School of Library and Information Studies

Workshops Fall 2010

LIS 598 Legal Information Resources and Services  

Course Outline and Reading List


This workshop will be of interest to MLIS students considering employment in a law library setting or individuals interested in developing an appreciation for key Canadian legal resources in order to improve their ability to assist participants in the justice system.

Dates Offered: 

October 15, 16, 17, 2010 (13 hours) Friday 6-9pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 9am-12pm    


Cathy Woodside and Ana San Miguel, Alberta Law Libraries. Following completion of the MLS program at the University of Alberta, Cathy Woodside’s career has included positions in a variety of libraries including the Edmonton Public Library, the Medical Examiner’s Library, the Alberta Law Society Libraries (now the Alberta Law Libraries), and Justice Canada. Once introduced to the field of law librarianship, Cathy discovered her niche and has focused on developing the specialized knowledge and expertise required to work successfully within the legal community.  Currently, she is the Manager of Regional Library Services for the federal Department of Justice.

Ana San Miguel Received a Masters in Spanish from the University of Alberta in 1991 and a Masters in Library Studies in 1995. She worked as a Spanish sessional instructor for the Department of Romance Languages for five years. During the two years of her SLIS degree, she also worked part-time as a reference librarian at N.A.I.T. and in the H.T.Coutts Education Library. For the first few years after graduation she worked as a sole librarian in different law firms in Edmonton. Since 1998 she has been Law Librarian at the Alberta Law Libraries, providing reference, training and current awareness services to the Provincial Court Judges. She was Web Editor for the Edmonton Law Libraries association between 2004 and 2006, and helped organize the Canadian Association of Law Libraries conference in Edmonton in 2006.

Course Goal:

To provide students with an introduction to legal resources and services provided by various types of organizations such as law firm libraries, government libraries, public and academic libraries, legal institutes, and consumer-focused agencies.  

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the roles and responsibilities of information professionals providing legal resources and services in various agencies
  2. Describe the skills required to manage an legal information service responsibly and ethically
  3. Discuss basic legal reference tools and service, and describe the differences with general reference tools and service
  4. Discuss the traditional, new, and emerging formats of legal reference resources
  5. Describe the emerging trends in legal information service in North America.