Regional Library Systems Updates March 11, 2021


Parkland Update – March 11, 2021

This update includes information on:

  1. Parkland Updates
  2. Library News
  3. Resources

1. Parkland Updates:

Cloud Library Patron Title Suggestions

If your patrons are interested in a title that is not in the cloudLibrary collection, they can suggest a purchase, and we’ll consider their request. A guide in Q:\Collections\Econtent (and attached) shows how to suggest titles in the cloudLibrary app. If you have any questions, reach out to your consultant.

TD Summer Reading Club Prizes and Merchandise

Although PRLS has moved away from ordering and shipping TD Summer Reading Club prizes on behalf of our libraries, some libraries may still wish to have a few prizes and giveaways on hand. The TD Summer Reading Club has put together reading-themed giveaways and prizes that can be ordered by and shipped directly to your library. Check out their online store.

Good News from Ancestry Library Edition

Proquest has once again extended temporary remote access to Ancestry Library Edition through to June 20, 2021. Happy researching! 

2. Library News:

CELA & NNELS Public Advocacy

CELA (Centre for Equitable Library Access) and NNELS (National Network for Equitable Library Access) are facing a funding shortfall due to Government cuts. This will impact the production and distribution of accessible reading materials for the 1 in 10 Canadians who have a print disability. We know patrons in many of our member communities rely on these services for their reading material. To advocate on their behalf, use the attached template to send a letter to your MP. The CELA website has more advocacy tools including speaking points, social media graphics, and template letters for patrons and partners.

Free Paperback Spinners at Red Deer Public Library

RDPL is giving away 5 paperback spinners (see attached image) to libraries who are able to pick them up from the downtown library. They are easily disassembled into quite light pieces. First come first served. Call the library at 403-346-4576 to confirm availability.

GELA Professional Development Grant – March 26

Each year, the Greater Edmonton Library Association awards a Professional Development (PD) Grant for a current member to participate in or attend library-related conferences, workshops, seminars, or lectures. This year’s Grant will award up to $200 and will be chosen by the end of March. Deadline to apply is Friday, March 26. Use this link to apply.

3. Resources:

ACHIEVE Stress Management Webinar

In many organizations it is common to find employees suffering from the adverse effects of stress. Left unmanaged, stress can lead to unproductive patterns and result in loss of focus, motivation, and productivity. This webinar helps participants identify personal stress factors and introduce them to practical methods for successfully managing stress. View the webinar for free during March 2021. Use this link to view the recording.

Making Videos for Education and Instruction Webinar – March 17

Marigold is coordinating a free webinar on Wednesday, March 17 from 2:00-3:15 pm.

Examining the three stages of video creation (pre-production, production/recording, and post-production) participants will learn what is required to make videos in educational and instructional contexts. Join Julia Guy and Michael McNally as they share insights from their work on video-based instruction projects over the past several years. Use this link to register.

Together from Home: Libraries Strong – March 23

REFORMA invites you to join Together From Home!, a free, global forum on priority areas arising from the pandemic. This event on Tuesday, March 23 starting at 9 am seeks to help libraries and librarians serve communities deeply impacted during COVID-19, its aftershocks, and beyond. Use this link to register.

Titles for Tough Times Webinar – March 25

Presented by OverDrive Education and Booklist, this webinar on Thursday, March 25 at 12 pm addresses many of the tough topics we’ve all had to address in virtual or in-person classrooms and libraries over the past year. Join a panel of school and public librarians to help you find the right book for the right circumstances. Use this link to register.

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Colleen Schalm

Manager of Library Services

Parkland Regional Library System | 4565 46 Street Lacombe AB T4L 1G1

403.782.3850 ext 221| 1.800.567.9024 ext 221 |

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