Monday, May 09, 2005

New Real Time Virtual Reference Service for Ontario Lawyers

LibraryCo will soon establish a real time virtual reference service for Ontario lawyers, thanks to generous funding from the Law Foundation of Ontario.

Using chat technology, law librarians in Ontario's county and district law libraries will be able to engage in real time online reference interviews with lawyers across the province.

This initiative will be the first of its kind to emanate from courthouse libraries in Canada.

The Law Society of Upper Canada's Great Library has been offering e-reference since 2002. Members of the Law Society of Upper Canada can get answers to basic questions using an online form but the service is not based on chat software.

LibraryCo brings together the 48 County and District Law Libraries of Ontario into a cooperatively operating province-wide law library system.

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 5:13 pm


Blogger Connie Crosby said...

Thank you for pointing this out, Michel-Adrien. I missed this announcement, although I did see the job posting earlier. It will be interesting to see what hours this service will be available, whether it will be able to supplement the "9 to 5" type service we currently in the big law firms.

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