Area 3, Parkland Update May 12, 2020

Parkland Update May 12, 2020

This update includes information on:

  1. Parkland Updates
  2. PLSB Update
  3. TAL Update
  4. Resources

1. Parkland Updates:

Due to the pandemic we have decided to cancel our in-person conference scheduled for September 21st. Professional development is important and is a crucial aspect of creating and maintaining a forward thinking, well rounded library. We are excited to announce that Parkland is working with the Yellowhead Library System, Peace Library System, and The Alberta Library (TAL) to host a two-day virtual conference. While we are still in the planning stages, here are some important details:

Stay tuned for more information!

2. PLSB Update:

Public Library Services Branch gathered data from March 30 to April 9 on how Alberta libraries are responding to COVID-19. The data is shared in this spreadsheet.  

Libraries can add their data if not included or update their information through the link at the top of the spreadsheet.

 Some highlights from the survey indicated that:

For more information, contact

3. TAL Update:

TAL is in discussions with other western Canadian consortia to prepare a joint COVID-19 response statement for vendors. The purpose is to approach vendors with a common, coordinated message requesting vendors to keep renewal pricing stable for libraries in these difficult times.

We have started a section on our site for post-pandemic planning. We will include resources there that might help with your planning for re-opening, or for moving forward after your libraries re-open.

Register here for an interesting, free webinar on hosting practicum students remotely from CERIC: Going remote with experiential learning and work-integrated learning. Wednesday, May 13, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

4. Resources:

Alberta Biz Connect

Yesterday the Alberta government launched a new website called Alberta Biz Connect to support the relaunch strategy. It includes workplace guidance and supports to help businesses and non-profits affected by COVID-19 begin to reopen and resume operations safely.

Government of Canada Resources for Employers

The Government of Canada has created a 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy program form employers.

The 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers is a three-month measure that will allow eligible employers to reduce the amount of payroll deductions required to be remitted to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

This is a separate program from the 75% Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program, which registered charities may qualify for. For more information visit the Government of Canada’s Business and Industry webpage

HR Pandemic Essentials

The CPHR Alberta chapter is hosting free 1 hour weekly webinars to help managers with HR Pandemic Essentials from May 5 to June 12. Series 1, which ran March 31 to April 23, can be viewed on demand.

Take care of yourself,

Kara Hamilton, APC
Office Administrator
Parkland Regional Library | 5404 56 Ave Lacombe AB T4L 1G1
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