Special Interest Groups

Academic Law Libraries

Members: Alexia Loumankis (Co-chair), Meris James (Co-chair) 

The Academic Law Libraries SIG was formed to support the shared interests and knowledge of CALL/ACBD members working in academia by creating a network of communication between SIG members; and by sponsoring annual CALL/ACBD conference programs that directly impact the working environment of SIG members and CALL members in general. The SIG communicates with its members through CALL e-newsletter In Session and via the Academic SIG listserv. Members are strongly encouraged to participate in on-going discussions on our listserv and to give input on program ideas in order to foster the benefits of being a member of this SIG. Members have the opportunity to meet face to face at our annual general meeting held in conjunction with the annual CALL/ACBD conference. New members are welcome to join the SIG at any time. The SIG is managed by two co-chairs that rotate on a staggered two year term assignments.

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Annual Report 2013
Annual Report 2014
Annual Report 2015
Annual Report 2016

Hate Crime FAQs


Access Services and Resource Sharing

Members: Tim Knight (Chair)

The Access Services and Resource Sharing SIG discusses on-going learning to offer direction on behalf of the Association in areas involving "traditional" technical services practices and resource sharing. This includes cataloguing standards/practices, acquisitions, serials control, interlibrary loan systems, initiatives and practices, and any other processes of this nature affecting Canadian law libraries.

The group also monitors the development, operation and use of bibliographic utilities and significant union catalogue initiatives in Canada and beyond, to ensure, as much as is possible, that the interests of Canadian law libraries and legal bibliography generally are being well served.

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National Union Catalogue Survey

Sub-Committee on Classification

Members: Humayun Rashid (Chair)

The Sub-Committee on Classification exchange information concerning classification on topics, including designation of class numbers for new topics in KF Canadian Adaptation. They also discuss and resolve KF Canadian Adaptation and other LC classification issues, particularly those involving the use of LC's new schedules such as JZ, KZ, etc. The members also seek an expansion and re-organization of limited class numbers in KF Canadian Adaptation for topics such as environmental law, immigration & citizenship, taxation, legal research, etc.

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Courthouse and Law Society Libraries 

Members: Tanya Davis (Co-Chair), Melissa Firth (Co-Chair)

This group is composed of persons working in Courthouse, Law Society, Barristers' Society, and Law Association libraries. It meets at the Annual Meeting to discuss mutual concerns such as continuing education, statistics, insurance, collection standards, service in small centres, staff qualifications, recruitment, library design, etc.

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Instructional Materials and Research Guides
Best practices for demonstrating the value of your library services

Government Libraries

Members: Louise Hamel (Co-Chair), Martha Murphy (Co-Chair) 

The Government Law Libraries SIG address concerns unique to librarians practicing in government libraries and provides a common forum for networking and educational opportunities for librarians and information specialists that work in those environments.

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Government Libraries of: 

QC (En / Fr)

DOJ/AGL SIG Members Survey
Survey of Legislative Librarians

Knowledge Management

Members: Jennifer McNenly (Chair)

The Knowledge Management Special Interest Group (SIG) welcomes any member of CALL/ACBD with an interest in KM to join the SIG and get involved. This SIG encourages professional development by sponsoring webinars and to providing input to a KM related topic at the Annual Conference.

Law-related KM can involve a wide-range of activities that are directly related to the daily work of members of CALL/ACBD. 

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Ted Tjaden's KM Page
ILTA's Resources for Law Firm KM Professionals
KM & PLL Joint Survey

Legal Research and Writing 

Members: Hannah Steeves (Co-Chair), Nikki Tanner (Co-Chair)

The Legal Research and Writing Special Interest Group (LRW SIG) of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries was established in 2015. It is a network of CALL/ACBD Members with a special interest in the teaching of legal research and writing skills. The primary mission of this group is to provide a forum for discussion on topics related to classroom, small group and one-on-one instruction and to organize educational programs related to these topics. The group encourages open communication with non-librarian LRW professionals in Canada, and it promotes the sharing of information, ideas and teaching tools.

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LRW Listserv

Instructional Resources Bank (members only)

New Professionals

Co-Chairs: Veronika Kollbrand (Co-Chair), Allyssa McFayden (Co-Chair)

The New Professionals SIG aims to support student members and new professionals as well as to promote law librarianship and CALL to new library and information professionals across Canada. The SIG began as the Student SIG in 2012 and evolved into the New Professionals SIG in May 2016 at the annual conference in Vancouver.

NP-SIG Listserv

Job Search Tips
Legal Research Resources for Students
Student SIG Survey Results (April 2014)
Survey: Early Career Advice - The First Five Years (May 2017)

Private Law Libraries

Members: Rebecca Tomlinson (Chair)

The PLL SIG provides a forum and an outlet for CALL/ACBD members from the private law library community. Past projects have included salary and statistical surveys focussed on private law librarians. Current issues of interest include professional development, licence negotiations, and knowledge management.

On Firmer Ground
Join the PLL SIG Slack Channel

Operations Surveys:



Members: Louis Mirando (Chair)

The Preservation SIG was established to provide a forum for members to express and discuss their concerns about the preservation of and permanent access by the public to Canada legal information.

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