Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Courthouse Library Tour & BC Library Conference 2017

Tour of Courthouse Libraries BC - Vancouver


Last week I had the pleasure of touring a group of BC Library Conference attendees through the Vancouver location of Courthouse Libraries BC (CLBC)!
I was joined by CLBC’s Client Services Librarian Megan Smiley (you may remember her from our webinar in March) and our Clicklaw Coordinator Audrey Jun! We covered our services, staffing, collections, and our outreach and digital initiatives - We really made the most of our time! Everyone had great questions and made the tour a lot of fun.

If you missed the tour but have questions about CLBC and what we do – send me an email!

BC Library Conference


Last year I presented at the Library Conference - this year many of you found me at my exhibitor's table. I had information on Clicklaw, Clicklaw Wikibooks and a new brochure for the LawMatters program.

Thank you everyone who dropped by and said hello; I really appreciated your feedback on the LawMatters program. While we mostly communicate online by email, having the opportunity to meet many of you face-to-face was a treat! I love hearing about your libraries, communities, and, of course, your experiences with legal information!


Speaking of legal information, there was a lot of fantastic PLEI (public legal education & information) represented at the conference this year – I shared my table with online information pathway MyLawBC and wasn’t far from the Legal Services Society's publications table. People's Law School also had their publications on display. If you saw anything that caught your eye, all these publications are free to order on Crown Publications!


I hope to see you all again next year!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Make a Will Week

Make-a-Will Week 2017 is April 9 to 15 and aims to encourage British Columbians to write their will or bring an existing will up-to-date.

Resources:


  • Wills and Personal Planning Resource page
    • Click on Public Librarians and Community Helpers to see what resources you can use to help get your patrons started in a good direction
    • Print out For the Public and use as handouts
    • The PDF guides online are linked to all of the resources listed
  • Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry
  • MyLawBC 
    • Can help you make a simple will that reflects your wishes and fits your situation. As you work with the site it will explain the decisions you’ll need to make when writing a will and at the end of the process will provide you with a simple form to fill out to create your will. 
  • Access Pro Bono Wills Clinics (Vancouver)
    • Weekly Wills Clinic is held each Wednesday for low-income seniors (ages 55+) and people with terminal illnesses by appointment only.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

How to turn $125 into a Legal Collection

New guide with examples!

Check it out here:

How to turn $125 into a Legal Collection (Word doc),


The guide is also available off of the LawMatters website

The smallest LawMatters grant given out is $125 –The purpose of this short guide is to give you examples of how you can build a great introductory legal collection with $125!

The examples  have been selected from the Law Books for Libraries 2017 (LBL) list with small libraries in mind – price, space, and subjects have been considered.

Step 1 is to start with free information!

You can collect quite a lot of information using free materials! Most titles included in the examples in the guide are available digitally or in print!

If space is a concern for your library or you don’t have a place to display pamphlets or booklets you can:
  • Access these online
  • Link them to your catalogue or website (if that is an option for you)
  • Download the PDF versions to access them offline

Step 2 is choosing books you want to spend your grant on!

Other tools for selection:

  • Legal Collections – Getting Started: This document contains some similar information but considers collection sizes from small to large and also recommends items for ‘all library collections.’ Included are electronic resources and a broader range of subject matter.
  • Law Books for Libraries 2017: This is an Excel document that contains ALL recommended titles for public libraries. Titles on this list can be filtered and organized by subject area, library size, price, and more. It is also colour coded to alert you to updated titles and new titles added to the list.

If you have any questions, please contact LawMatters Program Coordinator Shannon McLeod at smcleod@courthouselibrary.ca

Monday, March 27, 2017

Where are the Self-Counsel Press titles?

You may have noticed a change in the Law Books for Libraries list: a number of Self-Counsel Press (SCP) titles have been removed. Books by this publisher are often fairly popular - they have good name recognition.

The reason some SCP titles are not represented on the list is because many of them are intended to be used by a single purchaser. SCP no longer sells many of their kits to libraries – these are individually marked as such on their website as ‘not for sale to libraries.’

Please note that there are still some SPC titles on the LBL list – you should be able to order them as they do not have the library restriction marked on them.

Here is the list of titles not sold to libraries (don’t worry; I’m including some alternative resources so you can still find information on these topics!):


British Columbia Probate Kit: Everything you need to probate or administer an estate
Alternatives: 

Online:
I’m applying for probate; where can I find the forms required?
I am the executor of my mother's will and am doing the work myself
How do I know if a will has been probated?


Print:
Being an Executor (booklet)


British Columbia Do Your Own Divorce Kit

Alternatives:

Online:
Family Law in British Columbia - Divorce & Separation
Our marriage is over; do we have to go to court?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Legal Collections 101 for Public Libraries - Recorded Webinar Now Available

A recorded version of this webinar is now available!

Webinar Summary:

Join LawMatters Coordinator Shannon McLeod and Courthouse Libraries BC librarian Megan Smiley for this one hour webinar on building your library's legal collection.

Whether you have been handling your library's legal collection for a while or you are new to collecting legal materials, tune in to learn more about:

- Using the Law Books for Libraries (LBL) list
- An overview and what you can expect from different legal publishers
- Tips for selecting legal titles

We presented this webinar on March 8th - Check it out below!


Legal Collections 101 for Public Libraries Recorded Webinar from Courthouse Libraries BC on Vimeo.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Getting Started with your Legal Collection – New Guide!


This year I’ve created a new document to help get you started with your legal collection.

Whether you are new to your role in collections, new to the LawMatters program, or are looking for a little more guidance making selections, I hope you will find this guide helpful! 

You have given me some great feedback about the collection support that LawMatters offers and one of the things I heard was that many of you would like a way to help prioritize purchases – a clearer way to figure out the best starting points for your legal collection.

The main selection tool provided by LawMatters is the Law Books for Libraries list. This list has been organized with filters to help you make selections by subject, library collection size, and more.

I recognize that this excel document can be a little overwhelming with over 230 titles currently listed! This new guide will provide information more “at-a-glance!” It is organized by subject and provides titles recommended for different size collections. All titles are also linked to the publishers’ pages.

This is a Word document so check out the headings in the Navigation Pane to quickly jump to the subject you want to explore.

Download the document here or check out the LawMatters website.

Take a look and let me know what you think!

Example from the Guide

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Grant Offers & New Law Books for Libraries List

It’s that time of year again! This week, LawMatters will be sending out grant offers to public libraries to be put towards building legal information collections.

How can my library participate?


A Grant Agreement Letter will be emailed to the chief librarians/directors of public libraries in BC along with the following:

  • Legal Collections – Getting Started (NEW)
  • Selection Guidelines
  • Law Books for Libraries (LBL) for 2017 (UPDATED)

All documents except for the Grant Agreement Letter are available online to view/download from the LawMatters website.

The Process:


1) Agreement Letter

  • Sign & Send us a copy
  • Keep a copy for your records

2) Receive your grant

  • We send you a cheque for the amount specified in your agreement letter

3) Collect & Consult

  • Use LBL 2017 as your guide to purchasing materials with the grant
  • See something not on the list? Check our Guidelines and contact the Program Coordinator before purchasing

4) Report

  • Let us know how you spent your grant
  • Send us a report in by October 16 with the titles you purchased and for which of your locations (if applicable)

Please let me know if you prefer to have a print copy of the Grant Agreement Letter sent to you by mail. Send me an email smcleod@courthouselibrary.ca or give me a call 604-660-9204 if you have further questions.