Calgary Law Library Group

  • 27 Oct 2016 2:23 PM | Anonymous

    Did you know HeinOnline recently made provincial annual and revised statutes available to Canadian Core subscribers?

    Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Saskatchewan are covered, and you can either use the map view or browse by province.

    Full text searching and all the excellent functionality of the HeinOnline platform will make this another valuable tool for historical legislation research.

    McCarthy Tétrault: Legal Researcher Position

    October 11, 2016 / Leave a comment

    McCarthy Tétrault has a current opportunity for an enthusiastic, service-oriented Legal Researcher. This is a permanent, full-time opportunity in Calgary.

    The closing date is October 21, 2016.

  • 21 Sep 2016 2:24 PM | Anonymous

    After renewing your membership, don’t forget to put the fall business meeting in your calendar. It’s next week:

    When: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 from 12:00 -1:00 pm
    Where: City of Calgary Municipal Building, Law Department – 12th floor (800 Macleod Trail SE)

    Please RSVP to the Co-chairs.

    Join or renew: 2016/2017 membership form now available

    September 21, 2016

    Did you know you can join or renew your membership and pay your dues online? It’s quick, easy and doesn’t cost much to network and learn with your Calgary colleagues. Students enrolled in MLS or Library Technician programs are eligible for free memberships!

    Deadline to join or renew is 15 November 2016.

  • 18 Sep 2016 2:25 PM | Anonymous

     CBA (Alberta) has made an exception and will once again allow law librarians to become members of the Research Lawyers Section (South) with some restrictions.  Cost for law librarians to join is $127.50 + GST.   Topics for the 2016-2017 year include, the new LexisNexis QL platform and researching Commonwealth & US law.

    Join, using this registration form (3rd page of letter from the Chair, Michael Doerksen). 

  • 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.


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