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  • The Year of the Reading Room

    by CLBC Administrator | Feb 04, 2013

    This Sunday marks the celebration of the Chinese New Year as the year of the snake is ushered in. Although we are pleased for the snake, we think he might just have to share because here at Courthouse Libraries, we are celebrating the Year of the Lawyers' Reading Room



    For those of you who have not yet checked out the Lawyers' Reading Room, it is an online portal exclusively available to law society members in BC featuring an impressive (and growing!) collection of legal books, extensive journal articles, English laws and an elegant sentencing tool.

    To celebrate the launch of our tool, we are hosting a giveaway: every lawyer in BC who signs up by February 19, 2013 will be entered in a draw to win a Kobo Glo. This includes all of the lawyers who have already been accessing this great tool.

    For extra chance to win, you can also sign up for our free webinar, Reading Room Made Easy on February 19, 2013. This lunchtime session will take you through the some of my favourite things about the Reading Room including ways to use it answer real questions that may come up in everyday practice. If you're interested in joining us, please sign up here (our December session of this webinar sold out so sign up early!).

    Finally, for those lawyers who joined us in for the introductory session but are really hoping to get more hands on, we have designed three practice specific webinars to be much more interactive.  These small groups options include:

    Even if you can't join us, don't forget to sign up for the Reading Room by February 19, 2013 for your chance at a Kobo Glo.

    Ensuring that every lawyer in BC has access to high quality digital tools wherever they happen to be is something we are really excited about.  We love this tool and we think you will too.  Let the Year of the Reading Room begin!

  • Christmas comes early at Courthouse Libraries: Great Skills, Free CPD and a Chance to win a Kobo Glo (plus a sneak preview...)

    by CLBC Administrator | Nov 29, 2012

    This December we have a little something extra special for the lawyers of British Columbia and you don't even have to wait for the 25th to open it.

    At noon on December 6, 2012 we're inviting lawyers from all over BC to join us for our session, "Reading Room Made Easy", a session packed with practical tips on how to find what you need without leaving your desktop.   

    Have you met the Lawyers Reading Room yet? This one of a kind resource gets you electronic access to things like textbooks, legal journals and cases all from anywhere you have internet.  

    Whether you've never heard of it or have been using it for months, we'd love to have you join us as lawyers from all over the province gather to see how the Lawyers Reading Room can help with their legal information needs. This session is aimed at a variety of practice areas and experience levels and can be done over lunch. Some lawyers will be in our Kamloops branch in person while others will log in online. We`ll show you ways to harness the power of the Lawyers Reading Room using Irwin Law and HeinOnline. Our attendees will also be the first group to see a sneak preview of a project we are very excited about.  

    And just in case you're contemplating where that last hour of CPD credit is coming from, may we suggest this session is perfect for that too?

    Finally, we're so excited about introducing you to e-reading that we wanted to get you started. With this in mind, we're entering every lawyer who attends our session in a draw to win a new Kobo Glo.  

    So to summarize: you're going to get great skills training in a fantastic new tool, an hour of free CPD credit, a chance to win a Kobo and be the first to see our new project. Merry Christmas!

    Register today at www.courthouselibrary.com/training by selecting ``Event Registration``.  

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 604-660-2477.
  • What do 78% of lawyers agree on?

    by CLBC Administrator | May 12, 2011

    It's hard to find a handful of lawyers that agree on anything, much less 1,092 of them. But that's what happened when last month more than 1,400 lawyers weighed in through the Law Society of BC's survey. As it so happens, 78% of lawyers agreed that CPD should be mandatory in British Columbia. 

    Wow. That's a significant number and one I wasn't expecting. I expected a number of lawyers to balk at the thought of the time away from busy practices or the cost to the bottom line. But upon reflection, I think it says something about how we understand the role of learning in law. Many of us got into law because it gave us a chance to learn for a lifetime. In this dynamic field where the landscape is always changing, we need to be constantly expanding our maps.

    What's more, I think that it's more than just what's good for us - it's what's good for the public's confidence in us. When continuing education is mandatory it lets the public know that we are a profession committed to getting better all the time. 

    So we agree that it's a good thing but how do you practically get this accomplished? Over 70% of lawyers who took the survey agreed that cost was a barrier to accomplishing their credits. The second most commonly cited barrier was time. Overcoming these barriers is something that we here at the Library are really interested in helping with.

    We have done our own survey that just closed last week. In this survey we asked you about what kinds of training you were interested in. In particular, we found out that you are most interested in training specific to your practice area or on free or low cost research tools. You also told us that you liked live webinars and in person seminars. You can check out some of the results here:

    CLBC Training Survey Results - Content

    CLBC Training Survey Results - Format

    I want you to know that we have heard you and we will be working over the coming months to deliver just this. 

    And we've already started. First of all, we have the ability for you to take a free online course for finding cases on point that you can take in your own time for one hour of free credit. 

    In addition, we are offering free, in person training on LawSource that is tailored to your practice area and needs. Registrations are currently set up for the Vancouver location but we would be happy to talk with you about setting this up in other locations around the province. 

    We've also started working with various partner organizations and CBA subsections to show you legal research tools that focus on free before fee and will continue to be rolling these out over the coming months. Keep an eye on our website for notices of upcoming sessions.

    Although not currently for credit, we also offer you ways to expand your legal research skills with easy to access video tutorials on subjects like legislative note ups and finding precedents. 

    Finally, we're working behind the scenes to develop training opportunities that are responsive to your needs and would love to hear your ideas.   

    Whether you're in the 78% that support the mandatory CPD credits or the 12% that wish they would go away, the CPD system appears to be here to stay. So let us help - getting practical, cost effective CPD credits is something we can all agree on.   


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