Thursday, September 19, 2019

Manitoba Law Reform Commission Consultation Report on Wills Act

The Manitoba Law Reform Commission has issued a consultation report called Reform of The Wills Act Revisited:
"In 2003, the Manitoba Law Reform Commission ... published Report 108, Wills and Succession Legislation (“Report 108”), which contains 77 recommendations to reform wills legislation in Manitoba, none of which has been implemented. Since the report’s release, several other law reform agencies have published reports on this topic and several legislative amendments have been enacted by other jurisdictions; they make timely an update of Report 108 and afford an opportunity to shine light on and affirm the recommendations and add several new recommendations."
The report examines many questions, including those relating to mental Capacity, minors, electronic wills, revocation, undue influence and more.

It also examines the situation in other Canadian provinces, as well as in England, Scotland, Australia and New Zealand.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

New Annotated US Constitution Released

The American Congressional Research Service has released a new version of The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation, often referred to as The Constitution Annotated.

As explained on the blog of the Law Library of Congress, the new collection allows people to:
"(...) read about the Constitution in plain English…providing a comprehensive overview of Supreme Court decisions interpreting the United States Constitution (...) With this release, the document is available in a more accessible and user-friendly HTML format that is convenient to search and browse. "
 

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Supreme Court of Canada Decisions Move to Court Domain

Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) judgments, whose electronic version has been published by Lexum for the past 25 years, are now available under the Court’s own domain.

More information has been posted on Slaw.ca.

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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 ASeptember 1-15, 2019 is now available on the Court website.

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Statistics Canada Article on Canadian Police Performance Metrics

The Statistics Canada publication Juristat has published an article entitled The Canadian Police Performance Metrics Framework: Standardized indicators for police services in Canada:
"In 2014, Statistics Canada, in collaboration with Public Safety Canada and Police Information and Statistics (POLIS) committee of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) undertook a review of current performance measures being used by police services in Canada. This work was done to determine whether or not there is a need for standardized, national measures and to determine the types of data needed to support police leaders in decision-making and management. As a result of this work, it was found that, in the absence of national indicators of police performance, police services in Canada rely on traditional metrics that do not reflect the complexity and scope of contemporary policing responsibilities. As such, there is a need for a standard police performance metrics framework for Canadian policing."

"As a result of this development work by Statistics Canada and its partners, in April 2017, a preliminary police performance metrics framework was approved by the POLIS committee, and in November 2017, the proposed police performance metrics framework was presented to and received the endorsement of the Board of Directors of the CACP."

"(...) The article provides a review of the literature on performance measurement, an examination of how Canadian police services are currently using data in public performance reports, and the results of a consultation of Canadian police services on measuring police performance based on data availability and information needs. Preliminary results from a pilot project on the feasibility of collecting uniform calls for service data from Canadian police services are also provided."

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September 2019 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 September 2019 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)

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Supreme Court of Canada Off to Winnipeg Later this Month

Later this month, all 9 Justices of the Supreme Court of Canada are off to Winnipeg, Manitoba to hold 2 hearings.

It is the first time in its history that the Court will be sitting outside of Ottawa.

While in Winnipeg, the Justices will also hold various meetings including a few with the public.

A full list of events is available on the Court's website.

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Monday, September 09, 2019

Survey of Law Library Plans for the Print Materials Collection

Primary Research Group, a New York-based publisher of research reports and surveys about law libraries, has published the Survey of Law Library Plans for the Print Materials Collection, 2020 Edition (print copies $144.00US):
"The sample includes 17 law firm, 5 university, 10 government and 8 courthouse, among other libraries. The study presents highly detailed data about their spending on and plans for primary legal materials, secondary legal materials, books, directories, newspapers and magazines and other print materials (...) "
"Just a few of the report’s many findings are that:
  • The government law libraries in the sample spent a mean of $774,000 on print materials in the past year.
  • Canadian law libraries in the sample culled a mean of 6.38% of their book collections in the past year.
  • Large law libraries with 5 or more librarians reduced the number of print subscriptions to law journals that they maintain by nearly 19% in 2019.
  • Small and medium-sized law firm libraries expect to increase their spending significantly on print editions of newspapers and magazines in 2020.
  • Primary legal works accounted for a mean of 34.21% of the print materials budget for the organizations sampled."
Earlier Library Boy posts about Primary Research Group Reports include:

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Thursday, September 05, 2019

Most Recent Issue of LawNow: Back to School

The most recent issue of LawNow is available online. The magazine is published by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta.


The issue features a series of articles on school-related legal topics.

There is also a special report on bilingualism in Canada.

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Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Canadian Association of Law Libraries Webinar on Effective Budgeting

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) is hosting a webinar on September 25, 2019 on Effective Budgeting for Libraries.

The speaker is Lori Anne Oja, Executive Director of the Health Science Information Consortium of Toronto:
"This webinar will help participants understand effective practices in planning, reporting and monitoring library budgets and ensure your finances are aligned with your strategy and goals."

"Participants will learn about:
- The vocabulary of budgets
- The basics of budgeting, forecasting and reporting
- Techniques for documenting budget activities for operational and planning purposes
- Standard elements of an operational budget
- Ways to expand critical data into planning tools"
The webinar takes place from 1 to 2:00PM Eastern.

Cost is $45.20 for CALL members ($28.25 for CALL student members), $67.80 for non-members.

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Tuesday, September 03, 2019

September 2019 Issue of In Session - E-Newsletter of Canadian Association of Law Libraries

The September 2019 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.

There is news about:
  • the call for program proposals for the 2020 annual CALL conference in Hamilton, Ontario
  • news from the editorial board of the Canadian Law Library Review
  • a report about a conference on Indigenous archives
  • updates from the Membership Development Committee which is recruiting people to visit library schools to talk about law librarianship
  • news from the Professional Development Committee

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Monday, September 02, 2019

Supreme Court of Canada: New Library Titles

The list of new library titles added to the Supreme Court of Canada collection from August 16-31, 2019 is now available on the Court website.

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

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Program for the 2019 Canadian Library Assessment Workshop

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries is organizing the 2019 Canadian Library Assessment Workshop (CLAW)  in Windsor, Ontario from October 22nd to 24th, 2019.

The event consists in a series of practical workshops providing attendees with effective methods, tools, and techniques for library assessment.

The final program is now available.

Programs and presentations from earlier  CLAW events are available on the CARL website.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

IFLA Global Vision Ideas Store Offers Thousands of Ideas for Libraries

IFLA, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, has a Global Vision Ideas Store where librarians can find thousands of ideas:
"The IFLA Ideas Store is the culmination of a global consultation process that IFLA undertook through its Global Vision project. Since 2017, over 30,000 people from 190 UN Member States have shared their opinions about the challenges that libraries face. To date, over 8,500 ideas have been shared (...)"

"The ideas are there to inspire you to bring about change in your community, offer better services, strengthen your library association, and to support delivery of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals."

"From advocacy actions to steps to address community needs, from technological and digital transformation to changing behaviours and developing young leaders, the ideas can inspire you to action. These actions will be key to delivering on the new IFLA Strategy 2019-2024."

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September/October 2019 Issue of AALL Spectrum

The September/October 2019 issue of AALL Spectrum is now available online.
< It is a publication of the American Association of Law Libraries.

Among the feature articles are:
  • Data Driven Legal Services
  • The Transformation of the Law Firm

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New Website for Canadian Judicial Council

The Canadian Judicial Council has a new website.

Its role is to ensure the proper conduct of federally appointed judges. This includes the power to investigate the conduct - and not the decisions - of federally appointed judges when a complaint is made against one of them.

The Council can make recommendations for certain actions, including the removal of a judge.

It is chaired by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

13 Questions With Sarah Khraishi - Records Coordinator With Government of the Northwest Territories

The librarianship.ca website has been running a series of librarian profiles called 13 Questions With ...

Here is the most recent one about Sarah Khraishi, Records Coordinator, Government of the Northwest Territories:
"Career advice – what’s your top tip?
I’ve tried to make myself do things professionally that scare me–lots of public speaking, poster presentations, stuff like that. Sometimes there are good reasons not to do something, but I’ve found that I tend to talk myself out of stuff if it makes me nervous, and that’s not a good enough reason for me to avoid things I want to do and that would be good for me."

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Most Recent Issue of Canadian Law Library Review Available

The most recent issue of the Canadian Law Library Review is now available online.

It is the quarterly journal of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries.

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Call for Program Proposals - 2020 Conference of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) has sent out a call for program proposals for its 2020 annual conference that will be held in Hamilton, Ontario from May 24 to 27, 2020.

The theme for the conference is Revival - Rebirth - Re-Invention.

Program proposals as well as ideas for quick Lightning Talks can be submitted until September 30, 2019.

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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 August 1-15, 2019 is now available on the Court website.

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