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The ELLA Members’ Blog is a forum for ELLA members to share job openings, research tips, local law library announcements, industry news and advocacy, or anything else that falls within the scope of ELLA’s discussions and events.

Job Posting – Public Services Librarian, J.A. Memorial Law Library

Public Services Librarian, J.A. Weir Memorial Law Library & Rutherford Humanities and Social Sciences Library

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Competition No.  –           A101733366

Closing Date  –                   Jul 28, 2017

The University of Alberta Libraries, with a long tradition of service excellence to the University and its communities, seek a dynamic individual to join the team that provides services based from the Law Library and the Humanities and Social Sciences Library. The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic professional librarian with a demonstrated interest in a career in law librarianship.  The successful candidate will provide liaison reference, research and instructional services to faculty and students in law as well as political science and sociology.  Strong knowledge of legal research, scholarly communication and digital information resources integral to success in this position.

The University of Alberta Libraries is committed to supporting the university’s academic mission by continuing to develop and maintain a world-class library system that is open, sustainable and responsive to the many communities it serves. A member of the Association of Research Libraries and other international organizations, it is also a leading partner in local library networks including NEOS, a central Alberta consortium consisting of 17 government, hospital, college and university libraries. It has a recognized expertise in large scale digital initiatives and many outstanding collections of print, archival and electronic resources.

The Rutherford Humanities & Social Sciences Library and the J.A. Weir Memorial Library are part of the larger University of Alberta Libraries system. Our mission is to collaborate in the advancement of teaching, learning and research.  We provide access to the past and present through our collections, services, spaces and expertise.  Our work empowers learners, scholars and researchers with local and global impact.

Qualifications:

  • Masters in Library Science from an ALA accredited institution or equivalent
  • Previous experience with teaching and instruction, new modes of service delivery, and electronic resources
  • Academic background or library experience in law and the humanities or social sciences
  • Formal training in Canadian Law and law librarianship through coursework and familiarity with databases such as CanLII, Westlawnext Canada, and LexisAdvance Quicklaw is strongly desired

Evening and weekend work will be required when the University is in session.

Applicants must also possess a strong service orientation, excellent instructional and communication skills, superior information management skills, and a commitment to cooperative and innovative solutions. Candidates will demonstrate evidence of ability to work collaboratively in a team-based environment, and the ability to be flexible to changing circumstances. Candidates will possess a high level of competence with electronic information sources and new technologies, demonstrated strong interpersonal skills, organizational and analytical skills, leadership qualities, and evidence of ongoing professional development and involvement. Successful candidates will also be interested in and seek opportunities for conducting research and the evaluation of services and collections.

This is a tenure-track position at the Librarian 1 level with a current salary range of $62,231 to $124,387. Librarians at the University of Alberta have academic status and participate in a generous benefits program.  When applying, please include your curriculum vitae and the names of three references by July 28, 2017.

For further information, please contact Kathleen De Long at kathleen.delong@ualberta.ca.

Alberta Law Libraries – Board of Directors posting

Alberta Law Libraries (ALL) is a not-for-profit organization that supports the administration of justice, and access to justice for all Albertans, through a provincial law library network comprised of 18 libraries in 11 locations. ALL manages a comprehensive collection of primary and secondary legal resources, in print and electronic media, and provides reference and legal research services to the judiciary, Crown prosecutors, lawyers, and public. ALL provides library materials, required for the purposes of research, review, private study and criticism, as well as for use in court, tribunal, legislative and government proceedings.
The Law Society of Alberta and the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General are recruiting for four new Directors of the Board for Alberta Law Libraries (ALL).

The Board is responsible for oversight of the management of the library resources, overseeing the operation of ALL, strategic and business planning, setting policies and procedures for Board governance, approving an annual budget for the operation of ALL, and operating ALL within the funding received. Appointments will be for either a two-year or a three-year term and may be renewed for a second term. Board Directors must be available to attend a minimum of four meetings per year. This includes preparation for and participation in meetings, and may in some circumstances require travel.

ALL seeks to develop a Board whose Directors possess and demonstrate a strategic combination of personal attributes, expertise, social capital, competencies and occupational backgrounds. As such candidates must demonstrate 5+ years of previous Board experience (not-for-profit, public or corporate setting) as well as experience in governance, strategic planning, business management, financial/risk management, performance management and succession planning. It would be particularly beneficial if applicants possessed in-depth familiarity with new and emerging technologies, trends, and various platforms who can act as a technology advocate and assist board and staff in leveraging resources to increase reach and impact. This includes an in-depth understanding of the intersection of people, information, and technology in information/knowledge transfer.

View more details and application information.

Applications will be accepted until the end of August 2017.
Please contact James Sweetman at james(at)pekarskyco.com with any questions you may have.

Law Librarian job posting

Alberta Law Libraries is currently seeking applicants for a temporary, full-time Law Librarian position in our Edmonton Courthouse library location.
You can view the posting on the Government of Alberta Jobs board, Job ID 1043126.
 
The closing date for applications is July 4th, 2017, please submit applications as indicated in the job posting.
 

Alberta Justice and Solicitor General, Edmonton – Are you a dynamic, innovative person with a passion for the best client experience? If so, Alberta Law Libraries has an opening for a Law Librarian in Edmonton, based in the Edmonton Law Courts, Legal Research and Training Centre (LRTC).

The Role
As a Law Librarian, you would:
– Be responsible for providing in-person and remote reference and research services to library users
– Provide personal and group training to library users and Government of Alberta and Alberta Courts employees on available resources
– Participate in the collection development process by recommending materials to be added or withdrawn from the collections
– Collect data, compile and submit reports and statistics for the Edmonton LRTC
– Assist in planning and policy development
– Assist in developing outreach initiatives and material for various stakeholders
– Work with your Alberta Law Libraries colleagues in the creation, delivery and assessment of information, research and training initiatives targeted to our various client groups

Petition to fix Crown copyright in Canada

ELLA Members,

I hope you will take a moment to sign this House of Commons petition, which I’ve created as a private citizen (not on behalf of my employer) asking the Government of Canada to respond to the longstanding need to fix Crown copyright in Canada.

https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-1116

I have tried to summarize the importance of reforming Crown copyright at fixcrowncopyright.ca but we all know that the audience for this issue is small, despite the wide breadth of its impact. This is why I am also asking that you please forward this petition to other lists, your colleagues, and especially any content users whose work might have been impacted by Crown copyright over the years.

Thank you for considering these requests and for your help getting this issue to our MPs as they start a review of the Copyright Act later this year.

Government employees: note that your personal information is not disclosed to me or online and that you will have to use a personal email address if you want to sign the petition (which I hope you do!).

Sincerely,

Amanda Wakaruk, BCommerce, MLIS, MES
Copyright Librarian and former Government Information Librarian
amanda.wakaruk@ualberta.ca