Sunday, May 09, 2010

Canadian Association of Law Libraries Conference Meetings

The 2010 annual conference of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) is underway in Windsor, Ontario.

Some highlights from this morning:

1) the Courthouse and Law Society Libraries Special Interest Group (SIG) held its annual business meeting. You can find the SIG's annual report on the CALL website.

At the meeting, a number of members briefly described some of their projects of the past year.

The Hamilton Law Association library has created a Facebook page to disseminate information about continuing legal education materials, training seminars and new titles.

The Nova Scotia Barristers' Society library has created an annotated version of the rules of civil procedure of the province which is fully indexed and searchable.

The Carleton Country Law Association library launched a new website, a library blog and Twitter feed and created a database of Association conference papers.

The Law Society of Upper Canada Great Library launched a webinars series, created a reference procedures wiki and is testing (beta version) a new discovery tool that will offer one-stop searching of the catalogue, CLE materials and federated search.

The Supreme Court of Canada library completed a move of a large part of its treatise collection from the sub-basement to the floor where researchers actually work. As well, a wiki is being tested where reference questions and answers are gathered.

2) this spring, the Committee to Promote Research did not receive any applications that met the criteria for the CALL research grant. Thus, as in the past, the committee will conduct another competition with applications due October 15, 2010.

The Committee is interested in sponsoring a session at next year's CALL conference, which will be held in Calgary. Ideas that were discussed at the meeting include: statistical literacy and/or other topics relating to quantitative research methods, bibliometrics trends or a session on how to apply for research grants (a how-to session)

3) the Vendor Liaison Committee (VLC) also met this morning.

It appears to have been a very busy year for the VLC. The committee's major ongoing initiative is to advocate for usage statistics reporting standards for legal information vendors. The work this past year has focused on identifying the most desired elements librarians would like to see available in usage statistic reports. The VLC has also conducted a survey on the financial outlook of law libraries for 2010 and the final results will be available soon.

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