Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Quickscribe Manual Updates for January 2012

There were two Quickscribe Manual updates this past month:
As always, daily updates to BC stats & regs are available at www.bclegislation.ca.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

2011 Library Technicians Salary Survey

BCLA's Library Technicians & Assistants Interest Group, or LTAIG, has published their 2011 salary survey for library technicians.

Some key metrics:
  • 81% were from BC, but 7 provinces or territories are represented;
  • 59% had completed the 2-yr LIT college diploma;
  • Langara and UFV graduates dominated (40% and 20% respectively);
  • Experience levels ranged from 0-25+ years, with only one over 20%;
  • 72% full time, 16% part-time;
  • Academic and Public libraries dominate, legal only 4% (which is about the right % of the LIT population);
  • Average hourly salary was $23.91 (translated: 43,516 annually);
  • Top salary scale was $26.06/hr for LITs with 20-25 years experience;
  • 79% unionized, 21% no union.
To see more metrics, check out the full report on the BCLA website.

Monday, January 09, 2012

Canadian Law Firm Libraries Tweeting

McCarthy Tetrault's library team is tweeting:

@McCarthyLibrary: McCarthy's library team -- tweeting about library services, law firms and technology.

Looks like a good mix of original comments and re-tweets that share firm news, legal community links, and interesting library stuff.

There are plenty of law librarians on twitter; as a professional group, we're a fairly sizable community. I also know of a few academic law libraries. But not sure if I've noticed any other Canadian law firm libraries that are tweeting. Correct?

If you know of others, let me know @stevematthews

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

New Vancouver Transcription Service

Just a quick note to highlight a former colleague of mine from Clark Wilson LLP, Marnie Rokosh; who has started a new transcription outsourcing business called Paralegal Transcription.

If you're lawyer or small firm administrator in the Greater Vancouver area, and are looking to outsource some of your transcription or paralegal work, I'm sure Marnie's service would be a very cost effective solution.

I write this post not just in support of Marnie's venture, but also remembering the pressure of being a new entrepreneur. This August will be the five year anniversary of Stem; and I still recall the help I was given by friends and industry colleagues in those early days.

Congratulations Marnie. I wish you the best of luck!

Quickscribe Manual Update for December 2011

Just one Quickscribe manual update to share this month: the BC Family Legislation Manual.

Remember, daily updates to British Columbia statutes and regulations are available at http://www.bclegislation.ca/.