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  • 03 Dec 2021 2:55 PM | Michel-Adrien Sheppard (Administrator)

    We all have a few tricks up our sleeve when it comes to performing legal research. We sometimes share them with clients. And sometimes, we like to use those tricks to hunt down seemingly impossible to find material and wow them. Because nothing is “impossible” for law librarians.

    The CALL blog has started a new regular series of research tips and tricks.

    Please share your favourite or coolest strategies with Michel-Adrien Sheppard to have them published on the CALL blog.

    Nous avons tous nos trucs favoris quand il s'agit de faire de la recherche juridique. Parfois, nous les partageons avec nos clients. Et parfois, nous aimons les épater en utilisant ces trucs et astuces pour mettre la main sur des informations apparemment impossibles à trouver. Car rien n’est « impossible » pour des bibliothécaires de droit.

    Le blogue de l'ACBD a lancé une nouvelle série sur les trucs et astuces de recherche.

    SVP partagez vos stratégies les plus intéressantes ou les plus « cool » avec Michel-Adrien Sheppard afin de les faire publier sur le blogue de CALL/ACBD.

    Today: Finding Ministerial Orders by Susannah Tredwell, Manager of Library Services, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP in Vancouver (originally published November 24, 2021 on SlawTips.ca)

    Ministerial Orders refer to orders “created under the authority granted to a minister under a statute or regulation that are made by a Minister” as opposed to Orders in Council which are issued by the Governor General of Canada or the Lieutenant Governor of a province. 

    For that reason it’s generally harder to find Ministerial Orders than Orders in Council, although this depends greatly on the province. Some provinces, such as British Columbia, make all their Ministerial Orders available in one place. For other jurisdictions you may have to look specifically at the Ministry’s website to find the order (e.g. Transport Canada provides its orders here: https://tc.canada.ca/en/ministerial-orders-interim-orders-directives-directions-response-letters.) 

    One thing to keep in mind is that, depending on the jurisdiction, the same number may be used for multiple Ministerial Orders. Drew Yewchuk gives an example in a blog post: “there is an M.O. 20/2020 from the Minister of Environment and Parks and an M.O. 20/2020 from the Minister of Justice.”

    (And just to confuse the matter further, both Ministerial Orders and Orders in Council may also be regulations which involves another numbering system.)

  • 23 Nov 2021 12:51 PM | Michel-Adrien Sheppard (Administrator)

    From time to time, this blog will highlight initiatives, ideas, or activities coming from members, committees or special interest groups (SIGs).

    Today: An update from the Private Law Libraries Special Interest Group, by Marnie Bailey, Manager, Knowledge Services, Fasken.

    The Private Law Libraries Special Interest Group (PLL-SIG) has had two meetings in the last couple months, focusing on plans for 2022.

    We have determined that quarterly meetings work best for members to stay connected with each other, and will have two in person meetings in 2022, and two online discussions. One of the in person meetings will be at the CALL conference, and one will be later in the year.

    The PLL-SIG has also created a space on CALL’s Basecamp; current members of the PLL-SIG will receive an email shortly; if you are not a current member of the PLL-SIG, please contact CALL Head Office if you would like to be added to it.

    Our Basecamp will host meeting minutes, working documents, discussions and more, and is a repository for all PLL-SIG members to use to work on projects and share ideas.

    The PLL-SIG also has a Slack channel, with archived content of previous meetings.

    If you have any questions about the PLL-SIG, please contact Marnie Bailey, chair, or attend one of our upcoming meetings.

    You don’t need to be a member to attend, and you don’t have to work in a private law library either!

    Whether you used to work in one or are just curious about how private law libraries work, ‘guests’ are always welcome!

    Marnie.

  • 18 Nov 2021 11:46 AM | Michel-Adrien Sheppard (Administrator)

    Le texte français suit.

    CALL's Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization Committee would like to draw your attention to the upcoming webinar organized by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL).

    CARL Inclusion Perspectives Webinar Series: Third Panel Featuring Indigenous Library Colleagues

    Date and Time: November 24, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET

    Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3cSLLridTSyR8AwYKFpt2A

    Please note that this event is open to all (not just CARL institutions) and will be recorded and posted to the CARL YouTube account afterwards.

    The Canadian Association of Research Libraries’ (CARL) Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Working Group is pleased to announce the third in a series of planned webinars on inclusion perspectives, which will feature a panel of Indigenous library colleagues discussing their perspectives on the state of Canadian librarianship and how we can affect change.

    This 1.5 hour moderated panel discussion will focus on progress on EDI initiatives to date and goals to strive for in the future. This will be a collaborative future-forward conversation, so please bring your own questions and/or proposed solutions.

    In addition to being subject to the CARL Code of Conduct, CARL asks all participants, panelists and organizers to be respectful of what is being shared and in how they ask questions.

    In the interest of accessibility, simultaneous translation and captions will be available throughout the session. Additional accommodation requests can also be emailed to Julie Morin, Program Officer at CARL (julie.morin@carl-abrc.ca).

    Le comité de la diversité, de l'inclusion et de la décolonisation de l'ACBD aimerait attirer votre attention sur un webinaire qui sera offert bientôt par l'Association des bibliothèques de recherche du Canada (ABRC).

    Série de webinaires sur les perspectives d’inclusion de l’ABRC : Troisième panel mettant en vedette des collègues autochtones du secteur des bibliothèques

    Date et heure : 24 novembre de 13 h à 14 h 30 HE

    Inscription: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3cSLLridTSyR8AwYKFpt2A 

    Veuillez noter que cet événement est ouvert à tous (pas seulement aux institutions membres de l’ABRC) et sera enregistré et affiché sur le compte YouTube de l’ABRC par la suite. 

    Le Groupe de travail sur l’équité, la diversité et l’inclusion de l’Association des bibliothèques de recherche du Canada (ABRC) a le plaisir d’annoncer le troisième d’une série de webinaires sur les perspectives d’inclusion, mettant en vedette des collègues autochtones du secteur des bibliothèques qui discuteront de leurs perspectives sur l’état actuel de la bibliothéconomie au Canada et sur les manières de susciter le changement.

    Ce panel d’une durée d’une heure et demie traitera des progrès quant aux initiatives actuelles d’équité, de diversité et d’inclusion et aux objectifs pour entrevoir l’avenir. La séance se veut un échange collaboratif tourné vers les solutions; n’hésitez pas à préparer vos questions et à proposer vos solutions.

    En plus d’être soumis au Code de conduite de l’ABRC, l’ABRC demande aux membres de l’auditoire, panélistes et membres du comité organisateur de faire preuve de respect de ce qui est partagé et de la façon de poser des questions.

    Aux fins d’accessibilité, une traduction simultanée et des sous-titres seront disponibles tout au long de la session. Pour toute demande d’accommodement supplémentaire, veuillez écrire à Julie Morin, agente de programme de l’ABRC (julie.morin@carl-abrc.ca).
  • 04 Nov 2021 8:46 AM | Michel-Adrien Sheppard (Administrator)

    From time to time, this blog will highlight initiatives, ideas, or activities coming from members, committees or special interest groups (SIGs).

    Today: Adapting the SALI Taxonomy to the Canadian Legal Environment, by Michael McAlpine , Manager, Information, Research & Knowledge at Siskinds (London, Ontario)

    On September 28th, the Knowledge Management Special Interest Group of CALL met to discuss and learn about the Legal Matter Specification Standard developed by the SALI Alliance.

    The SALI Alliance (Standards Advancement for the Legal Industry) is a non-profit organization open to all stakeholders in the legal community. Members include law firms, companies, legal service providers, legal industry associations and academic institutions. Founding sponsors are the Legal Marketing Association (LMA) and the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA).

    Guest speaker Jim Hannigan spoke about the history of the taxonomy and the current uses of it in the legal industry. Michael McAlpine then discussed the work done by the SALI Canadian Working Group to adapt the taxonomy to the Canadian legal environment. There was a general discussion about the uses of the taxonomy and efforts to implement it in law firms.

    First released in 2019, the SALI taxonomy was developed in order to provide a standard method for describing legal matters and associated documents. Version 2.0 was released at the end of 2020 and represented a significant expansion of the code set. Organizations and individuals around the globe continue to contribute to its development and growth.

    The SALI taxonomy is extensible and can work in conjunction with other standards (eg, NAICS, UTBMS codes). SALI is an open, free and party neutral that can be used by law firms, vendors and others in the legal industry to ensure matters and documents are described consistently. SALI has been endorsed by several large law firms and by vendors such as Fastcase, NetDocuments and Reynen Court.

    Some of the core attributes of the current standard are:

    • Area of Law: Each matter can be assigned a primary and secondary area of law. Primary areas include topics such as Corporate Law, Constitutional and Human Rights, Personal and Family Law, and Food and Drug Law. Secondary areas are more specific and include topics such as Corporate Governance, Accident Benefits Law, and Labour Law.
    • Service: The Services attribute is a central feature of the taxonomy. Examples of services are Transaction, Advisory, or Dispute. Services provide more detail to a matter description than just relying solely on Area of Law.
    • Player Role: The Role attribute is what makes SALI party neutral. Roles include Appellant, Respondent, Acquiror or Acquiree.

    Other attributes that can be used to describe a matter or client include Industry, Legal Entity, Location, or Trial Type.

    The KM SIG will next meet on November 30th to discuss website monitoring applications. If you would like an invitation, please contact Michael McAlpine.

  • 24 Oct 2021 7:13 PM | Michel-Adrien Sheppard (Administrator)

    From time to time, this blog will highlight initiatives, ideas, or activities coming from members, committees or special interest groups (SIGs).

    Today: Scanning in Courthouse & Law Society Libraries, by Jenny Thornhill (MSc, MLIS, MSL), Law Librarian, Law Society of Newfoundland & Labrador

    The pandemic has forced many libraries, my own included, to examine their service models and  be creative in order to continue to provide services despite the lockdowns and other restrictions.

    The Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador Law Library (St. John’s, NL) is no different – back in 2020, we closed our doors to in-person services to our members and the public. We continued to offer what we call our remote services (contactless pickup, research and reference in texts and databases, and text scanning, including table of content scans).

    Prior to the pandemic the public were permitted to access the print resources only and on-site only, so for the duration of the pandemic they have not been permitted to access the Law Library.

    As things have improved, we have opened up to allow in-person access by appointment for our members only (excluding 3 lockdowns). However, we have remained closed to the public in order to comply with government guidelines for the number of persons in indoor spaces.

    We traditionally get very few members of the public who actually need to access our legal resources. We find that the majority are in need of legal advice so we refer them to the Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland & Labrador (PLIAN).

    As part of our plan for the pandemic, we knew that limiting public access would be somewhat challenging, but we identified alternatives that would be accessible to the public, such as our online resources, to which staff could direct the public.

    We already had a section on our website https://lsnl.ca/law-library/links-for-self-represented-litigants/ for SLR’s that had been reviewed by lawyers and approved as appropriate for the public to get answers and aid. This tool and PLIAN have been key resources for Library staff to provide reference services to the public.

    Only twice during the pandemic did we get contacted by non-members who felt they really needed to have access to the library resources on-site. 

    The most recent of these was a member of the public who needed access to a specific text that only we carried in the city. This was a problem as we do not lend our resources to the public, we remain closed to on-site public access due to the current 4th wave, and we have never provided scanning on behalf of the public (they could come in and make copies for a fee, but we did not copy on their behalf and provide it to them via email).

    This situation was resolved by referring her to the Interlibrary Loans department of her local library, but it left me wondering whether other libraries offered a text scanning service via e-mail to the public either as a result of the pandemic or had traditionally offered this service.

    I send out a call through the CALL-L listserv and, as I have come to find with this great group, we got a lot of prompt responses.

    The chart below is a summary of the results. I found that the majority of libraries who offered a scan service to the public had already been doing so prior to the pandemic, except for Alberta Law Libraries who had allowed the public to access this service during the lockdowns, but no longer.

    This helped cement my decision that we would continue to keep our scan service available to our members only.

    My thanks again to everyone who responded to this and my other questions over the last year and a half.

    Courthouse/Law Libraries – Scanning for the public Summary of Responses

    Library Location

    Do you offer a scan service from your texts?

    If so, do you allow the public to access it during covid?

    For the public, do you charge or is it free because of covid?

     

    Hastings & Prince Edward Law Association


    We do offer a scan service, but only to the lawyers, Crowns, Judiciary. 

    No

    N/A

    Yukon Public Law Library

    yes

    Yes (pre-existing service)

    No charge (cost covered by LSNL)

    Nova Scotia Barristers Society

    We do offer a scan service, but only to membership. 

    No

    N/A

    Welland County Law Association

     

    scan service of textbooks to our membership at no charge

    No

    N/A

    Law Society of P.E.I. Library

    Yes

    Yes (pre-existing service)

    No charge (before or now)

    Courthouse Libraries BC

    Scanning from a text though, we would consider document delivery – do for members and public

    Yes (pre-existing service)

    No charge – was a charged service prior to pandemic, charges will resume shortly

    Alberta Law Libraries - Calgary

    scan for a fee for members of the law society

    Public were offered during lockdown – now required to come in and scan

    Free during lockdown – now onsite access only

    Frontenac Law Association

    Free for members

    Not open to public

    N/A

    Law Society of NB

    Scan service for members (10%); document delivery

    No

    N/A

    Wellington Law Library

    Free for members

    Not open to public

    N/A

    Supreme Court of Canada Law Library

    Free for staff

    No

    N/A

              


  • 12 Oct 2021 7:05 PM | Michel-Adrien Sheppard (Administrator)

    Le français suit plus bas.

    We all have a few tricks up our sleeve when it comes to performing legal research. We sometimes share them with clients. And sometimes, we like to use those tricks to hunt down seemingly impossible to find material and wow them. Because nothing is “impossible” for law librarians.

    The CALL blog has started a new regular series of research tips and tricks.

    Please share your favourite or coolest strategies with Michel-Adrien Sheppard to have them published on the CALL blog.

    Nous avons tous nos trucs favoris quand il s'agit de faire de la recherche juridique. Parfois, nous les partageons avec nos clients. Et parfois, nous aimons les épater en utilisant ces trucs et astuces pour mettre la main sur des informations apparemment impossibles à trouver. Car rien n’est « impossible » pour des bibliothécaires de droit.

    Le blogue de l'ACBD a lancé une nouvelle série sur les trucs et astuces de recherche.

    SVP partagez vos stratégies les plus intéressantes ou les plus « cool » avec Michel-Adrien Sheppard afin de les faire publier sur le blogue de CALL/ACBD.

    Today: Finding Legislative Concordances (by M-A Sheppard).

    Legislative concordances help you compare legislation on the same subject from different jurisdictions.

    For example, a concordance might indicate the Manitoba equivalent to Ontario's Family Law Act, section by section.

    There are a number of sources to assist you in finding concordances.

    Here are two.

    Westlaw

    From the Westlaw Statutes and Regulations page, there is a link to Legislative Concordances.


    There, you will find concordances on a number of topics, such as family or insurance law:


    Simply browse to the topic you are researching and you fill find a table listing the equivalent sections in different provincial acts. Here is the list for changing a person's name in family legislation:


    Lexis Advance Quicklaw

    There is a link to the Tables of Concordance on the Lexis Advance Quicklaw home page.

    Lexis Advance home page link to legislative concordances

    On the Tables of Concordance page, you will find a number of topics:


    Aujourd'hui: Comment trouver des concordances législatives (par M-A Sheppard).

    Les concordances législatives vous aident à comparer les lois de différents territoires ou provinces sur le même sujet.

    Par exemple, une concordance en droit de la famille vous permet de trouver le texte équivalent dans la loi manitobaine des articles de la Loi sur le droit de la famille de l'Ontario (Family Law Act).

    Vous avez plusieurs sources de concordances à votre disposition.

    En voici deux.

    Westlaw

    Vous trouverez un lien aux Concordances législatives sur la page Lois et règlements de Westlaw.


    Vous y trouverez de concordances sur plusieurs sujets, comme le droit de la famille ou le droit des assurances:


    Parcourez la liste pour trouver un tableau où vous verrez les numéros des articles équivalents dans différentes lois provinciales. Par exemple, voici les articles pour le changement de nom d'une personne:


    Lexis Advance Quicklaw

    Il y a un lien aux Tableaux comparatifs sur la page d'accueil de Lexis Advance Quicklaw.


    Sur la page d'accueil des Tableaux comparatifs, vous trouverez plusieurs domaines de droit:


  • 29 Sep 2021 1:42 PM | Michel-Adrien Sheppard (Administrator)

    September 30 has been a significant date in Canada since 2013, when Phyllis Webstad from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation shared her story of attending St. Joseph’s Residential School in Williams Lake, BC, for the first time in 1973.

    As a youngster, she proudly wore her shiny new orange shirt, only to have it taken from her by the school. Since then, Orange Shirt Day has been a national movement in Canada where people across the country wear orange in honour of Phyllis and other residential school survivors, so that we both recognize and raise awareness of the history and legacies of the Canadian residential school system.

    This year’s Orange Shirt Day, September 30, 2021, is also the inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada.

    As part of its mandate, the Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization Committee (DIDC) of CALL/ACBD is committed to fostering awareness and acumen in respect of issues of diversity, inclusion, and decolonization within all sectors of law librarianship and related professions.

    Truth and Reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples is a national movement that is not only limited to one day, but is an ongoing effort so that Indigenous Peoples and their rights are recognized, understood and respected by all.

    In this spirit, the DIDC, as part of CALL/ACBD, would like to highlight a couple of upcoming opportunities available to all of us to bring together our colleagues in order to honour survivors, their families and communities, and to sadly remember those who didn’t make it home:

    • On Thursday, September 30, the University of Windsor Law Library will be hosting WAAYDANAA | Now is the Time. The event will be held virtually and is free. Registration is required.
    • Nadine Hoffman, in coordination with the Academic SIG and the DIDC, is planning a related event on strategies for aspects of Indigenous research to help us better understand legal research in relation to Indigenous Peoples. Stay tuned format and details to come!
  • 26 Sep 2021 6:15 PM | Michel-Adrien Sheppard (Administrator)

    Hello.

    This is reprinted from the September 2021 issue of In Session, the CALL member bulletin:

    There is a great opportunity to join the Canadian Law Library Review (CLLR) editorial board as our Advertising Manager.

    The CLLR is the official journal of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries.

    We are looking for someone to volunteer to help us solicit advertisements for upcoming issues, coordinate invoicing with our accounting department, and to answer advertiser's questions. Each year the members of the editorial board are also responsible for selecting the Feature Article Award and Student Article Award winners.

    Anyone who is familiar with, or who wants to develop relationships with, the various legal publishers would be in a good position to join us.

    The time commitment is approximately five hours per issue and there will be three issues per year starting in 2022. We will provide you with an orientation and training period.

    If you’re interested in joining CLLR, please contact Susan Barker (Acting Editor) at susan.barker AT utoronto.ca. 
  • 02 Sep 2021 3:55 PM | Michel-Adrien Sheppard (Administrator)

    Le texte français suit.

    The most recent issue of the Canadian Law Library Review (CLLR) is available online. The CLLR is the official journal of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL). It is an open access publication.


    You can browse the regular sections of books reviews, bibliographic notes, local and regional updates, as well as news from the UK, the US and Australia.

    And be sure to check out the feature articles: 

    • "COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean: Experts Examining Legal Responses", Michele A. L. Villagran and Marcelo Rodríguez, p. 10:

      Since March 2020, a group of librarians, professors, and legal professionals have been monitoring legal responses to COVID-19 throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Each member of the project is currently following various countries within this region. In this article, the authors will describe how the project was created and highlight the initial challenges in terms of securing and evaluating trustworthy sources of information in the middle of a pandemic. The authors will summarize the legal responses and any disinformation issues within the countries they have been monitoring: Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Peru, Bolivia, and Paraguay. Finally, the article will conclude with the authors enumerating the achievements of the group as well as future plans for the project.

    • "Anti-Black Racism Legal Resource Guide", Laura Viselli, p. 16:

      The focus of this guide is to allow users to find legal materials regarding Anti-Black Racism in the Canadian context. Where possible, links to open sources are provided.

    Le numéro le plus récent de la Revue canadienne des bibliothèques de droit (RCBD) est maintenant disponible en ligne. La RCBD est la revue officielle de l'Association canadienne des bibliothèques de droit. C'est une publication en libre accès.


    Vous pouvez consulter les recensions de livres, la chronique bibliographique, les mises à jour locales et régionales de même que les nouvelles des États-Unis, du Royaume-Uni et de l'Australie.

    Et ne manquez pas les nouveaux articles de fond:
    • "COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean: Experts Examining Legal Responses", Michele A. L. Villagran and Marcelo Rodríguez, p. 10:

      "Depuis mars 2020, un groupe de bibliothécaires, de professeurs et de professionnels du droit suit les réponses juridiques à la COVID-19 émises dans toute l'Amérique latine et les Caraïbes. Chaque membre du projet suit actuellement divers pays de cette région. Dans cet article, les auteurs décrivent comment le projet a été créé et soulignent les défis initiaux en termes de sécurisation et d'évaluation de sources d'information fiables au milieu d'une pandémie. Les auteurs résument les réponses juridiques et les problèmes de désinformation dans les pays qu'ils ont surveillés : Argentine, Chili, Uruguay, Pérou, Bolivie et Paraguay. Enfin, les auteurs concluent en énumérant les réalisations du groupe ainsi que les plans futurs du projet." [sommaire]

    • "Anti-Black Racism Legal Resource Guide", Laura Viselli, p. 16:

      L'objectif de ce guide est de permettre aux utilisateurs de trouver des documents juridiques concernant le racisme envers les Noirs dans le contexte canadien. Dans la mesure du possible, des liens vers des sources ouvertes sont fournis. [sommaire]


  • 06 Aug 2021 11:13 AM | Alan Kilpatrick (Administrator)

    We all have a few tricks up our sleeve when it comes to performing legal research. We sometimes share them with clients. And sometimes, we like to use those tricks to hunt down seemingly impossible to find material and wow them. Because nothing is “impossible” for law librarians.

    The CALL blog has started a new regular series of research tips and tricks.

    Please share your favourite or coolest strategies with Michel-Adrien Sheppard to have them published on the CALL blog.

    Nous avons tous nos trucs favoris quand il s'agit de faire de la recherche juridique. Parfois, nous les partageons avec nos clients. Et parfois, nous aimons les épater en utilisant ces trucs et astuces pour mettre la main sur des informations apparemment impossibles à trouver. Car rien n’est « impossible » pour des bibliothécaires de droit.

    Le blogue de l'ACBD a lancé une nouvelle série sur les trucs et astuces de recherche.

    SVP partagez vos stratégies les plus intéressantes ou les plus « cool » avec Michel-Adrien Sheppard afin de les faire publier sur le blogue de CALL/ACBD.

    Today: Read the Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement

    Since 1986 almost all federal Canadian regulations have included a Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement (RIAS).

    Why should you read the RIAS? Unlike acts, you generally will not find a discussion of new regulations in Hansard. The RIAS tells you what the rationale was for a given regulation and what it was expected to achieve. A RIAS is usually divided into five sections: issue and objectives; description and rationale; consultation; implementation, enforcement, and service standards; and contact information.

    Another benefit of Regulatory Impact Analysis Statements is that they are written for a range of readers. The target readers for the RIAS are “parliamentarians, ministers, TBS officials, members of the legal community, affected parties, and interested members of the public”. As a result, the instructions for writing a RIAS emphasize the use of clear language, stating that it should “be understandable to anyone who may wish to read it.”

    The RIAS can be found at the beginning of the draft regulations published in the Canada Gazette Part I and at the end of the regulations published in the Canada Gazette Part II.

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