Wednesday, December 13, 2017

LawMatters Year in Review: Part 1

As we approach the end of another year, I wanted to write a 2-part post to reflect on the LawMatters program in 2017.

It's been another busy year, and I wouldn't have it any other way!
Here's an overview of some of our activities:

Grants & Collections

Grants are distributed annually to help purchase legal information and reference materials.

This year, LawMatters distributed grants to 57 library systems in British Columbia!
The Law Books for Libraries (LBL) list was updated and, since the LBL List can be a little overwhelming, we created 2 new guides to help get you started:

“Getting Started” with your Legal Collections – A collection guide for librarians new to legal material and./or the LawMatters Program

“How to turn $125 into a Legal Collection” – A guide for small libraries (recipients of small grants) on purchasing legal materials

Training & Outreach

LawMatters offers professional development for public librarians to improve their confidence helping the public with legal information questions.

Beyond Hope Conference - Prince George

LawMatters teamed up with Legal Services Society to present a session at the Beyond Hope Conference on Family Resources Online. We went over great resources you can add to your legal reference toolkit including Clicklaw, Family Law in British Columbia, and MyLawBC.

BC Library Conference 2017 – Vendor Display

This year, LawMatters set up a vendor table at the BC Library Conference in Vancouver. Thanks to those of you who were able to pop by! It's always nice to see familiar faces (and some new faces too!) from around the province. Of course, you don't have to wait for a conference if you want to chat about legal info - send me an email anytime!

Introduction to Legal Reference and Resources – Presentations

We gave introductory presentations/workshops on legal reference and resources for libraries in the following communities:


“Legal Collections 101 for Public Libraries” Webinar

We presented this webinar in March to correspond with the release of the 2017 Law Books for Libraries List. In this webinar, we discussed different legal publishers, subscription models, and weeding tips! You can still check it out - the recording of our webinar is available here!

“Introduction to Legal Information & Help Online” Webinar

Back for its second year, we presented our Introduction to Legal Information & Help Online aka our Clicklaw Refresher webinar in June. Need a quick refresher? The recording is available here!

This year, library staff we trained reported an 88% increase in confidence using legal information and answering legal information questions.

Part 2 coming soon!

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