KF Modified Committee Meeting, Draft Agenda

9May2016 at 2:56 pm (General) (, )

Hello KF Modified enthusiasts!

We will soon be making our way to Vancouver for the annual Canadian Association of Law Libraries conference. The KF Modified Committee will be meeting on Sunday, May 16 at 1:00pm in the Seymour room at the Westin Bayshore Hotel.

I’ve prepared a draft agenda for your consideration, but please let me know if there is something you would like to add.

KF Modified Committee Agenda

  1. Succession Planning
    • General lack of Committee members
    • Future development and ongoing maintenance of KF Modified?
  1. KF Modified and Linked Data Project
    • Report submitted to CALL/ACBD Committee to Promote Research
  1. KF Modified Electronically Accessible
    • PDF version could be made available immediately
    • Should KF Modified be made available open access and free of charge?; print subscriptions are declining and OA to classification is a public good
  1. International Promotion of KF Modified Classification
    • KF Modified goes to Jamaica
    • Promotion of KF Modified to common law libraries outside of Canada
  1. Other Business

See you in Vancouver!





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Recent KF Modified Committee Meeting

12Jun2014 at 2:34 pm (General) (, , )

The CALL/ACBD annual meeting in Winnipeg has come and gone and the KF Modified Committee business meeting was held on Sunday afternoon (May 25th).  It was a small group which included Susan Jones (University of New Brunswick), Alicia Loo (Supreme Court of Canada), Humayun Rashid (University of Toronto), Sarah Sutherland (CanLII) and myself.

I apologize for not distributing the agenda before the meeting.  You’ll find it below along with the notes and comments from the meeting.

If you have any thoughts on any of these agenda items please feel free to comment here are send me an email.

Have a good summer!

KF Business Meeting Notes

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Notes from the KF Modified Committee Meeting – May 15, 2011 – Calgary

26Jul2011 at 2:38 pm (General) (, , )

The Osgoode Hall Law School Library is moving back into it’s newly renovated space so things are a little hectic around here and many of my files are packed in anticipation of our office move next week. The following is from the notes I took at the KF Modified Committee meeting and some updates will likely follow when things settle down.


The KF Modified Committee meeting is an opportunity for the Committee members to meet face-to-face and discuss and work out some of the editorial details that have been in development over the past year. All but one of the Committee members (Joan Yanovsky, Supreme Court of Canada Library) were able to attend this year. In attendance were: myself (Chair); Humayun Rashid, Bora Laskin Law Library, University of Toronto; Darren Furey, Gerard Forest Law Library, University of New Brunswick; and Alain Rochfort, Dept. of Justice Library. We were also pleased to welcome Sarah Sutherland, from McMillan LLP, who was joining us for the first time.

The meeting began with a discussion of ways to promote the KF Modified schedule. With the broadening of the title to include common law libraries in general the use of KF Modified is poised and ready to expand beyond its current use in Canadian law libraries. With the recent introduction of the optional expansion for Quebec civil law at KF 385 ZB5 it was agreed that we should approach Quebec and New Brunswick law firms either directly or through the appropriate law associations or both. In addition many law libraries using Moys may appreciate using KF Modified which is an updated and ‘living’ classification scheme. Moys has a similar organizational structure but updates are irregular. There are also a number of law libraries that use home grown classification schemes who may be ready to switch to something more formal like KF Modified. HR, DF and AR agreed to draft a letter that we could send and/or use as the basis for email communications.

An ongoing concern continues to be the lack of an electronic version of KF Modified. TK is concerned because KF Modified is still produced in WordPerfect and suggests that at the very least steps should be taken to convert the current format to something that is more open like Open Office. There was a brief discussion about the possibility of providing an open access version of KF Modified that would allow anyone to access the schedule. There was no consensus reached but discussion with CALL head office should be a first step. TK will also pursue getting the schedule converted to a format other than WordPerfect and consider creating a database version that could be reused/repurposed to a variety different formats, i.e. print, web-based, searchable electronic, etc.

Information about the current subscription status was not available at the time of the meeting and TK will get an update from the CALL office.

HR provided some background on the enhancements that he and AR had been working on over the past year. He is pleased that we have been able to respond to some of the requests that libraries have been making for improvements to the classification schedule and cites this ability as one of the advantages KF Modified has over some of the other schemes. KF Modified caters to many different types and sizes of law libraries, some are specialized and need to have more numbers available to better organize their collections. The enhancements used the KE classification (the LCC classification for law in Canada) as a starting point adding new concepts, legislative developments, the expressed needs of law libraries, and other influences. As a matter of editorial policy we want to avoid adding new numbers beyond those provided in the original KF classification (the LCC classification for federal U.S. law) because that will ensure there will be less likelihood that conflicts between the two schedules will arise. Conflicts can lead to costly reclassification projects. This is why expansion of the Cutter number is preferred, for example adding Z9 to KF 3776 to add numbers for particular divisions under public health services.

There was a discussion of KF 3819 and the probability of adding this to all sections instead of general sections. Agreed to review and possibly add scope notes where necessary. HR pointed out that making use of the form tables is more convenient and more likely to be used.

DF noted that due to other professional obligations he has been unable to make much progress on the revision of Guide to KF Modified. The remainder of the meeting was devoted to review and discussion of the enhancements for environmental law and labour law prepared by HR and AR.

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Presentation Slides from CALL/ACBD Conference in Calgary

26May2011 at 9:14 pm (General) (, , , , )

It was great to see so many friends and colleagues at the recent Canadian Association of Law Libraries/L’Association canadienne des bibliothèques de droit (CALL/ACBD) conference in sunny Calgary, Alberta. Especially nice to get together with most of the KF Modified group and get some work done on a couple of more enhancements. I’ll report more on the KF Modified Committee meeting in a few days.

The presentation slides and cataloguing exercises are now available. If you didn’t happen to be one of the thirty or so attendees at the session last Wednesday morning now’s the chance to brush up on your KF Modified cataloguing. The session, Working With KF Modified: Changes and Enhancements, went very well even if we were rather swallowed up in the very large room we were assigned. Great facility though which made delivering the presentation a pleasure.

On behalf of Rashid, Darren and myself thanks to everyone who made it out bright and early on Wednesday morning and even after the closing banquet! Much appreciated!!

Here’s the three of us plus Alain Rochefort after the presentation*.

The KF Modified Crew

* Thanks to Angela T. for taking this pic!

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Agenda for KF Modified Business Meeting at CALL/ACBD Conference

13May2011 at 3:30 pm (General) (, , )

Hello all,
Sorry for not getting this out to you sooner.
See you in Calgary!!

Canadian Association Of Law Libraries/Association canadiennedesbibliothèques de droit

KF Modified Committee
Business Meeting


Sunday, May 15, 2011, 1:00-3:00
Calgary, Alberta

  1. Approval of Agenda
  2. Minutes of 2010 Business Meeting/Business Arising
  3. KF Modified Session, “Working With KF Modified: Changes and Enhancements”, Wednesday, May 18 9:00-10:00am
  4. Communication/promotion of KF modified
  5. Searchable electronic/web-based version of KF Mod.
  6. New Schedule Enhancements (Environmental Law; Labour Law)
  7. Revision of the Guide to the KF Classification Modified for Use in Canadian Law Libraries (CALL Occasional Paper, No. 3, 2004)
  8. Other Business

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KF Modified Session at CALL/ACBD Conference – Update

10Jan2011 at 10:50 am (General) (, )

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a nice restful and/or productive holiday break.

I have some good news to share with you all. Due to some scheduling changes our proposal for the session on KF Modified at the CALL/ACBD conference has been accepted.

Here are the details:

Working With KF Modified: Changes and Enhancements
Wednesday, May 18 from 9:00-10:00am

Over the past few years there have been a number of changes and enhancements made to the KF Modified Classification Scheme. For example, the form tables were completely reorganized and the enhancement for the Quebec civil law was added. This interactive session will update KF Modified users so they can take full advantage of the available options.

I hope you will join Humayun Rashid, Darren Furey and myself for this session in Calgary.

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KF Modified Workshop Not Selected for CALL/ACBD Meeting

30Nov2010 at 7:10 am (General) (, )

Notification of selected program proposals for next year’s CALL/ACBD annual meeting in Calgary were recently sent out. Unfortunately the proposal for a KF Modified workshop was not selected by the CALL/ACBD Education Committee. The last KF Modified workshop at the CALL/ACBD conference was held in 2003 in Niagara-On-The-Lake (the handout materials for that workshop are still available) and this would have been a great opportunity to touch base with our KF Modified colleagues in western Canada.

Thanks to the CALL/ACBD Education Committee for their consideration and thanks to Humayun Rashid and Darren Furey for agreeing to help deliver the workshop and supporting the proposal.

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Remember the CALL Conference?: The KFMod Committee Meeting

16Jul2010 at 1:28 pm (General) (, )

Many apologies for the blog silence lately. Too many things on the go and not enough time to get many of them going … 🙂

So, cast your mind back to May 9, 2010. It was a sunny day although a very blustery one: we really experienced the ‘wind’ in Windsor that day. The KF Modified Committee meeting was held at 1:00pm in the Solis Room at the Caesar’s Windsor Hotel and Convention Facility.

It was a small turn out but we managed to address a number of important issues. Attendees were myself, Humayun Rashid (University of Toronto), Joan Yanofsky (Supreme Court of Canada) and Darren Furey (University of New Brunswick).

We started with a discussion of cataloguing practices in general. The consensus was that there continues to be a lack of copy cataloguing for at least 5-10% of resources that pass through our cataloguing offices, primarily for theses, casebooks, CLE materials and workshops. Unfortunately, it was also noted that the copy cataloguing that was available often contains mistakes and the treatment of the materials is inadequate.

We then moved on to talk about the promotion of KF Modified and whether KF Modified should begin to develop more independently. It is still tied rather tightly to the changes and additions that are added to the Library of Congress Class KF for U.S. law. These are certainly useful but the changes that might occur in KE (Canada), KD (U.K. & Ireland) and KU (Australia & New Zealand), etc. may also be useful additions to the KF Modified scheme.

Along with the LC additions and changes the enhancements and improvements that are added by the KF Modified Committee in response to the users of the scheme are also creating a more independent approach to the schedule. Updating the language so that it reflects an appropriate Canadian usage where applicable is another area of improvement under consideration.

The bulk of the meeting was devoted to reviewing the draft enhancements for KF4483.I5 (Immigration and emigration. Aliens. Passports) and KF4483.N3 (Nationality and citizenship. Naturalization) prepared by Rashid. The enhancements were accepted by the group in principle but some problems with how the call numbers would be created were worked on. The approach was simplified and Rashid agreed to update the enhancements accordingly. If all goes well these will appear in the update for the 2nd quarter of 2010.

Darren will be updating Janet Moss’ Guide to KF Modified Classification taking into consideration the recent changes, for example the updated form division tables and the introduction of the section for Quebec civil law. This will hopefully align with the role out of the current and future enhancements planned for KF Modified (i.e. labour law, First Nations, environmental law and law of taxation).

A brief discussion of developments around the new cataloguing rules RDA (Resource Description and Access), including a short lament on the fact that RDA will not be available under an open access licence. This led to thoughts of offering KF Modified as a freely available and open access initiative. Something to consider.

One change that was decided on, and which you will have already seen in the 1st quarter update, is a change in the title for KF Modified. To broaden its potential appeal to libraries outside of Canada it was agreed to change the name to KF Classification Modified for use in Canadian and Common Law Libraries. Plans to market KF Modified to libraries in the U.K. and Australia are now also in the works.

If you have any questions, thoughts, suggestions, concerns, please let me know either by commenting here or dropping me a line.

Happy cataloguing! 🙂

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CALL Conference is Almost Here

26Apr2010 at 12:06 pm (General) ()

Well it’s been busy few months for your friendly neighborhood Committee Chair. And it won’t be long now before we gather for the CALL/ACBD annual conference!

The KF Modified Committee will be meeting on Sunday, May 9th from 1:00-3:00 in the Solis room.

I’m thinking about the agenda and thought I’d share with you a few of the things I thought we’d take a look at:

  • Launch of the KF Modified blog
  • Optional expansion for KF385.ZB5
  • Other enhancements in the works for KF Modified in the coming year
  • Revision of the Guide to the KF Classification Modified for Use in Canadian Law Libraries (CALL Occasional Paper, No. 3, 2004)
  • KF Modified online?

If you have other ideas or thoughts for the meeting please post a comment here or send me a quick email.

Hope to see you in Windsor!

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