Thursday, June 19, 2008

Appreciations for LawMatters Project

We have received a number of letters of appreciation for the project, and the following is a nice representation:

* On behalf of the Okanagan Regional Library Board and staff, I would like to thank you and the Law Foundation of British Columbia for funding the LawMatters project. Not only is the grant a wonderful thing, but we are also thankful for the staff educational courses that are a part of your overall plan.
As a regional library, we cover 23,000 square miles in the southern interior of the province. We have many small rural branches, and it can be a challenge to keep the legal collections up to date. Some of the materials ordered have already started to arrive, and they will soon be available in our branches. I know that library users in our 29 communities will use the collection a great deal.

Ted Bacigalupo, Chair
Okanagan Regional Library Board


* We wish to thank you for your talk on May 21st at New Pathways to Government and Legal Information, the workshop sponsored by the British Columbia Library Association Information Policy Committee.
We have had many positive comments from participants about how much we appreciate that the BC Courthouse Library has stepped up to the plate to initiate the LawMatters project, building on the work begun by Legal Services Society. We predict that there will be strong support from librarians at both public and academic libraries. Our experience is that people needing legal information are often under great stress, so we want to make their research experience successful. At the same time we recognize that not everyone can be a specialist in finding legal information and it is a great boon to be able to use the expertise of the BC Courthouse librarians.

Carla Graebner
Percilla Groves
for the BCLA Information Policy Committee

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