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!

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