Calgary Law Library Group

  • 03 Nov 2016 2:20 PM | Anonymous

    The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) has just released the white paper Defining ROI: Law Library Best Practices.  This paper builds on the analysis and insight from their 2015 The Economic Value of Law Libraries report by providing practical strategies and solutions to help you measure and demonstrate value and ROI in your library.  Contributors include thought leaders from across the AALL spectrum who share their own experiences and advice.

  • 01 Nov 2016 2:22 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Friends and Colleagues:

    The Foreign, Comparative and International Law Special Interest Section (FCIL-SIS) of the American Association of Law Libraries is now accepting applications for the 2017 FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians. The Grant subsidizes a foreign law librarian to attend the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), the world’s largest law librarian professional organization.

    The FCIL Schaffer Grant for the AALL Annual Meeting ( in Austin, Texas (July 15-18, 2017) provides a waiver of the AALL Annual Meeting full registration fee and a grant of a minimum $2,000 to assist with accommodations and travel costs.

    Applicants must be law librarians or other professionals working in the legal information field, currently employed in countries other than the United States, and with significant responsibility for the organization, preservation, or provision of legal information. The application deadline is December 16, 2016. The Grant Committee will not consider late or incomplete applications. Please note: Grant winners must pay all expenses in advance. Grant awards will only be disbursed at the AALL Annual Meeting.

    Details regarding the FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians as well as the application form can be found at

    Please feel free to contact me or another committee member if you have any questions about the 2017 FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians. Also, I hope you will distribute this announcement to any law library listserv or to individuals who might be interested in attending the 2017 AALL Annual Meeting.


    Mark Engsberg
    Chair, 2016 FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians Selection Committee

  • 01 Nov 2016 2:21 PM | Anonymous

    Eric Appleby, CEO of Maritime Law Book Ltd. and Colin Lachance, CEO of 9766758 Canada Inc., are pleased to announce the rebirth of a Canadian legal publishing icon.

    Founded in 1969 and operating continuously from its Fredericton base, Maritime Law Book broke through with one of many leading innovations in Canadian case law publishing when it launched as an independent regional case law reporter. Over its first decade, MLB added regional reporters in all provinces outside Quebec; it created important national reporter series; and it developed a unique and much-loved topical Key Number System.

    No less creative on the digital side, MLB was the first to include digital diskettes of its reported case law in the cover of its print reporters; it was the first (in 1997!) to transition to the world wide web as its digital platform; and it was the first commercial provider to make a substantial body of unedited case law available online at no charge through its Raw Law service.

    Under the new ownership of 9766758 Canada Inc., and continuing to operate proudly as “Maritime Law Book”, MLB is set to once again lead a new revolution in case law access and legal research.

    The reborn MLB will shortly re-launch with a world-class legal information processing engine that leverages cutting edge natural language process technology to make research easier and more efficient.

    “The pace of technological advancement is accelerating, and we want to bring the benefits of that advancement to legal researchers,” says Colin Lachance. “In addition to smarter search, we will provide high demand tools like visualizations that allow you to more quickly zero in on the cases you need, and we will deliver personalized research trails that help you train our system to learn what’s important to you.”

    The acquisition is effective as of November 1, 2016. The parties are working closely to support the interests of current online Maritime Law Book customers. The existing platform will remain in operation at throughout November and until the new platform is launched.

    For more information, please contact:

    Eric Appleby
    Maritime Law Book Ltd.

    Colin Lachance
    9766758 Canada Inc.

    About 9766758 Canada Inc.:
    This independent, Canadian-owned and Ottawa-based company will operate as Maritime Law Book. Its CEO, Colin Lachance, was the former CEO of the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII), and was previously recognized among the 2013 Fastcase50 class of legal innovators, the 2014 class of American Bar Association Journal “Legal Rebels”, and the 2014 class of Canadian Lawyer Magazine’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers. Colin is an active blogger, speaker and consultant, and is frequently invited to support the research and strategic planning efforts of bar and law library associations, judges, companies, law firms, public interest organizations and legal tech entrepreneurs as they navigate legal market changes.
    The company is owned by F2 Management Inc. and Miralaw Inc., the latter of which will also act as Maritime Law Book’s technology supplier. Miralaw has developed and applied new techniques in machine learning to legal information and has launched, a personal divorce assistant that has been profiled around the world for its innovative approach. Its founder and CEO, Sam Witherspoon, has been featured by the Canadian Bar Association as a new generation of lawyer that is “Doing Law Differently”; one who brings experience as an engineer, Federal Court Clerk and IP lawyer to advancement of legal tech and analytics.

  • 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


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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