Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Promotion of Legal Materials in Libraries: Law Week 2008 and People's Law School Speakers Program

Libraries wishing to promote their legal collections through collaboration with other legal services in their community can contact the following organizations regarding local events:

* Law Week April 14 - 20, 2008, organized by the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch. Several communities throughout BC organize events such as free law classes, open houses and citizenship court. For information on law week events around the province, call Nadine Penner at CBA/BC: 1-888-687-3404 or 604-646-7868,local 328 in the Lower Mainland.

* People's Law School Speakers Program offers qualified volunteer speakers to community groups in BC. Sample legal topics include Employment Standards, ICBC and Personal Injury Claims, Landlord and Tenant Law, Power of Attorney & Other Options, Scams to Avoid, Separation and Divorce, Starting a Small Business, Volunteers and the Law, Wills & Estates.

Legal Research Guides at Vancouver Public Library

Vancouver Public Library has many research guides , including these legal topics:

* BC Politics

* First Nations Land Claims and Treaties in British Columbia

* Human Rights

* Immigrating to Canada

* Nonprofit Survival Kit Series - Part 1 : Establishment & Management

* Patents

Online Legal Databases in BC Public Libraries

All BC public libraries now have online access to QP LegalEze , BC Vehicle Safety and Inspection Standards , and BC Codes 2006 , which includes the BC Fire Code, BC Building Code and BC Plumbing Services (Part 7 of the BC Building Code). Licensing agreement for these databases is provided through the Public Library Services Branch , and designed for "in library" use only; no remote access.