Library Boy on Hiatus in August
Keep well, keep cool and talk to you after Labour Day.
Legal research news from an Ottawa law librarian
"Whether Serial was your introduction to the wonderful world of podcasts, or you’ve been listening to them for years, podcasts have officially gone mainstream — some are even calling 2016 “the year of the podcast”. Amidst the hundreds and thousands of podcasts out there on iTunes and otherwise, it can be hard to find the good stuff (the fact that even an amateur can make one: boon and bane)."
"So here are 10 of the best Canadian law-related podcasts for your listening pleasure."
Labels: current awareness
"McLachlin’s output is worthy of a Chief Justice who has spent many years on the Court. She continues to produce a remarkable number of opinions annually, while attending to her other duties as Chief, she is squarely in the majority camp for most decisions, and is also able to join with all of her colleagues, albeit some more frequently than others. In order to see how her legacy compares with her peers, our next project will be to compare and contrast Chief Justice MacLachlin’s output with her two Charter-era predecessors: Chief Justice Brian Dickson and Antonio Lamer."
"Law libraries are under pressure to be better, faster, and cheaper. How can we achieve BFC while maintaining high quality services to our appreciative clients? This session will reveal how using the lens of Lean Six Sigma to review law library operations can build BFC opportunities that will also delight law library customers and stakeholders."The speaker will be Shaunna Mireau, Director of Knowledge Management and Process Improvement at the Field Law firm in Alberta.
"Lean Six Sigma is trending to become the ‘new’ solution to pressures on the legal market place. Law librarians who can use Lean Six Sigma concepts will be able to cross pollinate library with management, increasing the relevance of the library as integral to the organization as a whole, not simply as a room or a team who are important to legal researchers."
"Catherine Best retired In 2015 and she generously donated the site to CanLII to use as our legal research guide going forward. Best says:"The Board is composed of:
'The world of legal research is dramatically different than it was in 1998. However, the site’s emphasis on research process and effective electronic research continues to fill a need. It will be fascinating to see what changes the next 15 years will bring.'"The site has been renamed The Canadian Legal Research and Writing Guide (...) It will be maintained and expanded by a national editorial board of legal researchers."
"Police-reported crime in Canada, as measured by both the Crime Severity Index (CSI) and the crime rate, increased in 2015. This marked the first rise in police-reported crime in 12 years. The CSI grew 5% from 2014 to 2015, but was 31% lower than it was a decade earlier in 2005."
"The rise in the CSI, which measures the volume and severity of police-reported crime, was primarily a result of more incidents of fraud, breaking and entering, robbery, and homicide. A notable increase in crime reported in Alberta and smaller increases in British Columbia, Ontario and Saskatchewan also contributed to the upward movement of the national CSI."
"The traditional police-reported crime rate, which measures the volume of police-reported crime relative to the population size, also increased in 2015, rising 3% from the previous year. While the crime rate grew in 2015, it has generally been on a downward trend since the early 1990s, with the only other increase reported in 2003."
"The warnings specified in the surveyed jurisdictions vary, but typically include the right to remain silent and the right to legal counsel. A number of countries also specify that a person who is arrested or detained has the right to be informed of the reasons for the arrest or detention or of the charges being brought. In some countries, the additional right to have these things explained in a language the detainee understands is explicitly stated. Commonwealth countries have traditionally followed the English Judges’ Rules developed in the early twentieth century, and some continue to do so, while many Member States of the European Union (EU) have adopted an EU directive on the issue."The Law Library of Congress is the world’s largest law library, with a collection of over 2.65 million volumes from all ages of history and virtually every jurisdiction in the world.
"Points of variance among the countries concern the timing of the warning and whether the detainee is told that the fact of remaining silent will or will not be used in legal proceedings."
"Countries surveyed that have no Miranda-type warning were not included. "
Labels: library associations
"The prize ... is given annually to a book-length work of fiction that best illuminates the role of lawyers in society and their power to effect change."It is sponsored by ABA Journal and the University of Alabama School of Law. The first winner was John Grisham in 2011 for his novel The Confession.
"As defined by the Criminal Code of Canada, trafficking in persons occurs when someone recruits, transports, transfers, receives, holds, conceals or harbours a person, or exercises control, direction or influence over the movements of a person for the purpose of exploiting them or facilitating their exploitation ... Human trafficking victims often suffer from emotional trauma, as well as economic, physical and sexual abuse ..."
"This Juristat article uses data from the Uniform Crime Reporting Survey to examine the scope of police-reported human trafficking in Canada, including the frequency of trafficking incidents. It also describes the characteristics of victims and of those accused of trafficking in persons. In addition, the article presents information on criminal court cases related to trafficking in persons. Throughout this article, the term ‘human trafficking’ will be used interchangeably with ‘trafficking in persons’. "
"This study presents data from 20 predominantly research universities in the USA, continental Europe, the UK, Canada and Australia/New Zealand. Among the survey participants are: Carnegie Mellon, Cambridge University, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya the University at Albany, the University of Melbourne, Florida State University, the University of Alberta and Victoria University of Wellington."
"The report gives detailed data on the use of various bibliometric and altmetric tools such as Google Scholar, Web of Science, Scimago, Plum Analytics, and many, many others. The 114-page report presents detailed information on staffing, budgets, marketing, sources of demand, technology and other factors in bibliometric and altmetric service development."Print and PDF versions are available for $109(US). Site licenses are also available.
"Estimated to cost about $151 million in 2006 when it was shelved by the Harper government, the design has nine stories, two-below-grade parking levels with 350 spaces, 10 courtrooms and 87 chambers on the upper floors for the judges of the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal, Tax Court and Court Martial Appeal Court. There is also room for registry staff and administrative services (476 people in all) in the 48,000-square-metre building that would sit west of the Supreme Court of Canada (where the Conservatives planned to build the controversial National Memorial to Victims of Communism) and across from the Justice Building, the historic headquarters of the federal Department of Justice which now houses MPs offices. The communism victims’ memorial has been moved to another location but may ultimately be shelved."The article outlines the history of the project going back more than two decades as well as the rationale for centralizing federal court operations which are currently scattered throughout Ottawa in leased commercial space.
"CanLII started 15 years ago as a small website with current case law and legislation, and today it is one of the biggest players in the Canadian legal information landscape and an indispensable resource to lawyers and notaries. Not a day goes by without a legal professional telling us that he or she relies almost entirely (or entirely) on CanLII for his or her primary law needs. Other regular feedback ranges from telling us that CanLII is a “practice enabler” for small firm or solo practitioners to enthusiastic declarations of love."