Calgary Law Library Group

  • 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?

  • 22 Jan 2016 2:47 PM | Anonymous

    Happy New Year!

    While still in the beginning stages, a potential partnership between Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada is being discussed in this article from the Edmonton Journal last week: City, Library and Archives in talks to team up for new Ottawa central library.

  • 16 Dec 2015 10:47 AM | Anonymous

    According to the Public Information page on the Legislative Assembly of Alberta,

    “Since all parliamentary publications produced by the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, including bills and amendments, Order Papers, Votes and Proceedings, Journals, transcripts, and indexes, are available on the Assembly’s public website, subscriptions are no longer available after 2015.”

    A CLLG member has confirmed this through the Hansard Office.

  • 18 Nov 2015 10:44 AM | Anonymous

    On June 30, we posted an update regarding the activities of the Alberta Law Libraries Review Committee. Upon request, we are sharing the Executive Summary below. The full final report and recommendations are available on the Alberta Law Libraries website.

    Executive Summary

    Alberta Law Libraries (ALL) support the administration of justice and the rule of law in the Province of Alberta. ALL manages a comprehensive collection of primary and secondary legal resources, in print and electronic media, and provides reference and legal research services which are delivered by law librarians and coordinators.

    In April 2015, Alberta Justice and Solicitor General convened the Alberta Law Libraries Review Committee (ALLRC), comprised of library stakeholders, to provide strategic guidance and options for the future of Alberta Law Libraries in a digital age. Specifically, the ALLRC was asked to provide options and recommendations regarding ALL’s mission (i.e., scope and purpose), operating (i.e., service delivery) model, funding and governance.

    Review Approach
    Over seventy structured one-on-one and group interviews, in-person and telephone, were conducted with Committee members and ALL stakeholders (i.e., the judiciary, legal counsel, Alberta Crown Prosecution Service, Legal Services Division, and the legal profession); other players in Alberta’s justice system such as the Law Information Centres and Legal Aid Alberta; law firm, municipal and university law libraries; and law libraries in other jurisdictions. Print and electronic surveys were made available to members of the public who visited the libraries over the course of the review and to members of the Law Society of Alberta.

    The main findings of the stakeholder consultation were as follows:

    • The administration of justice is increasingly complex. This has increased the demand for efficient and effective access to high quality legal information.
    • ALL is an essential element of Alberta’s justice system and the rule of law, which are the underpinnings of civil society. ALL is critical to the effective functioning of Alberta’s justice system.
    • Separate judicial libraries are an important feature of the current service delivery model.
    • The scope of required legal resources is far more than statutes and case law. Up-to-date textbooks are crucial to effective and efficient legal research.
    • The 2013 budget cuts resulted in a significant reduction in ALL’s print resources, to the point that stakeholders say they have fewer resources than they need.
    • The role of the law librarian is viewed as “hugely critical” to the effective operation of ALL and, by extension, to the functioning of Alberta’s justice system. Librarians provide essential training in legal research as well as valued current awareness services. The majority of stakeholders interviewed preferred interacting face-to-face with a law librarian.
    • While the use of online legal resources is established across all stakeholder groups, the “digital age” of libraries is, currently, more myth than reality.
    • Law libraries are ‘price takers’ in terms of print and online legal resources; they are subject to frequent, unpredictable and sometimes extremely large percentage price increases. Licensing restrictions have a negative impact on accessibility and collection cost management.

    ALL is at a critical decision point with respect to its future. The review and analysis undertaken by the Committee have established the following:

    • ALL’s current service delivery model is not meeting the needs of the library users.
    • Maintaining current funding levels or proceeding with planned reductions in funding would result in further cuts to staff or the ALL collection to levels which would be unacceptable to library users.
    • No service delivery alternatives have been identified which would be acceptable to the library users, would maintain or enhance ALL services and which would be sustainable given expressed funding constraints.

    The ALLRC recommends the following:

    1. More funding is required. ALL funders should meet at the earliest opportunity to explore a sustainable funding regime which will enable ALL to maintain, for the long term, a high quality collection and superior library services. The Committee recognizes that discussion and implementation of any changes will take time; in the interim, bridge funding may be required to meet the needs of library users and address staff wellness issues.
    2. The existing governance model is not working. Design and implementation of a more robust governance structure and supporting processes which foster trust among ALL stakeholders is a critical next step in achieving operational stability.The Committee is in agreement that any new governance structure should be supported by a new principle-based Memorandum of Understanding among ALL’s stakeholders, confirming the Library’s mission, funding contributions by funder, and establishing high-level collection and service standards. It should also enshrine the funders’ commitment to consultation with all stakeholders prior to implementation of decisions which could impact ALL’s execution of its mission.
    3. The assumption that all legal information is either available for free on the internet or through paid subscriptions is false. No database carries all legal texts; some materials are only available in print. Doing proper legal research online is often an impossible task for the average user. When the online format becomes adequate, a transition period will be required for users to familiarize themselves with the resources found in what will be a wholly new library and information services environment.
    4. Alberta Justice and Solicitor General and the Law Society of Alberta should work together to promote a national coalition of Ministries of Justice and the Federation of Law Societies, with the objective of addressing copyright/licensing, pricing and usability issues with the two largest legal publishers.


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