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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) 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.

I have tried to summarize the importance of reforming Crown copyright at 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!).


Amanda Wakaruk, BCommerce, MLIS, MES
Copyright Librarian and former Government Information Librarian

Search issues with the University of Calgary’s “Our Future, Our Past” site

ELLA members,

Please note that searching the U of C’s ‘Our Future, Our Past’ site (at least the AB Laws Collection) is currently not possible.  The software that this collection is running is out of date and is failing. They are working on a project to migrate the content to a more modern platform, and will keep us posted as this project progresses.

In the meantime, you can still browse the collection.

Thank you to Sandi Madvid for the heads up!