Day: February 11, 2015

Legal Sourcery at the Canadian Associations of Law Libraries (CALL) Conference

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By Alan Kilpatrick

CALL2015logoAre you attending the 2015 CALL conference?  This year’s conference features an exciting new session, Lightening Talks.  These are seven minute talks that will focus on interesting topics relevant to law librarianship.  They are scheduled for Sunday, May 3rd from 3:15 to 4:15.

I will be presenting a Lightening Talk titled, Legal Sourcery – Blogging in Law Libraries:

In early 2014, the Law Society of Saskatchewan Library launched their blog, Legal Sourcery.  Legal resources are what the library provides, but legal sourcery is the skill and expertise the library brings to legal research to help lawyers navigate through the labyrinth of resources.

In an attempt to explore new avenues to promote our research services and publications, library staff decided to create a blog.  Our combined effort in writing regular posts for Legal Sourcery has allowed us to engage our membership and shape an exciting new brand for the library.

An important pillar of our blogging strategy is to use social media, such as Twitter and Facebook, to build readership.  Remarkably, in less than one year Legal Sourcery reached over 300 posts, 40,000 views, and won a Clawbie (Canadian Law Blog Award) for best law library blog.

During this lightening session, you will learn about our blogging experiences.  Legal Sourcery represents one of the many efforts by the Law Society of Saskatchewan Library to reimagine what a library can do for its users.

Other exciting Lighting Talks that will be presented at this year’s conference are:

  • Creating an In-house Annotated Act Presented by: Shaunna Mireau
  • Show Me the Money: Scholarships and Awards Available through CALL Presented by: CALL/ACBD Scholarships and Awards Committee
  • The Supreme Court of Canada Library’s Tips of the Week Service  Presented by: Cheryl Murphy
  • Flipping the Legal Research Classroom Presented by: Leslie Taylor
  • With a Little Blood, Sweat and Glue: Digitizing British Columbia’s Historical Legislation on a Shoestring Budget  Presented by: Kristin Hodgins