It was nice to meet some of you at our events over the past few months including Justice Moen’s talk about Reforming the Family Justice System, Justice Côté’s talk about Practical Legal Research, and more recently, our Christmas Mixer at the Rose & Crown Pub, all with fantastic turnouts!
However, there are still a few of you who I haven’t spoken with very much yet (or at all), so here is a little bit about me:
My interest in law librarianship began when I worked as a part-time library assistant for the Alberta Law Libraries – Edmonton reference branch. I had a very positive experience, and to this day, it remains one of my favourite places to work. I have lived nearly my entire life in Edmonton, and only left the city for a year, when I was completing my MLIS at Western University in London, Ontario. I am currently working part-time as the solo librarian of Emery Jamieson LLP, and have learned a lot (to say the least!) over the past 9 months, which I have to credit to you – the incredible network of knowledgeable and experienced law librarians and legal information professionals I have toured the libraries of and reached out to with obscure questions. I know that it is largely because of ELLA that I have been able to progress so much within the first year of my career in the LIS field, and for that I am truly grateful. On that note, thank you for giving me the opportunity to be the Chair of your society at such an early stage of my career! I look forward to keep learning and growing from seeing and hearing about what all of you do, and how you do it all!
Jane, Ana, and myself are working to continue the trend of arranging more amazing speakers for 2016. We are starting the year off with a bang with 2 events in January, and we hope to see you there!
I wish you all happy holidays, much deserved and needed rest and relaxation, and a happy new year!
Edmonton Law Libraries Association (ELLA)