Monday, June 1, 2009

CALL Conference

I'm just back from the CALL (Canadian Association of Law Libraries) conference that was held last week in Halifax. There were actually some very good sessions.

One interesting session was a librarian from Illinois who came and has a theory that sooner rather than later, there will not be many librarians, however there will be more librarians. It sounds odd. Although she makes some good points in her theory, I'm not sure I can ever really see that happening. Yes, its true that most people nowadays want everything online. However, until we invent something like star trek, I'm not convinced that is going to happen. There will always need to be places to store, and most importantly find information, and not everything will be online.

There were other interesting topics, such as the legal obligation of what to do when someone gets older and can no longer care for themselves. The speaker, a professor from Dalhousie, was dynamic and very engaging.

As for the social events, the banquet was quite fun. I especially enjoyed watching one of the government documents librarians from Newfoundland nearly hurt himself playing the spoons. The lobster, which most people had (I had steak) was brought in to the sound of bagpipes.

All in all, it was a very good conference. See all of you next year in Windsor Ontario!

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