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2015 Year in Review

January 15, 2016

By Alan Kilpatrick

I created a list of the notable tasks I accomplished as a librarian in 2015:

Saskatchewan Cases Database Tutorial Videos (January 2015)

I created a series of tutorial videos to assist with searching the Saskatchewan Cases Database. The videos demonstrate how to use the database in a variety of ways including noting up a case, noting up a statute, and locating a case with a common name.

 CALL Social Media Coordinator (March 2015)

I was appointed as CALL’s Social Media Coordinator in early 2015. My role has been to coordinate the association’s social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn) more systematically and effectively.

 CALL Conference Lightening Talk (May 2015)

This year’s CALL Conference featured a new conference session, lightening talks. I presented a lightening talk promoting the library’s blog, Legal Sourcery, to the law librarian community in Canada. The talk was titled Legal Sourcery – Blogging in Law Libraries.

 Saskatchewan Library Association Spotlight On Session (May 2015)

I presented a Spotlight-On session about Legal Sourcery at the 2015 Saskatchewan Library Association Conference.  The talk explored how Legal Sourcery has enabled the library to engage its users and shape an exciting new brand for the library.

 Melville Rural Library Trip (May 2015)

I led two trips to the Melville Library in May 2015. During the trip, I met with the lawyers in Melville, represented the library, and conducted library advocacy.

 ICLR Online Negotiation (June 2015)

I negotiated and purchased a license for ICLR Online, a British case law database. After setting up a free trial, I evaluated the database for usability and coverage and obtained quotes, pricing details, and license options from the vendor.

Legal Research Boot Camp (June 2015)

I helped plan and conduct a two day legal research boot camp designed for new lawyers and individuals wanting to refresh their legal research skills. I presented interactive sessions about the library catalogue, the Canadian Encyclopedic Digest, and the Canadian Abridgment Digest.

Learning to Use LegalTrac – Webinar for the Saskatchewan Provincial Library (September 2015)

I volunteered to present a one hour webinar on LegalTrac for public library staff throughout the province. My hope is that, by connecting with public librarians through this webinar, they will be able to better assist members of the public coming to the library with legal questions.

Webinars and Presentations in 2015

I co-presented three webinars this year:

• Melanie Hodges Neufeld, Ken Fox, and Alan Kilpatrick. (2015, August 26). Legal Research Basics with the Law Society of Saskatchewan Library. Presentation for the Saskatchewan Bar Admissions Course

• Ken Fox and Alan (2015, October 21). Criminal Sentencing with the Law Society of Saskatchewan Library. Webinar for the Law Society of Saskatchewan Continuing Professional Development Program

• Ken Fox and Alan (2015, November 24). Introducing WestlawNext: Getting The Most Out Of It! Webinar for the Law Society of Saskatchewan Continuing Professional Development Program.

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