Patrons who are representing themselves in court and need help with legal research often turn to the library. But how much information can you provide? What if you want to provide legal programming and outreach for your community? Deborah Hamilton answers these questions and many more in her Libraries Unlimited book Helping Library Users with Legal Questions: Practical Advice for Research, Programming, and Outreach.
We’re pleased to offer 2 fantastic free resources for your journey into law librarianship: a downloadable PDF, “5 Tips for Working with Library Users with Legal Questions,” and access to Deborah Hamilton’s recent webinar with our partners at Niche Academy. Viewers of the webinar will learn:
- How to handle legal questions from patrons
- How to do a legal reference interview and what types of information you can provide
- How to connect with legal service organizations in the community so you can make good referrals
- Ideas for legal programs that you can offer to your patrons
Watch the video below (it will open in a new tab via Niche Academy):
Deborah A. Hamilton’s book, Helping Library Users with Legal Questions: Practical Advice for Research, Programming, and Outreach (Libraries Unlimited 2021), is an important tool for librarians who want to help solve the “justice gap.”