Regional Library Systems Updates March 4, 2021

Parkland Update – March 4, 2021

This update includes information on:

  1. PLSB Updates
  2. Library News
  3. Resources

1. PLSB Updates:

COVID-19 Relaunch Plan – Step 2

Public libraries were included in Step 2 of the Path Forward relaunch plan. You can read the announcement here. This means that public libraries can open at 15% of fire code capacity (the 15% does not apply to staff). All other public health orders remain in place at this time (mask wearing, social distancing, handling of materials).

We encourage you to attend our Town Hall session with Alberta Health Emergency Operations Centre on Tuesday, March 9th, 1:30-2:30 pm via Webex. This session is open to all libraries. Participants will receive an update on the current provincial context concerning the COVID-19 pandemic and the latest information updates on public health measures. Library stakeholders will also have the opportunity to ask questions through a moderated, webinar style question and answer period.

On March 9th, join the Webex event here.

Event number (access code): 185 206 6090

Event password: sySPkmfC243

2. Library News:

Alberta Library Trustees’ Association Coffee Chats – April 13

ALTA has an amazing network of members, so let’s grab a coffee and talk! This is an opportunity to engage with fellow library board members to discuss this ever-changing landscape. An ALTA board member will be hosting an informal 45-minute virtual chat on a trial basis on the second Tuesday of every month. Attendance is limited with space reserved on a first-come, first-served basis; unfortunately, the March 9th session is already full, a link to sign up for the Tuesday, April 13th session will be made available soon.

3. Resources:

Healthy Communities Initiative Deadline Approaching – March 9

The Healthy Communities Initiative 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.

Do-It-Yourself Conflict Resolution – March 11

With different personalities, work styles, and values, conflict is inevitable. But ineffective responses to it are preventable. In this session on Thursday, March 11th at 11 am, Charity Village looks at six challenges of difficult conversations and how to prepare for them; constructive and destructive responses to conflict; mediation techniques for managers, and tips for handling conflict online. Use this link to register.

RMBCA March Author Event – March 17

The Rocky Mountain Book Award Committee is running a series of online author events as part of the award’s twentieth anniversary celebrations. The tour’s next event will be on Wednesday, March 17th at 6:30 pm with past winners Tim Wynne Jones, Pamela Porter, and Alex Lyttle. The event will be held on Zoom with a sign language interpreter. Use this link to register. This reader’s choice award is for grades 4-7 students, who vote on a shortlist of 20 recent Canadian children’s books to select the winner, province-wide.

New Teen Magazine… from Central Alberta

Sophia Lia is a new teen magazine, focused on mental health, started by local area grade 11 student Sophia Arnusch. The content includes interviews with interesting people (e.g. K.D. Lang, Haley Wickenheiser, surfer Bethany Hamilton) and articles that are timely and relevant for young adults. Recent press coverage of this new magazine includes a story in the Alberta Press Leader and a video segment on AMI: Accessible Media Inc. late last year.

Working with Board Members’ Diverse Personalities

Nonprofits are a magical place filled with super passionate, hardworking, and extremely motivated individuals. But, sometimes when you get a bunch of equally passionate people in one room for a board meeting, some people’s quirks become apparent. Read this Wild Apricot blog post for tips on how to manage 8 quirks you may encounter.

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Parting thought:

“I used to resent obstacles along the path, thinking, ‘If only that hadn’t happened life would be so good.’ Then I suddenly realized, life is the obstacles. There is no underlying path.” Janna Levin, theoretical cosmologist

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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