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What’s Essential When Serving Youth and Families in Crisis Times?

Register for this event. In the summer of 2020, 137 library staff from across the U.S. participated in a co-design process focused on how public libraries can serve non-dominant youth and families during times of crisis. This work led to the publication of a Field Guide designed to help public library staff prepare for crises byContinue reading "What’s Essential When Serving Youth and Families in Crisis Times?"

Public Programming in the Pandemic

Apply for a seat in this Library Journal course. Practically every public library has had to master digital storytime in a hurry. But there’s much more that socially distanced programming can do to fight isolation, connect communities, support harried parents, and help patrons with their fundamental information needs—whether they are looking for a new job,Continue reading "Public Programming in the Pandemic"

BLOSSOM! Building Life-long Opportunities for Strength, Self-Care, Outlook, Morale, and Mindfulness

Register for this event. BLOSSOM! Building Life-long Opportunities for Strength, Self-Care, Outlook, Morale, and Mindfulness.  A free virtual symposium for library staff focused on their health and wellness.  This free three-day virtual symposium (March 24, 25 and 26)  will bring together experts on morale in libraries, invisible services in libraries, vocational awe, burnout, and self-care.Continue reading "BLOSSOM! Building Life-long Opportunities for Strength, Self-Care, Outlook, Morale, and Mindfulness"

Introducing Appreciative Inquiry Into Your Library: A Positive Approach to Change

Register for this event. Would you like to engage and energize your workforce, improve morale and inject the power of positivity into your library’s culture? Traditionally, when problem solving, organizations tend to focus on what’s not working. This causes them to adopt ‘root cause’ mindsets, only to find themselves facing a set of different, butContinue reading "Introducing Appreciative Inquiry Into Your Library: A Positive Approach to Change"

Creating a Culture of Caring: Practical Approaches to Support Young Adult Wellbeing and Mental Health

Student mental health is a growing concern among high schools, colleges and universities, particularly in light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Students across the country are seeking connection and help from a variety of sources, and community members are uniquely positioned to identify and support struggling young adults. Active Minds, the nation’s premier nonprofit organizationContinue reading "Creating a Culture of Caring: Practical Approaches to Support Young Adult Wellbeing and Mental Health"

Challenging Conversations with Families Virtually

Registration and additional information It’s easy when it’s easy, and it’s hard when it’s hard. Stress, trauma, work schedules, and the new and changing restrictions for the care and education of young children are affecting everyone. For providers and the families with whom we work, life these days feels overwhelming. Finding ways to have challengingContinue reading "Challenging Conversations with Families Virtually"

Seguimos Creando Enlaces: Civic Engagement in Action

Seguimos Creando Enlaces (Creating Connections) is a free conference that fosters community connections and cultural diversity in public, academic, and special libraries. The goal of this year’s event is for library workers from the US, Mexico, and across the globe to share best practices and build more inclusive library spaces for all. Registration is freeContinue reading "Seguimos Creando Enlaces: Civic Engagement in Action"

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My Leadership Journey: Chris Brown

Register for this event.  This event is part of the Developing Leaders in California Libraries grant. Chicago Public Library Commissioner Chris Brown has spent his career creating opportunities for transformative learning through public libraries. Brown, who joined CPL in February 2021, leads one of the largest library systems in the world Prior to CPL, BrownContinue reading "My Leadership Journey: Chris Brown"

Inclusive Data: Why It Matters for Underrepresented Groups and How Public Libraries Can Help

Register for this four week course. In our data-driven world, there is increasing need for communities to produce and use data effectively to better inform policy making and engage in civic action and dialogue. Just as public libraries have worked to support reading literacy and technology literacy, we also can ensure that all groups haveContinue reading "Inclusive Data: Why It Matters for Underrepresented Groups and How Public Libraries Can Help"

Intentional Inclusion: Disrupting Middle Class Bias in Library Programming

What could be wrong with traditional middle class principles such as hard work, achievement, self-sufficiency, and planning? The reality is that these dearly held values alienate many library customers and impede our ability to truly meet their needs. Pima County (Arizona) Public Library is successfully offering programs utilizing restorative practices for youth, community conversations forContinue reading "Intentional Inclusion: Disrupting Middle Class Bias in Library Programming"

Leading During a Crisis: How to Develop a Crisis Strategy

Knowing how to communicate is the first step toward addressing a crisis situation. Developing a plan is the next step. How does one plan for a pandemic? (I don’t remember the pandemic chapter in library school!) Numerous strategies already exist. This presentation explores how to implement different strategies to best serve library staff, the public,Continue reading "Leading During a Crisis: How to Develop a Crisis Strategy"