AREA 3 Parkland Update April 21, 2020

Parkland Update April 21, 2020

This update includes information on:

  1. Parkland Updates
  2. TD Summer Reading Club (TD SRC)
  3. PLSB recommendations for library board meetings
  4. TAL update
  5. Professional Development Opportunities
  6. Resources

1. Parkland Updates:

IT Update

  1. The IT team is still gathering feedback on Polaris reporting. Any library staff who use reports in Polaris, we kindly ask you to fill out the following short survey:
  2. On Wednesday, April 22 between 8:30-10:00 a.m., the IT team will be performing maintenance on the wireless network. Both of the wireless networks Park_Net and LibraryGuests may be unavailable during that time period.
  3. On Thursday April 23 between 7:30 – 8:30 a.m., the IT team will be performing maintenance on critical infrastructure. This will mean that there might be some loss in network connectivity during that time period.

Polaris Leap webinar

Join us on May 1st at 10:00 a.m. for a Zoom Webinar on Polaris Leap in Q&A style. The core content will cover topics identified through the registration form, with time to answer other questions that come up. We will have a separate webinar on reports in the future. Register on our support site.

If you have other webinar topic suggestions or requests, please contact your Consultant.

Coffee break with Parkland:

We had a great Coffee Break on April 15th with a range of topics such as staying connected with your community, municipal support, Summer Reading Club planning, and Parkland support to libraries.

Join us for the next virtual coffee (or tea) on Wednesday, April 22 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 and join us via your computer, phone, or tablet.

Wednesday April 22nd at 2pm Meeting ID: 609 268 503

2. TD Summer Reading Club (TD SRC):

TD SRC announced yesterday that they have increased the amount of digital resources available. The website (launching June 15th) will allow users to generate access codes on the site, and track reading. Once they have access, they will be able to read eBooks on the site with no waitlists or restrictions. For more details, please refer to their update.

We are working in collaboration with other Alberta regional libraries to develop a way for you to share ideas and programming tips. We are also working on programming ideas for families and adults to do without devices. Once we have more answers on how this will look, we will host a virtual discussion so you can share ideas and troubleshoot potential pitfalls. In the meantime, TD SRC has created a Facebook group for you to share ideas. Storytime Underground is also an excellent resource for programmers to find ideas and collaborate. In Parkland, Kim Wyse from Rocky created a Facebook group that would be an excellent place to brainstorm ideas for the region. We also strongly encourage you to share ideas and materials in the shared folder: Q:\Programming\Summer Reading Program\TD SRC 2020 – Game On!

3. PLSB Recommendations for Library Board Meetings:

PLSB has recommended that meetings for all library boards continue and shift to an online platform. As library board meetings are public, the recommendation is to notify the public (via website(s) and social media) requiring pre-registration so that instructions can be sent (a recommendation to prevent being hijacked if using Zoom).

If you would like help with setting up a virtual board meeting, please email

4. TAL Update:

  1. Last week’s Online Reference Centre (ORC) webinar was recorded and will be available on their training page.
  2. Library resources are continually added to the website. Let us know if there is particular material you would like to see added.
  3. Deeper dive into the Calgary Herald webinar on Thursday, April 23, 11:00-11:30 a.m. unpacks advanced search features, differences between searching the Calgary Herald and Canadian Newsstream, and full-text search tricks in place of common ProQuest Platform filters.

5. Professional Development Opportunities:

Public Library Association’s free webinar series

Public Library Association (PLA) is committed to providing information on the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19 to people working in public libraries. Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19,  April 22 at 12:00 p.m., is the next in this free webinar series – featuring updates on the current status of the pandemic, and examples of how libraries are dealing with closures and serving their communities virtually.

Serving the Needs of Communities in Crisis

Four archived sessions from the Library 2.0 special pandemic virtual mini-conference on March 26th are available at You need to be a member of Library 2.0 for access, but there is no cost to join.

6. Resources:

Imagine Canada: COVID-19 and the Canadian non-profit sector

Charities and non-profits are on the front lines of dealing with the current COVID-19 pandemic in Canada. Imagine Canada is dedicated to supporting you as the situation evolves, and advocating for support from the federal government.

Tools for Virtual Fundraising

If you’re exploring online fundraising while closed to the public, check out The Complete Guide to Online Fundraising Ideas for tips. Or read Wild Apricot’s article, How to Host a Successful Virtual Fundraiser for your Nonprofit.

As always, feel free to contact us if you have anything you think should be included in our Parkland Updates, or if you have any questions or concerns.

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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