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CALL-ACBD webinar registration open: Civil Procedure 101 with Ted Tjaden

The CALL Webinar Sub-Committee is pleased to announce our next Webinar…

Civil Procedure 101 – An Overview for Legal Information Professionals: Legal Research and Knowledge Management Support of a Litigation Practice:

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

1:00pm to 2:30pm EDT


Ted Tjaden, a long-time member of CALL/ACBD and the 2010 recipient of the Denis Marshall Memorial Award for Excellence in Law Librarianship, is the national litigation precedents lawyer in Gowlings’ Toronto office. Ted works closely with the firm’s national precedents team and litigation lawyers to organize and annotate the firm’s litigation research and precedents for use by the firm’s advocacy professionals. Ted has extensive experience as a litigator and knowledge management lawyer and is called to the bar in both British Columbia and Ontario. In addition to being the author of Legal Research and Writing, 3rd ed (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2010) and The Law of Independent Legal Advice, 2nd ed (Toronto: Carswell, 2013), he is a regular speaker at conferences on issues of knowledge management, technology and the effective organization of litigation documents.


This webinar, aimed at legal information professionals, will provide an overview of the litigation process. The goal will be to explain the various elements of a lawsuit and show the various ways that legal research and knowledge management impact – and are affected by – litigation.

2014 WestPac Annual Conference in Seattle, WA

Happy 2014 everyone! We wanted to let you know we are full speed ahead with the planning of this year's WestPac Conference, scheduled for October 9 -11, 2014 in beautiful Seattle, Washington. The conference is graciously being hosted by Penny Hazelton,
Director of the Gallagher Law Library at the University of Washington School of Law.

We have secured the Watertown Hotel, located at 4242 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105. For those who like to plan early, you can make your reservations now directly through the hotel - group code #141009AALL.

  1. Reservation Desk at (866)866-7977 (use group code or mention WestPac)
  2. Email request to
  3. Reserve Online at (This option will only allow you to reserve for the nights of the 9th and 10th. For those staying longer, reservations must be made via telephone or email in order to receive the group discount).

Details about the hotel will be on the WestPac web site<> as we get closer to the event date. Registration costs are still being determined, but we anticipate they will be the same or close to last year's rates.

Buying books from Craigslist & Kijiji

This week I'm in the position of trying to buy a long-out-of-print textbook that I've only been able to locate on Kijiji in another province.

I'm wondering if anyone has any tips for how to try to ensure one doesn't get ripped off in cases like this.

I assume transactions like this come down to just having faith that the seller is going to hold up their own end of the bargain, but if you have any experience in this area I would be interested in hearing about it!

CALL/ACBD 2014 Conference Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the 2014 Canadian Association of Law Libraries Annual Conference. This year’s conference will take place in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the Fort Garry Hotel from May 25-28.

James D. Lang Memorial Scholarship fund

From Ann Marie Melvie:

A reminder to CALL/ACBD members that March 15 is the next deadline for applications to the James D. Lang Memorial Scholarship fund.

Members of CALL/ACBD who have been in good standing for a minimum of twelve months are invited to apply for funding. The scholarship is designed to support attendance at a continuing education program, be it a workshop, certificate program or other similar activity deemed appropriate by the CALL/ACBD Scholarships and Awards Committee. Support for attendance at annual conferences normally does not fall within the terms of reference for this scholarship.

This scholarship fund was established in memory of James D. Lang, a long-time employee of Carswell and member of CALL/ ACBD. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to further your professional education.

An application form is available under Scholarships and Awards on the CALL/ACBD website. Please e-mail the completed form and attachments to:

Ann Marie Melvie
Chair, CALL/ACBD Scholarships and Awards Committee

Diana M. Priestly Memorial Scholarship

From Ann Marie Melvie:

The closing date for applications for the Diana M. Priestley Memorial Scholarship is fast approaching. Please pass this message on to anyone you know who would be a good candidate.

Diana M. Priestly Memorial Scholarship

Established in honour of the late Diana M. Priestly, a distinguished Canadian law librarian, and in recognition of her distinctive contribution to Law Librarianship, the Scholarship is intended to support professional development in the field and is awarded to a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant:

Dates for CALL New Law Librarians' Institute 2014 announced

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) has announced that their New Law Librarians' Institute will take place June 8-12, 2014 in Ottawa. Registration information will follow in the new year.

Parliament's Historical Debates are now available online!

From Sonia Bebbington of the Library of Parliament:

Parliament’s Historical Debates are now available online!

The Library of Parliament, in collaboration with, is launching its Historical Debates of the Parliament of Canada digital portal.

The portal provides free public access to digital versions of the historical debates of the Parliament of Canada in both official languages.  It includes all published debates of both the Senate and the House of Commons from Parliament 1, Session 1* until coverage on begins.**

This initiative significantly increases access to Parliament’s documentary history and heritage.  The portal can be browsed by Chamber, Parliament, Session, and volume, and is full-text searchable with a number of search filters available.

The digital page images were produced by Library and Archives Canada, and the portal developed in collaboration with, a membership alliance dedicated to building Canada’s digital preservation infrastructure and providing wide-ranging access to Canadian documentary heritage. Questions, comments and feedback can be directed to:

Shelagh Mikulak Memorial Scholarship in Library Sciences Fund

On behalf of Annamarie Bergen:

As many of you know, a little over three months ago we lost one of our own, Shelagh Mikulak. Shelagh was passionate about librarianship and believed in mentoring individuals wishing to pursue a career in the library field.  For this reason a memorial fund is being created through the Calgary Foundation – the Shelagh Mikulak Memorial Scholarship in Library Sciences Fund.

In order to make the Shelagh Mikulak Memorial Scholarship in Library Sciences Fund a reality, our first goal is to raise $100,000 in order to firmly establish the fund and work towards awarding grants ‘in perpetuity.’  This is where you can help! Please consider donating to this fund. Any donations of $25.00 or more will receive a tax receipt. 

Many of us have specific charities we support each year.  I am hoping you will consider adding this to your list!  We always talk about the importance of encouraging individuals to join our field and this fund will not only help do this, but also raise the profile of our profession.

Call for submissions for CALL 2014 extended

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries has extended the call for program submissions for the 2014 conference to November 1, 2013.

For more information and the program submission form, go to

The conference will be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, May 25–28, 2014.

If you have any questions, please contact Karen Sawatzky at

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