Monthly Archives: September 2013

Call for Last Copy Committee members…

At today’s ELLA meeting we decided to form a last copy committee whose mandate is to review the potential for coordinating access to both current and historical legal material across the Edmonton law library community. The committee will communicate with stakeholders, gather information, identify collection sharing opportunities and participate in the implementation of any feasible outcomes.

Today’s meeting produced the following volunteers: Grant Kaylor, Rick Leech, Sandi Madvid, Josette McEachern, Ana San Miguel, Julie Olson and Christine Watson.  Gisele Abt will also provide input.

We intend to consult with stakeholders from all types of law libraries. If you want to participate or learn more about the committee’s objectives you can post a comment here using the ‘Leave a reply’ button at the top of this message.  Or email by October 4th, 2013. (We would like to hold our first meeting sometime after that date.)

We would love to hear from you.

September 25 meeting

Thanks to all who attended our first meeting of the year.  The discussion about ELLA’s potential objectives and paths around last copy were invigorating.  Thanks to ELLA member Josette McEachern, Dentons, for agreeing to coordinate a Last Copy Committee who will work on defining issues and objectives.

A reminder that we are in in the midst of our fall membership drive. Link to the membership form, enter your coordinates and send in your very modest membership fee.  The Member Directory will be a password protected document. We look forward to seeing you!

The Executive will be meeting soon to advance our program for the fall.  If you have suggestions, please reach out by email to

Cheers, Shaunna

September Meeting: Last Copy

You are invited to the Edmonton Law Libraries Association’s first autumn meeting!

Wednesday, September 25th | 12-1 pm
Barristers Lounge, 2nd Floor, Law Courts Building South, 1A Sir Winston Churchill Square

  • An initial discussion of Edmonton “Last Copy” in preparation for a moderated panel discussion
  • ELLA’s revamped website and revitalized members’ blog – be sure to sign up for RSS alerts!
  • A report from our auditor, the wonderful Jane Symons

Lunch will be provided | $10 Members, $15 Non-Members

Please RSVP to secretary (at) edmontonlawlibraries (dot) ca by Thursday, September 19th

With the arrival of a new fiscal year comes the renewal of association memberships. Be sure to renew your membership with the association’s brand new online membership form! Bring a cash or cheque payment (made out to Edmonton Law Libraries Association) to the business meeting or mail cheque payments to Gina Linden (please see the Membership Form page for her workplace mailing address).


Welcome! The 2013-2015 ELLA Executive is very excited to launch this revamped website and is looking forward to serving the members of the Edmonton Law Libraries Association. It is a bit intimidating to follow the seasoned leadership that ELLA has been fortunate to have and we will do our best to provide the type of programs and meetings that members of ELLA have come to expect.

It seems that whenever law library news crosses our inbox we see challenges. Shrinking budgets, position disruptions, stress from too fast and too much change. My goal as Chair is to provide a place in ELLA for the law library community to share ideas for easing our burdens and turning challenges into opportunities. ELLA has always been a forum for those in our community to exchange ideas. I am confident that collectively we can take the step necessary to transform ideas into actions.

A primary initiative that the ELLA Executive will advance this fall is work toward a “last copy” initiative. The idea that we could all cancel or discard the same title concerns everyone. Looking at legal information collections as a local community will be the focus of a round table discussion at our September Business Meeting.

Thank you to Andrea Zielinski, Laura Lemmens, Amber McIver and Christine Press for their contributions to our community in serving as the Edmonton Law Libraries Association leadership.

Thank you to Melissa Hathaway for all she has done to create and launch this new site. Thank you to Gina Linden for all she has done to prepare for our 2013-14 membership drive and our first meeting. Thank you to Julie Olson for site testing, programming ideas, and facilities. I am excited to work with these fine legal information specialists over the next two years.

I look forward to serving as your ELLA Chair.

Shaunna Mireau