• 26 Aug 2020 6:59 PM | Michel-Adrien Sheppard (Administrator)

    Kim Nayyer, Vice-President of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries, has been named to the 2020 list of Fastcase 50 legal innovators

    Kim is currently the Edward Cornell Law Librarian and Associate Dean for Library Services, Cornell Law in the state of New York.

    “Created in 2011, each year the Fastcase 50 award honors a diverse group of lawyers, legal technologists, policymakers, judges, law librarians, bar association executives, and people from all walks of life. In many cases, honorees are well known, but in many others, the award recognizes people who have made important, but unheralded contributions.”

    “ 'Every part of the legal market is changing right now – from law school through every part of the practice,' said Fastcase CEO Ed Walters. 'That change can be daunting or discouraging to many people. And that’s one reason that our team enjoys celebrating the accomplishments of the Fastcase 50. These are people who inspire us by their intelligence, creativity, and leadership. We hope they will inspire others as well, especially during a time of great change for the profession'. ”

    Here is what Fastcase published about her:

    Fastcase is an American-based provider of electronic versions of U.S. primary law (cases, statutes, regulations, court rules, and constitutions).

    Simon Fodden, the founder of, Canada's preeminent online legal magazine, was recognized as one of the Fastcase 50 in 2014.

    Michael Mills, one of the Fastcase 50 in 2012, wrote in 2015 on LinkedIn about how the winners of the previous 5 years had begun to form an ecosystem of innovation:
    “They champion transparency—in lawyer/client relations, in government data, policy, and practice, in judicial proceedings, and in legal education. They advocate for access—to the law itself, and to justice. They build structures, systems, and tools for access, quality, economy, and efficiency.”

    They also collaborate. A tour of the five classes found time and again 50’s who are working together across organizations and projects, who influence and inspire one another.” [my emphasis]
    Using his company as an example, Mills writes that “from any one person among the Fastcase 250, there are lines linking in many directions to many others.” 

    That has only become truer with time.

  • 26 Jul 2020 11:01 AM | Michel-Adrien Sheppard (Administrator)

    This is a follow-up to the May 20, 2020 blog post on the reopening of libraries.

    After months of working remotely, you may be planning the reopening of your physical operations.

    That much dreamed of "return to normal".

    Happy happy, joy joy! 

    Shared microwaves!

    Chit-chat in the elevators! At the coffee machine! In the mailroom!

    And all those clients handling and touching the books. And the printer. And the photocopier. And the staplers!

    Uh oh.

    There is an awful lot to ponder and plan for if you are going to do things smartly and safely and in a way your staff and clients will trust. You want to make that dream turn into something positive.

    Two good places to start:

    • the webpage created by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)  COVID-19 and the Global Library FieldOne of the sections is about the reopening of libraries.
    • the Checklist for reopening libraries created by the Australian Library and Information Association which is very practical:

      "Each library will have its own plans for reopening, depending on the sector and the specific needs of the library’s community, but the checklist provides a practical framework which outlines major considerations that library managers should be addressing, when planning to reopen their library."

    The Great Library at the Law Society of Ontario has shared a series of resources to help law firms plan their reopening:
    "These guides and checklists cover practical return to work considerations from physical distancing and PPE to employee accommodations and communications. As well, we’ve included links to a few recent articles that provide some food for thought on the potential redesign of law firm offices and legal practices in a post-pandemic world."

    COVID-19 raises many privacy issues.

    Justin Ling published an article in CBA National in June 2020 on Getting Back to Work: Sorting through the many privacy issues as businesses get their workplaces ready.

    In it, Éloise Gratton, national co-leader on privacy and data protection at BLG, and David Fraser, partner at McInnes Cooper in Halifax, explain the minefield that employers will be facing as workplaces gradually reopen.  A minefield "where employment, labour, health, and privacy law all meet".

    Some of the issues managers will be juggling:

    • How much health-related information can employers ask from their staff?
    • What kinds of technologies can they employ to keep people safe? Contact tracing keycards? Location tracking?
    • Where does the data get kept? For how long? When does it get destroyed?
    • Can much screening can employers impose or recommend? Body temperature checks? Swabs? Serological tests (i.e. blood work)?
    • Can people be told to return to work? What if they are immuno-compromised?
    • If an office does not reopen, does that change the conditions of employment under the employment contract?

    Recordings from a recent international symposium on the reopening of research libraries are available.

    The event was organized by the International Alliance of Research Library Associations (IARLA) and took place in June:

    "IARLA convened an international symposium on 3 June 2020, which explored the plans that research libraries are putting in place to reopen their physical library buildings and reinstate their onsite services in the post-, or continuing-, Covid-19 landscape. The symposium included presentations from speakers in the United States, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Australia, who shared the plans and preparations that they are putting in place for the reopening of their libraries, how these relate to their wider institutional context, and how they correspond with their national and regional experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic."

    One of the speakers was Vivian Lewis, University Librarian, McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

    The international information professional association Special Libraries Association (SLA) recently organized a virtual roundtable What Will Reopening Look Like? Planning, Procedures, and Solutions for Reopening Libraries.

    Professionals from government, law, manufacturing, construction, academia, and a variety of other work environments took part.

    There was also a chat discussion:

    "Chat comments included the following:
    • Library management has created shared documents for each of us to contribute our concerns we have about reopening—everything from hours of operation to what should we do if someone asks to borrow a pen.
    • We’re discussing letting visitors handle materials but going to set those materials aside for 3 days, which means we’re going to need to limit how much we can pull off the shelves for them.
    • Is anyone else considering moving to closed stacks? We are strongly leaning to doing that.
    • We have a new cohort of researchers arriving in September, and I’m thinking of at least starting off with 'curbside' pickup and then slowly allowing browsing (by appointment?).
    • I like the idea of delivery but may pose increased risk to exposure while delivering items to patrons in the building."

    The REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Project is a collaboration between OCLC, an international library services cooperative, the US government agency Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle, an R&D organization.

    "This research collaboration will provide information on how long the virus survives on surfaces and how—or if—materials can be handled to mitigate exposure."

    "To achieve these goals, the partnership is initiating work on several fronts:

    • Collect, review, and summarize authoritative research that applies to materials commonly found in the collections and facilities of archives, libraries, and museums
    • Ongoing consultation and engagement with a project steering committee, working groups, and other subject matter experts from archives, libraries, and museums
    • Laboratory testing of how COVID-19 interacts with a selection of materials commonly found in archives, libraries, and museums; and identifying methods of handling and remediation
    • Synthesize the above inputs into toolkit resources that support reopening and operational considerations
    • Share project information and toolkit resources through the project website and amplified by member associations and support organizations that serve archives, libraries, and/or museums."

    Among other things, it has been investigating how long the virus SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19 remains detectable on various library surfaces and materials.

    So far, it has looked at:

    • Braille paper pages
    • Glossy paper pages from a coffee table book
    • Magazine pages
    • Children's board book
    • Archival folders
    • Cover of hardcover books (buckram cloth)
    • Cover of softback books
    • Pplain paper pages inside a closed book
    • Mylar protective book cover jackets
    • Plastic DVD cases.

    The architecture firm IF_DO, in partnership with Libraries Connected and the UK library association CILIP, has developed a COVID-19 Safer Libraries Guide, available for free download.

    It looks at issues such as: 

    • staff safety
    • ventilation
    • safe materials borrowing and return strategies
    • seating
    • décor and signage

    Talking of signage, the website Super Library Marketing has a number of suggestions for How to Tackle Library Signage in a Pandemic and Make Visitors Feel Comfortable With Your New Rules:

    "When COVID-19 forced libraries to close, library marketing abruptly shifted to digital tactics. But now, as libraries move toward reopening, the debate over signage has returned to professional groups and library staff discussions. Signage is now crucial for communicating new rules about mask-wearing, social distancing, and time limits within physical library spaces."

    "In the old days, I would have encouraged staff to use less signage and do more talking with patrons. That’s not possible right now."

    "But we can still think strategically about how we place our signage, how it is designed, and how much of it we use. Here are some tips for planning your signage as your library moves toward reopening physical spaces."

    It is written from the point of view of public libraries but many of the ideas apply to other kinds of libraries.

    U.S. library consulting firm Aaron Cohen Associates recently published a text on its website on ReOpening the Library: Guidelines to Consider.

    It has a number of good ideas for starting to think about how to fit library users into their 2-metre little bubbles when institutions re-open:
    "Here are ideas on how to approach learning space occupancy and how you can start applying them. We included some strategies to develop a basic up-to-date, fact-based library plan framework. You can use this information to update your library services. And at corporations, colleges or Universities, these guidelines can be used to define collaboration and provide individual work environments."

    It also includes a link to a white paper from Steelcase Education for classroom and collaborative spaces.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched the COVID-19 Law Lab in association with other major international organizations:

    "The COVID-19 Law Lab is a database of laws that countries have implemented in response to the pandemic. It includes state of emergency declarations, quarantine measures, disease surveillance, legal measures relating to mask-wearing, social distancing, and access to medication and vaccines. The database will continue to grow as more countries and themes are added."
    "It will also feature research on different legal frameworks for COVID-19. These analyses will focus on the human rights impacts of public health laws and help countries identify best practices to guide their immediate responses to COVID-19 and socioeconomic recovery efforts once the pandemic is under control."
    There are legal documents from over 190 countries.

    In addition to the WHO, the project involves the United Nations Development Programme, the UN Programme on HIV/AIDS and the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University.

  • 23 Jun 2020 5:08 PM | Stef Alexandru (Administrator)

    Alan Kilpatrick (@Alan_Kilpat,| Reference Librarian, Law Society of Saskatchewan

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

    My journey to legal librarianship was fortuitous.  After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from Vancouver Island University (VIU), I took some time to reflect on what I wanted to do with my life.  Throughout my undergraduate degree, I worked weekends and summers as an Army Reservist and part time as a library page at VIU’s library and the Vancouver Island Regional Library.  Shortly after graduating from VIU, I spent a year working with the Canadian Forces security effort at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. While this was an amazing experience, I realized it wasn’t the correct career path for me. 

    Here, the connections I had made with the library world as a page paid off.  After speaking with several librarians, I decided that attending Western University’s Master of Library & Information Science program was the right professional move. 

    At Western, I developed my career goals and identified my professional interests.  I gained an interest in reference service, legal research, and government information after a co-op with Transport Canada’s Ottawa Library as a reference librarian.  I discovered an interest in copyright law and instruction after an exciting opportunity to research and present on Western Library’s Access Copyright agreement.

    Following graduation, I received a summer internship with Saskatchewan’s Legislative Library.  During this time, I learned about the Law Society Library.  After handing in a resume in 2013, an opportunity presented itself and I haven’t looked back since. 

    2. How has being involved in CALL helped you professionally (e.g. scholarships & grants, continuing education, networking)?

    CALL membership has been extremely beneficial professionally.  When I became a law librarian, CALL connected me to a large professional network and with mentors who helped me develop the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in this industry.  Attendance at CALL’s New Law Librarian Institute helped me further develop my knowledge and create a competitive legal information skill set.  I frequently contact the colleagues I’ve met through CALL for advice, assistance, and encouragement. 

    Our association’s annual conference has been a source of wonderful networking opportunities and topnotch professional development.  As legal innovation accelerates and legal information resources evolve, our skill set must keep pace.  I’m confident CALL will help me do this. 

    As my career grows, I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve the association through various committees, including being on the Board of Directors for the 2019-2021 term.   

    3. What’s one piece of advice you’d give to someone looking to break into the legal information industry?

    Network!  During CALL’s 2018 conference in Halifax, I was privileged to co-present Taking the ‘Work’ Out of Networking: Build Relationships, Not a Stack of Business Cards with Bronwyn Guiton, Veronica Kollbrand, and Megan Siu.  During the presentation, I made five networking suggestions for new and prospective legal information professionals: 

    • It’s never too early to start networking: It’s been valuable at every stage of my career.   
    • Get Active: Joining a professional association is a great way to network.
    • Network widely and wisely: Don’t limit your networking horizons.
    • Share your story: We’re all doing interesting things as information professionals.  Tell people about it!
    • Embrace new situations: Networking can be intimidating.  Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone. 

    4. What are three skills/attributes you think legal information professionals need to have?

    • Act Boldly: Boldly market yourself and boldly reimagine what a library can be. 
    • Embrace Change: Embrace change in the legal information field.    
    • Learn Continuously:  Commit yourself to lifelong learning.  Integrate what you learn into your professional practice.    

    5. What are three things on your bucket list?

    Alan Kilpatrick
    (@Alan_Kilpat,| bibliothécaire de référence, Barreau de la Saskatchewan

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

    Le parcours qui m’a conduit à la bibliothéconomie juridique a été un pur hasard. Après l’obtention de mon baccalauréat ès arts de l’Université de l’île de Vancouver (VIU), j’ai pris du temps pour réfléchir à ce que je voulais faire dans la vie. Au cours de mes études, je travaillais les week-ends et les étés comme réserviste de l’Armée canadienne et à temps partiel comme aide de bibliothèque à la bibliothèque de la VIU et à la bibliothèque régionale de l’île de Vancouver. Peu de temps après l’obtention de mon diplôme, j’ai passé un an à assurer la sécurité avec les Forces armées canadiennes pour les Jeux olympiques de Vancouver de 2010. Même si l’expérience fut extraordinaire, je me suis rendu compte que ça n’était pas la bonne carrière pour moi.

    C’est à ce moment-là que les liens que j’avais tissés comme aide dans l’univers de la bibliothéconomie ont été payants. Après avoir parlé à plusieurs bibliothécaires, j’ai décidé que le programme de maîtrise en bibliothéconomie et en sciences de l’information de l’Université Western était la bonne voie professionnelle.

    Au cours de mes études, j’ai précisé mes objectifs de carrière et cerné mes intérêts professionnels. Je me suis intéressé aux services de référence, à la recherche juridique et à l’information gouvernementale après avoir fait un stage à la bibliothèque de Transports Canada à Ottawa en tant que bibliothécaire de référence. J’ai découvert un intérêt pour le droit d’auteur et l’enseignement après avoir eu une occasion formidable de faire de la recherche liée à l’entente de l’Université Western avec Access Copyright et de faire une présentation sur ce sujet.

    Après l’obtention de ma maîtrise, j’ai effectué un stage d’été à la bibliothèque de l’Assemblée législative de la Saskatchewan. C’est au cours de cette période que j’ai découvert la bibliothèque du Barreau de la Saskatchewan. J’ai envoyé mon c.v. en 2013 pour répondre à une offre d’emploi, et je n’ai jamais regretté cette décision.

    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)?

    L’adhésion à l’ACBD/CALL m’a été extrêmement bénéfique sur le plan professionnel. Lorsque je suis devenu bibliothécaire juridique, l’association m’a permis d’accéder à un vaste réseau de professionnels et de mentors qui m’ont aidé à améliorer les connaissances et compétences requises pour réussir dans ce domaine. Ma participation à l’Institut pour les nouveaux bibliothécaires de droit m’a permis de perfectionner mes connaissances et d’acquérir des compétences nettement plus aiguisées dans le domaine de l’information juridique. Je contacte souvent des collègues que j’ai rencontrés par l’intermédiaire de l’ACBD/CALL pour obtenir des conseils, de l’aide ou des encouragements. 

    Le congrès annuel de notre association offre une excellence façon d’établir des contacts et d’obtenir du perfectionnement professionnel de qualité. Il faut maintenir nos compétences à jour pour suivre l’innovation juridique et l’évolution des ressources de renseignements juridiques. Je suis convaincu que l’ACBD/CALL m’aidera à y parvenir. 

    Tout en cheminant dans ma carrière, je suis reconnaissant d’avoir la possibilité de servir l’association par le biais de divers comités, notamment en siégeant au conseil d’administration pour le mandat de 2019-2021.

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

    Faites du réseautage! Lors du congrès 2018 de l’ACBD/CALL à Halifax, j’ai eu le privilège de coprésenter la conférence intitulée Taking the ‘Work’ Out of Networking: Build Relationships, Not a Stack of Business Cards avec Bronwyn Guiton, Veronica Kollbrand et Megan Siu. Dans le cadre de cette présentation, j’avais donné cinq conseils de réseautage pour les nouveaux et futurs professionnels de l’information juridique :

    • Il n’est jamais trop tôt pour commencer à faire du réseautage : connaître des gens m’a été utile à chaque étape de ma carrière.
    • Soyez actifs : se joindre à une association professionnelle est une excellente façon de se constituer un réseau.
    • Entretenez beaucoup de contacts de manière intelligente : essayez d’élargir autant que possible vos horizons de réseautage.
    • Partagez votre histoire : nous faisons tous des choses intéressantes en tant que professionnels de l’information. Parlez-en aux gens!
    • Adoptez une vision plus large des nouvelles situations qui s’offrent à vous : faire du réseautage peut être intimidant. N’ayez pas peur de sortir de votre zone de confort. 

    4. Selon vous, quelles sont les trois compétences ou qualités que les professionnels de l’information juridique doivent détenir?

    • Faire preuve d’audace : mettez vos compétences en valeur et réinventez de façon audacieuse à quoi pourrait ressembler la bibliothèque de demain. 
    • Accueillir le changement : soyez ouverts aux changements dans le domaine de l’information juridique.   
    • Apprendre sans cesse : engagez-vous sur la voie de l’apprentissage continu et intégrez ce que vous apprenez dans votre pratique professionnelle. 

    5. Quelles sont trois choses que vous aimeriez réaliser avant de mourir?

    • Explorer l’histoire de la guerre froide en parcourant l’Europe de l’Est en voiture.
    • Restaurer une automobile American Motors Corporation (AMC) Gremlin des années 1970.
    • Visiter à nouveau l’Inde (au cours du dernier semestre de mes études en bibliothéconomie, j’ai fait un stage extraordinaire dans un organisme d’alphabétisation à Bangalore).
  • 11 Jun 2020 5:21 PM | National Office (Administrator)

    Open Letter to CALL/ACBD Membership

    The CALL/ACBD Executive Board and the Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization Committee issue this joint statement to express solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement and all who are protesting systemic injustice and racism. Here in Canada, we also see systemic injustice profoundly in the lives of the Indigenous peoples of this land.

    We recognize these recent weeks have been difficult, and we know that they have also been deeply painful for some of our friends and members of our community. Not all of us can know the depth of this pain, but we can offer support and efforts to work toward change. We share in the outrage, we echo the demands of peaceful protesters for change, and we underscore our commitment to inclusion and anti-racism.

    George Floyd was a human being--a father, a son, a brother, a friend--but he became yet another black man killed by police. The killing of George Floyd was captured on video, and the horror of the manner of his death laid bare the injustices that black Americans endure in daily life. That recording of a terrible, terrible action of now-criminally charged police officers settled doubts some people still held about a larger and widely unseen injustice. Mr. Floyd’s death is a single illustration of a deeply entrenched problem. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery are only the most recent names on a very long list, a list which began 400 years ago.

    In Canada, our list of shame includes Colton Boushie, Tina Fontaine, Chief Allan Adam, and the numerous women described in the study of missing and murdered Indigenous women. The list began with the first peoples of this land. Canada is not immune to systemic racism, injustice, and acts of prejudice and racism. When we listen to our membership, we learn that, sadly, neither is our profession nor our Association.

    In 2018, CALL/ACBD formalized its Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization Committee to advise the Association on these matters and to work to ensure that we continually do better. The DIDC adopted a mandate to further Resolution 2018/1, by which CALL/ACBD has committed to work “to foster awareness and acumen in respect of issues of diversity, inclusion, and decolonization,” and, through our work and our partnerships and collaborations, to give voice to the diversity of the law library and related professions and of the Canadian population .

    We affirm this commitment now. We do not have all the answers and we all have much to learn from each other. Our profession is positioned to listen, to learn, and to work to counter racism. We must continue to foster acumen among our members and in the worlds of the legal information and library professions. We must commit to listen and understand the depths of entrenched and insidious systemic racism in the legal system. We must acknowledge the impact of the cumulation of acts of implicit, unconscious, and single acts of bias and prejudice. And we must identify the intersections of all of these with law and justice and work toward better systems and outcomes.

    Since Resolution 2018/1, we have offered our members, partners, and colleagues programming that furthers this mandate. We’ve offered programs on implicit bias; decolonization in legal information; speech, equality and transphobia; designing spaces to further accessibility and inclusion; and others. We believe these efforts are only the beginning.

    To accept the status quo of racism through silence and inaction is to be complicit in its perpetuation. To make change in our communities, we must make change in attitudes. We must be proactive; we must use our voices and find ways to put a stop to systemic and unjust discrimination. Each of us can educate ourselves on racism and systemic injustice; can reach out to colleagues and friends to listen or to say support is at hand; can share information through a resource guide or an article; can join in the work of a group in our communities; or can even donate funds to an organization doing needed work. These are but a few ideas. Through our combined efforts, big or small, we can make change.

    To further our learning and commitment to action, the DIDC has compiled a living list of resources and action opportunities, listed below and linked on our site. These offer an entry point for those who would like to learn more about systemic racism, or who wish to further inclusion and anti-racism.

    Our next step will be to host a collective discussion at the start of a forthcoming Business Meeting to the CALL/ACBD membership. Details will follow in the coming days. We will invite comment on and additions to our list of resources and action opportunities. Members will be welcomed to the DIDC, to create content that addresses discrimination and systemic injustice that affects black, Indigenous, and racialized people in their interfaces with legal information work, the legal system, and our communities.

    We recognize we do not have all of the answers. Together we can learn and work to create better paths for improving diversity and inclusion and to make systemic change. We are here to listen, to learn, and to renew our efforts.

    CALL/ACBD Board of Directors

    Shaunna Mireau (President)
    Kristin Hodgins (Member-At-Large)
    Yasmin Khan, (Co-Chair - Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization Committee)
    Alan Kilpatrick (Member-At-Large)

    Sooin Kim (Secretary)
    Eve Leung (Treasurer)
    Vicki Jay Leung (Co-Chair - Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization Committee)
    Ann Marie Melvie (Past President)
    im Nayyer (Vice President)

    Learn and share: A living list of resources and action opportunities

    Visit these sites:

    ● The award-winning “The 1619 Project” the New Times is an important resource to assist with understanding slavery and its continuing legacy in the USA. This legacy in systemic criminal system injustice, persistent racial prejudices, and the impacts of segregation. It was released August 2019, 400 years after the beginning of slavery in what is now the USA. [racism; systemic racism]

    ● The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta GA, USA, and its website connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s struggle for Global Human Rights. It enables visitors to explore the fundamental rights of all human beings, to inspire and empower ongoing dialogue about human rights in communities. [racism; systemic racism; law and justice]

    ● A Collective Impact: Interim report on the inquiry into racial profiling and racial discrimination of Black persons by the Toronto Police Service [racism; systemic racism; law and justice]

    ● Final report of the TRC (National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation [racism; systemic racism; law and justice]

    ● Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Final Report and information site [racism; systemic racism; law and justice]

    ● Black Lives Matter is a leader in anti-Black racism initiatives. Scroll to the end of the website below to check out chapter sites and contact information for Toronto, Vancouver and Waterloo [racism; systemic racism; law and justice]

    ● Selwyn Pieters and Adrian Roomes, “Data Collection, Race and Justice in Canada: Alchemical Reflections,” 2012 CanLIIDocs 290. (Critical Race Symposium at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, November 2, 2012.) This study examines attitudes to data collection in interactions of law enforcement and racial minorities. The authors conclude that, while increasing collection and use of hard data on law enforcement interactions with minorities remains important in illuminating the existence of racial discrimination and racial profiling, “deep structural impediments” continue. [racism; systemic racism; law and justice]

    Find these books in your local library or bookstore:

    ● Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist [racism; systemic racism; law and justice; society]

    ● Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption [systemic racism; law and justice; USA]

    ● Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me [racism; systemic racism; law and justice; society; USA]

    ● David Chariandy, I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You [racism; society; Canada]

    ● Robin DiAngelo, White Fragility: Why it’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism [racism; society]

    ● Why I’m No Longer Talking to Write People About Race (Reni Eddo-Lodge) [racism; society]

    Donate and share if you can. Suggestions:

    Equal Justice Initiative [systemic racism; law and justice; USA; Cdn accepted]

    National Center for Civil and Human Rights [systemic racism; law and justice; USA; Cdn accepted]

    Color of Change [racism; systemic racism; society; USA; Cdn accepted]

    National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation [racism; systemic racism; law and justice; society; Canada]

    ● A listing of charitable and non-profit organizations across Canada that provide aid or do work to improve criminal justice systems and outcomes [racism; systemic racism; law and justice; Canada]

    Le conseil exécutif de l’ACBD/CALL et le Comité de la diversité, de l’inclusion et de la décolonisation émet la présente déclaration commune afin d’exprimer leur solidarité avec le mouvement #BlackLivesMatter et les personnes qui manifestent contre l’injustice et le racisme systémiques. Nous constatons également chez nous une injustice systémique profonde qui touche la vie des peuples autochtones du Canada.

    Nous sommes conscients que les dernières semaines ont été difficiles, et nous savons qu’elles ont aussi été durement éprouvantes pour des amis et membres de notre communauté. Même si nous ne connaissons pas tous la profondeur de cette douleur, nous pouvons offrir notre soutien et œuvrer en faveur de changements. Nous partageons le sentiment d’indignation, nous réitérons les changements réclamés par les manifestants pacifiques et nous soulignons notre engagement en faveur de l’inclusion et de la lutte contre le racisme.

    George Floyd était un être humain – un père, un fils, un frère, un ami –, mais il est devenu un autre Noir tué par la police. Son meurtre a été filmé sur vidéo et l’horreur de sa mort a révélé les injustices que subissent les Noirs américains dans leur vie quotidienne. Cet enregistrement d’un acte atroce commis par des policiers, qui sont maintenant accusés au criminel, a dissipé les doutes que certains avaient encore sur une injustice plus vaste et largement méconnue. La mort de M. Floyd est une illustration unique d’un problème profondément ancré. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor et Ahmaud Arbery ne sont que les derniers noms des victimes parmi une très longue liste qui a commencé il y a 400 ans.

    Au Canada, notre liste de la honte comprend Colton Boushie, Tina Fontaine, le chef Allan Adam et les nombreuses femmes décrites dans l’enquête sur les femmes autochtones disparues et assassinées. Cette liste a commencé avec les premiers peuples de ce pays. Le Canada n’est pas à l’abri du racisme systémique, de l’injustice et des actes de préjugés et de racisme. En écoutant nos membres, nous apprenons que, malheureusement, notre profession et notre association n’y échappent pas non plus.

    En 2018, l’ACBD/CALL a officialisé la mise sur pied de son Comité de la diversité, de l’inclusion et de la décolonisation (CDID) afin de conseiller l’association sur ces questions et de travailler pour s’assurer que nous faisons toujours mieux. Le CDID a adopté un mandat pour faire avancer la Résolution 2018/1, par laquelle l’ACBD/CALL s’est engagée « à s’efforcer de mieux faire connaître et d’aborder avec finesse les questions liées à la diversité, l’inclusion et la décolonisation », et, par notre travail et nos partenariats et collaborations, à donner une voix à la diversité des bibliothèques de droit, des professions connexes et de la population canadienne.

    Nous affirmons cet engagement maintenant. Nous n’avons pas toutes les réponses et nous avons beaucoup à apprendre les uns des autres. Notre profession est bien placée pour écouter, apprendre et travailler pour lutter contre le racisme. Nous devons continuer à encourager la clairvoyance parmi nos membres et dans le monde de l’information juridique et des bibliothèques. Nous devons nous engager à écouter et à comprendre le racisme systémique insidieux profondément enraciné dans le système juridique. Nous devons reconnaître l’impact du cumul des actes implicites ou inconscients et des actes motivés par des préjugés ou partis pris. Et nous devons déterminer les croisements de tous ces éléments avec le droit et la justice et travailler à l’amélioration des systèmes et des résultats.

    Depuis la Résolution 2018/1, nous avons proposé à nos membres, partenaires et collègues des programmes pour renforcer ce mandat. Par exemple, nous avons offert des programmes portant sur les préjugés implicites; la décolonisation de l’information juridique; la parole, l’égalité et la transphobie; la conception d’espaces pour favoriser l’accessibilité et l’inclusion, et bien d’autres. Nous sommes convaincus que ces efforts ne sont qu’un début.

    Accepter le statu quo du racisme par le silence et l’inaction, c’est de se faire complice de sa perpétuation. Afin de créer des changements dans nos collectivités, nous devons changer les attitudes. Nous devons être proactifs; nous devons utiliser nos voix et trouver des moyens de mettre fin à la discrimination systémique et injuste. Chacun de nous peut s’instruire sur le racisme et l’injustice systémique; peut contacter des collègues et amis pour les écouter ou leur dire qu’ils peuvent compter sur leur soutien; peut partager des informations par le biais d’un guide de ressources ou d’un article; peut participer au travail d’un groupe dans sa communauté; ou peut même faire un don à un organisme qui accomplit le travail nécessaire. Ce ne sont là que quelques idées. C’est grâce à nos efforts conjoints – petits et grands – que nous pouvons faire changer les choses.

    Afin d’approfondir nos connaissances et notre engagement à agir, le CDID a dressé une liste à jour de ressources et de possibilités d’action énumérées ci-dessous et dont les liens figurent sur notre site Web. Celles-ci offrent un point de départ pour les personnes qui veulent en savoir plus sur le racisme systémique ou qui souhaitent faire progresser l’inclusion et l’antiracisme.

    Notre prochaine étape sera d’organiser une discussion collective au début d’une prochaine réunion d’affaires pour les membres de l’ACBD/CALL. De plus amples informations suivront dans les prochains jours. Nous vous inviterons à nous faire part de vos commentaires et à ajouter des éléments à notre liste de ressources et de possibilités d’action. Les membres seront les bienvenus au sein du CDID afin créer du contenu qui aborde la discrimination et l’injustice systémique touchant les personnes noires, autochtones et racialisées dans leurs liaisons avec le travail d’information juridique, le système juridique et nos communautés.

    Nous reconnaissons que nous n’avons pas toutes les réponses. Ensemble, nous pouvons apprendre et travailler à créer de meilleures voies pour améliorer la diversité et l’inclusion et pour apporter des changements systémiques. Nous sommes là pour écouter, apprendre et redoubler nos efforts.

    CALL/ACBD Conseil d'administration

    Shaunna Mireau (Président)
    Kristin Hodgins (membre en général)
    Yasmin Khan, (Co-Chair - Comité de la diversité, de l’inclusion et de la décolonisation)
    Alan Kilpatrick (membre en général) 
    Sooin Kim (Secrétaire)
    Eve Leung (Trésorière)
    Vicki Jay Leung (Co-Chair - Comité de la diversité, de l’inclusion et de la décolonisation)
    Ann Marie Melvie (Ancien Président)
    Kim Nayyer (Vice Président)

    Apprentissage et partage : Une liste à jour de ressources et de possibilités d’action

    Visitez ces sites :

    ● Le projet primé « The 1619 Project » du magazine The New York Times est une ressource importante qui aide à comprendre l’esclavage et l’héritage permanent laissé aux États-Unis. Cet héritage se traduit par l’injustice systémique dans le système de justice pénale, la persistance des préjugés raciaux et les conséquences de la ségrégation. Ce projet évolutif a été publié en août 2019 afin de marquer le 400e anniversaire du début de l’esclavage américain. [racisme; racisme systémique]

    ● Le National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta GA, É.-U., et son site Web relie le mouvement des droits civiques aux É.-U. à la lutte actuelle pour les droits de la personne à l’échelle mondiale. Il permet aux visiteurs d’explorer les droits fondamentaux de tous les êtres humains, d’inspirer et de renforcer le dialogue permanent sur les droits de la personne dans les collectivités. [racisme; racisme systémique, droit et justice]

    ● Un impact collectif : Rapport provisoire relatif à l’enquête sur le profilage racial et la discrimination envers les personnes noires au sein du service de police de Toronto. [racisme; racisme systémique, droit et justice]

    ● Rapport final du Centre national pour la vérité et la réconciliation [racisme; racisme systémique; droit et justice]

    ● Rapport final de l’Enquête nationale sur les femmes et les filles autochtones disparues et assassinées et site Web [racisme; racisme systémique; droit et justice]

    ● Le mouvement Black Lives Matter est un chef de file dans le cadre des initiatives contre le racisme envers les Noirs. Cliquez sur le lien ci-dessous et défilez la page d’accueil jusqu’à la fin pour consulter les sites des divers chapitres ainsi que les coordonnées des personnes à contacter à Toronto, Vancouver et Waterloo [racisme; racisme systémique; droit et justice].

    ● Selwyn Pieters et Adrian Roomes, Data Collection, Race and Justice in Canada: Alchemical Reflections, 2012 CanLIIDocs 290. (Symposium sur les enjeux raciaux, Faculté de droit Osgoode Hall à Toronto, le 2 novembre 2012). Cette étude examine les attitudes à l’égard de la collecte de données dans les interactions entre les forces de l’ordre et les minorités raciales. Les auteurs concluent que même si l’augmentation de la collecte de données et de l’utilisation de données concrètes portant sur les interactions entre les forces de l’ordre et les minorités demeure importante pour mettre en lumière l’existence de la discrimination raciale et du profilage racial, de « profonds obstacles structurels » subsistent. [racisme; racisme systémique, droit et justice]

    Trouvez ces livres dans une bibliothèque ou une librairie de votre localité :

    ● Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist [racisme; racisme systémique; droit et justice; société]

    ● Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption [racisme systémique; droit et justice; É.-U.]

    ● Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me [racisme; racisme systémique; droit et justice; société; É.-U.]

    ● David Chariandy, I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You [racisme; société; Canada]

    ● Robin DiAngelo, White Fragility: Why it’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism [racisme; société]

    ● Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race (Reni Eddo-Lodge) [racisme; société]

    Faites un don et partagez si vous le pouvez. Suggestions :

    Equal Justice Initiative [racisme systémique; droit et justice; É.-U.; accepte les dons du Canada]

    National Center for Civil and Human Rights [racisme systémique; droit et justice; É.-U.; accepte les dons du Canada]

    Color of Change [racisme; racisme systémique; société; É.-U.; accepte les dons du Canada]

    Centre national pour la vérité et la réconciliation [racisme; racisme systémique; droit et justice; société; Canada]

    ● Le site Web présente une liste d’organismes de bienfaisance et à but non lucratif au Canada qui fournissent de l’aide ou travaillent à améliorer les systèmes de justice pénale et leurs résultats [racisme; racisme systémique; droit et justice; Canada]

  • 21 May 2020 3:33 PM | Michel-Adrien Sheppard (Administrator)

    [posted on behalf of Martha Murphy]

    The Government SIG has prepared a collective list of resources offering information on COVID-19. Canadian sources include library guides, government, legislation, courts, legal and academic communities. 

    Honourable mention goes to University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, University of Toronto,  and York for their LibGuide pathfinders.

    Please also see Michel-Adrien Sheppard May blog post on Ideas on Reopening Libraries Post Covid-19  and the April post on Covid-19 Resources

    If you would like to add to the list and keep it updated, please contact Martha Murphy.

    Libraries and Reopening

    CALL Blog Post - Ideas on Reopening Libraries Post Covid-19

    ALA - Reopening Archives, Libraries and Museums (REALM) Information Hub Covid-19

    ALA - Pandemic Preparedness Tools Publications Resources for Libraries

    AccessOLA - 2020 Pandemic Planning Information Guide

    Oregon State Library - Covid-19 Library Policies and Services


    American Bar Association – ABA Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness - Disaster Resources for Lawyers & Law Firms

    Canadian Bar Association – COVID-19 Resource Hub

    Canadian Lawyers Magazine - Covid-19 and the Courts

    CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario) - COVID-19: Updates on the law and legal services

    Federation of Law Societies of Canada – Covid-19 Timeline of Provincial Law Societies

    The Lawyer’s Daily – COVID-19 Updates

    Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company (LAWPRO) – PracticePro - Covid-19 Articles & Resources

    Lexis Practice Advisor - Coronavirus Guidance for Canada (free Coronavirus document kit)

    McCarthy Tetrault - Covid-19 Emergency Measures Tracker

    NSRLP (National Self-Represented Litigants Project) - COVID-19 Resources 

    Ontario Bar Association – COVID-19 Action Centre

    Thomson Reuters - Taxnet Pro COVID-19 Canadian Tax Updates

    Thomson Reuters - COVID-19 Resource Centre


    Government of Canada - Coronavirus disease Covid-19

    Justice Canada - Government of Canada’s response to COVID-19

    Library of Parliament - HillNotes

    University of Toronto - Canadian Government Information Covid-19 by Sam-chin Li

    UBC Libraries Government of Canada Publications - Covid-19 Research Guides

    University of Ottawa - Repository of Canadian COVID-19 Emergency Orders by Craig Forcese



    Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta - Covid-19

    University of Calgary Libraries - Covid-19 3 LibGuides with Free Resources

    Alberta Court of Appeal News

    Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench News

    Alberta Provincial Court News

    Alberta Provincial Court COVID-19 Court Information

    Alberta Open Government Publications (for Ministerial Orders)

    Alberta Orders in Council (recent OICs posted up front)

    Alberta Government Legislative Assembly Bills

    Alberta Government COVID-19 Info for Albertans

    Alberta Law Libraries Updates (Legislative News)

    The Lawyer’s Daily – News

    Law Society of Alberta – COVID-19 Updates

    Canada Bar Association – Alberta Branch – COVID-19 Updates

    British Columbia

    Law Society of British Columbia - Covid Response

    Legislative Assembly of British Columbia - Covid-19 Legislative Updates

    British Columbia Government - Response to Covid-19

    City of Vancouver - Covid-19 Dashboard

    Courts of BC Notices and Updates - Covid Update


    Law Society of Manitoba - Covid-19 Updates

    Legislative Assembly of Manitoba - Covid-19

    Government of Manitoba - Covid-19 Updates

    City of Winnipeg - Covid-19 Updates

    Manitoba Courts Notices and Updates - Covid-19

    New Brunswick

    Law Society of New Brunswick - Covid-19

    Government of New Brunswick - Covid-19 Resources

    City of Fredericton - Covid-19 Resources

    New Brunswick Courts Notices and Updates - Covid-19

    Newfoundland & Labrador

    Law Society of Newfoundland & Labrador - Information Regarding Covid-19

    House of Assembly of Newfoundland & Labrador - Covid-19

    Government of Newfoundland & Labrador - Life with Covid-19

    City of St. John’s - Covid-19

    Courts - Covid-19 Operational Plan

    Northwest Territories & Nunavut

    Law Society of Northwest Territories - Updates

    Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories - News Releases

    Government of Northwest Territories - Covid-19 Response

    City of Yellowknife - Covid-19

    Courts - NWT Response to Covid-19

    Law Society of Nunavut - Covid-19

    Legislative Assembly of Nunavut - News Releases Covid-19

    Government of Nunavut - Covid-19 Response

    City Iqaluit - Covid-19 Updates

    Nunavut Courts - Updates

    Nova Scotia

    Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society - Covid-19 FAQ’s and Updates

    Nova Scotia Legislature - News and Notices Covid-19

    Government of Nova - Response to Covid-19

    City of Halifax - Covid-19

    Courts - Covid-19 Preventive Measures


    York University Osgoode Hall Law Library - COVID-19 and the law by Sharona Brookman

    University of Toronto - Canadian Government Information Covid-19 by Sam-chin Li

    Law Society of Ontario - LSO COVID-19 Response

    Government of Ontario - Emergency status on COVID-19

    City of Toronto -  COVID-19: Orders, Directives & Bylaws

    Ontario Courts:

    Ontario Court of Justice - COVID-19 Notices and Updates

    Superior Court of Justice - Notices and Orders – COVID-19

    Court of Appeal for Ontario - Practice Directions and Notices regarding COVID-19

    Prince Edward Island

    Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island – Covid-19 News Release

    Law Society of Prince Edward Island - Covid-19 Updates

    Government of Prince Edward Island – Covid-19 Resources

    City of Charlottetown - Covid-19 Updates

    Courts of Prince Edward Island - Covid-19 Letter and Resources


    Barreau du Quebec - Covid-19 FAQ’s

    Government of Quebec - Covid-19

    Montreal - Covid-19

    Courts of Quebec - Covid-19 Notices


    Law Society of Saskatchewan - Preparing for Covid-19

    Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan - Covid-19 Updates and Resources

    Government of Saskatchewan - Covid-19 Resources

    Courts of Saskatchewan Notices and Updates - Courts Covid-19 Response

    City of Regina - Covid-19 Resources


    Law Society of Yukon - Covid-19 Resources

    Legislative Assembly of Yukon - News Releases

    Government of Yukon - Information about Covid-19

    City of Whitehorse - Covid-19

    Courts - Covid-19

  • 20 May 2020 4:14 PM | Michel-Adrien Sheppard (Administrator)

    Not the easiest topic to cover.

    No one really knows when law libraries in different cities or jurisdictions will be reopening or under what conditions.

    Will physical access be restricted? Will all returned materials have to be quarantined? Will most of your staff continue working from home or will we all return wearing masks and gloves? Will elevators be no-go zones? Will space need to be redesigned to eliminate cubicles and open offices? What about air conditioning during muggy summer and fall days? And washroom surfaces? Reference counter surfaces? Table surfaces? Shelf surfaces? Surfaces, surfaces everywhere. And all those doors and those buttons to push to access restricted areas.

    Here are a few ideas and sources to help you start thinking about "reopening the library".

    The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has created a webpage devoted to COVID-19 and the Global Library Field.

    One of the sections is about the reopening of libraries:

    "Most examples so far focus on a phased approach, with new services, activities and parts of the library only resumed when this can happen safely, with some associating the shift from one phase to the next to wider progress in tackling the pandemic, while others are more cautious in setting dates. As the Australian Library and Information Association has set out ... a useful approach is to start by assessing risk, then developing plans, and only then setting timings for resuming different services. It may also be the case, of course, that partner organisations are not yet open, which will also have an impact."

    "Broadly, the library field has warned against any rush to re-open physical buildings. Furthermore, given uncertainty about how the situation will develop, it is possible that stricter rules will need to be implemented subsequently, and so the possibility of returning to lock-down should be borne in mind (indeed, West Virginia recommends continuing to work from home one day a week so that the habit is not lost). At the end of this secti
    on, you will find a selection of plans already established."

    You may also want to check out the IFLA blog for posts on library reopening. Two recent texts cover the debate:

    NELLCO, a law library consortium based in the North East United States, has published results from a survey it recently conducted concerning the response of academic law libraries to the COVID-19 pandemic. One section covers reopening plans.

    OCLC and other organizations in the United States have launched REALM, a research partnership to share information on best practices for the Reopening of Archives, Libraries and Museums. It will have a specific emphasis on the handling of materials and workflows:

    "This research collaboration will provide information on how long the virus survives on surfaces and how—or if—materials can be handled to mitigate exposure."

    "To achieve these goals, the partnership is initiating work on several fronts:

    • Collect, review, and summarize authoritative research that applies to materials commonly found in the collections and facilities of archives, libraries, and museums
    • Ongoing consultation and engagement with a project steering committee, working groups, and other subject matter experts from archives, libraries, and museums
    • Laboratory testing of how COVID-19 interacts with a selection of materials commonly found in archives, libraries, and museums; and identifying methods of handling and remediation
    • Synthesize the above inputs into toolkit resources that support reopening and operational considerations
    • Share project information and toolkit resources through the project website and amplified by member associations and support organizations that serve archives, libraries, and/or museums."
    The New York Law Institute wrote recently about Reimagining the Law Library in the Time of COVID-19. It defines guidelines for returning to work:

    1. The library will operate with a minimal crew

    2. Hygiene and virus prevention protocols will be established

    3. Access for library patrons will be phased in

    4. Social Distancing will be practiced among Staff

    5. New delivery protocols will be put in place

    6. Mail will be Resumed

    7. Patrons will be advised of precautions and protocols

    The article also provides links to many other reopening plans elsewhere.

    The Australian Library and Information Association has developed a Checklist for reopening libraries which is very practical:

    "In practical terms, there will need to be a greater focus on the safe handling of items for borrowing and display. The Institute of Museum and Library Services, OCLC and Battelle in the US are collaborating to develop an evidence-based approach to safe reopening practices, providing information about how to handle materials, training and cleaning in libraries."

    "The International Federation of Library Associations is also gathering information about the strategies that libraries around the world are taking, as they plan to reopen their libraries."

    "Each library will have its own plans for reopening, depending on the sector and the specific needs of the library’s community, but the checklist provides a practical framework which outlines major considerations that library managers should be addressing, when planning to reopen their library."

    And I leave you with thoughts from David Whelan, Director, Legal Information & the Great Library, Law Society of Ontario. In an April 14, 2020 blog post entitled The Things We Leave Behind he thinks about what he "might do with a clean slate" post-pandemic.

  • 28 Apr 2020 7:54 PM | Stef Alexandru (Administrator)

    Mary-Jo Petsche, Executive Director | Welland County Law Association      

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

    I took an indirect path to the legal industry. I had a diploma in recording engineering and job prospects were slim so I found a job in banking to pay the rent. I stayed in that job for 7 years until one day the bank announced they were making significant changes to employment contracts and gave employees the choice to stay or take a retraining package. I thought, this is my chance to go to college and finally do something that I love. Sheridan College had an excellent Library and Information Technician program and I graduated in 1997. Honestly, I was never really interested in a traditional library setting as I wanted to work in corporate. I worked at Micromedia in Toronto and also as a knowledge management consultant for a few years at Nortel. The crash and burn of Nortel in the early 2000s had me looking for a library job closer to home as I had two young children and did not want to commute to Toronto anymore. As luck would have it, I was scanning the FIS Jobsite one day and found the LIT posting for the Welland County Law Association and the deadline to apply was that very day! I knew nothing about the law but was confident that I could manage the library and I figured the “law stuff” would be a nice challenge. Nineteen years later I am still employed at the R. Boak Burns Law Library at the WCLA and love my job.

    2. How has being involved in CALL helped you professionally (e.g. scholarships & grants, continuing education, networking)?

    I’ve been a CALL member for 19 years and I have benefitted so much from the association. I was encouraged to get involved in the association early on and I’m grateful for the opportunity. I’ve volunteered on committees and also had the opportunity to sit on the CPC for the Winnipeg conference and most recently the 2020 conference. That was a real eye opener to see all the planning and hard work that is involved with the conference. Networking helps build this community of people that you can lean on. There are so many talented, smart and engaging professionals in CALL who have helped me over the years. Lastly, the scholarships available for continuing education help support growth and enhance our professional development. I’ve taken advantage of these scholarships over the years and I’m so grateful to the association for their support.

    3. What are three things on your bucket list?

    • Hike the Camino
    • Learn to play the cello
    • Visit Austria
    4. What are three skills/attributes you think legal information professionals need to have?
    • The ability to be creative and manage change.
    • Time management is a must no matter if you work in a solo library or as a team.
    • Keep up with technology and identify the need for new or emerging technology.

    5. What was your first job or your first library-related job?
    My first job was picking cherries on a fruit farm at the age of 12…that was hard work!

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

    J’ai emprunté une voie indirecte pour parvenir au secteur juridique. J’avais un diplôme en enregistrement audio et vidéo, mais comme les perspectives d’emploi étaient minces je travaillais dans le secteur bancaire pour payer le loyer. J’occupais mon poste depuis sept ans lorsque la banque a annoncé qu’elle apportait des modifications importantes aux contrats de travail et qu’elle offrait aux employés la possibilité de rester ou de suivre une formation de recyclage professionnel. Je me suis dit que c’était l’occasion pour moi de faire des études postsecondaires et de faire enfin quelque chose que j’aimais. Le Collège Sheridan proposait un excellent programme en technique de bibliothéconomie et d’information, et j’ai obtenu mon diplôme en 1997. Honnêtement, je n’ai jamais vraiment été intéressée par le cadre traditionnel d’une bibliothèque, car je voulais travailler en entreprise. J’ai travaillé chez Micromedia à Toronto et aussi comme consultant en gestion du savoir pendant quelques années chez Nortel. Lorsque les choses ont commencé à dégringoler chez Nortel, au début des années 2000, j’ai commencé à chercher un emploi dans une bibliothèque plus proche de chez moi, car j’avais deux jeunes enfants et ne voulais plus faire le long trajet entre la maison et le travail à Toronto. Comme par hasard, je suis tombée sur l’offre d’emploi de la Welland County Law Association alors que je consultais le site d’emploi FIS, mais la date limite pour postuler était cette journée-là! Même si je ne connaissais rien au droit, j’avais confiance en mes capacités de pouvoir gérer la bibliothèque, et je me suis dit que ce secteur serait un beau défi. Dix-neuf ans plus tard, je travaille toujours à la bibliothèque de droit R. Boak Burns de la WCLA et j’adore mon métier.

    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 depuis 19 ans et j’ai grandement tiré profit de l’association. Dès le début, on m’a encouragée à m’impliquer dans l’association et je suis reconnaissante de ces possibilités qui m’ont été données. J’ai siégé à plusieurs comités à titre de bénévole et j’ai également eu la chance de faire partie des comités de planification du congrès de Winnipeg ainsi que de celui de 2020. Cela m’a réellement ouvert les yeux sur toutes les choses qu’il faut planifier et le travail énorme à accomplir pour la tenue du congrès. Les activités de réseautage permettent de bâtir une communauté de personnes sur laquelle on peut s’appuyer. Il y a tellement de professionnels talentueux, intelligents et engagés au sein de l’ACBD qui m’ont aidée au fil des ans. Enfin, les bourses offertes dans le cadre de la formation continue contribuent à notre épanouissement et à notre perfectionnement professionnel. J’ai eu l’occasion de profiter de ces bourses au fil des ans et je remercie grandement l’association pour son soutien.

    3. Quelles sont trois choses que vous aimeriez réaliser avant de mourir?

    • Faire les chemins de Compostelle à pied.
    • Apprendre à jouer du violoncelle.
    • Visiter l’Autriche.

    4. Selon vous, quelles sont les trois compétences ou qualités que les professionnels de l’information juridique doivent détenir?

    • La capacité de faire preuve de créativité et d’adaptation au changement.
    • Bien gérer son temps est indispensable, qu’on travaille en solo ou en équipe.
    • Se tenir au fait des progrès technologiques et déterminer ses besoins en matière de nouvelle technologie.

    5. Quel a été votre premier emploi ou votre premier emploi lié à la bibliothéconomie?

    Mon premier emploi a été cueilleuse de cerises dans un verger à l’âge de 12 ans, et c’était un travail vraiment difficile!

  • 17 Apr 2020 10:30 AM | Alan Kilpatrick (Administrator)

    By Alisa Lazear

    Since last spring, a great number of updates and resources have been added to CanLII. To make sure you’re up to date on recent developments, here’s more about what’s new on CanLII.

    ⚖️ Primary Law

    Beginning with the addition of the decisions from DLRs in 2016, CanLII continues to do historical scanning projects to increase the scope of our caselaw collection. Here are the results of some of those projects over the past year:

          Thanks to the Law Foundation of New Brunswick, we now have primary law covering 50 years for the province of New Brunswick. The annual statutes database now goes back to the Revised Statutes of New Brunswick of 1973. We also added 7,000 decisions published in the New Brunswick Reports between 1969 and 2016 that were missing from CanLII and that have been cited in the CanLII database.

          Over 8,000 cases from the Western Weekly Reports (WWR) were added to CanLII last Spring, bringing in a collection of significant cases from courts in the western provinces.

          We also added over 9,500 decisions from the Manitoba Reports as part of a project funded by the Manitoba Law Foundation.

          Last fall, we also announced that we had added the annual statutes for Alberta, from 1906 to present as part of a project funded by the Alberta Law Foundation.

    We are grateful for all the support we have received to continue to improve the availability of primary law!


    Many developments have been happening in this area for CanLII. CanLII’s commentary section continues to grow with resources written by authors from various backgrounds. Since the launch of the CanLII Author’s Program, we have received submissions from lawyers, legal scholars, and graduate students in law, who see the value in open legal commentary. Have a look at the new layout of our CanLII Authors Program page to learn more, or you can explore what’s already on CanLII here. To help you find the commentary you need, an additional filter feature was added to CanLII to search commentary by subject area.

    Thanks to the County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA), we have started offering access to conference proceedings in addition to law reviews, books, articles, newsletters, and reports. Read on to learn more about recent updates to commentary that have been added to CanLII.


    Below is a list of journals added since last spring. You can see the full list of journals on our website here.

    -        Asper Review of International Business and Trade Law

    -        Canadian Arbitration and Mediation Journal

    -        Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal

    -        Dalhousie Law Journal

    -        Journal of Commonwealth Law

    -        Journal of Law & Equality

    -        Lakehead Law Journal

    -        Laws | An Open Access Journal from MDPI

    -        Les Cahiers de droit

    -        Osgoode Hall Law Journal

    -        Revue de Droit de l'Université de Montréal

    -        Revue québécoise de droit international

    -        Saskatchewan Law Review

    -        Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues

    The Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues, run by law students at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law, recently decided to shift to an Open Access publishing model. We were very pleased to be invited to their Open Access launch event to celebrate this milestone and are happy that they chose to include their work on the CanLII platform.

    We are also grateful to the number of university presses that have published legal scholarship under Creative Commons (CC) licenses, allowing platforms like CanLII to share this content with a wide audience. We encourage content creators to follow the lead of these university presses and consider whether making public legal scholarship openly accessible through avenues like Creative Commons licensing is right for them.


    Last November, we announced a new collaboration with Based on CanLII search queries, stood out as a centre of writing covering legal topics of interest to CanLII users. We then published a collection of ebooks of selected content from in CanLII’s commentary section.

    You can search through CanLII’s entire book collection here, which includes new additions such as JP Boyd on Family Law and the latest update of the eText on Wrongful Dismissal by Lancaster House.

    Reports and papers from several other organizations

    Since our last update, a number of additional organizations have shared their reports and papers with us:

    -        Alberta Law Reform Institute

    -        Canadian Centre for Elder Law (a division of BC Law Institute)

    -        Canadian Conference on Personal Property Security Law

    -        Canadian Forum on Civil Justice

    -        Canadian Human Rights Commission

    -        Environmental Law Centre of Alberta

    -        Government of the Northwest Territories – Department of Justice

    -        Justice & Law Reform Institute of Nova Scotia

    -        Law Reform Commission of British Columbia

    -        Vanier Institute of the Family

    CanLII Connects:

    Last spring, we were pleased to announce the completion of the integration of CanLII Connects entries into search results on When you conduct a search on CanLII, you are able to get results of content from CanLII Connects. Now, this important source of case commentary is more findable and better integrated through tools like CanLII’s note up feature than before.

    We are grateful to the writers on CanLII Connects who make it faster and easier for legal professionals and the public to access high-quality legal commentary on Canadian court decisions. If you have professional competence in legal analysis and would like to join CanLII Connects to share your insights, we encourage you to register here.

    Other News:

    If you have been spending time on CanLII since last spring, you will probably have noticed that CanLII underwent a website refresh. Thanks to the feedback from our users and the help of the Lexum team, we got a new look to help improve your CanLII experience.

    More recently, we’ve come up with some new features for conducting efficient legal research that include decision highlights, paragraph-level note-ups, and “decision intensity” indicators represented by blue jalapenos.

    Thanks to a motivated working group formed through the Canadian Association of Law Libraries, we have received instructional materials in the form of videos and handouts to assist users on how to use CanLII. You can find these helpful resources in the footer menu on the CanLII site under “CanLII Guides.”

    Earlier this month, CanLII was thrilled to announce the winner for the inaugural Martin Felsky Award, a contest celebrating excellence in Canadian open legal commentary on the subjects of legal research and legal technology. This year’s award went to Lee-Ann Conrod for her article titled “Smart Devices in Criminal Investigations: How Section 8 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms Can Better Protect Privacy in the Search of Technology and Seizure of Information”, originally published in the University of Victoria Faculty of Law student-run and open access journal APPEAL: Review Of Current Law And Law Reform.

    We are also happy to welcome Anqi Shen, CanLII’s Community Manager. Anqi has been helping us build engagement through CanLII’s social media and blog since last fall. Her skill and experience have proven to be a great asset to CanLII and we’re excited to continue working with her this year.

    The updates don’t end here! Make sure to follow our newly redesigned blog for the latest CanLII news.

  • 02 Apr 2020 6:45 PM | Michel-Adrien Sheppard (Administrator)

    There are so many sources of information out there about the COVID-19 pandemic that it can be hard to figure out what is useful.

    Here are good places to follow library-related and law-related news.

    Lawyer’s Daily COVID-19 Updates - LexisNexis has opened up access to regular updates about COVID-19: "This listing will continue to be updated with the newest items posted on top. Users can also use the Search box at the top of the page and set real-time news alerts for any keyword, including COVID-19, to be informed when new content is published."

    Dossier COVID -19 (CAIJ - Centre d'accès à l'information juridique, the network of courthouse libraries associated with the Barreau du Québec): "Dans le cadre de la pandémie causée par la maladie à coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), notre équipe a regroupé l’information juridique pertinente afin de vous accompagner en télétravail. L’information est organisée par domaines de droit et sera régulièrement enrichie. Vous y trouverez notamment de l’information en matière de force majeure, de santé, de travail et emploi, de faillite et insolvabilité et de droit public et administratif."

    Canadian Lawyer Magazine Daily Court Updates - available from a link on the home page each day – "Courts across Canada are taking extraordinary measures to control the spread of the new coronavirus COVID-19. Below is a roundup of actions courts are taking across the country."

    Repository of Canadian COVID-19 Emergency Orders (Craig Forcese, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa) 

    COVID-19: Emergency Measures Tracker (McCarthy Tetrault LLP): "In light of the outbreak of COVID-19, our team is closely monitoring updates from governments across Canada as they respond to the pandemic. The following summarizes the emergency measures that have been imposed in each jurisdiction. We will continue to update this summary as further measures are introduced across the country."

    Remote Courts Worldwide (hosted by the Society for Computers and Law, funded by the UK LawTech Delivery Panel, and supported by Her Majesty's Courts & Tribunals Service): "As the coronavirus pandemic spreads and courts around the world are closing, this website is designed to help the global community of justice workers - judges, lawyers, court officials, litigants, court technologists - to share their experiences of 'remote' alternatives to traditional court hearings.

    To ensure ongoing access to justice, governments and judiciaries are rapidly introducing various forms of 'remote court' - audio hearings (largely by telephone), video hearings (for example, by Skype and Zoom), and paper hearings (decisions delivered on the basis of paper submissions). At remarkable speed, new methods and techniques are being developed. However, there is a danger that the wheel is being reinvented and that there is unnecessary duplication of effort across the world. In response, this site offers a systematic way of remote-court innovators and people who work in the justice system to exchange news of operational systems, as well as of plans, ideas, policies, protocols, techniques, and safeguards. By using this site, justice workers can learn from one another's successes and disappointments. "

    So far, the website has contributions from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, the US, Singapore, Ireland and others.

    Reports From the Congressional Research Service and Legislative Research Organizations in Australia, Canada, EU, and UK (US-based infoDOCKET website): includes links to COVID-19-related reports from the Congressional Research Service in Washington, the Parliamentary Library in Australia, the Library of Parliament in Ottawa, the European Parliament Research Service and the House of Commons Library in the United Kingdom. The page is updated several times a week.

    Parliamentary research services papers on COVID-19 (Iain Watt, IFLAPARL - Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) - the search in English language sources for "coronavirus OR covid-19 OR covid" for global selected sources today produces more than  1300 results, all of them from parliamentary research services.

    Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Resources for Libraries ( The post is regularly updated and contains links to government websites (public health authorities), the World Health Organization, links for libraries, updates about upcoming library conferences, and access to free full-text articles from medical and scientific publishers.

    COVID-19 and the Global Library Field (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions): "The information and resources below are provided on a non-exhaustive basis but will be updated regularly. It is based on publicly available information, and that submitted to We welcome additional ideas, references, suggestions and corrections to this address." The page is divided into sections on the following topics - Understanding COVID-19 and its spread ; Library closures around the world; Managing different approaches to restrictions; Staying safe at home and work; Providing services remotely; Managing remote working; Reassigning library resources; Actions by Associations, National Libraries and Library Partners.

    Libraries and COVID-19: International News Roundup (infoDOCKET website, regularly updated): "On this page we’re curating a small collection of resources with news, information, and resources about how libraries around the world are dealing with COVID-19. Included on this page is a collection of direct links to operations information for several national libraries."

    Publisher Access Changes, COVID-19 (maintained by librarians at Bryant University, Rhode Island)

    Coronavirus – Accès à des ressources documentaires additionnelles (Biblothèques de l'Université de Montréal): "Plusieurs éditeurs et fournisseurs de ressources électroniques normalement payantes et non accessibles à la communauté UdeM débloquent présentement les accès pour soutenir les efforts des établissements d’enseignement. Ci-dessous des liens pertinents (...) Les offres et modes d’accès aux documents varient grandement d’un fournisseur à l’autre : accès complet ou partiel à des collections; accès en lecture seulement (pas de téléchargement de PDF); inscription requise de l'institution pour accéder au contenu; période de déblocage variée; etc."

    Canadian University ILL Services - COVID-19: explains what ILL services are still running and which are shut down.

  • 27 Mar 2020 7:37 PM | Stef Alexandru (Administrator)

    version française ci-dessous.

    Project Profile: Editing the Canadian Law Library Review/Revue canadienne des bibliothèques de droit

    Nikki Tanner, Reference/Instruction Librarian | Gerard V. La Forest Law Library, University of New Brunswick and Editor, Canadian Law Library Review

    1.       What is the mandate of the CLLR?

    Canadian Law Library Review/Revue canadienne des bibliothèques de droit is the official publication of CALL/ACBD. We publish news, developments, articles, reports, and reviews of interest to legal information specialists in Canada and abroad. We also publish surveys and statistical reviews prepared by CALL/ACBD’s various committees and special interest groups; updates from smaller, regional law library groups; and the proceedings of our annual conference.

    2.       What are your responsibilities as the editor in chief of the Canadian Law Library Review?

    For every issue, column editors and feature article editors send me their content in Word files, which I edit, then send to my associate editor for another edit. When she is finished, I give them another read and then send the files to our liaison at the CALL/ACBD head office. He takes care of translation and sends the files to our designer. Once the designer has compiled the content into a PDF draft of the issue, my associate editor and I do another round of proofreading and ensure that the layout isn’t wonky (weird spaces, no space where it should be, etc.). Then, I do 2–4 more passes on the PDF until I’m satisfied. I’ve always loved editing and read grammar books for fun, so I almost always find tiny mistakes to fix, but eventually I have to cut myself off and let it go into the world, otherwise we’d never have an issue!

    I also write a letter from the editor for each issue, and that’s the hardest part of the whole process sometimes. It can be difficult to think of something new to say four times a year! Luckily, we publish fantastic and engaging feature articles, so I can draw from those.

    Other than the copy editing, I do two reports per year for the executive, prepare a yearly budget, recruit new people for the editorial board when necessary, and think of ideas to improve or add columns. I have a few ideas, some of which our editor emerita/associate editor, Susan Barker, handed down to me. So far they have mostly been plans and not yet action, but I am working to carve out the time needed to follow through.

    3.       What skills have you or are you developing through your work?
    One of the biggest things I’ve had to learn is to let things go. In university, I picked apart my papers several times before passing them in, and if given the chance I’d spend my life rereading each issue. But I’ve learned that perfectionism isn’t my friend, so I’ve calmed down a bit (even though what I wrote above doesn’t necessarily show it).

    I’ve also learned to trust my instincts more. I’m still a new law librarian, having started at Dalhousie in September 2015 and moving to UNB in July 2016. So I’ve had to deal with imposter syndrome a lot, but I’ve gotten better.

    4.       What lessons have you learned?

    I covered this a bit above, but I also learned not to worry if I don’t know something. I mentioned learning to trust my instincts, but I also had to trust that it was okay to not know or understand something and to just ask questions. After all, I’m constantly telling my students to come to me immediately if they can’t find something and not to suffer through hitting research walls, so I learned to take my own advice.

    5.       What challenges have you encountered?

    The most challenging aspect is the time it takes to edit and produce an issue, coupled with the fact that when I’m at work I’m on reference duty all day, every day (my office is in the library, not out back, and my door is always open to students). It can be tough to get things done during the school year; the summer is much better as there aren’t as many students around.
    Another challenge has been keeping up with all the little things the editor does that I’m often unaware of until they come up (i.e., the first time I had to prepare a budget or November report). Luckily, I have Susan Barker to help with all that fun stuff.

    6.       Do you have tips for library professionals considering getting involved in editorial work? Why might someone want to be involved?

    I suggest learning more about writing, grammar, and punctuation. You’ll learn by doing, but it helps to know these things beforehand. Also, read articles, essays, professional blog posts, etc., to get a feel for how to organize content and strengthen arguments. And please, memorize your McGill Guide!

    Being involved with CLLR keeps you on the cutting edge of what’s happening in the law library world in Canada and beyond. I know that I’ve personally learned a lot over the years from the great content provided by our amazing editorial team, without whom I’d be lost. Depending on what you’re in charge of, you’ll learn about new research (features editor), new books (book review editors), what colleagues are doing in different parts of the country (local and regional updates editor), the latest research being published elsewhere (bibliographic notes editor), and new research products and tools (advertising manager). You’ll also form relationships with legal information specialists and librarians from all over the country. And it looks great on your CV!

    If you’re interested in joining the CLLR team, keep your eyes open for calls for volunteers on the CALL-L listserv. Or, you can contact me and I’ll keep you in mind when we have an opening. I became editor by reaching out to Susan Barker when she was running the show to see if there were any openings on the editorial board. I had previous publishing experience, so she brought me on as associate editor with the plan to transition into editor the following year. So don’t hesitate to reach out!

    Profil de projet: La rédaction de la Canadian Law Library Review/Revue canadienne des bibliothèques de droit

    Nikki Tanner, bibliothécaire de référence | Bibliothèque de droit Gerard V. La Forest, Université du Nouveau-Brunswick et Rédactrice en Chef, Revue canadienne des bibliothèques de droit

    1.       Quel est le mandat de la RCBD?

    La Canadian Law Library Review/Revue canadienne des bibliothèques de droit est la publication officielle de l’ACBD/CALL. Nous publions des nouvelles, des récents développements, des articles, des rapports et des études susceptibles d’intéresser les spécialistes de l’information juridique au Canada et à l’étranger. Nous publions également des enquêtes et des études statistiques préparées par les différents comités et groupes d’intérêt spécial de l’ACBD/CALL, des nouvelles des groupes régionales de bibliothèques de droit ainsi que les actes de notre congrès annuel.

    2.       Quelles sont vos responsabilités en tant que rédactrice en chef de la RCBD?

    Pour chacun des numéros publiés, les équipes de rédaction des chroniques et des articles de fond m’envoient les textes en fichiers Word afin que je les révise. J’achemine ensuite les fichiers à ma rédactrice adjointe pour une deuxième révision. Une fois qu’elle a terminé, je fais une dernière lecture et j’envoie les fichiers à notre agent de liaison au bureau de l’ACBD/CALL. Ce dernier s’occupe de faire traduire les textes et envoie les fichiers à notre graphiste. Une fois que le visuel est conçu, la première ébauche est sauvegardée en format PDF. Mon adjointe et moi procédons à une correction d’épreuves afin de nous assurer que la mise en page est exempte de coquilles (p. ex., espaces bizarres ou manquantes). Ensuite, je peux relire de deux à quatre fois la version PDF jusqu’à ce que je sois satisfaite. Comme j’ai toujours adoré lire des livres de grammaire et rédiger pour le plaisir, je trouve presque toujours des petites coquilles à corriger. Mais je dois éventuellement m’arrêter et accepter de sortir le numéro, sinon nous n’aurions jamais de revue!

    Je rédige également un mot de la rédaction pour chaque numéro, et cela se révèle parfois la partie la plus difficile de tout le processus. Ce n’est pas facile de penser à quelque chose de nouveau à dire quatre fois par année! Heureusement, comme nous publions des articles de fond intéressants et formidables je peux m’en inspirer.

    Outre mes tâches de révision, je rédige deux rapports par année pour le conseil exécutif, je prépare un budget annuel, je recrute de nouvelles personnes pour le comité de rédaction, s’il y a lieu, et je réfléchis à des façons d’améliorer les chroniques ou en ajouter. J’ai déjà quelques petites idées, dont certaines m’ont été transmises par notre rédactrice émérite et rédactrice adjointe Susan Barker. Ces projets sont encore au stade de planification, mais j’essaie de trouver le temps nécessaire pour y donner suite.

    3.       Quelles compétences avez-vous acquises ou améliorées dans le cadre de votre travail?

    L’une des principales choses que j’ai dû apprendre est de lâcher prise. Lorsque j’étais étudiante à l’université, je décortiquais mes travaux plusieurs fois avant de les remettre. Et si on me donnait l’occasion maintenant, je passerais ma vie à relire chaque numéro. Mais j’ai appris que le perfectionnisme est plutôt mon ennemi, alors je me suis un peu calmée (même si ce que j’ai écrit ci-dessus ne semble pas forcément le démontrer).

    J’ai aussi appris à faire davantage confiance à mon instinct. Je suis encore une nouvelle bibliothécaire de droit, ayant commencé à travailler à l’Université Dalhousie en septembre 2015, puis à l’UNB depuis juillet 2016. J’ai donc dû surmonter le syndrome de l’imposteur à plusieurs reprises, mais je m’améliore.

    4.       Quelles leçons avez-vous tirées de votre expérience?

    J’ai déjà abordé un peu ce sujet plus haut, mais j’ai aussi appris à ne pas m’en faire si je ne sais pas quelque chose. J’ai mentionné que j’avais appris à me fier à mon instinct, mais j’ai aussi dû me convaincre qu’il est acceptable de ne pas comprendre ou savoir quelque chose et de se contenter de poser des questions. Après tout, je dis continuellement à mes étudiants de venir me voir immédiatement s’ils ne trouvent pas quelque chose plutôt que d’attendre de frapper un mur, alors j’ai appris à suivre mes propres conseils.

    5.       Quelles sont les difficultés auxquelles vous avez dû faire face?

    L’aspect le plus difficile est de trouver le temps qu’il faut pour réviser et produire un numéro, car lorsque je suis au travail, je dois offrir des services de référence en tout temps (mon bureau est dans la bibliothèque, non pas dans un recoin, et ma porte est toujours ouverte aux étudiants). C’est parfois difficile d’accomplir des choses pendant les semestres d’automne et d’hiver, mais c’est plus facile l’été parce qu’il y a moins d’étudiants dans les parages.

    Un autre défi est de me familiariser avec toutes les petites choses que je dois faire dans mes fonctions et que j’ignore jusqu’à ce qu’elles se pointent (comme la première fois où j’ai dû préparer un budget ou le rapport de novembre). Heureusement, je peux compter sur Susan Barker pour m’aider à faire toutes ces choses amusantes.

    6.       Avez-vous des conseils à donner aux professionnels en bibliothéconomie qui aimeraient s’impliquer dans des travaux de rédaction? Pourquoi une personne voudrait-elle s’impliquer?

    Je suggère d’en apprendre davantage sur les mécanismes de rédaction et les règles de grammaire et de ponctuation. Même si on apprend par la pratique, il est utile de connaître ces notions avant. Je recommande aussi de lire des articles, des essais et des billets de blogue professionnel pour comprendre comment on peut organiser le contenu et renforcer les arguments. Et surtout, il ne faut pas oublier de mémoriser le guide McGill!

    En s’impliquant dans la RCBD, cela permet de rester à l’affût de ce qui se passe dans le monde des bibliothèques de droit au Canada et à l’étranger. Je sais que j’ai personnellement beaucoup appris au fil des ans grâce à l’excellent contenu fourni par notre formidable équipe de rédaction, sans qui je serais perdue. Selon les responsabilités exercées, on apprend à connaître les nouvelles recherches (rédaction des chroniques), les nouveaux ouvrages (rédaction des comptes rendus de lecture), ce que font nos collègues dans les différentes régions du pays (rédaction des nouvelles régionales), les dernières recherches publiées ailleurs (rédaction des chroniques bibliographiques) et les nouveaux produits et outils de recherche (responsable de la publicité). Cela permet également de nouer des relations avec des spécialistes de l’information juridique et des bibliothécaires de tout le pays. De plus, ça paraît très bien sur un curriculum vitae!

    Si vous souhaitez vous joindre à l’équipe de la RCBD, surveillez l’appel aux bénévoles dans la liste de discussion CALL-L. Vous pouvez aussi me contacter afin que je vous tienne au courant des postes qui peuvent s’ouvrir. Je suis devenue rédactrice en chef en contactant Susan Barker lorsqu’elle dirigeait l’équipe afin de savoir s’il y avait des postes vacants au sein du comité de rédaction. Comme j’avais déjà de l’expérience dans le domaine, elle m’a offert le poste de rédactrice adjointe en vue de prendre les rênes de son poste l’année suivante. N’hésitez donc pas à nous contacter!
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