Posted on behalf of Wendy Hearder-Moan, Associate Editor, Canadian Law Library Review / Revue canadienne des bibliothèques de droit:
Volume 39(2) of Canadian Law Library Review / Revue canadienne des bibliothèques de droit has just been published, and it has a new, more contemporary look and feel. The front cover puts Wikipedia under the magnifying glass, as does the first feature article, “Citations to Wikipedia in Canadian Law Journal and Law Review Articles,” in which Rex Shoyama analyses how and why Wikipedia is used in Canadian legal scholarship. The writer concludes that most Canadian authors appear to be quite selective and conservative when it comes to citing Wikipedia; however, legal researchers may need to develop greater information literacy skills when it comes to supporting assertions based on non-legal information sources, particularly with respect to statistical data, historical information, and technological definitions.
In the second feature article, Margo Jeske, Nathalie Léonard, Emily Landriault, and Channarong Intahchomphoo present a case study on social marketing in “Using Social Media, Apps and Traditional Channels to Promote Legal Database Training.” They assert that law libraries can apply a social marketing strategy when there is a message to be delivered to a particular group of users with the primary purpose of improving or positively changing the behavior of target users.
The issue also features a report by Rosalie Fox on the Law via the Internet conference held in 2013 in the Channel Islands and an article by CALL/ACBD President Annette Demers on “Transitioning to Transformation―Making it through to the Other Side Alive and Vibrant.” Book Reviews, Bibliographic Notes, Local News, and News from Further Afield round out the issue. Once again, the editor, Susan Barker, has succeeded in putting together an informative and interesting selection of offerings.