This update includes information on:
1. Parkland Updates:
Library Card Design Contest
Parkland’s Library Card Design Contest entries are due by the end of day, Friday July 31st. Library Managers, if you have a submission that you are sending us on your van-run that will reach us next week, after the deadline, please let us know to watch for it so that no entries get missed. If you are able to send it to us digitally by Friday, even better. We have a tight turnaround to get the designs selected and ordered to be ready for October 1st, so we want to be as organized as possible! Thank you all for your participation. Parkland’s Advocacy Committee is excited to choose the winners the first two weeks in August!
2. TAL Updates:
TAL has moved to a new location, on the 6th floor of EPL’s Milner Library. The rent at the new location is geared to non-profit organizations, and is helping to manage costs.
3. Library News:
Masks for Albertans Press Release
If you want to announce that masks are available at your library, you can use the attached Masks press release template. Just personalize it with your local information as indicated. Thanks to Yellowhead Regional Library for creating and sharing this press release template!
Read Aloud Canadian Books Update
We’re happy to report that Access Copyright extended their Read Aloud permissions through the end of 2020. A list of participating Copyright holders is located here. The updated usage guidelines can be found here. Additionally, Penguin Random House has extended their Open License for Story Times and Read Alouds. Their requests for posting are located on their website.
The Alberta Government is making COVID-19 test results available through digital health records. You can access these health records through MyHealth Records, but you must first set up a MyAlberta Digital ID online, which requires a form of ID verification, such as a driver’s license. It will take up to 10 days for a Digital ID to arrive in your mailbox before you are able to sign up for the MyHealth Records account, which requires an Alberta Health card number to finish account creation.
REALM Project Webinar: Materials Testing and Resource Overview – August 4
As part of the REALM Project, OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle are conducting research on how long the COVID-19 virus survives on materials that are prevalent in libraries, archives and museums. Join this 90-minute webinar on Tuesday, August 4 from 1 to 2:30 pm to learn more about the testing process, how to present results to your stakeholders, project resources to inform local decisions, and what to expect from the project in the months to come. Use this link to register.
Opportunity Out of Adversity: Digital Access in Rural and Small Libraries – August 6
Opportunity often hides behind adversity. If we are intentional, we can use the circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic to grow our organizations and to address the digital access disparities in small and rural communities. This presentation on Thursday, August 6 from 1 to 2 pm will explore how one rural library has improved internet access in partnership with an internet service provider, hosted telehealth appointments in collaboration with healthcare providers and transportation agencies, worked with schools to ensure opportunities for youth through esports, and improved digital literacy skills for patrons and local businesses. Use this link to register.
How to be an Antiracist Webinar
If you missed Ibram X. Kendi on “How to Be an Antiracist” organized by Prince George’s County Memorial Library System and partners throughout the state of Maryland, you can view the archival video of Dr. Kendi’s interview here until August 20, 2020.
Employer Mental Health Resources
The Community Mental Health Action Plan has created an Alberta-specific resource page for organizations that provides links to mental health supports for the employer as they launch back into “regular” business. You may need to login to a google account to open this link.
Stay safe while enjoying the upcoming long weekend.
Manager of Library Services
Parkland Regional Library | 5404-56 Ave Lacombe AB T4L 1G1
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