Oyez, oyez! The Legal Reference Round Table Wants YOU!
The Legal Reference Round Table (LRRT) is on a mission to drum up membership and increase its involvement in the OLA organization – c’mon, you know you want to join! One easy reason? It’s free!
A little history: Five years ago, the LRRT was established with a diverse membership made up of public, academic, and law library workers. The main goal of the round table then – and now – was to offer a forum for members to share ideas and pose questions regarding legal reference service. Generally, we wanted to create a support system for those who find themselves, frequently or not, having to respond to patrons’ unique legal requests.
So, sure, maybe you don’t work in a public law library (yes, we’re still alive and well!) and get asked legal questions all day long like me. But I know many of you, regardless of library setting, have occasionally encountered patrons who need some legal guidance. For example, how do you answer questions dealing with:
- tenant rights in getting a deposit back?
- drafting a will?
- disputing a creditor’s charge?
- finding the “right” form for filing a divorce?
If you were on the LRRT, you could commiserate, ask questions, and brainstorm ideas with other members on the issue. We in the law library world could share what’s worked for us. Someone with government expertise might know the exact state agency that can address a specific topic. Another member might also be a volunteer for a legal non-profit group that offers useful tips applicable to libraries.
As an LRRT member, there aren’t really any crazy obligations to participate other than just talking with other members! At least to start 😉 But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
For now, please consider simply joining the LRRT – did I mention it’s FREE? – and see what we’re all about. Get in on the action as we look for new ways to enhance our contribution to OLA and to provide reliable legal reference support to all Oregon library workers. If you’re already an OLA member, it’s easy to add the LRRT to your membership here.
As public law libraries continue to face budget cuts, it’s inevitable that public and academic libraries will see the impact of these reductions in their own patron base. The Legal Reference Round Table could play a strong role in helping all libraries cope with these changes. As Chair, I will be requesting input and proposing strategies for increased communication and collaboration with other units. Please consider joining LRRT and become a part of its success! -Sue Ludington, Washington County Law Library
OBOB Gets New Look
Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) has an updated logo! This new design will replace the former one of the knight, and will be used in all publicity, including the OBOB wiki. Hav Havran, a professional graphic artist, was asked by De Ann Orand, an OBOB Executive Board member, to modernize the OBOB logo and he’s drawn a crisp, new design of two teams of children pulling open the pages of a book.
And speaking of OBOB, here are 12 ways, developed by Nancy Spaulding of the Cedar Mill Library, that public libraries can support their local OBOB teams:
12. Get OBOB: include multiple copies of OBOB titles in your library collections – don’t forget audiobooks.
11. Make OBOB easy to find: mark your OBOB books with a special sticker (nab the nifty NEW logo on the OBOB website).
10. Make OBOB even easier to find: shelve OBOB books together for easy access.
9. List OBOB: reproduce and distribute the OBOB title list (download the brochure from the OBOB website).
8. List OBOB-digital: include the titles on your library’s webpage or blog about them.
7. Link OBOB: link the OBOB titles from your webpage or blog to your library catalog.
6. Spread the word: let local schools and teachers know the OBOB books are available at your library. Find locally participating schools and OBOB contacts in the Registrations Received and Paid document on this wiki.
5. Give the books: include OBOB titles in prize book giveaways (like summer reading).
4. Have a challenge: challenge kids to write their own OBOB questions. Stick ‘em on a bulletin board, have a question round-robin OBOB event, post them on your website.
3. Host OBOB event #1: host OBOB book discussion groups at the library.
2. Host OBOB event #2: hold just-for-practice battles at the library over winter break
1. Volunteer: send library staff to the school and/or regional tournaments.
For more information about the OBOB, please refer to the OBOB website.
OLA Oregon Authors Committee Seeks Volunteers
The Oregon Authors Committee is seeking volunteers to add authors and titles to our website. Three or four times a year committee members will receive news clippings about recent publications by Oregon authors. After verifying information with authoritative bibliographic sites, we add basic descriptive and subject information to each title. Committee members are free to add known authors from their communities, or enhance partial bibliographies of favorite authors. Our committee also sponsors the Two-Minute Oregon Booktalk at the annual OLA Conference, and represents OLA at Wordstock.
Committee membership is for a term of three years, with renewable terms. If you are interested, please contact the Oregon Authors Chair, Sheryl Eldridge, at firstname.lastname@example.org.