McIver's Grant Public Library assistant Dianne Mallard was among them.
"LIFT is a terrific new (free!) resource for our community," said McIver's Grant Public Library Director Dara Gonzales. "All citizens have the right to accessible legal information and assistance."
The Tennessee State Library and Archives regional libraries have partnered with the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services to train librarians on the use of the new Legal Information for Tennesseans web portal.
The trainings have focused on best practices for librarians to use in delivering referral and legal information to patrons through the use of the new legal website resource.
The LIFT portal, available at http://legalinfotn.org, was developed to provide comprehensive resources on a wide variety of civil legal issues including self-representation, divorce, domestic violence and dating problems, juvenile issues, health care, money problems and veterans' issues.
The project identified libraries as major centers for free Internet use and information gathering. It also recognized the research expertise of librarians who could serve as natural partners in this initiative.
One significant factor that influenced the development of the LIFT site was the fact that a large majority of younger and rural Tennesseans access the Internet through the use of a mobile device. In response, LIFT was developed using responsive technology that allows the site to 'scale' to any device -- such as a tablet or smart phone. This feature means that users don't have to purchase an app or learn to use an app that is different from the main website.
"Our librarians attend many in-service trainings," said Obion River Regional Library Director Mary Carpenter, who appreciates the training and new collaboration. "And this training provides yet another tool which they'll be able to use to help their patrons. Going to court and dealing with a legal problem can be so intimidating and this new website is user-friendly and will help people understand how to help themselves."
The new LIFT website was developed with funding from the Legal Services Corp. and was created by the West Tennessee Legal Services and TALS.
Those interested in more information may contact Anne Fox at (615) 627-0956.