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TALL is pleased to offer our members a full day conference of learning, sharing and networking on October 13 at the St. Andrew’s Club and Conference Centre, Toronto, ON.

TALL eXchange 2K16 will feature two keynote speakers, including Colin Lachance, who will discuss both the trends of data analytics and the day-to-day practice of law, and Anthony Niblett, who will discuss the application of artificial intelligence to law. Our concurrent sessions will include competitive intelligence, RDA and eResource Management, using improv to improve library service skills, High Performance Management (HPO) and coaching in performance appraisal/evaluation.  We will close out the day with some energizing lightening talks from TALL members on interesting and unique initiatives they’ve been working on.

Connect with your colleagues during breakfast, lunch, and our post-conference dutch-treat dinner at the Strathcona Pub.

Our Twitter handle is #TALL2K16, we encourage you to tweet during the conference and keep the conversation going!

8:00-9:00am Breakfast and checkin

9am -10:15am Opening Introduction and Sponsors’ Remarks

Keynote Speaker Anthony Niblett, Ph.D, M.A., LL.B  University of Toronto, Blue J Legal

Professor Niblett will be the keynote speaker for TALL discussing technology and application to law.

Anthony Niblett is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law at University of Toronto since 2011. Professor Niblett is also the co-founder of Blue J Legal, a startup company, which brings machine learning to tax law. In 2016, Professor Niblett was awarded the Canada Research Chair in Law, Economics, & Innovation. Professor Niblett is also famous for being a Jeopardy champion!

10:15am-10:30 Refreshment Break

10:30-11:45 Concurrent Sessions

Session 1 ~ New Law: Creating your strategic leadership role in the future of law  

Presentation now avaiable onlinenewlaw-creating-your-future

Get an MBA and learn about the HPO (high performance organization) Framework or Strategic Management Process or the Continuous Improvement Model. Or come and spend an hour with our speakers and they will guide you through the steps to becoming an integral, valued and trusted partner in your organization. Be forewarned: status quo is not part of the vocabulary, but innovative thinking, planning, change, SWOT and New Law will be. The legal landscape is changing and some people wonder where we will fit. The best way to ensure you are future ready is to think like those who ultimately make the decisions, and create your own future.                                                                                     Speakers:

Session 2 ~ Competitive Intelligence (CI)  

Competitive intelligence (CI) is quickly becoming an invaluable tool forward-thinking law firms are implementing in order to gain an edge in a competitive legal services marketplace. A key component are teams that can anticipate and be prepared for changes in business needs rather than passively reacting to external events. This session is designed to give an introduction to the concept, and outline how three major Toronto legal firms have implemented CI/BI (Business Intelligence) capabilities. Perspectives range from seasoned practitioners to relative newcomers in the field, all of which began their careers as legal librarians and who have changed their roles and skillsets as the needs of their firms have evolved. The future of libraries and librarians in such a context will also be discussed.

In addition to outlining personal experiences managing, setting up, and researching for their respective CI teams, the session will take a practical, “how-to” approach outlining the following:
• Setting up of teams and key resources required (lessons learned)
• Staffing, coaching, and mentoring
• Accessing company records
• Internet searches versus subscription services
• Practical examples of legal considerations affecting CI
• Market research tools available to the CI professional


  • Robert Keshen, CI & Legal Researcher; McCarthy Tetrault
  • Anh Huynh, Competitive Intelligence Manager, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
  • Erik Brea, Manager, Business Development Intelligence Research; Borden Ladner Gervais
  • Moderator Nathifa Williams, Fasken Martineau

Noon – 1:00 BUFFET LUNCHEON ~ Knowledge Exchange & Networking

We would like to create an opportunity to facilitate the sharing of knowledge among our Members during our buffet luncheon. Often our colleagues may have the knowledge we might need but that knowledge is invisible and the person who can solve your problem may be walking right by you at the conference. We want to make your knowledge needs visible and so we are asking you identify a need that you may have and we can create a sharing experience during our luncheon break. As people circulate during the day for tea/lunch, others who have ideas or solutions to the problem could introduce themselves, and knowledge exchange could start. Just the simple act of making knowledge needs visible prompted a huge number of interactions according to Nick Milton .

If you have a knowledge need, please think about it in advance and we will set up themed tables for you and your colleagues to share their experiences and include these questions/needs on the Registration badges.

1:00-2:00pm Speaker Introduction/ Sponsors’ Remarks 

Keynote Speaker Colin Lachance, LL.B, LL.M PGYA Consulting, Momentum Law

Scaling the Slope of Enlightenment: Journey of the modern Law Librarian

Presentation now available online ~ tall-conference-colin-lachance-v18

In the famous “Gartner Hype Cycle” graph, technology triggers can lead to peaks of inflated expectations followed by troughs of disillusionment. As very few among latest legal tech and information platforms will survive, how will law librarians know when and where to focus their efforts?

Complicating matters, we know that shifting competitive forces, contracting research budgets and changing business models means the old method of waiting to see which tools find favour with our peers simply won’t do. So how does a law librarian faced with the greatest explosion of new legal tech tools and players they’ve ever seen manage to identify and adopt the right innovations at the right time to drive the right results?

In this session, we will discuss the new tools, technologies and players that promise to bring new efficiencies and a new normal to the practice of law. We will review the types of technology at play, including what is meant when we talk about applying “Artificial Intelligence” and “Machine Learning” to our research and production tasks. Finally, we will discuss where to find thought leaders and the early indicators of promising trends, and we will learn strategies for breaking through the hype to uncover what’s real.

Colin Lachance, a business advisor and lawyer, served as CEO of the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) from 2011 to 2015 and in that capacity was profiled by the ABA Journal as a “Legal Rebel” (2014), by Canadian Lawyer Magazine as among the “Top 25 Most Influential” (2014), by the Canadian Bar Association as an innovator who is “Doing Law Differently”, and by Fastcase as a member of the 2013 Fastcase 50 class of legal innovators and visionaries. Prior roles included senior positions in advocacy, marketing and lobbying with a national telecommunications company. An average and unimpressive student in all his schooling, he added a technology-focused LL.M. in 2013 to the degrees in business and law obtained in the bloom of youth.
A frequent speaker and author on legal information, technology and market development topics, his current professional commitments include consulting with firms, corporate legal departments, access to justice organizations, courts, law associations and others through PGYA Consulting. He serves as an advisor to numerous legal tech startups, to a government-funded research study into access to justice mobile apps, and was an industry advisor to the legalX cluster at Toronto’s MaRS Development District during its first year of operation. Finally, he is directly involved in a couple early-stage startups and he practices communications law part-time in association with Momentum Business Law.

2:05-3:15pm Concurrent Sessions

Session 1 ~ Part I Ripples and Triples in The Bibliographic Data Pool: RDA and Linked Data:

Beginning with the RDA ripples that are visible on the surface of the bibliographic data pool, Tim will review highlights of the “new” cataloguing rules and explore the shifting perception of bibliographic data as we drift slowly toward a linked data future.

Speaker: Tim Knight, Associate Librarian, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

Session 1 ~ Part II  e-Resources Administration:  

What is involved in eResources administration? Some of the topics that will be covered:

  • Purchase and renewal of products
  • Setup, troubleshooting and technical issues
  • Managing passwords for the Firm for the various eResources.
  • Mentoring students regarding procedures and office codes
  • Vendor relations, open communication and working with your Account Representatives
  • Negotiations with vendors and analyzing usage stats


Harsev Gill, Library Resources & Systems Coordinator (Electronic), Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP.

Session 2 ~ “Yes and Have You Checked Our Catalogue?” ~ The Art of Improv and How it Enhances Library Services  

This session will introduce participants to the basic tenets of improv (such as “Yes AND” and “If this is true, what else is true”) and guide them in using these tools to improve soft skills, sharpen library-specific skills, and enhance presentation skills. 

Speaker: Martha Stortz, Researcher, Medical and Legal, McCarthy Tetrault

Presentation available online ~ stortz-tall

3:15-3:30 Refreshment Break

3:30-4:30pm Concurrent Sessions

Session 1 ~ Role of Coaching in Performance Appraisal/Evaluation :

How well would a hockey team perform if they came together every six months to review performance, as opposed to having the coach sitting on the bench commenting on actual play? Can you imagine the coach of a hockey team saying “Okay team, carry on, and we’ll connect in November (after the season) to talk about your performance.” The difference between performance management and performance evaluation is that performance management is active and frequent; performance evaluation is passive and less frequent. Performance management is a poor tool to have meaningful impact on day-to-day performance. The whole idea is to directly impact day-to-day performance; intervention, acknowledgement, modeling, and encouraging exemplary performance is what resolves what’s not working, and broadens the impact of what’s going well. In this session we will discuss how resonant coaching discussions create positive energy, and increase employee engagement and performance.

Speaker: Jane Reid,  CHRL, CPCC

Jane is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), and Certified Professional Coach (CPCC) with over 18 years experience providing advice and guidance to leaders and employees across the financial and IT sectors. Prior to this, Jane contributed at the municipal, provincial and federal levels of government. Currently, delivering Human Resources Management courses, and coaching individuals through career transition, as well as a leading a program with Shift Happens, a non-profit organization providing life coaching and workshops to youth facing barriers.

Session 2 ~ Lightning Talks 10 min each

  1. Experiences at the 2016 New Law Librarians Institute:  An overview of the 2016 New Law Librarians Institute (NLLI) held in Ottawa this past June.  Speakers will share the value of the program for new law librarians and offer their major takeaways from the program.

Speakers: Anna Mahood, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin; Leah Strudwick, Toronto Lawyers Association Library

Presentation now available online ~ leah-strudwick-1

2. Blazing a Trail with Quest – Implementing New Reference Tracking Software at Bennett Jones: We will review the ups and downs, ins and outs of implementing Quest, the request tracking software from Priory Solutions. We are one of the first Canadian law firms to implement Quest so come and hear about our experience!

Speakers: Jane Freeman and Christine DeLuca, Bennett Jones

Presentation now available online ~ blazing-a-trail-with-quest

3. Old Wine in New Bottles: Rejuvenating the Balfour Halevy Special Collections at the Osgoode Hall Law Library: An overview highlighting recent efforts to reorganize Osgoode’s special collections.  Moving back into the Ignat Kaneff Building in 2011 after a complete renovation, the new Canada Law Book Rare Book Room looked great – but behind the scenes, the Balfour Halevy Special Collections need attention.  This lightning talk will whisk through the joys of reorganization – the the method and the madness!

Speaker: Jordan Patterson, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

Presentation now available online ~ jordan-patterson-tallpresentation

4. Media Monitoring at the Legislative Library: Extra, Extra read all about it! April 22, 2016 marked the 30th Anniversary of our news publication Toronto Press Today.  What started as a pilot project back in 1986 has now become the Legislative Library and Research Services flagship publication. The print publication is still hand delivered each morning, though it is now also in digital form. Learn how we create this product and other ways we monitor the news on a daily basis for our clients, as well as how we are using news for our other products.

Speaker: Grace Renwick, Supervisor Circ & News Services, Legislative Library

Presentation now available onlinegrace-renwick-media-monitoring

5. OSC Legislative History Table: This talk will draw on Emily’s practicum project at the Ontario Securities Commission. The practicum involved reading a number of significant commission reports from 1944 – 1970 to research legislative intent. The commission reports were able to shed light on the purpose and the context of certain elements of the Securities Act.  This session will cover aspects of the legislative history table at the OSC, migration of the table from Excel to Zoupio and the significance of the table for users and the library staff.

Speaker: Emily Deere, Ontario Securities Commission

Conference Officially Ends at 5:00pm

5:30pm dine at the Pub at the Strathcona for drinks and dinner 

The Pub (Lower Level), The Strathcona Hotel
60 York Street; Link to menu



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