AALL is working in collaboration with the Government Printing Office’s Federal Depository Library Program and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts to promote a collaborative program to expand access to and use of PACER. The Law Library for San Bernardino County and the Law Library of Congress participated in the initial testing of the program, which requires librarians to develop training materials for individual or group instruction. The program is open to federal depository libraries, public libraries, and public law libraries. Participating libraries are exempt from the first $50 of quarterly usage charges.
At the Depository Library Council Meeting and Conference in Arlington, Virginia this month, George Carter, Head of Reference & Public Services at Law Library for San Bernardino County, shared the training materials and FAQs he developed for library staff. Carter used the new PACER training site, which features cases filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York in 2007, to help his staff learn how to effectively search PACER.
To volunteer your law library for this new program, or to find out more information, please see the PACER: Access and Education Program page on the FDLP Desktop.