Area 3 – Parkland Update April 14, 2020

Parkland Update April 14, 2020

This update includes information on:

  1. Parkland updates
  2. Emailing Patrons – Anti-Spam Guidelines
  3. COVID-19 and the Canadian non-profit sector
  4. Cybersecurity at home
  5. Professional development opportunities

1. Parkland updates:

Wireless network update

On Friday April 17th starting at 8:30 a.m., we will be performing maintenance on the wireless network. Therefore, both the Park_Net and LibraryGuests wireless networks will be disrupted or unavailable. We expect the maintenance to be completed by 10:00 a.m.

Coffee break with Parkland

Just a reminder that we are having virtual coffee (or tea) tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. No registration required – just pour yourself a hot cup, and join in the conversation. Simply click on the meeting link below.  You are welcome to access the Coffee Break via your computer, phone, or tablet.

Wednesday April 15th at 2pm Meeting ID: 334 945 863

2. Emailing Patrons – Anti-Spam Guidelines:

You may be wondering about using patron emails stored in Polaris to contact patrons during the pandemic to conduct welfare checks, promote online services, identify social isolation etc. Due to Canada’s Ant-Spam Legislation, this type of contact is not recommended. Best practice is to never assume that patrons have opted in to receiving general communication from the library, unless they have expressly done so by signing up for a newsletter.

Here are some tips to ensure compliance according to Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)


Getting consent to send email – Government of Canada

Take our spam quiz – Government of Canada

Guidance for businesses doing e-marketing

3. COVID-19 and the Canadian non-profit sector:

Non-profit organizations across Canada and around the world are rapidly adapting to the coronavirus. The situation is evolving by the hour with a dramatically increasing impact on individuals, organizations, governments and the economy. During this time, it is important that we work together as a sector, sharing resources and advice, and keeping spirits up during this time of isolation. As the situation evolves we will share new resources and updates on our social media channels and on this page.

Access the list from Imagine Canada here:

4. Cybersecurity at home:

More and more of us are working from home. Some resources to help you do that safely include the OUCH! Newsletter, a monthly security awareness newsletter developed by the SANS Security Awareness team, that is useful for everyone. Also check out their Digital Spring Cleaning article – something we should all be able to do with this extra time we have. If you want to learn more, register for the Spring Has Sprung! Time for a Digital Spring-Cleaning webinar hosted by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Better Business Bureau on April 14 from 11:00 a.m. to noon (MST).

5. Professional development opportunities:

Emergency planning and business continuity for municipalities:

Want to find out what process your municipality is working through for emergency planning and business continuity? Watch the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) Ask the Expert: Emergency Management & Business Continuity for Local Government 101 webinar or review the attached PowerPoint slide deck. This webinar was presented on March 27th, but still has some relevant and interesting information for councillors, or anyone interested in making a business continuity plan or pandemic plan.

Small, Rural, and Independent Libraries online mini-conference

From Library 2.0, Wednesday, June 17, 12:00-4:00 MST:This mini-conference will focus on innovation and innovative thinking in rural, independent, tribal, and other small libraries, as well as the many unique challenges that they face. Register online (free).

I hope that you had a restful and lovely Easter weekend and are ready to get back to it!

Take care of each other, and stay well.

Kara Hamilton, APC
Office Administrator
Parkland Regional Library | 5404 56 Ave Lacombe AB T4L 1G1
403-782-3850  | 1-800-567-9024  |
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