An Update on Illinois County Law Libraries

Editors’ note: What follows is a mock interview with Jean M. Wenger regarding the current and prospective role of Illinois’ county law libraries with a special focus on Cook County. I hope the article will be of interest to members especially newer members not familiar with county law libraries.

1) What is the landscape for public county law libraries in Illinois?

County law libraries in Illinois are created by state statute, 55 ILCS 5/5-39001. Illinois has 102 counties but not all counties have a law library. However, CALL members benefit from having access to several law libraries in northeastern Illinois staffed by professional law librarians, notably, Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane, and Will.

The Cook County Law Library opened on September 6, 1966 and is the first free, public law library for the legal profession and citizens of Cook County. In 1961, the Illinois General Assembly enacted legislation enabling counties to establish a public law library at the county seat of government. The initial legislation excluded Cook County. The Board of Commissioners wanted a county law library open to the legal community and the public. The legislature amended the county law library legislation to include Cook County and in September 1963, the Board of Commissioners passed a resolution establishing the Cook County Law Library.

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CALL Business Meeting Roundup

Ninety-one people attended CALL’s first business meeting of the year, September 23, 2010. The meeting, sponsored by Law Bulletin, was held at Lloyd’s Chicago. The guest speaker was CALL member Deborah Ginsberg. She introduced CALL’s entry into social media. CALL President Heidi Kuehl introduced new members Katelin Anderson, Loren Turner and Sarah Glassmeyer. Vice President/ President Elect Juli Jackson introduced and thanked Law Bulletin for their sponsorship of the meeting and LexisNexis for donating the gift cards.

Debbie Ginsberg, Educational Technology Librarian at Chicago-Kent, spoke about incorporating social media into CALL. Debbie explained how Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn can be used not just for personal reasons, but by organizations to market to potential members, to keep current members informed, and to provide additional member services. Debbie also introduced CALL’s social media plan.

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From the Editors

Dear CALL Members,

By the time this issue reaches you, we will be at or near the end of another calendar year. For many of us, this quiet time offers a period of rebirth and reflection marked by new vows and new learning opportunities. It is in that spirit that we offer the2011 Winter CALL Bulletin. For this issue we decided to pause and focus upon what is new in terms of legal resources in our common jurisdiction, Illinois.

This issue offers arrange of perspectives on recent changes in the world of Illinois legal research and what law librarians today are currently working on. Jean M. Wenger from Cook County Law Library offers her thoughts on what county law libraries do today and on what their future might hold. Borrowing from his work for the Illinois State Bar Association, Tom Gaylord offers look at some recent changes to Illinois official government website. Michael Robak weighs in with an insightful article on researching Illinois workers’ compensation claims.

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The Continuing Education Committee Invites You to 2011’s CALL Institute Day: Trademark, Copyrights and Patents – What You Don’t Know, Fri. May 20, 2011

Event held at and sponsored by LexisNexis, 70 West Madison St. # 2200, Chicago. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The cost for this event is $25 for either the morning or afternoon session only, $45 for the entire day. All participants are invited to attend a luncheon provided by LexisNexis which will include an optional presentation by LexisNexis as well. Lunch is included in the price of the event. The event is limited to 50 attendees and the CALL No-Show Walk-In policy will be in effect. Preregistration is required and can be completed via Survey Monkey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CVBGXTN. Registration ends on May 16, 2011. For more information, see http://new.chicagolawlib.org/the-continuing-education-committee-invites-you-to-2011s-call-institute-day-trademark-copyrights-and-patents-what-you-dont-know-fri-may-20-2011/.

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