This update includes information on:
1. PRL Updates:
The province is currently planning on reopening ILL to patrons on August 24th. The timeline is based on when the large libraries and regionals will all be open as well as allowing time for the items currently waiting to go on the courier to be returned.
Ancestry Library Edition Update
Remote access of Ancestry Library Edition has been extended another month to July 31.
Masks for Albertans
The Government of Alberta would like to use public libraries as a distribution point for the second phase of “Masks for Albertans.” The government allotment for this round is 8 masks per person. Masks will be shipped to Parkland headquarters in mid-July and we will distribute them to member libraries with our van deliveries. We will share additional details about distribution of theses masks within our region as we learn more. The PLSB intends to send information to all library boards about the distribution of masks, including how to safely unpack and handle masks to give out to patrons.
Saved Lists Video
Parkland staff have created a video on how to create a saved list in a patron account in the Parkland catalogue. The new video is available on YouTube and can be found under the Parkland Catalogue playlist.
2. PLSB Update:
The PLSB has sent out a survey to public libraries for data gathering. They are asking for statistics for the period from the order to close libraries to the public to the implementation of Phase II (March 17-June 12). Data gleaned from this survey will be shared with the library community once it has been compiled. The survey is voluntary but the PLSB wants this information to report back to government stakeholders so we need to encourage our libraries to respond. Parkland has gathered the stats we have, please find them attached. They are also located on the Q drive.
3. Library Updates:
Copyright permissions deadline
Many librarians who are producing online Storytimes and other programs for children have been concerned about the June 30 deadline to remove Storytime videos from their platforms. Many of the special permissions given by publishers for use of their books in streamed and/or recorded events also expire on this date.
Several publishers either offered a longer permissions period to begin with, or have recently extended their permissions through the summer. To find out more information, please check the COVID-19 Publisher Information Directory, a comprehensive list maintained by School Library Journal or the List of Read Aloud books on the Access Copyright page. Some publishers, including Candlewick Press and Cottage Door Press do not state an expiration date, and Sleeping Bear Press/Cherry Lake Publishing Group is extended until August 31.
Advancing Racial Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Symposium – July 8-10
With over 20 experts speaking over a 3 day period, this virtual symposium is for individuals who are centering equity, diversity, and inclusion in the professional work that they do and are wanting to learn from others that are also equally committed and engaged in this work. The event is hosted by the Denver Public Library. Use this link to register.
Ibram X. Kendi Discusses “How to Be an Antiracist” – July 20
2019 Guggenheim Fellow and New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi will discuss his renowned book “How to Be an Antiracist” on Monday, July 20 at 7:00 pm in a free webinar with Dr. Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College. Dr. Dukes is the first African-American woman to serve as president of the College and has 30 years of progressive leadership experience and administrative responsibility in higher education. The conversation will be streamed live online on Crowdcast, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter/Periscope, and will air on PGCC TV on a later date. Use this link to register.