Friday, April 22, 2016

How to Host a Legal Topics Webinar for your Patrons: Part 2

How do these legal topics webinars actually work in practice?

To answer this question, here in part 2 of  How to Host a Legal Topics Webinar for your Patrons, Virginia Charron of the Kitimat Public Library shares her library's experiences hosting webinars and answers some of the questions from our last post!

Thanks for sharing!

How many webinars have you hosted?

The Kitimat Public Library has run three successful webinar events presented by Nidus Personal Planning and Resources Centre (Nidus provides information and education on representation agreements, advance directives and more).

How were the webinars received?

We enjoyed good attendance numbers because we advertised extensively and also because the topic was highly relevant to our community. All of the events were well received by senior audience members and we have plans to continue to hold these information sessions annually if possible.I was told by the attendees that they truly appreciated the opportunity to learn in such a friendly and easy way and without cost.

How did you promote the webinar?

We got the word out via Facebook, our Website, in the newspaper, and by distributing flyers around town.

What equipment would I need?

All you need is one laptop connected to wifi, a projector/TV and speakers, mouse and keyboard (wireless preferred because this makes it easier to sit with attendees and type their questions when required).

What did you do to prepare? 

The only prep required was to photocopy handouts (optional), to set up the room with enough chairs, to set up the computer equipment (actually ours are always ready for webinars) and to bring in some snacks.

How many staff members would I need to dedicate to this?

It is easy to coordinate and to lead.  It only requires one person to set up the room which is a snap.That person can stay for the workshop but can leave the group if required. However, it is a good idea for someone to remain in the room in case there is a question to be asked of the webinar facilitator.

If you have any more questions about webinars or have hosted a webinar at your public library and would like to share your experience, please let me know! Contact Shannon McLeod LawMatters Program Coordinator at

Monday, April 18, 2016

How to Host a Legal Topics Webinar for your Patrons: Part 1

Looking for programming on legal topics for your patrons?

Wills and estates, personal planning, and family law are just a few areas of law that members of your community may be interested in learning more about. However, it’s not always easy to find a presenter to host a session at you library. This is where hosting a webinar can be a great alternative.

Hosting a webinar may seem a little daunting at first so I wanted to create a small introduction on how to approach legal topics webinars in this 2-part blog post.

The LawMatters Program is committed to working with you to get legal information to your patrons and this year we will be exploring ways to connect you with webinar hosting opportunities!

Many of you may already be familiar with this format as LawMatters has, and will continue to, host webinars specifically for librarians to provide overviews and introductions to legal topics, new resources, and legal reference services.

Webinar presentations are hosted on the web, and can be accessed anywhere there is an internet connection. Presentations can also be interactive as they are presented live and participants can often provide feedback and questions. 

Bringing patrons together to view and participate in a webinar is a great way to build connections in your community and to highlight your library’s legal information collection and reference know-how! 

I'm sure you have  a few questions about hosting a webinar:

  • What equipment do I need?
  • How many staff members will I need to dedicate to this?
  • What do I need to prepare? 
  • How do I promote the webinar?

In part 2, Virginia Charron, Library Director of Kitimat Public Library will answer these questions and share her experiences hosting three successful webinars for Kitimat Library's patrons.

Stay tuned!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Law Week + Make a Will Week 2016

Law Week is an annual national event celebrating the signing of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Law Week events are held in communities throughout British Columbia in April and there are quite a few events happening in BC’s public libraries!

Burnaby Public Library, Vancouver Island Regional Libraries, and Cranbrook Public Library, to name a few, will be hosting seminars for their patrons during Law Week.

Law Week also corresponds with Make-a-Will Week this year so many of the seminars will be covering wills topics!

The purpose of Make-a-Will week is to encourage the people of BC to write their wills, or bring existing wills up to date.


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 
Clicklaw Wikibooks

Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry

See Map below for seminars hosted by BC Public Libraries 

Topics of the sessions are colour coordinated for quick map browsing:

Looking for More?

  • See a full list of Public Legal Information Events here 
  • Patrons have further legal questions? 
    • Dial-A-Lawyer Day April 16 10am-2pm: 
      • BC residents are invited to call in for a free 15-minute legal consultation in six areas of law.
  • 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. 
  • See Clicklaw Blog for more information about Law Week and Make-a-Will Week.