Reminiscing on the Great Library

While sorting through the material stored in the library, we’ve come across some examples of how the library used to function. We developed this display to show although technology has replaced some of the ways we perform our job, the basic method is still the same. For example, the card catalogue. Replaced by an online catalogue, yet still used to organize the material in the library so others can retrieve it. 

Other items of interest include a report by former Chief Librarian Garth Niven on the state of the library (2003); a detailed memo on the effects of theft (by lawyers!) of the books in the library and what punishments should be meted out to the perpetrators; as well as two bound copies of the entire library catalogue, one from 1930 and the other from 1960. 

Library Technician Practicum student George Roy put together the display. Next time you’re in the library, take a moment to peruse some of the items. 

Samples from the Great LIbrary’s past.

Law Day Winnipeg

Law Day, held in commemoration of the signing of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, will take place on Sunday, April 15, 2018. Presented by the Manitoba Bar Association and the Manitoba Department of Justice, the Law Courts themselves will be open to the public for tours, mock trials, debates, presentations and demonstrations (including demonstrations by a drug detector dog).

The library itself will be open for viewing, although no library staff will be available that day.

If you’d like to know more about Law Day Winnipeg, please check out the Manitoba Bar Association’s website. Admission is free, and if you require disability accommodation, they ask that you e-mail them directly to the e-mail listed on the previous link provided.

O Juris-mas tree, O Juris-mas tree …

This year, the staff at the Manitoba Law Library have been busy!

In addition to our regular duties, this past week we put up a Christmas tree. Well actually … a Juris-mas tree! Using old editions of the Corpus Juris Secundum, we set up a neat, festive feature that has been capturing the attention of everyone here.

We hope you’ll be able to join us for a holiday celebration on Wednesday, December 20th between 2 and 4. You’ll be able to check out the tree for yourself while enjoying some festive cheer.