The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) has roots dating back to the late 1950's when several Canadian law librarians informally began meeting at annual meetings of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) to discuss matters of mutual interest. On July 5, 1963, CALL became a formal association with its own Constitution and By-Laws. The first President of CALL was Marianne Scott, with Eunice Beeson acting as Vice-President and Rosemary McCormick acting as Secretary. CALL also became a chapter of AALL in 1963 and continued as a chapter of AALL until 1971.
CALL is currently incorporated as a federal corporation without share capital under Part II of the Corporations Act.
The objects of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries are:
- To promote law librarianship, to develop and increase the usefulness of Canadian law libraries, and to foster a spirit of co-operation among them.
- To provide a forum for meetings of persons engaged or interested in law library work and to encourage professional self-development.
- To co-operate with other organizations which tend to promote the objects of the Association or the interests of its members.
CALL currently has approximately 500 members representing a wide variety of law library interests across Canada. It provides a forum for the exchange of information and ideas among members, fosters cooperation among Canadian law libraries, and plays an active role in promoting access to legal information for all Canadians.