SLAW – Annette Demers: AI: The Robots Are Already in Control (Part Two)

Great to see good reads like this still emanating from SLAW.

In my last blog post “The Robots (AI) Are Already in Control (Part One)” I reminded users about the headaches involved with system migrations. Our working lives are already controlled by technology. This was to set the stage for the next part of the conversation.

Before I go down that rabbit hole, let me say that I appreciate technology, but I am a late adopter. I’d rather let everyone else pour time and money into sorting out new technology issues, and then adopt after the kinks have been worked out. Automating my working life is a fun question that I’m exploring. I use Alexa at home for reminders, timers, weather and music.

Yesterday, I was excited to see my android phone, using Google Assistant, could send an email for me on a voice command! (If someone knows how to get it to provide proper punctuation and sentence structure, please Comment below!) It also was able to set up a calendar entry on my work calendar on Outlook with a voice command. I’m intrigued by our institution’s version of Microsoft Power Automate, and I’m still trying to figure out how to optimize it.

I appreciate the grammar and spell check options in Word, and recently noticed that Google Sheets is automatically using nearby formulae to offer suggestions.

In my opinion, these are all useful and appropriate AI-generated tools that can make our lives easier.

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AI: The Robots Are Already in Control (Part Two)


Annette Demers earned her BA (Hons. Law) from Carleton University in 1995, her LLB from the University of Windsor in 1998, and her MLIS from Western in 2002. In 1995, she attended the Hague Academy of International Law.  In 2016, Annette participated in the Northern Exposure to Leadership Institute as a mentor.

Annette was appointed as head of the Paul Martin Law Library in August of 2011 until June 30 2022.

Annette has taught Advanced Legal Research for the past thirteen years, including two sections of it from 2015 until 2022.

Annette has thirty five years of library experience. From 2005 – 2011, she worked as a Reference Librarian in the Paul Martin Law Library. Prior to this, she worked as a Reference Librarian for International, Foreign and Comparative Law at the Harvard Law School Library. Annette has also practiced law early in her career.

Annette is a member of the Standards Council of Canada Committee on Artificial Intelligence, and Chairs the AI Standards Working Group of CALL/ACBD.

Annette currently Chairs the Academic Status Committee, and sits on the TRC and Center for Cities, and WUFA Retirement and Benefits Committees.

Annette is Past-President of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL).  From 2013 – 2015, she was President of CALL. From 2011-2013, she was Vice-President of CALL. Annette is currently on the CALL Vendor Liaison Committee.

In 2010, she Chaired the CALL Conference Planning Committee which brought 350 attendees, presenters and exhibitors to Windsor. In 2008 she was essential in planning and executing CALL’s first-ever Law Library Leadership Institute.