Library Partnership Saves Family From Eviction, Secures Over $7K in Unpaid Unemployment Benefits

New Orleans Public Library
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Published:  20 October 2021
Library Partnership Saves Family From Eviction, Secures Over $7K in Unpaid Unemployment Benefits

Facing eviction, temporarily out of work, and with no stable income, Theresa Morgan was at her wit’s end, desperate to keep a roof over the heads of her four children, until she learned she could find help in a seemingly unlikely place – the Library.

Since July (2020), the New Orleans Public Library has been partnering with Southeast Louisiana Legal Services to offer free Virtual Legal Clinics to eligible Library users twice a month, focusing on assisting low-income families and individuals with civil legal issues.

Morgan, whose name has been changed in this article to protect her privacy,... Read more

Taking Care of Self, Staff, and Community

Brenda Hough and Betha Gutsche
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Published:  13 October 2021
Taking Care of Self, Staff, and Community

Self-care has long been recommended and recognized as important. It's easy to find articles about the value of self-care: eat healthy, get plenty of sleep, exercise regularly. It can get exhausting just reading about all the things we should be doing to feel better. How can we help self-care feel less like a burden and more like genuine kindness and nurturing? What if we could tap into our larger community to bolster our own well-being while increasing social cohesion for all? There is a continuum – from self-care to staff (workplace) care to community care – that gets stronger as... Read more

Libraries as Legal Aid Connectors in Eviction Crisis

WebJunction
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Published:  05 October 2021
Libraries as Legal Aid Connectors in Eviction Crisis

As part of the Improving Access to Civil Legal Justice initiative, OCLC’s WebJunction will deliver resources that focus on strengthening library staff’s ability to respond to eviction questions with confidence and close the justice gap in their communities. In this article, learn about how a Colorado public library’s free legal clinic connected Alayna Walker with a volunteer lawyer to contest eviction and other legal citations filed against her. Register for the 18 November webinar “Understanding Evictions and How Libraries Can Help” to learn more about evictions in the United States and where libraries can make a difference.  

In... Read more

Free October Webinars for Library Staff

Compiled by the Wyoming State Library
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Published:  30 September 2021
Free October Webinars for Library Staff

October is a great time to revisit your learning goals for the year. Before the end-of-year and holiday rush, set aside some time to gather new knowledge, skills, or confidence, for the important work you do in meeting your community's ever-changing needs. Explore this list of over 60 webinars and four online conferences covering 21 topic areas. Thank you to the Wyoming State Library for collecting this list of learning opportunities! It's updated monthly on the Free Training page, where you can also view the offerings by topic.

For additional training, check out the WebJunction Catalog, free and open... Read more

Skills for Community-Centered Libraries Curriculum Available

Free Library of Philadelphia
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Published:  23 September 2021
Skills for Community-Centered Libraries Curriculum Available

Like many libraries across the nation, the Free Library of Philadelphia is undergoing a paradigm shift. Increasingly, our focus is not only on extensive collections but on how we are engaging with our communities. To address this shift, the Free Library created the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries curriculum.

The Skills for Community-Centered Libraries curriculum is available for free so that all libraries can access and implement it with their own staff. The curriculum is designed to provide participants the opportunity to reflect on the work they do and create small shifts in their professional practices and mindset toward a common goal of engagement... Read more


 

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