This update includes information on:
1. Parkland Updates:
The Parkland office is moving to our new building this month. We are working to limit service disruption to our members. Please note the following service interruptions:
We thank you for your patience and understanding for any inconvenience this may cause.
Our new address will be: 4565 – 46 St., Lacombe, Alberta T4L 0K2
Parkland’s New Phone System
Along with our physical move, Parkland headquarters will be implementing a new telephone system on October 19th. Our telephone numbers will not change; however, individual phone extensions will. When calling, the automated greeting will be different than our current set-up. It will be organized into our departmental groups and we hope that this will better direct callers who are not dialing a specific extension. When the change occurs, staff email signatures will include our new extension numbers. We will also upload a revised PRL Staff Contact List in the Q drive on the same date. We’ll continue to share relevant information as the process unfolds.
With the changes developing from the RBDigital/Overdrive merger, Parkland staff are working with Overdrive on options for switching our RBDigital content over to their platform. Currently there isn’t a timeline, but expect to hear news soon!
I.T. has run across a problem with the wireless usage statistics for the month of September. We are working on the problem and hope to have the issue resolved soon.
Radon Screening Kits are Back!
In partnership with the Alberta Lung Association and with support from Health Canada, Parkland introduced Radon Screening Kits in January 2019. Because radon levels are lower during the summer holds have not been filled for the last few months, but patrons can now place holds and checkout one of our eighteen Radon Kits for three weeks at a time. These kits are intended as an initial screening only, as long-term testing of three months is required to get an accurate average radon level in a home. The kits can be found by searching “Radon screening program” in the catalogue. For more information visit our webpage.
Carstairs Public Library
Starting today (October 1st) Carstairs Library will be fine free! We are very excited to take this step and reduce barriers for our library patrons.
2. PLSB Updates:
COVID-19 and Public Library Service
Most public libraries in Alberta have resumed some level of service with safety measures in place. Now that school has resumed, many co-located public libraries have been able to open as well. Types of service being offered include: Curbside delivery; Holds pick-up and “Grab & Go” services; Limited browsing; Public computer use (often by appointment); One-on-one programs (such as literacy tutoring); and Mask distribution.
Regional library systems and urban libraries have also been distributing 800,000 masks supplied by the Government. If you have photos or impact stories about libraries having masks, and the inclusion of libraries in the second phase of “Masks for Albertans,” please contact PLSB with those.
Public Libraries and Pandemic Closures Webinar – October 7
The Public Library Services Branch (PLSB) will once again be offering the webinar Public Libraries and Pandemic Closures: Using Statistics to Communicate Resourceful Service Delivery on Wednesday, October 7 starting at 1:30 pm. This webinar will discuss the ways in which libraries can use statistics in a meaningful way to communicate activity during closures. This free webinar is open to library board members and library managers. Registration is not required. Use this link to attend the webinar. Password: PLSB
Happy Canadian Library Month!
Manager of Library Services
Parkland Regional Library | 5404-56 Ave Lacombe AB T4L 1G1
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