1. Parkland Updates:
Electronic Fund Transfers
Parkland is happy to make and accept payments using Electronic Fund Transfers (EFT direct deposit) if libraries are interested. For more information please contact your library consultant.
Audiovisual Materials Lending Limits
Library managers have voted to remove the 10 item lending limit on AV materials. The lending limits for DVDs, Blu-Rays and CDs has been changed to 50 checked out items and 250 holds. The holds limit for audiobooks (CD and MP3) has been increased to 250 as well. This matches the lending limits for print items. The patron codes Adult, Junior, Student, Borrow by mail, Print disabled, and Staff now all have the same lending and holds limits. Libraries wishing to monitor how many AV materials their patrons have checked out can do so by viewing the “out” tab of the patron’s record.
Cypress Resume Now Available
Parkland now has a subscription to Cypress Resume, an online resume and cover letter creation tool that allows our patrons to create a professional-looking resume in minutes. More information will be coming in the next few days, in the meantime, the site can be accessed here.
2. PLSB Updates:
Clarification on Quarantining Library Materials
Alberta Municipal Affairs Public Library Services Branch (PLSB) has been working to clarify guidance on Alberta Biz Connect around quarantining public library materials. They met with Alberta Health Services (AHS) earlier this week to discuss the recommendation for libraries to quarantine materials for 72 hours.
In light of the risks posed by variants of concern, the PLSB recommends that libraries should quarantine all library materials for 72 hours and follow current recommendations out of an abundance of caution. Discussions between the PLSB and AHS are ongoing and any further updates will be shared when available.
Email Address for Submitting Policies to PLSB
The Libraries Regulation requires boards to establish policies as part of good governance practice. The list of required policies can be found in section 7(1) of the Regulation. After establishing or updating these policies, PLSB asks that you submit them to PLSB. Questions about policies or policy submissions can be sent to email@example.com.
3. Library News:
Southern Alberta Library Conference – March 1-5
If recent events have taught us anything, it’s that change is inevitable. Even the best laid plans can go right out the window when something unexpected occurs. So how do we manage? Presented by Chinook Arch Regional Library System and Lethbridge Public Library, join the SALC folks for their first ever virtual conference on March 1-5 as they share lessons on how to build resilience, become more flexible and adapt to change as it happens. Use this link to register.
Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations Diversity Webinars – February 18, 25
At CCVO’s next Nonprofits at 2:00, on Thursday, February 18 from 2-3:30 pm, join a panel discussion focused on systemic racism and diversity in the non-profit sector, and how organizations can work together to create an inclusive and safe space for all backgrounds. Free for CCVO members; $17 for non-CCVO members. Use this link to register.
On Thursday, February 25 from 12-1 pm, CCVO discusses how organizations can identify and address systemic issues, and why only creating demographic diversity is not enough to truly ensure equity and inclusion. Use this link to register.
Healthy Communities Initiative
The Healthy Communities Initiative is a federal program that will provide funding to a broad range of organizations, including local governments, charities, Indigenous communities and nonprofits, for projects, programming and services that help communities create safe and vibrant spaces, improve mobility options, and provide innovative digital solutions to connect people and improve health. Organizations can apply by March 9, 2021.
Alberta Board Member Essentials – March 23-April 29
Alberta Board Member Essentials is a multi-part training program that combines on-demand online learning with live workshops to give new and developing board members the tools to successfully serve on a non-profit board. $225 for ECVO members; $295 for general public. Use this link to register.
Keep warm and stay safe!
Manager of Library Services
Parkland Regional Library System | 4565 46 Street Lacombe AB T4L 1G1
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