Roundtable on Law Library Service Provision During COVID-19

When: Wednesday November, 25 at Noon
Where: on Zoom
(a Zoom link will be sent to everyone who RSVPs)
RSVP: to ellaexec@gmail.com by noon on Tuesday, November 24

Join us for a supportive and frank discussion about how law libraries have been providing service during the time of COVID-19. How is your law library providing service during the time of COVID-19?  Is your physical library open again or are you still working from home? Or are you providing some form of hybrid service electronically and physically? What significant changes were or continue to be, required to maintain services overall? We are looking forward to seeing everyone!

Please share your experience with us at our upcoming Roundtable! Email ellaexec@gmail.com if you would like to provide a 5-minute overview of your library’s practice.

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Reminder to join ELLA for the 2020/21 membership year

There is still time to become an Edmonton Law Libraries Association (ELLA) member for the 2020/21 membership year! 

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Due to COVID-19, the ELLA membership fee has been waived for this year, which runs from September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021 . Please consider becoming a member to benefit from this small but mighty association.  Membership is open to anyone interested in law librarianship and legal research.  We offer a mix of legal information sessions and social events. You do not have to be located in the Edmonton area to join. All are welcome! 

If you wish to have your name and contact information included in the membership directory, please have your membership form filled out and submitted to us by November 30th, 2020!  The directory is only accessible to members of the association.

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ELLA is holding its 2020 AGM!!

Our 2020 Virtual AGM will be on October 26, 2020, starting at 6:30PM

To ensure that you receive the login information to the virtual platform, please fill out the 2020/2021 membership form at least 2 days prior to the AGM.

A brief period for virtually socializing with long-unseen colleagues will follow the AGM.

Updated Agenda (and subject to further updates)

  1. Call to order
  2. Approve agenda
  3. Approve bylaw amendments–holding meetings virtually
  4. Approve 2019 meeting minutes
  5. Old Business from past minutes
  6. Executive/Board Reports
    1. 6.1 Chair/Secretary
      6.2 Past-Chair
      6.3 Treasurer
      6.4 Webmaster
      6.5 Headstart
  7. Call for Nominations/Elections (Chair Elect, Secretary)
  8. Selection of Auditors for 2019/20 financial statements
  9. New business
    1. 9.1 Membership fee renewal proposal for 2020/2021
      9.2 Soliciting programming ideas from membership for 2020/2021
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ELLA AGM postponed until September 2020

The ELLA executive hopes everyone is doing well during these trying times. We have decided to cancel social events for the time being, and are postponing our AGM until September.

At that time we will be very happy to see you all, but for now continue practicing social distancing and other preventative measures (but don’t forget to dance around your house!) and we’ll all get through this.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out the the ELLA Board if you have any questions or concerns!

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Alberta Law Libraries closing

Alberta Law Libraries (ALL) take our role in minimizing the spread of infection from the coronavirus (COVID-19) seriously.  For the safety of our team, our library members and indeed all Albertans that we serve, we have closed our public facing library locations to visitors.  Our team members continue to monitor telephone, email and our Ask a Law Librarian service however, and so as always, remain committed to assisting and connecting you with the legal information and services you need.

Registered members can also continue to access some of our eResources remotely, and use our customized research and document request services.  We understand that despite having a selection of electronic tools and resources available remotely, access to our print collection and on-site only tools may also be required.  To address this fact, registered members can contact us (lawlibrary@just.gov.ab.ca) to discuss the delivery of materials through electronic means.  In addition, due to current circumstances, we will wave the usual document delivery fees associated with this service until our libraries are physically open once more.  Note that book borrowing remains suspended however, as is the ability to put holds on items.   Lastly, any items that members have on loan during the closure period will have their overdue dates extended and fees waived. 

We thank you for your patience and understanding, and we ask that you do visit our website for additional information and updates.

Regards,
-Dale
Dale Barrie, MLIS
Director
Alberta Law Libraries www.lawlibrary.ab.ca
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