Thursday, October 19, 2017

Primary Research Group Report on University Faculty Use of Library Assistance in Navigating Bibliometrics & Altmetrics Tools

New York-based Primary Research Group has just published a report called International Survey of Research University Faculty: Use of Library Assistance in Navigating Bibliometrics & Altmetrics Tools:
"This 76-page report presents data from a sample of 325 faculty from research universities in the USA, Canada, the UK, Ireland and Australia about their use of library resources in navigating bibliometrics and altmetrics tools. The study reports on the extent of use of library classes, videos, tutorials, brown bag lunch presentations and other sources of assistance to faculty on the growing use of bibliometric and altmetric tools. In addition, the study reports on the percentage of faculty seeking help of any kind in this area, their evaluation of the quality of the help offered, and their needs in this area currently and in the future. Data in the report is broken down by many useful criteria including age, gender, academic title, field of subject specialization, teaching load and other personal variables, as well as institutional variables such as world university ranking, public/private status, host country, and other institutional variables."
Print and PDF versions are available. Site licenses are also available.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Crown Copyright E-Petition Update

This is an update to the Library Boy post of May 31, 2017 entitled Petition to House of Commons to Fix Crown Copyright.

University of Alberta Copyright Librarian Amanda Wakaruk had circulated a petition asking the Government of Canada to make publicly available government works part of the public domain.

Wakaruk provided an update earlier this week on a government information listserv:
"The petition closed on September 23 with almost three times the number of signatories required for certification. It is also one of the few e-petitions to have signatories from all provinces and territories. The e-petition is scheduled for tabling in the House of Commons on Friday, October 20. The Government of Canada will then have 45 days to respond."
Wakaruk has more information on the topic on her Fix Crown Copyright website.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Upcoming Symposium Supreme Court of Canada: Looking to the Future

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.

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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 October1 to 15, 2017 is now available on the Court website.

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

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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

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."

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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

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.

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Thursday, October 05, 2017

Library Association Submissions on Canadian Copyright Board Reform

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.

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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Call for Proposals for WILU 2018 Library Instruction Conference in Ottawa

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.

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Statistics Canada Report on Sexual Assault

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

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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Law Commission of Ontario Class Actions Project

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.

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Monday, October 02, 2017

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

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.

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