The most recent issue of Canadian Law Library Review/Revue canadienne des bibliothèques de droit (38:2) features the first installment of a projected 4-part article by Janet Moss about the history of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries/Association canadienne des bibliothèques de droit. It’s likely that few AALL members realize that this association (hereafter referred to by the English acronym, CALL) was originally a chapter of AALL, until it was felt that the numbers were sufficient to justify a separate association. The split took place in 1971 and this process was documented in a previous article written by Margaret Banks ((1988) 13: Special Issue CALL Newsletter).
Moss’s article takes over where Banks left off and covers the period 1988 to 2012. This first offering deals with matters of governance, structure and administration. In common with so many organizations, CALL has been concerned with membership recruitment, strategic planning and, of course, finances. In addition, governing an association with a relatively small membership dispersed over a large geographical area, and maintaining a bilingual presence, are issues that may be unique to CALL. Moss describes all this, as well as CALL’s Oral History Project, the establishment of the CALL Archives, promotion of the association and of the profession and recognition of volunteers. We look forward to the next installment of this fascinating glimpse into the past.
The current issue of Can L Libr Rev (that’s the official acronym!) also contains a summary of an interview with Viola Bird that was done in connection with CALL’s Oral History Project. Although, technically, Viola was not a President of CALL but rather the President of AALL when CALL was a chapter, she had strong ties to Canada and is known for a survey she completed for the National Library of Canada concerning Law Library Resources in Canada. She was also the first Honoured Member of CALL.
Yemisi Dina, Associate Librarian at Osgoode Hall Law School, describes her experiences at the Law of the Internet Conference, 2012, held at Cornell University. Her report may strike a chord with others who attended this conference.
AALL members who are unfamiliar with Canadian Law Library Review may also be interested in browsing the book reviews, bibliographic notes, and the reports from law librarians in other countries that are a staple of this publication. For more information about CALL or Can L Libr Rev, see http://www.callacbd.ca or contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
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