Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Latest Issue of Canadian Law Library Review

The latest issue of Canadian Law Library Review is available in print and online.

The journal is published by the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL). The online edition is available to CALL members in the members-only section of the CALL website.

Some of the highlights of this issue include:
  • CALL 50th Anniversary: Reflections - A Parade of Past Presidents: "The Canadian Association of Law Libraries began a year- long celebration of its fiftieth anniversary with a parade of past presidents at the closing banquet of the conference held in Toronto in May 2012. In preparation for the presentation of the past presidents, CALL/ACBD members Janet Moss and Rosalie Fox researched some of their accomplishments"
  • Built to Last - A Year of Celebration at the Ontario Legislative Library (by Erica Anderson):  "CALL Conference 2012 attendees in Toronto may recall the reception held at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, which included a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Legislative Library in the North Wing of Queen’s Park. Library staff had a busy and exciting year marking the centenary with special events, like the one at CALL, and with written works ––most notably a commemorative book–– Built to Last, The Legislative Library: Celebrating 100 Years in the North Wing of the Legislative Building, 1912 - 2012 by Susanne Hynes, Joanne Robertson and Elias Chiddicks. This book is an excellent companion to Susanne’s earlier Ontario Legislative Library book, From Ashes to Steel, about the 1909 fire that destroyed the Legislative Library. The 2012 celebration marks 100 years for the Legislative Library in the same space, but it has been operating in various locations for nearly 200 years (stay tuned for that celebration in 2016!). Since, as far as we can tell, there was very little fanfare when the Library opened the doors to its new facility in the North Wing, the 2012 anniversary is also an opportunity to recognize how our predecessors pulled through that devastating fire of 1909 and built a structure that has lasted a century."
  • Free and Open Access to Legal Resources Through CanLII (by Max David King): "Law librarians, lawyers, and activists often discuss the possibilities for free and open access to legal resources in the digital age and through the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) in particular. However, this potential is not yet fully realized (...) CanLII is often held up as an alternative to the large corporations that dominate the legal publishing industry as CanLII provides free and open access to case law and legislation (despite some noticeable gaps in its resources compared to Westlaw Canada and LexisNexis Quicklaw). In particular, CanLII does not offer secondary materials such as journals, digests or law related articles and does not offer points of access through topical databases, such as criminal or family law. Although CanLII is incorporating more primary legal resources and has expressed its intent to incorporate secondary legal resources into its services, these moves may not fully solve the problems surrounding access to legal information. The question addressed in this paper is what modifications can be made to CanLII to bridge the gap between its current services and its stated intent of free and open access for the Canadian public."
  • Law Library Virtual Tours and Tutorials on YouTube: A Social Media Review (by Channarong Intahchomphoo): "This study investigates how law libraries can use YouTube to provide virtual tours and online tutorials to build relationships between the library and patron. It also looks at how YouTube can help to promote better information- seeking practices including how to search more efficiently and effectively for books and journals, how to search subscribed academic databases, how to evaluate online information sources based on academic criteria, and how to seek expert assistance from librarians. In this study, the University of Ottawa’s Brian Dickson Law Library, and the Harvard Law School Library were selected as examples of how to incorporate YouTube as a part of the library’s services for patrons. " 
  • Research Strategies for Locating Hard-to-Find Legal Materials (by Humayun Rashid): "I have been involved in reference services on a regular basis since 1991 and have occasionally provided interlibrary loan services as part of the overall reference services, but I took on the challenge of assisting with document delivery services without realizing the difficulties in finding some of the more obscure materials requested by faculty. This opportunity provided me with an excellent chance to refine my reference and research skills. It also honed my organizational and analytical skills, and allowed me to draw on my cataloguing experience and many years of reference service. This article provides advice on research strategies for hard-to-find materials requested by patrons."
  • Management 301: Lessons from CALL 2012 (by Wendy Reynolds): "The program for the Canadian Assocation of Law Libraries’ annual conference (“CALL 2012”) had subtle themes running through it. Although not specifically articulated, David Whelan, Program Committee Chair, and his committee looked for topics from potential speakers which fit into three broad categories: personal growth and development, contributing to your organization’s reputation, and looking to the future. For me, as Conference Planning Committee Chair, and perhaps for others on the Conference Planning Committee (CPC), there was yet another area for learning. Planning the Toronto CALL conference was an advanced management seminar. In the spirit of collaboration, I thought I would pass along some of the lessons learned. "

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