Thursday, January 31, 2008

Monday, January 28, 2008

The Myth of the Google Generation

For a good summary of recent research titled "Information Behaviour of the Researcher of the Future", see my colleague Drew Jackson's blog PLEI Portal Project titled "Designing with the end user in mind".

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Recent Titles of Online Legal Information (Janet's picks)

* Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch. Dial-A-Law Script #430: Low Cost and Free Legal Services

* Changing Together... A Centre for Immigrant Women and Legal Resource Centre of Alberta: Canadian Law and Modern Day Foreign Brides

* Legal Services Society of BC. Family Law in BC: Benefits For Grandparents And Other Relatives Raising Children

* Legal Services Society of BC. Legal Aid Public Service Announcement: Legal Talk (.wmv file)

* Legal Services Society of BC. LawLine Journal: Shoplifting And Scary Notices

* Western Canada Society to Access Justice. Picture Story: Falsely Acused!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Legal Information Toolkits for Public Libraries

The first guide for public library staff is a list containing toll-free phone numbers and web sites for many legal information and advice services in BC. The list is published on the LawMatters website. Future plans include a plain language guide to legal research, and a handout explaining the difference between legal information and legal advice.

Training Opportunities in Legal Information

The following courses in legal information are available for staff who work in public or Aboriginal libraries in BC:

- Free webinars offered through the Public Library Services Branch:
*1 hour webinar on BC Codes (Building, Fire) Jan. 28, Feb. 7
*1.5 hour webinar on Family Law in BC Jan. 23rd, Feb. 20th, Mar. 19th
*2 hour webinar on QP LegalEze Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Mar. 12
You can register here for these webinars.

- Introduction to Legal Information Sources is an online Community Librarian Training Program course, also offered through the Public Library Services Branch. The Jan. - Feb. class is now full, and the course will be offered again in September 2008.

- There will be a series of LawMatters workshops available at a number of libraries and regional systems throughout 2008. Plans are under way for workshops with the Kootenay Library Federation, the North Central Library Federation, the North Coast Library Federation, as well as at the BCLA spring conference.