Wednesday, August 31, 2005
PLEI Launches New BC Legal Website Search Tool
With what looks to be created using Google's API, "The British Columbia Public Legal Education and Information (PLEI) working group has introduced a specialized Internet search tool to help you find information about the law in British Columbia. You can now access this tool through the LawLINK website. "
Direct link to the Advanced Search Form.
The PLEI tool conducts a google search, limited to the following BC Legal sites:
- British Columbia Courthouse Library Society
- Canadian Bar Association
- Centre for Education, Law, and Society, Simon Fraser University
- Family Law in British Columbia
- Law Centre
- Law Courts Education Society
- Law Foundation
- LawLINKLegal Services Society
- Ministry of Attorney General
- Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
- People’s Law School
- Residential Tenancy Office
An excellent new tool!
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
New UBC SLAIS Peer Mentorship Program
From the online flyer:
"The Peer Mentorship program is designed to help MLIS incoming students make a smooth transition to the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies (SLAIS), the University of British Columbia, and the city of Vancouver. Incoming students who wish to participate in the program will be paired with a continuing student based on the availability of volunteers. The peer mentorship program offers a unique opportunity for incoming students to learn more about student life at SLAIS and for all participants to make a valuable social contact in both their personal and professional lives."
This program is run by the BCLA/CLA Student Chapter, and was started for the incoming class of Fall 2005.
Update 09/20/05: I signed up, and have exchanged a few emails with my new mentee! It's very exciting to meet new enthusiastic professionals... I'm really looking forward to this!
New Cyberlaw Prof Blog
An interesting new blog by Lydia Loren, called LC CyberBlog! Ok, the name's killing me - 'cyber' is so mid-90's, and LC ... well... some Library culture things are just ingrained. BUT, the blog is pretty impressive, and looks to have a very 'real' voice (I also like the limited legalese).
Welcome Lydia, and best of luck!
Time for UK Librarians to jump on the Blog-wagon?
Connie Crosby, Steven Cohen & Jenny Levine are all quoted in the article. And my favourite quote (via the Shifted Librarian herself):
“If you find yourself writing email rants that you send off to a select group of people, you could be a blogger. If you’re always sending links to people, you could be a blogger. And if you’re at all opinionated about a specific topic, you could be a blogger”.
(don't insert 'redneck' for blogger, it only get's confusing ;-> )
BTW, the Information Overlord is also a blog I highly recommend (rss feed here).
Here are two excellent examples of Library Wikis I've come across recently:
Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki
Introduction: "Welcome to Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki. This wiki was created to be a one-stop-shop for great ideas for librarians. All over the world, librarians are developing successful programs and doing innovative things with technology that no one outside of their library knows about. There are lots of great blogs out there sharing information about the profession, but there is no one place where all of this information is collected and organized."
Introduction: "LISWiki was established to give the library community a chance to explore the usefulness of Wikis. It is not intended to replace or detract from the Wikipedia library and information science articles (or those in the printed LIS encyclopedias for that matter), but exist as a niche encyclopedia covering library-related issues."
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
I'm not a big fan of providing no opinions when I blog, especially here. And there's just too much out there that I want to keep track of, or show my support. Scoble & Cohen have one, so I'm not inventing anything new here. It just seemed like a great way to track and share my reading sources.
Historical Alberta Law Collection
Both browse and search capabilities are available, and the collection includes:
- Alberta Gazette (includes Regulations) (1905 - 1990)
- Bills of the Alberta Legislature (1906 - 1990)
- Debates of the Alberta Legislature (Hansards) (1972 - 1993)
- Journals of the Alberta Legislature (1906 - 1989)
- Ordinances of the Northwest Territories (1877 - 1905)
- Revised Statutes of Alberta (1922, 1942, 1955, 1970, 1980)
- Statutes of Alberta (1906 - 1990)
Chalk another one up in the win column for Alberta!
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Kicking Off the New 2005/06 VALL Year!
The topic? - Blogs & RSS feeds. ... Why are you looking at your feed reader like that? Did you expect something different? ;-)
Update (09/02): Registration Form has been posted.
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Law Libraries Blog Button
Law Libraries button added! What a great initiative. Thanks Bonnie!
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Roy Tennant on Google & Keeping a Librarians Perspective
Published yesterday, Google, the Naked Emperor is Roy's most recent article from Library Journal's Digital Libraries. I was already aware of these critiques of Google, but for me, the more important aspect of the article is Roy's perspective. We must, as professional Librarians, give Google our most critical eye.
Just as Lawyers will offer their legal opinion on changing legislation and not let the day's Government go unquestioned, it is a Librarian's professional responsibility to offer no less. There should be no Librarians in the Google fanclub. Period. It's like being a Doctor and voicing support for a pharmaceutical co., or being one of those '1 in 4 Dentists that recommend Crest'. It's just that wrong.
BTW, Google's backlink command is still very troublesome. And given that Yahoo just announced the size of their database has surpassed Google (& regardless of any dispute), perhaps the tides are turning. I know I would appreciate, and I don't think I'm alone, a two horse race again.
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
My Summer Project - We've Been RSS'ified!
For those interested, I've blogged about a few of the details over at Slaw.
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Google News Finally Does RSS
Monday, August 08, 2005
Rumours of Classification's Death Greatly Exaggerated
To me, this sounds terribly familiar, much like the constant comparison & debate between enterprise search (and DMS systems) versus the classified & browsable collection approach. I have to admit, I have no clue as to why we should compare, or debate for that matter. That's because I'm a shades-of-grey kinda guy. :-), or perhaps a bit more wholistic in my viewpoint.
When it comes to providing access to retrievable information or content, we're almost always better off making both options available. Classification without Search is great for browsing, but not so great when we are looking for a specific resource. By the same argument, Search without Classification is horrible when you only vaguely know what you're looking for... Guess what? Not all research behaviour is based upon the same level of required specificity.
The other significant oversight here, is that a classified directory structure can have meaning beyond its file contents - the collection itself can be the target of an inquiry. Whether it's the Microsoft programmers needing to segregate system OS files, or on our home computer where we keep our vacation pictures in C:\pictures\vacation05\, the loss of document groupings (...and being forced to go back and re-tag & group them into dynamic search folders...) would not be a technological evolution.
Are we going to see the death of file systems? I hope not. And if we do, I'm thinking it might be because the 'vision' of some is a little too black and white.