Calgary Law Library Group

  • 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.


  • 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

    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:


    • 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

  • 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 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

    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:

    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 ( 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.


    Annamarie Bergen

    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:

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

    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

    Tel: 403.297.6148
    Toll Free: 866.448.6148

    Tel: 780.422.2342
    Toll Free: 866.230.8068

    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

    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 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, 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: by 12 noon on Friday, Feb 13th, including any dietary requests.

  • 01 Jan 2015 6:35 AM | Anonymous

    Tips on Blogging

    January 29, 2015 / Leave a comment

    Recently, Holly posted this blog post on blogging for the CLLG Blog.  Since then, I  came across this blog post on Slaw by Gary Wise on “Tips on Law Blogging” and thought I would share it you.  “Tips on Law Blogging” is written for lawyers who what to blog about legal issues on their firm websites, but the blogging principles are pretty much the same, whether you are blogging for Clients or Information Professionals.

    CALL/ACBD Petition for the Creation of a New LRW Special Interest Group

    January 27, 2015  

    At the CALL/ACBD Academic SIG meeting in 2013, group members were generally agreed that it would be a good idea to create a new special interest group through CALL devoted to Legal Research and Writing.

    If you wish to view and/or sign the petition, you can do so here.

    A blog post about posting on the blog

    January 22, 2015

    It’s January. How are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? Was one of them to connect with the Calgary law library community and beyond? Well, if becoming a regular contributor to the CLLG News/Blog wasn’t on your “2015 To Do List”, we at CLLG think it should be. Here are a couple ideas to get you thinking:

    Have you recently attended a seminar/webinar/course your colleagues would be interested in hearing about?

    Do you follow any law and/or library blog or Twitter feed?  

    Are you active in other organizations whose news would be relevant to CLLG?

    I know there are many who can answer “yes” to one, if not all of the above. If you are one of those people, contact the CLLG Webmasters about becoming a regular contributor to the CLLG News/Blog.

    Posting is a quick and easy way to engage your colleagues and contribute to your professional community. Putting it that way, adding “regular contributor” to your “2015 To Do List” won’t be challenging at all.

    Looking forward to hearing from you!

    Applications for the 2015 Education Grant Now Being Accepted

    January 14, 2015

    Each year CLLG offers an Education Grant to help support the professional development of it’s members. The grant may be applied to conferences, courses or seminars and is open to active and affiliate members.  Last day for application submissions is February 13, 2015 .  See this page for complete details about the Education Grant and to submit your online application.

    Alberta Judgments No Longer Available On The Court’s Website

    January 8, 2015

    If you missed Kim Clarke’s (Head of the Bennett Jones Law Library) message to the CLLG listserv yesterday, I am re-posting that information here.  It appears that Alberta judgments have been moved to CanLII and are no longer available from the Court’s Website. This applies to QB and PC decisions and not CA judgments (although the Court Administration Services webpage indicates otherwise). At the time of writing this post, I was able to search and access CA decisions directly from the Court’s website. Perhaps, it is just a matter of time and all Alberta Judgments will only be available on CanLII. To be honest, I rarely used the Court’s website to find judgments, except for a decision that was very recent (last 48 hours).

  • 31 Dec 2014 6:22 AM | Anonymous

    DECEMBER 2014

    It Takes More Than a Dumpster to Build A Digital Law Library: 12 Critical Components For Digital Law Library Transformations

    December 17, 2014   

    Thinking of going digital?  Check out this post on the Dewey B Strategic blog.

    Changes to Alberta Law Libraries (ALL) funding

    December 11, 2014   

    The following message concerns changes to Alberta Law Libraries (ALL) funding:

    The Law Society of Alberta (LSA) met on Thursday, December 4th, to discuss their current annual funding commitments to Alberta Law Libraries, referring to their internally produced Task Force Committee review and report, and to vote on what direction to take with regards to the annual grant they award to the libraries. As was announced via their December 9th eBulletin (full text), the LSA will implement a reduced annual award to ALL that will be phased-in over the next three fiscal years.

    To read the full ALL announcement, please visit today’s posting on Stay Current.

    Shelagh Mikulak Memorial Scholarship in Library Sciences inaugural recipient: Christine Pinkney

    December 11, 2014   

    Christine is a young woman who is passionate about libraries – at the young age of 28, she has already spent 11 years working and volunteering in libraries. Much of that was in the Calgary Public Library.

    Christine loves books and libraries; Shelagh loved books and libraries.

    Christine started out as a page at Calgary Public Library; Shelagh started out as a page at Calgary Public Library

    Christine completed her BA at the University of Calgary in Art and English; Shelagh completed her BA in English at the University of Calgary.

    Christine faced a financial challenge to complete her education, including reliance on student loans and scholarships. Shelagh faced a financial challenge to complete her education, including reliance on student loans and scholarships.

    Christine is already active a member and volunteer in library associations. Shelagh thrived on her membership and volunteer involvement with library associations and within her chosen profession.

    The parallels are uncanny!

    What solidified the choice of Christine as the inaugural winner of the Shelagh Mikulak Memorial Scholarship in Library Sciences was when her reference at Calgary Public Library wrote that Christine was an “agent of change”.

    Our family endowed the memorial scholarship in Shelagh’s name to create a permanent legacy in her honour. It was her incredible ability to encourage young professionals to pursue a career in librarianship, and then to mentor them, that was the genesis for the scholarship. It was our wish for her spirit to carry on.

    It is indeed our family’s distinct honour to present the first Shelagh Mikulak Memorial Scholarship in Library Sciences to Christine Pinkney.

    Murray A. Mikulak

    Job Posting – Law Librarian (temporary F/T) – Alberta Law Libraries

    December 4, 2014   

    For a full description and application instructions, please visit the Government of Alberta Job Opportunities website and search for 1027912. Closing date for this Calgary-based opportunity is December 12, 2014.

    NOVEMBER 2014

    CLLG 2014 Holiday Lunch & Bowling Party

    November 30, 2014

    Just a reminder that the CLLG annual holiday party is on Monday, December 8th at 341 -10th Ave. SW from 12 to 2pm. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.  Includes lunch and 1 drink ticket.

    Not in the mood for bowling?  Come anyway and hang out with friends. Contact Heather Wylie at with inquiries.

    Statistics Canada Beta site

    November 13, 2014

    Statistics Canada is in the process of redeveloping their website and is looking for feedback.

    From their FAQ:

    “We are improving our website in response to comments received from our users. While most users are able to navigate the current website and find the information they require, we have identified the need for a more simplified and coherent product line.

    Statistics Canada is also changing the way it disseminates information to Canadians to take advantage of evolving technology, increase user satisfaction and improve data retrieval success rates.”

    The FAQ notes that the beta site is not to be used as the source for official statistics since the information on it is a snapshot of content from spring 2014.

    Feedback can be given on a page by page basis, sent directly to the Statistics Canada web design team or submitted to the discussion forum for participating online.

    OCTOBER 2014

    An Open Letter to Our Law Library Colleagues

    October 31, 2014  

    Alberta Law Libraries (ALL) posted yesterday An Open Letter to Our Law Library Colleagues: A New Approach to Loose-Leaf Collection. Please take a moment to read the blog post and subscribe to Stay Current for future updates from ALL.

    Library Services Research Analyst

    October 29, 2014  

    The Business Intelligence & Library Services Team, within Cenovus’s Environmental & Corporate Affairs Group has a contract opportunity for a Library Services Research Analyst. To read more or apply, visit the Cenovus careers page.

    CALL/ACBD Substantive Law Webinar Series

    October 9, 2014

    Starting in October, the CALL/ACBD Webinar Committee will be offering the first in a series of substantive law webinars delivered by Ted Tjaden. For more details or to register, visit the CALL/ACBD website.

    SLA Calgary Mini-Conference Series: Demystifying Copyright

    October 8, 2014   

    This session will focus on the challenges of the ever‐evolving copyright landscape. Whether it be the licensing and dissemination of digital resources, the application of fair dealing, understanding copyright in a commercial setting, or educating your patrons and clients, we have all dealt with copyright challenges.

    We will be hearing from 2 speakers which will be followed by a Q&A session. You are invited to anonymously submit questions to Sarah Gustafson via email before the mini‐conference, or ask them yourself at the session. Following the Q&A session, time will be left for private attendee discussion.

    Shely Henry: SAIT Copyright Officer
    Paul Doda: Elsevier Global Litigation Counsel

    Both SLA and non‐SLA members are welcome. Kindly sponsored by Elsevier.

    Conference Contacts:
    Sarah Gustafson, (403) 229‐9338, SLA Calgary Director
    Margo Price, (403) 619‐4985

    This is a free event but please RSVP to Sarah Gustafson by October, 30, 2014.
    Lunch provided (include dietary restrictions in RSVP)

    Friday, November 7th, 2014
    Talisman Energy Inc., 2000, 888 3rd Street S.W.
    1:00 – 4:30 pm

    SEPTEMBER 2014

    Invitation to the Foothills Library Association’s Bubbly Brunch

    September 24, 2014   

    As the newly minted Membership Director for FLA, I’d like to extend an invitation to CLLG members for our annual Bubbly Brunch.  This is the premier event of our new Executive year and is a great opportunity to network with information professionals from different library sectors while enjoying a delicious meal with a glass of the bubbly.

    We’ll also be reviewing and discussing the results from our recent vision and values survey to FLA members.  Perhaps this might prompt some ideas that can be brought back to CLLG?

    Here are the event details with a link to the registration page.  Please RSVP by September 30.  Hope to see some of you there!

    What: FLA Bubbly Brunch
    : 10 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014
    Where: Fort Calgary, 750 – 9 Avenue SW

    Cost: $40 Members
    $50 Non-members
    $30 Students

    ASSIST Walk for Wellness

    September 15, 2014   

    The law library community has been encouraged to participate in this upcoming event on Friday, September 26 at noon. Please feel free to share with the lawyers in your organization as well.

    CALL Tweet Chat – September 25, 12-1pm – Lets Talk About It!

    September 15, 2014  

    The Canadian Association of Law Libraries is hosting an interesting event. Visit their website for additional details.

    CBA (Alberta) Research Lawyers Section (South) 2014-2015 membership

    September 10, 2014  

    An invitation to join the Canadian Bar Association (Alberta) Research Lawyers Section (South) for the 2014-2015 year:

    CBA letter and CBA registration form

    CLLG Fall Business Meeting

    September 9, 2014  

    Please save the date for the CLLG Fall Business Meeting. An agenda will be sent out closer to the meeting date.

    When: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 over the lunch hour

    Where: Alberta Law Libraries – conference room

    Job Posting

    September 9, 2014   

    Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP is looking for an Information Management and Research Specialist. Details are available on their website.

    Online Membership Registration Form

    September 8, 2014   

    Joining CLLG is now much simpler and saves time.   Yes, you can now join by filling out  and submitting our our new online registration form.  You still need to send  us your check ( one day soon you will be able to register and pay online) either in person or by mail.  General membership inquiries & comments should  be directed to Annamarie Bergen.

    Mailing Address:

    Annamarie Bergen, Library
    c/o Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
    Suite 2500, 450-1st Street SW
    Calgary, AB
    T2P  5H1

    AUGUST 2014

    Job Posting

    August 5, 2014   

    Alberta Law Libraries is looking for a part time Library Assistant for Document Delivery.  Details available at Alberta Law Libraries.

    JULY 2014

    Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory Sold to LexisNexis Canada

    July 22, 2014   

    On July 22, 2014, LexisNexis Canada announced the acquisition of Wolters Kluwer Legal Products. Thanks to Annamarie Bergen of Osler, Hoskins & Harcourt LLP for the update.

    2013-2014 Shelagh Mikulak Library Leadership Award Recipient

    July 22, 2014

    Lana Barrett, of Norton Rose Fullbright Canada LLP is the recipient of the 2013-2014 Shelagh Mikulak Library Leadership Award, seen here with Shelagh’s husband, Murray at the CLLG June Annual General Meeting.  The award is given to CLLG members who have shown leadership and outstanding service to the library profession.  Congratulations Lana! 

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    JUNE 2014

    The Looseleaf – Where’s the Value?

    June 2, 2014   

    Well, I finally did it!  In the library, we cancelled any loose-leaf subscription that were updated more than 3 times per year.  Ok, this decision is not going to send legal publishers into bankruptcy but it was our small way of saying, “WE AIN’T GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE !”

    Reading about the Vancouver Courthouse Library’s  initiative to go digital because”technology is now transforming what it means to find and use legal information “and it’s push away from print law books “especially loose-leafs that have become untenable expensive” with “mandatory updates by publishers on an all or nothing proposition”,  got me revisiting the whole loose-leaf debate.

    Louis Mirando’s post on Slaw on the Evolution of Legal Information Products, also got me thinking about “how everyone knows that in law it is necessary to be up-to-date” but “this means relying on insanely expensive loose-leaf texts that have been superceded by advances in information technology”.   Today, many loose-leaf subscriptions come with 8 -12 supplements per year at an average cost of $400 per supplement.  Do these loose-leaf texts “really need that many updates to keep it up-to-date”?  Do any of the updates, update the commentary?  The answer is often no.  An update is commonly a  new case thrown into the footnotes or a section of an act revised.  Where’s the value?  Loose-leafs texts  like any other secondary source are all about the commentary.   I can and will check a database for any new cases.

    We have lots of bound books in the library that get updated as new editions every few years and no one balks about picking up one of these and relying on it, knowing that it is current to a specific time.  But as soon as they pick up a loose-text they think it is current to yesterday.  It’s a mind set.  Where’s the value?

    MAY 2014

    Primary Research Group Report on 2014 Law Library Benchmarks

    May 26, 2014   

    Summarized by Katherine Montgomery, Law Technology News.

    Primary Research Group Inc. has published a detailed survey of 2013 law library spending plans and management practices. The company surveyed 60 Canadian and American law libraries of different sizes and types, including libraries in law firms, university law schools, courthouse and private companies. The survey findings are available in “Law Library Benchmarks, 2014 Edition.

    Chief among the findings reported is that 37.5 percent of law libraries saw budget reductions in 2013, while less than a fifth had budget increases. This reflects a shift from the 2012-2013 survey, when more than 40 percent of libraries indicated overall budget growth during 2011.

    On average, however, budget reductions were small: less than 5 percent of the overall budget. Courthouse libraries saw the largest cuts, with a mean of 7.25 percent. Most libraries polled expect little change in 2014—a budget expansion or reduction within 5 percent of the overall budget—with a small trend toward expansion.

    More libraries anticipated cuts in their physical size: almost half of those surveyed expected that their physical space would decrease in the next three years, while just more than 40 percent expected their space to remain the same. Law firm libraries had the highest expectations of reduced space, with almost two-thirds anticipating reductions.

    The range of spending on content and materials was vast: libraries polled spent between $200 and $1.8 million in 2013. University law libraries spent a mean of $778,232; courthouse libraries spent $472,457, and private company law libraries spent $2,726. Law firm spending reflected firm size, with a mean of $442,626 for firms with ten or fewer lawyers, and $828,429 for firms with more than 200 lawyers.

    Budgets for all libraries were split almost exactly 50-50 between print and electronic resources, with courthouse libraries spending two-thirds of their budget on print and law firms spending almost 60 percent on electronic resources. More than half of libraries surveyed planned to increase their electronic holdings and reduce their print holdings in the next few years.

    Libraries spent a mean of $320,931 on online databases in 2013, and on overage expect this to increase by about 3 percent in 2014. Two-thirds of participants used Westlaw “extensively,” with almost as many using Hein Online and Lexis either “frequently” or “extensively.”

    Just under one-third of libraries had a social media presence on Facebook, by far the most popular social media site. Among these, the most active Facebook users were university libraries, two-thirds were active on Facebook. University libraries were also disproportionately active on Twitter: just under a quarter of all law libraries had a Twitter presence in 2013, but almost half of university law libraries tweeted.

    Other topics in the survey include spending on salaries, print reporters, online and print directories, books, e-books, journals and other information resources, cost recovery, and more. The report breaks down data by both library type and institution size.

    2014 CLLG Annual General Meeting

    May 26, 2014   

    The annual general meeting is being held at the deVille Cafe, Arts Central at 100 – 7th Ave SW on June 17th from 5 – 7 pm.  Come on out and see what the CLLG has been up to.

    Cost is $10.  Includes appetizers, 1 drink ticket & all the conversation with your colleagues that you can handle!

    RSVP to Jennifer Merchant at by Friday, June 13th .  Let her know if you have any food allergies.

    See you there!

    Alberta QP Stakeholder Engagement Session

    May 20, 2014   

    Gisele Abt, Manager with the Alberta Queen’s Printer has invited CLLG members to attend a stakeholder engagement session on May 29 from 10:30am to 1:30pm (light lunch included!) to find out about QP current products and services. “Come and help ensure your requirements for accessing Alberta laws and official government materials”. RSVP to  The session takes place at 2620 AMEC Place, 801-6th Ave in Calgary.

    APRIL 2014

    Law Students Arriving at Your Firm Without WestlawNext Canada Training

    April 29, 2014   

    Nadine Hoffman, librarian at the U of C Bennett Jones Law Library, reminded the CLLG membership, that law students on academic accounts will not have access to the new WestlawNext Canada until September 2014.  If your firm has already transitioned to the new WestlawNext Canada platform,  be prepared to provide them with the additional training they will need to be able to perform the legal research required of them.

    New and Improved BC Laws Website

    April 28, 2014   

    Kim Nayyer’s post on Slaw highlights how BC is doing things right in terms of supporting the open law movement.  The BC Queen’s Printer’s subscription service, QP LegalEze, has been retired and its content integrated into the new BC Laws website making the website an extremely robust and free tool for BC legislative research.

    Having worked in Vancouver for two years, I used the old BC Laws website constantly when doing legislative research and loved it.  Now that it includes a wealth of historical legislative material, I’m sure local legal researchers and law librarians are jumping for joy.  The tables of legislative changes and point-in-time  versions of provisions are great additions to current statutory content.  And having the homepage also act as a portal to other legislative material like the BC Gazette, Orders-in-Council, Hansard, and bills is another highly commendable feature of the website.

    I feel BC is a trailblazer when it comes to making legal information publicly available.  On the litigation side, the government database Court Services Online allows members of the public to view docket information and order copies of court documents for a small fee.

    I wish Alberta would follow BC’s example in making legislative information and court documents more open and user-friendly to the public.  While some legislative information is freely available, one must jump from website to website and I don’t feel like the information is collected, organized, or formatted in a user-friendly way.

    Here’s hoping BC’s open law tendencies rub off on Alberta.

    MARCH 2014

    Take Screenshots in Chrome

    March 19, 2014   

    I stopped using my operating system’s built in screen capture tool a long time ago and started using Google Chrome’s Extension, Awesome Screenshot: Capture & Annotate. You can capture the whole webpage or a portion of the page.  You can edit the screenshot, crop it, write on it, highlight  important information or blur sensitive data. After editing you can save the screenshot as an image, copy to the clipboard or  print the screenshot.  Here’s what the screenshot looks like with some of the features of Awesome Screenshot.

    Is Google & Bing Searching For All of Your Search Terms?

    March 17, 2014  

    Not likely.  You cannot count on search engines searching for ALL of your search terms. To force Bing to search all terms use the  Boolean AND, or the prefix inbody:xxx.  In Google use Verbatim ( Under Search Tools- All Results) or intext:xxxx.

    FEBRUARY 2014

    Looking Up Nominate Report Citations in the English Reports

    February 24, 2014   

    You’ve found a citation to an old English decision that is not available in Quicklaw or WestlawCanada.  What do you do now?

    The English Reports (ER) are a reprint of nominate reports of judgments of the English courts from 1220 to 1866 and contain most of the nominate reports.  It’s likely your citation is from one of these nominate reports and may appear in the ER.  Here’s an overview of how to look up a citation in the ER.

    Use the Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations to look up the full name of your nominate report.  Click on the report title to see if it’s included in the ER and what volume(s).

    1. If you have access to the ER in print, simply choose the appropriate volume(s) and look up your case in the index at the back of the volume or in vols. 177-178 (index to cases).  This will tell you the exact page number on which your decision begins.
    2. The ER are also freely available online via CommonLII.  You can browse by year or case name and use Ctrl + F to find your decision.  If you subscribe to HeinOnline, the ER are also available in this database.

    Where Did That Statute Go? Finding Repealed & Replaced Statutes on the New Federal Government Justice Laws Website

    February 3, 2014   

    On behalf of Nadine Hoffman, Natural Resources, Energy & Environmental Law Librarian, University of Calgary

    Older statutes can still be found on the new Justice Laws website, but you will need to a little bit of digging.  Being able to find federal legislation will be even more important, when the Government of Canada stops  making their publications available  in print as of April 14, 2014.  Publications will be available in electronic format only.

    Below are screen shots of a search for the 1992 Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.  A search of the Consolidated Acts, finds the current version of the Act.  Clicking on “Previous Versions” eventually takes you to the “Archived version of the Act”.  Once the Act has been archived it is no longer available in a  convenient PDF format, but hey, it’s  still there and they even provide a Table of Contents of the Act! (Click on the screen shot to enlarge it, that way you can read it :))

    JANUARY 2014

    Library Job Posting (Position has been filled)

    January 28, 2014

    Norton Rose Fulbright is looking for a research librarian for a 1 year term.  

    Upcoming CLLG Session

    January 23, 2014   

    I follow the ABlawg blog,  the U of C’s Faculty of Law Blog.   I find their blog posts to be timely and relevant in my work as a law  librarian and personally.  We also have a lawyer in the office who has contributed to the blog.  On January 29, CLLG is hosting a lunchtime session on the “Impact of ABlawg“.  The guest speaker will be Professor Jennifer Koshan.   The event is being held at the Bankers Hall Auditorium, 315 – 8th Ave (Level P3) from 12-1:30pm.  Cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members and you even get lunch!  Contact Eneida Tomani at to reserve your spot.


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