Bar News - October 20, 2006
NH Law Library To Offer Course for Public Librarians
In an effort to assist public librarians when citizens come to them seeking help researching New Hampshire law, the NH Law Library will be offering a new course titled, “NH Legal Reference for Public Librarians.” The course will be presented free of charge the first time it is offered.
The course will provide an overview of the sources and techniques available for New Hampshire legal research and is designed for anyone working in a library who may be called upon to aid patrons of the library in legal reference work, according to NH Law Librarian Mary Searles.
The planning committee for the project is comprised of Searles, Brian Haley, NH Law Library reference librarian, and Kathy Fletcher, cataloging librarian from the Franklin Pierce Law Library. “This is a cooperative effort with Kathy and Pierce Law and we hope to include other law librarians as we move forward,” said Searles.
The course, taught by the three librarians, will be presented on Thursday, Nov. 16, from 5:30-9 p.m. at the NH Law Library, located in the Supreme Court building, One Charles Doe Drive, Concord.
“This is a trial run so we can work out the bugs,” explained Searles, “then we hope to present the course at least on an annual basis.” If funding permits, it will be offered more often.
Searles emphasized that the NH Law Library itself is a public library and may be used by anyone. Library staff will teach patrons legal research techniques and the library offers free public access to LexisNexis online and its wireless computer network.