By Melanie Hodges Neufeld
Last year at the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) conference, I co-presented a talk called “Law Libraries Accept the SRL Challenge”. The talk considered the services that law libraries can provide to self represented litigants (SRLs), the importance of access to legal information, challenges in serving SRLs, and possible new approaches to providing services to SRLs. One idea I proposed was pro bono librarians – law librarians providing free legal research assistance.
The Law Society Library has recently partnered with CLASSIC and Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan to assist with their legal research needs. Conducting the legal research required to assist clients in these programs can be laborious and time consuming for volunteer lawyers. Our knowledgeable Reference Librarians, Ken Fox and Alan Kilpatrick, are generously providing their time and legal research expertise to help ease the burden.
I invite any other law librarians in the province who are interested in helping out to contact me. We also encourage law librarians in other jurisdictions to think about donating their time to a worthy program in their area.