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  • Help CLBC Help You: a 10-Minute Survey for BC Lawyers

    by Johanne Blenkin | Nov 09, 2016

    One thing is certain: the practice of law is changing.

    That's why Courthouse Libraries BC is asking you, the lawyers of BC, a few questions about your work, your information needs, and how change is affecting your practice.

    We are changing too, evolving as an institution to support BC lawyers now and for generations to come.

    Our watchword is "innovation" as we retool to meet lawyers’ new needs while witnessing the changing role of libraries.  (Tomorrow's libraries will exist because today's libraries are working very hard to build value beyond their traditional brand identity as institutions.)

    To this end, we ask you, the lawyers of BC, to give input about your own needs so we can design resources and services that anticipate them. A few minutes with this survey now will help us shape the Courthouse Libraries BC of tomorrow and identify:

    • new products, services and approaches to curating, sharing and connecting legal information
    • the main deliverables in our technological platform for supporting communities of legal practice
    • the precise knowledge management needs of tomorrow's legal profession

    Information you share will be anonymous, and we will report out on the big picture findings of the survey after it closes (November 25, 2016). BC lawyers who complete the survey or share the link (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DPPB9DJ) with their Twitter followers using the hashtag #CLBClawyersurvey2016 will be given the chance to enter a draw for one of five $100 gift cards to Chapters/Indigo.

    Be part of the conversation. Have a say in the future of your law library. Help shape the resources we're building to support you. Please take and share the survey today.

  • Johanne Blenkin: Courthouse Libraries BC 2014/2015 Service Reductions

    by Johanne Blenkin | Aug 06, 2014

    CLBC has recently reduced or discontinued some services and adjusted our staffing levels in response to an 18% funding cut from our primary funder, the Law Foundation of British Columbia. 

    Because the majority of our current budget is devoted to two core areas (staffing costs and information resources), it is not possible to absorb a budget reduction of this size without affecting these two areas.  After careful review, we have made the following adjustments:

    • Service for our Vancouver reference counter has been reduced from 3 to 2 on-duty staff during regular service hours. Our staffing levels have been slightly reduced and some staff departing via attrition will not be replaced;
    • Our paid legal research service has been discontinued.  Lawyers requiring legal research conducted on their behalf will now be referred to third-party providers;
    • Adoption of our ongoing “Digital Shift” transition from print towards a primary focus on electronic information resources has been accelerated with reductions to print subscriptions in larger branches and elimination of new  books in smaller branches.

    Our goal in making these adjustments is to minimize the effect on our clients, manage reductions in an equitable way across the province, and maintain focus on our core service objectives in a sustainable manner in light of long-term funding realities.

    If you would like more information about these changes, please contact Johanne Blenkin  at jblenkin@courthouselibrary.ca


  • Courthouse Libraries BC: Shifting from Lifeguard to Swim Coach

    by CLBC Administrator | Jun 25, 2010
    We're making changes at Courthouse Libraries BC in order to meet the changing needs and expectations of our clients within a fiscal reality of diminishing resources.  I've posted a new Director's message to start the discussion with you - our clients - on the changes we're embarking on at Courthouse Libraries BC.  Let me know what you think.

Former CEO, Courthouse Libraries BC

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