Thursday, December 31, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
A Local Law Hero
The story ran last night on Global TV, and for the time being, is accessible on the Stations video archives.
Clawbies 2009 Nominations Roundup
Similar to a post I put up last year, here's a running roundup of the nominations:
- Omar Ha-Redeye - 2009 CLawBies Nominations
- Doug Cornelius - CLawBie Nominations
- Dan Michaluk - My Clawbie Nominations
- Karen Sawatzky - My picks for the 2009 Clawbies
- Jordan Furlong -2009 Clawbies now accepting nominations
- David Bilinski - 2009 CLawBies!!!
- Doug Jasinski - 2009 Clawbies Award Nominations for Best Canadian Law Blogs
- David Fraser - My nominations for the Clawbies 2009
- Antonin Pribetic - My Nominees for the 2009 Canadian Law Blog Awards (the "CLawBies")
- Yves Faguy - Nominations open for CLawBies
- Chris Jaglowitz - My nominations for the 2009 Clawbies
- Connie Crosby - My nominations for the Clawbies
- Carole Aippersbach (Blogosarus Lex) - Nominations for 2009 Clawbies!
- Donna Seale - My Picks for the 2009 CLawBies
- Emma Durand-Wood - More Clawbies 2009 Nominations
- Peg Duncan
- Erik Magraken
- Diane Levine
- Alex Cameron
- Jacob Glick
- Syed Ali Ahmed
- Edward Prutschi
- Sameer Dhargalkar
- Kevin Lo
- Joel Welsh
- Simon Chamberland
- Mary Abraham - My CLawBie Nominations
- David Doorey - My 2009 Clawbie Nominations
- Jeremy Grushcow (via Twitter)
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Clawbies and Community
I've always found it remarkable, generally speaking, how attitudes change during December. How we reconnect with family and friends, reflect on our lives, events, and start planning out steps for the new year.
For bloggers, this same introspective period occurs as well. Lots of 'year in review' pieces, 'top-10 for 2009' lists, and so on. It's the same reflective spirit that inspired the start of the Clawbies in '06, and I suspect, why so many Canadian law bloggers have been willing to go 'off topic' and chime in on the nominations.
Not to go too far off topic, but blogging often makes it (too) easy to get caught up in a solitary approach. Grab a piece from the daily news, cite it in a quick post, and call it a day. Maybe it's the twitterization of blogging, I'm not entirely sure. What this style lacks, however, is the human exchanges that make blogging different. Differing perspectives, spontaneous thoughts, or tapping into the ideas of a like-minded individual half-way across the country (or world). The good stuff, IMO, often requires community.
In Canada, law bloggers aren't a huge group. A couple hundred at best. But through my rose coloured glasses, I see the Clawbies tying things a little closer. It's incredible, frankly, to see those nominations fly around. It's not about the blogger or their personal accomplishments, but rather, 'about the other guy'. Sometimes a competitor, but always as a peer. And the answers to some very simple questions can become incredibly valuable: who do you read? and why does it matter to you?
That this all happens in December, doesn't entirely surprise. But if it inspires participation, then I'm all for it. Plus, it's fun.
If you'd like to track this year's nomination posts, most of them are piping through Twitter, and can be found by searching for #clawbies2009.
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Welcome to the KF Modified Blog
The following description is quoted directly from his inaugural post:
"This blog will discuss the history, usage, updates and future directions of KF Modified the legal classification scheme which is used primarily in Canadian law libraries and suitable for any common law collection. Legal classification and cataloguing in general will also be touched on from time to time."Destined for a huge readership? Probably not. However, it never ceases to amaze me how even the most niche blog can find an audience. Or how the most focused topic groups can rally around a new source of commentary. It really is the beauty of blogging.
So welcome Tim! And especially to his fellow legal cataloguers, be sure to lend him your ear; right after you check out this Yahoo Pipe of cataloguing blogs. :)
Interview with Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Quickscribe Manual Updates for November '09
- RCMP Legislation Manual
- BC Motor Vehicle Legislation Manual (3-Volume Series)
- Crown Counsel Motor Vehicle Legislation Manual
- BC Transport Legislation Manual
- Business Corporations Legislation Manual