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Town Hall: What is in a Name?

  • 06 Apr 2021
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Zoom

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At our November 2020 Town Hall, a member suggested that our association name is misaligned with who our members are today and discussion ensued. Our association values input followed by action. With that, a name change of our association would require a special resolution at our AGM taking place on May 27, 2021. 

The purpose of this town hall is to discuss what we should call ourselves. 

  • Resolution 2021A Name of the Association (a resolution to change the name of CALL/ACBD by December 31, 2021) 
  • Resolution 2021B Name for Association (a potential name to circulate for consultation) 

Please find three name options for consideration: 

  1. Canadian Association of Legal Information Professionals / Association canadienne des professionnels de l'information juridique (CALIP/ACPIJ)
  2. Canadian Legal Information Specialists Association / Association canadienne des spécialistes de l'information juridique (CLISA/ACSIJ)
  3. Canadian Legal Information Specialists Spécialistes de l'information juridique canadienne (CLIS-SIJC)

Note: Canadian Association of Legal Information Specialists would be a contender except for the acronym CALIS sounding like an inappropriate word in French. 

Background Reading: 

Reading one

Quoting my former Managing Partner in 2012: 

"In my view, the term "law librarians" is now badly outdated. The group of people that we used to call "law librarians" have morphed into true legal information specialists providing a broad range of knowledge management services to lawyers and to law firm management. I consider our firm's "law librarian" to be a key part of our management team making a very important contribution to our firm's success." 

Reading two.

From the comments on this post: 

"...you hit the nail on the head when you say that these new words lack the specificity of "library." I have for the most part accepted that we are losing the word "library" - despite that it says so much (information purposefully collected, organized & accessible). My regret is that we have failed to detach it from brick & mortar and haul it into the information age as has been done with "archive" ... in the information age, everyone will be an information technician, so "legal" becomes the sole substantive descriptor, possibly mering us with other professions (such a legal Al programmers) - so you spin that in the opposite direction - saying "we" (the former library people) can spread out and be more!" 

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