Newsletter: Week of January 25

Strategic Planning Made Easy

Mon., March 8, 1 p.m. and March 15, 1 p.m. We are pleased to announce that in partnership with ALA, we are offering an exclusive virtual event– Strategic Planning Made Easy with Catherine Hakala-Ausperk—free of charge to all library staff in the state of California. This unique event will feature a 90-minute presentation on Monday, March 8th at 1:00 p.m., with a 60-minute follow-up discussion the following Monday, March 15th, also at 1:00pm.

If your library considers strategic planning to be about as much fun as a root canal and about as useful as a bull in a china shop, then this workshop is for you! Whether you’re in a position to initiate, lead, or just contribute to your library’s next plan, you’ll be energized and eager to take part once you see how simple planning can be. And, not only easy, but critical as well to the future success of your teams, your organization, and your community! After the first session learners will leave with a list of critical “first steps” to consider. One week later, all participants will have the chance to meet for an interactive session to share ideas, feedback, and advice with one another under the guidance of Catherine Hakala-Ausperk.

Coming This Week!

Tues., Jan 26, 12 noon.I Didn’t Know I Was a Veteran. From the folks with Veterans Connect, this webinar will cover aspects of veteran culture, how to tap into some amazing tools to help them connect with the wider veteran community, and how to add to libraries’ outreach efforts so that the long-term mission in public libraries always includes serving those who have served.

WOW Wednesday! So much is going on this week, including:

Wed., Jan. 27, 10 a.m. Observations: Data Hiding in Plain Sight from Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL).  In this 90-minute session participants will learn about the purpose of observation, its strengths and limitations for library needs, and guidelines for conducting observations.

Wed., Jan 27, 11 a.m. Library as Small Press is a one-hour webinar about self-publishing from Niche Academy.

Wed., Jan 27, 11 a.m.  2020 Reader’s Advisory Year in Review. Join noted readers’ advisory expert, Becky Spratford, for a one-hour webinar as she walks you through the “highlights” of 2020 in adult leisure reading.

Wed., Jan 27, 1 p.m. Finding Justice, Fairness and Joy in Your Community. Alameda County Library is host for this 90-minute zoom discussion about why it’s so important for young people to have a voice in their communities and in their government and how they can make their voice heard and matter.

From Our Training Partner Library Journal

Starting Tues., Feb. 16, 8 a.m. (three weeks): Remote Reboot: Tools and Ideas for Librarians Supporting Remote or Hybrid Learning. Note that this course meets 8-10 a.m. PT on Feb. 16 and 23 and March 2. Two sessions each day cover topics including: How the Pandemic Has Sparked Revolutionary Ideas; Virtual Hands-On Learning: Bringing Virtual Makerspaces To Life; Creative Programming To Build Community (Even At a Distance); Securing the Future: Librarians are the Key to Saving the World! and more.

Starting Tues., Feb. 23, 11 a.m. (three weeks): Equity in Action: Fostering an Antiracist Library Culture.  Note that this course meets 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. PT on Feb. 23, March 2 and 9. In this course, you will learn about the concrete actions library leaders are taking to make their libraries antiracist today and in the future, and the tools that make it possible. Apply for a seat.

Facilitator Training – Creating Pathways to Civil Legal Justice

Barriers to civil legal justice disproportionately affect low-income people in the US, creating the justice gap, defined as “the divide between the civil legal needs of low-income people and access to the resources to meet those needs.” Public libraries are well-positioned to help reduce this gap. In March 2021, WebJunction will host a free, three-week learning group facilitator training program. In this online course, participants will receive training on how to guide peer learning groups through the Creating Pathways to Civil Legal Justice (CPCLJ) series of self-paced courses.

Workplace Racial Equity Symposium

In July of 2020 the Denver Public Library hosted the extremely popular Advancing Racial Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Symposium. We asked two of our CALL Advisors who attended to provide their review and feedback on the content and sessions – which are still available for your benefit. Don’t miss this blog post with their highlights and links to important content from the Symposium.