Easing Public Librarians Down the Road to Legal Reference
Who am I and how did I get here? <ul><li>Overview: </li></ul><ul><li>Why law librarians need to involve public librarians ...
 
Not a New Problem <ul><ul><li>MN Chief Judges recognize need to involve librarians as far back as 1993. </li></ul></ul><ul...
<ul><li>History </li></ul><ul><li>Friction Points: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased costs of legal counsel </li></ul></ul><...
<ul><ul><li>Public Libraries & Access to Justice Austin Conference 2010  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Minnesota Post-confere...
Minnesota Efforts to Train Public Librarians <ul><ul><li>Involvement of MALL & AALL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>AALL:  ...
<ul><li>Unauthorized Practice of Law </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trap for the wary: UPL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is it an...
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Statutes, Cases, & Codes, Oh My (MN)

  1. 1. Easing Public Librarians Down the Road to Legal Reference
  2. 2. Who am I and how did I get here? <ul><li>Overview: </li></ul><ul><li>Why law librarians need to involve public librarians – statistic parade. </li></ul><ul><li>Access to justice movement and involvement of public librarians. </li></ul><ul><li>Brief overview of MN efforts to train public librarians. </li></ul><ul><li>Training component: UPL (video). </li></ul>
  3. 4. Not a New Problem <ul><ul><li>MN Chief Judges recognize need to involve librarians as far back as 1993. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MN court funding one of the worst in the nation (Stawicki, 2008). </li></ul></ul>Enter the Access to Justice Movement
  4. 5. <ul><li>History </li></ul><ul><li>Friction Points: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased costs of legal counsel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased demand for access to court </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increasing interests of new stakeholders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased complexity and costs of process </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Goals: Turning courts into access-to-justice institutions; provide leadership and public access points outside and inside the legal system </li></ul><ul><li>Model: Zorza’s Problem-Solving Gateway solution </li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/takomabibelot/374364768 /
  5. 6. <ul><ul><li>Public Libraries & Access to Justice Austin Conference 2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Minnesota Post-conference Charge/Goal: Create content on WebJunction for librarians through the MLA conference, community partners, and other means, and develop recorded webinars covering each section of the site. </li></ul></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/takomabibelot/4576549205 /
  6. 7. Minnesota Efforts to Train Public Librarians <ul><ul><li>Involvement of MALL & AALL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>AALL: Public Library Toolkit: http://www.aallnet.org/sis/lisp/toolkit.htm </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>b. MALL and other Minnesota county law libraries: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Legal Resources for Public Librarians: http://www.aallnet.org/chapter/mall/legrespublib.pdf </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>MLA 2009: “Access to Justice for All: The Public Library’s Role”: http://www.aallnet.org/chapter/mall/MLAHandout.pdf </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Locating Legal Information on the Web (2004): http://www.aallnet.org/chapter/mall/handout.pdf </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Self-Help Reference – A Guide for Minnesota Public Librarians (2009): http://www.co.ramsey.mn.us/NR/rdonlyres/A20E62A0-4E8C-4137-AFBB-967698FD69CE/17910/PublibBlogRev.pdf </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Upcoming grants: MN Access to Justice for Public Librarians webinars & Washington County LSTA grant: “Librarians Lending a Hand: Teaching Public How to Find and use Legal Resources” </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>Unauthorized Practice of Law </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trap for the wary: UPL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is it and what are the consequences? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ To give legal advice or counsel” (violation of Minn. Stat. 481.02 is a misdemeanor) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus is on what you CAN do – librarians are navigators to information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples of Librarians in Action - View video </li></ul></ul>

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