Thursday, June 06, 2013

Some of Our "Best" Work

As readers of this blog, you likely know that Stem's roots go back to legal librarianship. It's been a while since Emma or I have worked in that capacity, but we've never forgotten the resources that were essential to our former work. For us, one of those go-to resources was BC lawyer Catherine Best's indispensable website, legalresearch.org.

If you're not familiar with it, the "Best Guide to Canadian Legal Research" is an info-packed website beloved by Canadian law students, legal researchers, and law librarians alike. Folks from outside Canada also cite is as a valuable resource for researching our laws. Simply put, this is one of those "gems" that you find yourself going back to time and time again.

So, you can imagine how thrilled we were when Catherine asked us to help her update the site's look and organization. She'd done an impressive job at hand-coding the site's HTML with painstaking care and precision since its inception in 1998, but the time had come to migrate the site into a content management system that would be more stable and user-friendly.

We worked with Catherine for several months on this project, and are pretty happy with the finished product: a refreshed organization and great-looking WordPress-based website where Catherine can continue to share her expertise and wisdom on this essential topic. It's also now easier to view across different devices, and has social media sharing capabilities, making it generally more accessible.

Here's a screen capture of the new homepage:


Best Legal Researhc

Did I mention Catherine is blogging now too? As VLLB readers, legal research is likely part of your job. So be sure to subscribe to her new Canadian Legal Research Blog.

Congratulations, Catherine, on this exciting milestone for legalresearch.org -- an important contribution to Canadian legal research and a boon to law students, librarians, and legal researchers everywhere!

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