Shaunna Mireau on Canadian Legal Research

Tips on Canadian legal research from the Library at Field LLP.
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March 24, 2009

Ada Lovelace Day - Cynthia Beuselinck

It wasn't very difficult to come up with female technology role models for Ada Lovelace Day. The difficulty for me was paring my list down to one person. Since I am sure that others will be writing about some of my favourite folks (Connie, Sabrina, and too many others to mention). I decided to write about someone who stays just a little under the usual radar.

Cynthia Beuselinck
, a long time members of the Alberta Association of Library Technicians, is definitely an inspiration to my interest in technology. In 1994, Cynthia developed a team, and the first AALT website. Working as a Library Technician for the Calgary Board of Education in a technology role, she undertook to learn HTML when most others in our organization had not heard of it, weren't connected to the web, and had no idea of the impact that it would have on our professional, and personal lives.

Cynthia continues to inspire library techs in Alberta by thinking and working outside the box. Recognizing a market need for technology training, and her own entreprenurial skills, she founded Inet Toolbox. Cynthia continues to inspire others through seminars, conference presentations, and mentoring in the Alberta library community.

Thanks for the kick in the pants Cyn. I will continue to try and keep up.

Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of blogging to draw attention to women excelling in technology.

Women’s contributions often go unacknowledged, their innovations seldom mentioned, their faces rarely recognised. We want you to tell the world about these unsung heroines. Entrepreneurs, innovators, sysadmins, programmers, designers, games developers, hardware experts, tech journalists, tech consultants. The list of tech-related careers is endless.

To see a list of all Ada Lovelace Day 2009 blog posts worldwide, see:


March 18, 2009

Survey on McGill Guide citations for the 7th edition

Hat Tip to Vancouver Law Library Blog and Library Boy for the alert about the McGill Guide (Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation) survey.

The editors of the Guide are asking for user input for the 7th edition. Please help them out.

(Cross Posted to the ELLA Blog)

March 06, 2009

Glad to be in the Canadian legal services industry

Friday's are for number crunching. A fast browse through the Layoff Tracker at Law Shucks paints a pretty dismal picture for those in the US (and some UK) legal services industry. These are the reported numbers - there are probably more layoffs that are not quite so public.

staff lawyers month totals
31-Jan-09 846 694 1540
28-Feb-09 1604 1084 2688
6-Mar-09 809 371 1180
YTD 3259 2149

My heartfelt best wishes go out to all those in the breadline.