WestPac 2009October 8-10, Victoria BC



Thursday October 8

Registration 12:00 - 6:00 at the Inn at Laurel Point.

Opening Reception 6:30 - 8:30
The reception will be at the Legacy Art Gallery and Café, 630 Yates Street, Victoria. Following the welcome remarks and opening of the conference, enjoy catered appetizers, a Ted Harrison art exhibition, and the giift shop. Following the reception delegates can enjoy restaurants, pubs, and other entertainment in downtown Victoria.

Friday October 9

Breakfast and Registration 7:30 - 9:00

Canadian Law 9:00 - 10:00
Professor John Davis, Faculty of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School

Ever popular with WestPac audiences, John Davis will take us through an overview of Canadian law, past and present.

Break 10:00 - 10:15

Services for legal community and the public of British Columbia 10:15 - 11:45
BC Courthouse Library Society. Speakers: Mandy Ostick  (More Than Books); Janet Freeman (Law Matters); Drew Jackson (ClickLaw)

The BC Courthouse Library Society has drawn on US public law library practices to lay the basis of an outstanding resource for the Bench, Bar, and Public of the Province. Going beyond the traditional idea of the law library, the Society has lobbied for important roles in new legal services initiatives, and has delivered excellent results based on the superb (if sometimes overlooked) skillsets of their librarians. Their presentation at WestPac will highlight the new directions that the Society has taken, directions that will be of strong interest to US librarians who work in or with Public Law Libraries. The presentation will include:

Lunch and WestPac Business Meeting 12:00 - 1:30

Cancellations: Stories from the Chopping Block 1:30 - 3:00
Kara Phillips & Barbara Swatt Engstrom (Moderators); Ilona Tsutsui and Ann Nez (Speakers)

In times of budget uncertainties and inflationary pressures, cancellations are on the rise. In this presentation, our experts will discuss the cancellation process from beginning to end.  We will analyze the selection and collection development aspects, including identifying titles, negotiating and seeking input from constituencies, tracking the budget, and monitoring impacts on curriculum and research.  Then we will cover the nuts and bolts of cancellations from instituting tracking mechanisms and maintaining documentation to monitoring credits and returning material.  We will conclude with a town hall session soliciting questions and input from the audience to facilitate collaborative learning and best practices on the cancellation process.

Break 3:00 - 3:15

Tour of the Legislative Assembly British Columbia and the Legislative Library 3:15 - 4:30
British Columbia Legislative Library

The entirety of Vancouver Island, including Victoria, was leased to the Hudson’s Bay Company in the mid 19th century. By 1866, Vancouver Island was part of the Colony of British Columbia which joined Canadian Confederation in 1871. The Legislative Assembly buildings in Victoria were officially opened in 1898. The Library was founded in 1863 and focuses its services on legislative clientele.

Friday Banquet 6:00 - 8:00

We will host a banquet dinner in the Terrace Room at the Inn at Laurel Point. The Terrace Room is a large glass walled atrium overlooking lush Japanese gardens, a waterfall, a saltwater pond, and Victoria's bustling Harbour. It will be the perfect location for us to enjoy a Canadian Thanksgiving- inspired dinner!

Saturday October 10

Breakfast and Registration 7:30 - 9:00

The Northwest Passage and International Law: Boundary Issues 9:00 - 10:00
Professor Ted McDorman, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria.

Professor McDorman joined the Faculty of Law in 1985. His teaching areas include public international law, international trade law, international ocean and environmental law, and private international law (conflicts of law). He has over 100 publications in the areas of ocean law and policy, international trade law and comparative constitutional law. Recent publications include: Salt Water Neighbors: International Ocean Law Relations between the United States and Canada (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2009), Canada’s offshore: Jurisdiction, rights and management (Victoria, BC: Trafford Publishing, 2006), and “Arctic Trade Routes: North Sea Route and Northwest Passage” (Transportation Research Board of the National Academics, 86th Annual meeting, 2007). Since 2000, he has been the editor-in-chief of Ocean Development and International Law: The Journal of Marine Affairs.

Break 10:00 - 10:15

Poster Session 10:15 - 11:30
Opportunity and Change: Technology in Law Libraries

Law Libraries contend with conflicting influences on their technology policies. Access to legal information is considered fundamental to civil society at the same time that the security of legal institutions and personal legal information is a growing concern. What technology has your library used to bridge the gap?

Wrap-up, Concluding Remarks, Thank-yous, and Evaluations 11:30 - 11:45

Diana M. Priestly Law Library Tour 12:30 - 4:00

The Diana M. Priestly Law Library at the University of Victoria is undergoing extensive renovations. The Library will be re-opening near the end of the month. Get an early look at the new space and an introduction to the project from the Law Librarians. There will be refreshments before the tour, and following there will be a chance to visit more of the campus, and Oak Bay if there is interest. Be ready to leave the Hotel at 12:30. For more information see the Renovation Website.