2000 Annual Report
From Asphalt to Electronic Highway
The first County Law Library Program Librarians visited each of the eighty-five county law libraries in Minnesota. Currently, site visits are made upon request, and the CLLP Coordinator visits about one dozen each year. Now, more consultations take place by e-mail, and the CLLP Coordinator anticipates saving postage costs by eventually distributing the County Law Library Bulletin online. There are several other possibilities for using technology to boost the program: a chat group for county law library managers, e-mail alerts of breaking news, and perhaps even electronic resources housed in one location and shared by several county law libraries.
Getting Books Into The Right Hands
Twenty years ago, many county law libraries lacked some basic primary Minnesota resources. Now, CLLP distributes Minnesota Statutes, Minnesota Rules, Laws of Minnesota and the Legislative Manual to county law libraries that need them. In addition, LLSP distributes the same titles to prisons for their legal collections. CLLP facilitates exchange of materials among libraries and makes replacement volumes available to counties. The Library's storage collection allows county law libraries to discard materials for space reasons - with the assurance that copies of older materials can be obtained from the Library.
Up, But Not Locked Out
I Want my ITV
When the Minnesota Correctional Facility at Moose Lake opened in 1995, its distance from the Library posed a problem for LLSP. The solution: using interactive television. The LLSP Librarian assigned to assist Moose Lake prisoners uses the videoconference facility in the Centennial Office Building, which is across the street from the Judicial Center. This arrangement saves drive time and still allows for a face-to-face interview. A LLSP Librarian visits the institution quarterly, but in between site visits uses the videoconference technology to provide high-quality reference service to distant inmates. ITV is being considered for two other institutions as well.
Rush to CDs
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