The Law Library is pleased to offer a research workshop on May 13. While the session is geared primarily to Research Assistants, graduating students and graduate students who want to improve their research skills are also welcome to attend.
The workshop will cover the following areas:
– Legislation & case law
– Journal indexes & articles
– Foreign, comparative and international law sources, Multidisciplinary resources
– Zotero bibliographic management service
Date: Wednesday, May 13
Time: 11 AM to 1 PM
Location: Room 2027
Refreshments will be served.
To reserve a spot send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to the labour disruption at York University, the Legal Citation Workshop scheduled for Wednesday March 4 has been postponed.
Brush up on your online searching skills!
The library is pleased to offer the following training sessions for upper year and graduate students:
- Westlaw: Wednesday, Feb. 25, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
- Quicklaw/LexisNexis: Monday, March 2, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
- CCH Online Wednesday March 18, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
All sessions will take place Room 2011.
To register email email@example.com, specifying which session/s you would like to attend.
The library is pleased to offer the following research sessions for upper year and graduate students:
1. Working with Case Law – January 21
2. Working with Legislation – January 28
3. Finding Journal Articles – February 4
4. Working with eBooks – February 11
5. Working with Legal Citation – March 4
6. Working with Zotero – March 11
All sessions will take place from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm in Room 2011.
To reserve a spot please email firstname.lastname@example.org indicating which number session/s you would like to attend.
York University Libraries will celebrate International Open Access Week from Oct. 20 to 26. Open Access Week is a global campaign that promotes open access as an ideal for the dissemination of scholarship and research. On Oct. 24, to reflect this year’s theme “Generation Open,” the libraries will host a movie screening and talk by Carys Craig, renowned copyright scholar and associate dean research and institutional relations at Osgoode Hall Law School.
Professor Craig shares the enthusiasm of the global campaign. “I’m delighted that York University Libraries is celebrating Open Access Week. This is truly one of the most important social movements of the digital age, and one in which universities like ours have a vital role to play.” Open Access Week serves to highlight the successful realization of viable and sustainable business models for open access scholarship, particularly in the science, technology and medicine disciplines, and also provides an opportunity to identify, discuss and address barriers to adoption. The ultimate goal is to ensure that publicly funded research is available to the public, and that all global citizens have equal and barrier-free access to the wealth of the educational commons, regardless of their economic means.
The Internet’s Own Boy is a documentary highlighting the extraordinary life of Aaron Swartz. A key author of the RSS standard at the age of 14, Swartz was also a tireless advocate against censorship, co-founding the Demand Progress organization, which successfully halted SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) legislation from coming into force. In the course of his pursuit of public access to academic research, Swartz was apprehended for a mass downloading attempt of JSTOR holdings. Facing excessive punitive charges from a regime determined to make an example of him, he took his own life.
The screening will be introduced by Prof Craig. “This powerful documentary is not just a tribute to Swartz’s life and legacy, but is also a call to action for all of us.” As author of Copyright, Communication & Culture: Towards a Relational Theory of Copyright Law (Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Press, 2011), Craig asks people to broaden their view of copyright beyond its tradition of possessive authorship to allow space for collective communication with the broader community with an eye for the greater public good. In her work, she calls on people to reimagine copyright and to correct the imbalance that Swartz fought to bring to the attention of the public sphere. Her insights will foster a nuanced and deeper appreciation for the causes Swartz so bravely hoped to further, highlighting the tragedy of his loss.
Road to Justice, a new exhibit which opens today in the Osgoode Library, documents the historical discriminatory treatment of Chinese Canadians and other immigrants of colour in Canada, the communities’ triumph over racism and the lessons Canadians can learn from history. The exhibit will be on display in the library until Friday, October 3, during regular library hours.
The travelling exhibit and its companion websites, Road to Justice/Chermin vers la Justice, were developed by the Metro Toronto Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic with the support of the federal Department of Immigration & Citizenship’s Community Historical Recognition Program and the Unifor (formerly CAW) Social Justice and Humanity Funds.
This legal history project is in part an investigation of the social values and politics that led to such shameful laws as the Chinese Exclusion Act (Immigration Act, 1923) and the various head taxes on Chinese, which – along with other federal, provincial and municipal statutes – created a body of law that was aimed at restricting the lives and activities of a single race of people.
Selected decisions in key court cases are also summarized. The second part of Road to Justice covers interviews and biographical sketches of some of the first Chinese Canadian lawyers, as well as key activists in the Redress Campaign who lobbied the Government of Canada for an apology for more than 60 years of legislated discrimination against them and their community.
These early laws were clearly discriminatory and they provide a stark contrast to the multiracial, multicultural Canada we share today with others from all parts of the world who have chosen this country as their home.
After the exhibit closes at Osgoode, it will move to Ryerson University in downtown Toronto, opening there on October 13.