Friday, September 28, 2007

Pacific Legal Tech 2007

The Pacific Legal Technology Conference is getting set for another run here in Vancouver on October 10th. And they've just updated their website, so please do check it out!

I'm also happy to announce that for the first time, I'm going to have the honour of being one of the speakers! I'll be doing two sessions at this year's event.

First up, I'll be joining Doug Jasinski from Vancouver's Skunkworks and Kevin O'Keefe from Seattle based Lexblog in a truly West Coast flavoured session on legal web marketing (TIP3). This exact group did a similar session on the topic of law blogs for the Vancouver LMA last year, and it offered a great mix of perspectives. Hopefully we can replicate that same feeling, and still expand the topic to cover all the new web marketing strategies & directions that are currently available.

And for the second session, Kevin and I are pulling together a talk on Innovative Uses of Legal Technology (TIP4). I'm hoping to cover a mix of both public facing web strategies, and also look at some of the ways in which law firms are innovating in-house behind the firewall. Obviously Kevin and I are both web guys, so this won't likely be much of a gadget session. I look at things with a bent towards the efficiency of content delivery -- a Librarian / KM guy's thought pattern -- so please don't expect me to build a scanner from your camera phone. ;)

Looking forward to seeing some friendly faces on October 10th! PLTC registration info is here.

Friday, September 21, 2007

LawMatters. Yes it Does.

Very cool project announced today by the BCCLS called LawMatters.

Supported by the Law Foundation of British Columbia, the LawMatters project has the BCCLS teaming up with Public Libraries to increase access to BC legal resources. These are the objectives cited in the press release:
  • Financial assistance for purchase of appropriate legal resources
  • Bibliographies of recommended current resources!
  • Research guides on specific legal topics
  • Training for public library staff
  • Reference and referral support
  • Consultation and advice for local libraries
This is a very smart initiative, and gives the BCCLS an opportunity to expose their in-house expertise in some very fundamental ways, namely: resource training, material support, telephone and email consultation, and general consulting.

Also worth noting, the BCCLS is going to work on behalf of PLE (Public Legal Education) publishers to get their materials distributed within the Public Library system.

This is the type of infrastructure project that may not get noticed, or hit the front page of our local newspapers, but you can bet it's going to have an impact. Kudos to the BCCLS & the Law Foundation for finding new ways to support PLE. We're all the better for it.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Abstracked is Back!

In the 'I can't believe it took me this long to notice' category (3+ months...), long time law library blogger


NE2007 is October 17-20th

My friends at the Toronto Association of Law Libraries (TALL) are getting set to host NE2007 : Libraries Without Borders 2, the 4th Northeast Regional Law Libraries Meeting, on October 17-20, 2007.

If you're thinking about a conference this fall, this would be a smart event to consider. They're expecting close to 600 law librarians from all over the north-eastern United States and eastern Canada, and the event is open to everyone.

Connie Crosby has a more detailed writeup over at Slaw, and the registration details are available on the NE2007 website.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Update! New Canadian Law Blogs

I finally got around to making additions to my Canadian Law Blogs list. Those additions are as follows:
As always, if you know of anyone missing, please send 'em my way.


Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Top 25 Librarian Bloggers List

Lots of traffic today related to OEDb's list of Top 25 Librarian Bloggers, of which this blog peaked in at number 17. And while being included in a list like this is always an honour, I've got to wonder how one of the top librarian blogs got omitted? Hmm. Let's just call it very odd.

Now, crazy methodologies aside, lists like these do have some positive effects. I can see definite value to increasing exposure to the profession, and to the good things Librarians bring to the blogosphere. Especially for those of us down on the 'C' list. :-)

And secondly, lists can force many of us (one notable exception being that perceptive Librarian who got omitted - see above) to do what we don't do often enough - check out what we're missing!

So in that spirit, I'm lifting a copy of all 55 librarian blogs that were examined. Read, enjoy and subscribe!
2The Shifted Librarian
4Free Range Librarian
5Law Librarian Blog
6A Librarian's Guide to Etiquette
7The Travelin' Librarian
8Walt at Random
9Filipino Librarian
10h20boro lib blog
12The Ubiquitous Librarian
13Confessions of a Science Librarian
15Google Librarian Central
16The Days & Nights of the Lipstick Librarian
17Vancouver Law Librarian Blog
18Annoyed Librarian
20Connie Crosby
21The Handheld Librarian
22The Other Librarian
23Alternative Teen Services
24Jason the Content Librarian
25The Krafty Librarian
28The Cool Librarian
29A Librarian At The Kitchen Table
31Feel-good Librarian
32Theoretical Librarian
33OA Librarian
34The Illustrated Librarian
35Travels with the State Librarian
36Hyperactive Librarian
37OPL Plus
38Union Librarian
39Becoming a Librarian
40CogSci Librarian
41News from Nancy, State Librarian of Michigan
42Librarian on the edge
43The Patent Librarian's Notebook
44Information Literacy Librarian
45Connecting Librarian
46Bad Girl Librarian
47Spartanburg County Public Libraries
48Virtual Library Cat's Eye View
49baa baa... blog of a craftylibrarian
50The Itinerant Poetry Libriarian
51The Rabid Librarian's Ravings in the Wind
52The Indie Librarian
53Grassroots Librarian
54Strategic Librarian
55Library Science, not Rocket Science

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