Crash Course on Legal Reference Resources

By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Legal reference questions are challenging, time-consuming, and often originate from stressed out time-constrained patrons. As non-attorneys, there are restrictions on the sorts of assistance library front-line staff can provide. Since these waters aren’t always clear or easy to navigate, guidance is not merely welcome, it’s essential.

Recently, there was a free webinar put on by Joanne Vandestreek of the Utah State Law Library in partnership with the Mountain Plains Library Association. MPLA has made her excellent slide deck available on their site. This is a fast and easy way to learn a lot about how to handle legal questions that arise at the reference desk and where to direct patrons who need more than you can offer. 

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While you don’t have to be an MPLA member to access the slides, membership does help support the ongoing development and availability of great resources like this one.If you enjoyed the slides and work at a library in the 12-state mountain plains region, please consider joining MPLA

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