The Canadian Association of Law Libraries represents the wide variety of law library interests across Canada. It provides a forum for the exchange of information and ideas among members and fosters co-operation among Canadian law libraries.
As an Association member, you have access to a network of experts in legal information management and retrieval. Whether you are part of the staff of a large library or work in a one-person library, you can benefit from the contacts you will make through the CALL. With contacts across the country and in all types of law libraries, whatever the task at hand, someone else in the Association almost certainly has experience which can help you.
Each Active Member
- is eligible for discounted attendance rates for Association conferences, publications and other activities;
- may attend meetings of members and vote;
- is eligible for committee membership;
- may run for office;
- has access to the Members Only area of the CALL/ACBD website;
- will receive all Association mailings, including Canadian Law Library Review.
Canadian Law Libraries Review: Published four times a year, Canadian Law Libraries Review/Revue canadienne des bibliothèques de droit contains a wealth of information on all aspects of law librarianship. In addition to feature articles on subjects of interest to the profession, it regularly provides reports on news, people and events in the field of legal information in Canada. Each issue includes book reviews, and regular columns which reflect membership interests.
Conference: The annual Association conference gives members the opportunity to meet other law librarians from across Canada to exchange information, share experiences and hear from speakers on subjects ranging from preservation of library materials and law library networks to human rights and environmental law.
Committees: The scope of the activities of the Association is apparent in its committees. The Education Committee identifies gaps in law librarianship instructional programs, and works to design educational workshops in legal bibliography and research, and in law library management to meet the needs of the profession. Other committees concern themselves with such issues as law library statistics, technology, and copyright.
Special Interest Groups: Within the Association a number of groups represent the range of interests in the law community. Academic, law firm, courthouse and government libraries are served by their special interest groups while others have been formed to discuss topics such as knowledge management, prison libraries, electronic resource management and self-represented litigants. Special interest groups and committees regularly sponsor programs at the annual conference.
Awards and Grants: Check out our separate page dealing with awards and grants for members of CALL/ACBD.
CALL is a growing national Association whose members are committed to professional excellence.