Thursday, May 19, 2016

LawMatters Presents at the 2016 BC Library Conference

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending and presenting at the BC Library Conference (my first time!). The sessions I was able to attend gave me a lot of food for thought and I appreciated the insights and personal experiences that the presenters shared.I really enjoyed learning about how the library community is disrupting and transforming how we work, connect, and create. Meeting so many librarians from all across BC was a real highlight for me. Many of you I have spoken to through email before, but it was so nice to connect with you in person!

I partnered with Kate Sloan from the New Westminster Public Library to present on legal reference tools (thank all of you who were able to attend!). Kate and I met while both working as Client Services Librarians at Courthouse Libraries BC. We provided front-line reference to members of the legal community as well as members of the public. We learned a lot about helpful tools for patrons and were so pleased to be able to share what we learned with you.

We presented “Stocking Your Legal Reference Toolkit: Having the Legal Tools to Empower Your Patrons.” Here is a little bit about the session:

There has been a growing trend in the number of people representing themselves in court and doing their own legal research. Navigating the legal system can be frustrating for people. There is increasingly more information available, but in many different formats and through many different organizations.

There is a lot of information out there; where do you start?

Librarians can help navigate information overload and legal jargon by helping our patrons get started in a good direction using our skills and knowledge to transform their experiences with legal information.

In the spirit of this, Courthouse Libraries BC has produced the wikibook, Beginner’s Guide to Finding Legal Information specifically as a guide to beginning legal research.

If you missed our presentation or would like to take a look at what we covered, the PowerPoint Presentation and resource handout are now available on the LawMatters website!

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