Message from Karla Palichuk, YRL Director.
This update includes information on:
- MAH survey statistics available
- Masks for Albertans update
- Respiratory viruses and the workplace recorded webinar
- Library staff safety and security
- Managing change positively
- The art of optimism
MAH survey statistics available
· The member public library MAH survey statistics for circulation, patrons, and WiFi sessions are now available. Please take a moment to read the short explanation on the Statistics page where you will find a link to access the spreadsheet. Thank you once again for your patience!
Masks for Albertans update
- We have been informed of a change to the quantity of masks that will be shipped out to public libraries as there was a concern about the impact the enormous volume of masks would have on the Government Courier Delivery System. As a result, the regional library systems will each be receiving an initial delivery of 75,000 masks with the potential to receive more – down significantly from the 2.4 million masks YRL was expecting to receive. We will be working out a plan to distribute the masks and thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate constantly changing information. As a reminder, you CAN hand the masks out to patrons for use when in the library and provide packages of masks to the public. If you have any comments or questions, please contact Karla at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Suggestion: Libraries could recruit volunteers to pack the masks through the Canada Student Service Grant program; more information and registration is available at iwanttohelp.org and jobbank.gc.ca/volunteer.
Respiratory viruses and the workplace recorded webinar
- This 15-minute, Alberta Occupational Health and Safety recorded webinar gives employers, supervisors and workers information about minimizing risk from respiratory viruses in the workplace.
Library staff safety and security podcast
- Library Safety & Security with Dr. Steve Albrecht is a 30-minute podcast containing information about patron-perpetrated sexual harassment/workplace violence. You need a (free) Library 2.0 account to access the podcast.
Managing change positively
- This LinkedIn Pulse article looks at the difference between change and transition, and explains the three phases in the transition process – this may be helpful to some people as we head back to physical workplaces and/or open the library doors to the public again.
The art of optimism
- Research tells us that life tends to be more manageable for optimists: they experience increased physical, mental and emotional health benefits and at work, optimism has been linked to overall work happiness, increased motivation, improved task-orientation and better problem-solving. Being an optimist is good for you, personally and professionally. This Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute blog post contains four, easy science- and research-based strategies for thinking more optimistically.
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