ELLA is holding its Annual General Meeting on:

June 7, 2023 at Noon on Zoom.

Please RSVP no later than

Noon, June 6

to receive the meeting link.

Please direct any questions to ellaexec@gmail.com.

Nominations are now open for the ELLA Executive for the 2023/24 Year.  This year we are accepting nominations for the Chair Elect, Treasurer, and Webmaster board positions. Please contact us at ellaexec@gmail.com for more info.

ELLA Executive Positions Open

We are recruiting for 3 executive positions:

ChairElect: The Chair-Elect shall be elected annually. They shall, in the temporary absence or disability of the Chair, shall perform the duties and exercise the powers of the Chair, and shall perform such other duties as may from time to time be determined by the Executive. The Chair-Elect will become the Chair in their second year of service and serve in an advisory role as Past-Chair their third year.

Treasurer: The Treasurer shall be elected bi-annually. They shall shall have custody of Association monies, shall keep full and accurate accounts of receipts and disbursements in books belonging to the Association, and shall deposit all monies and other valuable effect in the name and to the credit of the Association and in such depositories as may be designated by the Executive from time to time. They shall disburse funds of the Association as may be ordered by the Executive, taking proper vouchers for such disbursements and shall render to the members of the Association at regular meetings or whenever required by the Executive, an account of the financial position of the Association. They shall submit audited financial records to the Corporate Registry annually and have charge of the official archives of the Association, to be made available as necessary throughout their term. They shall also sit on the HeadStart Planning Committee to serve as liaison between the Committee and the Association. The Treasurer will perform such other duties as may from time to time be determined by the Executive. Upon expiry of their term of office, the Treasurer shall give the Association all books, papers, vouchers, money and other property of whatever kind in their possession or under their control belonging to the Association.

Webmaster: The Webmaster shall be elected bi-annually. They shall be responsible for the maintenance and updating of the Association’s website. The Executive will retain responsibility for the content of the website, while the Webmaster will perform duties such as registration of the Association with the host site, update of the information contained on the site, and reporting to the membership regarding changes, additions or deletions to the website.

*Without a full executive, ELLA may not be able to continue. Please consider nominating yourself for one of the positions.

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April Social Night

You’re Invited to:

Edmonton Law Library Association Social Night


Continental Treats

9698 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton – Alberta T5H 3V5

April 19th from 5:30-8:00PM

Join us for a low key evening of drinks, food, and conversation (some appetizers will be provided).

Members of the executive will be there the whole time to welcome you. Please RSVP by Tuesday, April 18.

Nominations are now open for the ELLA Executive for the 2023/24 Year.  Please contact us at ellaexec@gmail.com for more info

The ELLA Executive

Twyla, Sara, Kirk, Christine, Kim, and Laura

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Headstart Legal Information Session 2023

Get a HeadStart on articles by attending this informational session presented by The Edmonton Law Libraries Association and the University of Alberta J.A. Weir Law Library. HeadStart will be back this June 2023 to provide a comprehensive, legal research focused training day to get you ready for articling. HeadStart is a legal research workshop for law and library students and new graduates entering the legal workplace. 

In this information session, you will learn about what HeadStart has to offer, as well as what research resources will be available to you at the Courthouse Libraries and the UAlberta Library while you article and after you graduate. You will also have the opportunity to provide your feedback on what topics you’d like covered by HeadStart this year.

This session will be held on Zoom, and registration is free. Register in advance for the session:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the session.

More information on previous HeadStart events is available here.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Black History Month

February is Black History Month, which, as stated on the Canada Heritage website, “gives all the opportunity to engage in open dialogue and a commitment to learning more about the stories black communities in Canada have to tell about their histories, success, sacrifices and triumphs.”

Looking for ways to get involved, connect, or learn in Edmonton this month?

The City of Edmonton has an event calendar for the month which you can access here

Edmonton Public Library, in connection with the Edmonton Short Film Festival, is putting on a Local Heroes Film Festival with Black History Month on Thursday February 23rd – you can read more, and register, here.

The Law Society of Alberta has put up an excellent resource page that may help with your staff and clients learning and engagement.

Know a resource or event that should be added? Send it to us at ellaexec@gmail.com.

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Job posting – Legal Research Specialist

BD&P is looking for a Legal Research Specialist. Please see below.

Purpose of the role:

To undertake and conduct high-quality, in-depth legal and business research to support the Firm’s practice areas and departments using online and print resources. 


Legal Research Specialist

Reports To: 

Director, Business and Enterprise Architecture

Duties and Responsibilities:

In accordance with the policies of Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP, the Legal Research Specialist has the responsibility to complete the following duties:

  • Conduct in-depth legal and business research to support executive/management, lawyers, students, and administrative staff using paper and electronic resources;
  • Provide oversight of research to ensure quality and consistency of research work product;
  • Provide awareness and monitoring services including legislative and judicial tracking, and client, competitor, and industry developments;
  • Monitor client news and changes in organizational structure to support business development activities;
  • Provide training and guidance in the use of the Library’s collection of resources and technologies including the website, online catalogues, and external databases;
  • Support communication activities that utilize the intranet and other internal communication tools in building firm engagement;
  • Participate in collection development by recommending and evaluating print and electronic resources to be added or withdrawn from the collection;
  • Provide guidance and mentoring, and ensure professional development of Library support staff;
  • Promote and market Library resources and its services to staff to leverage the capabilities and expertise;
  • Participate in the Library and Research Committee to contribute to discussions on legal resources and budgetary issues;
  • Develop and deliver training sessions on legal research for lawyers, law students and other firm staff.

Education & Qualifications:

  • MLIS degree and/or a minimum of 2-3 years of significant research experience in a law library conducting legal and business research;
  • Advanced research skills, with demonstrated proficiency in providing online research services using legal and business databases (i.e., Lexis Advance Quicklaw; WestlawNext; Capital IQ; DisclosureNet, etc.).

Required Skills & Personality Traits for Success:

  • Established Industry Knowledge: Proficiency with legal and business-related resources and technologies used for communication, research and knowledge sharing.
  • Strong Research Analysis and Reporting: Ability to prepare reports, executive summaries, and other correspondence necessary to communicate research results to all levels of management.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and accuracy: Demonstrates meticulous, detail-oriented accuracy in completion of work.
  • Excellent Time Management: Effective at planning ahead, organizing, and prioritizing to maintain multiple tasks.
  • Team-oriented: Personable and courteous, with a “can-do” attitude; strives to bolster the effectiveness of the team by providing consistent support.
  • Composure: Performs appropriately and effectively, even while handling multiple tasks.
  • Effective Communicator: Well-developed verbal and written communication skills; readily seeks and provides information; sees value in information exchange; written product is concise and clear.
  • Customer orientation: Provides exceptional customer service in dealings with all clients and stakeholders.
  • Team management and mentorship: Creates and maintains a well-functioning work unit. Skilled at building trust, morale and cooperation among team.

See full posting and apply here.

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