Coffee Talk Training Sessions at the Supreme Court of Canada Library
Solution: bribe them with free coffee!
OK, not really. Though free coffee is part of the deal.
Last week, we librarians at the Supreme Court of Canada started a series of "coffee talks", very, very brief weekly sessions lasting no more than 15 minutes in English and then 15 minutes in French. Each session shows a few quick research tricks on a very narrowly circumscribed issue. And people get all the coffee they can drink. At 10AM, which is perfect timing.
The advantages are obvious, we hope:
- it is easier for people at the Court to spare 10-15 minutes
- it is easier for us to prepare short sessions
- we can repeat topics throughout the year
- we can easily add lots of new content to the Intranet on "how to" do this and "how to" do that
- it is good marketing
- how to save money finding and reading Canadian cases in Quicklaw or WestlaweCarswell
- how to quickly find legislative history materials
- tricks in our catalogue
- advanced Google
- how to quickly find treaty materials
- 2 or 3 quick ways of noting up UK cases
- deciphering legal citations from places like France and pre-1865 England
- who is this Mr. Halsbury and why has he written all those laws of England?