Courthouse Library launches online video tutorials

The video tutorials can be access on the Courthouse Library website (www.bccls.bc.ca) or on YouTube.

The BC Courthouse Library Society has launched a series of online video tutorials to help lawyers and the public conduct legal research.

“These online tutorials are an innovative way to bring the expertise of our library staff to lawyers and the public,” says Johanne Blenkin, Executive Director of the BC Courthouse Library Society. “A growing number of people prefer to do legal research from their offices or online, so we’ve found a way to bring the library to them. These videos will be an invaluable resource for lawyers living in smaller communities who don’t have access to a courthouse library,” said Blenkin.

“A picture is worth a thousand words, and these tutorials show rather than tell you how to do this kind of legal research. It’s a better approach than a written guide, which tends to get quite long and complicated.”

The videos provide step-by-step instruction on common but complex legal research tasks, such as researching and noting up legislation, and identifying legal precedents.

“A picture is worth a thousand words, and these tutorials show rather than tell you how to do this kind of legal research. It’s a better approach than a written guide, which tends to get quite long and complicated. And the video format engages all types of learners with visual, audio and hands-on components,” said Blenkin.

The BCCLS has integrated the video tutorials into its training program for BC librarians as part of the Law Matters project, aimed at providing legal information to public libraries throughout the province.

“We’ve been getting great feedback from lawyers, librarians and members of the public who have accessed our videos. They say they’re effective and presented a great opportunity for them to learn new research skills,” said Blenkin.

While the society has only produced six videos so far, they are always looking for feedback, including suggestions for future videos.

The BC Courthouse Library Society provides legal information services to the general public and the legal profession through BC’s 31 courthouse libraries and online. It is a registered charity and is funded by the Law Society, the Law Foundation and the Ministry of the Attorney General.



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