Month: March 2014

Featured Product – Criminal Spectrum

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Canada Law Book Criminal Spectrum is a wonderful online tool available to our members in the Members’ Section of the Law Society website. It includes several criminal law textbooks, the Canadian Criminal Cases, a comprehensive collection of full-text unreported decisions, Weekly Criminal Bulletin case summaries, topical indexes, a case citator and search templates. Specifically, it includes such useful resources as:

  • Annotations from Martin’s Annual Criminal Code & Martin’s Related Criminal Statutes
  • Criminal Law Quarterly
  • Salhany, Canadian Criminal Procedure, 6th Edition
  • Clewley, McDermott and Young, Sentencing: The Practitioner’s Guide
  • Bloomenfeld and Harris, Youth Criminal Justice Act Manual
  • MacFarlane, Frater and Proulx, Drug Offences in Canada, 3rd Edition
  • Hill, Tanovich and Strezos, McWilliams’ Canadian Criminal Evidence, 4th Edition

Using CanLII to Identify Regulations Enabled Under a Particular Saskatchewan Statute (Tip of the Week)

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This week we are going to learn how to use CanLII to easily identify the regulations enabled under a particular act.  For example, I need to determine whether there are any regulations enabled under The Administration of Estates Act, SS 1998, c A-4.1. Read the rest of this entry »

The Man on the Criminal Omnibus: Amusing CPD Articles

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The Law Society Library has an extensive collection of useful and entertaining Continuing Professional Development and Saskatchewan Legal Education Society Inc. papers in our catalogue. Most papers include a link to the PDF full-text article. Here is an ‘amusing’ gem from 1985: “Amusements To The Criminal’s Code”.

Triple Your Speed! Read Whole Law Books in Mere Minutes!

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Have you heard about the new speed reading software now available? Applications like Spreeder and Spritz are designed to enable you to absorb texts much faster than your normal reading rate by flashing single words on your screen in sequence. According to Spreeder, “most readers have an average reading speed of 200 wpm, which is about as fast as they can read a passage out loud … however, it is entirely possible to read at a much greater speed, with much better reading comprehension, by silencing this inner voice. The solution is simple – absorb the reading material faster than that inner voice can keep up.”

While some people have reported success, others are skeptical – see comments by Vancouver Law Librarian, The Telegraph, and The Week.

Go ahead and try demos offered by Spreeder and Spritz. Try increasing the speed. See if this helps your reading and tell us what you think.

To Be or Not To Be A “Librarian”

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At the upcoming Canadian Association of Law Libraries conference, a panel (including our Director, Melanie Hodges Neufeld) are discussing the question of whether law librarians should still be called librarians. The session description states: This question has been in the air for a long time. The position of Law Librarian has evolved so much over the years that one must ask if the title truly represents the work we do. We still work with books but it has become a small part of our day-to-day reality. In any given day a “librarian”, may do training sessions, media and legislative alerts, legal research, competitive intelligence or business development. We also publish documents and manage websites and intranets. Does the title “librarian” still reflect these realities? If not, should we call ourselves information or knowledge specialists?  Take the quick survey below and also post clever (or not so clever) new titles in the comments section.