Calgary Law Library Group

  • 07 Sep 2016 2:34 PM | Anonymous

    Do you want to work for one of Alberta’s Top 70 Employers?  The Bennett Jones LLP Calgary office has an immediate opening for a Law Librarian.

    For more details, please visit the Bennett Jones careers web page.

  • 06 Sep 2016 2:13 PM | Anonymous

    Recently, in a LESA guest blog, the Honourable J.E. Côté, wrote about why lawyers still need textbooks and what to look for in order to determine which texts are suitable.   He makes the following comments, which I firmly agree with:

    1.         we still need textbooks as 70% of legal textbooks are not available online anywhere

    2.         the most common error lawyers (and students) make when they research law is to plunge immediately into finding case law or legislation.  Lawyers, he says, “should start by finding some published discussion of the topic, even if only for general principles and background. Often a textbook will help in many ways”.

    3.         a serious law firm needs some legal textbooks.  “A law office without texts is not a firm of lawyers; it is a collection of notaries public”.

    Buying the latest editions of all the textbooks on offer is not possible for most firms.  So, how should you choose the most suitable ones?

  • 31 Aug 2016 2:35 PM | Anonymous

    University of Victoria Libraries has started a support fund to help the Wood Buffalo Regional Library replace material that needs to be disposed of due to the summer wildfire.  Although the library was not directly damaged by the fire, it must still remove several thousand items from its collection as well as material that was out on loan due to the possibility of contaminates.

    A fundraising page has been set up through with just under $500 raised so far.  Please consider making a donation and spread the word within the local library community.

  • 13 Jul 2016 2:37 PM | Anonymous

    Government of Alberta
    Justice and Solicitor General
    Alberta Law Libraries
    Job Title: Law Library Technician
    Full/Part Time: Full Time
    Regular/Temporary: Regular
    Location: 1 FT position in Calgary (Job ID 1037040) and 1 FT position in Edmonton (Job ID 1037031)

    Note: Please apply to the position location you are interested in. If you wish to apply for the position in either location, please apply to both postings separately, submitting one complete application package for Edmonton and another for Calgary.


    Are you a dynamic, innovative person with a passion for delivering the best client experience? If so, Alberta Law Libraries has an opening for one full-time permanent Law Library Technician position in Edmonton and one full-time permanent position in Calgary.

    As a Law Library Technician, you will:

    • Deliver circulation services, complete document delivery requests, facilitate inter-library loans, and provide legal and non-legal reference assistance using both print and electronic resources
    • Participate in the delivery of current awareness services to Alberta Law Libraries’ clients.
    • Provide assistance and guidance in the use of the libraries’ collection, website, online catalogues and external databases.
    • Contribute to the maintenance of the Alberta Law Libraries’ collections through a range of technical activities.

    The ideal candidate will:

    • Have knowledge of library and information science principles, practices, procedures and trends.
    • Be skilled in using automated library systems.
    • Be detail-oriented.
    • Be proficient in utilizing legal print and online databases.
    • Possess strong time management skills.
    • Be described as energetic and have the ability to work under pressure.
    • Have excellent analytical, organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, and a customer-service orientation are essential.

    About Us

    Alberta Law Libraries (ALL) is a province-wide network of law libraries operating within Alberta Justice and Solicitor General, Resolution and Court Administration Services Division. The Libraries provide access to legal information resources and legal research services to the legal community (judiciary, crown prosecutors, lawyers, law students and court employees), other libraries and the public. See also:


    A two year Library Technician Diploma and at least 2 years of related experience is required. Law library experience and/or knowledge of the court systems and processes is preferred.

    Salary:             $1,966.46 – $2,539.98 biweekly

    For more information about the position and instruction on how to apply, please view the job postings online via the Government of Alberta Jobs Website.

    The competition numbers are:


    Edmonton -1037031

  • 23 Jun 2016 2:38 PM | Anonymous

    The 2016 CLLG Education Grant recipient was Judy Harvie, Library Services Director (Canada) Norton Rose Fulbright. She writes:

    Given the proliferation of webinars and online collaboration sites, one might question the value of attending a conference in person away from the office. However, the recent CALL conference in Vancouver proved once again to be a valuable investment for this long time member. There is no replacement for in person discussions with colleagues and publishers and time taken to think about new innovations, strategies and ideas to deal with the changes we all are facing within the legal profession.

    Read Judy’s full report. [Link to REPORT]

  • 27 May 2016 2:39 PM | Anonymous

    This is a re-post because the previous post was deleted with a system upgrade to the CLLG website.

    The Alberta Legislature Library has made the Scrapbook Hansard available online.  Prior to the creation of Alberta Hansard in 1972, Legislature Library staff compiled articles from newspapers in order to retain a record of what transpired in the Assembly.  In some jurisdictions, these are referred to as reconstituted debates.  In Alberta, we refer to our Scrapbook Hansard.  Currently, over 25,000 clippings are available to access.

    You can access it directly or you can navigate to it through the Legislative Assembly of Alberta website (Assembly Documents and Records > Alberta Hansard > Scrapbook Hansard).

    Hat tip to Linda Harmata from Alberta Law Libraries for sharing this!

  • 12 Apr 2016 2:41 PM | Anonymous

    Once again, the Faculty of Law and Libraries and Cultural Resources at the University of Calgary is offering it’s a legal research workshop for law students working at firms, government, non-profit or corporate legal offices for the summer.

    The workshop, Research in the Real World, will be held at Murray Fraser Hall, University of Calgary on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 from 8:45 am – 12:30 pm.  Cost is $35.  All presenters are CLLG members!

    If you have summer students working at your firm/organization this summer, you may register them for the program with this Registration Form.  Please submit the Registration Form to Nancy Money at

    The program this year focuses on the topics that were of most interest to last year’s attendees:

    8:45 Welcome and Research Strategy – Kim Clarke, University of Calgary 

    9:00 Statutory Research – Holly Booth, Alberta Law Libraries 

    10:10 Civil Litigation Resources – Helen Mok, Parlee 

    OR Solicitors Transactions – Jennifer Merchant, Field Law 

    11:20 Natural Resources and Energy Law – Nadine Hoffman, University of Calgary

    OR Corporate and Commercial Law – Jacquelyn DeGreeve, Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer and Christy MacKinnon, Bennett Jones

    Every session will integrate a hands-on component which will allow the students to use some of the resources discussed in the session.  Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet to complete the hands-on component.  Individuals without laptops or tablets will still be able to participate as the hands-on exercise will be completed in a small group.

    Please contact Kim Clarke at,  if you have any questions about the content of the program.

    Research in the Real World is sponsored by the Cenovus Continuing Legal Education Program.

  • 24 Mar 2016 2:43 PM | Anonymous

    Join us in Calgary for a presentation from Shaunna Mireau of Field LLP. Shaunna will be presenting about her role as Director of Knowledge Management & Process Improvement.

    When: Monday, April 11, 2016
    Where: Banker’s Hall Auditorium
    Time: 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
    Cost: $5.00 for CLLG members and $10.00 for non-members (includes lunch)

    RSVP: to Heather Wylie,, by Thursday, April 7, 2016. Please alert Heather of any food allergies or dietary restrictions you may have.

    Hope to see you there!

  • 19 Feb 2016 2:45 PM | Anonymous


    Competitive Intelligence Research – What does it look like? What are the tools? How is it used?

    Join us for a videoconference presentation on Competitive Intelligence Research with Zena Applebaum.  Zena is the Director of Competitive Intelligence at Bennett Jones LLP.  Zena’s primary responsibilities include practice development, market and competitor performance analysis, client relationship management, counter-intelligence and marketing.  Zena brings a unique perspective to intelligence as a result of broad business development, data management, marketing, and corporate research experience in a variety of sectors. A regular speaker and writer on competitive intelligence topics in Canada and abroad, Zena authored “Business Intelligence for Law Firms” published in November 2012, by The Ark Group.  Zena currently serves as a The Chair of the Special Library Association Competitive Intelligence Division Board of Directors, is a former member of the SCIP Board of Directors and has been designated a Competitive Intelligence Fellow in 2015‎.

    When: Thursday, March 10, 2016
    Time: 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
    Where: Bennett Jones LLP, 4500 Bankers Hall East, 855 2nd Street SW (in the Jones Boardroom)
    Cost: $5.00 for CLLG members and $10.00 for non-members.

    Lunch will be served.

    RSVP: to Christy MacKinnon ( by Thursday, March 3rd.  Please alert Christy of  any food allergies or dietary restrictions.

  • 12 Feb 2016 2:45 PM | Anonymous

    Professor Wheeler has written a brief article on the future of law libraries. He sees “a bright, techy and Jetson-like future for law libraries. It is a future full of gadgets, robots and smart machines that will revolutionize how we think about the law, how we practice law, how we search law and how we conduct legal research.” All of this is to take place within the next 5 to 10 years!

    How do you see the future of law libraries?


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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