I received a sad note today from Courthouse Libraries BC. It was not unexpected, but I am still sorry to report that the two wonderful loose-leaf print publications that this venerable organization has laboured over for many years will cease June 30th, 2010. Farewell to BC Legislative Digest and the Canada Legislative Index.
These publications began in 1979 and 1980 respectively and have been wonderful sources. As the letter states “they grew out of a need for a timely method of tracking BC and federal legislative changes”. The CLI in particular (given my firm’s jurisdiction is not in BC) has been occupying my shelves since I arrived and it is one resource that I would never do without.
I acknowledge that equivalent information is available from electronic sources, either a reasonable fee or free, and that the web delivered replacements currently available are excellent tools themselves.
Still, I reserve the right to be sad that an old friend, who has saved my bacon on many occasions, will only be lightly used for historical research in the future. Don’t worry dear little black binders, you will still have shelf space here, and I will open you from time to time.