The Canadian Association of Law Libraries 2013 conference will be held this year in Montreal from May 5 to 8. The theme is Librarian: Multifaceted Professional. Note early bird pricing is available only until the end of this week so don't delay in registering!
Programming this year looks excellent:
- Pre-conference workshop on Saturday - Leading Teams Through Change - with Terri Tomchyshyn, Department of National Defense
- Sunday afternoon – two roundtable discussions at 4 pm: CALL Book Club - Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking. Susan Cain and E-books and Collection Development
- Monday's plenary - Thriving on Chaos (Winds of Change): The Future of Law Librarians – with speakers Jean O'Grady, Sr. Director of Research and Knowledge Services, DLA Piper US LLP; and Sarah Glassmeyer, Director of Content Development, Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI)
- Tuesday's plenary – Librarians Under Pressure: Stress Management Secrets Shared – with speaker Dr. Sonia Lupien, Scientific Director of the Fernand-Séguin Research Center, Louis-H. Lafontaine Hospital, University of Montreal
- Wednesday's plenary – Land of Confusion: EBooks' License Negotiation Demystified – with speakers Christine Hiller, Project Coordinator, consortial purchasing, Conférence des recteurs et des principaux des universités du Québec (CREPUQ); Louis Houle, Head Librarian, Schulich Library of Science and Engineering, McGill University; and Bess Reynolds, Technical Services Manager, Library & Knowledge Management Department, Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP, New York
- Plus numerous current topics: faceted search engines; continuing professional development and options for legal studies; Competitive Intelligence; Project Management; the future of articling in Canada; mobile technology for teaching, learning and working; librarians as trainers; RDA standards; self-management during periods of change; Quebec sources for non-Quebec legal researchers; librarians as innovators; ROI and demonstrating value
Other highlights will include vendor demos, CALL/ACBD business meetings, a "foodie" walking tour in Old Montreal on Saturday afternoon (yum!), dine-around dinners on Saturday and Monday nights, and a closing dinner on the Tuesday evening.
All are welcome to attend! There is content here of interest to legal researchers, other librarians, and anyone with an interest in the Canadian legal field. Do have a look. Those who are members of CLA, AALL, SLA, and ABQLA (Quebec's public library association) all benefit from member level pricing.
I hope to see you there!