Day: January 21, 2015

Canadian Association of Law Libraries Conference 2015

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld


Registration for the 2015 CALL conference is now open! Please check out the conference details on the Conference website.

TURNING THE TIDE / RENVERSER LA MARÉE is the theme for the CALL/ACBD 2015 Conference. The extended economic downturn has had wide-ranging effects on law libraries and the practice of law librarianship. We will explore ways in which libraries are confronting the new economic realities and are successfully turning the tide. We will examine ways in which we can improve all our various environments, from the micro work-office level to the macro industry level. We will see how law and law libraries can be transformative in nature and will look to the future to develop solutions ahead of the waves. Let’s meet and surf the opportunities by TURNING THE TIDE at the CALL/ACBD 2015 Conference!

Register before Friday, February 14, 2015 and be entered into a draw to win two free CALL/ACBD webinars. The names of the three winners will be announced on Monday, February 16, 2015.

New Journals in the Library

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by Ken Fox

Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice – New Issue

Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice / La Revue canadienne de criminologie et de justice pénale Volume 57, Number 1, January 2015 is now available.

  • Unemployment, GDP, and Crime: The Importance of Multiple Measurements of the Economy
  • Unintended Consequences of Multiple Bail Conditions for Youth
  • Beyond Frequency: Perceived Realism and the CSI Effect
  • Canadian Exclusion of Evidence Under Section 24(2) of the Charter: An Empirical Model of Judicial Discourse
  • La perception du prestige des occupations illicites par des délinquants
  • Book Reviews


Unemployment, GDP, and Crime: The Importance of Multiple Measurements of the Economy
Authors: Martin A. Andresen
Abstract: The relationship between unemployment and crime is complex and consists of two independent and counteracting mechanisms: the motivation effect and the guardianship/opportunity effect. Cantor and Land (1985) put forth a model that synthesizes these two effects and found that guardianship/opportunity dominates motivation. Recent work questions this result and the use of unemployment to measure economic performance. Instead, some of this new research uses a direct measure of the economy at the US state level – gross state product, for example. In the present article, the relationship between crime and economic performance is investigated using unemployment, gross domestic product, a hybrid modelling approach, and Canadian provinces as the unit of analysis. It is found that both unemployment and gross domestic product matter for crime, guardianship/opportunity explains more results than motivation, and the strength of either effect depends on the crime type being analysed. Read the rest of this entry »