Calgary Law Library Group

  • 17 Nov 2015 10:42 AM | Anonymous

    At the end of October, I was given the opportunity (with funding from the CLLG Education Grant) to attend the Internet Librarian (IL) conference in the beautiful ocean-side City of Monterey, California.  IL offers practical workshops, conference sessions, and keynotes, sharing the latest trends in technology, innovation & of course the Internet. Here are some of my random thoughts on the conference:

    • 16 of the 19 IL conferences have been held in Monterey (CALL take note)
    • 700 attendees & 17 countries were represented at this year’s conference
    • event organization is focused on good content & excellent speakers ( there’s no free food expect for  breakfast & attendees make their own social fun) (CALL take note)
    • lots of content to choose from (4 tracks of 45 minutes sessions from 9am to 5pm) sometimes making it difficult to decide which sessions to attend
    • exhibit hall/vendors is small & not flashy
    • not too much talk about “libraries or librarians” as many libraries and librarians have been transformed into 21st century marketers; talk is about Information professionals wanting to offer their clients what the Internet cannot, to show their worth over the Internet
    • the language information professionals are using has changed; they use business phrases like ROI (return on investment), think and behave like business startups, know their client’s psyche or way of learning and find new ways to show their worth/value to management & anyone else who holds the budgetary purse strings
    • reliable information is out there in great quantities but so is information overload; librarians the “original search engine” have the necessary skills and know how to cull that information, separating the wheat from the chaff to create valuable, focused & meaningful deliverables to clients
    • heard at the conference: “don’t provide a service you can’t sustain”; “provide information, even if your client is not asking”; “failure is just feedback” and “perfect is the enemy of good”
    • information specialists working in small firms/organizations can create great opportunities to collaborate with their IT departments to drive projects but you better learn to speak their language and by the way social media is not IT (don’t ask IT how to set up your Twitter or Instagram account)
    • information specialists need to “raise their hand” & say “I can do that” even if at the moment you cannot, learn how, teach yourself, read a lot, invest in your education even if your employer does not
    • test your students after instruction with the fun app Kahoot! where trainees/students answer multiple choice questions in real time with all of their classmates.  Its a free online quiz type game that will have your students wanting to answer those Canadian Abridgement questions!
    • when writing for the web, write like you talk, and simplify; use “to” instead of “in order to”, “for” instead of “to ensure”; read anything you write out loud, its amazing how many errors you catch when you read what you have written out loud. Try it!
    • create deliverables that support business decisions (be proactive, don’t wait for requests, find the right topics (eg. frequent questions) to deliver; don’t create deliverables that are not being read or used even though you might think they are great (check usage)
    • your databases are expensive! make sure they are being used and discovered/found; deep linking of books to QL in your catalog for example may help to expose your users to your QL database
    • make your library website Google-ish ;  keep it simple, don’t give your users too much stuff, give value for free (add free things to your catalog, such as Google Scholar); make your catalog good enough for users to find what they want, but not perfect; advertising your library could be as simple as including a short feedback form in your email & other communication formats; protect your market (make sure you are the place to go for everything!)
    • Librarian in the Cloud also attended IL 2015 and provides her notes from the sessions she attended
    • many of these presentations talk about public libraries or academic libraries services, don’t ignore them, much of what goes on there can be applied in your firm/organization
    • If you’d like to view what was presented at IL 2015 you can access all available presentations at this URL:
      http://internet-librarian.infotoday.com/2015/Presentations.aspx 

    Thanks again, CLLG!

  • 03 Oct 2015 10:40 AM | Anonymous

    Membership in CLLG

    October 22, 2015

    Yes, it’s that time of year!  It’s time to renew your CLLG membership for the 2015/2016 membership year.  To make it easier, you can now renew your membership online using the General Membership form and pay for your membership online via Paypal.  You may pay using a PayPal account (if you have one) or with a major credit card.  Note, that when using a credit card to pay for your membership, the billing information entered must match that of your credit card.

    A free membership is offered to students enrolled in an MLS or Library Technician program.  Students, please use the Student Membership form to become a CLLG member.

    Not a member? Consider joining CLLG.  Find out more about the value of a CLLG membership.

    Thomson Reuters and IBM to Collaborate on Watson Cognitive Solutions

    October 21, 2015

    Annamarie of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt, thought the membership might be interested in this post from the Dewey B Strategic Blog.  Interesting to see where legal research might go and Thomson Reuters’ role in that process.

    I would also like to say that in general I really enjoy following the Dewey B. Strategic Blog, a blog on “risk, value, strategy, libraries, knowledge and the legal profession”.  Jane O’Grady, the author of the blog, always provides interesting and thought provoking posts.

    Open Access Open Mic Night

    October 14, 2015

    Are you a part of the Calgary library community?  Come share your experiences with Open Access and hear what others have to say!

    Sign up for a 2-minute lightning talk onsite or just come and listen.

    Tuesday, October 20 from 6-9 p.m.
    Joyce on 4th – 506 24th Avenue SW (basement)

    This is a free event and registration is not required.

    Upcoming CLLG Vendor’s Forum

    October 13, 2015

    When: Tuesday, October 20, 2015

    Time: 11:45am – 1:30pm

    Where: Calgary Public Library, Central Branch
    Lower Floor Meeting Room
    616 Macleod Trail, SE

    RSVP: heather.wylie@gov.ab.ca

    Lunch will be provided!

    Eugene Meehan on Librarians

    October 8, 2015 / Leave a comment

    Our library distributes the Supreme Advocacy Newsletter to lawyers in our firm.  The newsletter, in addition to being fun and interesting, keeps the reader up-to-date with the latest SCC decisions and Leaves to Appeal.  Today’s issue was particularly interesting to me where under the ‘Last Words’ section of the newsletter, Mr. Meehan writes on the importance of librarians.  As a lawyer and researcher he knows that library services are “extremely important” and that what librarians do are “super important”!

    He then asks Linda Boss, the librarian at a firm that he had once worked in, to write down her 7 Tips for lawyers (or anyone else!) who require information.  He particularly agrees with Tip #1.  I think Linda was right on with all of her 7 tips.  Thanks Eugene & Linda!

    Here are Linda’s 7 Tips:

    1. Make your librarian your friend if you are fortunate enough to have one. He/she is often faster and more cost effective at locating what you need than a student. Students often come straight to us.
    2. Librarians are curators, managers, evaluators and navigators of electronic & print sources/collections. Not everything is online and not all sources are reputable. We are the shortcut.
    3. Librarians really want to assist with your research/request for information.  Please allow reasonable notice to complete the task.
    4. Provide the details of what you require, not the source you think it is in. The information needed is often in many sources, some of which our firm may already have.
    5. Your librarian/information specialist has connections—and can obtain or borrow materials your office doesn’t have.
    6. Functions performed by libraries (and librarians) are still needed but the stereotype must change from the idea of physical buildings and books to the idea of librarians supporting and assisting in the process of using information and transforming it into knowledge.
    7. And last, sign out your materials. Sometimes we can guess who has the item needed—and go looking—but not always and we know you need this urgently.

    Million Short search engine

    October 8, 2015 / Leave a comment

    Have you ever wondered what lies beyond the first page of search results in Google?  We’ve all heard of the research indicating most users generally do not browse beyond the first page or two of search engine results.  Information professionals may go a bit further by viewing up to the forth or fifth page.

    The Million Short search engine (in beta) allows you to quickly remove up to the first one million results.  You can also filter results by removing e-commerce sites and those that feature advertising or chat.  This may allow you to discover previously hidden but relevant material.

    The company behind the search engine is Canadian and based out of Toronto.  They presented at the WebSearch University conference in September.  Their team is extremely interested in obtaining feedback from the information professional community on improving the search engine and adding new features.

    So go ahead, try it out, and discover “What haven’t you found?”.

  • 01 Sep 2015 10:37 AM | Anonymous

    In praise of law libraries

    September 22, 2015  

    In response to the proposed redevelopment of the Inner Temple Library. UK solicitor David Allen Green beautifully answers the question, “So What is a Good Law Library?

    Response: Ontario E-laws Detailed Legislative History Tables

    September 10, 2015

    Back in May, we posted about the petition to re-instate the detailed legislative history tables on E-laws.

    The President of CALL/ACBD has heard back from the Ontario Attorney General and has shared it with the law library community. You can see the original petition and the full response on Slaw.ca.

  • 01 Aug 2015 10:28 AM | Anonymous

    Team CLLG and the Walk of Hope

    August 26, 2015

    Team CLLG is raising funds in Ovarian Cancer Canada’s Walk of Hope in Calgary on Sunday, September 13, 2015. Less than 3 weeks away!

    If you’re interested in joining or supporting the team with a donation, here’s how to register.

    If you have any questions or difficulties, please contact Nadine Hoffman.

    Law Firm Librarians: An Under-Utilized Resource

    August 25, 2015

    Do you follow 3 Geeks and a Law Blog? Well, if you don’t, you should.

    While the focus is on the large law firm environment, articles related to legal education, technology and training will speak to all of us in law libraries in some form or another.

    Two recent articles are worth your attention: Law Librarians + Legal Marketing = Successful Client Service and Law Firm Librarians: An Underutilized Resource.

    Thoughts/comments from our law firm librarian readers? Do you have any successful client service stories you’d like to share?

    Update: 2015 Research in the Real World

    August 18, 2015

    Posted on behalf of Kim Clarke, Head, Bennett Jones Law Library & Adjunct Assoc. Professor of Law, University of Calgary

    Research in the Real World (RRW) was a huge success this year. The 76 summer students attending the program were very complimentary. In fact, the only negative comments in the evaluation forms related to the temperature in the classrooms! We incorporated several suggestions received from student who attended RRW 2014 into this year’s program which I believe strengthened the event. Specifically we:

    • reduced the length of the program, holding it in a morning rather than full day
    • integrated a hands-on component into every session so students were able to use some of the resources discussed in the immediately preceding lecture
    • saved the PowerPoints (with screen shots) to flashdrives which were distributed to all the attendees so they could revisit a presentation when needed in the future

    Given the positive response from the students for the format, the information they received and the quality of the presentations, I don’t believe any changes are needed for next year’s program.

    Thanks to Holly Booth (Alberta Law Libraries), Jacquelyn DeGreeve (BDP), Nadine Hoffman (University of Calgary), Christy MacKinnon (Bennett Jones), Jennifer Merchant (FieldLaw) and Helen Mok (Parlee McLaws) for all their hard work in creating the materials for their sessions and for the excellent educational sessions they conducted.

    And thanks to those of you who have incorporated RRW into your in-house training program.

    New President Named for CanLII

    August 11, 2015

    Effective August 10, 2015, CanLII‘s new President is Xavier Beauchamp-Tremblay of Montreal.

    To read the full announcement, visit the CanLII Blog.

    Robot ROSS: Denton’s Newest Legal Researcher

    August 10, 2015

    On this blog in June, we met ROSS.

    Since then, there has been an interesting development. As reported by the Globe and Mail, ROSS has now joined the world’s largest law firm, Dentons.

    The partnership is in it’s infancy, however the implications for law libraries and law librarians are worthy of discussion.

    Thoughts/comments?

  • 01 Jul 2015 10:25 AM | Anonymous

    Comics and the Law

    July 28, 2015

    I came across the Illustrated Guide to Law via a recent article titled, “Comics and the Law” posted on In Custodia Legis. The guides are a fascinating and effective approach to teaching and learning American legal concepts. Criminal law and criminal procedure are currently covered, however additional guides appear to be on their way: torts, property, contracts & constitutional.

    Like most librarians, I appreciate a good flow chart, and the Fifth Amendment Flowchart is a beautiful thing. Which guide is your favorite?

    The Curse of Loose­-Leaf Law Books

    July 22, 2015

    ” … there is no future for loose-leaf publications, a publishing format on life support that should have died a natural death years ago.”

    Read Louis Mirando’s full post on Slaw.

    What decisions has your library taken regarding loose-leaf subscriptions?

    Lexbox: Open Beta

    July 17, 2015

    Some of you may have received notice this week that Lexum’s latest project, Lexbox is now in open beta mode. Before jumping right in, Nate Russell has posted an excellent article, Of Lexbox and the Promise of Convenience for CanLII Users to guide us in how it works, useful features and discussion of client folders in the cloud. Will you be using Lexbox?

    A History of the Future of Law Libraries

    July 15, 2015

    An interesting article by Scott Frey on “lessons in forecasting from law librarians’ predictions of the past” is in the current issue of AALL Spectrum. The section on “Function Over Form in the Future” is particularly insightful. What are your thoughts?

    Job Posting: Law Librarian

    July 14, 2015

    The Bennett Jones LLP Calgary office has an immediate opening for a Law Librarian (14-month contract)

    For details, please click here.

    Libraries & Librarians: New Brand?

    July 10, 2015

    This was posted today on the CALL listserv:

    If the word “library” is not in your title, what are you called? I noticed that AALL’s Private Law Libraries SIG just changed their name to Private Law Librarians and Information Professionals, and wondered if changing my own title to something like “Information Professional”, and the “library” to “Resource Centre”, would help my lawyers see me as more than books.

    If you’re not called “librarian”, and your space is not called the “library”, can you tell me?

    Karen Sawatzky
    Tapper Cuddy LLP
    kSawatzky@TAPPERCUDDY.COM

    Fair EBook Prices for Libraries

    July 9, 2015

    A coalition of public libraries is working toward bringing awareness around the EBook price gap between consumers and libraries. From their website:

    DID YOU KNOW?

    • In some cases, major multinational publishers charge libraries 3–5 times more for ebooks than they charge consumers.
    • There are caps and time limits on ebook use.
    • This means there are fewer titles and fewer copies for readers to discover.

    Interested in learning more? Visit www.fairpricingforlibraries.org.

  • 09 Jun 2015 7:06 AM | Anonymous

    Alberta Law Libraries (ALL) Update

    June 30, 2015

    Posted on behalf of Sonia Poulin, Director, Alberta Law Libraries

    The Alberta Law Libraries Review Committee has been established to consider options and provide strategic advice and recommendations regarding:

    • The purpose and scope of legal information and research service delivery in support of the administration of justice, competency of the legal profession and access to justice;
    • Governance, funding and operation model for Alberta Law Libraries.

    All of our funders (Government of Alberta, Alberta Law Foundation, Law Society of Alberta) and client stakeholders (judiciary, Alberta Criminal Prosecution Services, Alberta government lawyers, members of the Bar, members of the public) have representation at the table for this review. An independent consultant, Mary Gibson of Mary Gibson Consulting Inc., has been contracted to coordinate and facilitate the process.

    The project entails gathering stakeholder needs and perspectives, conducting a jurisdiction scan and identifying emerging best practices with respect to the governance, funding and operations of Alberta Law Libraries.

    The final report with recommendations is due to the Assistant Deputy Minister of Resolution & Court Administration Services, Justice & Solicitor General, Lynn Varty, on September 1, 2015.

    Consultations with all stakeholders are under way, via interviews, focus groups, and online surveys. This process includes a number of law librarians (firms, universities) in our legal information community in Alberta, who have already been contacted about their participation.

    If you have questions or would like further information about the review, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.

    Law Librarian Cited by U.S. Supreme Court

    June 25, 2015

    Re-posting from a colleague via the SLA list-serv:

    In its Obamacare related decision issued today [about], King v. Burwell, The Supreme Court of the United States cites Drexel University Law Librarian John Cannan.  Specifically, his article from the Law Library Journal: “A Legislative History of the Affordable Care Act: How Legislative Procedure Shapes Legislative History,” 105 Law Libr. J. 131 (2013).

    Here is the citing text from Chief Justice Robert’s majority opinion:

    “The Affordable Care Act contains more than a few examples of inartful drafting. (To cite just one, the Act creates three separate Section 1563s. See 124 Stat. 270, 911, 912.) Several features of the Act’s passage contributed to that unfortunate reality. Congress wrote key parts of the Act behind closed doors, rather than through “the traditional legislative process.” Cannan, A Legislative History of the Affordable Care Act: How Legislative Procedure Shapes Legislative History, 105 L. Lib. J. 131, 163 (2013). And Congress passed much of the Act using a complicated budgetary procedure known as “reconciliation,” which limited opportunities for debate and amendment, and bypassed the Senate’s normal 60–vote filibuster requirement. Id., at 159–167. As a result, the Act does not reflect the type of care and deliberation that one might expect of such significant legislation. Cf. Frankfurter, Some Reflections on the Reading of Statutes, 47 Colum. L.Rev. 527, 545 (1947) (describing a cartoon “in which a senator tells his colleagues ‘I admit this new bill is too complicated to understand. We’ll just have to pass it to find out what it means.’ ”).”

    King v. Burwell, No. 14-114, 2015 WL 2473448, at *11 (U.S. June 25, 2015)

    To quote the original message: “To have a law librarian and the Law Library Journal cited in a U.S. Supreme Court opinion is a triumph for law librarians everywhere!”

    The Future of Legal Research

    June 19, 2015

    I’ve been hearing numerous ROSS mentions of late, and in case you haven’t heard about this “super intelligent attorney,” let me introduce you.

    Meet ROSS.

    Developed by students at the University of Toronto, ROSS is built upon Watson, the AI computer system designed by IBM. In this 2014 Globe and Mail article, ROSS was described by it’s co-founder as “the best legal researcher available.”

    What do you think of ROSS and the implications for law librarians?

    CALL for volunteers at CBA Legal Conference

    June 16, 2015

    Shaunna Mireau is coordinating the CALL/ACBD booth at the CBA Legal Conference running August 14-16, 2015 in Calgary. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Shaunna directly at smireau@fieldlaw.com or 780-423-7682.

    Updated CLLG Membership Directory

    June 16, 2015

    The CLLG Membership Directory (June 2015) has been updated and is available on the Members Only Section of the CLLG website. This will be the last update to the directory until a new executive is elected at the AGM on June 24. Have you RSVP’d yet?

    Advocacy for Libraries: Volunteer Opportunity

    June 9, 2015

    Evidence for Democracy has a current opportunity for an engaged volunteer to help with the following project as posted today on the CALL listserv:

    We are preparing to release a report and website entitled True North Smart and Free, which will serve as a comprehensive resource for the changes to science and evidence in Canada since the early 2000s. The interactive and engaging website shares stories of lab closures, library closures, funding cuts, decisions that ignore evidence, and many more.

    We are looking for volunteers to assist in fact-checking these stories prior to the public launch of the site. If you or any of your colleagues or students might be interested in being involved, please let me know. The time commitment would be flexible, ranging from 5-10h per person on a one-time basis.

    Thanks for your time, and for contributing your expertise!

    Alana Westwood
    Research Coordinator, Evidence for Democracy
    alana@evidencefordemocracy.ca

    Job Posting – Senior Librarian – Torys LLP (Toronto)

    June 4, 2015

    Details for this opportunity are on the Torys LLP website.

    Invitation to Attend the 2015 AGM

    June 4, 2015

    The CLLG Annual General Meeting is coming up. Details are as follows:

    When: Wednesday, June 24, 2015
    Where: Caffe Artigiano, Centrium, 100 – 332 6th Ave. SW
    Time: 5 – 7 pm
    Cost: $10 (members) / $15 (non-members)
    RSVP: To Christy Mackinnon by Friday, June 19, 2015 (please alert her of any food allergies)

    Appetizers and drinks will be served! Will you be there?

    Library as Platform

    June 3, 2015

    Library Journal has an excellent archive of articles discussing the future of libraries.

    A 2012 article by David Weinberger, Library as Platform, argues we should think of libraries like Facebook:

    “One aim of this switch is to think of a library not as a portal we go through on occasion, but as infrastructure that is as ubiquitous and persistent as the streets and sidewalks of a town, or the classrooms and yards of a university. Think of the library as co-extensive with the geographic area it serves, like a canopy, or as we say these days, like a cloud.”

    Updated CLLG Membership Directory

    June 2, 2015

    The CLLG Membership Directory (May 2015) has been updated and is available on the Members Only Section of the CLLG website. The membership directory ensures that you have the most up-to-date contact information for all CLLG members and is one of the benefits of membership. Have you joined? Are you a member?

  • 04 May 2015 7:02 AM | Anonymous

    Petition to Re-Instate the Ontario E-Laws Detailed Legislative History Tables

    May 26, 2015

    Last week, the President of CALL/ACBD posted a message on the member listserv regarding a petition to re-instate the detailed legislative history tables discontinued as part of the recent E-laws migration.

    You can read the full draft of her letter to the Attorney General of Ontario here and sign the petition here.

    It’s all about knowing where to look

    May 19, 2015

    “Librarians show students how to find legal information they need to succeed.”

    As posted on UToday, congratulations to those CLLG members on the continued success of Research in the Real World.

    On-demand streaming of UK cases

    May 14, 2015

    Recently, the UK Supreme Court made court cases available online to watch on-demand. In addition to live streaming, there is also an archive of past hearings.

    Volunteers needed

    May 7, 2015

    There are vacancies on the CLLG Executive & Committee for the 2015-2016 year. Please contact Alison Young, current CLLG Chair, for any questions or expression of interest in the following positions:

    Secretary
    Membership and Directory Coordinator
    Program Committee (two spots)
    Student Committee
    Education Grant Committee

    New hours: U of C Bennett Jones Law Library

    May 7, 2015

    As classes ended last week and we are now into our Spring and Summer hours.
    The library is open M-F 8:30 AM – 4:00PM
    Reference hours are 12PM – 4:00PM
    The reference desk telephone (403-220-7274) and e-mail (lawlib@ucalgary.ca) will be checked at least once each afternoon.

    Event cancelled: Back to the Future of FLA

    May 6, 2015

    Yesterday, we posted about this May 8 event. It has now been cancelled.

    Back to the Future of FLA

    May 5, 2015

    FLA Presents: Back to the Future of FLA

    Learn about our association’s history and how volunteering with FLA helped former Executive members develop valuable skills and network with colleagues.

    When: Wednesday, May 13, 6:30 p.m.
    Where: Vin Room – 2310 4th St. SW, Calgary, AB
    Tickets: Advance tickets with online registration are $20/members & non-members and $15/students.
    Tickets at the door will be $25.
    RSVP: Friday, May 8. Register online here.

    Food will be provided and a cash bar will be available.

  • 02 Apr 2015 6:57 AM | Anonymous

    Save the Date: AGM

    April 30, 2015

    Further to an earlier post in March, the AGM is booked for Wednesday, June 24. 

    Location and details are currently being finalized and will be posted as they become available.

    Call for Nominations – Shelagh Mikulak Library Leadership Award

    April 29, 2015

    The Shelagh Mikulak Library Leadership Award was created to recognize a current member of CLLG who has shown leadership and outstanding service to the law library profession in the recent past. This award honours the contributions and dedication Shelagh had shown to the group and the profession as a whole.

    The name of the nominated person must be accompanied by signed letters from the nominator and at least two (2) additional CLLG members in support of the nominee. Submission in electronic format is acceptable, so long as there is either an electronic signature on the documents and/or the submission is linked to the individual’s business e-mail address. All nominations must be e-mailed to me by end of day May 25, 2015. For further information on the award and nomination process, please visit the Shelagh Mikulak Library Leadership Award page.

    We look forward to receiving your nominations. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.

    Regards,

    Annamarie Bergen
    ABergen@osler.com

    On behalf of Committee Members: Bonnie Buchanan, Heather Wylie, and Annamarie Bergen

    SLA mini-conference: Exploring SharePoint

    April 9, 2015

    SLA’s next mini-conference will explore the many aspects of SharePoint – from setup and rollout, to training and marketing, and lessons learned.  There will be 3 speakers followed by a Q&A session.  Lunch is included.

    When: Friday, April 24, 2015 from 1 – 4:30 pm

    Where: Husky Energy, 3rd Floor – Conference Room B, 707 8th Ave. SW

    Fees (payable at session):

    $15 for SLA members
    $20 for non-members

    Please RSVP (include any dietary restrictions) to Sarah Gustafson by April 16.

    Historical SCC Judgments Now Available Online

    April 8, 2015

    SCC judgments dating back to 1876 are now available online. All of these newly-added SCC decisions can be found on the official SCC website and on CanLII.

    Free “Cool Tools” Presentation

    April 6, 2015

    The Foothills Library Association is offering a presentation on “Cool Tools” where they promise you will learn something new in 2 minutes flat! “Presentations will show attendees a gadget, software, hardware, video, website or trick that is tried and true and that has the potential to make our lives as information professionals a little easier”.

    When: Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 7PM

    Where: 510 – 17th Ave. SW 

    Register here. 

  • 03 Mar 2015 6:52 AM | Anonymous

    Alberta Law Libraries: New Hours

    March 19, 2015

    In response to a changed operating budget, and in light of library usage patterns, the Calgary and Edmonton Alberta Law Libraries locations will see changes in their hours of operation as of April 1, 2015. The new operating hours for all library users (LSA members & public clients) will be:

    Calgary
    Monday to Friday – 8:15 am – 4:30 pm
    Saturday – closed
    Sunday – closed

    Edmonton
    Monday to Friday – 8:15 am – 4:30 pm
    Saturday – closed
    Sunday – closed

    We would appreciate your support in spreading this news to your colleagues and team members. Feel free to contact Alberta Law Libraries

    Calgary
    Tel: 403.297.6148
    Toll Free: 866.448.6148
    E-mail: all.cal@gov.ab.ca

    Edmonton
    Tel: 780.422.2342
    Toll Free: 866.230.8068
    E-mail: all.edm@gov.ab.ca

    Please note: overdue fines for materials will not accrue over the weekend closure.

    Measuring the Value of Library Services

    March 11, 2015

    Recently our library was asked to look at library services and their impact (value) on the department.  While over the years we have collected data on a number of  services delivered (e.g. reference requests answered, training sessions held, etc.) we cannot say how these services have impacted law department staff.  Did the service delivered help the lawyer win his/her case, the support person get her brief filed on time, was the lawyer better prepared for court/hearing or did the library service help their client? We have anecdotal evidence that the library does indeed have this  type of impact (value), but no real way to measure it.

    Any suggestions?

    How did I not know that?!

    March 5, 2015

    Episode 3: “In Council”

    By calling the office of the Lieutenant Governor, one of my wonderful colleagues in Edmonton shared with me a very interesting factoid worth blogging about.

    It’s familiar to many of us that the coming into force of some statutory amendments happen by way of Order-in-Council. Here’s an example. What I didn’t know, is that the Lieutenant Governor in Council refers to the “Minister of the Day” not the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.

    Mark your calendars

    March 4, 2015

    Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015
    Details: Research in the Real World: Energy & Natural Resources. Presenters Nadine Hoffman & Kim Howard will share the same successful seminar given to law students at the May 2014 University of Calgary workshop.

    Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015
    Details: Introduction to Copyright. Presented by Robert Weisberg, Manager, Corporate Services, Access Copyright. Please forward specific questions you wish to have addressed to mackinnonc@bennettjones.com.

    Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2015
    Details: CLLG Annual General Meeting & Presentation of the inaugural Shelagh Mikulak Memorial Scholarship in Library Sciences to Christine Pinkney.

    Further details including cost & location will be advertised closer to the event date.

  • 02 Feb 2015 6:40 AM | Anonymous

    How Did I Not know That (Well… I Kind of Did)

    February 25, 2015

    Did you know that the greatest free stock photography source is the Creative Commons licensed archive at Flickr, where you can search through hundreds of millions of photos.  There are various types of licenses you can choose from with differing conditions.

    Need a photo for your presentations, blog post or other document?  Go ahead and pop any word you can think of in the search box and you’ll likely find some impressive results (here is one for “Libraries”).  Advanced Search lets you filter your search by keywords, content type, media type and date.

    How did I not know that?!

    February 19, 2015

    Episode 1: Historical Debates of the Parliament of Canada

    Shared through one of my colleagues, I recently learned about the glorious “free searchable database of digitised versions of the debates of the Senate and the House of Commons.”

    The Historical Debates of the Parliament of Canada portal includes all debates from Parliament 1, Session 1 (1867) until coverage on parl.gc.ca begins*

    I like to think of myself as a well-informed law librarian, however after learning of this only recently, I did pause (after celebrating) and ask myself, “how did I not know that?!”

    If you’ve ever asked yourself the same question, we’ll look forward to future episodes where you can share what you’ve learned.

    Access to Ontario Law Society’s CLE Collection

    February 11, 2015

    Every once in awhile I have accessed Ontario’s Law Society Continuing Legal Education (CLE) collection of articles to fulfill a library information request. This service – AccessCLE–  includes individual presentations from CLE/CPD seminars put on by the Ontario Law Society. Papers date back to 2004.  You can and print and download CLE articles in PDF format older than 18 months, free of charge.  While you cannot print the latest articles, they are available for purchase and can be read online.  Not too shabby!

    Youth Restorative Action Project

     February 5, 2015

     Youth Restorative Action Project (YRAP) is dedicated to youth advocacy, restorative justice, and reducing recidivism. Sanctioned under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, YRAP works in court with at-risk youth who have caused harm as a result of a combination of various social issues including racism, discrimination, poverty, and mental illness.

    Their 2nd Annual Judicial Jamboree Benefit is taking place on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at the Ellerslie Rugby Club in Edmonton, AB to raise awareness and funds for YRAP.

    Please visit the YRAP website for further details about this organisation and their events. Please also share with your Edmonton colleagues who may be interested in participating or attending.

    CLLG Lunch & Learn: Legal Research Training Tools

    February 4, 2015

    This session will canvas tools available for legal research training. The focus will be web based tools, the best of what is out there, plus some newer resources that you may not be aware of. This will also be an opportunity for you to share some of your personal tips, favourites, and best practices. If you have any favourite tools, questions, would like me to investigate a particular tool, or look for a particular type of tool, please bring them to the session; or email me in advance at heather.wylie@gov.ab.ca, and I will do my best to incorporate them.

    Presenter: Heather Wylie, Alberta Law Libraries
    When: Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
    Time: 12:00 to 1:00 pm
    Where: Bankers Hall Auditorium Level P3, 315 – 8th Avenue SW
    Cost: $5.00 for CLLG members and $10.00 for non-members. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
    RSVP: heather.wylie@gov.ab.ca by 12 noon on Friday, Feb 13th, including any dietary requests.

 

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