Gopher law? The trials and tribulations of choosing a name for your blog

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The Law Library staff have been hard at work burning the midnight oil and brainstorming blog names recently.  We wanted to create a name that stood out and reflected our brand. More importantly, we wanted to select a unique name that represented who we are and what we do here at the library.    Putting our heads together and thinking creatively, we took a vote and decided to call this blog Legal Sourcery.  Legal Sourcery is the expertise and capability we bring to legal research.  It represents the multitude of legal resources we provide and the skills we use to wade through these resources.

Here are a few of the other interesting and witty names we thought of that didn’t quite make the cut.

  • Gopher Law (Go-For-Law)
  • Focus
  • Synthesis
  • Outlaws
  • Collawboration
  • Pipeline
  • Lawsters
  • Lawgistics
  • Lawstronauts
  • Lawly Pop
  • Legal Plains
  • The Silo
  • The Sly-brary
  • Wind Chill

What do you think of the other blog names we thought of?  Did we make the right decision? Let us know what you think

Saskatchewan Case Law on CanLII

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With the support of the Law Foundation and the Saskatchewan History Online program, the Law Society is working to substantially increase the coverage of Saskatchewan case law on CanLII. CanLII’s current Saskatchewan coverage is to 1994 for Court of Appeal cases, to 2001 for Court of Queen’s Bench cases, and to 2001 for Provincial Court cases. In the next year, our goal is to add approximately 15,000 – 20,000 cases to CanLII, providing as nearly a complete record as possible of Saskatchewan decisions back to 1909. Stayed tuned for more information on the progress of this project in the upcoming months.

Blinding Speed (Throwback Thursday)

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We found the diagram below in a 1984 Law Society of Saskatchewan Continuing Legal Education paper (“Computer Primer” by Leigh Webber published in You And The Computer).  The “blinding speed” as mentioned in the diagram would most likely be an Intel 80286 chip with a 6 MHz clock rate used in IBM PC AT rolled out in August 1984.  Today’s 4th generation Core i7 processor clocking at 3.4 GHz will be roughly 600 times faster than the “blinding speed” back in 1984.

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Welcome to Our Blog!

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Legal resources are what the Law Society Library provides, but “Legal Sourcery” is the expertise we use to help you navigate through the jumble of options.   Follow our blog for useful legal research tricks, interesting legal research news and what’s happening at the Library.


CPD Opportunity

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The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) offers one webinar a month in the area of legal research.  The webinars are generally 1.5 hours and cost $67.80 each webinar.  Please visit the CALL website for more information.  The next webinar is on Thursday, March 20, 2014 titled “Civil Procedure 101 – An Overview for Legal Information Professionals: Legal Research and Knowledge Management Support of a Litigation Practice“.

This webinar, aimed at legal information professionals, will provide an overview of the litigation process. The goal will be to explain the various elements of a lawsuit and show the various ways that legal research and knowledge management impact – and are affected by – litigation.

Questions / topics to be covered will include:

  • What are law students taught in law school about civil procedure?
  • What 5 things every information professional need to know about litigation?
  • What is the difference between an action and an application?
  • When do you sue in Federal court versus suing in a provincial superior court?
  • What are the best sources of research for each stage of a lawsuit?
  • How can information professionals best guarantee their value to the litigators within their organization?
  • What are the alternatives to litigation?
  • How can you best apply knowledge management to a litigation practice?
  • What is the role of project management in litigation?

Attendees will be provided a detailed, annotated research pathfinder for supporting legal research and knowledge management in the litigation context.