While I may be in Halifax, I am a native New Brunswicker so with the New Brunswick Election slated for Monday, Sept. 18 I feel that I need to be rep-re-sentin' by providing a quick primer on the election. Prior to the election being called the membership of the Legislature was composed as follows: Progressive Conservative 28, Liberal 26, Independent 1.
I will edit this post with the results and media reports after the election.
Political Parties (alphabetically)
The session started off with a presentation by Irene Taylor of Praxis on The Rise of the Knowledge/Creative Professional which reprised her Lexpert articles analyzing the factors that appeared to characterize a group of lawyers, whom Lexpert chose as especially creative.
Ms. Taylor used a lot of psychometric measures, which the audience had some difficulty with. I suspect that lawyers are naturally sceptical of some of the more prescriptive parts of psychometrics, as they are of . . . [more]
This is a posting I received through the AALL FCIL listserv which I thought a worthwile addition to SLAW's discussion on preservation and digital archives:
The USIP report prepared “Temporary Courts, Permanent Records” examines and makes recommendations for the permanent retention of the records of the International Criminal Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and Rwanda (ICTR), the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), the Special Panels and Serious Crimes Unit in East Timor, and the internationalized courts and prosecutors in Kosovo.
I was astounded that there was even an issue about whether or not to preserve these records. The . . . [more]
The Library Research Seminar IV, The Library in its Socio-Cultural Context:
Issues for Research and Practice, taking place at the Univsity of Western Ontario on October 10-12 2007, has issued a call for papers:
We invite papers that critically explore:
- the intellectual contexts that inform library research and practice
- the local, community contexts that shape the development and implementation of library programs and services
- the policy issues and general social forces shaping libraries
- the broad cultural trends affecting libraries
- multi- or interdisciplinary perspectives on the everyday contexts of libraries affecting their collections, services, budgets, user groups, external relations etc.
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CanadExport is Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada's flagship newsletter. Its articles promote Canadian exports abroad by discussing trade policies and agreements, general market intelligence, potential markets, and trade and investment opportunities.
This FREE publication always surprises me with the useful and valuable information it provides. Examples of such gems include:
Slawyer Joel Alleyne gets a page in the Globe and Mail's Technology Quarterly Magazine (TQ), as he talks to writer Grant Buckler about the joys and anxieties involved in being CIO and CKO at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. (I'm blowed if I can find the piece on the web, though, which is sad — either because of my ineptness or because a technology mag ought to be really really good at offering itself up on the internet. )
"[U]nequivocally IT matters to our lawyers and our client relationships."
BLG has something like 150 servers and 2000 PC's.
"One . . . [more]
As part of its 100th anniversary celebration, the American Society of International Law has identified 100 very concrete and specific ways in which international law affects each one of us in daily life. The organization is American, but most examples apply to Canada as well.
"We did endeavor to identify ways in a range of contexts, from daily life, to leisure and travel, to commerce, to health and the environment, personal liberty, and public safety and situations of armed conflict. Some ways are of relatively recent vintage, while others are long-standing…"
"In addition to the individual experts and members who
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Well Microsoft has done a general release of Live Search, Live.com, and Live Local Search, and the consensus seems to be that the thinking is rolling right along Google lines.
Business Week comments on the customization features.
Users can create tabs to homepages featuring a variety of self-selected information. Links can either be chosen from a menu of news sites and blogs compiled by Microsoft or favorites compiled by users while conducting searches.
This from Annette Demers: Reference Librarian, Paul Martin Law Library, University of Windsor
When I worked at the Harvard Law School Library, there was a young woman there who was working on her SJD and she was visually impaired. I spent many hours trying to find articles and books for her in an electronic format (which was the only format other than braille with which she could work.) She was a wizard on her computer, and her text reading software was JAWS. When the Harvard libraries Committee on Electronic Resources and Services (to which I was a representative) began to . . . [more]
This from Anette Demers:Reference Librarian, Paul Martin Law Library, University of Windsor
I just thought I would mention a few items that may be of interest to the greater community. Forgive me if these have already been widely published.
First of all I have been informed by WestlaweCarswell of the following change to our access to BNA International Trade Reporter (and other BNA products):
September 6, 2006. There has been a change in the access to BNA. We are no longer able to provide complimentary access to these databases. We do have a special pricing model that permits cross
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As a proponent of RSS, I try my best to follow the RSS feeds from a number of "very active" BLOGs. Recent postings on SLAW and other BLOGs have highlighted a problem with RSS – it's a great way to divert content from bloated in boxes, but it's just not as intuitive as email for many lawyers.
Perhaps more importantly (for me personally), the RSS vs. email issue merely illustrates the bigger issue – how can lawyers spend productive days in the office given the ever increasing demands on their time and attention? From emails and RSS whose only purpose . . . [more]