Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Canadian Association of Law Libraries 2018 Conference - More Annual Reports

This is a follow-up to yesterday's post entitled Canadian Association of Law Libraries 2018 Conference Annual Reports.

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) will be holding its 2018 annual conference this upcoming weekend in Halifax and committees and special interest groups have been submitting their annual activity reports for members to read.

Here are a few more of them:
  • Scholarships and Awards Committee:
    • The James D. Lang Memorial Scholarship is designed to support attendance at a continuing education program - The successful applicant  is Ilana Newman who will be using the award to assist with attending the New Law Librarians’ Institute 2018.
    • The Diana M. Priestly Memorial Scholarship is intended to support professional development in the field and was given to Michelle Terriss of the University of Alberta.  Ms. Terriss is currently enrolled in the MLIS program and is a Juris Doctor holder and member in good standing of the Law Society of Alberta. 
    • The Education Reserve Fund is used to award money to members to further their education in pursuits that do not fit the guidelines of already established scholarships. These could include such activities as library and/or law courses given outside Canada, study leaves and/or sabbaticals, or other educational activities. The Fund will facilitate attendance for two at the upcoming New Law Librarians’ Institute 2018.  Recipients will be announced at a later date.
    • Recipients of the Michael Silverstein Prize (for an outstanding contribution to enhancing understanding, analysis and appreciation of primary law and legal taxonomy)and the Denis Marshall Memorial Award(to recognize outstanding service to the Association AND/OR the profession of law librarianship)will be announced during the conference. 
  • KF Modified Committee:this committee oversees the development of the KF Modified classification scheme for Canadian law libraries. The committee has been working on the development of a web-based version of the KF Modified Classification as a way to securing the long term sustainability of the classification schedule and promote its use to common law libraries outside of Canada. It is also looking at the logistical implications of the CALL Board decision to make KF Modified available for free to libraries in low- and middle-income countries and in certain Canadian non-profit organizations.
  • Copyright Committee: The federal government commenced its mandatory review of the Copyright Act on December 13, 2017. The Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA), of which CALL is a member, has formed a committee to be involved in the consultation process. 
  • Vendor Liaison Committee (Members only section): Semi-annual vendor calls with LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters have proven to be a productive and efficient way of bringing CALL membership’s issues to the table. The questions and concerns about vendor products and services that are voiced during the calls all come from members. The Committee has noticed that since information about the calls as well as vendor demos is hidden behind the firewall on the CALL website, some members may have problems finding them. The Committee will include better instructions on finding the material as part of its overall communications plan.
  • Hugh Lawford Award for Excellence in Legal Publishing Committee:
    This year's nominees are:
    • Alberta Law Review from the University of Alberta – the ALR is a peer-reviewed student run legal journal, providing a discussion of contemporary legal issues of interest to lawyers, scholars, judges and law students in Alberta and beyond.
    • Criminal Law Series from Emond Publishing – a collection of practical, accessible and affordable handbooks to assist criminal practitioners, judges and students. To date six titles have been published, with ten more planned.
    • The Lawyer’s Daily from Lexis Nexis Canada Inc. – provides real-time Canadian legal news, analysis and current awareness for lawyers and legal professionals.
    • vLex Canada from Compass – in partnership with Justia, Compass brings together vLex Global, along with Canadian resources including Maritime Law Book’s law reporter collection, MLB Topics categories, and selections from Irwin Law’s Essentials of Canadian Law series.
    • The winner will be announced during a reception at the conference on Monday, May 28, 2018.



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Monday, May 21, 2018

Canadian Association of Law Libraries 2018 Conference Annual Reports


The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) is beginning its 2018 annual conference this upcoming weekend in Halifax.

Annual reports of committees and special interest groups have been submitted in anticipation of the general meeting.

Here are summaries of some of them:
  • Professional Development Committee (PDC): The Professional Development Committee (PDC) ascertains the needs and wishes of the membership in regard to continuing professional education. In the past year, it has worked on issues such as the pricing and housing on CALL website of Advanced Legal Research videos and having CALL conference sessions approved for continuing professional development (“CPD”) credits for members of the legal profession
  • Webinar Sub-Committee: this is a very active sub-committee of the PDC. It held many successful webinars in 2017-18. Topics covered included Libraries and Access to Justice;  US Legislation for Canadian Legal Researchers (Parts One) & Two; Uncovering UN Treaties; Copyright in Context for CALL Members; Platforms, Apps and Omnibots - Alternate Views on the Future of Legal Research; Intersections with Aboriginal and Indigenous Law; US Executive Branch Research for the Canadian Legal Researcher; and Digital Repository Success Stories. Net revenue for the committee reached $2,500 for the year
  • Committee to Promote Research: one of its primary responsibilities is awarding a research grant to a CALL member. This year's grant is being awarded to Megan Siu for her research project entitled Accessing Legal Information as a Self-Represented Litigant in Rural Alberta. Her study “will offer insight into how the nuances of living in rural areas can impact the way that people access legal information...[and will] find trends that are helpful for regional library systems and their member libraries to consider for their own programming purposes”. For the 2018 conference in Nova Scotia, the committee proposed a pre-conference workshop entitled “Writing Persuasively to Build a Better Business Case for your Library”.
  • New Law Librarians’ Institute (NLLI): NLLI is an intensive, week-long program aimed at developing librarians' skills in the key competencies of law librarianship. The 2018 New Law Librarians’ Institute (NLLI) will be held at UCalgary on June 19-22, 2018.  
  • Canadian Law Library Review: Susan Barker (University of Toronto) is stepping down as editor. Nikki Tanner (University of New Brunswick) will take over at the helm.
  • Membership Development Committee (MDC):
    • The MDC runs a very active educational visit program to sell CALL and law librarianship to students enrolled in university library and information studies programs
    • It is also in charge of CALL's mentorship program. For the 2017-18 year, there were 20 mentoring partnerships established through the Mentorship Program (compared to 16 pairs in 2016-2017)
    •  The MDC also produced 6 member profiles on the CALL website.  These profiles spotlight members’ careers and initiatives they have undertaken.  Members were chosen with an aim for mix of new and seasoned professionals and covering various geographic areas in Canada.  This year, the MDC also added profiles of important work projects undertaken by CALL members 
    • Finally, the MDC is working on an initiative for recruiting Government Documents librarians into CALL, as well as scoping out a more general membership recruitment campaign for the association

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Most Recent Issue of Canadian Law Library Review

The most recent issue of the Canadian Law Library Review is available online.

It is a publication of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries.

Feature articles in this issue include:
  • Exploring the Development of a Standard System of Citation Metrics for Legal Academics by Susan Barker, Bora Laskin Law Library, University of Toronto
  • Are Publication and Citation Counts Reliable Indicators of Research Productivity or Impact? by Sean Rehaag,Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto

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Supreme Court of Canada: New Library Titles

The list of new library titles added to the Supreme Court of Canada collection from May 1 to 15, 2018 is now available on the Court website.

It is possible to subscribe via e-mail to receive the list.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

70 Years of the International Law Commission

A few weeks ago, the International Law Commission, a body of the United Nations, started its 70th session in New York City.

As a blog post from the Peace Palace Library in The Hague explains:
"Its achievements range from laying the groundwork for the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties and the 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court to adopting the 2001 articles on the responsibility of States for internationally wrongful acts."
The purpose of the Commission, as defined under article 13 (1) (a) of the Charter of the United Nations, is to "initiate studies and make recommendations for the purpose of ... encouraging the progressive development of international law and its codification".

It is currently working on issues such as:
  • Crimes against humanity
  • Immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction
  • Provisional application of treaties
  • Identification of customary international law
  • Protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts
  • Protection of the atmosphere
  • Peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens)
  • Succession of States in respect of State responsibility
In the past, I have found its research guides to be very useful sources to help understand international law.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

May 2018 Issue of Governance and Recordkeeping Around the World

The Governance and Recordkeeping Around the World newsletter, published by Library and Archives Canada (LAC), highlights issues pertaining to government and recordkeeping practices in the public and private sectors around the world.

The May 2018 issue has just been published.
It includes:
  • news items from Canada and around the world
  • announcements of upcoming Canadian and international events (meetings, conferences, seminars)
  • project and product news in areas such as digitization, archives, open source, e-government, access to information and Web 2.0
  • listings of papers and readings (white papers, presentations, reports)

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Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Supreme Court of Canada Calendar of May 2018 Hearings

The Supreme Court of Canada has published its calendar of appeals that will be heard from May 14 to May 25, 2018.

To find out more about any particular case, click on the docket number in parentheses next to each case name to find docket information, case summaries as well as facta from the parties.

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Thursday, May 03, 2018

Complete Series of Official Supreme Court Reports Now Available on Lexum

All issues of the official Supreme Court Reports dating back to their first publication in 1878 are now available on the Lexum website.

Lexum is the Court's partner which has published Court decisions since 1992 and the Reports since 2013.

Parties to proceedings may cite either the print or PDF version of the Reports in documents filed with the Court.

This initiative is part of the Court’s continued efforts to make case-related information more accessible to the public.

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Wednesday, May 02, 2018

American Libraries Journal Publishes Library Systems Report 2018

American Libraries has just published Library Systems Report 2018, the latest in a series of annual reports on trends in the library technology industry:
"A plethora of integrated library systems (ILS) with long lineages pervades the industry. In many respects these products have not only matured in functionality but have also adapted to changing expectations. The ILS continues to be the dominant solution for public, school, and special libraries, though it faces formidable challenges from LSPs in the academic library sphere."

"In 2017, many ILS vendors devoted considerable development efforts to web-based interfaces. Many have evolved from earlier client-server technologies with graphic interfaces installed on the computers of staff members or service desks. The age of client-server computing has passed, and the transition to web interfaces is long overdue. Libraries seek fully web-based products without compromising the rich functionality and efficiencies embodied in legacy platforms. It’s unfortunate at this late phase of the cycle of cloud computing that development efforts are consumed in a lateral move toward new interfaces at the expense of innovations."
The 2018 edition looks at corporate consolidation, technical and sales trends in the industry, and product profiles for the academic, school and special library markets.

It is written by Marshall Breeding, a well-known library tech expert. He also edits the Library Technology Guides website and produces the annual International Library Automation Perceptions Surveys.

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Tuesday, May 01, 2018

May 2018 Issue of In Session - E-Newsletter of Canadian Association of Law Libraries

The May 2018 issue of In Session is available online.

It is the monthly e-newsletter of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) and contains news from CALL committees and special interest groups, member updates and events.

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