About Us

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) has roots dating back to the late 1950's when several Canadian law librarians informally began meeting at annual meetings of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) to discuss matters of mutual interest. On July 5, 1963, CALL became a formal association with its own Constitution and By-Laws. The first President of CALL was Marianne Scott, with Eunice Beeson acting as Vice-President and Rosemary McCormick acting as Secretary. CALL also became a chapter of AALL in 1963 and continued as a chapter of AALL until 1971. CALL is currently incorporated as a federal corporation under the Not-For-Profit Corporations Act. 

Over the years, there have been a number of articles on the history of the association published in the Canadian Law Library Review. All the articles are available on HeinOnline. CALL members have free access to the publication on HeinOnline via the Members Publication page in the Members only zone of the website.

Those who want to dive even more deeply into CALL history should know that the association's historical paper archives are kept at the University of Manitoba. The most recent finding aid is from 2016.

The objects of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries are: 

  1. To promote law librarianship, to develop and increase the usefulness of Canadian law libraries, and to foster a spirit of co-operation among them. 
  2. To provide a forum for meetings of persons engaged or interested in law library work and to encourage professional self-development. 
  3. To co-operate with other organizations which tend to promote the objects of the Association or the interests of its members. 

The above objects of CALL are excerpted from the official CALL March 1981 incorporation document often called the CALL "Corporate Charter". The objects of the association have not changed since that date.

CALL currently has approximately 400 members representing a wide variety of law library interests across Canada. It provides a forum for the exchange of information and ideas among members, fosters cooperation among Canadian law libraries, and plays an active role in promoting access to legal information for all Canadians.

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As an Association member, you have access to a network of experts in legal information management and retrieval. Whether you are part of the staff of a large library or work in a one-person library, you can benefit from the contacts you will make through the CALL. With contacts across the country and in all types of law libraries, whatever the task at hand, someone in the Association almost certainly has experience which can help you.

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Currently a Member? CALL/ACBD is a vibrant, sharing community working to help shape the future of our profession. Get involvd in our mentorship program, find new volunteer positions and discover new opportunities to take your career to the next level.

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