Canadian Abridgment Editorial Advisory Board

Members: Karen Sawatzky (Chair), Cathy Cotter, Ken Fox, , Stephen Thiele, Susannah Tredwell, Jean-Sebastien Danis, Natalie Léonard

The Canadian Abridgment Editorial Advisory Board was established through a partnership between CALL/ACBD and Carswell in 1989. The Board is composed of seven CALL/ACBD members appointed by the President, and meets twice  a year with the editorial staff of the Canadian Abridgment as well as by conference call as needed (as a board). The Board is also responsible for ensuring comprehensive and timely indexing of all published secondary material in Canada in the Index to Canadian Legal Literature (ICLL), which is a cooperative effort of CALL and Carswell.

All members are encouraged to be part of the ICLL Data Collection Network by contributing records of new and recent Canadian legal publications to ensure a robust index.  More information can be found in “Guidelines for the Contributors to the Index to Canadian Legal Literature (ICLL).”

 If members have comments or concerns about any Abridgment components, in print or as incorporated into WestlawNext Canada, please feel free to contact any board member.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Guidelines for Contributors to the Index to Canadian Legal Literature (ICLL)

Canadian Committee on Cataloguing

Members: Tim Knight (Liaison)

The primary work of the Canadian Committee on Cataloguing relates to the cataloguing rules as laid out in the
Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd ed. (AACR2). Proposals for changes/modifications to these rules are made
to the Joint Steering Committee for the Revision of AACR2 (JSC). The proposals originate from one of the
constituent bodies of the JSC (the national libraries of Canada, United States, Great Britain and Australia, as well as
the national library associations of these countries) and are discussed within the other constituent bodies, with
recommendations being forwarded to the JSC. Since some of these rules revisions have particular relevance to
cataloguers of legal materials, it is important for CALL/ACBD to be represented.

Canadian Law Library Review Editorial Board

Members: Susan Barker (Chair), Maryvon Côte (Executive Liaison), Wendy Hearder-Moan, Eve Leung, Nancy McCormack, Amy Kaufman, Rex Shoyama, Kim Clarke, Janet MacDonald, Nathalie Leonard, Susan Jones, Sooin Kim

Canadian Law Library Review (CLLR) is the official journal of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries. It is published four times per year and subscriptions run on the calendar year. Members of CALL/ACBD receive an electronic subscription to CLLR as benefit of their membership.

Visit the publications page for more information!


Committee to Promote Research

Members: Susan Barker (Co-Chair), Elizabeth Bruton (Co-Chair), Christine Brown, Kim Clarke, Catherine Cotter, Helen Heerema, F. Tim Knight, Vicky Jay Leung, Michel-Adrien Sheppard, Leslie Taylor

The Committee to Promote Research was established to encourage and support research of individual members which is of interest to members and to the association. It advertises, receives and evaluates applications for the annual Research Grant and makes a recommendation to the Executive. It also maintains a list of Research Grant awards, a databank of research in progress and completed, and web pages of information on other research grants and research resources. The Committee frequently submits session proposals to the Annual Conference.The Committee to Promote Research was established to encourage and support research of individual members which is of interest to members and to the association. It advertises, receives and evaluates applications for the annual Research Grant and makes a recommendation to the Executive. It also maintains a list of Research Grant awards, a databank of research in progress and completed, and web pages of information on other research grants and research resources. The Committee frequently submits session proposals to the annual conference.

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CALL Research Grant

Communications Committee

Members: Martha Murphy (Chair)

The Communications Committee promotes external advocacy of legal information specialists generally, and CALL/ACBD members specifically, through various methods of communication.

Conference Planning Committee (2017)

Members: Margo Jeske (Chair), Katherine Laundy, Cheryl Murphy, Julie Lavigne, Rosalie Fox, Kate Sinnott, Emily Landriault, Channarong Intachomphoo,  Ann Marie Melvie (Liaison)

The Conference Planning Committee (CPC) is responsible for planning the CALL/ACBD annual conference. Committee members are drawn, typically, from the city in which the conference is held and work closely with the National Office and a liaison to the Executive Board.

The next conference will be held in Ottawa, Ontario Delta Ottawa City Centre from May 5-10, 2017. The theme of the conference is "Celebrate our History, Create our Future".

Copyright Committee

Members: Kim Nayyer (Chair)

The Copyright Committee was set up in response to the tabling of draft copyright amendment legislation in 1988. Its primary mandate is to present the concerns of law libraries on copyright issues to the government and parliament of Canada. It prepares briefs to represent the views of the Association, presents these to the government and circulates them as widely as appropriate. The committee has provided input to advisory bodies and liaises with other organizations in order to promote the views of the Association and to share information.


Copyright Guidelines (en / fr)
Presentation to C-11 Committee 
Excerpt from Parliamentary Debate
Letter to Legislative Committee
Access Copyright Backgrounder

KF Modified Classification Committee

Members: Tim Knight (Chair), Susan Jones, Humayun Rashid, Sarah Sutherland, Joan Yanovsky

The KF Modified Classification Committee oversees the development of KF Modified (KF Classification Modified for Use in Canadian and Common Law Libraries). In addition committee members organize the annual business meeting, prepare reports, etc., and facilitate communication among members and to the Association.

KF Modified Blog

KF Modified Linked Data Research Project (Tim Knight & Sarah Sutherland)

LIPA representative

  Members: Louis Mirando

Membership Development Committee

Members: Bronwyn Guiton (Co-chair), Helen Mok (Co-chair), Tanya Davis, Janet Macdonald, Melissa Firth, Veronika Kollbrand (New Professionals SIG rep), Michel-Adrien Sheppard, Shaunna Mireau, Martha Murphy, Margaret Tiong, Erica Anderson (Executive Board Liaison)

The purpose of the Membership Development Committee is to develop a dynamic and effective membership. This is achieved through activities related to the recruitment, retention and education of members on the value of CALL:
  • Recruit new members to the profession through outreach activities
  • Follow up on lapsed memberships
  • Coordinate the mentoring program to develop leadership skills
  • Welcome and orient new members to the benefits of the organization
  • Host first time attendees and mentoring meet and greet at the Annual Conference
  • Foster a spirit of volunteerism to support the committee and special interest groups' initiatives
  • Ensure regular review of membership brochures and other promotional materials
The Membership Development Committee coordinates with the advocacy committee to ensure collaborative efforts to create a positive association image.

Mentorship Program

Professional Development Committee

Members: Svetlana Kochkina (Chair), Ann Marie Melvie (Executive Liaison), Annette Demers, Helen Mok, Julie Lavigne, Michael McAlpine, Nicole Doyle, Michelle LaPorte, Yemisi Dina

The Professional Development Committee ascertains the needs and wishes of the membership in regard to continuing professional education and investigates possibilities for continuing education in the various geographic regions across Canada. They use local associations as a forum for continuing education programs and compile a surveys to distribute to the membership in order to identify skill sets members feel are necessary to their day-to-day duties and professional development.

Participation in all kinds of continuing education is strictly voluntary.


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Professional Development Documents:

Pathways Document
Pathways Rollout Document

Scholarships & Awards Committee

Members: Wendy Reynolds (Chair), Cynthia Simpson, Ronald Charest, Dolores Noga, Erica Anderson (Executive Liaison)

To perform activities related to CALL/ACBD’s operation and granting of scholarships and awards such as the Diana M. Priestly Memorial Scholarship, the James D. Lang Memorial Scholarship, the Denis Marshall Memorial Award for Excellence in Law Librarianship, grants from the Education Reserve Fund and the nomination and support of a candidate to attend the Northern Exposure to Leadership Institute. The Committee is responsible for the administration of the following awards and scholarships:
  • Denis Marshall Memorial Award for Excellence in Law Librarianship 
  • Diana M. Priestly Memorial Scholarship
  • CALL Education Reserve Fund Grant 
  • James D. Lang Memorial Scholarship 
  • Janine Miller Fellowship 
  • Northern Exposure to Leadership Grant
  • The Gisèle Laprise Prize
  • The Michael Silverstein Prize


Social Media Coordinator

Members: Alan Kilpatrick

The CALL/ACBD President shall appoint a Social Media Coordinator (SMC) who is a member of CALL/ACBD who is prepared to take on the responsibility in a volunteer capacity. The Board Member at Large with the Publications portfolio is the Board liaison for this position.

The work of the SMC will be closely related to by the communications work of the National Office.

Vendor Liaison Committee

Members: Deborah Copeman (Chair), Annamarie Bergen, Louise Hamel, Pat Henry, Alan Kilpatrick, Katherine Laundy, Michele LeBlanc, Helen Mok, Mary-Jo Mustoe, Josette McEachern, Amy Kaufman 

The Vendor Liaison Committee exists to act as liaison between the members of the Association and vendors. Committee members monitor trends  and gather input from the membership to co-ordinate efforts to advocate, recommend and propose solutions to our common issues that relate to vendor relationships and products.

VLC Terms of Reference


Annual Report 2016

Annual Report 2015

Annual Report 2014

Best Practices:

Librarian-Vendor Relations

Cost Containment Strategies

More (members only)

Webinar Sub-Committee

Members: Emily Landriault (Chair), Alexandria Everitt, Brenda Lauritzen, Megan Siu, Ann Marie Melvie (Executive Liaison)

The Webinar Committee is a Sub-Committee of the Education Committee with the mission of providing continuing learning and professional development opportunities for CALL members beyond the Annual CALL Conference. The Committee meets regularly to develop a program of at least 5 webinars to be held throughout the year.

Visit the CALL Webinar page for more information!

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Information for Presenters 

Website Editorial Board

Members: Michel-Adrien Sheppard (Chair), Maryvon Côte (Executive Liaison), Susannah Tredwell, Svetlana Kochkina, John Kerr, Nicole Cork (CALL National Office)

The Website Editorial Board oversees the direction, policies and guidelines for the website, gives the Website Administrator direction, and reports to the Executive Board through the Executive liaison.

The Editorial Board determines policy and guidelines relating to content and design of the website, working within the approved budget. Formal approval for editorial policy rests with the Executive Board.
Website Content Guidelines
2014 Annual Report
2014 Business Meeting Minutes
2015 Annual Report
2015 Business Meeting Minutes
2016 Annual Report
2016 Business Meeting Minutes
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