By Melanie Hodges Neufeld
This post is a bit wordier than usual, but it is difficult to sum up the amazing resources and services provided by the Library in just a few lines. In the four years since I became the Director of Legal Resources at the Law Society, the Library has undergone significant changes – mostly in the delivery of resources. One of my first duties was to evaluate the Library and develop a strategic plan to make it more relevant to our users. In late 2012, I gave a presentation to the Benchers entitled “Future of Libraries: A Service, Not a Space” and asked for approval of a new direction for the Library emphasizing services and the provision of digital resources rather than the traditional brick and mortar space. Here are a few important points from the presentation:
What is the result of the new direction?
And our members seem to appreciate the changes. In 2015, our Members’ Section received over 63,000 visits – up 22% from 2014. In 2016, the number of visits nearly doubled to over 120,000 visits by about 82% of our members.
Requests for assistance from staff also increased dramatically in 2015 with an increase of approximately 40%. If you would like assistance, please contact us via email or phone at (306) 569-8020 (Regina), (306) 933-5141 (Saskatoon). If you are in the Saskatoon or Regina Court House, visit us in person!
Now we are seeking input from our members about the future of the library and the resources we offer. Please review the following notice regarding funding to maintain legal resources available to Law Society members, such as WestlawNext, and the other resources available through the Members’ Section and the Law Society Library. Once you have reviewed the notice, please complete the survey contained within. The deadline to complete the survey is April 7th.