Wednesday, April 28, 2010

BC Library Association Award and other Winners!

The Law Foundation of BC received the Keith Sacré Library Champion Award at the annual awards event of the BC Library Association in Penticton on April 24th.

Nominated by Surrey Public Library, the award is presented to an individual, organization or business that has a record of support of libraries, literacy, public access to information and the overall aims and objectives of libraries.

The award reads “In recognition of the long-term support for providing public legal information to the residents of BC, and in particular for the Courthouse Libraries BC project, LawMatters.” Mary Mouat, Chair of the Law Foundation's Board of Governors, accepted the award on behalf of the Law Foundation of BC.

Also at the BCLA conference, Courthouse Libraries BC [CLBC] displayed our new legal information campaign for the public, LawStartBC, which describes LawMatters, Clicklaw, the Clicklaw HelpMap and CLBC Reference Services. Congratulations to the librarians who completed the LawStartBC crossword puzzle and received a coveted CLBC water bottle!
- Indira Wickremasinghe, Rossland Public Library
- Jane Curry, Vancouver Public Library
- Judy Foucher, Greenwood Public Library
- Ana Rosa Blue, WorkSafeBC
For a nice collection of photos from the BCLA conference, visit the Clicklaw facebook page.

And finally, winners of the Amazon gift certificate draw of the 2010 Legal Reference Survey participants were:
- Granisle Public Library
- Port Kells Branch of Surrey Public Library
- Science and Business Department of Vancouver Public Library
- Gibsons and District Public Library
Thanks to the 135 library locations that took part in the survey, we had a 98% return of the surveys! We are just finalizing the report which compares legal reference use in 2009 and 2010.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

New Legal Information Online Update

New/improved websites:

* Charity Central is designed to help Canada's Registered Charities understand their responsibilities under the Income Tax Act.

* improvements:
- over 200 new resources added to the Solve Problems section
- easier to find resources languages other than English
- over 100 “common questions” on the site, featuring resources that are good starting points for information on common legal problems
- a blog highlighting new resources on the Clicklaw homepage.
- Clicklaw is now on Facebook and Twitter!

* provides free legal information, education and resources to newcomers to Canada and the people working with them. Includes information on employment standards and residential tenancy, as well as a series of videos from training sessions for helpers.

* Support Worker Central includes employment standards resources for B.C. support workers who help people with disabilities.

* Voluntary Sector Knowledge Network includes sections on Starting a Non Profit, Governance and Government Relations.

* Legal aid offices have recently been added to New Westminster and Langley. Updated information is available at Where to find a legal aid office.

New/revised publications:

* Legislation Made Easy, 3rd Edition, by Gail Nash. Crown Publications, March 2010

* Free copies of Legal Help For British Columbians; A Guide to Help Non-legal Professionals Make Legal Referrals for Clients is available from the People’s Law School; see their online order form.

From Legal Services Society:

* Consumer Law and Credit/Debt Law 3rd Edition [209 pp PDF] October 2009

* Sponsorship Breakdown 3rd edition [42 pp PDF] November 2009

* Surviving Relationship Violence and Abuse [89 pp PDF] February 2010

* Your Welfare Rights: A Guide to BC Employment and Assistance 21st edition [146 pp PDF] February 2010

Legal Blogs:

* Cameras in court? Blogosaurus Lex, Alberta Legal Resource Centre, March 24th, 2010

* Remarrying After a Void Marriage BC Family Law Blog April 5, 2010