New Ebooks Added

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empebooksBy Melanie Hodges Neufeld

The Law Society Library is excited to announce that we  recently added 22 titles to our Emond Publications Casebook Collection available in the Member’s Section of our webiste. Titles include:

  1. Administrative Law: Cases, Text, and Materials, 7th Edition
  2. Administrative Law in Context, 2nd Edition
  3. Canadian Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law, 3rd Edition
  4. Canadian Constitutional Law, 4th Edition
  5. Canadian Intellectual Property Law: Cases and Materials
  6. Cases and Materials on Contracts, 5th Edition
  7. The Civil Litigation Process: Cases and Materials, 7th Edition
  8. Class Actions in Canada: Cases, Notes, and Materials
  9. Criminal Law and Procedure: Cases and Materials, 11th Edition
  10. Evidence: A Canadian Casebook, 3rd Edition
  11. Immigration and Refugee Law: Cases, Materials, and Commentary, 2nd Edition
  12. International Law: Chiefly as Interpreted and Applied in Canada, 8th Edition
  13. Legal Ethics: Theories, Cases, and Professional Regulation, 3rd Edition
  14. Private International Law in Common Law Canada: Cases, Text, and Materials, 3rd Edition
  15. Property Law: Cases and Commentary, 3rd Edition
  16. Public Law: Cases, Materials, and Commentary, 2nd Edition
  17. Remedies: Cases and Materials, 6th Edition
  18. Secured Transactions in Personal Property, 6th Edition
  19. Securities Law in Canada: Cases and Commentary, 2nd Edition
  20. Tort Law: Cases and Materials, 4th Edition
  21. The Law of Trusts, 3rd Edition
  22. Wills and Estates: Cases, Text, and Materials, 2nd Edition


Searching for Books in Irwin’s Ebrary (Tip of the Week)

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By Ken Fox

All Saskatchewan lawyers have free desktop access, via the Members Section, to more than 100 legal texts available in the Irwin Ebrary, including the entire Essentials of Canadian Law series (you know, those beloved maroon-coloured paperbacks).

One of the great features of the Irwin Ebrary is that the entire collection is searchable. If I am looking for commentary on the entrapment defense, I can use the quick search:


The search returns 21 book titles, arranged by relevance. Three of the first five hits are different editions of Roach’s text on Criminal Law, with the latest (6th) edition appearing at the top of the list. For the purpose of this demonstration, I am using the 5th edition.

For most uses, the best way to access the text is to just click on the title, then select the blue “Read Online” button.

There is also a 14-day “Full Download” – but to take advantage of that option, you need to create a personal account and download Adobe Digital Editions, which can be a complicated process if you are not used to e-book platforms. However, if you are using a mobile device equipped with Adobe, then the download is probably the way to go.

But for this purpose, I am selecting “Read Online.”

There is a navigation pane on the left, with the book’s contents appearing to the right, and a row of icons above. One way to navigate the book is to simply expand the clickable Table of Contents and find relevant sections.

But since I am specifically interested in entrapment, I will try the “Search within book.” The software does not remember my search of the entire ebrary, so I will need to enter “entrapment” again:


The search reports “10 results.” But note – these results each represent a page in the book that includes one or more instances of the search term.

The Table of Contents now shows where in the book the hits occur by blue bars beside the chapter headings. If you expand the Chapter 2 contents by clicking on the little grey triangle, more detailed search results appear, including a total of 14 hits on pages 42, 43, and 44:


Now click on any of the page headings in the contents, and the main panel will display that page, with the search term shaded.

Please feel free to contact us if you experience any difficulties accessing or using the Irwin Ebrary.

The Book in Chains

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By Ken Fox

papyrusOn November 26, Alan reviewed the Economist article, From Papyrus to Pixels: The Future of the Book, and asked readers for their thoughts on the future of print. For my part, the distant future of print is very unclear, especially as the immediate future of the electronic book is riddled with contradictions between its existence as a useful object and a product of the market.

The Economist article makes some worthwhile points on the print medium, particularly in how genres evolve to adapt to their underlying technology – but in contemplating the “future of the book” the anonymous authors manage to ignore the elephant squatting on their typewriter. Of course, electronic books are the future. But they are locked up & straightjacketed by the fact that they are still “books.” Electronic texts flow like water. They can be downloaded, uploaded, copied, pasted, edited, altered, reformatted, resized, and reshaped (redundancies intentional for emphasis) as easily as … well there really is no analog analogy. Imagine you have fifty faucets in your house for various kinds of juice or soup, and a soupprocessing machine that can not only add a certain ingredient, but also extract ingredients, and you also have a pipeline to send your new flavours out to friends & strangers.

The purpose of ebook formats is to hamper this functionality. To slow the flow of texts, prevent copying, editing, pasting, all the things that electronic texts, by definition, are amenable to. In essence, to recreate the paper book in a new medium, but without the advantages of the old medium. Of course, the owners of content are able to exploit some advantages of electronic medium – they can send out books more efficiently, and at much lower costs, and can amass data on how books are being used. The Economist authors do talk briefly about this last point – but barely stop to consider the problem. We now have the potential to learn, in detail, how people read – but “we” will never learn anything from it because the sole purpose of this mountain of data is to extract more money from us. An article in the Economist that ignores economics? Pile that on top of all the other oddities at work here.

Imagine going to a library and finding that most of the books, especially the newer ones, have locks on them. Imagine buying a book, and passing it to a friend to read, and the friend finding that suddenly all the pages are glued together, and cannot be unglued without destroying the book. But those are just the print analogies. The great advantage of the electronic medium is in how it facilitates the transmission of texts, and above all, aids the reader’s ability to copy, edit, write back & re-produce them – and in that respect, ebooks, as a product of the marketplace, are badly out of step with their physical nature.

Arrant Scandal in the Digital Stacks!

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stackBy Alan Kilpatrick

Last week, I travelled to the annual Saskatchewan Library Association Conference.  I attended an engaging session on ebooks and the future of libraries called From Gatekeeper to Gardener: the E-publishing Revolution.   James LaRue, the former director of Douglas County Libraries (DCL), presented the session.  James is a frequent speaker on library and technology issues.  DCL is a public library system in Colorado that has had a great deal of success with ebooks.  DCL is often described as having gone from being the worst public library system in America to being the best public library system as a result of this ebook success.

During the session, James explained that “a revolution in publishing presents either a tremendous opportunity or tremendous threat to the viability of libraries.”  It is widely known that ebooks are becoming increasingly popular.  Demand for ebooks is astounding and the number of ebooks published has increased exponentially.  Unfortunately, the popularity of ebooks forces an existential challenge on libraries.  Librarians have blogged about this ebook crisis frequently in recent years:

According to James, the fundamental challenges libraries face with ebooks are:

  • Loss of ownership and access
  • High cost
  • Sacrificing the user experience

Libraries have few options when it comes to purchasing ebooks.  Large publishers have little incentive to sell ebooks to libraries at favourable terms.  Publisher ebook licenses often dictate a library does not own its ebook collection.  Rather, these licences dictate that libraries lease a sort of temporary access.  When a library decides to unsubscribe, the ebook collection disappears from the collection.  Cost is a major challenge as ebooks are far more expensive for libraries than they are for individual consumers.  The conference session also suggested that libraries are sacrificing a smooth user experience.  Ebooks are usually inaccessible from a library’s catalogue.  Library patrons are required to leave the library website in order to access ebooks.  This situation, James asserted, is a scandal.  Libraries are giving up access, ownership, and the user experience.

Librarians need to resolve these challenges.  Otherwise, the continued relevance of libraries is at grave risk.

DCL has worked to resolve these challenges through an ebook experiment.  The library developed new software with the Adobe Content Server to create a single library catalogue that can access print and ebook resources.  Next, the library began purchasing self-published ebooks and ebooks from smaller publishers that were keen to collaborate with the public library.  Finally, DCL worked with a lawyer to create an alternative agreement to traditional ebook licenses.  This alternative understanding allows DCL to own the ebooks it purchases.  To date, over 900 publishers have agreed to sell ebooks to DCL based on this alternative agreement.

Canadian law libraries face unique challenges acquiring legal ebooks.  Legal publishers in Canada have been to slow to respond and lagged far behind fiction publishers in creating ebooks.  However, the DCL ebook experiment demonstrates that success is possible.

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Library has been working persistently to navigate the challenges associated with legal ebooks.  Our mission is to provide Saskatchewan lawyers with the high quality and authoritative legal ebooks they need to practice law.  Recently, we conducted a one month trial with Emond Montgomery’s Working with the Law Series.  Based on the positive feedback received, the library purchased the entire series.  They are available in the Members’ Section.  Some of the Emond Montgomery titles include:

  • Criminal Law for Legal Professionals
  • Family Law: Practice and Procedure
  • Wills and Estates
  • Civil Litigation
  • Fundamentals of Contract Law

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Library also subscribes to the Irwin Law e-library.  This contains over 100 legal ebooks and the Essentials of Canadian Law Series.  It is available in the Members’ Section as well.

If you have any questions about ebooks, feel free to contact the library at reference@lawsociety.sk.ca or (306) 569-8020.  Please leave a comment letting us know what you think about ebooks.






New Ebooks Added to Collection

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

Earlier this year, we offered our members a one-month free trial of several ebook publications from the Working With the Law series by Emond Montgomery. Due to positive feedback, we have acquired the complete series of over 30 titles and it is now available in the Members’ Section. There are titles from several areas of the law including:

  • Criminal Law for Legal Professionals
  • Family Law: Practice and Procedure
  • Wills and Estates
  • Civil Litigation
  • Fundamentals of Contract Law

If you have any suggestions for other resources the library should acquire, please contact Melanie Hodges Neufeld at melanie@lawsociety.sk.ca.

Free ebooks from Oxford University Press during National Library Week

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By Alan Kilpatrick


We have been enthusiastically celebrating National Library Week at the Law Society of Saskatchewan Library over the past few days.  National Library Week (April 13-19 2014) is an annual event that has been held by the American Library Association (ALA) since the fifties.  It’s an opportunity to recognize the work of librarians, information professionals, and libraries.  Libraries are an integral part of communities that have a meaningful impact on people.  As a new librarian, I am excited to be a part of this vibrant profession.

To celebrate, Oxford University Press (OUP) is offering free access to ebooks and online resources until April 19th.  High quality, academic, and scholarly ebooks are freely available for the week. Visit Oxford University Press and log on with the user name and password, libraryweek.

Titles available for the week include:

  • Oxford Reference
  • Oxford History of Music
  • Oxford Music Online
  • Oxford Dictionaries
  • AMA Manual of Style

Feel free to leave a comment or drop by the library to celebrate National Library Week with us!

Ebooks Available

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

The Law Society Library currently offers over 150 ebooks from the Irwin Law e-Library in our Members’ Section. The Irwin collection includes a wide range of subject areas. For example, below are a few titles on criminal law. Please explore the collection for titles useful to your practice.

  • Criminal Law, 5th Edition, Kent Roach
  • Criminal Procedure, 4th Ed., Steve Coughlin
  • Youth Criminal Justice Law, 3rd Ed., Nicholas Bala & Sanjeev Anand