OLA’s Reference and Legal Reference Round Tables to Offer Statewide Training on Fastcase and EBSCO’s Legal Information Reference Service
Heard the news? As featured in the November 2015 issue of the State Library Newsletter, the State of Oregon Law Library (SOLL) has invested in two legal research databases and is making them freely available to all Oregonians via the SOLL website. This is such an awesome service!
These two databases, Fastcase and EBSCO’s Legal Information Reference Service (“Nolo”), offer indispensable resources to library patrons who are researching a legal problem, building a legal case, or engaged in law studies. Truly, they’re incomparable and often essential.
The SOLL online guides linked above provide the access points for both databases; equally useful within the guides are the description of contents, additional resources, and tips offered by Law Library staff. (BTW, those very same staff are more than happy to answer any questions, too – given them a holler sometime!)
But wouldn’t it be cool to have some expert-led, hands-on training for your library’s staff on these two, rather unique, resources? That’s right, in-person training in a computer lab setting that would give you practical experience in knowing when and why you’d refer patrons to the databases as well as how to use them effectively.
The Reference and Legal Reference Round Tables are currently in talks with the State Law Library to develop a collaborative and comprehensive Nolo and Fastcase training program, with the goal of taking the training “on the road” to various libraries and/or regions beginning early next year. Chairs of both units welcome feedback from OLA members; we are especially eager to hear from folks who might be interested in contributing their time or training expertise in support of the project. Please send comments and questions to Sue or Thea by December 11.
For the rest of you, stay tuned – training on Fastcase and Nolo will soon be coming to a library near you!
Sue Ludington | Chair, Legal Reference RT email@example.com
Thea Evanstad | Chair, Reference RT
Cathryn Bowie | State Law Librarian