Presentation Title

1B: A Joint Effort: Libraries Working Together to Support Access to Justice

Session Length

45 minutes

Location

IB 1019

Start Date

27-4-2020 10:45 AM

End Date

27-4-2020 11:30 AM

Abstract

Libraries are positioned to play a critical role in the access to justice crisis that is affecting communities throughout BC. With the closing of governmental services, people are going to their local public libraries for help with ‘every day’ legal problems, such as finding and filling out immigration forms, welfare applications, and court forms, or help in finding information to resolve tenancy or consumer issues.

Libraries have been stepping up to fill this need, but doing so without additional support or resources. This is a systemic problem that will require a coordinated effort. We cannot solve this on our own, but working in partnership, we can have a profound and positive impact in our local communities.

Join us in a conversation where we will discuss the ways Courthouse Libraries BC and LawMatters – CLBC’s unique public library outreach program – are working to engage libraries at the local level to ensure you have the resources you need. We aim to build peer-to-peer relationships that leverage our respective strengths, skills, connections, and resources to enhance local access to legal information services.

You’ll learn about the ways CLBC and LawMatters can help support your day-to-day work, as well as the training and community engagement opportunities we offer. We’d also like to hear from you! Your engagement with the program is critical as your knowledge of local community needs drives our activities. We make it a priority to deliver what we can in response to your feedback, so please join us and share your experiences!

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Apr 27th, 10:45 AM Apr 27th, 11:30 AM

1B: A Joint Effort: Libraries Working Together to Support Access to Justice

IB 1019

Libraries are positioned to play a critical role in the access to justice crisis that is affecting communities throughout BC. With the closing of governmental services, people are going to their local public libraries for help with ‘every day’ legal problems, such as finding and filling out immigration forms, welfare applications, and court forms, or help in finding information to resolve tenancy or consumer issues.

Libraries have been stepping up to fill this need, but doing so without additional support or resources. This is a systemic problem that will require a coordinated effort. We cannot solve this on our own, but working in partnership, we can have a profound and positive impact in our local communities.

Join us in a conversation where we will discuss the ways Courthouse Libraries BC and LawMatters – CLBC’s unique public library outreach program – are working to engage libraries at the local level to ensure you have the resources you need. We aim to build peer-to-peer relationships that leverage our respective strengths, skills, connections, and resources to enhance local access to legal information services.

You’ll learn about the ways CLBC and LawMatters can help support your day-to-day work, as well as the training and community engagement opportunities we offer. We’d also like to hear from you! Your engagement with the program is critical as your knowledge of local community needs drives our activities. We make it a priority to deliver what we can in response to your feedback, so please join us and share your experiences!