With fall in full swing and the end of the year approaching, the Law Library of Congress is excited to offer more educational webinars in the month of November. The Law Library of Congress’s next offering in its Orientation to Legal Research Webinar Series will focus on an overview of the tracing of U.S. federal legislative history. The Law Library of Congress will then offer an Orientation to Law Library Collections webinar featuring a guest presentation by the staff of the Wisconsin State Law Library as part of the 50 State Outreach Project of the Law Library. The purpose of the State Law Libraries Outreach Project is to strengthen the ties between the Law Library of Congress and state law libraries by sharing information about our collections, products, and services with one another and with the public.
Orientation to Legal Research Webinar: Federal Legislative History
Date: Thursday, November 2, 2023, 1:00 p.m. EDT – 2:00 p.m. EDT
Content: This webinar will discuss how to find debates, hearings, reports, and other documents that may reflect a bill’s legislative intent as it moves through Congress. The presentation will focus largely on how to find these documents through online government resources, including Congress.gov, govinfo.gov, and Law.gov, and quickly touch on subscription databases that can be accessed at one’s local public law or academic library.
Instructor: Ann Hemmens – senior legal reference librarian. Ann holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and earned both her J.D. and Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Orientation to Law Library Collections Webinar
Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2023, 1:00 p.m. EST – 2:00 p.m. EST
Content: This webinar is designed for patrons who are familiar with legal research, and would instead prefer an introduction to the collections and services specific to the Law Library of Congress. Some of the resources attendees will learn about include the Law Library’s research guides, digital collections, and the Guide to Law Online, among others. Learn about the Wisconsin State Law Library’s history, current collections, and upcoming projects with special appearances by State Law Librarian Amy Crowder, and Access Services Librarian Carol Hassler as part of the State Law Libraries Outreach Project.
Instructors: Anna Price – legal reference librarian. Anna holds a B.S. in communications from Ithaca College, a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law, and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Washington iSchool.