New, in reference to time, could be one day, one week, or a couple of years. In law librarian terms, I still feel new to my job because it is contantly changing. If like me, you are a librarian who didn’t go to law school, the Canadian Association of Law Libraries can help you cope with the burden of ‘new’.
We have written before about CALL/ACBD’s New Law Librarians’ Institute. The institute is an intensive, week-long program aimed at developing librarians’ skills in the key competencies of law librarianship. The program is an excellent mix of substantive legal topices (constitutional law, torts, contracts, criminal and property law) and skills sessions for the type of research that law librarians deal with on a daily basis. Class size is set at a 25 person maximum and it is an excellent opportunity to make quality contacts among leaders in the field.
Hosted at Western University in London, Ontario, the program runs from May 27 to June 1, 2012. There is still time to register.