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  • 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! 

  • 30 Jun 2014 6:05 AM | Anonymous

    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.

  • 31 Dec 2013 2:26 PM | Anonymous

     NOVEMBER 2013

    Looking for a Career Change?

    November 14, 2013 

    Or know someone who is interested in working for CCH?  They are looking for an External Account Manager. Check out their job posting on our library job board.

    Some Highlights from the Vendor’s Forum

    October 29, 2013 

    If you were unable  to attend  the  CLLG Vendor’s Forum held on October 28, 2013,  here are some highlights from this event.

    LexisNexis (Online) and LexisNexis (Print)

    LexisNexis Online announced the release of Practical  Advisor Canada, an online tool for the transactional lawyer.  Currently the only practice area covered is Insolvency & Restructuring but Intellectual Property will be available soon.  On the print side,  Arthur Vaz announced new titles and some specials  currently on including the opportunity to update cancelled  looseleaf titles at 40% off.

    Alberta Queen’s Printer

    Alberta Queen’s Printer announced that a new website is coming and that QPSource would be getting a new software update.  They are looking for power users to test the new QPSource platform.   If you would like to be a beta tester, contact  The Queen’s Printer is  trying to obtain the rights to distribute the Alberta Building Code & Fire Code  from the Feds.   They also  spoke about the new Public Registry of Proposed Regulations.


    Carswell announced that they would be rolling out the new WestlawNext Canada  to subscribers in waves starting in 2014.  WestlawNext will have a “google” type interface with “one search” but will maintain an “advanced search” for more sophisticated users.  New tools will help users share and organize research they have found.   New titles continue to be added to the eReference Library and there is currently a treatise sale at 35% off.

    S & P Capital IQ for Law Professionals

    New to the CLLG Vendors Forum, S & P  provides real time market data, research and analytics.

    I want to thank the Program Committee and the vendors for putting on  this event.  I always find it relevant and informative.

    SEPTEMBER 2013

    All Members’ Business Meeting

    September 17, 2013 

    Mark your calendars!  Join us for the CLLG members’ business meeting on October 16, 2013.  Where? At Field LLP, located at #400- 604 1 St.  SW, from 12:00 – 1:00pm.  RSVP to Eneida Tomani by Tuesday, October 15th.  Beverages will be provided, but if you want to eat, bring your own lunch!

    It’s Time to Renew Your CLLG Membership

    September 4, 2013 

    Yes, it’s time to renew your CLLG Membership for the 2013-2014 season.   It’s easy! Just click  ‘Join CLLG’  on our website and select ‘Membership Application Form‘.  When renewing your membership, please  check to see that your information in the current directory is correct.  New members are welcomed at any time.

    Changes at CanLII

    September 4, 2013 

    Note that as of  September 17, 2013, the “beta” interface at CanLII becomes the new  search CanLII interface.

    Federal Publications Goes Bust!

    September 4, 2013 

    Annamarie Bergen, Legal Information Specialist at Osler, informs us that  Federal Publications Inc.  filed for bankruptcy on July 31, 2013.  According to Annamarie,  “if  you subscribed to receive the Supreme Court Reports,  Federal Courts Reports, bound Canada Statutes, Gazettes etc. which Federal Publications sold, you may receive a letter from Zeifman Partners Inc. who is the Trustee in Bankruptcy for Federal Publications demanding payment for any amounts owing”.

    How Does Your Library Measure Up?

    September 4, 2013 

    See Library Boy’s posting for a bibliography on measuring value in libraries, as well as link to Susannah Tredwell’s interesting article on ‘Measuring the Performance of Law Firm Libraries

    JULY 2013

    Finally! New CLLG Website Launched!

    July 24, 2013 

    Yes, it’s true.  We have launched the new, revised website with a new theme and using WordPress. Please be patient, it is a living document and we plan to add new content and features as we move along.  Please send us any comments, corrections and/or changes.  Oh yeah, we do accept praise!

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