Regional Library Systems Updates March 18, 2021

Parkland Update – March 18, 2021

This update includes information on:

  1. PRLS Updates
  2. PLSB Updates
  3. Library News
  4. Resources

1. PRLS Updates:

Polaris Upgrade – March 22

On Monday, March 22nd, an upgrade to Polaris will be starting at 6:30 am. We expect the upgrade to take approximately 2 hours, however it may be longer if any unforeseen issues arise. Please note that you will not be able to log into Polaris Leap until the upgrade is finished. A notification will be sent out after the upgrade is complete.

Report Server Update – March 23

Parkland will be updating the report server on Tuesday, March 23rd. We strive to make the transition as smooth as possible. We have updated reports, implemented an organizational structure, and created a report index to help improve navigation. Please be aware: you may need to update any saved bookmarks or links to the report server. Additionally, the report server can only be accessed when you’re connected to the library network. If you have any question please contact your consultant.

2. PLSB Updates:

PLSB Symposium – April 14-15

Registration is now open for the 2021 Public Library Services Branch (PLSB) Symposium, “Resiliency, Pandemic Response, and Emergency Planning in Alberta Public Libraries” on April 14 & 15, 2021. This free learning event for public library boards and staff will be delivered virtually over Zoom.

The symposium includes learning sessions to help libraries prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters both large and small, public library stories of dealing with different types of emergencies, and the opportunity for participants to interact and network through virtual Conversation Cafes. See the attached agenda for all sessions available to choose from.

We invite boards to send as many board members and staff as they like. Sessions will NOT be recorded. Use this link to register.For any questions regarding the symposium please contact Public Library Services Branch at

3. Library News:

CELA Funding

Earlier this week, Minister Qualtrough released a statement restoring $1 million in funding for accessible reading materials for the upcoming 2021-2022 budget year, meaning there will not be cuts to funding for CELA and NNELS, or their services, for the upcoming year. 

4. Resources:

Public Programming in the Pandemic Workshop – March 23, 30, April 6

This speaker program, with online workshops is a new online course is presented by Library Journal and School Library Journal. Taking place on March 23rd, 30th, and April 6th from 12-2 pm, you will learn about clever program ideas that librarians have translated to the digital or socially-distant environment, how to run an event, engage with patrons who don’t have access to devices, and measure and document your impact. Fee: $269.00 US. Use this link to register.

Rethinking How We Measure the Impact of Libraries Webinar – March 24

As communities contend with lockdown isolation, economic insecurity, and rampant misinformation, libraries are more vital than ever before. Join Christian Lauersen and Tara Wong on Wednesday, March 24th at 9 am for a nuanced discussion that reimagines how we measure and communicate the impact of libraries today and in the future. Use this link to register.

Reinventing Libraries for a Post-COVID World Virtual Conference – June 17

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, librarians have been faced with all manner of challenges as they have worked to bring their service, resources, and events into the virtual realm. Join this mini-virtual conference on Thursday, June 17th discussing how libraries have adapted and evolved over the past year. Use this link to register.

Outdoor Winter Programming Ideas
Many libraries been moving some of their library programming and services to the outdoors, allowing patrons and staff to stay engaged within their communities during the pandemic. In this article you will learn how to promote possibilities that other libraries throughout North America, in colder climates, have had great success with.

Serving Patrons Experiencing Homelessness in a COVID-19 Shutdown

When libraries close their doors to protect the public and staff from the spread of COVID-19, library workers can take a few simple steps to help homeless members of their community find the resources they need. Read more and learn about tips to support and inform people experiencing homelessness in your community. 

Copyright & Fair Dealing: Lessons Learning in COVID-19 Quarantine
Take this opportunity to watch a presentation delivered as a part of 2021 Fair Dealing Week hosted by the University of Alberta Copyright Office and the Lower Mainland Consortium. Topics discussed include: Fair dealing, user rights, Canadian copyright law, COVID-19 and open educational purposes. Use this link to view or download the presentation.

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Be well and enjoy the arrival of spring!

“Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn.” — Lewis Grizzard

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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