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Ruth Bird’s Vision of Law Librarianship

Our Slaw colleague Ruth Bird has recently published a stimulating paper entitled A Moveable Feast – Law Librarianship in the Noughties as part of the Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 52/2006. Ruth’s deck from her moveable speech is also available.
Ruth’s introduction reads:

The purpose of this paper is to review where law librarianship finds itself six years into the new millennium, and what common challenges the profession faces in this new century.

Initially I would like to take a backward glance. When I was undertaking postgraduate studies in librarianship in 1978, lecturers Doug Down and Wes Young said

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Droit 2.0: Droit Et Web 2.0

Il m’est agréable de faire connaître au plus grand nombre qu’il y a 10 jours, j’ai eu le plaisir d’organiser une conférence sur certains aspects du «droit 2.0: droit et web 2.0». Une question fascinante s’il en est, qui personnellement me fait penser à certains débats, quasi-virginaux, dont on évoquait au début d’Internet, dans les années 90. Un autre siècle. Millénaire même.

- le droit d’Internet est-il différent?

- le droit d’auteur existe-t-il?

- est-il possible d’appliquer le droit «dur» dans un environnement «mou»?

- Internet est-il plus ou moins sûr que le monde réel?

- et d’autres . . . [more]

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.Asia

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has approved the .asia top-level domain. (CNET’s News.com has the story.) It will be managed by DotAsia Organization, located in Hong Kong.

Last month the Board of ICANN voted to reject the .xxx domain application. A transcript of that meeting is available. It actually makes interesting reading.

On a different note, when researching this I wound up on the ICANN site at the page you see in thumbnail to your left. (Click on it to see it full size.) What’s notable is that there was no way . . . [more]

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A Legal Research Pioneer Dies

Sad news from the SCC today:the death of the Honourable Bertha Wilson, the first woman justice of Canada’s highest court. For legal researchers, she will always be remembered as the founder of the specialty of legal resaerch within major law firms, when she founded Oslers’ research department in the Sixties.

Pioneering lawyer, jurist, gardener – with a wry sense of humour. A great loss.

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Sent: Mon 4/30/2007 2:50 PM
Subject: Supreme Court of Canada – News Release / Cour suprême du Canada – Communiqué de presse

OTTAWA, April 30, 2007 – The Supreme Court of Canada issued the following . . . [more]

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SCOTUS Refuses to Hear Khadr

The U.S. Supreme Court today denied certiorari in the case of Khadr v. Bush. Omar Khadr is the 20-year-old Canadian who, at the age of 15, was taken prisoner by the Americans in Afghanistan and accused of murder, attempted murder, spying and other charges. He now faces a hearing by a military commission after spending five years in the Guantanamo detention centre.

Three justices voted to hear the appeal, but it takes four to succeed. The three were Justices Bryer, Ginsberg and Souter. No reasons were given and the matter was disposed of in one line, according to SCOTUSblog . . . [more]

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Sakatchewan Plans Free Wifi

According to a Government of Saskatchewan press release from a couple of months ago (which I’ve only now found out about, thanks to Michael Geist):

Residents and visitors to the downtown business districts and post-secondary institutions of Saskatchewan’s four largest centres will soon be able to access the country’s largest wireless Internet network, free-of-charge. Premier Lorne Calvert and Minister responsible for Information Technology Andrew Thomson made the announcement today in Saskatoon.

The Saskatchewan! Connected initiative will offer users basic Internet service in Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Regina, and Moose Jaw via a wireless Wi-Fi network to be operated by the

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Causes of Death

Never far removed from anything, and one of the big events in law, death can be interesting, even to Slawyers. StatsCan has released a country-wide analysis of “Mortality, Summary List of Causes,” with breakdowns for sex and geography. The most compendious view is in the Main Table: html, pdf. Here you’ll find all manner of medical and other causes of death, with the associated numbers and rates per 100,000. Accidents, suicide, assault, “legal intervention,” “operations of war and their sequelae”… all of the horsemen of the appocalypse are here and their outriders too. . . . [more]

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Three-Quel

I’m starting to feel like a producer on Rocky VI with this post, but I also feel that I should follow this through to the end. Earlier this week, it was announced that the Beaverbrook foundation is indeed filing an appeal of Justice Peter Cory’s decision in the Beaverbrook Art Arbitration. The appeal is being launched under the New Brunswick Arbitration Act and will be heard by a panel of three retired judges.

Story from CBC.ca.

Story from Saint John Telegraph-Journal.

I do not have much commentary other that to point you to Simon F’s comment from the last . . . [more]

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The Friday Fillip

Tyger is a great short film by a Brazillian, Guillherme Marcondes. You can watch it online at various bandwidths, or download it for viewing offline.

Tyger an interpretation of Blake’s marvelous poem of the same name:

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare sieze the fire?

[Read the rest of the poem here.]

There are no words behind the film, just sound and music. . . . [more]

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CALL/ACBD Conference, Ottawa May 6-9, 2007

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries/Association Canadienne des bibliotheques de droit is hosting our annual conference May 6 to 9th at the wonderful Fairmont Château Laurier hotel in Ottawa.

The theme of the conference is the clever “CAPITALizing on Change” (en français: “CAPITALiser sur le changement”). Peter de Jager, one of my favourite speakers and an expert on change, will be our kick-off speaker talking on “Managing the impact of technological change in law libraries”. I am excited about this and the rest of the program, so it is going to be a challenge as usual to decide . . . [more]

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