Message from Karla Palichuk, YRL Director.
This update includes information on:
- Non-medical masks may be distributed by public libraries
- Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) and Service Alberta broadband update
- Marigold Library System (MLS) training opportunities
- Public Library Association (PLA) Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice (EDISJ) live Twitter chat
- AUMA and Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) recorded webinar
Non-medical masks may be distributed by public libraries
- The provincial government is considering a partnership with public libraries to distribute non-medical masks to Albertans at no cost. YRL staff will be requesting information from each library about this potential initiative during the next weekly check-in call/email.
AUMA and Service Alberta broadband update
- As part of AUMA’s ongoing work on the issue of broadband internet, we have been in regular contact with Service Alberta, with senior ministry officials recently presenting at our Small Communities committee. Further to this, the Ministry recently shared some of their plans regarding increasing access to broadband internet access for Alberta communities. Read the update
MLS training opportunities
- Thursday, July 9, 10:00 a.m. Leap – Circulation Basics: Learn the ins and outs of circulating library materials using Leap in this 30-minute webinar. Register
- Tuesday, July 14, 10:00 a.m. LibraryAware Basics – Print Materials: This 60-minute webinar will show you the ins and outs of using LibraryAware for the first time and using the drag and drop editor to create awesome, eye-catching print promotional materials for your library. Register
- Thursday, July 16, 10:00 a.m. Leap – Patron Accounts: Learn all about patron accounts in Leap in this 45-minute webinar. Register
- Thursday, July 23, 10:00 a.m. Leap – Searching for Materials and Placing Holds: Learn all about searching for materials and placing holds in Leap in this 45-minute webinar. Register
- Tuesday, July 28, 10:00 a.m. LibraryAware Basics – Social Media: Learn how to use LibraryAware to create social media posts to inform and entertain your followers in this 30-minute webinar. NOTE: It is recommended that you watch LibraryAware Basics – Print Materials prior to watching this webinar. Register
- There are also recorded webinars available on demand:
PLA EDISJ live Twitter chat
- Wednesday, July 1, 11:00 a.m.: Join PLA’s Task Force on EDISJ for their first live Twitter chat. The discussion will focus on EDISJ in the library workforce, and will aim to help library staff understand the interplay of EDISJ principles in workforce development and re-examine systems and policies to expose issues of inequity and injustice. To ensure a lively discussion, we’re providing the discussion questions ahead of time. So get ready to share your experiences and resources, ask questions, and learn from your peers!
- Has your library normalized a shared lexicon or other formalized initiatives around EDISJ?
- In what ways are communities of color formally recognized as key stakeholders in organizational decision-making?
- In what ways has your library developed hiring practices that support the recruitment and retention of those who are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour)?
- Does your library have a systematic review of racial equity?
- What are some of the societal shifts in a post-COVID world that will impact the public library workforce & values?
- To participate in the conversation, simply follow PLA on Twitter at @ALA_PLA and tweet using the hashtags #chatPLA and #libraryworkers.
AUMA and RMA recorded webinar
- Last week’s What “Phase 2” means to municipal & community services webinar recording is now available online. During this 60-minute session, experts including Dr. Deena Hinshaw shared insights into developments and delivery timelines, answered questions on the provincial relaunch strategy, and shared available supporting materials. Watch
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