This update includes information on:
1. PRL Updates:
RBDigital has informed us that since they and Overdrive are now owed by the same company the two services will be combining. There haven’t been any details about timelines or what the process will involve. Since PLSB pays for the RBDigital platform for the province, they will be involved in the changes as well. We will keep you up to date on what’s happening as we receive more information.
2. TAL Updates:
In response to the Black Lives Matter movement, TAL has launched an Anti Racism Resources webpage to help libraries with policies and programs in this area.
3. COVID-19 & Library Materials:
The REALM Project has released results from its first round of testing which found that the COVID-19 virus (SARS-CoV-2) was undetectable on five highly circulated library materials after three days: hardcover book covers (buckram cloth), the cover of softcover books, plain paper pages inside a closed book, mylar protective book cover jackets, and plastic DVD cases. More results will be released in July. Read more on the WebJunction “Happening Now” project update page and in OCLC’s recent press release.
4. Library Resources:
2020 Alberta Book Publishing Awards Shortlist
The Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA) has announced the 2020 Alberta Book Publishing Awards shortlist. Most of these books are available digitally through the Read Alberta eBooks Collection, in Parkland’s eLibrary. BPAA will promote these titles through social media in the coming months. Find out more on our blog post.
Designing Libraries for Safety in the Age of COVID-19
As libraries cautiously reopen the doors of their physical buildings to the public, minimizing risk from the COVID-19 pandemic to patrons and staff is top priority. Expert architects share design tips for how to use the building itself, and its furnishings, to reduce transmission, encourage social distancing, and get the library ready for its next phase while preserving flexibility for the long term. Use this link to access this on-demand webcast.
Diversity and Culture – Strategies for Working with Differences
Rather than viewing diversity and cultural differences as a challenge, we should view them as a valuable resource for our organizations. David Jung examines specific elements of diversity and culture as they relate to communication, differences in power, and discrimination experiences. Use this link to access the webinar recording free for the month of June.
Presentation Skills 101, Part 1 – June 29
Join Patricia Morgan as she leads a webinar on Monday, June 29 from 1–1:30 pm on developing and structuring your presentations. Patricia has been leading workshops for several years, mentored over 200 emerging professional speakers, and won an award for her contribution to the speaking industry. Use this link to register.
5. Mental Health Resources:
How to Stop Rumination During Stressful Times
Rumination occurs when our primary focus is on negative things that are happening in our lives—we focus on the distress rather than looking for possible solutions. Read this Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute blog post to learn seven ideas for shutting down rumination.
Mindfulness for Librarians
During this time of crisis and uncertainty, how do we as librarians maintain our own resilience and steadiness with our patrons for whom we serve and teach? Read this article for tips on practicing mindfulness.
Anxiety intervention strategies
This free, 4.5-hour, on-demand workshop from the Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute explores practical and accessible strategies which can be applied to all ages, and help address the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social aspects of anxiety. Use this link to register.
Hope for Wellness Helpline
Hope for Wellness is a telephone or online chat helpline that connects Indigenous peoples across Canada to experienced and culturally competent counsellors for immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention. Phone and chat are available in English and French. On request, phone counselling is also available in Cree, Ojibway, and Inuktitut.
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