By Alan Kilpatrick
In June, I had the privilege of travelling to the National Capital Region and attending the 2014 New Law Librarians’ Institute (NLLI). The Institute, sponsored annually by the Canadian Association of Law Libraries, was held at the Brian Dickson Law Library at the University of Ottawa.
The institute describes itself as “an intensive, week-long program aimed at developing librarians’ skills in the key competencies of law librarianship.” NLLI is a boot camp style introduction to all areas of Canadian law. As a new information professional I was excited to attend. Twenty other law librarians from across Canada attended as well.
Knowledgeable professors from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law lectured throughout the week on key areas such as criminal law, tort law, constitutional law, civil law, and Aboriginal law.
This year NLLI was hosted by the Brian Dickson Law Library. I would like to thank the Brian Dickson Law Library, the Canadian Association of Law Libraries, and all those who made the 2014 institute possible. I encourage all prospective and new law librarians to consider attending the institute next year.
Other legal topics covered at the 2014 institute included:
- Finding and Updating Legislation
- Introduction to Property Law
- Introduction to Family Law
- Finding and Updating Case Law
- Researching Secondary Legal Literature
- Introduction to Quebec Civil Law
- Civil law and Common Law Comparison
- Introduction to Intellectual Property
If you have any questions, I would be happy to let you know more about my worthwhile experience at the New Law Librarians’ Institute.