CALL Newsletter: Week of March 1


Tues., March 2, 10 a.m. Interactive Workshop: Preparing for the Next Wave of Pandemic-Fatigued Customers (watch the recording of the webinar first). Register for this live coaching session and practice role-plays and responses in a safe environment via Zoom. Learn the Observe-Orient-Decide-Act framework, and then reflect on and analyze the process. EXCLUSIVELY for California public libraries only.

Mondays, March 8 and 15, 1-2:30 p.m. Strategic Planning Made Easy. This two-workshop, interactive program EXCLUSIVELY for California public libraries focuses on getting started with a strategic plan for your institution. Not just for directors—bring the whole team! Nationally known trainer Cathy Hakala-Ausperk will provide inspiration and guidelines during week one, and you’ll bring your assignments for her live feedback during the second workshop on March 15.

Friday, March 12 (and other dates)Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI), one of the nation’s pre-eminent conflict de-escalation trainers, will offer four options for virtual training through CALL. Limited seating is available for each California-only training. We’ll accept applications from library jurisdictions, not individuals; each jurisdiction may apply for one to six seats. Options for the half-day course, which runs 9am-2pm (with a 30-minute break), are: Fri., March 12; Fri., April 23; Thurs., June 3; Thurs., July 15. Apply for your team to participate using the CALL Application form.


Starting March 1 through Library Juice Academy:

Emotional Intelligence for Librarians

Exploring STEAM Concepts Through Storytime

Getting to Know Your Users Through Interviews and Focus Groups

March 8-26Facilitator Training for Civil Legal Justice Through Public Libraries.

Beginning Mon., March 23Using OBS Studio to Create Live and Recorded Youth Programs. In this CALL-exclusive three-week course, you’ll learn to create interactive, engaging, and professional-looking livestreams using the free, open-source platform OBS Studio. Learn to share screens, add lyrics to storytimes, have multiple people on screen, and master high-involvement virtual programming!

NEW! Beginning Tues., April 13. Introduction to Asset-Based Community Development.  Based on the premise that “there is no one we don’t need” and the old organizing maxim, “Never do anything for someone they can do for themselves,” ABCD offers a balanced, practical approach to community engagement. You and your library can use ABCD to engage in a relationship of mutual exchange, contribution and transformative co-creation with community members. Find ways to also “lead by stepping back” to create space for residents to play a leading role in the community’s future. 


Tues., March 2, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Meaningful Metrics for Your Organization.

Wed., March 3, 11 a.m. Engaging Patrons on Social Media.

Wed., March 3, 11 a.m. Grant Writing 101: Lessons Learned from a First-Time Grant Recipient.

Wed., March 3, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Creating Outstanding Online Storytimes.

Tues., March 9, 10-11:30 a.m. Mental Health Supports for Disaster Preparedness and Recovery.

NEW! Wed., March 10, 8:30-10 amMindful Leadership: How Ancient Tibetan Healing Tradition Can Help You to Become a Leader of the Future.  Leadership is often perceived as something heavy, something that comes with a lot of responsibilities. What if every one of us can be a great leader? What if we can reconsider our perception of leadership and make it something easy, fun and enjoyable without any judgments and fixed points of view? Wouldn’t every one of us enjoy leadership more?   

Wed., March 10, 11 a.m. Leading During a Crisis: What is Crisis Communication and Crisis Leadership?

Wed., March 10, 11 a.m. Exploring the Pandemic’s Impact on Families’ Well-Being, from the Brazelton Touchpoints Institute.

NEW! Wed., March 10, 12:00 noon.  Evaluation: The Key to Maximizing the Success of Library Programs. Staff from six California public libraries participated in the first cohort of Embedding Evaluation in Libraries, a national, IMLS-funded project, and developed and implemented evaluation of a library program over a nine-month period. In this webinar, the Embedding Evaluation project directors and participants from three of the cohort libraries will share best practices and examples to help you. 

Tues., March 16, 1 p.m. Embracing Risk-Friendly Learning.

NEW! Wed., March 17, 12 noonDisrupting Implicit Bias in Early Childhood EducationBrazelton Learning to Listen 2021 presents a third season of engaging dialogue, featuring luminaries across the family-facing fields exploring the current and emerging issues facing children and families today.

Wed., March 24, 10 a.m. Introducing Appreciative Inquiry into Your Library: A Positive Approach to Change.

NEW! Tues., April 13, 1 p.m. Together, Learning More! Interactive Family Learning in California’s Libraries. From Early Learning with Families: learn key components of interactive learning, the research-backed value of play, the role of social-emotional development, and priorities for the training of library staff.


March 16-18Second Annual Southeast Collaborative ConferenceRegister for individual sessions.

March 24-26BLOSSOM: Building Life-long Opportunities for Strength, Self-Care, Outlook, Morale, and Mindfulness.

March 25-26. Seguimos Creando Enlaces.

May 11-14California Library Association (CLA) Annual Conference. No-cost registration is available for three categories (first-come, first-served): Library support staff, California Library Literacy Services staff, and Library staff affected by the pandemic.

CALL Newsletter: Week of March 1