Parkland Update – June 4, 2020
This update includes information on:
- Parkland Updates
- PLSB Update
- ALTA Update
1. Parkland Updates:
We asked member libraries to share their sources for purchasing PPE. Many libraries are using local sources as much as possible; these include grocery stores, drug stores, breweries, and distilleries. Some staff and volunteers are making fabric masks.
Other vendors libraries have used are Mountain View Cleaning Supplies, Walmart, Education Station, Staples, Carr McLean, Eddies Hangups, Brodart, Loveday on Libraries, and Global Industrial.
Contact your consultant for questions about and guidance on personal protective equipment and library reopening.
What can you learn this month? Check out our recent blog post for some upcoming and recorded webinars.
2. PLSB Update:
The PLSB hosted a Provincial Public Library Network Nodes roundtable call on Wednesday. Some highlights:
- Minister Madu was delighted with the participation and number of people (384 in total) connected to Monday’s provincial town hall telephone call, particularly since it was organized and communicated on very short notice.
- The guidelines coming from the Government of Alberta will be sent to all libraries. They will be very general so libraries can adapt them to their individual circumstances. You can also refer to documents the PLSB has previously distributed.
- PLSB will send out a statement regarding co-located facilities, but it appears the decision on when and how to open will need to be a conversation between the partners (i.e. library board and school) and as per any agreement(s) in place.
- There is no obligation for libraries to open sooner than when you are ready to do so. A number of the urban libraries in the province are aiming for a July opening date.
- Some locations are not starting with curbside pickup of material. Instead, they are starting with computer access by appointment, and working through community agencies.
- Communication plans on what services you are opening with, and why you are choosing one service over another will be very important to manage expectations of patrons coming back in.
- Alberta’s public libraries have registered 18,500 new members since the public health emergency began in mid-March. Parkland libraries have registered 714 new members since March 1st. Great job!
3. ALTA Update:
ALTA Zoom tutorial and AGM
- Saturday, June 6, 9:30 a.m., Zoom tutorial: Attend this webinar if you are new to using Zoom. Register
- Saturday, June 13, 9:30 a.m., AGM: View the meeting package and attend ALTA’s 49th annual general meeting. Register
This Library Journal article presents considerations for libraries as they plan to re-open to the public based on scientific understanding of viruses.
Mental health and returning to the workplace
As we prepare to bring staff back into the workplace, this Conference Board of Canada article addresses what organizations must consider and how employers need to be prepared to support mental health as well as employee safety and physical health.
Diversity and Inclusion Considerations in the COVID-19 Response
Alberta’s Ministry of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women developed the attached Diversity and Inclusion Considerations: In the COVID-19 Response guide that considers how policies, programs and decisions can be responsive to the needs of diverse groups .
Project READY: Reimagining Equity & Access for Diverse Youth free online curriculum
Project READYcurriculum modules were designed to support school and public youth services librarians committed to working toward racial equity. They may be useful for anyone interested in improving their own understanding of racial equity issues.
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Take care, and stay well.
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