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  • 23 Jun 2024 5:19 PM | Michel-Adrien Sheppard (Administrator)

    Le texte français suit plus bas.

    The Canadian Open Access Legal (COAL) Citation Guide/Guide canadien de la référence juridique en accès libre (RJAL), which began with the desire for an open-access legal citation guide in Canada, is now available on CanLII (Canadian Legal Information Institute).

    Over the course of two years, law librarians from across Canada, including many members of CALL, worked together to create the COAL-RJAL Guide.

    The English version of the Guide is now freely available and hosted on CanLII, and the French version is in progress.

    The Guide is intended to be used throughout the legal field and incorporates feedback contributed by reviewers from Canadian courts, law firms, law journals, law societies, and law schools.

    COAL-RJAL is freely available on CanLII, allowing anyone requiring a Canadian legal citation guide to access it online without financial barriers.

    This Guide will reduce the financial burden on law students, new lawyers, and sole practitioners and will also support self-represented litigants, libraries, and other organizations with an access to justice mission.

    The Editorial Board of COAL-RJAL is a national, bilingual, and bijural group, committed to continuity of the Guide and continuous knowledge building.

    Regular Guide updates will center the needs of the legal community by incorporating user feedback and responding to emerging developments, while maintaining long-term consistency.

    The legal community’s support and expertise is the foundation for COAL-RJAL’s success.

    Explore the Guide on CanLII for writing, editing, or teaching, and give us your feedback. The Guide will be enriched by contributions from a diverse group of people sharing their knowledge.

    Connect with the Editorial Board at for feedback, volunteer inquiries, and more.

    Le Canadian Open Access Legal (COAL) Citation Guide / Guide canadien de la référence juridique en accès libre (RJAL), né du désir de disposer d'un guide de référence juridique en accès libre au Canada, est maintenant disponible sur le site de CanLII

    Pendant deux ans, des bibliothécaires juridiques de partout au Canada, y compris plusieuurs membres de l'ACBD, ont travaillé ensemble pour créer le Guide COAL-RJAL.

    La version anglaise du Guide est maintenant disponible gratuitement et hébergée sur CanLII. La version française est en cours d’élaboration.

    Ce guide est destiné à être utilisé dans toutes les sphères juridiques, et on y a intégré la rétroaction de réviseurs travaillant dans des tribunaux, cabinets, revues juridiques, facultés de droit et barreaux canadiens.

    Le Guide est disponible gratuitement sur CanLII, ce qui permet à toute personne ayant besoin d'un guide canadien de référence juridique d'y accéder sans obstacle financier.

    Ce guide réduira le fardeau financier des personnes étudiant en droit, des nouvelles avocates et nouveaux avocats et des praticiennes et praticiens exerçant seul. Il soutiendra également les parties non représentées, les bibliothèques et les autres organismes ayant comme mission l'accès à la justice.

    Le comité de rédaction de COAL-RJAL est un groupe pancanadien, bilingue et bijuridique, qui s’engage à assurer la pérennité du Guide et le développement continu de ses connaissances.

    Les mises à jour périodiques du Guide seront axées sur les besoins de la communauté juridique, en intégrant les commentaires reçus et en répondant aux questions émergentes, tout en assurant une cohérence à long terme.

    Le soutien et l'expertise de la communauté juridique seront, nous l’espérons, à la base du succès du Guide.

    Explorez-le sur CanLII en menant vos travaux de rédaction, d’édition ou d’enseignement, et faites-nous part de votre rétroaction. Le Guide sera enrichi par les contributions d'un groupe diversifié de personnes partageant leurs connaissances.

    Contactez le comité de rédaction à l'adresse pour faire part de vos commentaires, offrir vos services en tant que bénévole, ou pour toute autre question.

  • 06 Jun 2024 8:08 PM | Michel-Adrien Sheppard (Administrator)

    CALL/ACBD is on X, Threads, and LinkedIn

    Whether you’ll be in Montreal or following the annual conference from afar, keep an eye on our social media pages to stay updated.

    We’ll be posting announcements, scheduling information, and photos from conference events. 

    See you in June!



    Kyla McCallum, Master of Library and Information Science, UBC '25

    CALL/ACBD est sur X, Threads et LinkedIn

    Que vous soyez sur place à Montréal ou que vous suiviez la conférence annuelle à distance, gardez un oeil sur nos comptes de médias sociaux pour rester à jour.

    Nous allons publier des annonces, des informations sur l'horaire et des photos de la conférence.

    C'est un rendez-vous!


    Au plaisir, 

    Kyla McCallum, Maîtrise en bibliothéconomie et sciences de l'information, UBC '25

  • 02 Jun 2024 7:20 PM | Michel-Adrien Sheppard (Administrator)

    The spring meeting of the New Professionals SIG was held on April 15. The business portion of the meeting included a reminder for people to subscribe to the member forum and that we'll be holding our business meeting in June.

    The SIG is also looking for a new chair or co-chairs for the 2024/2025 year. Both current co-chairs have finished their terms. 

    We welcomed Hannah Rosborough as our guest speaker to share her experience in the LLM program at York Osgoode School of Law.

    As a life-long learner, Hannah provided insight into how she arrived at the decision to enroll in the program, and talked about course content, long term implications, career development and her research with AI tools. 

    The New Professionals SIG aims to support student members and new professionals as well as to promote law librarianship and CALL/ACBD to new library and information professionals across Canada.

    The SIG began as the Student SIG in 2012 and evolved into the New Professionals SIG in May 2016 at the annual conference in Vancouver.

    Amanda Irvine, Library Technician, Law Society of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)

  • 18 Apr 2024 4:39 PM | Michel-Adrien Sheppard (Administrator)

    The website has published an overview of the 2024 federal budget that was tabled earlier this week in the House of Commons.

    The post presents highlights of interest to the Canadian library and information management community in areas such as:

    • artificial intelligence
    • arts and culture institutions
    • cybersecurity
    • digital economy
    • DEI
    • government information
    • and more
  • 09 Apr 2024 10:51 AM | Michel-Adrien Sheppard (Administrator)

    The website of the International Federation of Library Associations recently published an interview with Andrea Cecchetto, the new chair of the Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA).

    The CFLA is a Canada-wide federation of provincial and territorial as well as sectoral associations, including the Canadian Association of Law Libraries.

    In the interview Cecchetto addresses many topics, including the Federation's recently adopted strategic plan:

    "Our new strategic plan also focuses strongly on advocacy. When we were developing this plan last year, we reached out to members and ‘advocacy’ was by far the most common priority identified as a strategic goal. We have objectives around formal government relations work with the federal government, but also goals to collaborate with other national associations and agencies on joint issues. To give a couple of examples, CFLA-FCAB has a very active Copyright committee that pulls together expertise from both academic and public sector knowledge specialists (...)"

    For more information, the CFLA has published an update about its recent activities in areas that may be of interest to members of CALL/ACBD, such as governance, intellectual freedom, copyright, climate action, Indigenous matters, and more.

  • 08 Mar 2024 3:43 PM | Michel-Adrien Sheppard (Administrator)

    Le français suit.

    We are writing to you on behalf of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries AI Working Group (WG).

    The WG is responsible for developing guidance on the use of artificial intelligence in legal technologies, including both commercial and non-commercial databases.

    The databases anticipated to be covered would be those that use legal information sources (statutes, regulations, cases, commentary, and other sources) as their primary data source.

    At this time, we are soliciting feedback from the legal profession.

    Your feedback is important to the process, and will be used to help frame our final document.

    The survey will take approximately 5 minutes of your time to complete.

    To access the survey using Microsoft Forms, please click here:


    To access the survey using Google Forms, please click here:

    Please complete the survey prior to  Friday March 15, 2024.

    For questions about this survey, or the project generally, please contact:

    Annette L. Demers | Reference Librarian 
    University of Windsor | Faculty of Law 


    Sandy Hervieux | Head Librarian
    Nahum Gelber Law Library | McGill

    We thank you for your time!


    The CALL AI Working Group

    Bonjour chères collègues,

    Nous vous écrivons au nom du groupe de travail sur l'intelligence artificielle de l'Association canadienne des bibliothèques de droit.

    Le groupe de travail est chargé d'élaborer des lignes directrices sur l'utilisation de l'intelligence artificielle dans les technologies juridiques, y compris les bases de données commerciales et non commerciales.

    Les bases de données visées sont celles qui utilisent des sources d'information juridique (lois, règlements, affaires, commentaires et autres sources) comme source principale de données.

    À l'heure actuelle, nous sollicitons les réactions de divers utilisateurs potentiels et actuels de l'IA.

    Vos commentaires sont importants pour le processus et seront utilisés pour élaborer le document final.

    Il vous faudra environ 5 minutes pour répondre à l'enquête.

    Pour accéder à l'enquête à l'aide de Microsoft Forms, veuillez cliquer ici :


    Pour accéder à l'enquête à l'aide de Google Forms, veuillez cliquer ici :

    Veuillez remplir le sondage avant le vendredi 15 mars 2024. 

    Pour toute question concernant cette enquête ou le projet en général, veuillez contacter

    Annette L. Demers | Bibliothécaire de référenceUniversité de Windsor | Faculté de droit
    Courriel :


    Sandy Hervieux | Bibliothécaire en chef
    Bibliothèque de droit Nahum Gelber | McGill
    Courriel :

    Nous vous remercions pour le temps que vous nous avez consacré!


    Le groupe de travail sur l'IA de l'ACBD

  • 18 Feb 2024 10:00 AM | Michel-Adrien Sheppard (Administrator)

    CALL member Annette Demers, Reference Librarian at the University of Windsor Law School, has written an article that will be of interest to many of us, "Artificial Intelligence AI for Legal Applications: Resources and Updates".

    It originally appeared on on February 13, 2024.

    It is republished here with permission of the author, with minor edits.

    It’s been fun pulling together regulations and standards for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in legal applications over the past few months!

    CALL/ACBD AI Working Group

    Last fall, I proposed a working group (WG) through the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL/ACBD).

    Ultimately, the CALL/ACBD Executive did approved an Artificial Intelligence WG, whose terms of reference are on the CALL website. We are a group of 13 law librarians from across the country, representing a variety of interested parties, from firms, to academia to courthouse and legislative libraries. Our focus is primarily on AI in legal research and writing applications. Our progress will be reported on as a Lightening Talk at the upcoming CALL Conference in Montreal this June, 2024.

    ISO/IEC Committee on Artificial Intelligence

    Similarly, representing CALL on the Standards Council of Canada mirror committee to the joint ISO/IEC Committee on Artificial Intelligence has also been eye-opening.

    AI for Legal Applications: Guides, Guidelines and Resources

    As reported on Library Boy blog in January, I have begun compiling a list of AI-related polices, guidelines and regulations in Canada. I think the list is fairly comprehensive, and includes what I’ve found so far for the US (federal and state), EU and a few other interesting tools currently available. It is continuously being updated.

    Additionally, I compiled a list of AI-driven tools that our law students already have access to. Admittedly, the list is pretty thin at present, and calls in products that have been using NLP for a decade or more, but I hope to keep it updated as more resources become available.

    AI in Legal Applications: Guidance for Law Students

    AI Guidance for Law Students is a set of guidelines that I drafted for discussion purposes. Please feel free to send feedback my way! An ongoing open dialogue about the impact of AI on legal applications is going to be necessary as the technology evolves!

    Next on my AI Reading List

    Artificial Intelligence AI Book Guidelines

    I’ve just ordered (and our staff immediately delivered the e-book link for) Roman V Yampolskiy, AI: Unexplainable, Unpredictable, Uncontrollable (Taylor and Francis Group, 2024). It ought to be interesting to draw upon as I write my next post “The Robots are Already in Control”. Stay tuned!

  • 21 Jan 2024 7:35 PM | Michel-Adrien Sheppard (Administrator)

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    The winners of the 2023 Canadian Law Blog Awards (known as the Clawbies) were announced on New Year's Eve.

    The Clawbies exist to reward the best and most innovative Canadian blogs, podcasts, videos, legal newsletters, and other forms of online commentary. 

    The Canadian Law Libraries Review, the journal of our association, was selected as one of the best newsletters!

    In their synopsis, the organizers of the competition highlighted some of the significant features of the publication and our work as legal information professionals: "…voice of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL/ACBD), sharing news happenings, expertise and book reviews (...) An invaluable contribution to the Canadian legal infosphere!”

    Les lauréats des Prix des meilleurs blogues juridiques canadiens de 2023 (connus sous le nom des Clawbies) furent annoncés la veille du Jour de l'An.

    Les Clawbies existent pour reconnaître et célébrer les meilleurs blogues, balados, vidéos, infolettres et autres formes de commentaire en ligne dans le domaine juridique au Canada.

    La Revue canadienne des bibliothèques de droit, la revue de notre association, fut reconnue comme une des meilleures publications dans la catégorie des infolettres.

    Dans le résumé publié, les organisateurs ont souligné certaines caractéristiques clés de la revue et de notre travail à titre de professionnels de l’information juridique: « ... [la revue] est la voix de l’Association canadienne des bibliothèques de droit (CALL/ACBD), qui partage des nouvelles, de l’expertise et des comptes rendus de livres. Elle apporte une contribution inestimable à l’infosphère juridique au Canada! »

  • 11 Jan 2024 2:47 PM | Michel-Adrien Sheppard (Administrator)

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    The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL/ACBD) is accepting nominations for the 2024 Hugh Lawford Award for Excellence in Legal Publishing.

    CALL/ACBD has long had an annual award for excellent legal publishing.

    Some years ago, we renamed the award we present after Queens University Professor Hugh Lawford (1933-2009) to recognize his contributions to legal publishing in Canada. 

    As a group of legal information specialists, our work depends on being able to access and share high-quality legal knowledge. We value innovation and this award is open to legal content in all information formats.

    The award honours a publisher (whether for-profit or not-for profit, corporate or non-corporate) that has demonstrated excellence by publishing a work, series, website, or electronic product that makes a significant contribution to legal research and scholarship.

    Members and non-members of CALL/ACBD are welcome to make nominations. Information about the process is available on our website.

    Please send your nomination to National Office by January 31, 2024.

    The award will be presented to the recipient during the 2024 CALL/ACBD Annual Conference, which will be held in Montreal June 25 - 28, 2024.

    L’Association canadienne des bibliothèques (ACBD/CALL) accepte les mises en candidature pour le Prix d’excellence Hugh Lawford en édition juridique 2024.

    L’ACBD/CALL décerne depuis de nombreuses années un prix annuel pour souligner l’excellence en édition juridique. Depuis quelques années, nous avons renommé le prix que nous décernons en l’honneur du professeur Hugh Lawford de l’Université Queen’s (1933-2009) afin de reconnaître ses contributions à l’édition juridique au Canada.

    En tant que groupe de spécialistes de l’information juridique, notre travail repose sur notre capacité à accéder à des connaissances juridiques de haute qualité et à les partager. Nous avons à cœur l’innovation, et ce prix est ouvert au contenu juridique dans tous les formats d’information.

    Le prix est décerné à un éditeur (à but lucratif ou non, société ou autre) qui a fait preuve d’excellence en publiant un ouvrage, une série de textes, un site Web ou un produit électronique qui apporte une contribution importante à la recherche et l’aide juridiques.

    Les membres et les non-membres de l’ACBD/CALL sont invités à proposer des candidatures. Des renseignements sur le processus sont disponibles sur notre site Web.

    Envoyez les mises en candidature au bureau national avant le 31 janvier 2024.

    Le prix sera remis à la personne lauréate lors du Congrès annuel 2024 de l’ACBD/CALL, qui se tiendra à Montréal du 25 au 28 juin 2024. 

  • 17 Dec 2023 3:22 PM | Michel-Adrien Sheppard (Administrator)

    The Canadian Association of Research Libraries and the Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA) have been working on a Crown Copyright Code of Best Practices for Libraries.

    The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL/ACBD) is a member of the CFLA and has argued for reform of Crown Copyright.

    The draft code is now available for comment

    The review period ends January 15, 2024.

    As the draft explains:

    "The current legal provision related to Crown copyright in Canada is found in Section 12 of the Copyright Act. It is extremely comprehensive in scope, granting the Crown copyright to any work that has been 'prepared or published under the direction or control of Her Majesty or any government department.' It also preserves the ancient royal prerogative or privilege that predates copyright law and it is silent about term length for unpublished works, leading to the assumption that these works are protected by copyright in perpetuity. These anomalies provide governments with expansive rights that could be used to withhold, censor or control government information to the detriment of the public good."

    "Section 12 also sets out the duration of copyright controls for government works it covers. For published government works, the duration of the term of copyright is 50 years after the year of publication. In addition, and by virtue of Subsection 13(3) of the Copyright Act, the Crown, like any private sector employer, owns copyright in original work authored by its employees in the course of their employment. This copyright lasts until the end of the 70th year past the death of the author. Both Sections 12 and 13(3) may be modified by agreement but such agreements are relatively rare. Both apply to all works of the federal and provincial government and the territories and neither provides for compulsory licensing. In practice, government works are generally assumed to be protected by Crown copyright unless a personal author is named on the title page and the copyright statement does not clearly state that Crown copyright applies (e.g., © Government of Canada)."


    "Confusion about the appropriate interpretation of the Act, and its hampering impact on the efforts of libraries attempting to serve as stewards of government works, was described in numerous submissions and testimonies presented to the Parliamentary Committee responsible for the Copyright Act review of 2018/2019, summarized by librarian Amanda Wakaruk and described in the Committee’s final report. Put briefly, this confusion, compounded by copyright anxiety and related legal chill, has impeded the work of libraries, which has resulted in the loss of innumerable government works, including both born digital files and legacy print materials."

    "At the time of writing, the Government of Canada has yet to address the concerns of those that participated in the most recent legislative review or the near-continuous requests for review and reform made by Canadian library associations and the Canadian Association of University Teachers. Nor has it addressed the comments of the Supreme Court of Canada, that Section 12 be revisited by Parliament."

    The issue was discussed earlier in December at one of the sessions at the Government Information Day(s) 2023.

    Past CALL/ACBD statements on copyright reform including Crown copyright include:

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