• 10 Feb 2021 10:36 AM | Michel-Adrien Sheppard (Administrator)

    Discover the Supreme Court of Canada Website

    Krisandra Ivings and Emily Ann Da Silva, Reference Librarians, Supreme Court of Canada

    The Supreme Court of Canada publishes a wealth of information about cases coming before it on its public website. Below, we describe where you can find information about upcoming hearings, SCC decisions, staying up to date with the Court, and connecting with the SCC Library.

    Does your organization have a public website with content that may be useful to our legal research community?  If that is the case, contact Michel-Adrien Sheppard. 

    Case information

    As it becomes available, information about each case is added to the Cases > SCC Case Information section of the website. Search for a case using the docket/case number, name of a party, or file number from the Court appealed from. Selecting a case number will bring you to the case’s docket. Links on the left-hand side provide further details on the parties and counsel, as well as a summary of the case, memorandums of argument on the application for leave to appeal, factums on appeal, and a recording of the webcast when available.

    Before an appeal is heard

    Applications for leave to appeal

    Most cases must apply for leave to appeal before they can be heard by the SCC. The Court can grant or dismiss this application. Decisions on applications for leave to appeal are available under Cases > Judgments in Leave Applications. The advanced search function allows you to filter applications by jurisdiction, subject, status, and more.

    Scheduled hearings

    Once an application for leave has been granted, or a case is otherwise permitted to be heard by the SCC, a hearing will be scheduled. The upcoming hearing schedule is available under Cases > Scheduled Hearings. Select the year and month to see a list of cases scheduled indicating whether a hearing will be webcast live and when. Shortly before the hearing, a link to the live stream will appear in the ‘Webcast’ column.

    For more information on a scheduled case, click on the case name to view the SCC Case Information page.

    After the hearing

    Once judgment has been rendered in an appeal, the decision is published on the SCC website simultaneously in both official languages. Decisions are available under Cases > Reasons for judgment. Use the basic search to search by keyword or for additional filters, select Advanced Search and then Show more fields. Advanced search options include Citation, Date, Parties, Judges, Subject and more.

    Creating alerts

    To monitor new SCC decisions on a particular issue or area of law, create a free lexbox account (maintained by Lexum) and set up an alert feed notifying you when cases are published that match your search criteria. Set up an alert by creating a search using the options on the Advanced Search page, then selecting Set up alert feed on the lexbox menu and following the prompts.

    Cases in Brief

    Beginning in 2018, for each of the Court’s written decisions, a reader-friendly summary is prepared by the Court’s communications staff and published under Cases > Cases in Brief. The “Case in Brief” is also linked to from the full text of each written decision.

    Supreme Court Reports

    Several months after a decision is first released, an official print version will be published in the Canada Supreme Court Reports (SCRs) in a side-by-side bilingual format. Digitized versions of the print SCRs are available dating back to their inception in 1878. Search or browse the database of all SCRs under Home > Cases > Decisions and Resources > Canada Supreme Court Reports.

    Internet Sources Cited in SCC Judgments

    An archive of webpages cited in SCC judgments is available for decisions published between 1998 and 2016 under Library > Internet Sources Cited in SCC Judgments. Since 2017, a link to an archived version of each internet source is provided directly from the Authors Cited section of each judgment.

    Staying up to date

    Joining the SCC mailing list

    Stay up to date by subscribing to the SCC mailing list under Media > News Releases, Decisions and Case Information. Subscribers receive news releases announcing upcoming judgments on leave applications, judgments to be rendered on appeal, and important updates such as practice directions and changes to the Supreme Court Rules. A news release is typically sent out a few days before a judgment is published.

    Bulletin of Proceedings

    Find out when new appeals may be headed to the SCC by consulting the weekly Bulletin of Proceedings in the searchable database found under Cases > Bulletins of Proceedings. The Bulletin provides details about rulings on motions. Bulletins also include a listing of notices of leave to appeal filed, applications for leave to appeal filed, judgments on applications for leave, and notices to the profession.

    Statistics and Year in Review

    For annual statistics, including a breakdown of leave to appeal applications filed by subject and jurisdiction, consult the annual Statistical Summary and Year in Review under Cases > Year in Review. New since 2018, the Year in Review presents a visually-based, reader-friendly summary of statistics, significant decisions, and important developments at the Court.

    The Supreme Court of Canada Library

    Anyone can search the SCC Library’s catalogue, available under Library > Library Catalogue. The catalogue contains all of the Library’s print resources and some electronic resources. Contact information for the SCC Library, interlibrary loan procedures, and more are also available under the Library section of the SCC website.

    New Library Titles

    Find out when new titles are added to the SCC Library’s collection by viewing the New Library Titles list under Library > New Library Titles and subscribing to our mailing list to receive semimonthly updates.

    For more information, we encourage you to explore the SCC website, contact the Library, or take a remote tour of the SCC!

  • 16 Jan 2021 3:55 PM | Anonymous

    Saskatchewan Legal Databases, Relaunched

    By Alan Kilpatrick

    The Law Society of Saskatchewan’s searchable legal information databases were officially relaunched on a modern, mobile-friendly, and cloud-based database platform on Friday, November 20th, concluding a year-long Legal Resources project:

    Migrating our valuable data to this modernized database platform will ensure that all Saskatchewanians can continue to enjoy access to the Saskatchewan legal information they need for decades to come.  The relaunch is a demonstrable indicator of our commitment to legal information access for all Saskatchewanians.  It represents our ongoing investment in our membership, Saskatchewan’s justice system, and legal information access for all in this province. 

    Forty Years of Innovation

    For the past forty years, Saskatchewan legal practitioners, the judiciary, and members of the public have relied on the free, timely, and reliable access to legal information provided by our innovative tools and databases. 

    Developed by our pioneering Law Society Library staff through the 1980s and 1990s, these databases represent Saskatchewan’s very first instances of legal and technical innovation.  Our law library staff saw that Saskatchewan, as a small province, was not being well served by Canada’s commercial legal publishers and that there was a significant delay before our case law became available in commercial sources.

    What did they do?

    They boldly decided to go ahead and solve the problem themselves by stepping into the role of legal content creator, publisher, and database developer, creating databases to ensure Saskatchewan practitioners and residents could find, access, and use the law they needed.  Through their forward-thinking innovation, they created the first online internet case law database created by a law society in Canada.  Legal innovation is not new.  Law libraries have been doing it for decades.

    Why Did We Relaunch the Databases? 

    Over the past year, your Law Society Legal Resources team has led a major project to migrate these databases and their corresponding datasets to the new platform.

    Our existing platform was out of date and we felt it was the right time to migrate our data.  We remain firmly committed to providing legal information resources in the latest formats available.  Legal information enhancements are not static.  They are constantly evolving.

    These databases remain incredibly popular throughout the province, with Saskatchewan Cases receiving over 4000 hits a month alone.  Why are they so popular? They are extremely powerful tools. 

    Finally, the over forty years’ worth of structured data and content contained within these databases represents a valuable commodity for the Law Society, its members, and the citizenry of this province.

    Member Profile nominations and Project Profile ideas are welcome for 2021. Please email Alexandra Farolan at for more information, ideas, and nominations.

    Relance des bases de données juridiques de la Saskatchewan

    Par Alan Kilpatrick

    Les bases de données juridiques consultables du Barreau de la Saskatchewan ont été officiellement relancées, le 20 novembre dernier, sur une plateforme moderne, adaptée aux appareils mobiles et infonuagique, mettant ainsi fin à un projet de ressources juridiques d’une durée d’un an.

    La migration de nos précieuses données vers cette plateforme de base de données modernisée permettra à la population de la Saskatchewan de continuer à jouir d’un accès à l’information juridique dont ils ont besoin pour les décennies à venir. Cette relance est une preuve réelle de notre engagement envers l’accès à l’information juridique pour tous les Saskatchewanais. Elle représente notre investissement permanent à l’égard de nos membres, du système de justice de la Saskatchewan et de l’accès à l’information juridique pour tous dans cette province.

    Quarante ans d’innovation

    Depuis 40 ans, les professionnels du droit, le corps judiciaire et les membres du public de la Saskatchewan comptent sur l’accès gratuit, rapide et fiable à l’information juridique fournie par nos bases de données et outils novateurs. 

    Développées par le personnel de la bibliothèque du Barreau, qui a joué un rôle de pionnier dans les années 1980 et 1990, ces bases de données représentent les tout premiers exemples d’innovation juridique et technique en Saskatchewan. Les employés de notre bibliothèque de droit avaient constaté que la Saskatchewan, en tant que petite province, était mal desservie par les éditeurs juridiques au Canada et que cela prenait beaucoup de temps avant que notre jurisprudence ne soit disponible dans des sources commerciales.

    Qu’ont-ils fait?

    Ils ont décidé d’agir avec audace et d’aller de l’avant pour résoudre le problème eux-mêmes en jouant le rôle de créateur de contenu juridique, d’éditeur et de développeur de bases de données, en créant des bases de données pour s’assurer que les professionnels du droit et les Saskatchewanais puissent trouver, accéder et utiliser les renseignements liés au droit dont ils avaient besoin. Grâce à leur pensée progressiste et leur esprit novateur, ils ont créé la première base de données de jurisprudence mise en ligne par un barreau au Canada. L’innovation juridique ne date pas d’aujourd’hui. Les bibliothèques de droit le font depuis des décennies.

    Pourquoi avons-nous relancé les bases de données? 

    Au cours de l’année dernière, l’équipe des ressources juridiques du Barreau a entrepris un projet important de migration de ces bases de données et des ensembles de données correspondants vers la nouvelle plateforme.

    Notre ancienne plateforme était dépassée et nous avons jugé que c’était le moment opportun de migrer nos données. Nous demeurons fermement engagés à fournir des ressources d’information juridique dans les formats les plus récents. Les améliorations apportées à l’information juridique ne sont pas statiques, elles sont en constante évolution.

    Ces bases de données sont très fréquentées par les Saskatchewanais de toutes les régions; d’ailleurs, la base de données sur la jurisprudence reçoit à elle seule plus de 4 000 visites par mois. Pourquoi sont-elles si populaires? Ce sont des outils extrêmement puissants.

    Enfin, les données structurées et le contenu de ces bases de données, qui datent de plus de 40 ans, représentent une ressource précieuse pour le Barreau, ses membres et les citoyens de la province.

  • 13 Jan 2021 11:59 AM | National Office (Administrator)

    We express dismay about the disruption to the customary peaceful transfer of power in the United States, our neighbour and home to CALL/ACBD friends and members, including me. We wish them strength and safety during this time.

    Our disquiet arises from the observation that the violent actions and events, so shocking and counter to democratic norms, are, at least in part, attributable to widespread dissemination of and reliance on false, misleading, or inaccurate information or disinformation. As leaders of a professional community of legal informational specialists, we are disheartened to observe the extent to which false information about constitutional processes, legal facts, and proposed evidence is shared and then relied on without due attention to accuracy. 

     We work in legal information. The gathering, curation, and communication of reliable and authoritative legal information are at the heart of our missions. We help our communities to access, understand, and evaluate such information so that they may make informed choices consistent with their beliefs and goals. The enormous scale of the failure we observed causes us concern about the state of our information environment. We observed failings in the communication of publicly available authoritative primary and secondary sources, about legal processes, and about factual information or prospective evidence. We observed failings in the exercise of legal information literacy skills and commitment to reliance on accurate information. 

    Canada does not stand inoculated to such failings. Although constitutions, processes, and legal information environments differ, disinformation and inadvertent sharing of inaccurate information abound. We, as legal information workers, must meet the rising challenge of finding effective ways to do what we do: gather, curate, and communicate authoritative primary and secondary legal information and educate our communities to receive and evaluate the same with skill and vigour.

    Kim Nayyer

    Shaunna Mireau, President
    Ann Marie Melvie, Past President
    Sooin Kim, Secretary
    Eve Leung, Treasurer
    Kristin Hodgins, Member At Large
    Alan Kilpatrick, Member At Large

  • 10 Jan 2021 9:00 PM | Michel-Adrien Sheppard (Administrator)

    The winners of the 2020 Canadian Law Blog Awards (known as the Clawbies) were announced right before the New Year.

    The Clawbies exist to reward the best and most innovative Canadian blogs, podcasts, videos, legal newsletters, and other forms of online commentary.

    The 2020 Fodden Award for the very best in Canadian legal commentary went to the National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP):

    Since its inception in 2013, the NSRLP has won several Clawbies for specific streams of content: their blog, their podcast and self-help resources; this year, we are awarding the NSRLP’s collective body of work with the Fodden Award. The organization’s effort in amplifying the stories and voices of stakeholders involved in the Canadian self-represented litigant phenomenon–from litigants to A2J groups to judges to lawyers–is well deserving of this recognition.

    Nominations praised the NSRLP for:

    • “their continued effort in making the legal system more accessible to SRLs. Their recent primer is an essential tool for SRLs to be better prepared”
    • “maintaining a current list of court changes nationwide due to COVID-19 ever since shutdowns started!”
    • “promoting dialogue between self-reps and members of the legal profession.  Understanding the ‘other’ side’s experiences and concerns is a very necessary part of resolving the current A2J crisis” 

    There are awards in many categories, including one for Best Law Library Resources. The winners in that group are:

    @greatlibrary Twitter Account
    Only on Twitter since March of 2020, the Law Society of Ontario’s Law Library “leads the way with its engaging, effective, and entertaining Twitter account.” This feed shares useful and interesting information, uses photos to great effect, and runs weekly fun facts, legal research tips and more."

    Great LEXpectations
    The Law Society of Manitoba’s Great Library blog is a one-stop shop for court notices & practice directions, library news & resources, substantive law updates, legislation, legal research tips and local legal community blog posts. An invaluable current awareness tool for Manitoba legal professionals."

    Library Boy
    For an incredible 15 years now, SCC librarian Michel-Adrien Sheppard has been steadfastly sharing the things well-rounded and well-informed law library folks need to know (aka “law library blogaliciousness”). From conferences to research, statistics to court news, Library Boy captures an astonishingly wide variety of citations related to the library and legal worlds."

    The other categories are:

    • Best Blogs & Commentary
    • Best Bloggers on a Platform or Group Blog
    • Best Podcasts
    • Best Twitter Accounts
    • Best Innovative Projects
    • Best Student Projects
    • Best Multi-Platform Presence
    • Law & Laughter Awards
    • 2020 Clawbies Hall of Fame Inductees

    The Clawbies are organized by Stem Legal, a B.C.-based strategy firm.

  • 18 Dec 2020 10:30 AM | Anonymous

    Dominique Garingan, Library Manager | Parlee McLaws LLP, Calgary

    1. Tell us a little about your educational background and how you entered the legal information industry.

    My journey to the legal information profession was unanticipated, to say the least. I started with a BA in communications and a minor in journalism. After working in marketing and research for a few years, I wanted a change and was drawn to working and doing research for public/not-for-profit organizations. I applied for and received my first job in the legal field as a Legal Services Officer for the Legal Aid Society of Alberta. This role required meeting with members of the public; conducting intake procedures; opening and shepherding criminal, family, civil, and immigration matters; and acting as liaison for parties and other legal agencies, social supports, and actors in the court system. Though saddening at times, I loved this job as it was here where I began to appreciate the legal system and learn about how it affected various populations, principally marginalized ones.

    After a few years, I went on to work as a member of the judicial staff at the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta. I worked as the Assistant to Case Management Counsel for Calgary, assisting justices, legal counsel, and parties as they went through the Court’s mandated dispute resolution and case management processes. Being able to see and help administer matters from the perspective of the Court was inspiring. It allowed me to appreciate the rich intricacies of legislation and jurisprudence, along with the court’s role in facilitating access to justice and a bringing parties together through a common understanding of the law. Learning about the evolution of the law through new areas of legal development and the intricate variations of legal matters was also something I found very stimulating. 

    Given these experiences, I decided to take up formal legal education. My intention was not to become a lawyer but to study the subject in more detail. At the time, this did not seem like a very practical motive, but I went through with it. I also wanted justification for extensive travel. This is how I ended up doing a joint advanced entry LL.B. / LL.M degree with the University of Liverpool in England. While doing this degree, I spent two summers at the Hague attending summer courses on public and private international law subjects. These grad student years were a wonderful experience. It was then when I was finally introduced to law libraries, the study of legal information services, and the possibility of pursuing law librarianship as a career. While writing my LL.M. dissertation at home in Calgary, I held various concurrent part-time jobs such as teaching with Bow Valley College and the University of Calgary’s Continuing Education Unit and working at the Calgary Public Library as a Library Experience Facilitator. I loved all these roles as they embodied the importance of continued learning and being part of a larger social and academically-minded community that valued access to and evaluation of information and the process of building knowledge within communities.

    After finishing my dissertation, and instead of pursuing articles or the NCA accreditation exams, I applied for my first, formal law library role at Parlee McLaws LLP, a regional corporate/commercial mid-sized firm based in Alberta. Although I did not have a traditional MLIS degree at the time (it was still forthcoming), I did have some legal, judiciary, academic, and library experience, and, to my extreme gratitude, was given the job. The rest is recent history. I feel very elated to have found this profession and to have had such wonderful library and non-library colleagues along the way.  

    2. How has being involved in CALL helped you professionally?

    I have been a member of CALL since March of 2019. This is not a long time, compared to many other members. To me, CALL has been an amazing community of legal information professionals that covers almost all current and emerging aspects of the profession. To this day, I find myself reveling at the work of CALL’s various committees and special interest groups.

    During my first year, the CALL Mentorship Program was a wonderful opportunity to get to know a long-serving and recognized member of CALL and discuss many facets of the profession. This was a lovely experience. Being a part of the Canadian Law Library Review Editorial Board has provided an avenue for me to keep abreast with current and emerging issues and dialogues in the legal information profession. Working with members of the CALL Vendor Liaison Committee has helped me learn more about legal technology and gain confidence in terms of communicating and engaging with legal publishers and vendors.

    Although I have only been to one in-person conference, the CALL Annual Conferences are a wonderful place to meet fellow peers and immerse one’s self in riveting seminars and learning opportunities. I do find my professional life meaningfully enriched by CALL and hope to continue being a member for years to come.

    3. What is one thing that has surprised you about the legal information profession?

    Although not surprising, I am constantly in awe and amazement of the people I meet or hear of within the profession. I think CALL members continuously embody the different areas and heights in which you can take the profession. Upon joining CALL, I was also pleasantly surprised by the opportunities for collaboration. Reading about members’ projects and accomplishments is always inspiring, and the collective sharing of achievements make them seem like wins for all legal information professionals. To this day, I am still in awe of how the legal information profession is very multi-faceted. Technology, outreach, research, cataloguing, collections development, research, knowledge management, and the scholarship of teaching and learning are just some of the few areas which you can explore within the discipline.

    4. Where do you see our industry and/or profession in 10 years?

    I truly think that the outlook for the legal information industry is a positive one, and that areas of evolution, especially in legal information technology, are only limited by one’s imagination. I think that much of the legal information profession will depend on what its members decide to do and make of it, as some may be in unique positions to shape their roles and integrate them with emerging areas. It is not difficult to imagine quantitative and qualitative legal data analytics, legal information technology, and AI settling themselves in areas like legal research, dispute resolution, drafting, discovery, and competitive intelligence. Given the collaborative opportunities with other disciplines such as teaching and learning, data science, programming, marketing, publishing, and access to justice, many of the boundaries that used to define the profession may shift and blur at an even greater rate.

    Alongside the profession’s evolution, I can also foresee some legal information retrospectives. Championing legal information literacy, access to information, and research ethics will always be pertinent, and one of the characteristics of the legal information profession that resonates with me is the seemingly equal importance of looking back and looking at where things are going. As much as it may seem great to go wild with what the prevalence and ubiquity of legal data and technology can or will be accomplishing ten years from now, I think that those in the profession will always have a duty to critically reflect on the benefits and drawbacks of resulting applications and developments. As a legal information professional, it’s an exciting role to play, being on that edge.

    5. What is one piece of advice you would give to someone looking to break into the legal information industry?

    Find and appreciate the beauty and intricacies of the law and stay curious about as many aspects of the legal information profession as you can. :-) Build relationships with and foster genuine caring for the patrons and information consumers served by your organization. Also, reach out to and learn from peers and colleagues. Don’t be afraid to volunteer your help, participate in projects, and learn along the way!

    Member Profile nominations and Project Profile ideas are welcome for 2021. Please email Alexandra Farolan at for more information, ideas, and nominations.

    1. Parlez-nous un peu de vos antécédents scolaires et de la manière dont vous vous êtes intégrée au secteur de l’information juridique.

    Mon parcours vers la profession de bibliothécaire juridique était tout à fait insoupçonné. Mes études ont d’abord mené à l’obtention d’un baccalauréat en communication avec une mineure en journalisme. Après avoir travaillé dans le domaine du marketing et des études de marché pendant quelques années, je voulais un changement et j’étais attirée par le travail et la recherche au sein d’un organisme sans but lucratif du secteur public. J’ai obtenu mon premier emploi dans le domaine juridique en tant que responsable des services juridiques pour la Legal Aid Society of Alberta. Mes fonctions consistaient à rencontrer des membres du public, à effectuer des procédures d’admission, à ouvrir et orienter les dossiers en matière d’affaires criminelles, familiales, civiles et d’immigration, ainsi qu’à assurer la liaison entre les parties et les autres organismes juridiques, les services de soutien social et les acteurs du système judiciaire. Même si certaines situations étaient attristantes, j’ai bien aimé ce travail puisque c’est pendant cette période que j’ai commencé à apprécier le système juridique et à apprendre comment il pouvait affecter diverses populations, principalement les marginaux.

    Après quelques années, j’ai accepté un poste au sein du personnel judiciaire de la Cour du Banc de la Reine de l’Alberta. J’ai travaillé comme adjointe au service de gestion des dossiers de Calgary, en aidant les juges, les avocats et les parties dans le cadre des processus de règlement des litiges et de gestion des cas mandatés par la Cour. Le fait d’être en mesure de voir et d’aider à gérer les dossiers du point de vue de la Cour a été une source d’inspiration. Cela m’a permis d’apprécier la richesse et la complexité des lois et de la jurisprudence, ainsi que le rôle du tribunal pour faciliter l’accès à la justice et rapprocher les parties grâce à une compréhension commune de la loi. Apprendre à connaître comment le droit a évolué à travers les nouveaux secteurs du droit et les questions juridiques complexes et variées a également été quelque chose que j’ai trouvé très stimulant.

    Ces expériences m’ont donné le goût de faire des études en droit. Mon but n’était pas de devenir avocate, mais je voulais approfondir ce domaine. Même si cette raison ne semblait pas très pratique à ce moment-là, je suis allée jusqu’au bout. Je cherchais également à justifier mon long voyage à l’étranger. C’est ainsi que j’ai abouti dans le programme combiné de 1er cycle et de 2e cycle en droit à l’Université de Liverpool, en Angleterre. Au cours de ces études, j’ai passé deux étés à La Haye pour suivre des cours d’été en droit international des secteurs privé et public. J’ai vécu une expérience formidable pendant ces années. C’est aussi pendant cette période que j’ai découvert les bibliothèques de droit, les services de l’information juridique et la possibilité de faire carrière en bibliothéconomie juridique. Pendant que je rédigeais ma thèse de maîtrise en droit chez moi, à Calgary, j’ai occupé différents emplois à temps partiel en même temps, comme donner un cours au Bow Valley College et au service d’éducation permanente de l’Université de Calgary, et j’ai travaillé à la bibliothèque publique de Calgary en tant que facilitatrice de l’expérience en bibliothèque. J’ai adoré tous ces rôles puisqu’ils incarnent l’importance de la formation continue et de l’appartenance à une communauté sociale et universitaire plus large qui valorise l’accès à l’information et l’évaluation de cette information, ainsi que le processus de construction du savoir au sein des communautés. Après avoir terminé ma thèse, et au lieu de continuer à rédiger des articles ou de faire l’examen d’agrément du Comité national sur les équivalences des diplômes de droit, j’ai postulé pour mon premier emploi officiel de bibliothécaire juridique chez Parlee McLaws LLP, un cabinet d’avocats de moyenne envergure œuvrant en droit commercial et droit des sociétés en Alberta. Même si je n’avais pas encore de diplôme officiel en bibliothéconomie et science de l’information (l’équivalence du diplôme était encore à venir), j’avais acquis une certaine expérience dans les milieux juridiques, judiciaires, universitaires et de bibliothèques et on m’a confié le poste à mon immense gratitude. Le reste fait partie de l’histoire récente. Je suis ravie d’avoir trouvé cette profession et d’avoir rencontré de formidables collègues bibliothécaires et d’autres domaines tout au long de mon parcours. 

    2. En quoi votre adhésion à l’ACBD/CALL vous a-t-elle été utile sur le plan professionnel (p. ex. bourses et subventions, formation continue, réseautage)?

    Je suis membre de l’ACBD/CALL depuis mars 2019. Cela ne fait pas très longtemps comparativement à bien d’autres membres. Pour moi, l’ACBD/CALL constitue une merveilleuse communauté de professionnels de l’information juridique qui couvre presque tous les aspects actuels et émergents de la profession. Je suis très contente du travail accompli par les différents comités et groupes d’intérêt spécial de l’association. Au cours de ma première année d’adhésion, le programme de mentorat a été une merveilleuse occasion pour moi de faire la connaissance d’un membre reconnu siégeant à différents comités de l’ACBD/CALL depuis longtemps, et de discuter des nombreuses facettes de la profession. Ce fut une très belle expérience. Faire partie du comité de rédaction de la Revue canadienne des bibliothèques de droit m’a permis de me tenir au courant des questions et des dialogues actuels et émergents au sein de la profession. Travailler avec les membres du comité de liaison avec les éditeurs de l’ACBD/CALL m’a aussi permis d’en apprendre davantage sur la technologie juridique et de gagner en confiance pour communiquer et établir des liens avec les éditeurs et les fournisseurs juridiques. Même si je n’ai assisté qu’à un seul congrès en personne, le congrès annuel de l’ACBD/CALL représente un excellent événement pour rencontrer des pairs et s’immerger dans des activités de formation et de séminaires fascinants. Je trouve que ma vie professionnelle a été enrichie grâce à l’ACBD/CALL, et je compte continuer à être membre pendant de nombreuses années.

    3. Qu’est-ce qui vous a surprise dans le domaine de l’information juridique?

    Quoique pas surprenant, je suis toujours impressionnée et pleine d’admiration devant les personnes que je rencontre ou dont j’entends parler au sein de la profession. Je pense que les membres de l’ACBD/CALL incarnent continuellement les différents domaines et les nouveaux sommets où nous pouvons amener la profession. En me joignant à l’association, j’ai également été agréablement surprise par les possibilités de collaboration. La lecture des projets et des réalisations des membres est toujours une source d’inspiration, et le partage collectif des réalisations les fait paraître comme des victoires pour tous les professionnels de l’information juridique. Je suis toujours aussi fascinée par les multiples facettes de la profession de l’information juridique. La technologie, la communication, la recherche, le catalogage, le développement des collections, la gestion du savoir, l’enseignement et l’apprentissage ne sont que quelques-uns des domaines que nous pouvons explorer au sein de cette discipline.

    4. Où voyez-vous notre industrie et/ou la profession dans dix ans?

    Je pense vraiment que les perspectives du secteur de l’information juridique sont positives et que les domaines d’évolution, en particulier celui des technologies de l’information juridique, ne sont limités que par l’imagination. Je pense qu’une grande partie de cette profession dépendra de ce que ses membres décideront de faire et de l’utilisation qu’ils en feront puisque certains se trouvent dans des postes influents pour redéfinir leur rôle et l’intégrer à des domaines émergents. On peut facilement imaginer que l’analyse quantitative et qualitative des données juridiques, les technologies de l’information juridique et l’IA s’implanteront dans les domaines comme la recherche juridique, le règlement des litiges, la rédaction, la divulgation et l’intelligence concurrentielle. Étant donné les possibilités de collaboration avec d’autres disciplines (p. ex., l’enseignement et l’apprentissage, la science des données, la programmation, le marketing, l’édition et l’accès à la justice), de nombreux champs d’exercice qui définissaient la profession peuvent changer et provoquer un flou à un rythme encore plus rapide.

    Parallèlement à l’évolution de la profession, je peux également anticiper un regard rétrospectif sur l’information juridique. Il sera toujours pertinent de défendre les notions de l’information juridique, l’accès à l’information et l’éthique de la recherche. Notamment, l’une des caractéristiques de la profession qui m’interpelle est l’égale importance en apparence de regarder dans le passé et de se demander vers où l’on s’en va. Même si cela peut sembler très intéressant de se laisser aller avec ce que peut accomplir la prévalence et l’omniprésence des données et des technologies juridiques en ce moment ou ce qu’elles pourront accomplir dans dix ans, je pense que les membres de la profession auront toujours le devoir d’examiner de manière critique les avantages et les inconvénients des applications et des développements qui en découlent. En tant que professionnels de l’information juridique, c’est un rôle passionnant à jouer que d’être à l’avant-garde.

    5. Quel conseil donneriez-vous à quelqu’un qui cherche à percer dans l’industrie de l’information juridique?

    Découvrez et appréciez la beauté et les subtilités du droit et intéressez-vous au plus grand nombre possible de facettes de la profession. :-) Établissez des relations avec les clients et les consommateurs d’informations desservis par votre organisation et ayez véritablement à cœur leurs besoins. Aussi, communiquez avec vos pairs et collègues et apprenez d’eux. N’hésitez pas à offrir votre aide, à participer à des projets et à apprendre en cours de route!

  • 18 Dec 2020 9:16 AM | National Office (Administrator)

    The Courthouse and Law Society SIG Committee is conducting a survey which relates to library services and operational plans prior to the pandemic as well as the circumstances surrounding reopening.

    The survey results will be the focus during a CLSL SIG meeting early in the new year where we hope to generate discussion offering tips and suggestions for our library environments and “home office space” where appropriate and possible! Prior to the meeting, the survey results will be posted to the CALL/ACBD website under the CLSL SIG.

    In order to eliminate duplicate results, we kindly request ONE person from your library complete the survey. The survey will take approximately fifteen minutes to complete and will close at the end of day on January 15, 2021.


  • 02 Dec 2020 11:37 AM | Michel-Adrien Sheppard (Administrator)

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    The nomination period for the 15th annual Clawbies is now open. 

    The Clawbies, or Canadian Law Blog Awards, exist to reward the best and most innovative Canadian "blogs, podcasts, videos, social accounts, legal newsletters, platform commentary, CanLII Connects, whitepapers, and beyond."

    As the website explains:

    Nominate up to three digital publications or authors via blog post or tweets (using the hashtag #clawbies2020). Please include a brief explanation of why you think those authors deserve an award!

    Nominations will be accepted until the end of day on Friday, December 18th, 2020.

    Then stay tuned, because this year’s winners will be announced on New Year’s Eve.

    Over the years, quite a few CALL members have been recognized. Among them:

    • Great LEXpectations (Law Society of Manitoba - Karen Sawatzky)
    • Legal Sourcery (Law Society of Saskatchewan Library - Alan Kilpatrick, Ken Fox, Melanie Hodges Neufeld)
    • Robeside Assistance (County of Carleton Law Association - Jennifer Walker, Brenda Lauritzen)
    • SlawTips (initiative of - Susannah Tredwell)
    • CALL for Innovation ("The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) partnered with vLex for an exclusive podcast series in which Colin Lachance, interim General Manager of North America for vLex, carried out out brief interviews with CALL / ACBD 2019 conference speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and organizers, about their experience at the May 2019 conference, what’s hot in their world, and their thoughts on the future.")

    So don't procrastinate, nominate before the end of the day on Dec. 18th!

    La période de mises en candidatures pour les 15e prix annuels Clawbies est maintenant ouverte.

    Les Clawbies existent pour reconnaître les meilleures plateformes canadiennes de commentaires juridiques, qu'il s'agisse de blogues, de balados, de vidéos, de comptes sur les réseaux sociaux, de bulletins d'info, de commentaires sur CanLII Connecte, de livres blancs, etc.

    Comme membres de la communauté juridique, vous pouvez proposer jusqu'à 3 candidatures (publications numériques ou auteurs) via des billets de blogue ou des gazouillis (en utilisant le mot-clic #clawbies2020).

    Le site des Clawbies demande que vous expliquiez brièvement pourquoi vous pensez que ces auteurs ou sites méritent un prix.

    Les mises en candidature seront acceptées jusqu'à la fin de la journée du vendredi, 18 décembre 2020.

    L'identité des gagnants sera dévoilée la veille du Jour de l'An.

    Depuis la création des Clawbies, plusieurs membres de l'ACBD ont obtenu un prix. En voici une liste partielle:

    • Great LEXpectations (Law Society of Manitoba - Karen Sawatzky)
    • Legal Sourcery (Law Society of Saskatchewan Library - Alan Kilpatrick, Ken Fox, Melanie Hodges Neufeld)
    • Robeside Assistance (County of Carleton Law Association - Jennifer Walker, Brenda Lauritzen)
    • SlawTips ( - Susannah Tredwell)
    • CALL for Innovation (à la conférence annuelle de l'association en 2019, l'ACBD et Colin Lachance de vLex ont créé une série spéciale de balados avec des organisateurs/trices, des conférenciers/ères et des représentants/es de fournisseurs pour discuter de l'événement, des grandes tendances dans leur secteur et de leur vision de l'avenir)

    Alors, n'attendez pas, envoyez vos candidatures avant la fin de la journée du 18 décembre!

  • 28 Oct 2020 10:37 AM | Shaunna Mireau (Administrator)

    On October 22, members of CALL/ACBD voted in favour of Resolution 2020/1. The Term of office for President of CALL/ACBD is now one year and there is a progression for persons standing for leadership from Vice-President 2 (elected every year) to VP 1 (only elected when VP2 is vacant, as it will be for our February 2021 election) and then to President and finally immediate Past President.

    The CALL/ACBD Bylaw will be amended as outlined by the Resolution

    This change is now in effect. Here is a chart of the new terms of office.

    Executive Board Position   Term of Office Responsibilites 
    1st Vice President
    1 year – Elevated from the position of 2nd Vice President; acclaimed unless 2nd VP is vacant Succeeds to the office of President should that office become vacant. Liaises with groups as appointed by the president including the Bylaws Advisor. Shares liaison duties relating to professional development with 2nd Vice President. Votes on decisions of the Executive Board.
    2nd Vice President 1 year – elected every year Liaises with groups as appointed by the president including the Vendor Liaison Committee. Shares liaison duties relating to professional development with 1st Vice President. Votes on decisions of the Executive Board.
    Member-at-Large (2 positions) 2 years – elected every second year Members at large are appointed to either the Member Services or Publications portfolios. They liaise with their portfolios and vote in decisions of the Executive Board.
    Past President 1 year – elevated from the position of President Liaises with groups as appointed by the president, including the Archivist and Canadian Abridgement Editorial Advisory Board. Manages the Honoured Member nominations process and Chairs the Hugh Lawford Award for Excellence in Legal Publishing.
    President  1 year – Elevated from the position of 1st Vice President; acclaimed unless 1st VP is vacant

    Chairs meetings of the Executive Board and Members. Liaises with sister associations and CFLA. Appoints Committee Chairs. Acts as CEO of CALL/ACBD. Votes only to break a tie.

    Secretary 2 years – elected every second year Responsible for taking minutes at meetings of the Executive Board and the membership as well as notices of meetings. Unless running for office, coordinates elections. Liaises with all Special Interest Groups. Votes on decisions of the board.
    Treasurer 2 years – elected every second year Responsible for the funds of the association, liaising with a financial advisory committee. Votes on decisions of the Executive Board.

    For the 2021 Election, the Nominations Committee chaired by Past President, Ann Marie Melvie will be seeking candidates for

    •        1st VP
    •        2nd VP
    •        Member at Large (x2)
    •        Secretary
    •        Treasurer

    Kim Nayyer will ascend to President of CALL/ACBD and serve a one year term.

    Shaunna Mireau will move to the ex-officio position of Past President and serve in that role for one year.

  • 10 Oct 2020 7:05 PM | Michel-Adrien Sheppard (Administrator)

    Many CALL members may have heard of Trusted Intermediary-Legal Information Network (TI-LI Network).

    In 2019, the Saskatchewan Access to Legal Information Project (SALI) joined forces with the BC LawMatters Program and the National Self Represented Litigants Project’s Family Law in the Library Project to establish the Network to encourage cooperation between legal information providers in order to enhance access to justice.

    Yesterday, the blog of the Vancouver Association of Law Libraries published an invitation calling on law librarians to join the Network that has more than 80 contributors across Canada:

    "The organizers recognize that user-centred design, interdisciplinary approaches, and networks are needed to address urgent, complex access to justice problems, especially during these uncertain times. The TI-LI Network thus connects legal information providers from across Canada to exchange information and maximize efficiency by encouraging collaboration and adapting of resources and materials related to legal information provision by trusted intermediaries."

    "The justice landscape is changing in response to the current crisis with COVID-19 and TI-LI Network member organizations are creating new responses that are shared with trusted intermediaries to address current needs that have arose as a result of COVID-19."

    The next meeting will be held on October 27th. The blog post contains contact information.

    There were a number of presentations about the Network at the 2019 annual CALL conference:

    • Part 1: The Role of Legal Information Providers and Public Libraries in Promoting Access to Justice: Exploring Opportunities and Challenges (Brea Lowenberger, Melanie Hodges Neufeld: "In part 1 of this session, Melanie and Brea will facilitate a macro discussion to set the stage for conversation about establishing a 'National Trusted Intermediaries – Legal Information Network' (TI-LI Network). They will draw on their experience in co-establishing the Saskatchewan Access to Legal Information (SALI) Project to share their observations on the need for a establishing a national network, and invite participants' feedback on this emerging development."
    • Part 2: The Role of Legal Information Providers and Public Libraries in Promoting Access to Justice: Exploring Opportunities and Challenges (Dayna Cornwall, Megan Smiley): "In part 2 of this session, Dayna and Megan will facilitate a micro discussion on lessons learned in establishing, like the SALI Project, library and legal information projects in Ontario and British Columbia. Dayna will share initial lessons learned in establishing the 'Family Law at the Library', a new project that involves partnering with libraries in the Windsor area, and Megan will share how Courthouse Libraries BC has worked since 2007 with public libraries to enhance public access to legal information in all communities throughout British Columbia."
  • 11 Sep 2020 11:49 AM | Shaunna Mireau (Administrator)

    A small team of members lead by Matthew Renaud put together some guidance on opening a law library with consideration for COVID-19. The guide contains links to public health resources and precedents to assist law librarians working in a variety of settings. We hope that CALL/ACBD Members find it helpful. 

    Read the Guide

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