Message from Karla Palichuk, YRL Director.
This update includes information on:
- YRL Coffee Chat reminder
- Patron card renewals
- Stickers on blue bins *new*
- Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA) Virtual Poster Session *happening now*
- Free access to School Library Journal (SLJ) magazines
- Education Institute webinars
YRL Coffee Chat reminder
- Thursday, August 6, 1:30 p.m. Join us for our weekly coffee chat.
Patron card renewals
- Your patrons are eager to stay active! As the majority of library cards expired on July 31, we have received a large number of patron-initiated renewal requests through libraries’ webforms and our eResources Support email. You have probably been hearing from folks as well! To make it easy on staff during this busy period, if you would like library memberships extended again, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the specific date and we’ll get that taken care of for you.
Stickers on blue bins *new*
- YRL staff will be placing stickers with “Contents last touched [inserted date]” on the tops of blue bins starting today. This should make it easier for you to quarantine according to your local procedures AND get items in the hands of your patrons as quickly as possible! If you have any questions or feedback, please contact us at email@example.com. Note: Libraries do not need to do the same when returning bins to YRL; thank you but we have our own internal safe handling procedures in place.
PNLA Virtual Poster Session *happening now*
- Tuesday-Friday, August 4-7 This free, four-day event has presenters for 31 posters, from professionals affiliated with a mix of academic, public and school libraries, available to discuss their work with you – and you don’t have to be a PNLA member to participate. The theme is Empathy, Innovation, Impact and will address areas of collections and publishing, literacy and instruction, relationships and connections, and leadership and administration, with a special focus on COVID-19 response. The presentations may be viewed at your convenience, with commenting enabled over the four days so that viewers can ask questions and interact with presenters. Each theme will be highlighted on social media on the specified date and some presenters will be available at designated times to answer questions in real time (times TBD). Participate
- Please join us in congratulating the Spruce Grove Public Library board and staff for winning the Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Library Service for their New Beginnings Listening Circle!
- “The New Beginnings Listening Circle is a new library program based on traditional Indigenous talking circles, with an added focus on listening to members of the community who are willing to share their stories in a safe and welcoming environment. The program came to life because of the City of Spruce Grove Family and Community Support Services’ (FCSS) New Beginnings project to “develop a tri-regional (Spruce Grove, Stony Plain and Parkland County) strategic response to the increasing number of Indigenous families and individuals seeking services from Spruce Grove, Stony Plain and Parkland County.” One of the New Beginnings project’s overall goals is to “build upon current collaborative programs and services to improve current access, services delivery and social policy initiative while continuing to provide crisis intervention services,” and therefore approached the Spruce Grove Public Library to partner in the next steps of their New Beginnings project.“
Free access to SLJ magazines
- SLJ is offering free access to current and back issues of its magazine! From the SLJ homepage, click on “Access Digitized Edition” in the upper left-hand corner and choose an edition.
Education Institute webinars
- “As the library landscape is rapidly changing across Canada, impacting not just your programs and services, the Education Institute is honored to support the library community evolve from this global pandemic. During this time, the Education Institute is utilizing a pay-what-you-can fee structure with a base of $10.” Details/Register
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