appeals conducted using an internet platform. "

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Monday, January 13, 2020

IFLA Launches Trend Report Update 2019

IFLA, the International Federation of Library Associations, has published a 2019 update to its Trend Report.

The initial report in 2013 brought together perspectives from experts around the world to support the library field in its thinking about the future.

The 2019 edition identifies 5 high-level trends:
  • New Technologies will both expand and limit who has access to information.
  • Online Education will democratise and disrupt global learning.
  • The boundaries of privacy and data protection will be redefined..
  • Hyper-connected societies will listen to and empower new voices and groups.
  • The global information environment will be transformed by new technologies.

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Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Nominations for the Next Hugh Lawford Award for Excellence in Legal Publishing

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) is accepting nominations for the next Hugh Lawford Award for Excellence in Legal Publishing.

It honours a publisher (whether for-profit or not-for profit, corporate or non-corporate) that has demonstrated excellence by publishing a work, series, website or e-product that makes a significant contribution to legal research and scholarship.

Members as well as non-members of CALL can make nominations. Nominations from the author or publisher of a work are welcomed. Nominations can be submitted to Ann Marie Melvie [amelvie AT sasklawcourts.ca], Past President of CALL/ACBD, before February 15, 2020.

The award honours Hugh Lawford (1933-2009), Professor of Law at Queens’ University and the founder of Quicklaw.

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Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Newest Issue of Partnership Available Online

The most recent issue of the journal Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library & Information Practice & Research is now available.

The journal is published by “Partnership”, Canada's national network of provincial and territorial library associations.

There are sections on Theory & Practice, Innovations in Practice, Features and Book Reviews.


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Monday, January 06, 2020

Supreme Court of Canada Calendar of January 2020 Hearings

The Supreme Court of Canada has published its calendar of upcoming appeals that will be heard this month.

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.

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January 2020 Issue of In Session - E-Newsletter of Canadian Association of Law Libraries

The January 2020  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.

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Sunday, January 05, 2020

Winners of 2019 Canadian Law Blog Awards

The winners of the 2019 Canadian Law Blog Awards (known as the Clawbies) were announced a few days ago.

The Fodden Award 2019 for the very best in Canadian legal commentary went to the Supreme Advocacy Newsletter:
"A veritable institution in the Canadian legal community, readers come for the Supreme Court of Canada case news and stay for the Last Word. Eugene Meehan and his team have been generously sharing their expertise with an enjoyable side of miscellany since the mid ‘90s. The newsletter represents an impressive commitment to free and open sharing of legal knowledge—the true hallmark of any Fodden Award winner."
Two sites were recognized as the Best Law Library Resource:
"O’Faolain
There’s really only one word—stellar—to describe David Whelan’s blog, where he writes first-person reflections on law libraries and technology. From the nominations: “One of the most useful sites where I learn things to move forward with my work.”
CALL for Innovation Podcast
Colin Lachance recorded this series of interviews at the 2019 CALL/ACBD conference in partnership with vLex—we think this is probably the first-ever Canadian law library podcast! More please!"
There were awards in many other categories.

The Clawbies are organized by Stem Legal, a B.C.-based strategy firm.

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Thursday, January 02, 2020

45th Annual List of Banished Words

One of my favourite holiday things is Lake Superior State University's annual List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.

This is the 45th year that the institution based in Sault Ste.Marie, Michigan has lovingly compiled and widely disseminated the list.

Apparently the tradition started in late 1975 when "faculty and staff came up with the first list of words and phrases that people love to hate at a New Year’s Eve party in 1975" (sounds plausible).

The Most Nominated Word or Phrase for 2020 has a legal/political dimension to it: "quid pro quo".

And "OK, Boomer" made this year's list.

Groovy.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Law Library of Congress Report on Regulation of Foreign Involvement in Elections

The Law Library of Congress in Washington recently published a comparative law report on the Regulation of Foreign Involvement in Elections (written in August 2019):
"This report by the foreign law research staff of the Law Library of Congress’s Global Legal Research Directorate includes surveys of thirteen major democratic foreign jurisdictions on laws and policies addressing foreign involvement in elections. "

"Reports of foreign interference in recent elections in the United States and elsewhere have prompted responses in several countries. For example, Australia enacted a new law in 2018 imposing limits on foreign donations to parties and candidates, and also prohibited other political actors from using foreign donations to fund political expenditures. Australia also adopted a Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme, which requires persons undertaking political activities for foreign principals to meet registration and disclosure requirements. Australia also legislated new criminal offenses involving foreign interference, including the offense of 'intentional foreign interference,' which provides for imprisonment for up to 20 years for covert or deceptive conduct on behalf of a foreign principal intended to influence a political or governmental process."   

"Canada also enacted a new law in 2018. The Elections Modernization Act provides that only Canadian citizens or permanent residents can contribute to parties or candidates, and that third parties may not use funds for a partisan purpose during a pre-election period if the source of the funds is a foreign entity. The new law creates offenses prohibiting foreign actors from unduly influencing an election and Canadians from colluding with foreign actors for this purpose."

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"Most of the other countries surveyed in this report similarly have laws prohibiting foreign donations. Donations typically are defined broadly to include all forms of support having monetary value, including provision of services." 
The Law Library of Congress is the world’s largest law library, with a collection of over 2 and a half million volumes from all ages of history and virtually every jurisdiction in the world.

Over the years, it has published dozens of comparative law reports which are a treasure trove for legal research on a huge variety of issues.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

CanLII: 2019 in Review

CanLII, the Canadian Legal Information Institute, has published a blog post reviewing the very busy year it had in 2019.

The CanLII website makes Canadian legal information (caselaw, legislation and commentary) available free of charge via the Internet and is a founding member of the Free Access to Law Movement.

In 2019, CanLII:
  • partnered with many journals, law firms, law centres and other organizations to expand its offerings of legal commentary
  • launched the CanLII  Authors Program
  • continued its historical scanning projects of older cases
  • added many tribunal decision collections
  • and much more

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Library Association Election Priorities and the 2019 Ministerial Mandate Letters

In last fall's federal election campaign, the Canadian Federation of Library Associations outlined objectives in four areas it wanted to see addressed:
  • Advancing Social Infrastructure
  • Copyright
  • Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Language Preservation
  • Support for Accessible Formats
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently released the mandate letters for ministers of his new cabinet and the website librarianship.ca has summarized the "policy objectives for several ministers which touch on and support the recommendations from the library community".

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Statistics Canada Article on Family Violence in Canada

The Statistics Canada publication Juristat recently published an article entitled Family violence in Canada: A statistical profile, 2018 that uses police-reported data to explore the following topics: family violence against children and youth, intimate partner violence and family violence against seniors.

Among the highlights:
  • family violence against seniors increased from 2009 to 2018, while intimate partner violence declined and family violence against children and youth remained relatively stable
  • family violence against seniors increased by 11% from 2009 to 2018, while intimate partner violence declined by 12% and family violence against children and youth remained relatively stable (-1%). Meanwhile, overall police-reported violence declined by 17%.

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Supreme Court of Canada: New Library Titles

The list of new library titles added to the Supreme Court of Canada collection from December 1-15, 2019 is now available on the Court website.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Annotated US Constitution - Impeachment Clauses

This is a follow-up to the Library Boy post of September 25, 2019 entitled Resources on How to Impeach a US President.

In Custodia Legis, the blog of the Law Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., recently published a new post on The Constitution Annotated—Impeachment Clauses:
"The Library of Congress has updated the Constitution Annotated essays pertaining to impeachment and incorporated them in the annotations to Article I, Article II, and Article III of the Constitution (...)"

"The Library of Congress launched the Constitution Annotated on Constitution Day, September 17, 2019. The website provides online access to the 'Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation,' which has served as Congress’s official record of the Constitution for over a century and explains in layman’s terms the Constitution’s origins, how the nation’s most important law was crafted and ratified, and how every provision in the Constitution has been interpreted."

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

US Supreme Court Hears Case on Copyright Status of Georgia's Official Legal Code

Last week, the Supreme Court of the United States heard the case Georgia, et al. v. Public.Resource.Org, Inc. [oral transcript / docket information with documents filed by parties and interveners].

The case involves the copyright status of the official legal code of the American state of Georgia which is published with annotations written by LexisNexis.

A non-profit called Public.Resource.Org published that state code on its website. Georgia sued arguing that the annotations are copyrighted.

The catch: only the commercially available annotated version is official. Free versions without the annotations are not official.

The websites Ars Technica and infoDOCKET have more background on the case.

And the most recent episode of the law librarian podcast The Geek in Review also dives into the matter.

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Monday, December 09, 2019

Presentations Available from Government Information Day East 2019

The SLA Toronto chapter and the Toronto Reference Library hosted the Government Information Day (East) 2019 on Thursday, November 28, 2019.

The event was devoted to the use, production, preservation, and access of government information.

The presentations are now online.

Topics covered included:
  • Library of Parliament’s digitization and preservation projects
  • Canadian Municipal Collection: A digitization project
  • Scholars Portal Government Documents Projects
  • Post-depository: Project Update
  • The Legislative Library of Ontario's digital repository: Overview, challenges, future initiatives
  • The Legislative Assembly of Ontario’s website – The recent redesign of ola.org and upcoming enhancements
  • ISBNs: Us and You and the Future
  • Communicating Value Through Strategic Alignment
  • Serving Ontario’s New Parliament: Outreach Strategies
  • Copyright and Public Sector Information: A Comparative Study
  • Canadian Collective Print Preservation Strategy (CCPPS) Working Group: Overview of Activities
  • Making Government Data Accessible: Discoverability, Availability and Usability

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