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Legal Reference: Overview
Record training webinars, information on the Social Law Library proprietary databases for use by Massachusetts Public Libraries, and related materials.
Our goal is to provide public librarians with the tools they need to help patrons find legal assistance, prepare themselves for court appearances, including completing court forms, locate legal reference materials in print and online, and understand the availability of lawyer referral services..
Over 30 proprietary, Massachusetts-centric, databases provided to public libraries from the Social Law Library.
"Substantive" databases Include:
the Massachusetts General Laws
the Code of Massachusetts Regulations
Building codes Appelate and Superior Court Decisions
US District Court and US Court of Appeals Decisions for Massachusetts
The collection also includes "administrative" databases of decisions from numerous state agencies and boards.
Conditions of Use—
Participating libraries must abide by the following conditions:
1) The Library Credential [barcode] for access to the Databases is confidential for library staff use only and shall not be disclosed to patrons. Patrons wishing to access the Databases shall be logged in by a library staff member.
2) Access to the Databases shall be limited to in-library use by staff and patrons and no content shall be used by library staff to fulfill document delivery requests.
3) Patrons desiring additional assistance with their legal issues will be referred to branches of the Trial Court Law Library system and in no event shall they be referred to Social Law.
If you need to find out your password, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your name, position and library affiliation.
The first in a series of short presentations on topical areas which libraries have identified as high priority, such as Employment, Housing, and Benefits, will be scheduled for early December, 2020 on Landlord/Tenant and Evictions. Details to follow. (updated 10/22/2020)
Webjunction's "Improving Access to Civil Legal Justice through Public Libraries"
In addition to the Massachusetts webinars, you also have access to a parallel set of trainings through WebJunction. WebJunction has partnered with the nonprofit Legal Services Corporation with a series of trainings and webinars. A May 27 post in OCLC's research blog Hanging Together extensively documents some of the lessons learned to date.
Massachusetts Trial Courts PowerPoint Presentation, including both the Trial Court Law Libraries slides presented by Genesis Vanderhorst Batista, Law Library Assistant, Middlesex Law Library and Court Service Centers slides presented by Karen Duffy, Manager, Springfield Court Service Center.
Rochelle Hahn, attorney at the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, presents a wide variety of legal help websites. Rochelle co-manages the Civil Legal Aid for Victims of Crime Initiative (CLAVC) and is the Co-Director of the Massachusetts Legal Aid Websites project.
This website, and other programs of the MBLC, is funded in part with funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency that fosters innovation, leadership, and a lifetime of learning.