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6/27/2014 10:14:19 AM

The Latest from the Canadian Law Library Review

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.

Posted By Ashley St. John at 6/27/2014 10:14:19 AM  0 Comments
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