Calgary Law Library Group

October 2015

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Membership in CLLG

October 22, 2015

Yes, it’s that time of year!  It’s time to renew your CLLG membership for the 2015/2016 membership year.  To make it easier, you can now renew your membership online using the General Membership form and pay for your membership online via Paypal.  You may pay using a PayPal account (if you have one) or with a major credit card.  Note, that when using a credit card to pay for your membership, the billing information entered must match that of your credit card.

A free membership is offered to students enrolled in an MLS or Library Technician program.  Students, please use the Student Membership form to become a CLLG member.

Not a member? Consider joining CLLG.  Find out more about the value of a CLLG membership.

Thomson Reuters and IBM to Collaborate on Watson Cognitive Solutions

October 21, 2015

Annamarie of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt, thought the membership might be interested in this post from the Dewey B Strategic Blog.  Interesting to see where legal research might go and Thomson Reuters’ role in that process.

I would also like to say that in general I really enjoy following the Dewey B. Strategic Blog, a blog on “risk, value, strategy, libraries, knowledge and the legal profession”.  Jane O’Grady, the author of the blog, always provides interesting and thought provoking posts.

Open Access Open Mic Night

October 14, 2015

Are you a part of the Calgary library community?  Come share your experiences with Open Access and hear what others have to say!

Sign up for a 2-minute lightning talk onsite or just come and listen.

Tuesday, October 20 from 6-9 p.m.
Joyce on 4th – 506 24th Avenue SW (basement)

This is a free event and registration is not required.

Upcoming CLLG Vendor’s Forum

October 13, 2015

When: Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Time: 11:45am – 1:30pm

Where: Calgary Public Library, Central Branch
Lower Floor Meeting Room
616 Macleod Trail, SE

RSVP: heather.wylie@gov.ab.ca

Lunch will be provided!

Eugene Meehan on Librarians

October 8, 2015 / Leave a comment

Our library distributes the Supreme Advocacy Newsletter to lawyers in our firm.  The newsletter, in addition to being fun and interesting, keeps the reader up-to-date with the latest SCC decisions and Leaves to Appeal.  Today’s issue was particularly interesting to me where under the ‘Last Words’ section of the newsletter, Mr. Meehan writes on the importance of librarians.  As a lawyer and researcher he knows that library services are “extremely important” and that what librarians do are “super important”!

He then asks Linda Boss, the librarian at a firm that he had once worked in, to write down her 7 Tips for lawyers (or anyone else!) who require information.  He particularly agrees with Tip #1.  I think Linda was right on with all of her 7 tips.  Thanks Eugene & Linda!

Here are Linda’s 7 Tips:

  1. Make your librarian your friend if you are fortunate enough to have one. He/she is often faster and more cost effective at locating what you need than a student. Students often come straight to us.
  2. Librarians are curators, managers, evaluators and navigators of electronic & print sources/collections. Not everything is online and not all sources are reputable. We are the shortcut.
  3. Librarians really want to assist with your research/request for information.  Please allow reasonable notice to complete the task.
  4. Provide the details of what you require, not the source you think it is in. The information needed is often in many sources, some of which our firm may already have.
  5. Your librarian/information specialist has connections—and can obtain or borrow materials your office doesn’t have.
  6. Functions performed by libraries (and librarians) are still needed but the stereotype must change from the idea of physical buildings and books to the idea of librarians supporting and assisting in the process of using information and transforming it into knowledge.
  7. And last, sign out your materials. Sometimes we can guess who has the item needed—and go looking—but not always and we know you need this urgently.

Million Short search engine

October 8, 2015 / Leave a comment

Have you ever wondered what lies beyond the first page of search results in Google?  We’ve all heard of the research indicating most users generally do not browse beyond the first page or two of search engine results.  Information professionals may go a bit further by viewing up to the forth or fifth page.

The Million Short search engine (in beta) allows you to quickly remove up to the first one million results.  You can also filter results by removing e-commerce sites and those that feature advertising or chat.  This may allow you to discover previously hidden but relevant material.

The company behind the search engine is Canadian and based out of Toronto.  They presented at the WebSearch University conference in September.  Their team is extremely interested in obtaining feedback from the information professional community on improving the search engine and adding new features.

So go ahead, try it out, and discover “What haven’t you found?”.


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