Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Legal Information Display – Q&A with Sechelt Public Library


For today’s blog post, I did a Q & A with Lorinda at Sechelt Public library. Lorinda is the main LawMatters contact as Sechelt Public Library and has been putting up a legal information display for years! She shares her experiences with us here – Thanks Lorinda!


How long have you had your legal info freebie display?



Pretty much from the start of the LawMatters project. The list "Law Books for Libraries" has always been a big help with this.

How do you order your free materials?


Once again - the "Law Books for Libraries" list is a great resource.

All the sources for freebies are listed.  I've created an account with the Queen's Printer and it's quick and easy.

Is it easy to keep up?


Pretty much.  It is amazing how fast some of the titles disappear - in particular anything to do with wills and estates.  I have to keep a close eye that we are not running out.


What about space concerns?


We have set aside dedicated display space for our legal pamphlets.  We find that a 4 or 5 foot slat wall display unit, in addition to a couple of spinning display holders is plenty.


What are your frustrations with free materials?


The main frustration is over time I have noticed fewer and fewer titles available in print format.  Print is important to our patrons for a number of reasons.  First of all, there are many seniors in
Sechelt, and many of them are not comfortable with online technology.

Secondly, many people are unaware these legal resources exist - and an eye catching display is the best way to get the word out.  A poster giving a website just doesn't have the same impact.

What is the reception? (How do your patrons like the freebies?)


We have had a great deal of positive response - proven by the large numbers of pamphlets that go out the door each week.


What titles/subjects do you see the most use out of?


For our demographics here in Sechelt it is mainly wills and estates and services related to seniors.

What benefits have you seen from putting on a legal display?


The pamphlets serve as an excellent segue from general information, to
more detailed and specific information.  

The pamphlets give an overview of the topic, a glossary of legal terminology, and then ideas about where to go for more information.  Library staff can then assist with either tracking down more in-depth print resources, or helping the patron access appropriate online resources.

Picture by Lorinda

If you have any questions about ordering free legal information materials or about the Law Books for Libraries List, please contact me at smcleod@courthouselibrary.ca

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