Sunday, May 05, 2013

Canadian Association of Law Libraries 2013 Conference Annual Reports

The 2013 conference of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries began today in Montreal. In preparation for the event, committees and special interest groups (SIGs) published annual reports about their activities last year.

Yesterday, I wrote about committee reports. Today, here is information from some of the SIG reports.

Academic Law Libraries:
The SIG uses its own listserv to communicate with members. It has used it ask for feedback on issues such as how to teach students to search SSRN (the open access Social Science Research Network). The SIG is also looking into creating a wiki to centralize research guides, tutorials and other teaching materials.
Government Libraries:

Last year, the former Department of Justice and Attorney General Libraries SIG changed focus to become the new Government Libraries SIG to include professionals from judicial, legislative, justice department and attorney general libraries.

One of big projects of this SIG is the updating of "Law Libraries in Canada", a profile of what is out there published in 2004.

Access Services and Resource Sharing:
With the implementation of new cataloguing rules (Resource Description and Access or RDA), the SIG is focussing on training activities, providing links on the CALL website to resources on RDA and blogging to help members with the transition to new rules.

The SIG's subcommittee on classification has completed its updates to the KF Modified Schedule for the areas of aboriginal law and taxation law. Since 2008, the subcommittee in conjunction with CALL's KF Modified Committee had been working on 7 major enhancements and they are now all done (the other areas being Quebec civil law, immigration, citizenship law, environmental law and labour law).

Private Law Libraries:
The SIG conducted a member survey to find out whether law firms have been moving toward subscribing to only one of either Quicklaw or Westlaw Canada. The results are at (you may need to login with your member ID).

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 3:50 pm


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