Saturday, July 20, 2013

Common denominators

Dirty hands = working handsIf you haven't figured it out by now, I'm a guy and I dig on guy stuff.  Take, for instance, the videos at SSI Shredding.  These guys take stuff and shred it down to nothing.  Bowling balls?  Baseball Bats?  A Hippie VW Superbeetle?  Abandoned boats (that's right, boats)?  Not a problem.  SSI shredders takes all kinds of stuff and breaks it down into manageable recyclable bits of useful material.

Legal research is like that too.  As a Law Librarian, I take matter unorganized, jump down into the legal trenches, and produce something people can take away with them to do whatever it is they are going to do with it.

For example, the other day a mother came into our library.  Seems her son had been incarcerated for a crime he hadn't committed (sadly, they all say that) and she was working on writing a writ of habeas corpus to gain a rehearing (and his freedom).  Mother shows me a list of stuff son wants her to send to him among which is a request for some really old code.  We're talking 1800's stuff.  Turns out, our law library has stuff from back when California was granted statehood and in mere minutes (and going through through old copies of the California Statutes and Amendments to the Code) I had a copies of what mother needed and off she went singing praises to law Librarianship.

Maybe you need some help finding something.  Maybe you're in need of expert legal research assistance?  Maybe you just want to see how a Law Librarian gets their groove on.  Whatever the case, know that your local Law Librarian knows the game and can help you get in yours, too.