By Shaunna Mireau
I am the President of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries / L'Association canadienne des bibliothèques de droit. Our group is dedicated to promoting the networking, professional development and career growth of all law librarians in Canada, no matter where they work. We are committed to promoting law librarianship, developing and increasing the usefulness of Canadian law libraries and fostering a spirit of co-operation among them, providing a forum for meetings of persons engaged in or interested in law library work, and co-operating with other organizations that tend to promote the objects of our Association or the interests of our members.
A significant interest of our members is Access to Justice.
Many law librarians work in public facing law libraries – in Alberta, this includes the Alberta Law Libraries as well as legal information specialists working at our provincial law schools, at the legislature, with government departments at all levels of government and with public legal education groups. Other members work inside law firms, many of who do pro-bono work or volunteer with agencies that assist low income individuals.
CALL/ACBD members are trusted guides in navigating legal information. Our strengths are in collecting and organizing legal information, finding and sharing answers to legal problems, and helping lawyers and others navigate legal information effectively and efficiently.
We are front line workers in legal information and work collectively with others, often behind the scenes, in creating solutions to access to justice problems. We are here to help.