Newsletter: Week of January 4, 2021

CALL in a New Year: Upcoming Professional Development

Just in Time

Welcome back! January is packed with online learning opportunities. Consider the following:

Jan. 6, 12:00 p.m. Evaluating Virtual Programs and EventsHow do we assess the impact of the virtual programs we developed in 2020? Join this CALL and California State Library-sponsored webinar to learn how program success in a virtual world differs from in-person programs and events.

Jan. 11, application deadlineLeadership Challenge. Part of Developing Leaders in California Libraries, the Challenge builds teams of library staff to research and address questions affecting the future of libraries. It’s a great chance for staff to grow skills, network, and have an impact on the state’s library services.

Do you develop programs? ALA’s Public Programs Office provides live and recorded webinars on topics including an upcoming Programming Librarian series on Media Literacy for Adults, which kicks off on Jan. 12, 11 a.m., with “Meeting Patrons Where They Are,” and follows up with webinars all spring on media literacy topics like Misinformation and Disinformation, Architecture of the Internet, Civics, and Media Engagement and Creation.

Also free from ALA: Jan. 14, 11 a.m. Big Programming Ideas on Small BudgetsTiny program budget? No problem! Learn how you can offer programming that engages people of all ages and backgrounds, no matter your budget size.

Thinking About Youth

The American Association of School Librarians offers continuing education that’s also useful to public librarians. Considering Tiffany Jewell’s This Book is Anti-Racist for a teen or staff book discussion? Join a discussion on Sun., Jan. 10, 1 p.m.

Tues., Jan. 12, 9 a.m. Schools, Kids, and Families: Support During the PandemicDiscuss the pandemic’s effect on schools, kids, and families, and learn how the library can support these groups, using data to develop programs, initiatives, and outreach targeted to families in need of additional support. Although the webinar is not limited to Gale Analytics users, it will show how to identify households with families in the community using the Gale Analytics: Community Insights dashboard and learn more about who they are.

Health and Wellness

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine offers many professional development opportunities, live and recorded. Consider these two recent archived (plus one upcoming) webinars, and block out an hour in your schedule if one’s of interest: Introduction to Mindfulness: Nourishing Ourselves in These Times and/or Library Responses to COVID-19: Impacts on Ongoing Low-morale Experiences.

Thurs., Jan. 21, 12 noonTrauma Informed Approach in Libraries. Understanding how trauma impacts the lives of people we serve helps library staff better serve everyone, even our most vulnerable patrons. Being trauma-informed and using a trauma-informed approach can assist libraries in being proactive in creating safe spaces for everyone in our community.

Space Planning

Wed., Jan. 13, 8 a.m. Tiny Spaces Bring Big Opportunity. Modern libraries can be created anywhere, in any space — even a small, unused 453 square foot room in a public housing complex. Learn how Fort Worth (TX) Public Library created the perfect storm of political support, private funding, and fulfilling an equity need in one tiny space.

Wed., Jan. 13, 11 a.mWhat to Expect When You’re Constructing. Consultant and former Director of the Union County (SC) Library System, Rieta Drinkwine, shows the construction process from a public library perspective, including how to get started, community needs assessments, project milestones and timelines, different methods for completing projects, and potential revenue options. She’ll share successes and challenges faced by the Union County Library System when completing their award-winning facility renovation in 2018.

PCI Webinars This Month

Wed., Jan. 6, 11 a.m. English for Non-Native Professionals. This writing course provides instruction in crafting effective business documents, and will help attendees identify common writing errors, construct sentences for maximum clarity, and use tricky words and expressions properly.

Wed., Jan. 20, 11 a.mToolkit for Public Libraries Working with Patrons Experiencing Homelessness. Does your library serve community members that do not have a home? This program gives participants approaches on preventing conflict and creating empathy driven problem-solving solutions to patrons experiencing homelessness. You’ll also learn concepts to help implement unconventional, equitable, diverse, and inclusive library programs outside of the traditional scope of public libraries.

Wed. Jan. 27, 11 a.m. 2020 Readers’ Advisory Year in Review. Noted readers’ advisory expert Becky Spratford walks you through the “highlights” of 2020 in adult leisure reading. Now that the dumpster fire that was 2020 has moved into our rearview, everyone is eager to jump into the fresh start of 2021…but hold up for just a bit longer. Even though many of us would rather forget 2020 ever happened, it is important, every year, to take a step back and look critically at the year that was before setting goals or service plans for the next year.