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    November 6th, 2009

    ♫ Feel in my heart
    the start of something new…♫

    Lyrics and music by: Matthew Gerrard & Robbie Nevil, from High School Musical.

    The BC Courthouse Library Society is launching their new website today ( which should be ‘live’ shortly (the old site is still there as this is posted).

    The new site certainly fulfills their Strategic Direction as set out on their site:

    Provision of Legal Information, Products, and Services to Members of the Legal Community:


  • To understand the changing practice of members of the legal community and how they obtain and use legal information.
  • To design products and services in consultation with members of the legal community to meet their needs and improve the quality of our service.
  • To optimize access and services for members of the legal community outside the Lower Mainland and Victoria.

    This is certainly not your standard library research website. Johanne Blenkin, Mandy Ostick and their team deserve full credit for their ‘out of the box’ thinking and creativity. There is a blog included as part of the site (called “The Stream”), a “New and Notable” section that can be organized by practice areas and “Practice Portals” (presently Civil Litigation, Family Law, Personal Injury, Practice Management & Technology and Wills & Estates) that recommend books, publications and news in these specific areas (which I expect will be expanded shortly).

    The Search function is customizable (you can search everything or search specific areas such as BC Proclamations or News Archive or any combo of the 10 sources presently listed). If you wish, you *could* just search the library catalogue, but with the wealth of resources on their site, why would you? Chances are your search will be much more valuable by looking at the additional resources that Mandy and her team have built.

    You can save your searches (after logging in) to save time if you continually look for information on specific topics. There are subject guides to aid in your starting out researching in such subjects as Federal Legislation or Pleadings or Costs and other 4 areas listed along with “How To” guides and video tutorials.

    Hats off to the BC Courthouse Society for moving legal research and law libraries a quantum leap forward in terms of web site design, functionality and appeal. I feel in my heart that this is truly the start of something new…

    This entry was posted on Friday, November 6th, 2009 at 12:31 pm and is filed under Law Firm Strategy. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
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