We are increasingly seeing or hearing about law firms and lawyers using podcasting, a technology I have yet to explore. The Canadian Bar Association has a piece entitled “Podcasting: Coming to a Law Firm Near You” that may be of interest to some readers. . . . [more]
The Canadian Judicial Council has issued a model policy on court records. It provides for public access to most court information, if you actually visit the courthouse, but greatly limits electronic remote access.
The policy is at http://www.cjc-ccm.gc.ca
Also, the Federation of Law Socities will be meeting this weeking, November the 5th in Ottawa for a one-day workshop on Dissemination of Legal Information in Canada. This is a closed meeting for the Federation, but I understand they will be addressing three topics: major challenges and issues in the next 5 to 10 years; the potential for national initiatives; . . . [more]
From the Press Release:
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The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC), a not-for-profit national Sector Council, has hired the 8Rs Research Team (University of Alberta) to undertake a Training Gaps Analysis for professional librarians and library technicians. The project is overseen by CHRC’s Library Steering Committee which includes representatives of the Association pour l’avancement des sciences et des techniques de la documentation (ASTED), the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, the Canadian Library Association, the Canadian Urban Library Council, Library technicians education programs, and Masters level library schools.
The 8Rs Research Team has conducted in-depth research on libraries as workplaces for the
I was musing on the subway this morning about our computer lab — actually we have two of them. They take up a lot of space and of course are resource-intensive, needing continual upgrades in hardware and software. Does anyone still think we will need them in say, five years time?
Most of our students now have laptops. They’re more ubiquitous than ever and getting smaller, lighter and with longer battery life. And of course our students are more IT-literate than ever before — and that will only increase. Our libraries are wireless. Printing is wireless. In the future I . . . [more]
Reading about Justice Samuel Alito yesterday, the Post and the Times both linked to the Wikipedia biography of the nominee. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_A._Alito,_Jr.
It seems to be written in real time, with links to the White House statement, and newspaper commentaries, as well as good links back to his judgments and pre-judicial career.
What was really impressive was how fast this was current and running, a better site than any of the conventional papers and a tribute to web-based collaboration. . . . [more]
I stumbled on an odd site that values Blogs – and who knows what the methodology is but it values slaw at $4,084.20
Funny that it doesn’t know what industry we’re in.
At the base of the page is its valuation of our links out.
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Top 100 Incoming Links
This is a list of the most valuable incoming links at the time OTHER blogs are indexed. It is indicative of FUTURE value not CURRENT value.
Vancouver Law Librarian Blog (B$939.06)
excited utterances (B$325.98)
CS-SIS Blawgs Committee (B$296.85)
Stark County Law Library Blawg (B$185.51)
Connie Crosby (B$124.28)
When I started using QL back in 1975 – a statement which dates me I realize – I recall being struck by the crudity of Boolean searching and its scant contact with the concept and context driven research behaviour of experienced searchers. Search questions had to be bent out of shape to fit into Boolean: paradoxically legal jargon and Latin was easier to search. The entire process put a premium on knowing the vocabulary and logical structure of the law.
Then we learned how to game Boolean. With nested searches and lengthy synonyms and then proximity locators. We overcame the . . . [more]
It seems that my initial bookmarklet Canlii Find won’t work in IE on Windows (but does in IE on a Mac — which is where I made it). I’ve done another version that should work on IE in the way that the original works in Firefox.
Thanks for the feedback. Keep it coming with respect to the new one, too, please. . . . [more]
- CANLII Find
- Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL-L)
- Toronto Association of Law Libraries (T-LAWLIB-L)
- American Association of Law Libraries
- LLRX.com (various)
- Law.com (various)
- Eugene Meehan’s SCC Law Letter
- CanLII (and links to SCC, FC and TCC lists)
- Tarlton Law Library Table of Contents to Law Journals Service
- CBA Practice Link
- Jurist Canada
- The Lawyer.com
- Hugh Lawford Award for Excellence in Legal Publishing
- WestlaweCARSWELL IP Source
- Hill Times
- AUCC: Claire Morris on Access Copyright
- University of Texas’s Institute of Transnational Law
- French judgments translated into English
- German judgments translated into English
- Israeli judgments translated
Sabrina I. Pacifici on her BeSpacific website/blog mentions the US GPO website providing free online access to an annotated US Constitution prepared by the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress. This site appears to be an excellent (and free) source of information for online researchers.
This is a link to an article on the Chronicle of Higher Education: “Microsoft, Joining Growing Digital-Library Effort, Will Pay for Scanning of 150,000 Books.
Six of the participants are Canadian universities: Toronto, York, McMaster, Ottawa, Memorial, and UBC. . . . [more]
I was a guest at a meeting of Toronto research lawyers today (see Ted Tjaden’s post below) and found it very interesting. Among other things, I got a couple of ideas from it for research tools that might be helpful, one of which is set out in this post.
I’m an academic and for me the commercial databases are free; so it always takes me a moment to remember that practitioners have to pay — correction: their clients have to pay — for these services. Moreover, I don’t think I properly appreciated how careful practitioners can be about whether . . . [more]