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The Role and Impact of Librarians in the History and Development of Public Legal Education in Canada. Kirsten Wurmann Librarian, Legal Resource Centre May 25, 2009 – CALL conference. The motivation The process The results What now?. The motivation. The Radical Promise of Public Legal
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The Role and Impact of Librarians in the History and Development of Public Legal Education in Canada Kirsten Wurmann Librarian, Legal Resource Centre May 25, 2009 – CALL conference
The motivation • The process • The results • What now?
The motivation The Radical Promise of Public Legal Education
The motivation The Role of Librarians I believe that librarians are one missing link in the chain, the network, which will someday make legal information readily available and understandable to all Canadians. (Meg Richeson) http://librarianavengers.org/worship-2/
The process • Methodology • Qualitative: my experiences and understanding of the field as a PLE librarian enabled me to interpret and make sense of what I saw and read.
The process • Examination of historical public legal education collections from: • the Legal Resource Centre of Alberta, • the Canadian Legal Information Council (CLIC), • the Department of Justice Canada, and • the Legal Services Society of B.C.
The process • Literature Review • scanned and considered each resource for particular information that addressed the following areas of interest: • The librarians themselves; • Their unique roles and responsibilities; and • Their role in creating public access to legal information over the course of 30 years
The process • Annotated Bibliography • not meant to be completely comprehensive but rather a selected list of resources relating to the role and impact of librarians in the field of public legal education (PLE) in Canada.
Challenges • Librarians are doing the work – not writing about it • Pioneers are retiring. Memories fade. Papers are lost. • Positives • Sandra Garvie Memorial Collection • Diane, San San and Lois know everyone
The results • PLE librarians developed innovative ways to provide reference and referral, and created resource materials specifically designed for the public http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/
The results • PLE librarians pushed for plain language resources to overcome obstacles of legal language and text-heavy resources Cartoon from: http://www.plainlanguageaustralia.com
The results • PLE librarians created access using: • different modes of delivery like the telephone • computers • electronic forums (PLEI-Net) • the internet
What now? • Publishing • Funding issues • More research!
I am involved on a day to day basis, and committed to the idea that the public has a right to demand access to information on the law – increased, improved and widely available access to information – which is a right and not a privilege – to be granted or withheld by governments, or by our social and cultural institutions. (Gail Dykstra)
Thank you – Questions? Kirsten Wurmann, Librarian email@example.com Legal Resource Centre of Alberta Ltd. www.legalresourcecentre.ca