1. Parkland Update:
New COVID-19 Restrictions
As per the new provincial health measures public libraries need to close to the public, with the last day of in-person service on Saturday December 12th. Libraries may provide curbside service to patrons following the specific health guidelines outlined by the PLSB.
Parkland is maintaining all of our services to libraries, including van runs. SuperNet upgrades will proceed as planned unless we hear differently.
If you will not be accepting van runs and if there are changes to your current services, please notify your consultant.
In compliance with the new health measures, Parkland staff will be working from home where possible. We are still available by phone and email.
Farewell to Jen Kendall
We are saying goodbye to consultant librarian Jen Kendall as we head into the Christmas break. Jen has been an important member of the Library Services team since April 2018 and we’re going to miss everything she brought to the organization. We wish Jen all the best as she embarks on new adventures beyond Parkland Regional Library System. Jen is working until December 24th.
A reminder that Parkland Regional Library System offices will be closed from Friday, December 25 through Sunday, January 3.
2. PLSB Update:
PLSB has announced they will once again suspend interlibrary loan service in the province starting December 10th. The government courier and staff portal will continue to be active., so as long as there is staff at the loaning location, requests placed before December 10th can still be delivered to patrons if your library is continuing curbside service.
3. Library News:
Steps to Reconciliation in Alberta Libraries Webinar – January
The Peace Library System invites all library staff and trustees to a webinar throughout January called Steps to Reconciliation in Alberta Libraries! The sessions will be facilitated by Teneya Gwin of Eleven Eleven Consulting. Each session is 4.5 hour long and will be offered 14 times throughout January. They are offering many sessions in a variety of days and time slots. To ensure the best learning experience, they will be capping each session at 30 individuals. You can see all the dates being offered and register through their website calendar under the month of January.
Kids Code Jeunesse has officially launched the #kids2030 Challenge, an interactive online learning journey that teaches kids and their educators about AI, digital citizenship, ethics and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), so they can use these technologies to solve the world’s most pressing issues and build a better future . Click here to learn more about these programs and email them to book a workshop with one of their instructors! Lastly, if you’re looking for more ways to keep coding, why not start a Code Club? They offer free training for staff and volunteers to help you get your club up and running, and all of the resources you need are available online.
Proactive Advocacy and Communication for Library Trustees and Staff Webinar – January 13
We rally the troops, consolidate the message, and get it out there when there’s a crisis challenging the library. But what can we do the rest of the time? Using both outward and inward facing tools, there are simple steps that boards and library staff can integrate into their communication processes, to be better prepared for unknown changes. Learn how in this webinar on Wednesday, January 13 from 1-2 pm. Use this link to register.
Strong Leadership in Uncertain Times of Crisis Webinar
This crisis, like every other, requires strong leadership to help navigate through both danger and unrelenting change. Leaders must rise to the challenge of dealing with new operational realities, employee concerns, and their own shifting emotions and concerns. In this on-demand webinar, you’ll learn practical steps to reinforce four core strengths. Use this link to view the webinar.
Libraries Supporting Online Learning Webinar
This on-demand webinar will help turn your library’s existing skills and innovative energy into compelling online learning experiences for your students and patrons. Learn how to create interactive online instruction, plan virtual outreach events, and build user-friendly online portals to your library services and resources. Use this link to view the webinar.
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