Calgary Law Library Group

  • 13 Jun 2018 1:38 PM | Anonymous

    As a leading full service Canadian law firm, with over 120 lawyers skilled in virtually every aspect of business law and litigation, Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP (BDP) thrives on the belief that every member of the firm forms an integral part in the delivery of service to clients. To continue providing first-rate service, we are looking for a Research Specialist to join our fast-paced team.

    Research Specialist (Full-Time)

    Reports To:
    Director, Information Management

    Duties and Responsibilities:
    Under the general supervision of the Director, Information Management the role provides support to the various areas of the Library including research and knowledge gathering. The position is responsible for learning and research assistance and liaison services to support the firm's users.

    In accordance with the Management Policies of Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP, the Research Specialist has the responsibility to complete the following duties:

    • Conduct research using commercial databases and legal research application;
    • Conduct in-depth legal and business research to support lawyers, students and staff;
    • Participate in collection development by recommending and evaluating print and electronic resources to be added or withdrawn from the collection;
    • Track legislative, case law and industry developments;
    • Provide assistance and guidance in the use of the libraries’ collection, website, online catalogues and external databases;
    • Supports communications activities that utilize the intranet and other internal communications tools in building firm engagement;
    • Perform current awareness monitoring, analyzing the results and provide information to lawyers;
    • Other duties as required.

    Education & Qualifications:

    • Formal Library education , or equivalent combination of education and experience;
    • 2-3 years of experience providing research and reference in a law firm or corporate environment. Law firm experience is strongly preferred;
    • Possess strong time management skills;
    • Be described as energetic and have the ability to work under pressure;
    • Intermediate to advanced research skills;
    • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively;
    • Flexible, open and energetic team player;
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

    Required Skills & Personality Traits for Success:

    • Ability to prepare reports, executive summaries, and other correspondence necessary to communicate research results to all levels of management;
    • Proficiency with legal titles, legal research resources, library technologies, including software and products used for communication, research and knowledge sharing;
    • Demonstrate strong attention to detail, excellent problem-solving and communication skills, as well as a strong client focus;
    • Excellent analytical, organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and a customer-service orientation are essential;
    • Knowledge of library and information science principles, practices, procedures and trends.

    Do you have what it takes to succeed in this position?  Are you the right fit with our team?  If so, please forward your resume with the subject line "Research Specialist" by June 22, 2018 to:

    Please note that, due to the volume of applications we receive only successful candidates will be contacted.

  • 27 Apr 2018 1:40 PM | Anonymous
    Before you head off to enjoy some patio weather this Friday, check out these two articles that touch on the issue of library costs from two different angles.

    Library Journal has just released the results of their 2018 Periodicals Price Survey.  This annual survey provides an analysis of the library journals environment in the US, but Canadian libraries may still find the data and commentary useful. 

    If anyone currently uses or is contemplating subscribing to products like Practical Law or Lexis Practice Advisor, check out Jean O'Grady's piece on trying to measure ROI for these products.

  • 01 Feb 2018 11:34 AM | Anonymous

    Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has just launched their new national union catalogue, Voilà, hosted on the OCLC website.  The new catalogue offers an intuitive interface and modern features.

    LAC has been working with OCLC to implement a leading-edge library management system to replace AMICUS.  The launch of Voilà marks the completion of the migration of AMICUS holdings to OCLC.  LAC will begin adding their own records later in 2018.

    To find out more about LAC's new library management system and partnership with OCLC, check out the following links:

  • 22 Jan 2018 3:36 PM | Anonymous

    It is that time of year again.  The CLLG Education Grant Committee is now ready to accept applications for the 2017-2018 Education Grant.  

    Review the grant guidelines and apply online from the CLLG Awards & Grants webpage.  The deadline for applications is Feb. 16th, 2018.

    This is a great opportunity for assistance to further your professional development.

    If you have any questions about the grant, contact the Education Grant Committee.

  • 22 Jan 2018 9:34 AM | Anonymous

    Alberta Law Libraries has two vacancies (one Permanent and one Temporary) for a Law Librarian in Calgary at the Calgary Courts Centre.

    The closing date for applications is Monday, January 29, 2018

    The full job description (Job ID 1046866) and online application process are available at

  • 30 Oct 2017 12:55 PM | Anonymous

    Alberta Law Libraries has two temporary vacancies for a Law Librarian: one in Edmonton, based in the Edmonton Law Courts, Legal Research and Training Centre (LRTC) as well as one in Calgary, at the Calgary Courts Centre.

    The closing date for applications is Thursday, November 2

    The full job description (Job ID 1045616) and online application process is available at

  • 20 Oct 2017 9:02 AM | Anonymous

    Library Journal has released the results of their 2017 Placements & Salaries Survey (2016 data).  This is a survey of American MLIS graduates highlighting salary ranges & demographics and discussing some of the trends seen in the new generation of information professionals.

    Food for thought:  How does this US snapshot compare to the Canadian MLIS experience?

  • 12 Oct 2017 9:22 AM | Anonymous

    The Canadian Bar Association – Alberta Branch, Research Lawyers section has invited CLLG to join them on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 from 12-1pm for a panel presentation on Sole Source Databases: Lexis Advance Quicklaw or Westlaw Next Canada. Deadline to register for the event is November 8th, 2017. For more information, or to register for the event, please visit the event page.

  • 05 Oct 2017 3:32 PM | Anonymous

    Nadine Hoffman was the 2016-2017 recipient of the CLLG Education Grant.  She used the grant to attend the International Congress on Arctic Social Sciences in Umea, Sweden this past June where she presented her paper "Effective Indigenous Terminology in Canadian Legal Research for the Arctic".

    Check out her report of the experience.

  • 20 Sep 2017 7:26 AM | Anonymous

    The CLLG business meeting will be held on Oct. 5 from 12 - 1:30 pm at

    Alberta Law Libraries
    501N - 601 5 Street SW

    General members are welcome to attend but please RSVP to the Program Committee (


The Calgary Law Library Group (CLLG) is a community of members working in or associated with law libraries. CLLG is made up of a number of committees to address specific topics relating to the practice of law librarianship.



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