Thursday, April 17, 2014

Supreme Court of Canada: New Library Titles

The list of new library titles added to the Supreme Court of Canada collection for the period of April 1-15, 2014 is now available on the Court website.

The web page explains: "The Supreme Court of Canada Library lends materials from all but the most recent New Library Titles list in accordance with its Interlibrary Loan Policy."

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

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Australian Study Highlights 5-to-1 ROI of Special Libraries

A number of Australian library associations including the Australian Law Library Association published a study earlier this month that highlights the big 5-to-1 bang for the buck of government, law firm and organizational libraries.

In fact, every one dollar investment in special libraries brings 5.43 dollars in return to their organization, according to the study commissioned by our library friends way down there in Oz.

From the press release:
"ALIA [Australian Library and Information Association] Executive Director Sue McKerracher said, ‘Working in the library and information sector, we all recognise the value of special libraries. What is exciting about this report is that an independent firm of economists has been able to put a figure on the value—and that figure is five times the original investment’. "
"The indicative finding of $5.43 for every $1 invested is likely to be even higher. SGS [the firm commissioned to write the study] assessed the benefits provided directly to special library users, including time saved and value of ‘out-of-pocket’ expenses such as journal subscriptions. However, the user focus of the study omitted the return on investment in terms of client outcomes, and SGS said ‘it is highly likely that the benefits of industry libraries outweigh their costs considerably’."
[Source: CLA Government Library and IM Professionals Network]

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Guy Berthiaume Appointed New Librarian and Archivist of Canada

The Canadian government announced today that it has appointed Guy Berthiaume as Librarian and Archivist of Canada for a term of five years. He will take over at Library and Archives Canada effective June 23, 2014.

He had been President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec since 2009.

The CLA Government Library and Information Professionals Network has posted a biography of Dr. Berthiaume.


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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Quebec Bar Association Public Legal Education TV Series Starts Its 4th Season

The fourth season of the television series "Le Droit de savoir" (The right to know) will begin tomorrow on the Canal savoir channel in Quebec. There will be 10 episodes.

This season, each show will explore one of the rights guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.

The day after broadcast, episodes will be made available on the websites of Canal savoir and of the series.

The series is a co-production of the Quebec Bar Association and the province-owned public broadcaster Télé-Québec.


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Canadian Library Association 2014 Webinars in April and May

The Canadian Library Association (CLA) is hosting a series of professional development webinars in April and May 2014. Equipment requirements, registration costs as well as an online registration form are available on the CLA website.

The upcoming webinars include:
  • Digital Scholarship from the Bottom Up: The Library’s Role in Open Access Student Journals (April 16)
  • Transferable Competencies: Opportunities for LIS Graduates in Non-Librarian Positions (April 22)
  • Beyond Traditional Training: Delivering Dynamic Apps Sessions (April 29)
  • Becoming Indispensable: The Value Proposition (May 1)
  • Mother Said There’d Be Days Like These: Dealing Professionally & Elegantly With the Unforeseen at Work (May 8)

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Roundup of SLA Twitter Chat on Proving the Value of Information Services

This is a follow-up to the March 30, 2014 Library Boy post entitled SLA April 3 Twitter Chat on Proving the Value of Information Service.

Last week, the international information professional organization SLA held a "Twitter Chat" with a focus on the following topics:
  • Communicating Your Value – how do you overcome the difficulty in demonstrating the value of your information services to the business? How do you constantly “get closer to the action”?
  • Understanding the Drivers – This can easily read “Understanding the strategy,” or “Understanding the preferences.” How do you gain an understanding of the overall strategy of your organization, and use that understanding to proactively contribute? How do you capture user preferences on an ongoing basis, and cater your services to those preferences? 
  • Managing the Process – How do you develop a project management approach to delivering your services and projects? How do you manage the complexity of data at your disposal, along with the internal and external resources? How do you encourage self-service and establish multiple access points to your services? 
  • Providing Decision-Ready Information – How do you ensure the utmost relevancy of your information? How do you not only provide the information needed, but seek opportunities to influence the decision yourself? What tools do you use to provide bite-size, easy-to-digest chunks and visuals? 
SLA has now published the content of that Twitter event.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Law Library Benchmarks 2014

Primary Research Group has released Law Library Benchmarks 2014 Edition:
"The 155-page study gives extensive data and commentary on law library spending plans and management practices including current and future expected budgets, spending on salaries, and materials such as online databases, print reporters, online and print directories, books, e-books, journals and other information resources. The report also looks at use of particular types and brands of information resources, at cost recovery efforts and at law library effort to reduce costs and improve productivity through better negotiation and other tactics. The study also presents detailed data on library measures to enhance mobile device access and to use social media, blogs and other internet resources in the law library service effort."
"The report presents data from 60 law libraries from the United States and Canada including law firm libraries, university law libraries, courthouse libraries, private company libraries and others, with data presented separately for each library type."
Among some of the highlights:
  • For 37.5 percent of survey participants, the overall library budget decreased in 2013
  • The courthouse libraries in the sample had the largest budget decreases, a mean of 7.25 percent
  • Libraries in the sample spent a mean of $320,931 (US) on online databases in 2013; spending is expected to increase slightly in 2014 to $330,688 (US), or by about 3.3%
  • The materials/content budget is nearly evenly split between print resources and electronic resources; the former accounted for a mean of 50.52 percent of the budget; the latter, 49.48 percent
Print and PDF versions are available for $132.00. Site licenses are also available.

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Canadian Association of Law Libraries Upcoming Competitive Intelligence Webinar

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries is hosting a webinar on May 1, 2014 on Competitive Intelligence: How Intelligence Accelerates New Client Acquisitions for Law Firms:
"For several years now, there has been talk in the legal marketing industry about competitive, business and market intelligence, what it is, how it works and why firms need it. This session is going to focus on how Law Librarians can use CI tools and techniques to aid in sourcing new clients or new work from existing clients. Specifically, the session will look at examples of:
  • How to make the most of current awareness and alerting systems with new client acquisition in mind
  • Using competitor client lists to track market opportunities and conflicts
  • How to research and help win RFPs
  • Why collaboration between departments is crucial for winning new business and how law librarians can lead the charge"
The speaker is Zena Applebaum, Manager of Intelligence and Intranet at Bennett Jones LLP.

The event is at 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EST. The cost is $45.20 for CALL members, and $67.80 for non-members.

There is an online registration form for the webinar.

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