In this session, Barbara Bavis, the Bibliographic and Research Instruction Librarian of the Law Library of Congress, will discuss the distance learning initiatives offered by the Law Library through its Legal Research Institute. Beginning in early 2020, and inspired by the vision of the late Law Librarian of Congress, Jane Sánchez, the Law Library moved its existing educational programs online, and, during the pandemic, increased its class offerings by adding two new webinar series. The objectives of these webinar series will be discussed, and further illustrated by short clips of actual class recordings.
Attendees of all levels of knowledge are welcome, as the Law Library hopes to continue to expand users’ perceptions of what the Law Library can do for them, whether or not they can visit Washington, D.C.
Barbara Bavis is the Bibliographic and Research Instruction Librarian for the Law Library of Congress. In this position, she provides legal and legislative research presentations to a wide range of patrons, including congressional staff members, federal government employees, and members of the public. She also provides legal research services to patrons, both at the reference desk in the Law Library Reading Room and via the Law Library’s Ask a Librarian service. Before joining the Law Library of Congress, Barbara was a Faculty Services Librarian at Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law and practiced labor and employment and immigration law at LeClairRyan. Barbara holds a BA in history from Duke University, a JD from the University of North Carolina School of Law, and an MSLIS with a specialization in law librarianship from Catholic University.