Calling All Summer RAs

April 28, 2017

Are you a Faculty of Law Summer Research Assistant? If yes, then please let us know. The Library has planned Research Instructional Sessions for you in order for your research projects to go as smoothly as possible.

These sessions take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays in May and June and they cover everything from inter-library loans, to copyright, to searching online databases.

Our first session will take place on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 12:30pm in the Library Training Room (Room P363). If you are unable to attend, please introduce yourself to one of the librarians (John Bolan, Sooin Kim, Alexia Loumankis) when you start working.

At this Orientation session, we will go over important information that you will need in order to do your research and use the Law Library over the summer, including:

  • Extending access to Quicklaw and WestlawNext
  • Borrowing on behalf of your Professor(s)
  • Photocopying, printing, and scanning in the Library and other administrative details
  • Copyright and Open Access

Throughout the summer, we will offer a series of lunch-time research instructional sessions for you on the following topics:

May 9               Orientation, Copyright, & Open Access
May 11*           Zotero citation tool (tentative date/time)
May 16             Books
May 18             Journals
May 23             Historical Databases with Professor Simon Stern
May 25             International and Human Rights
May 30             WestlawNext Canada
June 1              Lexis Advance Quicklaw
June 6              Cases
June 8              Legislation

The sessions will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 12:30pm-1:30pm in the Library training room (P363).

We encourage you to attend; reminders will be sent out in advance of each session.

If you have any questions about the Summer 2017 RA Library Research Instructional Program, please feel free to contact any one of us: John Bolan, Sooin Kim, or Alexia Loumankis.

*Photo of Torys Hall by Stephanie Coffey


So now what?

April 20, 2017

School’s out for summer: the last of the exams was written yesterday afternoon and 10:00am this morning was the deadline for written assignments.

But before you start studying for the bar ads or get busy with your summer job, relax and distract yourself with the following events around campus.

Check out the beautiful cherry blossoms at Robarts Library.

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You can also watch their progress on twitter by following #cherryblossom

You were probably too busy to participate in Canadian Film Day, but, don’t worry, you can borrow over 700 Canadian feature films from U of T’s Media Commons.

Continue your #ReconciliationResolution by visiting two new exhibits at Hart House that were created by faculty and students from U of T’s Department of History to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Committee’s Calls to Action and Canada’s 150th Anniversary celebrations. Canada by Treaty features historical maps, paintings, text, and archival photographs, while Words to Form – The Shape of Reconciliation is a proposed monument devoted to residential schools and the issue of reconciliation by student James Bird. (For more information about both exhibits, please see here.)

Take in some art at U of T’s Art Centre. It’s All Happening So Fast: A Counter-History of the Modern Canadian Environment is on from May 3 until mid-July.

Or catch a falling star at U of T’s Planetarium.

Whatever your next steps are — we wish you continued success and congratulate you on another positive and engaging year. We hope to see you soon!

 

*Photo courtesy of U of T.


New Books in the Library – March 2017

April 12, 2017

Below are just a few of our new books. Check out the entire March 2017 Acquisitions List to see all the new books in the Library.

 


E78 .C2 I66 2017
Title: Indigenous peoples and resource development in Canada / edited by Robert Bone, Robert Anderson
Publication info: Concord, Ontario : Captus Press, 2017.
Subject: Indigenous peoples–Canada–Economic conditions.
Subject: Natural resources–Canada.
Subject: Natural resources–Government policy–Canada.

 

Robots in Law: How Artificial Intelligence is Transforming Legal Services
K120 .G66 2016
Title: Robots in law : how artificial intelligence is transforming legal services / Joanna Goodman.
Publication info: London, United Kingdom : ARK Group, [2016]
Subject: Law offices–Automation.
Subject: Artificial intelligence.
Subject: Legal research–Data processing
Location: Reserves

 

 

 

 

KE1067 .I5 K45 2017
Title: Insider trading in Canada : a practical guide to the law / Norman Keith.
Edition: Second edition.
Publication info: Toronto, Ont. : LexisNexis Canada, 2017.
Subject: Insider trading in securities–Law and legislation–Canada.

 


Recent Tables of Contents – March 2017

April 4, 2017

The Advocate’s Quarterly – Volume 46 no. 3 (January 2017)

Canadian Criminal Law Review/Revue canadienne de droit pénal – Volume 22 no. 1 (February 2017)

Canadian Journal of Administrative Law and Practice/Revue canadienne de droit administratif et de pratique – Volume 30 no. 1 (March 2017)

Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence – Volume 30 no. 1 (February 2017)

Canadian Public Policy/Analyse de politiques – Volume 43 Supplement no. 1 (January 2017)

Journal of International Law and International Relations – Volume 12 no. 1 (Spring 2016)

University of Toronto Law Journal – Volume 67, no. 1 (Winter 2017)


March Madness

March 31, 2017

While the real March Madness will be decided on Monday (in April, go figure), around here the busyness is palpable. We’re just days away from exams starting and the library is alive with students reading, writing, and citing.

To support the students during this stressful time, we’ve revived our Relaxation Station, which includes novels, magazines, colouring, and puzzles. It’s now located in our copying and scanning area.

Relaxation Station

To help combat end-of-term stress, next week the law school will be hosting Doggy Day, whereby students can sign out a dog for a 30 minute walk around campus. It’s a popular activity around here, last year over 70 students signed up.

The Library’s extended hours continue until April 19, 2017. They are Monday – Friday, 8:45 am – 12 midnight and Saturday – Sunday, 10 am – 10 pm.

We wish students the best of luck with their final assignments, essays, and exams. And encourage them to get in touch with any questions.

Our Librarians are happy to help students with their research and citations. The Reference desk is staffed Monday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm, but students are welcome to consult with us outside of those hours. We can be contacted here.

Keep Calm

 


Can I Have Your Attention Please? 2017 Grafstein Lecture Reading List

March 20, 2017

On Thursday, March 23, 2017, Professor Tim Wu will be presenting the 2017 Grafstein Lecture in Communications on his book The Attention Merchants.

Professor Wu, an Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, teaches copyright, communications law and policy, antitrust, and more. He also acts as a policy advocate and has been a Senior Advisor of the Federal Trade Commission, Senior Enforcement Counsel and Special Advisor of the New York Attorney General’s Office, and a Special Advisor of the National Economic Council. Professor Wu’s latest book, The Attention Merchants, describes the evolution and rise of industries that “feed on human attention.”

All of Professor Wu’s books are available at U of T:

The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside our Heads

The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires

Who Controls the Internet? Illusions of a Borderless World (with Jack Goldsmith)

Including those for which he’s been a contributing author:

Securing Privacy in the Internet Age

Law and Economics with Chinese Characteristics: Institutions for Promoting Development in the Twenty-first Century

Constitution 3.0: Freedom and Technological Change

His academic articles can be found here.

And his popular writing can be found here.

Professor Wu recently discussed his new book on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin:

The Grafstein Annual Lecture in Communications was established by Senator Jerry S. Grafstein, QC, Class of 1958, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of his graduation from the Faculty of Law and the 10th anniversary of the graduation of his son, Laurence Grafstein and daughter-in-law, Rebecca Grafstein (nee Weatherhead), both from the Class of 1988.

Past speakers include Konrad von Finckenstein, Former Chairman of the CRTC and Justice of the Federal Court, and Lawrence Lessig, Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School. Webcasts, complete descriptions, or abstracts of past Grafstein Lectures can be found here.


New and Noteworthy – March 2017

March 14, 2017

#Research4Refugees Update:

The final report of the #Reseach4Refugees research-a-thon has been published. It questions the legality of Canada’s participation in the Safe Third Country Agreement as it violates both the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Canada’s international obligations.

Research Resources:

Climate Change and Law Collection (Brill)
This comprehensive collection of climate change and law documents contains original source, non-edited and non-redacted “grey literature” on climate change and the law, including corporate law, environmental law, and human rights law. Materials in the collection originate from a wide range of organizations in the public and private sector, institutions, and/or individuals, world-wide. (The Library is trialing this product; we welcome feedback about it.)

HeinOnline Update:

After completing trials of the following, the Library is now subscribing to HeinOnline’s Immigration Law & Policy and History of Supreme Court Nominations collections.

HeinOnline now features a large number of provincial statutes in their Provincial Statutes of Canada collection. Current, revised, and historical content is available for Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Ontario. Historical and revised content only is available for Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Saskatchewan.

Stay dry:

While it may still feel like Winter, Spring and its eponymous showers are just a week away. As such, the Library now lends umbrellas. They can be signed out for 24 hours from the Circulation Desk.

Extended hours:

With exams soon upon us, the Library’s extended hours begin on March 20, 2017. For more information, please see here.

And now for something completely different …

If you’ve ever ordered an item from U of T’s Downsview storage facility, you probably didn’t think twice about it as the item was seamlessly and quickly delivered to St. George campus. Well, as this video shows us, it’s worth thinking twice about.