The Vancouver Association of Law Libraries has announced that it’s now accepting applications for this year’s Peter Bark Professional Development Bursary. The bursary can be used to financially support VALL members in attending library conferences or other library-related workshops or professional development activities.
The bursary is named in honour of Peter Bark, a lawyer, legal researcher, and librarian at Lang Michener Lawrence & Shaw. He died in 1990 at the young age of 35 after a lengthy illness. From his obituary in the Advocate:
“Peter was a leader in his field of law librarianship. He was active in several professional organizations. Peter served on the executive committee of the British Columbia Library Association and chaired several committees for the Canadian Association of Law Libraries. Peter felt that a more local organization of a formal nature would be beneficial to law librarians in the Vancouver area. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Vancouver Association of Law Libraries in 1988 and was the program coordinator for the first year”.
The chosen applicant(s) will receive or share up to $1,500 and report back to VALL on their conference activities. Last year’s winners used the bursary to attend the SLA and ACCESS conferences.
Applications are due March 1, 2015. See the notice for complete details.