Shared Resources, Legal Guidance & Libraries and Archives

A new article about the Ask the Lawyer service that is provided by WNYLRC as well as three other councils in New York State has been published in the Journal of Archival Storage by Hope Dunbar, archivist at Buffalo State College. During the fall, Hope interviewed both Stephanie Cole Adams, the attorney behind the Ask the Lawyer and Sheryl Knab, WNYLRC Executive Director who manages the service. To date over 60 questions have been asked of the Ask the Lawyer service from member libraries in the four participating regions. Thirty four of those questions have been added to the Recently Asked Questions (RAQ) page linked from the Ask the lawyer page at

Here is the full citation to the journal article:

ARTICLE TITLE: Have a Legal Question Without the Resources to Get an Answer?
ABSTRACT: This article explores the Western New York’s Library Resources Council’s Ask the Lawyer Program. The program provides a timely model for local cultural heritage communities, such as archives, to collectively retain a lawyer in a non-representational capacity to answer both specific and hypothetical questions that arise as a result of their work.
JOURNAL: The Journal of Archival Organization (JAO), Taylor & Francis Online
AUTHOR INFORMATION: Hope Dunbar, Special Collections Archivist, SUNY Buffalo State College,
KEYWORDS: Advisor, Archives, Archivist, Ask the Lawyer, Attorney, Attorney-Client, Collaboration, Cultural Heritage, Educational Corporation, General Counsel, Lawyer, Legal, Organization as Client, Retainer
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in the Journal of Archival Organization on 30/03/2018, available online at:

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