Thursday, November 17, 2016

CLBC Needs Help from BC Lawyers

Courthouse Libraries BC needs the support of BC lawyers to help improve their services.

If you can spare a few minutes out of your busy day, consider taking this survey to help shape the CLBC guide and identify:
  • new products, services and approaches to curating, sharing and connecting legal information
  • the main deliverables in their technological platform for supporting communities of legal practice
  • the precise knowledge management needs of tomorrow's legal profession
Information you share will be anonymous, and CLBC will report on the big picture findings after the survey closes next Friday (November 25, 2016).

BC lawyers who complete the survey or share the link (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DPPB9DJ) with their Twitter followers using the hashtag #CLBClawyersurvey2016 will also be given the chance to win one of five $100 gift cards to Chapters/Indigo.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Quickscribe Annotations Update for September 2016

The following annotations were added to Quickscribe 2.0 this past month:
  • John-Paul Boyd, Canadian Research Institute For Law And The Family – Family Law Act
  • Michael Bain, Hamilton Howell Bain & Gould – Strata Property Act
  • Richard Bereti, Harper Grey LLP – Environmental Management Act
Have you seen Quickscribe 2.0 in action? The service features annotations for BC legislation provided by a team of two dozen local legal professionals. To try out Quickscribe 2.0, sign up for a free trial at  www.quickscribe.bc.ca/online/
 


Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Quickscribe Annotations Update for August 2016

Here are the latest annotations to be added to Quickscribe 2.0
  • Paul Wilson, Fasken Martineau LLP -- Petroleum And Natural Gas Act, Petroleum And Natural Gas Act Regulation 
  • Stan Rule, Sabey Rule LLP -- WESA 
  • Richard Bereti, Harper Grey LLP -- Environmental Management Act
 Quickscribe 2.0 is a better way to research, track, and collaborate on BC statutes and regulations - get your free trial today!

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Quickscribe Annotation Update for July 2016

Just one new Quickscribe 2.0 annotation to share for July:
  • Paul Wilson, Fasken Martineau LLP – Petroleum And Natural Gas Act
Grab your free trial of Quickscribe 2.0 today -- it's an easy and effective way to research, track and collaborate on BC legislation!

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Quickscribe Annotations Update for June 2016

Just a short update to highlight the legislation that received new annotations on Quickscribe 2.0 in June:

Health Professions Act -- OnPoint Legal Research Corporation
Community Charter  -- Michael Hargraves, Stewart McDannold Stuart
Privacy Act, Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act -- Eileen Vanderburgh, Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP

If you haven't taken Quickscribe 2.0 for a test drive yet, you're invited to sign up for a free trial at  www.quickscribe.bc.ca/online/. Quickscribe 2.0 offers an easy and effective way to research, track, and collaborate on BC legislation. 

Monday, June 06, 2016

Quickscribe Annotations Update for May 2016

Five local legal annotators contributed to Quickscribe 2.0 in May:
Have you tried out Quickscribe 2.0? It's an easy and effective way to research, track, and collaborate on BC legislation. Annotations are provided by a team of 25 local legal professionals. To try it out for free, visit  www.quickscribe.bc.ca/online/ and click the "Free Trial" icon.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

CALL/ACBD Conference ( #callacbd2016) Underway in Vancouver

I've been watching the CALL/ACBD conference unroll on Twitter the last couple of days, and by all accounts it's off to a great start: a terrific event in the stunning city of Vancouver.

If you're not able to be at the conference, be sure to follow the hashtag #callacbd2016. Seeing photos and candid moments and thoughts from the event really feel like the next best thing to being there! I've already hit on a few cool things...

This short & sweet handout contains three ideas for business development/marketing projects that law firm librarians can tackle right away:

 US legal research terms demystified, from a session entitled "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about US Legal Research But Were Afraid to Ask! US Legal Research For Canadians":

The winners of this year's Hugh Lawford Award for Excellence in Legal Publishing are Thomson Reuters & WestlawNext Canada:

And lastly, I was glad to see that the panel session Steve participated in, Computers in Legal Research, was well received!
There are still two days of sessions left. I'm keen to see more live-tweeting, especially from this morning's Lightning Talks!

Monday, May 02, 2016

Quickscribe Annotations Update for April 2016

Five BC acts had new annotations on Quickscribe 2.0 this month: 
Not familiar with Quickscribe 2.0? It's a terrific way to research, track and collaborate on BC legislation, and includes expert annotations written by a team of 25 local legal professionals. To try it out for free, visit  www.quickscribe.bc.ca/online/ and click the "Free Trial" icon.

Friday, April 01, 2016

Quickscribe Annotations Update for March 2016

Two BC acts had new annotations on Quickscribe 2.0 this month:
Quickscribe 2.0 is a better way to research, track and collaborate on BC legislation, and includes expert annotations written by a team of more than 20 local legal professionals. To try it out for free, visit  www.quickscribe.bc.ca/online/ and click the "Free Trial" icon.

Monday, March 07, 2016

Quickscribe Annotations Update for February 2016

Just a quick post to highlight the pieces of legislation that received new annotations on Quickscribe 2.0 in February:
  • Michael Bain, Hamilton Howell Bain & Gould: Land Title Inquiry Act, Environmental Management Act, Employment Standards Act, Family Law Act, Land Title Act 
  • Paul Wilson, Fasken Martineau LLP: Petroleum And Natural Gas Act, Oil & Gas Activities Act
Have you seen Quickscribe 2.0 in action? The service features annotations for BC legislation provided by a team of two dozen local legal professionals. To try out Quickscribe 2.0, sign up for a free trial at  www.quickscribe.bc.ca/online/

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Quickscribe Annotations Update for January 2016

Five of Quickscribe's panel of expert BC legislation annotators provided annotations in January 2016:
  • Stan Rule, Sabey Rule LLP – WESA
  • Margaret Mason, Bull Housser & Tupper LLP – Society Act
  • Jeff Waatainen, DLP Piper LLP – Forest And Range Practices Act, Forest Act and Forestry Service Providers Protection Act
  • Michael Hargraves, Stewart, McDannold, Stuart – Community Charter
  • Bill Buholzer, Young Anderson Barristers and Solicitors – Local Government Act
Quickscribe's team of more than 20 local legal professionals provide annotations for BC statutes and regulations. To take advantage of these annotations, sign up for a free trial of Quickscribe 2.0 at  www.quickscribe.bc.ca/online/.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

#clawbies2015 Acceptance Speeches

In case you missed it, we've posted a roundup of blog reactions (a.k.a, the acceptance speeches) to the 2015 Clawbies winners reveal over at Stem News.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Quickscribe Annotations Update for December 2015

Here's a quick look at the BC lawyers who contributed annotations to Quickscribe 2.0 in December 2015:
  • Murray Campbell, Lawson Lundell LLP -  Pension Benefits Standards Act 
  • Daniel Sorensen, Sorensen Smith LLP – Employment Standards Act 
  • Genevieve Taylor, Legacy Tax & Trust Lawyers LLP – WESA 
  • Paul Wilson, Fasken Martinau LLP– Petroleum And Natural Gas Act, Geophysical Exploration Regulation 280/2010, Emergency Management Regulation 204/2013, Drilling and Production Regulation 282/2010 
  • Guy Brown, Harper Grey LLP – Mental Health Act, Evidence Act, 
  • Bill Buholzer, Young Anderson Barristers and Solicitors – Local Government Act
These are a few of Quickscribe's team of 20+ local legal professionals who provide annotations for BC statutes and regulations. To sign up for a free trial of Quickscribe 2.0, visit  www.quickscribe.bc.ca/online/.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Roundup of #Clawbies2015 Nominations To Date

As always, we're carefully tracking the nominations for the 2015 Clawbies awards as they come rolling in. Here's who's participated in the 10th annual Canadian Law Blog Awards thus far - we'll continue to add to the list as more nominations are made.

Blogged nominations:

  • Sarah Roussel-Lewis at Legal Sourcery (Michael Geist, Lawyerist, First Reference Talks)
  • Sara Ross at Law.Arts.Culture (Combat Sports Law, TorontoMusicLaw.com, The Life of the Law)
  • Russell Alexander at FamilyLLB (AvoidAClaim, Precedent, CanLII Connects)
  • Leonid Sirota at Double Aspect (Administrative Law Matters, Sir Henry Brooke,  Michael Geist)
  • ABlawg (Administrative Law Matters, Anti-Terror Law, U of A Faculty of Law Blog, Blogging for Equality)
  • Will Tao at Canadian Immigration Law Blog (Administrative Law Matters, Stewart Sharma Harsanyi Calgary Immigration Law Firm Blog, Meurrens on Immigration)
  • Paul Daly at Administrative Law Matters (Pierre Trudel, Double Aspect, ABlawg)
  • Hassell Trial Counsel Blog (OTLA Blog, Darryl Singer, Will Davidson LLP Blog)
  • Hassell Arbitration Blog (Mackenzie DRS, Miskin Law Blog, Paralegal Scope) 
  • Kathryn Marshall at Lawsome (BC Injury Law and ICBC Claims Blog, Family Health Law Blog, Michael Geist)
  • Fiona Finn at Clio (Michael Geist, The Court, Slaw)
  • Startup Source (Michael Geist, Kira Systems Blog, Sport Law & Strategy Group Blog)

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Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Quickscribe Annotations Update for November 2015

 A quick post to share the newest annotations on Quickscribe 2.0 - here's what was added in November:
  • Eileen Vanderburgh, AHBL Management Limited Partnership – Freedom of Information And Protection of Privacy Act 
  • Margaret Mason, Bull Housser & Tupper LLP – Societies Act, Society Act
Those are just two members of Quickscribe's team of 20+ local legal professionals who provide annotations for BC statutes and regulations. To sign up for a free trial of Quickscribe 2.0, visit  www.quickscribe.bc.ca/online/.

Monday, November 02, 2015

Quickscribe 2.0 Annotations Update for October 2015

Here's a look at the statutes that received new annotations on Quickscribe 2.0 this past month:
  • Mary Brunton, Reed Pope Law Corporation - Strata Property Act
  • Robin Longe, Bull Housser & Tupper LLP- Mineral Tenure Act, Mines Act 
  • Eileen Vanderburgh, AHBL Management Limited Partnership – Freedom of Information And Protection of Privacy Act
Quickscribe 2.0 has a team of 20+ local legal professionals who create annotations to BC legislation. To sign up for a free trial of the service, visit www.quickscribe.bc.ca/online/.





Friday, October 02, 2015

Quickscribe Annotations Update for September 2015


Just a quick note to mention the statutes that received new annotations on Quickscribe 2.0 this past month:
  • Mary Brunton, Reed Pope Law Corporation - Strata Property Act
  • John-Paul Boyd, Canadian Research Institute For Law And The Family– Family Law Act
  • Emma McArthur, Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP - Wills, Estates and Succession Act
Quickscribe 2.0 has more than 20 local legal professionals who create annotations to BC legislation. To sign up for a free trial, visit www.quickscribe.bc.ca/online/.

Friday, September 18, 2015

2015 Pacific Legal Technology Conference

On Friday Oct 2, 2015, the ninth Pacific Legal Technology Conference will take place at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Once again I am lucky enough to be on the program presenting, this time with Darin Thompson from the BC Ministry of Justice and my old friend Michael Roman from Clark Wilson LLP. We'll be speaking on the IAIT2 panel session titled, Emerging Canadian Legal Technology.

The focus will be on new and emerging Canadian legal tech products, web services and SaaS offerings, and hopefully cover a wide enough sampling of companies that everyone in the audience can discover something new. After reviewing a dozen (or so) new Canadian services, Darin Thompson will also discuss how Governments are looking to leverage cloud infrastructures, and the potential impacts of that direction for law firms. As an example, he will present a short case study for a project he's been working on, involving the use of ODR for BCs Civil Resolution Tribunal.

The session should have both a good survey/discovery component, and a more detailed example with Darin's piece. Getting it all in under an hour will be the tricky part! But we're hoping the outcome will be the same: to provide some practical context as to what's happening within the Canadian legal cloud in 2015.

Hope to see you there!


 

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Quickscribe Annotations Update for August 2015


Here's a look at which legislation on Quickscribe 2.0 received new annotations in August -- you'll find expert commentary from:
  • Peter Roberts, Lawson Lundell LLP – Partition of Property Act
  • Michael Hargraves, Stewart, McDannold, Stuart – Community Charter
  • Paul Wilson, Fasken Martineau – Consultation and Notification Regulation 279/2010, Drilling and Production Regulation 282/2010, Oil & Gas Activities Act, Petroleum and Natural Gas Act

Quickscribe 2.0 has more than 20 local legal professionals providing annotations for BC legislation. To sign up for a free trial, visit www.quickscribe.bc.ca/online/.

Friday, August 07, 2015

Should the US Librarian of Congress be a Librarian or an Academic?

Slaw columnist Bob Berring published an important piece yesterday, and I'm afraid it's going to go under the radar.

Berring discusses the impending retirement of current US Librarian of Congress, Dr. James Billington, who at 86 years of age will leave the post after 28 years. Billington, who is neither a Librarian or an information professional, has long been the subject of critique from within the profession. The Washington Post article that Berring cites gives a small glimpse into the failing ecosystem that evolved under Billington's tenure.

The assessment offered by Berring should be required reading for anyone working in Libraries, and yes, even in Canada. The US Library of Congress has always played a leading roles in guiding our profession's standards. Libraries, globally, didn't function in the same unified manner last century without a strong LC -- LC Classification, Control Numbers, Subject Headings, literacy movements -- it's role was academic, had cultural influence, offered professional cohesion, and was emulated widely.

The digital age, as we know, has created an entirely new set of challenges. While I don't think as a profession that we are exactly behind on those changes, what we do need is help to conceive and achieve much bigger ideas. Librarians have always been willing to roll up their sleeves, but big ideas don't happen without leadership. In my view, that's always been our biggest weakness: we really need better leaders.

The glimmer of hope for Berring, and me for that matter, is that there's a chance to bring in a new visionary. Do I care if that individual is an Academic or a Librarian? A little, I'll admit. But it's less of an issue about academic qualifications, and more about having a love for the work. I wouldn't turn down a Jonathan Zittrain or a Brewster Kahle.

The US Library of Congress is at a crossroad, and not just in recruiting a new leader, but whether it has a leadership role to play for the profession. Can librarians look to the LC for unifying guidance the way they once did? Perhaps. But what we won't survive is another country club retirement gig for an aging academic.

We won't. It's that simple.