JUN 11

Libraries Prepare to Answer Civil Legal Questions in Times of Crisis

This webinar explores common civil legal issues associated with times of crisis and provides guidance on ways for public libraries to respond to patron questions.

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With the economy staggering, unemployment soaring to unprecedented heights, and families reeling from weeks of confinement and uncertainty, people are turning to their libraries for help. Many of the issues people are struggling with involve civil legal information; questions related to unemployment, debt/money issues, foreclosures and evictions, or family stressors are all on the rise due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this webinar, two law librarians highlight the most common civil legal issues they are seeing, provide guidance on key ways for public libraries to respond to civil legal needs, and discuss best practices for online reference services. Let’s work together to re-empower our struggling communities and demonstrate just how essential libraries are in times of crisis.

Presented by: Jenny Silbiger, State Law Librarian, Access to Justice Coordinator, Hawaii Supreme Court Law Library; and Joseph Lawson, Deputy Director, Harris County Law Library (TX)

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11 June 2020


3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]

Webinar presenter Jenny Silbiger

Webinar presenter Joseph Lawson