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Collaborating to Preserve and Access Legal Information

  • 28 Oct 2015
  • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Webinar

Collaborating to Preserve and Access Legal Information 


The rate at which information is created in the modern world is astonishing. 90% of the world's data has been generated in the past two years! This explosive pace is quickly exceeding our ability to manage legal information using traditional management models. The need to collaborate around the preservation of and access to legal information has never been more apparent.

Law libraries are straddling two worlds; print and digital. Some materials are available as print only, some e-only, and some can be acquired in both formats. And while information may be exploding, library budgets are not. In fact, many of our libraries are shrinking while we slowly dispose of our legacy print collections. In order for law libraries in Canada to continue to serve their constituent bases, strong and sustainable collaborations are needed. In this webinar, Kim Nayyer will share some key findings of her CALL/ACBD-funded research into resource sharing goals of the multi-sector Canadian law library community. Tracy Thompson will highlight a specific example currently under way in the US: The PALMPrint Project (Preserving America's Legal Materials in Print) brings together over 60 law libraries to address the need for long-term, just-in-case access to print legal materials in a reliable and cost-effective way.  Louis Mirando will explore areas of need for law library collaboration in Canada amongst institutions of all types and sizes. The webinar will end with an open discussion of possible next steps.


Tracy L. Thompson has served as the Executive Director of NELLCO since 2001. In that capacity Tracy negotiates with many legal information providers and other resource vendors on behalf of NELLCO’s 120+ member law libraries.
Tracy has a longrecord of service to the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), where she has served in numerous capacities through the years, including most recently as a member of the Annual Meeting Program Committee for 2016, past Chair of the Copyright Committee, and the Committee on Relations with Information Vendors (CRIV). 
Tracy serves on the Oxford University Press Library Advisory Committee, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Collaborative Leadership (ACL), active with the International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and a long-time member of the American Library Association (ALA).Prior to joining NELLCO Tracy served as International Reference Librarian for the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale Law School.  She holds a B.A. from the University of South Florida (’94) and a J.D. from Yale Law School (’97).  She is also a proud Navy veteran and mother of three fine young men.

Louis Mirando has been Chief Law Librarian at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University since March, 2008. He has an MLS from the University of Toronto. He has pursued post-graduate studies at the Universität zu Köln (University of Cologne) in Germany as a fellow of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, and doctoral studies at the University of Toronto, where he was a Junior Fellow of Massey College. 
Louis has enjoyed a long and varied career in both libraries and publishing, but always in the field of legal information. Prior to joining Osgoode, Louis was library director at Torys LLP in Toronto for 15 years. He has been a both a reference librarian and a cataloguer at the University  of Toronto’s Bora Laskin Law Library, worked as a Senior Account Executive at LexisNexis Canada, and was a Senior Legal Editor at Carswell, where he was one of the founding editors of the Index to Canadian Legal Literature/Index à la documentation juridique au Canada. Louis started his professional career as Special Collections Librarian and Instructor at the University of Western Ontario.
Louis is a regular columnist on Slaw, Canada's online legal magazine, where he writes about legal information, law libraries and law librarianship. He is a member of numerous law publishers' advisory boards and is Chair of the CALL Preservation SIG (Special Interest Group). He has also recently been able to realize a life-long ambition and has begun piano lessons at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He is not yet planning to move from law libraries to the concert hall.

Kim Nayyer is Associate University Librarian for Law at the University of Victoria and was the recipient of the 2012 CALL/ACBD research grant for her ongoing project, Resource-Sharing Options for Canadian Law Libraries. She presented her preliminary findings to CALL/ACBD in 2014. At UVic, Kim manages the print and electronic collections for the law library, has responsibility for the law acquisitions budget, and oversees selection of new law monographs. She represents the law library in UVic Libraries’ digitization efforts and resource-sharing initiatives with other institutions. Kim also teaches first-year and upper-year legal research and writing for the Faculty of Law and is a non-practicing member of the Bars of Alberta and Ontario.



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