Thursday, May 05, 2016

Publications Nominated for the 2016 Hugh Lawford Award for Excellence in Legal Publishing

Every year, the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) hands out the Hugh Lawford Award for Excellence in Legal Publishing.

It honours a publisher that has demonstrated excellence by publishing a work, series, website or e-product that makes a significant contribution to legal research and scholarship.

The nominees this year are:
  • BC CLE Online (Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia): CLE Online is the home of CLEBC’s online subscription services
  • Quickscribe 2.0 (Quickscribe Services Ltd.): Quickscribe provides up-to-date consolidated legislation, point-in-time legislation, and the current status of bills, regulations and Orders in Council from British Columbia
  • WestlawNext Canada
  • Cameron, Stuart J. Civil Appeals in Saskatchewan: The Court of Appeal Act and Rules Annotated. 1st ed. (Regina: Law Society of Saskatchewan Library, 2015): With expert knowledge gained over almost 34 years on the Court of Appeal, former Justice Stuart J. Cameron carefully guides users through the sometimes-complicated legislation and rules of the province’s highest court. This welcome resource provides practical commentary on case law and legislation in one comprehensive, easy-to-use guide. Features include: Forms, Practice Directives, Tariff of Costs, Fees Regulations, Tble of Cases, Table of Statutes , Full Index.
The award honours Hugh Lawford (1933-2009), Professor of Law at Queens’ University and the founder of Quicklaw.

The award will be presented to the recipient at a reception during the 2016 CALL Annual Meeting in Vancouver later this month.

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Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Library of Parliament Legislative Summaries

Library of Parliament legislative summaries for some of the federal bills of the current session have started to appear on the parliamentary website.

The summaries contain background and analysis of bills in front of the House of Commons and the Senate.

It is possible to follow the progress of all bills in Parliament on the LEGISinfo website.

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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Supreme Court of Canada: New Library Titles

The list of new library titles added to the Supreme Court of Canada collection for April 16-30, 2016 is now available on the Court website.

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

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Monday, May 02, 2016

13 Questions With Kathleen Scheaffer University of Toronto Librarian

The website has a series of librarian profiles called 13 Questions With ...

Here is the most recent one with Kathleen Scheaffer, Librarian, Outreach and Instructional Services Coordinator, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto:
"Career advice – what’s your top tip?
Stay connected and current with the endeavours of your workmates and your mentors. Also, ensure your online presence reflects the professional you wish to exude now and in the future (...)
Proudest moment in your professional life?
Each time a student, colleague, or mentor relays that my contributions have made a positive impact on their research, work, or career."

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May 2016 Issue of In Session: Canadian Association of Law Libraries' e-Newsletter

The May 2016 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, May 01, 2016

Update on the Dissolution of the Canadian Library Association

The membership of the Canadian Library Association (CLA) voted on January 27, 2016 to dissolve the organization and launch a new federation of Canadian library associations.

The CLA provided an update about the transition in the latest issue of CLA Digest .

It covers topics such as office leases, the CLA archives, advocacy, CLA position statements, CLA awards, the CLA website, physical assets and services, etc.

Earlier Library Boy posts on the topic include:


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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Statistics Canada Report on Criminal Victimization in the Territories, 2014

Statistics Canada has released numbers on Criminal victimization in the territories, 2014 that shows that the number of residents of Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut who report having been the victims of crime is much higher than for residents of Canada's provinces.

Among the highlights:

•More than one-quarter of residents of the territories (28%) reported being the victim of at least one crime in 2014. This was down from the proportion reported in 2009 (34%), but remains higher than the figure reported in the provinces (18%).
•Both violent victimization (-29%) and household victimization (-34%) decreased from 2009. However, the rate of theft of personal property remained stable.
•Nunavut recorded the highest rates of both violent victimization (241E per 1,000 population) and household victimization (313 per 1,000 population) among the territories. On the other hand, this territory also reported the lowest rate of theft of personal property (68E per 1,000 population).
•Overall, the proportion of people who reported being the victim of at least one crime was higher in communities with a population of 2,000 or more (32%) than in smaller communities (19%).
•Approximately one-third of residents of the territories (34%) reported having been the victim of abuse by an adult at least once before the age of 15. This proportion was higher among those aged 45 to 64 years (45%) than those aged 15 to 34 years (26%).
•Among those with a spouse or common-law partner (current or ex), 12% reported at least one spousal violence incident in the preceding five years, similar to the proportion reported in 2009. Three-quarters (75%) of victims were Aboriginal.
•Consistent with data in the provinces, Aboriginal identity was not associated with an increased risk of violent victimization when other risk factors were taken into account.
•Approximately one-half (49%) of victims of spousal violence reported sustaining injuries due to the violence. This proportion was higher than the proportion observed in the provinces (31%).
•Almost half (49%) of cases of spousal violence were reported to the police, and so were 36% of victimization incidents other than spousal violence.
•About one-third (34%) of females in the territories reported feeling very safe walking alone at night, compared with almost two-thirds (62%) of males.
•Over one-third of territorial residents (36%) reported having a great deal of confidence in the police. Aboriginal residents were less likely to report having a great deal of confidence in the police compared to non-Aboriginal residents (30% compared with 43%, respectively).

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Library of Parliament Article on Marijuana Regulation in Canada

The Library of Parliament blog HillNotes has published a brief overview of The Regulation of Marijuana under Canadian Law:
"Marijuana, otherwise known as cannabis, has been legally prohibited in Canada since 1923. The 2002 report of the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs noted that there was little debate surrounding this addition to the criminal law at the time; as such, the precise motivation for doing so remains unclear."

"Today, the prohibition of cannabis is found in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA), which makes it an offence to possess, traffic, import and export, or produce cannabis."

"Penalties upon conviction for these offences range from a fine for the least serious possession offences to potential life imprisonment for the most serious trafficking offences. Sentences are more severe if the amount of cannabis involved is large."

"Mandatory minimum sentences apply if certain factors are present, such as the threat or use of violence or a weapon in the commission of the offence. A mandatory sentence need not be applied if an offender successfully completes a drug treatment program."
The article also looks at how marijuana is regulated in other jurisdictions such as the states of Washington and Colorado, Uruguay, Portugal and the Netherlands.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Updated Research Guides From GlobaLex

One of the sources I consult for research guides on international law topics is GlobaLex, the electronic collection created by the Hauser Global Law School Program at the New York University School of Law.

It recently updated a number of its excellent research guides:
  • A Guide to Fee-Based U. S. Legal Research Databases: "This guide is designed primarily for non-U.S. legal researchers. It describes several providers of legal research databases, focusing on fee-based sources, both high-cost and low-cost (...) Among commercial providers, WestlawNext, Lexis Advance, and Bloomberg Law (including Bloomberg BNA and PACER) are the largest and most sophisticated in terms of search features in searching and other features), but often the most expensive. Fastcase, Casemaker, and VersusLaw are considered to be low-cost databases. Specifically, Casemaker and Fastcase are free to state bar members in many states. Additionally, Bloomberg BNA (included in Bloomberg Law), CCH IntelliConnect, HeinOnline, and Thomson Reuters Checkpoint provide expensive, sophisticated, and specialized products for practitioners in areas such as labor law, environmental law, securities, taxation, and immigration law. Although they have not been introduced in this article, other important fee-based databases are PACER (also included in Bloomberg Law), CourtLink (by Lexis), Courthouse News Service, Law360 (also included in Lexis), and CourtExpress (by Westlaw) for court docket and case information service, Lexis Securities Mosaic for securities, LexisNexis Accurint for public records, AILA Link for immigration law, vLex and Foreign Law Guide for foreign laws, for international trade law, and Proquest Congressional for legislative history research, etc."
  • International Trademark Law – The Madrid System: "Registration of trademarks in multiple jurisdictions around the world is governed by two independent treaties—the Madrid Agreement (the Agreement) and the Madrid Protocol (the Protocol). Despite its name, the Protocol is a separate treaty and not a “protocol” to the Agreement. Together, the Agreement and the Protocol are known as the Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks (the Madrid System). States party to the Agreement and/or the Protocol and organizations party to the Protocol are referred to collectively as Contracting Parties. Together, they constitute the Madrid Union, which is a Special Union under Article 19 of the Paris Convention. The Madrid System is a centrally administered system (by the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization, WIPO) for obtaining a bundle of trademark registrations in separate jurisdictions, creating in effect a basis for an "international registration" of marks. This guide is intended to highlight the resources and important issues encountered in using the Madrid System for the international registration of marks."

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Monday, April 25, 2016

April 2016 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 April 2016 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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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Invitation to Recordkeeping Day – May 2, 2016

Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) and Library and Archives Canada (LAC) are organizing  Recordkeeping Day on May 2, 2016 for members of the Government of Canada information management community and members of the federal library community.

Among the sessions are:
  • Information Management Policy Reset – Jennifer Paquet, TBS
  • Enterprise Information Management Strategy – Sylvain Latour, TBS
  • Disposition Authorization from Start to Finish – Michel Pelletier, LAC and Ross Gordon, Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Living Knowledge: the Value of National :ibraries – Caroline Brazier, British Library
  • Federal Libraries: Enabling Collaboration for Real Change – Kathleen O’Connell, National Research Council
  • Implementing the Directive on Open Government – a walkthrough of the Open Information Portal – Ashley Casovan, TBS
  • Canada’s Global Leadership in Open Government – Allison O’Beirne, TBS
  • Establishing Data Management at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada: A Case Study
Morning plenaries will be held at the Maison de la culture de Gatineau, at 855 De la Gappe Boulevard. The afternoon sessions will be held at LAC’s Conference Centre, located on the ground floor of 550 De la Cité Boulevard. Both are in Gatineau.

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Survey of US Law School Faculty: Evaluation of the Law Library

New York-based Primary Research Group has released a study entitled Survey of Law School Faculty: Evaluation of the Law Library:
"The 115-page study presents detailed data on law faculty evaluations of a myriad of law library information resources and services, including but not limited to information services such as West, LexisNexis, Bloomberg, FindLaw, and Google Scholar; services such as group study rooms, database training and other infoliteracy services, inter-library loan, range and quality of law journals and legal databases, course reserves, law library information technology and much more."

"In addition, the report presents faculty judgments on the idea of hiring more librarians, on the future of the library budget and on the overall efficiency of the law school library compared to other departments and units of the law school."
124 law school faculty from 38 law schools in the United States took part.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Special Library Association Revises Competencies for Information Professionals Document

The Special Library Association (SLA) has published a revised version of its Competencies for Information Professionals document that describes "core" and "enabling" competencies librarians and information professionals need to nurture and develop:
"The SLA Professional Competencies Task Force envisions that this document will be used by various audiences in different ways. Among those audiences are the following:
  • Members of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) and other librarians and information professionals, as a resource for articulating their own skills and competencies to employers and as a checklist for professional development;
  • Employers, as a source for understanding what librarians and information professionals bring to an organization and how they can contribute to organizational performance;
  • Students and prospective students, as a guide to the profession they are entering and a framework for choosing courses, programs, and careers; and
  • Library and information science educators, as a framework for developing their curricula."
Today, Professional Competencies Task Force member Carolyn Sosnowski explained the purpose of the competencies on the SLA website:
"The competencies provide a broad-picture view of our body of knowledge. While we all won’t possess every skill mentioned in the document, it is necessary for us to understand the scope of what information professionals do and how our own work is connected to other types of work in the information sphere. At the same time, the competencies can help us describe the nature and importance of our work to those who want to understand the contributions of information professionals."

"The competencies are ideal to serve as a professional development road map for information professionals. Hone your expertise based on the skills outlined in the document. Are you seeking a promotion, or interested in refocusing your career? Reviewing the competencies is a good place to start exploring what you need to know. Use them to evaluate gaps in your training and education, and then seek out opportunities to deepen your knowledge in those areas."
The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) has developed its own set of Professional Development Pathways. The Pathways, based on core competencies identified by the Association, now guide all programming at national conferences as well as continuing education activities. The full list of Pathway-related competencies is on the CALL website.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Harvard Law Receives Major Grant to Continue Developing its Anti-Link Rot Tool

This is a follow-up to the Library Boy post of April 14, 2016 entitled Law Library of Congress Tackles Link Rot.

Harvard University's law school has been granted $700,000US by the Institute of Museum and Library Services to continue developing
"Link rot happens when a hyperlink on a web page or within a document points to a website or online resource that has changed or is no longer available. It is a serious problem affecting as much as 70 percent of all scholarly articles in law, medicine, science, and technology, impeding the ability to follow and evaluate the digital scholarly record. Building on solutions and approaches developed in the field of legal scholarship, this project will add to the Perma library coalition and seek to mitigate link rot in other fields."

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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 for April 1-15, 2016 is now available on the Court website.

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

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Canadian Association of Law Libraries Funding to Attend Northern Exposure to Leadership Institute 2016

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) is inviting nominations for a candidate to attend the upcoming Northern Exposure to Leadership Institute, which will be held December 3 – 9, 2016 at Jasper Park Lodge in Jasper National Park.

The Institute is an annual library leadership training program.

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) is offering to sponsor one CALL member as a nominee to the Institute and is prepared to fund the registration fee and up to $1,000 in travel costs to that person if he or she is selected by the Institute.

CALL members will need to complete both a nomination package to the CALL Scholarships and Awards Committee and the ‘Nominee’s Application Package’ for the Institute.

Applications to the Scholarships and Awards Committee should utilize the Education Reserve Fund Application Form.

The Nominee’s Application Package for the Institute is described on the Institute's website.

The deadline for applications is June 17, 2016.

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Law Library of Congress Tackles Link Rot

The US government website DigitalGov has published an article called Law Library of Congress Implements Solution for Link and Reference Rot.

It explains how the Law Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. adopted, a tool developed at Harvard to help law journals and courts deal with link rot.

Link rot refers to broken URLs or to URLs that direct to the original site but whose corresponding document has been removed or relocated without any information about where to find it.

The Library had discovered many instances of link rot in its foreign, comparative and international law reports.

Using, authors can archive web documents and create a permalink to them:
"(...) was officially implemented by the Law Library on October 1, 2015. This means that hyperlinked footnote references in new Global Legal Research Center reports—such as the Center’s recent reports on foreign fighters, human trafficking or national parliaments—now contain links to archived versions of referenced Web pages, allowing readers permanent access to key legal materials, regardless of what happens to the original Web address."
Earlier Library Boy posts about link rot include:
  • Most Recent Issue of Law Library Journal (November 5, 2010): "Among the articles that attracted my attention: ... Breaking Down Link Rot: The Chesapeake Project Legal Information Archives Examination of URL Stability: 'Ms. Rhodes explores URL stability, measured by the prevalence of link rot over a three-year period, among the original URLs for law- and policy-related materials published to the web and archived though the Chesapeake Project, a collaborative digital preservation initiative under way in the law library community. The results demonstrate a significant increase in link rot over time in materials originally published to seemingly stable organization, government, and state web sites'."
  • Fifth Annual Link Rot Report of the Chesapeake Digital Preservation Group (May 3, 2012): "The Chesapeake Digital Preservation Group has just published its 5th annual study of link rot among the original URLs for online law- and policy-related materials it has been archiving since 2007 (...) In 2012, 218 out of 579 URLs in the sample no longer provide access to the content that was originally selected, captured, and archived by the Chesapeake Group. In other words, link rot has increased to 37.7 percent within five years."
  • CBC Radio Interview about Link Rot in Court Decisions (October 28, 2013): "The most recent episode of the CBC Radio show Spark includes an interview with Harvard Law School researcher Kendra Albert who co-authored an article about link rot in US Supreme Court decisions (...) In the case of the URLs in US Supreme Court decisions, the authors found a link rot rate of 50%. The Spark researchers checked URLs in Supreme Court of Canada decisions and found many broken links to texts from the Canadian Association of Journalists, the Law Society of Alberta and the Uniform Law Conference of Canada, among others."
  • Georgetown University Symposium Searches for Solutions for Link Rot (March 16, 2015): "Retired Supreme Court of the United States librarian Judith Gaskell published an article today on called Link Rot: the Problem Is Getting Bigger, but Solutions Are Being Developed. The article describes a symposium in the fall of 2014 at Georgetown University that examined emerging solutions to the problem of link rot.." 
  • Profile Article About Inventor of Anti-Link Rot Web Tool (September 27, 2015): "The ABA Journal last week published a profile of "Legal Rebel" Jonathan Zittrain, the director of the Harvard Law Library. The Law School invented the tool that helps organizations create an archive of permanent links for web citations. It acts as a tool to deal with the growing menace of link rot."
  • US Supreme Court Tackles Link Rot Problem (October 11, 2015): "The New York Times reported last week that the Court has created a dedicated page on its website where it posts permanent copies of the materials to which it links in its decisions."

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Alberta Law Reform Institute Report for Discussion Perpetuities Law: Abolish or Reform?

The Alberta Law Reform Institute has published a report for discussion entitled Perpetuities Law: Abolish or Reform?
"The rule against perpetuities (RAP) was developed by English courts in the 17th century as a way to prevent landowners from using future and contingent interests to tie up property for generation after generation. RAP seeks to control the creation of future, contingent interests in property which may vest outside of the specified perpetuity period. The perpetuity period is measured with reference to any life or lives in being that are in existence at the creation of the interest, plus 21 years. If, at the date that the disposition takes effect, it is not certain that the contingent interest will vest within the perpetuity period, then the interest will be considered void at the outset. RAP was received law from England and became part of the law of Alberta."

"Over the centuries the courts expanded RAP with the result that it now applies to virtually all future or contingent interests in property, regardless of whether the interest is real, personal, legal or equitable. RAP and its expansion have resulted in a complex and virtually incomprehensible body of law that is often misapplied and misunderstood (...)"

"Does perpetuities law serve any valid legal or social purpose in today’s society? It seems to be well accepted that the historical purpose of preventing wealthy landowners from creating successive family estates is not relevant in Canada. However, many view the modern purpose of perpetuities law as creating a balance between past and present, so that a settlor or testator may dictate the disposition of his or her property, but may not control it so far into the future that the beneficiaries cannot appropriately respond to changed times and circumstances. Similarly, restricting how far into the future a settlor or testator can control his or her property may benefit society by ensuring that property is used to meet contemporary needs, rather than outdated ones (...)"

"Choosing to retain perpetuities law does not necessarily mean that the Perpetuities Act should continue to govern in its current form. Three potential reform models are presented and discussed:
  • Perpetuities law should allow a choice between RAP’s perpetuity period calculated by reference to lives in being and a fixed perpetuity period for vesting, but should retain the wait and see principle.
  • RAP should be codified, the concept of lives in being should be eliminated, a fixed perpetuity period for vesting should be implemented, and the wait and see principle should be retained.
  • RAP, lives in being, vesting and the wait and see principle should be completely replaced with a legislated, fixed duration period for trusts."
The report discusses the situation in Alberta as well as the practices adopted in Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, England and New Zealand.

This is a discussion paper. The deadline for submitting comments is June 30, 2016.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Supreme Court of Canada Hearings Calendar for April 2016

The Supreme Court of Canada has published its calendar of appeal hearings for the rest of April  2016.

To find out more about any particular case, the Court's website has a section that allows users to find docket information, case summaries as well as factums from the parties. All you need to do is click on a case name.


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