Civil Legal Issues of Natural Disasters: Libraries Can Help
Presenters will introduce the civil legal issues that arise during natural disasters and share how to support related patron information needs.
Natural disasters strike everywhere. In their wake, communities are left reeling and many people turn to their libraries for support and information. Your library may have plans to secure its facilities and collections in order to keep the doors open, but are you prepared to support patrons’ civil legal issues that arise? A host of urgent needs emerge around FEMA applications, landlord-tenant disputes, property issues, required documentation, and more. Libraries can play a crucial role connecting people with civil legal issues to resources and information that can help. Join this webinar to learn how to apply reference skills to support community members through this civil legal turmoil and guide them toward positive outcomes. A legal aid attorney and a law librarian will share insights based on their personal disaster experiences to introduce library staff to civil legal issues that may arise during a variety of natural disasters.
And building on its Creating Pathways to Civil Legal Justice foundational course series, in September WebJunction will be launching a new set of courses, Navigating Civil Legal Issues of Natural Disasters, which will address how libraries can support the civil legal information needs of patrons that arise in a natural disaster. We’ll share more about the coming courses in the webinar.
Presented by: Kathy Grunewald, Disaster Coordinator Attorney, Legal Services of North Florida; Sara Pic, Head of Public Services, Law Library of Louisiana; and Brooke Doyle, Sr. Project Coordinator, WebJunction, OCLC
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- Improving Access to Civil Legal Justice through Public Libraries, project page
- Creating Pathways to Civil Legal Justice, a free self-paced course series available in WebJunction’s Course Catalog
- Civil Legal Assistance in Natural Disasters: A Role for the Library, WebJunction with Kathy Grunewald, 2020
- Libraries at the Disaster Preparedness Table, Brooke Doyle, 2022
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