Legal Research Resources: Great Legal Reference & Referral in the Public Library

PLEASE NOTE: This webinar is California-centric and intended for public library staff.

Legal Research Resources Series: 1 of 4

•Do I really have to dissect frogs in my biology class?
•I found an expired gift card with value on it. Can I legally buy stuff with it?
•When can I get my apartment deposit back?
•What can I do about my neighbor’s tree limb hanging over my garage? And…
•How can I learn to find the answers for myself?
Helping library customers understand legal resources can be both daunting and rewarding. The idea of public access to legal information is becoming more prevalent, with library staff participating in a trend that identifies the public library, with its neutral and safe environment, trained staffers, convenient location and free computer access to the Internet as the ideal place to find the information people need.

This webinar will prepare you to act as a compass and guide to point your users in the right direction for gaining a better understanding of the legal system and how to navigate it successfully. You will also learn when to answer questions, when to teach users to find their answers, and when and where to refer them for additional help.

At the end of this one-hour webinar, attendees will:

•Have a set of best practices for assisting the public with their legal questions and without fear of liability
•Know how laws, regulations and opinions produced by the three branches of government impact our individual rights and obligations as citizens
•Be able to comfortably direct users to free or low cost attorney referral services, legal service and government agencies, forms and handbooks
•Develop a familiarity with common legal terms users come across when navigating the legal system
•Understand the various types and key elements differentiating self-help legal resources available on the Internet and in public law libraries.
This webinar will be of interest to Public library staff who provide front line reference desk service and library students who are curious about a career in law librarianship.

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