Chair’s Report to the CALL Executive

20Apr2011 at 3:38 pm (General) (, )

Here’s the report I sent to the CALL Executive last week outlining the work of the KF Modified Committee over the past year:

KF Modified Committee
Report of the Chair
April 2011

Members: Darren Furey, Tim Knight (Chair), Janet Moss, Humayun Rashid, Alain Rochefort, Jennifer Svarckopf, Joan Yanovsky.

The KF Modified classification schedule is updated on a quarterly basis and 74 pages were added or modified last year.  Due to competing professional activities the 2nd and 3rd quarter updates were issued simultaneously again this year.  The enhancements to Immigration and Emigration (KF4483.I5) and Nationality and Citizenship (KF4483.N5) were issued in the 4th quarter and necessitated a slight reorganization of all class numbers in the KF4483 area.  Many thanks to Humayun Rashid and Alain Rochefort for completing this valuable expansion to the schedule.

The classification schedule was officially renamed at the beginning of 2010 to, ‘KF Modified: KF Classification Modified For Use In Canadian And Common Law Libraries.’  It is anticipated that the broadening of scope will better enable promotion of the use of KF Modified to libraries outside ofCanada.  The introductory remarks were also updated to include a reference to the KF Modified Blog launched in the fall of 2009.

The KF Modified Blog published 20 blog posts in 2010 and so far there have been 5 issued so far this year.  Readership appears to be steady with a total of 2,905 page views this year with an average of about 175 views per month.  There have been a few comments contributed and it is hoped that a more regular posting schedule will improve the interactivity and communication with the KF Modified and cataloguing communities.

We are pleased to be offering a program on KF Modified at the Calgaryconference.  Working With KF Modified: Changes and Enhancements (Wednesday, May 18, 9:00-10:00) will review the philosophy of KF Modified, its origins and look at the enhancements that have been introduced over the last 18 months or so.  Humayun Rashid (Bora Laskin Law Library), Darren Furey (Gerard V. La Forest Law Library), and myself will be speaking and providing a few exercises dealing with the expansion inQuebec civil law, immigration and emigration nationality and citizenship, and the new form table arrangement.

The next areas scheduled for updating and improvement are:  Indians. Native Peoples. Aboriginals. Inuit, and Labour Law.  Future areas under consideration include:  Taxation; Environmental Law; and Access to Information/Privacy.  Creating an electronic version of the classification is also long overdue and the Committee hopes to continue to make progress on this and our other initiatives in the coming year.


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Deciphering KF Modified

7Apr2011 at 1:02 pm (General) (, , )

I’m doing some prep work today for the session on KF Modified* at the upcoming Canadian Association of Law Libraries conference in Calgary. I found a presentation that I gave at the Conference for Ontario Law Associations’ Libraries (COLAL) in 2005.

It’s a pretty good introduction/overview to KF Modified and how it works and takes a look at some of its “special features”, e.g. the use of geographic divisions, the section on constitutional law, and the section on taxation.

It holds up fairly well so I thought I’d share it here for anyone who might be interested in travelling back to that fall afternoon in Halton Hall at the Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel & Conference Centre.

More news on KF Modified and the CALL conference to come over the next couple of weeks.

* Working with KF Modified: Changes and Enhancements, May 18, 2011, 9:00-10:00am

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