Training & Advocacy

The Washington County Law Library provides vital, and unique, legal research services to public library employees and patrons, legal reference staff, paralegal students, and others in the legal field.

Reference service staff members at our public libraries are on the front lines for their patrons' legal reference questions.

Few public library staff members receive legal research training and their library's collections do not include the specialized legal research tools one can find in a law library, many of which are not online and available only in print (or out-of-print) formats.

Public library staff members are encouraged to contact the Washington County Law Librarian with questions, suggestions, and comments about legal reference service to our libraries' patrons.

In order to serve the public library community, the Washington County Law Library staff participate in the following public library activities:

  • Legal reference training for public library reference staff members,
  • Legal research training for public library reference staff members,
  • Public library reference networks, including email, listserves, blogs, wikis, etc.,
  • Answerland, the Oregon (statewide) online reference service,
  • Oregon Library Association (OLA) activities, including the OLA Legal Reference Round Table (LRRT),
  • Consulting with public library reference service managers on acquisitions, collection development, weeding, and other legal research service issues, and
  • Oregon Legal Research blog, where answers to frequently asked legal reference questions are posted, among other legal research tips.

Training handouts and other legal reference and research guides will be posted periodically on the appropriate training and advocacy subsites available from the left-hand navigation menu.