2020 Virtual Conference Session Recordings

As a members-only benefit, we are pleased to present recordings of all sessions from the 2020 Virtual Conference:

Putting Facts First: A Conversation with CNN's Daniel Dale Video Link

Climate Crisis and Liability - Will Carbon Majors Have to Pay for Climate Damage? 

Presented by: Dianne Saxe, Environmental Lawyer and President, Saxe Facts

Professional Development Pillar: Substantive Law

The climate crisis is already causing large financial losses, and much more is ahead. Most of the fossil fuels that are driving this crisis have been produced and sold by 103 companies, the Carbon Majors. What will lead governments and courts to make the Carbon Majors pay for soaring climate damages? A critical factor will be public opinion about whether the Carbon Majors’ enormous profits were morally earned. With that public opinion changing, there are strong legal precedents that governments and courts could follow.

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Putting Speech and Equality in Conversation, not Opposition: A Legal And Policy Discussion of Recent Controversies Surrounding the Platforming of Trans-Exclusionary

Presented by: Joshua Sealy-Harrington, Legal Scholar, U Calgary, Columbia U

Professional Development Pillar: Substantive Law

Recent controversies have arisen in Canada regarding the platforming of trans-exclusionary speakers. On October 29, 2019 the Toronto Public Library hosted Meghan Murphy, a trans-exclusionary speaker. And on January 27, 2020, the Vancouver Public Library released a statement indicating that it, too, would be hosting Meghan Murphy for a trans-exclusionary presentation in March 2020. Trans-inclusive advocates have protested against these decisions for platforming transphobia, while trans-exclusive advocates have praised the libraries’ decisions for upholding free speech.

The platforming of controversial speakers engages complex issues. But that complexity is often misconstrued in public discourse. These issues cannot be viewed exclusively through an “equality” or “speech” lens. Rather, they must be interpreted through both, mindful of how equality and speech are co-constitutive, in addition to the special role that public institutions play in promoting constitutional values. In this presentation, Joshua Sealy-Harrington will explore the legal and policy framework implicated by these issues, illustrate their complexity, and interrogate the delicate role that libraries—and librarians—play in the production of knowledge, and the curation of accessible public space.

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Professional Development Plans: Your Tool for Success

Presented by: Joan-Rataic Lang

Professional Development Pillar: Leadership, Management and Professionalism

Early and seasoned professionals are invited to join this interactive workshop to create a professional development plan (PD). Antoine de Saint-Exupéry said, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” Ensuring success and happiness in your career without a professional development (PD) plan is like that wish, we may want it, but are not sure how to achieve it.

Attendees will be asked to think about their goals, discuss completing a personal assessment, and be encouraged to determine their skills and competencies, as well as areas for improvement and growth. There will be brainstorming about how we develop the skills that we are missing and what non-traditional opportunities exist to develop skills. And finally, how to be accountable to yourself?

Pre-work: please complete the Myers-Briggs assessment at www.16personalities.com. It is free and takes less than 12 minutes.

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Decolonizing Through (Re)classification

Presented by: Sarah Miller and Dean Seeman

Professional Development Pillar: Collection Development, Cataloging, Metadata & Information Organization

In 2016, the Library of Congress released the subclasses KIA-KIK (Law of Indigenous Peoples in America), and followed in 2017 by the publishing the subclasses KI-KIL (Law of the Indigenous Peoples). Learn about one library’s experience in reclassifying Indigenous law materials into the KI range. The presenters will discuss the importance of reclassification as a decolonizing initiative, the selection criteria for the titles reclassified, the process and workflow of the reclassification project, and the pros and cons of LC KI range, specifically as it applies to Canada. From this presentation, participants will gain an understanding of the process/reasoning behind reclassifying to KI and be able to critically evaluate pros and cons of the KI subclass, specifically as it applies to the Canadian context.

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A New Model for Legal Publishing: Empowering Legal Professionals through Shared Content Creation

Presented by: Alisa Lazear and Deb Quentel

Professional Development Pillar: Collection Development, Cataloguing, Metadata and Information Organization; Leadership, Management and Professionalism

Last summer, CanLII began its first project to create an openly accessible litigation practice manual from scratch. This presentation will discuss lessons learned from this project and ways information professionals can lead, facilitate, and participate in collaborative content creation. The presenters will share their knowledge of open publishing and discuss their experiences with managing publishing projects within and beyond the legal environment. The intended audience would be Academic, government, and law society law librarians who are managing or participating in the creation of open resources. Also for anyone looking to get more information on what’s going on with open access and legal information generally.

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How To Create Value!

Presented by: Melanie Browne

Professional Development Pillar: Collection Development, Cataloguing, Metadata & Information Organization; Information Technology; Knowledge Management

Establishing a strong link between our customer/client value requirements and the major value-producing activities of the organization that we work for is the foundation on which the delivery of superior customer value is based. Information professionals develop opportunities in their organizations by creating demand. They learn to link their products and services with the solution to their customer’s most pressing problems. This kind of added value makes the information professional indispensable. This session will capture how to create value statements and value propositions for key services and stakeholders of one’s organization. To do this, we use the formula often used by salespeople: Value X Recognition = INFLUENCE. Participants will learn to differentiate themselves from the competition by fitting into the organizational culture and creating the climate for successful implementation of innovation strategy.

Key Takeaways:

1. Apply theoretical and practical marketing concepts to libraries.

2. Identify specific client/customers groups and develop segmentation models to meet their needs.

3. Learn and apply the measures, tools, resources, and approaches used in market research.

4. Design effective marketing strategies that reflect market segmentation.

5. Learn to create value statements and value propositions.

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Top Ten Tips for Taming Time

Presented by: Cyndi Murphy

Professional Development Pillar: Leadership, Management and Professionalism

Do you feel frustrated because there never seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done? Do you want to be more involved in professional activities, e.g., working on CALL/ACBD committees, but you don't think that's possible because you struggle to meet the time demands of your job? If so, plan to attend this session. You will hear practical tips from a knowledge manager who juggled her work in a law firm library with being president of CALL/ACBD and a recent graduate who is taking the tips she learned juggling the demands of school, work, and social activities while achieving academic excellence into the workforce. You will be sure to walk away with at least one tip you can use to be more time efficient and if you have a tip to share with your CALL-eagues, there will be an opportunity at the end of the presentation. The session is intended to be engaging, practical, and applicable to anyone who is working in a law library and struggles with setting priorities and meeting deadlines.

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Supporting Journal Publication Through Access and Metrics Initiatives

Presented by: John Bolan, Alexia Loumankis and Sooin Kim

Professional Development Pillar: Instruction; Knowledge Management

Learn about how Bora Laskin Law Librarians collaborate with faculty advisors and student editors to plan the future direction of law journals at the University of Toronto, including providing advice on multiple trending issues related to publication, such as dissemination, Open Access, legal research training, journal preservation practices, AODA compliance, copyright, knowledge management strategies, and the availability of U of T resources for research and publication. In support of the supervising faculty’s evaluation of both the student contributions and journals overall, they also supply pertinent data related to discoverability, impact metrics, and usage statistics. This session will be useful for academic law librarians, librarians who support lawyer/authors and librarians who are thinking about publishing in an academic journal.

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Accessibility & Inclusion: Tales from the Front Lines

Presented by: Wendy Reynolds

Professional Development Pillar: Leadership, Management and Professionalism; Substantive Law

Information is the lifeblood of the law. How can you ensure that the information products and services you create and deliver meet the needs of your audience? Join Wendy Reynolds in an interactive session as we explore the challenges (and satisfactions) of inclusive design. We'll explore accessibility legislation, the simple practices you can employ to make your documents AODA compliant. And then we'll go further. Starting from the principles of user-centered design, we'll explore ideas that go beyond a simple check list. How do we anticipate and create tools, training and services which meet needs which may never be expressed? How can we adjust our perspectives to include, rather than accommodate, those with diverse needs?

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The Crown, Copyright & the Law Revisited

Presented by: Xavier Beauchamp-Tremblay, Kim Nayyer and George Tsiakos

Professional Development Pillar: Reference & Research Services; Substantive Law

2019 saw significant analysis of copyright in Canada with the release of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology’s Statutory Review of the Copyright Act Report (INDU Report), a culmination of a process in which both CALL/ACBD and CanLII testified, and the Supreme Court of Canada decision Keatley Surveying Ltd v Teranet Inc (Keatley), in which CALL/ACBD and CanLII were interveners. The 36 recommendations of the INDU Report address the denseness of copyright law, Crown copyright practices, and protections for traditional and cultural expressions. In Keatley, the SCC rendered its first decision on s 12 of the Copyright Act and Crown copyright. In majority and concurring reasons, the Court unanimously held that any copyright in survey plans rests in the government through a land registry system filing process. The Court emphasized that s 12 is dated and in need of reform.

This program will look at implications of the INDU Report and Keatley and comparisons with analogous Supreme Court litigation in the USA. It will also explore the limits of ‘fair dealing’ with updates on Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency v York University and the place of protection for traditional and cultural expressions. We will explore the current state of the law, new and continuing developments, and possible further action in the Canadian legal information community.

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Lightning Talks

VR in the Classroom and the Courtroom
Presented by: Kim Clarke
Professional Development Pillar: Instruction

Kim Clarke will discuss the effectiveness of using VR as an experiential learning tool and summarize the reactions of these Gen Ys to the use of this technology in the classroom and in the courtroom.

Judges in Canada and abroad are fielding requests to admit virtual reality evidence in trials. To facilitate a more fulsome discussion amongst students in her Technology’s Impact on the Legal Profession seminar on the benefits and drawbacks of this technological implementation, she created exercises requiring students to use a smartphone VR headset and a tethered headset in a virtual reality studio.

Help! My Co-Researcher was Eaten by a Polar Bear & Other Escape Room Stories 
Presented by: Katarina Daniels
Professional Development Pillar: Instruction; Reference & Research Services

Learn about how the Nahum Gelber Law Library at McGill University created its first ever escape room as a training exercise for the McGill Law Journal editors. The lightning talk will discuss scenario development and building the puzzles, the experience of actually running the escape room, and lessons learned.

Responding to the CFLA-FCAB Call for Action: Respecting Indigenous Knowledge
Presented by: Tim Knight
Professional Development Pillar: Collection Development, Cataloguing, Metadata & Information Organization

Recommendation #5 in the CFLA-FCAB Truth & Reconciliation Report advises that libraries address the “structural biases in existing schemes of knowledge organization and information retrieval arising from colonialism.” It suggests that one way to do this is by “integrating Indigenous epistemologies into cataloguing praxis and knowledge management.” This requires conversations and collaborations, learning and unlearning. A first step is by representing Indigenous communities in libraries respectfully and in ways they expect and prefer. In June of last year the Indigenous Matters Committee soft launched the First Nations, Metis, Inuit and Indigenous Ontology (FMNIIO).

Embedded Law Librarians in the Public Library: Saskatchewan’s “Law Librarian on Site” Initiative
Presented by: Alan Kilpatrick
Professional Development Pillar: Leadership, Management and Professionalism; Reference & Research Services

For the past year, Law Society of Saskatchewan Librarian’s Alan Kilpatrick and Ken Fox have been attending the Regina Public Library and Saskatoon Public Library as “embedded law librarians” for two afternoons a month. They provide onsite legal information assistance and guide public library patrons through legal resources. Patrons seeking legal advice are referred to the appropriate agencies. Gain insight from our experiences and learn how to replicate our efforts in your own community. Don’t miss this must-see session with Alan Kilpatrick, Librarian at the Law Society of Saskatchewan Library.

Opening the Doors to Justice
Presented by: Nora Ballantyne and Lisa Kidd
Professional Development Pillar: Reference & Research Services; Leadership, Management and Professionalism

In May of 2019, Information Services at Justice Canada held “Open Doors at Justice” an event in support of the Open Government Partnership’s Global Summit 2019. It was the first time Justice Canada opened its doors to the public. This lightening talk will cover how this event and the initiatives it highlighted support open government and open justice and how Justice Canada intends to accelerate action on these important movements in the future.

Disenfranchisement and the Indian Act
Presented by: Greg Wurzer
Professional Development Pillar: Leadership, Management and Professionalism; Substantive Law

Greg Wurzer will describe a legal research exercise designed to help students find historical legislation using the Indian Act which led to very in-depth research and learning a great deal about disenfranchisement and the Indian Act.

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Vendor Demos (1 of 2)

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Vendor Demos (2 of 2)
Hein Online
vLex Justis
Emond Publishing
LLMC Digital

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Closing Awards Ceremony  Video Link 

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