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Legal Reference and Beyond for Public Librarians


Legal Reference and Beyond for Public Librarians

A Webinar Presented by the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries

Through a partnership with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Social Law Library, the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries are offering a webinar designed to provide public librarians with the tools to do basic legal reference, and go one step beyond.

The presentation will introduce you to the 15 Trial Court Law Libraries located across Massachusetts and familiarize you with the vast range of resources and services they offer to you on behalf of your patrons.

Robin Bates from the Essex Law Library in Salem, Kathy Ludwig from the Franklin Law Library in Greenfield, and Barbara Schneider from the Berkshire Law Library in Pittsfield will give you practical guidance on general legal-reference questions of the kind most frequently posed to public librarians and familiarize you with the types and sources of legal materials that address such everyday legal situations.

The tutorial will provide a primer on the kinds of everyday cases that commonly come before seven Trial Court Departments. For context, the webinar will follow a traffic ticket challenge through the various courts, thereby showing how an ordinary case works through the system.

Finally, you will not only learn the fundamental difference between providing legal information and giving legal advice, but also how, and when, to seek the advice and assistance of Trial Court Law Libraries to help you serve the legal-information needs of your users.

Register today for Legal Reference and Beyond for Public Librarians. The webinar will be offered on Oct. 30, 2018 and again on Nov. 8, 2018 for those who cannot make the first date. Both sessions will be presented by Robin Bates from the Essex Law Library in Salem, Kathy Ludwig from the Franklin Law Library in Greenfield, and Barbara Schneider from the Berkshire Law Library in Pittsfield.

SESSION 1
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

REGISTER

SESSION 2
Thursday, November 8, 2018
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
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For questions regarding the content of these training sessions, please contact Robin Bates at 978-741-0674, email at essexlawlibrary@hotmail.com, Kathy Ludwig at 413-775-7482, email at franklinlawlib@hotmail.com or Barbara Schneider at 413-442-5059, email at berkshirelawlib@hotmail.com. For technical questions about registering for these training sessions online, please contact Social Law Library technical support at 617-226-1570 or by email at support@socialaw.com.

The Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries are fifteen public law libraries located throughout the Commonwealth. They serve judges, lawyers and members of the public, including both self-represented litigants in the court system and patrons who want to learn more about the law. Most of the Trial Court Law Libraries were established as County Law Libraries by local Bar Associations in the early nineteenth century. They became part of the Mass. Trial Court after the Court Reorganization Act was passed in1978. The mission of the Trial Court Law Library system is to provide timely, efficient access to current and historical law-related information in an impartial and respectful manner to anyone in need of legal information.

The Social Law Library (www.socialaw.com) has been assisting lawyers since 1803 and is among the oldest and most successful private/public partnerships in the history of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is one of the largest and most respected practice-oriented, legal-research institutions in the country. The Library provides research materials, training, technology consulting, continuing legal education and other services to the three branches of Massachusetts government and to its dues-paying members from all segments of the private bar throughout Massachusetts, as well as legal-services organizations and law-related nonprofits in every region of the state.

Date:
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Time:
10:30am - 11:30am
Categories:
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