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Thoughts on Teaching Legal Literature and Librarianship Online

April 16th, 2020|2020, Legal Resources, Online Learning, Teaching, Working From Home|

In January 2020 I began co-teaching the Legal Literature and Librarianship course at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information with my now-retired colleague Susan Barker — a course I took as a student at the iSchool and I’m sure many other TALL members did as well. The experience has been very rewarding and overwhelmingly positive, but unfortunately due to [...]

Vol. 39 No. 1 – Winter 2020 (Q1) PDF edition and our next quarter’s theme revealed!

April 7th, 2020|2020, Theme Announcement, Working From Home|

Each quarter, the TALL Blog will focus on a certain theme relevant to our legal information landscape.  Our goal will be to add to your understanding of a certain concept, practice, or field of legal information. Given the current environment, our theme for 2020 Q2 will be “Working from Home”.  We would love to hear your tips, tricks, strategies and [...]

Training Students vs. Lawyers

March 5th, 2020|2020, Lawyers, Students, Teaching, Tips, Training|

Being thrust into the world of articling student training in the first few months of your law librarianship career is perhaps the most effective way to understand the struggles of new students entering a large corporate firm. Although it sometimes felt like the “blind-leading-the-blind”, having little to no previous knowledge offered me insight into the perspective of new students and [...]

Four tips for impactful video tutorials

February 19th, 2020|2020, Teaching, Tips, Training, Video Tutorials, Videos|

Video tutorials are a great way to demonstrate how to use a research tool or to explain a research concept. But what makes them effective? In this blog, Lauren Orav shares four best practices she developed while making video tutorials for Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General. Avoid vague language In your video’s narration, avoid using phrases like “Click here” [...]

This Spring! The 2020 CALL/ACBD Conference in Hamilton, ON

February 11th, 2020|2020, CALL/ABCD Conference|

The 2020 CALL/ACBD Conference is taking place from May 24th – May 27th, 2020 at the Hamilton Convention Centre [map]. The Annual CALL/ACBD Conference brings together over 250 legal information professionals from across Canada and beyond for a four-day professional development and networking experience. Our conference is highlighted by our exhibitor showcase of leading legal vendors eager to connect with [...]

Vol. 38 No. 3 – Fall 2019 (Q4) PDF edition and our next quarter’s theme revealed!

December 20th, 2019|2019, Teaching, Theme Announcement, Training|

As we wrap up this quarter of the TALL Blog, we would like to thank all of you who took a moment out of your day to read our posts. We appreciate your feedback and continued readership. One update: we have opened the blog up to non-members, so feel free to share with your colleagues! Click on the link below [...]

TALL eXchange 2020 Update: Volunteer!

November 25th, 2019|2019, TALL Conference 2020, TALL eXchange, Volunteer|

TALL eXchange 2020: Vision for the Future is less than a year away! The Conference Committee is looking for volunteers to assist with planning the following: Educational sessions Poster presentations Career/resume workshop Human book library Social media promotion For more details, please click here or send an email to talladminc@gmail.com. Note that if time commitment is a concern, small and large roles are available. [...]

Joint Season Social Roundup 2019: Get to know your fellow special library organizations!

November 25th, 2019|2019, Apra Canada, FIAA, OLA-SLC, Season Social, SLA, TALL Social Events, THLA|

This year we are happy to share our season social festivities with our colleagues in fellow special library organizations in and around Toronto! But how much do you know about them and what they get up to? We asked reps from each organization to tell us a little bit about their respective association in advance of our Joint Season Social [...]

Report on ILTA’s Legal AI Efficacy for Corporate and Law Firms Panel Session

November 8th, 2019|2019, Artificial Intelligence, ILTA, Legal Technology|

On September 20, 2019 I had the pleasure of attending a roundtable session on legal artificial intelligence held by the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) at the offices of Blake, Cassels & Graydon in Toronto. The panel was made up of Dera Nevin, Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law; Ivo Nikolov, Director IT at Davies Ward [...]

The ISO 30401 Standard on Knowledge Management Systems – Requirements

October 29th, 2019|2019, ISO Standards, Knowledge Management|

The purpose of this new standard is to define the requirements for knowledge management (KM) systems and to support organizations to develop management systems that effectively promote and enable value creation through knowledge. Competency is key in optimizing value of organizational knowledge. The standard forms the basis for auditing, certifying, evaluating and recognizing competent organizations by internal and external auditing [...]

Save the date for the 3rd TALL eXchange Conference – Oct. 22nd, 2020!

October 29th, 2019|2019, TALL Conference 2020, TALL eXchange|

We are excited to announce that TALL will hold the 3rd eXchange Conference on Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 at the MaRS Discovery Centre. For information on how to participate, sponsor, register and more, please check out the conference website: www.tallexchange.weebly.com #TALL2020

Learning from Feedback: Teaching Future Lawyers

October 17th, 2019|2019, Articling Students, LexisNexis, Millennials, TLA, Training Tips|

For the past 8 years, the Toronto Lawyers Association has presented its Head Start educational program for articling students and licensing candidates.  Having recently completed another successful session of practical advice and community-building, TLA Library Director Joan Rataic-Lang and Library Manager Erin Wescott shared their thoughts on teaching future lawyers. LexisNexis Canada is a proud supporter of the TLA and [...]

In the Loop (Member News for 2019 Q3)

October 10th, 2019|2019, In the Loop, Member News|

Congratulations… Joanna Kozakiewicz, formerly of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt, now at the City of Toronto Legal Services Division in the role of Reference Librarian. Congrats, Joanna! Got any member news for In the Loop? Are you a new TALL member? We would love to hear from you. Send your submissions to tall.blog.2019@gmail.com. Thanks for reading! Coming soon: Review of ILTA’s [...]

Vol. 38 No. 2 – Summer 2019 (Q3) PDF edition, In the Loop, and our next quarter’s theme revealed!

October 2nd, 2019|2019, Government Information, Knowledge Management, Theme Announcement|

As we wrap up the first quarter of the new TALL Blog, we would like to thank all of you who have contributed your ideas, blogs, and time to make this such a successful launch! We posted 10 blog entries over the summer months and every contribution was well-written, insightful, and full of tidbits relevant to our work. Also thank [...]

Review of TALL Business Law Research Series – Industry Research and Securities Law

September 23rd, 2019|2019, Business Law, Course Review, Industry Research, Securities Law|

Business Law Research Series: Part 1 - TALL Roundtable Discussion on Industry Research The first part of the Business Law Research Series was held at Bennett Jones LLP in February 2019. The session was organized as a roundtable discussion and was hosted by Jane Freeman, the Supervisor of Bennett Jones’ Toronto Library & Information Services. It was a small gathering [...]

Government Information Day 2019: A free event

September 19th, 2019|2019, Government Documents, Government Information, Government Information Day|

Government Information Day will be held on Thursday November 28, 2019. The 2019 event is brought to you by SLA Toronto and Toronto Reference Library; Beeton Hall has been provided by the Toronto Reference Library as the venue. This will be the seventh annual Government Information Day held in Ontario. (The British Columbia event of the same name celebrated 20 [...]

Vendor News: Emond Releases Legal Research Guide, 3rd Edition

September 12th, 2019|2019, Legal Research, Resources, Vendor News|

We are excited to announce the recent release of the third edition of McCarney, et al. The Comprehensive Guide to Legal Research, Writing and Analysis (EP). As well as providing comprehensive research protocols for federal legislative research, the new edition updates research protocols for every province and territory in Canada. All provincial and territorial chapters have been authored by librarians [...]

TALL Conference 2020 Update: Registration Fees

September 9th, 2019|2019, Conference Registration Fees, Conference Update, TALL Conference 2020|

Planning for next year’s TALL Conference is currently underway - stay tuned for the specific Fall 2020 date to be released soon! To assist TALL members with department budgeting, the Association would like to communicate the registration fees for next year: TALL members full day $150 TALL members half day $100 Non-TALL members $200 Students with valid identification $50 We [...]

Report from the 2019 Caribbean Association of Law Libraries Conference

September 3rd, 2019|2019, CARALL, Climate Change, Conference|

This July, I was fortunate enough to attend the 34th Annual Caribbean Association of Law Libraries (CARALL) conference in Antigua & Barbuda. This was the first year that my firm has sent a representative to the conference, but as Weirfoulds LLP has a small but growing Caribbean practice, we thought it was time to meet contacts in the area face [...]

TALL Blog Survey Results Revealed!

August 26th, 2019|2019, Blog Content, Survey|

Back in July 2019, we asked you for your feedback on content types and topics for the new TALL Blog. The response was tremendous! We received over 40 replies. Thank you to each of you who contributed. Please know that your feedback matters to us. Here are some of the results, listed in order of popularity: Top 10 Favourite Content [...]

Highlights of the AALL 2019 Conference (Washington, DC)

August 12th, 2019|2019, AALL, Conference, James D. Lang, Legal Research|

I was fortunate to have received a James D. Lang Professional Development Award from TALL to support my attendance at the 2019 American Association of Law Libraries Annual Conference in Washington, DC. The conference exceeded my expectations in terms of content, atmosphere, and organization. Here are just a few highlights from AALL. Virtual Reality has found a somewhat surprising home [...]

Member Profile: Alexandra Kwan – Reference Librarian, Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General

August 6th, 2019|2019, Government Librarian, Member Profile, Reference Librarian|

Where are you currently working and what is your role there? I am working at the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General’s Law Library. As the Reference Librarian, I handle most of the research questions and I lead our summer/articling/LPP student training program. What past positions have gotten you to where you are today? I worked as a Web Assistant [...]

Course Review: SLA’s “Fundamentals of Knowledge Management and Knowledge Services”

July 25th, 2019|2019, Course Review, Knowledge Management|

Erica Friesen As a recipient of the 2018 James D. Lang award, I was fortunate this year to have the opportunity to complete an online webinar series offered through the Special Libraries Association (SLA), "KMKS101: Fundamentals of Knowledge Management and Knowledge Services." In my department, librarians are sometimes informally involved in knowledge management projects and activities, including product assessment and [...]

TALL Blog Theme for Summer 2019: Government Information

July 16th, 2019|2019, Digitization, Government Documents, Government Information, Theme Announcement|

Each quarter, the TALL Blog will focus on a certain theme relevant to our legal information landscape. Our goal will be to add to your understanding of a certain concept, practice, or field of legal information. To keep you well informed and up to date on what is happening in our community, some posts may stray from the topic, however [...]

James D. Lang Award 2019

January 18th, 2019|2019, James D. Lang|

TALL is now accepting applications for the 2019 James D. Lang Professional Development Award which was created in recognition of the significant contribution to our community by popular legal publishing representative, Jim Lang. This year, $2,000 has been allocated from the Association’s funds to assist two or more TALL Members with their career development and professional development activities, with a maximum award of $1,000 [...]

Update – Perkopolis for TALL Members

July 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Hello TALL-leagues, Perkopolis has changed how TALL members can register to take advantage of their discounts on theatre, hotels, attractions, movies and more. If you have not already created an account on Perkopolis please follow the new instructions in the attached PDF. To get a MemberID for your sign up please email Kathryn at talladminc@gmail.com Perkopolis Registration Flyer Please note: [...]

James D. Lang Award 2018

January 16th, 2018|Uncategorized|

TALL is now accepting applications for the 2018 James D. Lang Professional Development Award which was created in recognition of the significant contribution to our community by popular legal publishing representative, Jim Lang. This year, $2,000 has been allocated from the Association’s funds to assist two or more TALL Members with their career development and professional development activities, with a [...]

Perkopolis for TALL Members

May 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Dear TALL-leagues,   We are pleased to share that TALL members can now take advantage of Perkopolis and enjoy discounts on theatre, hotels, attractions, movies and more.   To get started follow the 3 easy steps in the attached document. That’s it! We hope you enjoy this perk of membership. We are always looking for new ways to add value to [...]

Save the Date – TALL AGM

April 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|

It’s that time of year again... Please join us for TALL's Annual General Meeting, as we celebrate another fantastic year. The Executive will be reporting on all of our activities this past year, as well as exciting things coming up for the next year.  For those who wish only to attend the business portion of the meeting, it will take place [...]

Do you need “LinkedIn” ready head shots?

April 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Last chance to register – LinkedIn Ready Headshots We have reached the minimum number of participants required for the event to proceed! Don’t miss your chance to take LinkedIn ready Headshots with a professional photographer.   The deadline to register is April 7. Choose your timeslot here. After this date registration will be open to SLA Toronto members at a [...]

James D. Lang Professional Development Award

March 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|

TALL is accepting applications for the 2017 James D. Lang Professional Development Award which was created in recognition of the significant contribution to our community by popular legal publishing representative, Jim Lang. This year, $2000 has been allocated from the Association’s funds to assist two or more TALL Members with their career development, with a maximum award of $1000 per [...]

Lightning Talk Registration Open

February 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Missed the TALL Conference Lightning Talks? Come out on February 16 at 6:00pm to see our wonderful speakers present their interesting topics!  Experiences at the 2016 New Law Librarians Institute:  An overview of the 2016 New Law Librarians Institute (NLLI) held in Ottawa this past June.  Leah Strudwick will share the value of the program for new law librarians [...]

TALL Member Rate Available for SLA Toronto’s Leadership & Management Conference

February 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|

TALL Member Rate Available for SLA Toronto’s Leadership & Management Conference – Mar 31, 2017 Register The TALL Members Survey indicated a high value placed on education programming. In response to your call for professional development and management focused sessions, the TALL Executive took the opportunity to reach out to our colleagues at SLA Toronto to sponsor this exciting event [...]

TALL Social Committee – Call for Volunteers

February 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|

TALL is looking for volunteers to be a part of our new Social Committee. We are looking for a chair as well as committee members. This new committee will be tasked with programing and organizing TALL Social events, including: Assisting the President with planning the annual Holiday Social  Planning the Spring and Fall socials  Organizing group-specific events (e.g. new members, [...]