Canadian Association of Law Libraries 2014 Conference - More Annual Reports
The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) is beginning its 2014 annual conference this weekend in Winnipeg.
Annual reports of committees and special interest groups have been submitted in anticipation of the general meeting.
Here are summaries of some of them:
Oral History Project:
The Oral History Project was established to capture the association’s history as it approached its 50th anniversary in 2013. Interviews with CALL veteran Denis Lemay (Université Laval) have been completed. The Project will shortly begin a new oral history with Anne Crocker, who served as president of CALL from 1995 to 1997.
Vendor Liaison Committee:
The Committee will be hosting the Vendor’s Open Forum at the 2014 conference where the membership will have the opportunity to ask questions to major Canadian publishers such as Carswell, LexisNexis, CCH and SOQUIJ. The Committee will also report back to the membership on publishers’ presentations notably Westlaw, CCH, Minesoft, Justis Publishing Ltd., SOQUIJ, William Hein.
Canadian Abridgment Editorial Advisory Board:
The Board meets formally twice a year with representatives from Carswell, the publisher of the Abridgment. The Board was advised that 2013 was a busy publishing year with reissues of the volumes of case digests on pensions, natural resources, public law, guarantee and indemnity, financial institutions, communications, conflict of laws, commercial law, and intellectual property. Labour and Employment will be reissued in 2014. Civil Practice and Procedure will be reissued in 2015.
In terms of the Index to Canadian Legal Literature (ICLL), more provincial reports are being added, mostly for the western provinces, as well as 2 new publications: Impact and Canadian Employer. There was 1 new contributor to the ICLL in 2013: Bibliothèque et archives nationales du Québec. A new subject heading specific to CLE/CPD materials is being added on a go forward basis. Carswell asked the Board members if blogs and podcasts should be included in the ICLL. Legal podcasts from reputable institutions such as McGill will be indexed, but blog articles will not for the moment.
New Canadian Encyclopedic Digest volumes published in 2013 include those on Alternate Dispute Resolution, Human Rights, Municipal Corporations (split into 3 parts: Administration and Counsel; Bylaws, Permits, and Legal Proceedings; and General), Pensions - Private, and Pensions - Public. As well, Carswell will be updating approximately 95 or so titles per year, at least for the next few years.