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Most organizations and corporations have mission statements in one form or another. (A good business plan will always include one.)

Mission statements are often aspirational but also restrictive, by which I mean they can save the organization from the dreaded “mission creep.” (For a funny “Portlandia” (the TV show) based example of averted mission creep, see below.*)

First, here is a list of 50 county (or public) law library mission statements, courtesy of the 3 Geeks and a Law Blog.

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Stay tuned for changes to our Oregon Legal Research (OLR) website and blog management team. Nothing but good times ahead!

Succession:

I am moving on from owning and managing the Oregon Legal Research (OLR) domains, website, and blog. The current plan is to transfer OLR ownership, over the next few months, to the Washington County Law Library (WCLL).

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WebJunction has been teaching online for more than a decade – and they do a darn good job of it, too.

This class: “Libraries Prepare to Answer Civil Legal Questions in Times of Crisis” will be taught by 2 law librarian stars: Jenny Silbiger, State Law Librarian, Access to Justice Coordinator, Hawaii Supreme Court Law Library, and Joseph Lawson, Deputy Director, Harris County Law Library, Texas.

The live webinar is scheduled for: Thursday, June 11, 2020 / 12:00 pm Pacific, 60 minutes. (Webinar recording and course materials will be available offline to registrants shortly thereafter.)

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If you need legal research assistance, check your county’s law library website for hours and contact information. If your county law library doesn’t have the professional legal research librarians you need, visit one of the Oregon law libraries listed below.

And don’t forget that your own public library reference librarians and library assistants can reach out to Oregon county law librarians for legal research assistance as well.

OCCLL* (Oregon Council of County Law Libraries) will link you to these and other county law libraries:

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Oregon Historical Society Asks Oregonians to Share Their Pandemic Stories

Many of you and your family members are keeping journals (or even just notes on calendars), all of which will be interesting to read AC (After Covid).

Two places to share and record your stories:

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Library school student, librarian, and other information professional survey makers: this post is for you.

Most of us want to help you out, especially if your survey results may help us out, but even if it’s just to support a student or a colleague.

We’re happy to take your survey … IF you follow some basic rules, which most of you never do:

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From the Law Librarians & Access to Justice Blog:

The Law of Prison Law Libraries,” Lewis C. Zimmerman, 2/12/18, AALL SR-SIS

The LISP/SR BLOG: Law Librarians & Access to Justice (Legal Information Service to the Public and Social Responsibilities, Special Interest Sections of the American Association of Law Libraries.)

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Powell, Melissa M. (ed.) “Becoming an Independent Information Professional: How to Freelance, Consult, and Contract for Fun and Profit.” Libraries Unlimited, 2018. ISBN: 978-1-4408-5540-5

Check your local library or bookstore for this book and other resources on this topic and related small business and independent contractor topics.

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