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This blog provides a space for conversations about articles and ideas found in AALL Spectrum, the monthly magazine of the American Association of Law Libraries. The previous blog was located at aallspectrum.wordpress.com.
1/3/2014 10:24:21 AM

Keeping Up With Canadian Law Library Review

Posted on behalf of Wendy Hearder-Moan, Associate Editor, Canadian Law Library Review / Revue canadienne des bibliothèques de droit:

A double issue of Canadian Law Library Review / Revue canadienne des bibliothèques de droit (volume 38: 3/4) has just been published. It features two installments of Janet Moss’s history of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL/ACBD) from 1988 to 2012. These two segments cover “Keeping in touch and Services to Members” and “Professional Contributions and Advocacy.” The first installment of the history was published in 38:2 and the final episode is to appear in volume 39:1. Janet’s history is a sequel to the history of CALL’s first twenty-five years, written by Margaret Banks in 1988. 

In addition, the current issue includes two feature articles. One, entitled “Persevere: What law librarians need to do in educating students,” is written by Sandra Geddes, herself a student in the Master of Information program at the University of Toronto. Her paper deals with the challenges of teaching legal research to the google generation, particularly the challenge of motivating them to change their attitude to research. The other article, by Humayun Rashid, a long-time member of the Association, is entitled “The KF Modified enhancement project: Evolution in a digital era.” KF Modified is the classification system used in many Canadian law libraries. It was developed in 1968-1969  to fill the need caused by the lack, at that time, of a Library of Congress schedule for non-U.S. common law materials. The author describes the major expansions and enhancements to the schedule that have been undertaken since its inception. As a member of the team that planned and implemented the enhancements, he is well-placed to explain the rationale for the changes.  

Because this is a double issue, readers will find a double complement of book reviews (over twenty reviews!) and two columns from each of our regular correspondents. Finally, there is a summary by Rhonda O’Neill, of an interview with Dr. Margaret Banks that took place in 2005. Dr. Banks was one of the founding members of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries. She is well-known internationally as the author of Using a Law Library, now in its 6th edition, and of the above-mentioned history of CALL’s first twenty-five years.

Canadian Law Library Review has a new editor, Susan Barker, Digital Services and Reference Librarian at the Bora Laskin Law Library, University of Toronto. Other changes to the make-up of the Editorial Board and to the publishing arrangements are outlined in this issue. For more information about CALL or Canadian Law Library Review, see www.callacbd.ca or contact office@callacbd.ca

Posted By Ashley St. John at 1/3/2014 10:24:21 AM  0 Comments