Thursday, November 17, 2016

LawMatters Evaluation Update - Survey Winners!

As many of you may know, CLBC is evaluating the LawMatters program  to see how we can best support public libraries and librarians in BC to provide their communities with up-to-date, reliable public legal information.

The first part of the evaluation process was a survey. I want to thank everyone who participated, it is fantastic to hear all of your ideas and it will really help shape the direction of the program!

We hope to have a report available early 2017.

In the meantime, the survey did have an incentive... there was a draw for 5 $50 gift cards to Chapters/Indigo.

Without further ado, the winners are:
  • Debby from Fraser Valley Regional Library 
  • Sherry from Granisle Public Library
  • James from Okanagan Regional Library
  • Sam from Okanagan Regional Library
  • Jane from Radium Public Library
The second phase of the LawMatters evaluation is an interview - if you are one of my LawMatters contacts and want your voice heard, email me (smcleod@courthouselibrary.ca) and I can set you up for an interview! Thank you!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Legal Information Display – Q&A with Sechelt Public Library


For today’s blog post, I did a Q & A with Lorinda at Sechelt Public library. Lorinda is the main LawMatters contact as Sechelt Public Library and has been putting up a legal information display for years! She shares her experiences with us here – Thanks Lorinda!


How long have you had your legal info freebie display?



Pretty much from the start of the LawMatters project. The list "Law Books for Libraries" has always been a big help with this.

How do you order your free materials?


Once again - the "Law Books for Libraries" list is a great resource.

All the sources for freebies are listed.  I've created an account with the Queen's Printer and it's quick and easy.

Is it easy to keep up?


Pretty much.  It is amazing how fast some of the titles disappear - in particular anything to do with wills and estates.  I have to keep a close eye that we are not running out.


What about space concerns?


We have set aside dedicated display space for our legal pamphlets.  We find that a 4 or 5 foot slat wall display unit, in addition to a couple of spinning display holders is plenty.


What are your frustrations with free materials?


The main frustration is over time I have noticed fewer and fewer titles available in print format.  Print is important to our patrons for a number of reasons.  First of all, there are many seniors in
Sechelt, and many of them are not comfortable with online technology.

Secondly, many people are unaware these legal resources exist - and an eye catching display is the best way to get the word out.  A poster giving a website just doesn't have the same impact.

What is the reception? (How do your patrons like the freebies?)


We have had a great deal of positive response - proven by the large numbers of pamphlets that go out the door each week.


What titles/subjects do you see the most use out of?


For our demographics here in Sechelt it is mainly wills and estates and services related to seniors.

What benefits have you seen from putting on a legal display?


The pamphlets serve as an excellent segue from general information, to
more detailed and specific information.  

The pamphlets give an overview of the topic, a glossary of legal terminology, and then ideas about where to go for more information.  Library staff can then assist with either tracking down more in-depth print resources, or helping the patron access appropriate online resources.

Picture by Lorinda

If you have any questions about ordering free legal information materials or about the Law Books for Libraries List, please contact me at smcleod@courthouselibrary.ca

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Personal Planning Month is here! Events at Public Libraries


This November, Nidus Personal Planning and Resource Registry will be presenting the following webinars:
  • The Essentials of a Basic Plan for Your Future
  • End-of-Life: at home? In hospital? In a care facility?
  • Adult Guardianship - What does it mean in 2016?
  • Expressing Wishes - That Don't Backfire!

Public libraries across BC are participating by hosting personal planning webinars for their patrons - some are hosting multiple presentations!

So far, there are 21 webinar presentations scheduled at libraries! Check out the map below for more details.

Click this icon on the map to see the full list of locations and webinars.



Nidus will also be updating their scheduled presentations for Personal Planning Month here.

Curious about the difference between Personal Planning and Estate Planning? See this common question on Clicklaw

If your library would like to host a live-stream of one of Nidus's information webinars, please send me an email at smcleod@courthouselibary.ca

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Get Ready for Personal Planning Month!


LawMatters is once again partnering with Nidus Personal Planning and Resource Registry to help promote personal planning information sessions at public libraries! LawMatters has previously worked with Nidus and public libraries with great success!



This November, Nidus will be presenting the following webinars:
  • The Essentials of a Basic Plan for Your Future
  • End-of-Life: at home? In hospital? In a care facility?
  • Adult Guardianship - What does it mean in 2016?
  • Expressing Wishes - That Don't Backfire!

Public libraries are invited to host these webinars for their patrons!
The following libraries will be offering live viewings of several webinars:



In person sessions will be held at Vancouver Public Library (Firehall Branch) and Burnaby Public Library (Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch)!

For more information on each of the webinar sessions as well as locations for viewing - please see the following posters.

             


It's not too late to sign up! 


If your library would like to host a live-stream of one of Nidus's information webinars, please send me an email at smcleod@courthouselibary.ca

Monday, October 3, 2016

Get Legal Info at Your Local Library - LawMatters Overview

This post originally appeared on Clicklaw Blog September 28, 2016

By Shannon McLeod
LawMatters Program Coordinator

October is only a few days away, and it is Canadian Library Month, an excellent opportunity to recognize the role public libraries play in providing legal information to their communities.



Since 2007, Courthouse Libraries BC has been proud to partner with BC’s public libraries through the LawMatters program. Supported by the Law Foundation of British Columbia, LawMatters is Courthouse Libraries BC's outreach program for public librarians. Through this partnership we are working to enhance public access to legal information in all communities across British Columba. The LawMatters program focuses on four main areas to help support public libraries:

Grants


Financial assistance is given to all public libraries that choose to participate through our grants program. Grants are distributed annually to help purchase legal information and reference materials.

Collection Support


We provide libraries with a core list of titles to use as a guide for selecting and ordering materials. The list is evaluated annually for currency and accuracy. We are also available to offer suggestions and work with librarians to support local collection needs. Working with Clicklaw Wikibooks, LawMatters has previously distributed print copies of Clicklaw Wikibook titles Legal Help for British Columbians, JP Boyd on Family Law, and Dial-A-Law free of charge to libraries throughout BC to support legal collections.

Skills Development


We offer training sessions to public librarians to improve their confidence helping the public with legal information questions. This includes how to use legal resources, the basics of legal research, and general legal reference skills.

Partnerships


Our goal is to increase access to legal information for all communities in BC and empower librarians and to provide legal information, reference, and referral. We aim to build community capacity through partnerships which we continue to explore with libraries and other organizations. We encourage and consult with public libraries to host community forums to connect with local organizations that work with the public to help them find legal information.



For more information on the growing role of public libraries and public librarians as partners in access to justice, see “LawMatters at Your Local Public Library; A History of BC’s Program for Public Legal Information and Education in Public Libraries.”

Monday, August 29, 2016

New Legal Information Online - August 2016


New on Clicklaw


What is the difference between Personal Planning and Estate Planning? - Clicklaw Common Question, June 2016

What can a landlord ask or require of me before renting? - Clicklaw Common Question, June 2016

I’m a refugee abroad. How can I get to BC (Canada)? - Clicklaw Common Question, June 2016

Protecting Children - Your Role as a Relative - BC Ministry of Children and Family Development, 2016

Disclosing Your Disability: A Legal Guide for People with Disabilities in BC - Disability Alliance BC (formerly BC Coalition of People with Disabilities) and Law Foundation of BC, 2016

Clicklaw Blog


Moving in together, “Common-Law Relationships” and Unmarried Spouses in BC - Clicklaw Blog August 10, 2016

Residential Tenancy Rights: Where to go for help? - Clicklaw Blog, August 17, 2016

Blogs & Journal Articles 


Canada’s Law on Medical Assistance in Dying – Ask Joanne, Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry, June 18, 2016


Asked & Answered: What is the BC Building Code? – The Stream, Aug 5, 2016

Tenancy: Human Rights - Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre, 2016

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Strata Property Disputes and the Civil Resolution Tribunal – Webinar Announcement


As of July 2016, most strata property disputes must be resolved using the new online Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) instead of the court.

Join us for a free* webinar on the CRT:


Civil Resolution Tribunal Intake Process 
Presented by CRT Chair Shannon Salter
September 8, 12:30-1:30pm PDT

The online Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) is up and running to resolve strata (condominium) property disputes. This session will show you how to use the CRT’s online information and application systems, and answer some common questions about how to help your clients use the CRT. The webinar will be recorded and made available after the presentation to help users navigate this fantastic tool.


*This is a FREE event aimed towards public librarians, community workers and advocates.


Want to know more about the CRT?
Want to know more about the CRT? Shannon Salter provides us with a great overview:


The CRT’s goal is to improve access to justice by using technology to provide accessible and affordable dispute resolution services. As a first step, the CRT’s Solution Explorer software application provides free legal information and self-help tools. You can access the Solution Explorer here. These tools help to diagnose problems and resolve them through information, videos, and template letters that are directly relevant to the dispute.   

Accessible 24/7 from computers and smart phones, the Solution Explorer helps people resolve their disputes without having to go to court or use the CRT process.


If people cannot resolve a dispute themselves using these tools, they can begin a CRT claim from within the Solution Explorer. The CRT then issues a notice package, which the applicant serves on the other parties to the dispute. The claim goes through a facilitation phase, where a dispute resolution expert works with the parties to achieve an agreement between the parties. If this is not possible, an expert, independent tribunal member will make a binding decision after a hearing. This CRT decision is enforceable as a court order.

We hope you can join us!
Check out our previous CRT webinar for a refresher on the Solution Explorer!