I was able to highlight the library’s wiki as a co-presenter at the LISP sponsored program, “A Web 2.0 Collaboration: Mapping a Path for Pro Bono Partnerships.” I created the AACPLL wiki in order to more easily share information on Pro Bono opportunities and referrals with the Anne Arundel Pro Bono Committee. The wiki became a great place for providing links to information resources for attorney volunteers in the “Ask a Lawyer” program. The wiki is also used in the administration of the “Ask a Lawyer” program. Schedules, PR materials and a chart of pro bono statistics can be found there. It has been used by the Pro Bono Committee to collaborate on press releases and committee goal statements.
My portion of the program concentrated on explaining just what a wiki is (a collaborative, easy to use website) and how a wiki works. The presentation slides and program handouts are available at this Google site: https://sites.google.com/site/lispprog2010/.
Two private law librarians from Minnesota, Jennifer Doyle and Trudi Busch, demonstrated the Volunteer Librarians Coalition wiki. This wiki was created to “to facilitate the access to information needed by the Volunteer Lawyers Network (VLN) attorneys in representing economically disadvantaged people with legal problems.” It is truly a collaborative project with a group of law librarians managing the content for use by pro bono attorneys. Librarians are able to provide research services and Westlaw access is also available for certain volunteer attorneys through the wiki.