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 ( 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.

Dale Barrie, MLIS
Alberta Law Libraries

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Join us!!

Brewster’s Oliver Square
11620 104 Ave NW
February 27th from 5:30-8:00PM

Join us for a low-key evening of drinks, food, and chit chat. No need to RSVP, just come as you can. Members of the executive will be there throughout the evening.

We continue to accept membership applications for the 2019/20 year.
Membership dues are $25; students qualify for free membership.

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Prison Librarian Presentation: Seven Months Inside

Michelle De Agostini didn’t go into library school intending to become a prison librarian, but a series of events lead her to this interesting and rewarding position. Her journey began as a volunteer for the GELA Prison Libraries Project, providing library services to the Edmonton Institution for Women, the Edmonton Remand Centre and, where Michelle has been employed for the last 7 months, the Edmonton Institution (the regional federal maximum security prison for men).

Whereas minimum or medium security facilities run their libraries more like public libraries, maximum security institutions greatly restrict the movement of their inmates, so Michelle personally delivers and retrieves materials from her clients after they have made requests from a database, using a computer accessible in their respective units…and no, they do not have internet access! Although there are security concerns, Michelle is treated with respect by the inmates, and if she ever feels she needs it, she always has her panic button.

Michelle had her work cut out for her coming into the position. The previous “librarian” was an army retiree who “liked books”, so she had to create library policies and procedures from scratch. She also had to replace most of the collection with more current materials, including swapping out the 1999 version of the Criminal Code for a more recent one. Michelle also started book clubs to encourage reading (which reduces recidivism, according to studies), and to help build empathy and develop pro-social skills. Having a tiny collections budget, they library is happy to receive donations, but within parameters: paper back novels only. And, as space is very limited, Michelle has to be selective.

Below is a list of requested titles, and they will also take text books or study guides up to 4 years old. Please, no old National Geographic or science magazines!

  • A complete set of Harry Potter books
  • Superhero comic books (Marvel and DC)
  • An up-to-date world atlas (i.e. printed after 1995)
  • The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  • Ulysses by James Joyce
  • Books about rappers
  • The Rose That Grew From Concrete by Tupac Shakur
  • The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

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Presentation on Prison Librarianship

Edmonton Law Libraries Association invites you to a Presentation on Prison Librarianship with Michelle De Agostini.

Thursday, January 23, 2020
at 12:00-1:00PM
Boardroom B2, Lower Level Law Courts Building South 
1A Sir Winston Churchill Square

There will be door prizes!

Lunch will be provided | $10 Members, $15 Non-Members
Please RSVP to ellaexec [@] gmail .com by Tuesday, January 21, 2020 
We are accepting membership applications for the 2019/20 year; membership dues are $25. Please complete the membership form and our treasurer will arrange for payment. Students qualify for free membership!!

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Pics from 2019 Cardinal Winter Gathering!

Our annual cardinal winter gathering was once again enjoyed by all who attended. Your ELLA executive hopes everyone of the ELLA family had a wonderful and restful break, and send heartfelt wishes for an abundant 2020 (plenty-plenty!!). Stay tuned for further updates on the exciting events we have planned for you in the new year.

Shaunna Mireau, Julie Rainey, Dolores Noga and Josette McEachern

Christine Brown and Katie Cuyler

The Cardinals enjoyed the winter gathering too.

Jane Symons, Samantha Allan, Michelle De Agostini and Sara Tokay

Denise Thompson, Ana San Miguel and Carla Dunsmore

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