Monthly Archives: April 2011

Library Tours for Articling Students

In the coming weeks, new Articling and Summer Students will be joining firms and sole practitioners to begin their placements. The CCLA Library would like to invite members of the legal community to schedule tours of the library for their new students. Tours are a great opportunity for students to meet library staff and learn about library resources, training opportunities, and services which may support and assist them during their articles. They can also sign up for the CCLA Listserv and begin learning about news, events, and opportunities in the East Region.

Please contact Kaitlyn Tribe, the CCLA Library’s Reference Librarian, at to schedule a tour. The following tour dates and times have been prescheduled for your convenience. Please note that if none of the below tour times work for you, you may contact Kaitlyn to schedule a tour for an alternate time.

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 – 10:30 AM, 2:30 PM
Thursday, May 5th, 2011 – 10:30 AM, 2:30 PM
Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 – 10:30 AM, 2:30 PM
Thursday, May 12th, 2011 – 10:30 AM, 2:30 PM
Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 – 10:30 AM, 2:30 PM
Thursday, May 26th, 2011 – 10:30 AM, 2:30 PM
Tuesday, May 31st, 2011 – 10:30 AM, 2:30 PM

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 – 10:30 AM, 2:30 PM
Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 – 10:30 AM, 2:30 PM
Thursday, June 9th, 2011 – 10:30 AM, 2:30 PM
Tuesday, June 14th, 2011 – 10:30 AM, 2:30 PM
Thursday, June 16th, 2011 – 10:30 AM, 2:30 PM
Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 – 10:30 AM, 2:30 PM
Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 – 10:30 AM, 2:30 PM

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 – 10:30 AM, 2:30 PM
Thursday, August 4th, 2011 – 10:30 AM, 2:30 PM
Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 – 10:30 AM, 2:30 PM
Thursday, August 11th, 2011 – 10:30 AM, 2:30 PM
Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 – 10:30 AM, 2:30 PM
Thursday, August 18th, 2011 – 10:30 AM, 2:30 PM
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 – 10:30 AM, 2:30 PM
Thursday, August 25th, 2011 – 10:30 AM, 2:30 PM

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 – 10:30 AM, 2:30 PM
Thursday, September 8th, 2011 – 10:30 AM, 2:30 PM
Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 – 10:30 AM, 2:30 PM
Thursday, September 15th, 2011 – 10:30 AM, 2:30 PM
Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 – 10:30 AM, 2:30 PM
Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 – 10:30 AM, 2:30 PM
Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 – 10:30 AM, 2:30 PM
Thursday, September 29th, 2011 – 10:30 AM, 2:30 PM

We look forward to meeting and working with your students in the coming months! Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions about library resources, services, and training opportunities available to students.

Renovations: Why Renovate? Part I

I planned to continue the renovations discussion with a post offering a bit of back story when I realized that there was likely enough to fill three shorter posts (for ease of reading for busy lawyers and those on the go!).  This post, the first, will serve as an overall background to why we’re renovating.  The following post will look at the library specifically, while the last will focus on the barristers lounge.

Opened in 1986, the Ottawa Courthouse has been the home of the CCLA since day one.  We have a formidable space on the second (or, depending on how you look at it, main) floor, with a goodly amount of library stack space, areas for reading and study, and a combination of permanent and temporary offices.  We have the wonderful advantage of being on the east-facing wall of the building, so plenty of natural light floods into the space.  Even more fantastic is that the windows in what is currently our reading area will be overlooking the new green roof being installed at the Courthouse.  You could say that we have some great bones to work with – plenty of room, lots of windows and natural light, and a great location.

So why do we want to renovate?  There are a few reasons.  One of the first reasons, likely the most apparent to a visitor of the library, is that the age of the space is showing.  While 25 years old isn’t all that much in building years, some construction and design materials simply need to be updated regularly.  Would the courthouse have been built with marble floors and walls, perhaps not, but the wallpaper, paint, and carpet treatments are all in desperate need of repair or replacement.  The refurbishment of these items alone would be a wonderful improvement to the space.  While this is a concern in the library, it’s also very readily apparent in the adjoining barristers lounge.

Another major reason for the renovation focuses on the how the space is currently configured, and how it is no longer fit for purpose from both a staff and library users perspective.  We have more staff than permanent offices.  In fact, it’s not even close.  We’ve taken some measures to “make” more space (the subject of a future blog post), and offices with modular walls have been created, but neither are ideal.  One of the main reasons is that the offices with modular walls don’t have ceilings.  This means sound carries, right over into one of the more popular reading areas in the library.  We very much do not want to disturb library users with the noise that goes along with the business of a law association.  It’s also not great for having confidential conversations, with clients sitting directly out side ceiling-less offices.  Ultimately, it isn’t a great arrangement for staff or library users.

Following on that, re-configuring the space would also have the absolutely wonderful added benefit of being able to change the way the library staff interacts with clients.  We’d love to see a space where we’re much closer to the reading and computer area, where we’re not behind two layers of desks when you need assistance, and where we can see what is going on in the library.  There’s also the possibility with a re-configuration that we’d be able to introduce a more diverse selection of work spaces – room to work quietly and alone, space for working with another lawyer, or a more comfortable seating area for more relaxed reading.  A new training space or area for medium-sized gatherings would be particularly exciting to our events staff – the possibilities for learning events and social gatherings with a new space such as that would be endless.  Currently, space in the courthouse matching this description is either non-existent or very hard to come by.

Going forward, these are some of the major issues we plan to address with the renovation.  We have tonnes of ideas for ways to make the space better, and we’re sure you do as well.  While we will be having meetings with many stakeholder groups to help shape the area, we certainly welcome your feedback and ideas.  If you would like to send in any feedback for the renovation in confidence, please email me, or our Executive Director Rick Haga.

New Titles – March 2011

While we’re expecting a few deliveries of new stand alone titles sometime in the next couple of weeks, we have some great new CPD acquisitions to share with you now.  As always, we receive the seminar materials from the Law Society of Upper Canada’s CPD events for the library within a month or two of the session.  We also receive conference and seminar materials from the Hamilton Law Association and Middlesex Law Association, so if you see something of interest in their programing schedule, check back with us – we’ll have the printed materials for our own collection, too.

Continuing Professional Development

Corporate Commercial Law Seminar (Hamilton Law Association)

Practical Tips for the Courtroom: For Articling Students and New Lawyers (Hamilton Law Association)

Family Law Seminar: Process & Legislation Update for Support Staff (Hamilton Law Association)

Opening Your Law Practice 2010 (Law Society of Upper Canada)

10th Annual Civil Litigation for Law Clerks (Law Society of Upper Canada)

11th Annual Employment Law Summit (Law Society of Upper Canada)

The 2011 Oatley-McLeish Guide to Motor Vehicle Litigation (Law Society of Upper Canada)

Evidentiary Challenges for Criminal Lawyers 2011 (Law Society of Upper Canada)

In-house Counsel Summit: Dismantling Obstacles and Adding Value (Law Society of Upper Canada)

New Lawyers Practice Series: Refugee Law 2010 (Law Society of Upper Canada)

Practice Gems: Title and Off-Title Searching 2011 (Law Society of Upper Canada)

Renovations: The Beginning 4

Replace the wallpaper, or just get rid of it altogether.

Is there a way to create more quiet space for researching?

A reference desk that looks into the library, with a lower desk to sit at with clients.

Could we try a new configuration of computer work spaces?

For the CCLA staff, the CCLA library and barristers lounge renovations project has been in the works for what feels like quite a long time.  For over a year, we’ve been discussing what we would like to fix, to change, to build, or to remove in order to create a refreshed, professional, and highly useful space for Ottawa lawyers.  Now that the CCLA has entered into a partnership with the local design firm inTempo, however, the fun (and hard work) can truly begin.

Renovating our space will be no small feat.  Not only are there a multitude of opinions, ideas, and suggestions for what we can and should do, but there’s also the matter of fundraising for this project, and for coordinating the work with the owners and managers of the Courthouse.  A renovation for a library is an incredibly fun and exciting time, though certainly not without a great deal of thought needing to be given to the overarching challenges and opportunities facing all libraries in the 21st century.  How many of these books will we keep?  How much more room for computers do we need?  What does the law library of the future look like?

Here in the library, part of our participation in this project will be to blog the renovation project from start (this post you’re reading) to finish (hopefully in 2013, in time for the CCLA’s 125th anniversary).  We hope to keep an ongoing journal on the renovation, providing both an inside look into the process, as well as a glance into the planning and rationale for some of the design decisions.  Your feedback and ideas will always be welcome, and we look forward to creating and sharing a new space for our legal community.