Truth and Reconciliation/Orange Shirt Day: From Difficult Conversations to Amplifying Indigenous Voices

By Lynie Awywen Content Warning: The following contains potentially triggering subject matter and includes mentions of residential schools and violence against Indigenous peoples and children September 30th, 2022, marks the second year of the federal statutory holiday known as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (NDTR) in Canada. It also coincides with Orange Shirt Day.Continue reading “Truth and Reconciliation/Orange Shirt Day: From Difficult Conversations to Amplifying Indigenous Voices”

The Sunny Side (when available) of Mental Illness

By Stéphanie Pham-Dang I’m a reference librarian, because I like to connect with people. A colleague once compared me to sunlight. I’ve heard this before (see my first post). She watches me interacting, while she’s at the loan desk. She says I’m a circular conversationalist: patrons ask questions, I answer, then I ask them questions,Continue reading “The Sunny Side (when available) of Mental Illness”

NBU is One Year Old!

By Marcelo Rodríguez We did it! ¡Enhorabuena, Félicitations, Congratulations and Mazal tov! Our adventure called, Notes Between Us (NBU) is officially one year old. And the path to arrive here has truly been an adventure of learning from each other, collaborating and giving words to our thoughts and perspectives. Over the past year, we haveContinue reading “NBU is One Year Old!”

How Far Along Are You on That Anti-Racist Reading List?

By Lynie Awywen Black Lives Still Matter. It has been over two years since the untimely death of George Floyd, a Black man who died when Derek Chauvin, a Minneapolis police officer, knelt on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds. Months before, outrage erupted over the deaths of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.Continue reading “How Far Along Are You on That Anti-Racist Reading List?”

We Are Not History

By Mikayla Redden I hadn’t been in graduate school more than a month when I noticed something alarming about the Library of Congress (LoC) classification system—the alphanumeric system we, in academic libraries, use to organize our collections. Materials about Indigenous folks in Canada were mostly confined to the E’s. For any readers not familiar withContinue reading “We Are Not History”

The Singular They: Gender Inclusivity in Canadian Legal Writing and Style Guides

By Dominique Garingan Language is a product of culture, and it is known that the English language lacks a singular pronoun that signifies the non-specific he or she. Although at times unintentional, this singularity versus plurality of pronouns, coupled with gendered indicators, has helped entrench the binary perceptions of gender found in writing which weContinue reading “The Singular They: Gender Inclusivity in Canadian Legal Writing and Style Guides”

Public Law Librarianship in Action

By Caroline Nevin I’m now in my fourth year as CEO of what is almost certainly the largest independently-run public law library system in North America, Courthouse Libraries – BC. We operate law libraries inside 30 courthouses, providing an extensive list of virtual and in-person services to members of the legal community, intermediaries and publicContinue reading “Public Law Librarianship in Action”

“A few bad apples?” Investigating the Origins of the ‘Freedom Convoy’

By Mikayla Redden In January 2022, the Freedom Convoy, also known as Truckers for Freedom, caught the attention of Canadian media. The convoy was then thought to be organized by long-haul truck drivers, who were planning a large-scale convoy to the nation’s capital in protest of a federal mandate for these truckers to be vaccinatedContinue reading ““A few bad apples?” Investigating the Origins of the ‘Freedom Convoy’”

Some of My Best Friends Are Books

By Stéphanie Pham-Dang I have been an academic law librarian for over 11 years. I’m proudly born and raised in Montréal.  I studied law about 20 years ago mostly for the wrong reasons, obvious ones for immigrants of first and second generations. Of course, I got lost along the way…Yet those LL.B years were theContinue reading “Some of My Best Friends Are Books”