Thursday, February 25, 2021

The library world is celebrating Fair Dealing Week in Canada right now, with a host of activities across the country.

As the Fair Dealing Canada website explains:

"The Canadian Copyright Act allows the use of material from a copyright protected work (literature, musical scores, audiovisual works, etc.) without permission when certain conditions are met. People can use fair dealing for  research, private study, education, parody, satire, criticism, review, and news reporting. In order to ensure your copying is fair, you need to consider several factors such as the amount you are copying, whether you are distributing the copy to others, and whether your copying might have a detrimental effect on potential sales of the original work (...)"

"Fair dealing has a large, positive impact, including for:

  • Educators and students at all levels,
  • Creative professionals (journalists, authors, filmmakers, musicians, etc.),
  • Individuals who want to use, copy or share portions of copyright protected works in their daily lives."

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Successful Onboarding to Help New Employees Succeed

It is the time of year when we start planning for the arrival of summer employees and reviewing our orientation and training practices.

The January/February 2021 issue of AALL Spectrum, a publication of the American Association of Law Libraries, offers some helpful advice in an article on Successful Onboarding: Creating an Environment Where New Employees Can Succeed.

The articles looks at various components of the onboarding process:

  • Goals for Orientation and Onboarding
  • Before the New Employee Arrives
  • Mentorship
  • After Arrival
  • Process Training with Peers


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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

New European Court of Human Rights Factsheets

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg has published a series of Factsheets that describe important jurisprudence of the institution on a number of subjects.

Recent additions include:

The ECHR hears complaints from individuals living in any of the member states of the Council of Europe about violations of the European Convention of Human Rights. The Council of Europe is one of the continent's oldest political organizations, founded in 1949. It has 47 member countries. Canada is an observer.

The ECHR is not to be confused with 2 other major international courts based in Europe:


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Monday, February 22, 2021

Process to Select Who Will Replace Justice Rosalie Abella on Supreme Court of Canada

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last week announced the selection process for the next appointment at the Supreme Court of Canada given the retirement of the Honourable Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella on July 1st.

Justice Abella's biography is on the Supreme Court of Canada website.

You can learn more about how the process works on the website of the Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs Canada.



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Sunday, February 21, 2021

Registration Open for 2021 Virtual Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries

Registration is now open for the next annual conference of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries taking place virtually Wednesday, May 26th – Friday, June 4th, 2021. 

The program is divided into 5 themes:

  • Data and Legal Information
  • Services and Technology
  • Social Justice
  • History Meets Innovation
  • Resilience and Reinvention

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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Victoria Law Reform Commission Consultation on Jurors who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Blind or Have Low Vision

The Victoria Law Reform Commission is conducting a public consultation on more inclusive juries

The Commission wants to find out what reforms are needed to improve access for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind or have low vision who wish to serve as jurors in the state of Victoria.

It issued a consultation paper in December 2020 and will be gathering input until the end of February.

From the terms of reference:

"The Juries Act 2000 (Vic) provides a list of people who are ineligible to serve as jurors. Among those excluded are persons with ‘a physical disability that renders [them] incapable of performing the duties of jury service’, and those who are ‘unable to communicate in or understand the English language adequately’."

"Although people who are deaf, hard or hearing, blind or have low vision are not expressly precluded from jury service, prohibitions on allowing interpreters or communication assistants into the jury room mean that, for many, such service would not be possible."

"The project will examine the current legal framework to consider whether legislative change is required, what practical supports would be necessary, and whether there are specific circumstances in which such jury service should be limited. In conducting this review, the Commission will have regard to: 

  • Relevant legal and practice developments in domestic and international jurisdictions. 
  • Current practice and statistics in Victoria relating to excusal and disqualification of people who are deaf, hard or hearing, blind or have low vision as jurors. 
  • The common law rule prohibiting any non-jurors from being present in jury deliberations (the ‘thirteenth person’ rule). 
  • The interaction with discrimination law and human rights in Victoria. 
  • The interaction with peremptory challenges and crown stand-asides. 
  • The resourcing and training implications for court and jury offices staff and judicial officers. 
  • The importance of a fair trial and confidence in the jury system."

Appendix B of the consultation paper provides information about the experience of many other jurisdictions. Those jurisdictions include New Zealand, England and Wales, Scotland, Ireland, the United States, and Canada.

The state of Victoria is in south-eastern Australia and its capital is Melbourne.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Canadian Bar Association Task Force Report on Justice Issues Arising from COVID-19

The Canadian Bar Association has released the report of its task force on justice issues related to COVID-19:

"With an eye towards harnessing the promise of change for a more resilient, accessible and modern system beyond the pandemic, this report discusses how different Canadian jurisdictions and sister democracies are adapting their justice systems to address the pandemic. It then examines how best to properly implement new measures to avoid their main risks or unintended side-effects — paying particular attention to access to justice and confidence in the justice system, judicial independence, self-represented litigants and the open courts principle. The report also discusses the importance of sustainable investment in the justice system."

"The report then makes recommendations on how the justice system can become more responsive to meet the needs of, first and foremost, individuals who rely on the justice system to resolve their legal problems."

"Two principal themes underlie this report. First, there is no turning back. The pandemic propelled the justice system into a long-awaited modernization. We must continue forward and build on the measures, procedures and innovations implemented in response to the pandemic and focus on the needs of the users of the justice system. Second, new measures and technology must be deployed in a manner that enhances access to justice — rather than unintentionally inhibit it."

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Canadian Bar Association Podcast Interview With Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada Richard Wagner

In the most recent episode of  The Every Lawyer podcast, Yves Faguy, editor in chief of CBA National Magazine, talks with Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, Richard Wagner.

Chief Justice Wagner answered questions about the court’s work during the COVID-19 pandemic, systemic racism, and his temporary role as administrator of the Government of Canada until a new Governor General is appointed. 

A full transcript of the conversation is available.

The podcast is a production of the Canadian Bar Association.




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Monday, February 15, 2021

REALM Project Test 7 & 8 Results for COVID Virus Survival on Library Materials

Research conducted as part of the REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Project has been testing how long the virus that causes COVID-19 remains detectable on various library surfaces and materials.

In test series 7 and 8, the Project looked at 4 materials commonly used in library materials: hardcover book cover, softcover book cover, plastic protective cover (for hardcover books), and expanded polyethylene foam (for storage and shipping).

"For Test 7, materials were held at colder (34 to 36°F; 1 to 4°C) temperatures; for Test 8, materials were held at warmer (83 to 84°F; 28 to 29°C) temperatures. For both tests, relative humidity remained the same as previous tests (...) The book cover materials were tested in a stacked configuration, the foam in an unstacked configuration. The Test 7 materials (colder temperature) were examined on days 2, 6, 8, 9, and 10; Test 8 materials (warmer temperature) were examined on days at 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8."

"Results show that attenuation rates for materials held at the colder temperature were significantly slower compared to the warmer and ambient temperatures. At day 10, the final Test 7 timepoint, the amount of active virus present remained nearly unchanged from the T0 measurement for all materials except hardcover book cover. In contrast, in Test 8, by day 6 the virus was undetected on all materials except the plastic protective cover; this was a slightly faster attenuation time than what occurred at ambient temperatures. The virus was undetectable on the plastic protective cover at day 8. This data may suggest that additional considerations may need to be evaluated regarding outdoor collection boxes, or storage in colder conditions. For institutions using quarantine periods, this research can impact when to start the quarantine 'clock' once a material is brought into a controlled environment. Data also suggests that, when possible, storage in warmer areas may help to shorten the length of quarantine."

REALM is a collaboration between OCLC, an international library services cooperative, the US government agency Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle, an R&D organization.

Further details and results from previous tests are available on the OCLC REALM Project website.

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Sunday, February 14, 2021

Five Questions with Julie Boon, Great Library, Law Society of Ontario

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) has been running a series of member profiles called Five Questions With...

The most recent interview is with Julie Boon, Reference Librarian at the Great Library, Law Society of Ontario (Toronto):

"How has being involved in CALL helped you professionally?
CALL has helped me professionally in that I have met some really, really great people through the organization. Whether it was through the CALL mentorship program or the CALL Conference in 2019, it has given me the opportunity to meet amazing professionals I otherwise may not have crossed paths with. Recently, CALL has acted as a balm to the isolation and disconnect that the pandemic has brought into everyone’s lives in some way. Attending virtual conferences and tutorials has maintained my feeling of connection to the legal industry and its professionals, which has been a huge relief (...)"
"What is one piece of advice you’d give to someone looking to break into the legal information industry?
Don’t be intimidated! There is a lot to learn, but it’s kind of great in a lot of ways to be working in an industry where there is so much to know and understand – it never gets boring! Plus, it’s important to remember that even if you don’t remember every legal concept, term or piece of jargon off the top of your head, it doesn’t mean that you’re bad at your job, or not learning quick enough. Far from it! There is a vast ocean of legal information in the world, and even those legal professionals who have worked in the industry for years and years still need refreshers from time to time. Just remember that there are people out there, like your colleagues, who are probably happy to lend a helping hand!"

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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Most Recent Issue of Canadian Law Library Review

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

Check out the feature article: "Accessing Justice Through Information: The Public Library", p. 11

The CLLR is the official journal of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL). It is an open access publication.


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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

February 2021 Issue of In Session - E-Newsletter of Canadian Association of Law Libraries

 The February 2021 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.

In the current issue, there is news about:

  • the nomination deadline for the Hugh Lawford Award for Excellence in Legal Publishing
  • the Courthouse and Law Society Libraries Survey
  • the CALL Mentorship Program
  • a Project Profile about the migration of Law Society of Saskatchewan databases to a mobile-friendly and cloud-based database platform
  • the Government Law Libraries SIG's blog post about the Supreme Court of Canada library
  • the Copyright Committee
  • the co-op hiring process at the University of Western Ontario
  • research grants from the CALL Committee to Promote Research

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Tuesday, February 09, 2021

Law Library of Congress Most Viewed Reports of the Past Decade

The Law Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. produces many legal research reports every year on how various countries tackle important issues.

Yesterday, the library's blog In Custodia Legis had a post about the top-ten most viewed reports in this past decade.

Two reports about Canada made the list:

The Law Library of Congress is the world’s largest law library, with a collection of more than 2 and a half million volumes from all ages of history and virtually every jurisdiction in the world. 

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Monday, February 08, 2021

Recent Legislative Summaries from Library of Parliament

The Library of Parliament has recently published a number of legislative summaries if bills currently being debated.



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Sunday, February 07, 2021

Supreme Court of Canada Calendar of February 2021 Hearings

The Supreme Court of Canada has published its calendar of upcoming appeals that will be heard in February

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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