Need LEGIT legal forms? Don’t just “Google” it!

We’ve probably all had that reference interview that started with something simple like needing help printing, when what was REALLY needed was much more than that: a résumé re-write, mini-lesson in MS Office, or trickiest of all – legal advice. That is something we can’t dispense and most of us are not equipped to do so! However, what we CAN do is simplest of all – point to Gale Legal Forms.

Last week I had a patron very frustrated with the fact that she was told she needed a specific form, but “Googling” it just let to bad places, either non-legit or costly or both. She was having trouble accessing one such website to print out the form (which was going to cost her $30 to download). Luckily she asked for help, because I was able to help her take a U-turn out of that particular dark alley and send her straight to Gale for free, legit, and accurate access to the very form she needed.

This tax season (and really all year round), we should have this resource in our back pocket ready to pull out instead of saying, “I’m sorry, I can’t help you, I’m not a lawyer.” As a notary, I often have to say that myself, but I can at least add Gale Legal Forms as a legitimate place to start, with hopefully more ease of use and definitely fewer dark alleys than Google Country. And of course it’s always free when brought to you by your friendly neighborhood library!

Legal Forms – eResources for Allegheny County Public Libraries (einetwork.net)

– Heather Auman, Western Allegheny Community Library

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Exciting New Resource News!

We are pleased to announce that the newest resources from the POWER Library are now live on the Allegheny County eLibrary. Access all the new resource from the Pennsylvania Electronic Library like Britannica School, Cricket Media Collection, MyHeritage, PA Online Learning, and more!

The eLibrary can be your one stop shop for lots of resources from the POWER Library – job hunting, ebooks (on a wide variety of topics), language learning, and genealogy research just to name a few. If you want to do a deeper dive into what some of these exciting new resources from POWER Library have to offer stop in or call your local library to learn more!

Happy Learning,

-Adrianne, Northland Public Library

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Struggling with Youth Readers’ Advisory?

If youth books aren’t your thing, but you have young patrons and caregivers asking for reading recommendations, try Novalist k-8. They have a great section on working with youth – including programming ideas, readers’ advisory tips, and how to match books to your patrons!

Gabi B. Robinson Library

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World Book Online – Going Away Soon!

What?
Library subscription access to World Book Online will end for all Allegheny County libraries.

When?
November 2, 2023

Why?
Because our stalwart patrons currently have access to digital resources which provide comparable reference content. These include:

Gale in Context: Elementary 

Gale in Context: Middle School

Gale OneFile High School 

Gale PowerSearch

Science Reference Center   


For library staff: Make sure your patrons are made aware of the World Book Online cancellation and that they know about the other relevant resources listed above. Plan on removing links and advertisements from your websites.

For patrons: If you’re ever in need of assistance navigating your library’s digital resources, you can always reach out to your local library!

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at nuzumd@einetwork.net!

— Derek, South Park Township Library

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