Category Archives: Blog

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.

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  The software that this collection is running is out of date and is failing.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!

Message from Alberta Queen’s Printer regarding their website’s newest feature

Dear ELLA Members,

Alberta Queen’s Printer is pleased to announce that high level descriptions for legislative materials (with a few exceptions) have been added to our catalogue titles. We partnered with Legislative Planning partners from across the Government of Alberta to capture this information. The goal of the project was to make it easier for anyone who requires access to the laws to be able to easily understand what the law may be about.

Improving user experience and government transparency, these descriptions are designed to provide users with a brief overview of the resource. The descriptions help improve access to information by ensuring that Albertan’s have a way to quickly reference the contents of any Act or Regulation in an easy to read format, without having to search through the contents of the legislation itself.

Alberta Queen’s Printer is committed to providing the most up to date and reliable legislative reference in the Province of Alberta. We will continue to ensure these descriptions remain up to date and available for reference by all Albertan’s. In addition to descriptions for legislative titles, Alberta Queen’s Printer will be working to provide the same descriptive information for all materials we carry.

Should you have any questions of feedback about this new initiative I would love to hear from you.

Gisele Abt, Manager
Alberta Queen’s Printer
(phone) 780-422-5647

Welcome Jennifer Schell to the ELLA Executive!

The 2015-2017 ELLA Executive is pleased to announce the addition of Jennifer Schell as our new Web Manager for the 2016-2017 term!

The Web Manager 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 Web Manager 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.

Jennifer was a health law paralegal at Bennett Jones LLP for seventeen years before returning to school in 2013.  She graduated with her MLIS from the University of Alberta in 2015. She is currently the Records Management Analyst for the Alberta Court of Appeal.

The Youth Restorative Action Project is hosting its 3rd Annual Judicial Jamboree!

The Youth Restorative Action Project (YRAP) is hosting its 3rd Annual Judicial Jamboree at the Derrick Winter & Golf Club on Saturday, October 15, 2016, headlined by F ‘n Y (the Family and Youth Court judge band).

YRAP thanks its sponsors, Iginla & Company, Servus Credit Union, and Dawson Duckett Shaigec & Garcia for their tremendous support!

Tickets are $80 each or $750 for a table of 10!

Cocktails @ 6:00
Hors d’oeuvres @ 7:00
Musical entertainment @ 7:30

YRAP is a Youth Justice Committee that works with young people who have caused harm as a result of racism, intolerance or significant social issues. It is the only committee worldwide with this unique mandate to be run entirely by youth members (aged 15-24). When young people come to YRAP, personal panels are held for them by our youth volunteers. During these panels, the volunteers get to know the young person’s background, interests, goals, and how they found themselves involved with the courts. In conjunction with the young person, and victims of the offence where applicable, YRAP develops creative, effective consequences to try to repair any harm done to the victim and community while improving the conditions which may have led the youth to crime. The final goal is a positive, self-sufficient lifestyle for the young person.

All youth who participate in the program are assigned a youth mentor who hangs out with them and supports them through their court involvement and consequences. This is an essential part of YRAP because it builds long-term relationships founded on trust while also offering a positive role model who is close to their age.

For more information, email Kate at or purchase your tickets online today!