Message from Karla Palichuk, YRL Director.
This update includes information on:
- Welcome to YRL, Ben!
- Stronger Together conference: Registration closes next Monday
- Helping children succeed at online learning
Welcome to YRL, Ben!
- We are pleased to announce that Librarian Ben Ehlers joined YRL and the Library Development Services team today! Ben is coming to us from EPL where he has spent the last eight years contributing to the ongoing growth and development of the Makerspace, as well as building relationships and programming at the Riverbend Branch as a community librarian. Ben holds degrees in International Studies, Education, and an MLIS and is passionate about the role that libraries play in facilitating the exchange and creation of knowledge. On a more personal note, he enjoys cooking, collecting musical instruments, and playing board games with his family. When he’s not at home or work, you might find him exploring Edmonton’s river valley with his dog, Puccini. Ben can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 780-962-2003, ext. 231.
Stronger Together conference: Registration closes next Monday
- The Stronger Together conference planning team is thrilled to announce that more than 800 people have registered from across Canada, the United States, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe!
- The conference highlights six main categories: Public Libraries, School Libraries, Community, Library Trustees, Advocacy, and Fundraising.
- Registration is free and will remain open until next Monday, September 28th. Attendees can register for as many sessions as they’d like (choose Select All in the Category section) and have access to the archived recordings, even if they can’t make the live viewing.
- Don’t miss our great sessions including these four amazing keynote addresses:
- The Whole-Person Library: Meeting Lifelong Needs through Community Partnerships – Jenn Carson is an internationally recognized expert in physical literacy, an award-winning author and the director of the L.P. Fisher Public Library in Woodstock, NB. Beyond addressing basic literacy skills, many libraries are teaching financial, digital and physical literacy, as well as offering medical, legal and mental health services, in an effort to meet the needs of the whole person during the entire lifespan. Jenn’s keynote will address how libraries can lead with compassion.
- An Unorthodox Journey to the Published Land – Terry Fallis is the award-winning author of seven national bestselling novels, including his latest, Albatross, which was a number one national bestseller a week after it was published. For his keynote, Terry will be telling the story of his unusual, fateful and funny journey to the writing life.
- Whiteness and White Supremacy in Librarianship – Amanda Fernandez and Naomi Pavan take a systemic and structural approach to dismantle racism, with a focus on addressing and defining the root causes: Whiteness and White Supremacy. Their keynote will combine evidence-based concepts with storytelling, and will address equity challenges in librarianship on three levels: 1. Individual 2. Organizational/Leadership 3. Systemic/Institutional/Policy.
- Never Waste a Good Pandemic: COVID and Alberta Libraries – Margaret Law, Karla Palichuk and Ron Sheppard “Perfect is the enemy of good”, “the only bad decision is no decision”, “where is the opportunity here” were some of the common phrases that library directors across the province started using as library services shifted, and shifted quickly, during the provincial response to COVID-19. By the end of this keynote, attendees will hear what these three directors learned about themselves, their organizations, and what it means to manage and lead in ambiguity.
Helping children succeed at online learning
- For students learning from home this year, there will be some lingering challenges from last spring’s COVID-19 shutdown: parents busy balancing their own work needs, no in-person connection with teachers, technology headaches. But the best way to support online learners is through solid teamwork involving everyone in the equation, says a University of Alberta education expert in this folio article.
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