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Podcast: The Role Libraries Play in Closing the Justice Gap

Publish Date: News / 5 January 2021

WebJunction and the nonprofit Legal Services Corporation (LSC) have partnered to deliver national online training for public library staff to strengthen access to civil legal justice through public libraries. LSC recently launched a podcast called Ta...

Civil Legal Assistance in Natural Disasters: A Role for the Library

Publish Date: News / 11 November 2020

In the aftermath of a natural disaster, civil legal issues abound. In these stressful situations, when many people have lost so much, they are also faced with untangling legal questions that can be confusing and ever-changing. If property is damaged,...

Creating Pathways to Civil Legal Justice, a New Self-paced Course Series

Publish Date: News / 20 October 2020

WebJunction's new series of free, self-paced courses, Creating Pathways to Civil Legal Justice, will augment your ability and confidence to meet civil legal justice information needs in your community. Created in partnership with Legal Services Corpo...

Book and Library-related Podcasts

Publish Date: News / 13 October 2020

Screen fatigue – the exhaustion felt from so much time spent in front of computers and mobile devices – has many people turning to podcasts, allowing them to take a break from screen and to listen instead. In a post to the Library Think Tank group on...

Legal Language Matters: Protecting Patrons from Notario Fraud

Publish Date: News / 6 October 2020

The Improving Access to Civil Legal Justice through Public Libraries initiative continues to learn about ways to support patrons' civil legal information needs. One learning is the importance of understanding how the meaning of words can change with ...

Understanding How COVID-19 Widens the Justice Gap

Publish Date: News / 17 September 2020

The Improving Access to Civil Legal Justice through Public Libraries initiative has previously discussed the challenges facing those who fall into the justice gap—the divide between the need for civil legal aid and a person’s ability to access resour...

COVID-19 Civil Legal Resources Organized by State

Publish Date: News / 18 June 2020

A collection of links for each state related to COVID-19 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. Libraries ...