Author Archives: Susannah Tredwell

Sanitizing Library Books

As libraries reopen, one concern is how to deal with books that have been returned by patrons. The Australian Library and Information Association is recommending the following:

“For paper-based products, …

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Providing Library Services From Home

Many people have spent the last three months working from home. While most librarians had experience providing services to clients who were working remotely, it was a different situation when …

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Finding Government of Canada Publications

One of the challenges of the last few months has been accessing materials that my library does not own. With the majority of libraries being closed, we have not been …

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Know the Difference Between Consolidated Acts and Annual Acts

One question that comes up on a regular basis is “why can’t I find a copy of this act on CanLII?” 

One possibility is that the act is an annual …

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Finding Historical Federal Committee Information

LegisInfo provides committee information (e.g. the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology) back to the 35th Parliament, 1st Session (1994). 

However if you need to research parliamentary committees prior …

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Use Sessional Clippings Books for BC Legislative Research

British Columbia’s Hansard (the transcripts of the Legislative Assembly) was not published until 1970, making researching the intent behind a piece of pre-1970 legislation challenging.

Happily for researchers, the BC …

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Use Keyword Alerts on Quickscribe

My apologies to readers: this search tip is very BC-specific!

Quickscribe has recently added a useful new feature that allows you to set up an alert to notify you when …

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Finding Annual BC Statutes

A holiday treat for those of us who carry out British Columbia legal research: BC Laws has just added historical BC annual statutes dating back to 1858. You can find …

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Finding Federal Orders in Council

Thanks to Jason Wong of McCarthy Tétrault LLP for the inspiration for this tip.

The Privy Council Office has created an online database that allows users to search for federal …

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Finding Information About Private Acts

“Private acts” are acts that are passed to deal specifically with the private interests of a person, company, or organization; for example the Acme Assurance Company Incorporation Act, S.C. …

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