Friday, April 18, 2014

Chat/IM with a Law Librarian

Nothing makes a librarian’s heart happier than helping, and the law library has recently added a service we hope will help you. Need a quick answer but can’t make it into the law library with your legal research question? Or are you in the law library but reluctant to pack up your books and laptop to come to the reference desk lest you lose your spot? Perhaps you’re a clinic student and working downtown for the afternoon in court.

Great news: the Moritz Law Library now offers live chat during reference hours! You can quickly and easily type a quick question and get a response. Just go to our Ask A Librarian legal research guide and start chatting. A law librarian will be available to respond to your questions Monday-Friday from 10am-5pm and Sundays from 1pm-5pm. In the event we are unavailable to chat (for example, if the librarian has stepped away from the desk for a moment to assist someone), you’re of course still welcome to call 614-292-9463 and leave a voicemail, or you can email the reference desk at lawlibref@osu.edu. We will respond as quickly as possible to your inquiries.
 
Consider for a moment how helpful this service might be to you, especially as you head off to summer employment. If you’re still flummoxed by the catalog but wonder if we have a certain book, feel free to just chat and ask. Need  a couple of starting points for interdisciplinary articles? We can quickly point you to databases on the libraries’ websites that might have what you need. Curious if we have an old version of an Ohio statute on the shelves or if we know how to find it online? Send your quick question and get a quick response. If your inquiry is a little more involved, we’d be happy to call or send an email with more detail as needed.
 
This service is not limited to law students; we’re also happy to answer the queries of faculty and law school staff. Feel free to send us a message, and we’ll do our best to help!