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Common Legal Issues
The books mentioned in this weeding tip are primarily “self- help” books. They are educational tools intended to explain legal matters to non-lawyers. Ideally, they should be translating legalese into simple English and guiding the reader, step by step, along the path of enlightenment concerning common legal issues.
Patrons and librarians should be aware that while these books contain general information about legal topics, they should not be used as a substitute for consulting an attorney about the details of specific circumstances.
The C.R.E.W guidelines for 340 (Law) are as follows:
Replace when more current material becomes available. Never keep superseded editions, even for heavily used topics like divorce or bankruptcy. Keep only the current edition or the edition approved for use in your community of the Uniform Building Code and similar code books for specific areas of construction. General guides on finding and working with an attorney or the basics of our legal system may be retained based on use. Study guides for law school should not be kept longer than 3 years; check with publishers to ensure that major changes in the test have not occurred. Retain books that examine the history of major legal cases (Brown vs. Topeka) as long as interest exists or until MUSTIE factors prevail. Remember that most government agencies now post the most current legal information, laws, and ordinances on the Internet.
(Source: CREW: A Weeding Manual for Modern Libraries, Revised and updated by Jeanette Larson, Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Austin Texas 2012).
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