ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – For years, the Kane County Law Library and Self Help Legal Center had a single page included on the county’s judicial website, www.illinois16thjudicialcircuit.org.
Although the law library’s site still is linked to the judicial website, it launched a new, responsive website this month all its own at www.kclawlibrary.org.
With the new website, lawyers and individuals doing legal research can have an easier time accessing information, making it a responsive design website, law librarian Ellen Schmid said.
“It means it will respond to different screen sizes and technologies in a user-friendly format,” Schmid said, adding that “it will rescale and stay readable … across platforms, whether a computer screen, mobile or tablet.”
Located on the second floor of the Kane County Judicial Center, 37W777 Route 38, St. Charles Township, the law library serves lawyers, as well as members of the public who are representing themselves or who are doing research.
The newly created website allows different portals for access – one for self-representation, one for legal professionals and one for research, Schmid said. The bar across the top leads to drop-down menus that cover services, legal forms, a catalog, legal resources, rules and quick links. The bar was based on the most asked questions from the public, Schmid said.
With the help of Cassie Smith, Adam Tedder and Chris Ardelean from the county’s Information Technology Department, Schmid said it took about eight months for her to put in all the content because it was an additional duty.
“Cassie designed what it would look like. Adam helped me get up to speed on using [a content management system], and Chris made it go live,” Schmid said. “We really want to help as many people as we can with our services. This is a way we can reach out more to the community.”
In a news release, library director Halle Cox stated that the law library served nearly 6,000 individuals last year.
“The goal is not only to be the most user-friendly law library in person, but online as well,” Cox stated in the release.
The law library is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.