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Law librarians have always been innovative folk who anticipate external and internal change and naturally adapt. Law librarians excel at ‘asking the question” – what is the ultimate goal of a research question. Shaunna Mireau will share how the disciplines of Lean and Six Sigma can be used in the library to effectively and efficiently change, to communicate and effect a continuous improvement initiative, and most importantly, measure whether a change is an improvement.

Law librarians can facilitate process improvements outside the library as well. This TALL session will focus on using existing librarian skills to help your organization become more effective and efficient – the library as the department of “better, faster, and cheaper”.


Shaunna Mireau is the Director of Knowledge Management and Process Improvement at the Field Law firm in Edmonton, Alberta. Her position includes coordinating knowledge management projects, managing the firms LEAN Six Sigma continuous improvement projects, and close collaboration with the firm libraries, technology team and practice groups. She obtained her Library and Information Management diploma from Grant MacEwan College in 1992 and was certified as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt in 2015.

Shaunna has given presentations on legal research, technology, knowledge management and process improvement to many organizations including the Alberta Association of Library Technicians, Alberta Health Services, British Columbia Legal Management Association, Calgary Law Libraries Group, Canadian Association of Law Libraries, Canadian Bar Association, Canadian Council of Administrative Tribunals, Dispute Resolution Network, Edmonton Law Libraries Association, Edmonton Law Office Managers Association, Federation of Law Reform Agencies of Canada, Grant MacEwan University, Legal Education Society of Alberta,  the University of Alberta and the University of Windsor.

Shaunna is a contributing author for two books: “Internal and External Marketing by Information Professionals” chapter in Schopflin, Katharine, contrib. ed., A Handbook for Corporate Information Professionals, (London, UK: Facet, 2014) and “Working in Knowledge Management” chapter in Demers, Annette, contrib. ed., Legal Information Specialists: A Guide to Launching and Building Your Career, (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2012) in addition to blogging regularly at Slaw.ca.

Please feel free to bring your lunch! 

When and where:

• Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

• Time: 12:00-1:00 pm

• Location: Toronto Lawyers Association Boardroom, 361 University Avenue

Please give yourself adequate time to get through security and make your way to the TLA Lawyers Boardroom.  Detailed directions to the Boardroom:

·         Enter at 361 University Ave, which is north of Queen, south of Armoury on the East side of University.  You will pass through airport like security.  361 University is the Court House. 

·         Follow the hall to the escalators on your left.  Take escalator to the 2nd floor.

·         You will go in the direction of Courtrooms 201-209, which is on the left, “behind” where you get off the escalator .  Go left and keep going left.  (Past 206 – you are looking for S206.)

·         You will pass through 3 sets of doors.  Eventually you will see signs indicating TLA Lawyers Lounge or Barristers Robing Rooms – you are going in the right direction. 

·         After the 3rd door on your right you will see a round, mosaic tiled structure.  Pass it, through the doors and down the hall on the right  is the TLA Lawyers Lounge.

If you need parking there are several options.

1.       89 Chestnut Street Residence is the cheapest.  It is on Chestnut which is 2 blocks east of University, accessible via Armoury (which runs parallel to Dundas, 1 block south of Dundas) or Dundas St.

2.       City Hall underground parking which is accessible from Armoury and Chestnut or Queen St and Bay St.


If you come by subway the Osgoode stop on the University Line is the closest.

1.       Exit onto the north east side and walk north.

2.       Pass Osgoode Hall (the old building that houses the LSUC).

3.       The court house is the building at the corner of University and Armoury.  (If you cross the street, you have gone too far.)