Area 3, Parkland Update September 17, 2020


Parkland Update – September 17, 2020

This update includes information on:

  1. Parkland Updates
  2. PLSB Updates
  3. TAL Updates
  4. Library Updates
  5. Resources

1. Parkland Updates:

Move to New Building

Parkland staff are planning for our move to the new building, which will take place between October 5 and 20. We will minimize disruption to members as much as possible. Van deliveries will not be suspended. The network will be offline when the SuperNet connection is moved, starting at 6 pm on Friday, October 16. This will impact all connected services: internet, wi-fi, Polaris, PAC, library websites, and access to the eLibrary. Downtime is expected to be about 6 hours, unless unforeseen problems arise. We will keep libraries informed of any office closure dates and minor service disruptions that may be triggered by the move.

Ancestry Remote Access

Remote access for Ancestry library edition has been extended until December 31, 2020.

Sylvan Lake Municipal Library

There was a terrific article about the Sylvan Lake Library Board’s decision to eliminate overdue fines published in the Sylvan Lake News on September 15th.

2. TAL Update:

The Alberta Library is pleased to welcome a new staff member, Jocelyn Badley, who is on contract until September 2021. Jocelyn will be supporting Christa Foley with documentation for licencing as well as doing research as we explore new ways of doing business. She will also be working on TAL’s briefing book. Her email is 

3. PLSB Update:

Public Libraries and Pandemic Closures Webinar – September 24

PLSB is hosting the webinar Public Libraries and Pandemic Closures: Using Statistics to Communicate Resourceful Service Delivery on Thursday, September 24 starting at 10 am. Over the past few months, public libraries have responded to multiple surveys regarding pandemic closures, activity during closures, and reopening strategies. 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

4. Library Updates:

Stanley A. Milner Library Grand Opening

Edmonton Public Library’s Stanley A. Milner Library Virtual Grand Opening took place on Sunday, September 13th. They have posted videos on Youtube highlighting some of the most exciting new areas of the Milner Library.

Alberta Library Conference

The Alberta Library Conference committee has made the decision not to hold a conference in 2021 for reasons that include public safety, financial viability, and the overall conference experience. Learn more on the Library Association of Alberta website.

5. Resources:

How to Handle Digital Overload

The steady stream of remote meetings and/or online classes can become exhausting. As the pandemic wears on, U of A experts offer eight practical ways to cope with digital overload in this folio article.

Two Library Resolutions at AUMA’s September Convention – September 24-25

AUMA (Alberta Urban Municipalities Association) has released resolutions prior to the virtual convention and AGM on September 24 & 25. Attached are two resolutions addressing municipal libraries: 2020.C6 asking for a review of the Libraries Act, and 2020.C7 relating to population funding. The entire resolution book can be found here. The library resolutions start on page 79.

International Day of Older Persons – October 1

The Alberta Council on Aging calls on Alberta municipalities and organizations to join in celebrating International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) on Friday, October 1st. The emergence of COVID-19 this year has caused an upheaval across the world, and it has also raised the question: How do pandemics change how we address age and ageing? Marking this day emphasizes the value of seniors and raises awareness about the inequalities and barriers older adults face. This is a great occasion to recognize and celebrate positive age and honor the older adults in our communities. You can commemorate IDOP by:

·        Declaring International Day of Older Persons on October 1

·        Hosting an event to celebrate age and showcase older adults through local/social media.

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Colleen Schalm

Manager of Library Services

Parkland Regional Library | 5404-56 Ave Lacombe AB T4L 1G1

403.782.3850 ext 266 | 1.800.567.9024 ext 266 |

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