Bylaws Expert

Member: Catherine Cotter

The by-laws expert's mandate is to attend to problems of a constitutional nature within the association,
to receive input from the membership in that regard and to advise the Executive Board. To view the
association bylaws click here.  

Canadian Abridgment Editorial Advisory Board

Members:  Stephen Thiele (Chair), Ann Marie Melvie (Executive Liaison), Ken Fox, Susannah Tredwell, Jean-Sebastien Danis, Natalie Léonard, Michele Leblanc, Melanie Bueckert

The Canadian Abridgment Editorial Advisory Board was established through a partnership between CALL/ACBD and Carswell in 1989. The Board is composed of seven CALL/ACBD members appointed by the President, and meets twice  a year with the editorial staff of the Canadian Abridgment as well as by conference call as needed (as a board). The Board is also responsible for ensuring comprehensive and timely indexing of all published secondary material in Canada in the Index to Canadian Legal Literature (ICLL), which is a cooperative effort of CALL and Carswell.

All members are encouraged to be part of the ICLL Data Collection Network by contributing records of new and recent Canadian legal publications to ensure a robust index.  More information can be found in “Guidelines for the Contributors to the Index to Canadian Legal Literature (ICLL).”

 If members have comments or concerns about any Abridgment components, in print or as incorporated into WestlawNext Canada, please feel free to contact any board member.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Guidelines for Contributors to the Index to Canadian Legal Literature (ICLL)

Canadian Committee on Cataloguing

Members: Tim Knight, Ann Marie Melvie (Executive Liaison)

The primary work of the Canadian Committee on Cataloguing relates to the cataloguing rules as laid out in the
Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd ed. (AACR2). Proposals for changes/modifications to these rules are made
to the Joint Steering Committee for the Revision of AACR2 (JSC). The proposals originate from one of the
constituent bodies of the JSC (the national libraries of Canada, United States, Great Britain and Australia, as well as
the national library associations of these countries) and are discussed within the other constituent bodies, with
recommendations being forwarded to the JSC. Since some of these rules revisions have particular relevance to
cataloguers of legal materials, it is important for CALL/ACBD to be represented.

Canadian Law Library Review Editorial Board

Members: Nikki Tanner (Chair/Editor), Alan Kilpatrick (Executive Liaison), Wendy Hearder-Moan, Eve Leung, Nancy McCormack, Amy Kaufman, Rex Shoyama, Kim Clarke, Janet MacDonald, Nathalie Leonard, Susan Jones, Sooin Kim

Canadian Law Library Review (CLLR) is the official journal of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries. It is published four times per year and subscriptions run on the calendar year. Members of CALL/ACBD receive an electronic subscription to CLLR as benefit of their membership.

Visit the publications page for more information!

November 2019 Report to Executive 
May 2019 Annual Report 

Committee to Promote Research

Members: Elizabeth Bruton (Co-Chair), Michelle LaPorte (Co-Chair), Kim Nayyer (Executive Liaison), Christine Brown, Kim Clarke, Catherine Cotter, Helen Heerema, F. Tim Knight, Vicky Jay Leung, Michel-Adrien Sheppard, Leslie Taylor, Amy Kaufman, Marianne Rogers

The Committee to Promote Research was established to encourage and support research of individual members which is of interest to members and to the association. It advertises, receives and evaluates applications for the annual Research Grant and makes a recommendation to the Executive. It also maintains a list of Research Grant awards, a databank of research in progress and completed, and web pages of information on other research grants and research resources. The Committee frequently submits session proposals to the Annual Conference.

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CALL Research Grant

Communications Committee

Members: Ann Marie Melvie (Executive Liaison)
Vacancies: Committee Chair(s)

The Communications Committee identifies issues that require CALL/ACBD Executive to respond to external advocacy of legal information professionals through various methods of communication. The Committee keeps abreast of concerns that would adversely affect members.  The Committee liaises with Executive for strategic planning initiatives, advocacy with associations and interest groups.

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Conference Planning Committee (2019)

Members: Megan Siu (Co-Chair), Josette McEachern (Co-Chair), Shaunna Mireau (Executive Liaison),
Giselle Abt, Katie Cuyler, Anke Eastwood, Julie Rainey

The Conference Planning Committee (CPC) is responsible for planning the CALL/ACBD annual conference. Committee members are drawn, typically, from the city in which the conference is held and work closely with the National Office and a liaison to the Executive Board.

The 2019 conference was held in Edmonton, AB from May 26 - 29, 2019. The theme of the conference was "Get Informed | Be Inspired | Innovate". 

Conference Planning Committee (2020)

Members: Michael McAlpine (Co-Chair), Karen Sawatzky (Co-Chair), Ann Marie Melvie (Executive Liaison),
Nora Ballentyne, Victoria Baronow, Meris James, Annette Demers, Vicki Jay Leung, Mary-Jo Mustoe,
Matthew Renaud, Jennifer McNenly, Ashleigh Graden, Betty Dykstra, Robert Keshen, Martha Murphy, 
Louise Hamel, Stacey Zip

Conference Planning Committee (2021) 

Members: Nathalie Leonard (Chair), Kim Nayyer (Executive Liaison) 

Copyright Committee

Members: Susannah Tredwell (Co-Chair), George Tsiakos (Co-Chair), Kim Nayyer (Executive Liaison)

The Copyright Committee was set up in response to the tabling of draft copyright amendment legislation in 1988. Its primary mandate is to present the concerns of law libraries on copyright issues to the government and parliament of Canada. It prepares briefs to represent the views of the Association, presents these to the government and circulates them as widely as appropriate. The committee has provided input to advisory bodies and liaises with other organizations in order to promote the views of the Association and to share information.

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Copyright Guidelines (en / fr)

Evidence Presented to INDUS on May 11, 2018

Statement For Members on 2018 Copyright Act Review

2018 Statutory Review of the Copyright Act, Brief 1 – Multiple Issues

2018 Statutory Review of the Copyright Act, Brief 2 – Primary Law

Presentation to C-11 Committee

Excerpt from Parliamentary Debate

Letter to Legislative Committee
Access Copyright Backgrounder

Credentials Committee (2017 - 2019)

Members: Veronika Kollbrand, Jenny Thornhill

The Credentials Committee is responsible for ensuring that we have a quorum of the membership present
at the AGM. 
They also count any votes if there is any motion which is not carried unanimously by the members.
The committee is composed of two members in attendance at the conference, appointed prior to the
commencement of the AGM. 

Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization Committee

Members: Vicki Jay Leung (Co-Chair), Yasmin Khan (Co-Chair), Kristin Hodgins (Executive Liaison), Karen Sawatzky, Connie Crosby, Tim Knight, Louise Hamel, Mary Hemmings, Sara Klein, Susan Barker, Yemisi Dina, Bronwyn Guiton, Margo Jeske, Suzanne Jay, Megan Siu, Jacob Ericson, Sarah Miller, Anke Eastwood, Pierre Robichaud, Helen Mok, Kim Nayyer 

The mandate of the DIDC is to further the Resolution 2018/1. The means to achieve this are threefold:

  • To foster awareness and acumen in respect of issues of diversity, inclusion, and decolonization within all sectors of the law librarianship and related professions;
  • To foster diversity, inclusion, and decolonization, along with representation in our profession and in our work with and ties to related professions; and
  • To further diversity, inclusion, and decolonization, along with representation and participation in CALL/ACBD activities and groups, including educational programming, partnerships, member development, and recruitment to the law librarianship profession.

To achieve its mandate, the DIDC will direct its work toward the direction of Resolution 2018/1 by undertaking the following activities:

  • Produce diversity, inclusion, and decolonization guiding principles for CALL/ACBD committees and SIGs
  • Produce diversity, inclusion, and decolonization guiding principles for reference for conference programming Pathways
  • Provide diversity, inclusion, and decolonization advice and consultation for programming and speakers
  • Host a symposium, forum, or like event at the annual meeting and conference
  • Facilitate related conversations and initiatives within and among groups
  • Advise or offer consultation to the President or Executive on media engagement related to diversity, inclusion, or decolonization matters
  • Conduct or sponsor and publish research into issues of diversity, inclusion, and decolonization in the law librarianship profession and the work of law libraries
  • Produce relate program proposals for webinars and conferences
  • Liaise with vendors or other potential sponsors for financial support of some of these initiatives, as applicable

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CALL/ACBD, Resoltuion 2018/1

Annual Report 2018


KF Modified Classification Committee

Members: Tim Knight (Chair), Alan Kilpatrick (Executive Liaison), Susan Jones, Humayun Rashid, Sarah Sutherland, Joan Yanovsky

The KF Modified Classification Committee oversees the development of KF Modified (KF Classification Modified for Use in Canadian and Common Law Libraries). In addition committee members organize the annual business meeting, prepare reports, etc., and facilitate communication among members and to the Association.

KF Modified Blog

KF Modified Linked Data Research Project (Tim Knight & Sarah Sutherland)

LIPA representative

 Members: Caron Rollins

Members Open Forum Chair

Member: Michèle LeBlanc

Acts as a moderator at the annual members open forum that takes place at the CALL/ACBD Conference.

Membership Development Committee

Members: Veronika Kollbrand (Co-Chair), Stef Alexandru (Co-Chair), Kristin Hodgins (Executive Board Liaison), Veronika Kollbrand (New Professionals SIG Rep), Tanya Davis, Janet Macdonald, Michel-Adrien Sheppard, Megan Siu

The purpose of the Membership Development Committee is to develop a dynamic and effective membership. This is achieved through activities related to the recruitment, retention and education of members on the value of CALL:
  • Recruit new members to the profession through outreach activities
  • Follow up on lapsed memberships
  • Coordinate the mentoring program to develop leadership skills
  • Welcome and orient new members to the benefits of the organization
  • Host first time attendees and mentoring meet and greet at the Annual Conference
  • Foster a spirit of volunteerism to support the committee and special interest groups' initiatives
  • Ensure regular review of membership brochures and other promotional materials
The Membership Development Committee coordinates with the advocacy committee to ensure collaborative efforts to create a positive association image.

Mentorship Program

Procedural Advisor

Member: John Sadler

The Procedural Advisor provides counsel on matters pertaining to the conduct of meetings and other aspects of
procedure at the Annual General Meeting. 

Professional Development Committee

Members: Emily Benton (Chair), Kim Nayyer (Executive Liaison), Brenda Lauritzen (Chair, Webinar Subcommittee), Donna Sikorsky (CPC Liaison), Yemisi Dina, Sooin Kim, Jennifer Walker, Nadine Hoffman, Krisandra Ivings, Michelle LaPorte, Nicole Doyle, Jenny Thornhill 

The Professional Development Committee (PDC) is responsible for ascertaining the needs the continuing professional development needs of CALL members across Canada. The PDC assists with oversight over continuing education programs and surveys the membership to identify knowledge and skills necessary for professional excellence. The PDC also investigates possibilities for continuing education in the various geographic regions across Canada. The webinar sub-committee reports directly to the PDC.

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Professional Development Documents:

Pathways Document
Pathways Rollout Document

Resolutions Committee (2017 - 2019)

Members: Nathalie Belanger, Iain Sinclair

The Resolutions Committee consists of two members, one who is French speaking. The committee is responsible
for receiving and reviewing all resolutions that are presented by members of the Executive Board, in advance
of the Annual General Meeting. Resolutions are generally accepted until 5:00 PM on the evening before the
second part of the AGM. 

Scholarships & Awards Committee

Members: Dolores Noga (Chair), Kristin Hodgins (Executive Liaison), Greg Wurzer, Sara Faulhafer, Alisa Lazear, Anne Matthewman, Josée Veil, Donna Sikorsky 

To perform activities related to CALL/ACBD’s operation and granting of scholarships and awards such as the Diana M. Priestly Memorial Scholarship, the James D. Lang Memorial Scholarship, the Denis Marshall Memorial Award for Excellence in Law Librarianship, grants from the Education Reserve Fund and the nomination and support of a candidate to attend the Northern Exposure to Leadership Institute. The Committee is responsible for the administration of the following awards and scholarships:
  • Denis Marshall Memorial Award for Excellence in Law Librarianship 
  • Diana M. Priestly Memorial Scholarship
  • CALL Education Reserve Fund Grant 
  • James D. Lang Memorial Scholarship 
  • Janine Miller Fellowship 
  • Northern Exposure to Leadership Grant
  • The Gisèle Laprise Prize
  • The Michael Silverstein Prize

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Social Media Coordinator

Members: Alan Kilpatrick

The CALL/ACBD President shall appoint a Social Media Coordinator (SMC) who is a member of CALL/ACBD who is prepared to take on the responsibility in a volunteer capacity. The Board Member at Large with the Publications portfolio is the Board liaison for this position.

The work of the SMC will be closely related to by the communications work of the National Office.

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Vendor Liaison Committee

Members:  Joan Rataic-Lang (Co-Chair), Jacob Ericson (Co-Chair), Ann Marie Melvie (Executive Liaison), Danielle Brosseau, Dominique Garingan, Loiuse Hamel, Nadine Hoffman, Yasmin Khan, Amy Kaufman, Michèle LeBlanc, Alexia Loumankis, Josette McEachern, Katherine Melville, , Mary-Jo Mustoe, Judy Singh, Jennifer Walker 

The Vendor Liaison Committee exists to act as liaison between the members of the Association and vendors. Committee members monitor trends  and gather input from the membership to co-ordinate efforts to advocate, recommend and propose solutions to our common issues that relate to vendor relationships and products.

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VLC Terms of Reference


Annual Report 2018

Annual Report 2017

Annual Report 2016

Best Practices:

Librarian-Vendor Relations

Cost Containment Strategies

Webinar Sub-Committee

Members:  Brenda Lauritzen (Chair), Kim Nayyer (Executive Liaison), Hannah Steeves, Matthew Renaud, Melissa Firth, Yemisi Dina, Krisandra Ivings, Doris Wagner 

The Webinar Committee is a Sub-Committee of the Education Committee with the mission of providing continuing learning and professional development opportunities for CALL members beyond the Annual CALL Conference. The Committee meets regularly to develop a program of at least 5 webinars to be held throughout the year.

Visit the CALL Webinar page for more information!

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Information for Presenters 

Website Editorial Board

Members: Michel-Adrien Sheppard (Chair), Alan Kilpatrick (Executive Liaison), Helen Mok, John Kerr

The Website Editorial Board oversees the direction, policies and guidelines for the website, gives the Website Administrator direction, and reports to the Executive Board through the Executive liaison.

The Editorial Board determines policy and guidelines relating to content and design of the website, working within the approved budget. Formal approval for editorial policy rests with the Executive Board.

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