This update includes information on:
1. Parkland Updates:
Parkland Phone System
The new Parkland phone system is in place and that comes with a change in process. When you phone Parkland (403-782-3850) you will be directed through a series of verbal menu options, which will help direct your call to the appropriate department.
You will also have the option to enter the extension number of the person you are trying to contact. Please note that our extensions have changed. You can find a Parkland Staff contact list on the Q drive > PRL Staff Contact List.
Due to the recent update to Polaris we are unable to integrate our Report Server to Leap Utilities. Please bookmark this URL to ensure you have easy access to reports.
ULS and CVS Orders
Libraries can now place ULS and CVS orders for items published up until October 2021. Bibliotheca/Cloud Library orders will be cut off from November 27, 2020 until January 2, 2020 due to the end of fiscal year and their delayed billing process.
2. Library News:
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Workshop – November 17, 19, 24, & 26
Peace Library System, Northern Lights Library System and Yellowhead Regional Library are hosting a four-session Equity, Diversity and Inclusion workshop featuring Amanda Fernandez of Inclusifyy.
This four-session workshop has been designed by Inclusifyy to support your library’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion by creating an opportunity for us to have hard conversations on race, racism, Whiteness and privilege, and turn our learning into human resources initiatives, programs and services that serve diverse perspectives.
The workshop takes place November 17, 19, 24, and 26 from 8:30 am to 11:30 am. Registration is free and closes on November 9th. See the attached document for workshop details. Use this link to register.
Young Alberta Book Society Author Visits
The Young Alberta Book Society (YABS) will not be facilitating in person-bookings for the time being. Instead, they are extending the Taleblazers program and doing virtual visits. Requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis with the desired artists.
COVID-19 Tool Kit
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has published a customizable toolkit to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. It offers a suite of general workplace health and safety tips and information aimed at specific industries and service providers.
Make Better Decisions: A Crash-Course in Nonprofit KPIs Webinar – November 5
Using data already available in your organization, you’ll learn what to track, how to track it, and how to analyze trends and correlations for accurate reporting in this webinar on Thursday, November 5 starting at 11 am. Use this link to register.
Indigenous Cultures in Canadian Picture Books Virtual Conference – November 10
IBBY Canada and Communication-Jeunesse are presenting a virtual conference on Tuesday, November 10 from 6-7 pm and discussing why is it important that the diverse First Nations, Métis, and Inuit cultures, languages and experiences be represented in picture books. Dr. Jenny Kay Dupuis (Nishnaabe/Nipissing First Nation) and Monique Gray Smith (Cree, Lakota, Scottish) will discuss these topics, complemented by children’s books suggestions. Use this link to register.
Who Are We Designing for and Why? Webinar – November 19
Join us for a two-part webinar series with design experts from Margaret Sullivan Studios and Harmonic Design to learn techniques you can use to enhance and improve future library services. In the first webinar, taking place Thursday, November 19 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm, explore how to apply intentional listening, deep observing, and deep learning to discover what your community members are thinking, feeling, and doing. Use this link to register.
Indigenous Pathways Podcast
Indigenous success stories are at the heart of Indigenous Pathways, a new podcast from CKUA radio. Host Cheryl Croucher interviews guests about their work, their perspectives, their passions, and their achievements. You can subscribe to the Indigenous Pathways podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.
What’s Next? Libraries Adapt to the New Abnormal
Library Journal’s annual summit, What’s Next? Libraries Adapt to the New Abnormal, is available on demand for free. Sessions that may be of interest include Advocating for Library Budgets in Times of Austerity; The Library’s Role in the Community’s Recovery; Getting the Word Out; Hold, Fold, Walk, Run: A Playbook for Leadership in the Time of a Pandemic; Programming at a Distance; and Antiracism in Libraries. Register for access to all sessions.
Stay safe and be well,
Manager of Library Services
Parkland Regional Library System | 4565 46 Street Lacombe AB T4L 1G1
Strong Libraries, Strong Communities