The Circuit Riders Outreach Program has had a significant impact in South Carolina and beyond. In recognition of the program's accomplishments, its founder, Terrye Conroy, received the 2009 Roy M. Mersky Spirit of Law Librarianship Award.
The Circuit Riders program was featured in the University of South Carolina's Fall 2010 Carolinian magazine. In that article, Steve Smith, the Director of Reference Services for Spartanburg County Public Libraries, stated, "If this program wasn't available, there would definitely be a void. This program fills in a knowledge gap of specialized law information for librarians that ultimately benefits the everyday citizen."
After learning of the Circuit Riders program at the annual meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries in Denver, Florida law librarians utilized the Circuit Riders materials to establish their own outreach program. In the summer 2010 edition of the Southeastern Law Librarian newsletter, law librarians from the University of Florida and Florida Coastal School of Law reported that they used the resources from the Circuit Riders website extensively, "... with changes made only when it came to explaining the law in Florida versus South Carolina."
In 2009, just when the future of the Circuit Riders program was in jeopardy from lack of funding, it received an anonymous grant that has been used to provide more workshops in 2010-2011. It will also be utilized this summer to create instructional videos for use by librarians across South Carolina.
The Circuit Riders Program workshop, entitled Legal Research for Non-Law Librarians, includes the following components:
The Circuit Riders Program workshop includes the following presentation materials: