Calgary Law Library Group

June 2015

09 Jun 2015 7:06 AM | Anonymous

Alberta Law Libraries (ALL) Update

June 30, 2015

Posted on behalf of Sonia Poulin, Director, Alberta Law Libraries

The Alberta Law Libraries Review Committee has been established to consider options and provide strategic advice and recommendations regarding:

  • The purpose and scope of legal information and research service delivery in support of the administration of justice, competency of the legal profession and access to justice;
  • Governance, funding and operation model for Alberta Law Libraries.

All of our funders (Government of Alberta, Alberta Law Foundation, Law Society of Alberta) and client stakeholders (judiciary, Alberta Criminal Prosecution Services, Alberta government lawyers, members of the Bar, members of the public) have representation at the table for this review. An independent consultant, Mary Gibson of Mary Gibson Consulting Inc., has been contracted to coordinate and facilitate the process.

The project entails gathering stakeholder needs and perspectives, conducting a jurisdiction scan and identifying emerging best practices with respect to the governance, funding and operations of Alberta Law Libraries.

The final report with recommendations is due to the Assistant Deputy Minister of Resolution & Court Administration Services, Justice & Solicitor General, Lynn Varty, on September 1, 2015.

Consultations with all stakeholders are under way, via interviews, focus groups, and online surveys. This process includes a number of law librarians (firms, universities) in our legal information community in Alberta, who have already been contacted about their participation.

If you have questions or would like further information about the review, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.

Law Librarian Cited by U.S. Supreme Court

June 25, 2015

Re-posting from a colleague via the SLA list-serv:

In its Obamacare related decision issued today [about], King v. Burwell, The Supreme Court of the United States cites Drexel University Law Librarian John Cannan.  Specifically, his article from the Law Library Journal: “A Legislative History of the Affordable Care Act: How Legislative Procedure Shapes Legislative History,” 105 Law Libr. J. 131 (2013).

Here is the citing text from Chief Justice Robert’s majority opinion:

“The Affordable Care Act contains more than a few examples of inartful drafting. (To cite just one, the Act creates three separate Section 1563s. See 124 Stat. 270, 911, 912.) Several features of the Act’s passage contributed to that unfortunate reality. Congress wrote key parts of the Act behind closed doors, rather than through “the traditional legislative process.” Cannan, A Legislative History of the Affordable Care Act: How Legislative Procedure Shapes Legislative History, 105 L. Lib. J. 131, 163 (2013). And Congress passed much of the Act using a complicated budgetary procedure known as “reconciliation,” which limited opportunities for debate and amendment, and bypassed the Senate’s normal 60–vote filibuster requirement. Id., at 159–167. As a result, the Act does not reflect the type of care and deliberation that one might expect of such significant legislation. Cf. Frankfurter, Some Reflections on the Reading of Statutes, 47 Colum. L.Rev. 527, 545 (1947) (describing a cartoon “in which a senator tells his colleagues ‘I admit this new bill is too complicated to understand. We’ll just have to pass it to find out what it means.’ ”).”

King v. Burwell, No. 14-114, 2015 WL 2473448, at *11 (U.S. June 25, 2015)

To quote the original message: “To have a law librarian and the Law Library Journal cited in a U.S. Supreme Court opinion is a triumph for law librarians everywhere!”

The Future of Legal Research

June 19, 2015

I’ve been hearing numerous ROSS mentions of late, and in case you haven’t heard about this “super intelligent attorney,” let me introduce you.

Meet ROSS.

Developed by students at the University of Toronto, ROSS is built upon Watson, the AI computer system designed by IBM. In this 2014 Globe and Mail article, ROSS was described by it’s co-founder as “the best legal researcher available.”

What do you think of ROSS and the implications for law librarians?

CALL for volunteers at CBA Legal Conference

June 16, 2015

Shaunna Mireau is coordinating the CALL/ACBD booth at the CBA Legal Conference running August 14-16, 2015 in Calgary. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Shaunna directly at or 780-423-7682.

Updated CLLG Membership Directory

June 16, 2015

The CLLG Membership Directory (June 2015) has been updated and is available on the Members Only Section of the CLLG website. This will be the last update to the directory until a new executive is elected at the AGM on June 24. Have you RSVP’d yet?

Advocacy for Libraries: Volunteer Opportunity

June 9, 2015

Evidence for Democracy has a current opportunity for an engaged volunteer to help with the following project as posted today on the CALL listserv:

We are preparing to release a report and website entitled True North Smart and Free, which will serve as a comprehensive resource for the changes to science and evidence in Canada since the early 2000s. The interactive and engaging website shares stories of lab closures, library closures, funding cuts, decisions that ignore evidence, and many more.

We are looking for volunteers to assist in fact-checking these stories prior to the public launch of the site. If you or any of your colleagues or students might be interested in being involved, please let me know. The time commitment would be flexible, ranging from 5-10h per person on a one-time basis.

Thanks for your time, and for contributing your expertise!

Alana Westwood
Research Coordinator, Evidence for Democracy

Job Posting – Senior Librarian – Torys LLP (Toronto)

June 4, 2015

Details for this opportunity are on the Torys LLP website.

Invitation to Attend the 2015 AGM

June 4, 2015

The CLLG Annual General Meeting is coming up. Details are as follows:

When: Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Where: Caffe Artigiano, Centrium, 100 – 332 6th Ave. SW
Time: 5 – 7 pm
Cost: $10 (members) / $15 (non-members)
RSVP: To Christy Mackinnon by Friday, June 19, 2015 (please alert her of any food allergies)

Appetizers and drinks will be served! Will you be there?

Library as Platform

June 3, 2015

Library Journal has an excellent archive of articles discussing the future of libraries.

A 2012 article by David Weinberger, Library as Platform, argues we should think of libraries like Facebook:

“One aim of this switch is to think of a library not as a portal we go through on occasion, but as infrastructure that is as ubiquitous and persistent as the streets and sidewalks of a town, or the classrooms and yards of a university. Think of the library as co-extensive with the geographic area it serves, like a canopy, or as we say these days, like a cloud.”

Updated CLLG Membership Directory

June 2, 2015

The CLLG Membership Directory (May 2015) has been updated and is available on the Members Only Section of the CLLG website. The membership directory ensures that you have the most up-to-date contact information for all CLLG members and is one of the benefits of membership. Have you joined? Are you a member?


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