As soon as I saw a reference to “International Podcast Day” on one of our blog team calendars—scheduled for September 30th—I knew that we had to do a post about a podcast episode I had the pleasure of participating in earlier this year.
In the Legal Talk Network’s ABA Law Student Podcast episode “The Library of Congress: A Free Legal Research Resource,” Sheila Hollis, Chair of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress, and I were interviewed regarding the multitude of resources the Law Library of Congress offers to legal researchers. In the wide-ranging interview, we touched on the invaluable resources available at the Law Library of Congress, from our over 2.9 million printed volumes, overseen by our collection services staff, to our dedicated and knowledgeable foreign law specialists and legal reference librarians. In addition to our in-person resources, Sheila and I talked about some of the free online legal resources supported by Law Library of Congress librarians and research specialists, including our legal reports on foreign, comparative, and domestic law, our Magna Carta exhibition and blog posts, and the Congress.gov legislative information system. We also branched out into some other, non-Library, free online resources our staff can assist patrons in accessing, including case law-focused websites and websites that contain regulations and presidential documents.