Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Citizen’s Advice Bureaux in New Zealand

I received an email from Shelley Brown, Reference Librarian of New Westminster Public Library:

"Hi Janet,

I was looking at older postings on the LawMatters Blog and I saw your mention of the Legal Information Access Centre in NSW, Aus. I was wondering if you were familiar with the Citizen’s Advice Bureaux in New Zealand? Often they’re housed in libraries and are a very useful way of making legal information available to the public.
Hope this information is useful!

Shelley "

Apparently the Citizen’s Advice Bureaux are run mostly with volunteers, and are an independent social service with a variety of funders, and use a similar model to those in England and Australia. They seem to be a good way to get legal information out to rural as well as urban centres. Thanks for the reference, Shelley!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Law Week Events Across BC

Law Week is April 14 - 20 this year, and events will be held across British Columbia in Fort St John, Kamloops, Nanaimo, New Westminster, Port Coquitlam, Vancouver and Victoria.

Surrey Public Library is hosting a series of workshops in partnership with People's Law School, on the topics of Wills and Estates , and Landlord & Tenant Law with a speaker from the Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Training Opportunities in Legal Information Update

* LawMatters workshops will be offered at the BCLA conference April 19, as well as at the North Coast Library Federation May 2, and the Kootenay Library Federation June 12. Previous workshops were held in Nanaimo February 19 and Surrey March 5, and more workshops will be scheduled later in the year. The workshops are adaptable for each audience and topics include an overview of the LawMatters project; how to respond to a legal reference question; and how to use legal reference tools, including in-print and online legal information sources. If you are interested in a workshop for public library staff in your area, please contact janet.freeman@bccls.bc.ca .

* The following courses in legal information are available for staff who work in public or Aboriginal libraries in BC, and offered through the Public Library Services Branch:

QP LegalEze May 13 and June 9
Family Law in BC website May 14 and June 11 [presenter from the Legal Services Society]
Residential Tenancy Law May 26 and June 5 [presenter from the Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre]

Online Course:
The eight week CLTP course in Legal Information Sources [202c]http://www.bcpl.gov.bc.ca/lsb/cltp/courses.html#202b will be offered again starting Oct 6, 2008

Legal Information Survey - with prizes!

A project is now underway to build a portal website that provides one-stop access to legal education and information aimed at British Columbians. The PLEI Portal project aims to develop a site that would be a valuable tool for community workers, advocates, librarians and others working with members of the public seeking legal information and help. The project is the next generation of two websites currently used by those assisting the public with legal problems: LawLINK and the Electronic Law Library. If you have ever used either of these sites, it would be invaluable to hear your feedback via a survey that can be accessed through the project website: http://www.pleiportal.org/2008/02/25/surveying-users/.

By completing the survey, you will be entered in a draw to win one of three iPod shuffles! The draw for the first iPod shuffle takes place on Tuesday, April 15. The survey takes less than ten minutes to complete.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

New Legal Information Online Update