Area 3, Parkland Update May 19, 2020


Parkland Update May 19, 2020

This update includes information on:

  1. Parkland Updates
  2. PLSB Update
  3. Resources

1. Parkland Updates:

Given that Stage Two of Alberta’s relaunch strategy is on the horizon, libraries may need to plan for the physical distancing of public computer stations. Staff computer stations may also need to be moved. It’s also possible that your library may need to remove some computers entirely due to space restrictions – if that is the case then Parkland will store those computers until they are needed again at your library. The Parkland I.T. department is ready to assist with any changes that your library may require. Please contact if you have any questions or would like to request an onsite visit.

As libraries prepare to resume public lending of physical collections, on May 21st Parkland will:

Stay tuned for more Polaris setting changes in response to the new library service environment.

Coffee break with Parkland

Wednesday May 20th at 10:30 am

Working from a distance doesn’t mean you can’t connect!  Library Staff and Trustees are invited to join PRL Staff for a weekly coffee chat. No registration is required for Coffee Break – simply click on the meeting link below. Access the Coffee Break via your computer, phone, or tablet.

Topics for discussion:

What does Stage Two look like?

What do libraries need from their boards?

What protective gear will library staff need?

How will services change?

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 894 9368 9795

Niche Academy

As part of Niche Academy’s Reopening Lives with the Library project they have created an initial set of COVID-19 related tutorials. They have been added to our Academies.  

Niche Academy for PATRONS

Niche Academy for STAFF

We have also added a few other tutorials to our staff academy:

Niche Academy Webinar – Advising Parents About Child Digital Media Use

Niche Academy Webinar – Best Practices for Developing Employees’ Soft Skills

Niche Academy Webinar – Library Security Solutions

Niche Academy Webinar – Making Surveys Work for Your Library

Google Drive – Save Files to the Cloud for Free

2. PLSB Update:

PLSB public library relaunch update

As part of Opening soon: Alberta’s relaunch strategy, the Government of Alberta is beginning to carefully and gradually lift restrictions imposed as part of the COVID-19 response. Stage One of the relaunch began May 14thPublic libraries remain closed to the public right now and should continue to offer virtual services during this time.

Public libraries will be able to re-open to the public with restrictions as part of Stage Two of the relaunch. Stage Two will begin after analysis can be done on the impact of Stage One, with no specific date for Stage Two to begin.

Your public library board likely has many questions about what this means for your staff and patrons. It is a good idea to start planning now for your library’s re-opening when it is permitted. The Public Library Services Branch (PLSB) wants to empower you to know that:

·        Your board can choose whether or not to re-open to the public when provincial restrictions are lifted in Stage Two.

·        Your board can choose what services to offer at that time.

To help guide public library boards in their decision making, see the attached document and checklist provided by the PLSB.

3. Resources:

Free Video editing software

Screencast-O-Matic is a free software program offering easy-to-use, accessible tools to create and share videos; you can upgrade to the Deluxe version for $20/year or the Premier version for $48/year to get enhanced editing features and the ability to transfer videos from a mobile device to save as an MP4 or easily post to social media.

Happiness Coaching Program

The COVID-19 pandemic brings big challenges for our mental health, whether you’re isolating at home or adapting to life with new restrictions. Action for Happiness has launched a free online coaching program for challenging times called 10 Days of Happiness, which guides participants through daily actions for happier living.

As always, take care of yourselves and each other. You’re doing great!

Kara Hamilton, APC
Office Administrator
Parkland Regional Library | 5404 56 Ave Lacombe AB T4L 1G1
403-782-3850  | 1-800-567-9024  |

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