Newsletter: February 8, 2021

Exclusively for California Public Library Staff

Tue., Feb. 16, 12 p.m. Preparing for the Next Wave of Pandemic-Fatigued CustomersIs your organization ready and are your employees prepared to safely handle the next wave of customer behaviors? Register and join experienced presenter Andrew Sanderbeck for this webinar for California public library staff only.

New! Thur., Feb. 18, 12 p.m. Training Staff to Serve Patrons Experiencing Homelessness in the SuburbsLibraries in suburban communities are seeing a rise in homelessness, and many staff may be unprepared to handle the needs of this population. In this PLA-hosted webinar, staff from the Mid-Continent (Missouri) Public Library look at steps that they took to train staff to serve the needs of this demographic, from locating social services resources to de-escalation techniques. This webinar will discuss easy ways to implement training and techniques for libraries of all sizes. Register now.

Coming This Week

Last chance to register for course beginning Feb. 9: Supporting Young People’s Social Emotional Learning by Building Your Own Emotional IntelligenceFour-week course from Development Without Limits and Infopeople, with time commitment estimated at 2.5 hours per week (self-guided) and two 75-minute live sessions, on Thursdays, Feb. 11 and 25, 12 p.m.

Wed., Feb. 10, 11 a.m. Big Programs, Little Budget: Forging Community Partnerships in a Small TownSee how one tiny town (250 residents) tripled program attendance in the past few years, discovered new programming ideas, and used partnerships to position its library as a community hub.

New! Wed., Feb. 10, 11 a.m. I’m Ready for My Close-Up: Moving from Face-to-Face to Webcam Presentations.Join Presenter Tiffini Travis, who brings years of experience teaching librarians how to present in public settings, and learn how to translate presenting in-person into a Zoom environment.

Wed., Feb. 10, 11 a.m. Exploring the Pandemic’s Impact on Children’s Well-Being. A one-hour webinar followed by 30 minutes of Q and A from the Brazelton Touchpoints Center.

New! Wed., Feb. 10, 12 p.m. Vocational Awe and Librarianship: Loving Yourself Is Not a Crime.During the midst of a global pandemic, librarians are being asked to put their health, and potentially their lives, on the line in service to the public–both literal public, as in its patrons and the larger community, but also the idea of the public–the public good. And, according to vocational awe, the ideal librarian should die for it, happily, and without complaint. Find out more about vocational awe and how it impacts your work in this Infopeople webinar.

Additional Learning Opportunities

New! Wed., Feb. 17, 11 a.m. Best of Children’s Books 2020. This special two-hour webinar with Jill Burket Ragase and Amy Schardein will present their must have/favorite board book, picture book, and nonfiction titles, published in 2020. Learn storytime and programming ideas that tie in with key titles, recommended titles for virtual class visits, and discoveries to share our collections in these challenging times of curbside/virtual/limited interaction.

New! Fri., Feb. 26. Big Talk from Small LibrariesThis free one-day online conference is aimed at librarians from small libraries – the smaller the better! Each of the speakers is from a library serving fewer than 10,000 people, or directly works with small libraries. Learn more about the innovative things your colleagues are doing in their small libraries.

New! Wed., March 3, 11:30 a.m. Creating Outstanding Online Storytimes. This 90-minute ALA workshop with veteran storyteller Kathy MacMillan explores the fundamental differences between online and in-person storytimes and best practices to bring early literacy programming into an online environment. Please use the form to apply for a no-cost seat.

New! Mondays, March 8 and 15, 1 p.m. Strategic Planning Made Easy with Catherine Hakala-Ausperk. Week one features a 90-minute presentation, followed by an hour-long discussion the next week. Strategic planning is crucial to the future success of your teams, your organization, and your community. You’ll leave session one with a list of first steps, and the following Monday you’ll return to share share ideas, feedback, and advice with one another. Register now!

Upcoming Conferences and Course Opportunities from Our Training Partners

New! March, all month: The Connection: A Gathering from the Library Collective.Described as “convention-shattering virtual professional development from The Library Collective,” this virtual gathering provides a space to learn, create and collaborate with fellow library staff from around the nation during the month of March, offering live experiences and peer-reviewed content to read, watch, and explore at your own pace. To find out more, visit The Library Collective, but apply for a place in this unique conference with the CALL form.

March 25-26. Tenth annual Seguimos Creando Enlaces conference. Register now! Accepting proposals for presentations until February 15, 2021. With the theme “Civic Engagement in Action,” this year’s online conference brings together librarians from the U.S., Mexico, and across the world to exchange ideas and build professional knowledge and community. Register: Englishespañol. More information (español) and call for proposals: Englishespañol.

Library Juice Academy

The following 4-week courses all start Monday, March 1. Follow the link in the form for additional course description, but please use the form to apply for a no-cost seat. Remember that you can only register for one Library Juice course during the CALL Calendar year.

Emotional Intelligence for Librarians
Exploring STEAM Concepts Through Storytimes
Getting to Know Users Through Interviews and Focus Groups


Apply for a no-cost seat in these 4-week courses using the CALL form on the announcement page, which offers full information about the course and instructors.

Starting Tues., March 16: Facilitating Community Conversations

Starting Tues., March 30: Inclusive Data: Why It Matters for Underrepresented Groups and How Public Libraries Can Help

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 new ideas, hands-on learning in virtual environments, virtual makerspaces, and building community through remote programs.

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.

Tuesdays, March 23, 30 and April 6, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Public Programming in the Pandemic.Use the form to apply for a seat and get the link to the complete course description.

New and Now Available in CALL Academy – 24/7 Learning!

We continue to add new self-paced content to the CALL Academy. This week take the time to check out the following recently added training.

Self-Care and CollaborationThis fall, hundreds of California public library staff members joined in virtual workshops on this topic, and many others requested a recording. It’s here!Here’s a comment made by a participant:“Karin Peabody is a great presenter and facilitator. She is very present, and she is very clear. The material was pertinent, timely and useful.” If you were unable to attend live, you can now benefit from her recorded presentation.

Identifying and Supporting Those Disproportionately Affected by the PandemicA 45-minute recorded training that discusses those disproportionately affected by the pandemic and looks at how to identify these groups in your community using the Gale Analytics: Community Insights Dashboard.

2020 Readers’ Advisory Year in Review. Noted readers’ advisory expert Becky Spratford walks through the “highlights” of 2020 in adult leisure reading. From the biggest trends like anti-racist reads to the authors, titles, and genres that broke through the pandemic to the altered service models and virtual programming that may be here to stay.

Newsletter: February 8, 2021