By Brooke Doyle
You may have heard about Improving Access to Civil Legal Justice through Libraries, an initiative developed in partnership between OCLC’s WebJunction program and the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). As part of this initiative, my WebJunction colleagues and I have met and collaborated with many wonderful law librarians as we’ve created resources to increase public library staff’s knowledge, skills, and confidence to respond to patrons’ civil legal information questions. A key result of the collaboration is a series of four self-paced courses, Creating Pathways to Civil Legal Justice. I hope you’ll share these free online courses with your public library colleagues.
Responding to the interest in these courses and the urgency of eviction and housing insecurity issues in communities, WebJunction continued the partnership with LSC to help library staff strengthen their ability to respond to eviction queries from patrons with knowledge and confidence.
We recently delivered a webinar Understanding Eviction and How Libraries Can Help. Law librarian Deb Hamilton, Pikes Peak Library District (CO), and Kristin Wong, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, covered the current state of the crisis and how to recognize the basic phases of the eviction process, with an emphasis on preventing evictions through rental assistance. We also curated a set of Eviction Resources for Libraries. We hope you will bookmark this page and tell your public library colleagues about the webinar recording and the resource list. We will continue to update the resource list as needed.
I’d like to invite you to a December 8 session where we will be continuing the conversation about how libraries can assist in the eviction crisis. We’ll begin with short presentations showcasing partnerships between libraries and community organizations that address eviction. We will then open the conversation up for all to share ideas or ask questions. Leaders representing law and public libraries, government agencies, and legal aid will be available to respond to the comments and questions. We hope you can join us, share your insights, and invite your public library colleagues to bring their questions.
About the author: Brooke Doyle is a Senior Project Coordinator at OCLC’s WebJunction Program.