Newsletter: Week of December 21

New on the Horizon

NEW! Call for proposals and registration now open for the tenth annual Seguimos Creando Enlaces conference, March 25-26, 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 and call for proposals: Englishespañol.

NEW! Open now: apply by Jan. 11. The Leadership Challenge, part of the Developing Leaders in California Libraries project, builds teams of library staff to frame, research, and recommend library-based solutions to issues facing Californians. Small teams will work together from February to June 2021; up to 32 spaces are available.

NEW! Begins Jan. 19Designing Effective Online Learning Experiences for Young Children. This two-week course about virtual programs serving K-6 includes a live session on Thurs., Jan. 21. Find learning tools to help you transform existing or new online programs in ways that evidence shows is most effective. More information can be found here, but use the CALL link to register.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! Thurs., Jan 21, 12:00 p.m., Transitioning Your Adult Programs to a Virtual EnvironmentA California-exclusive workshop from PLA on training staff to present virtually, integrating community partners into your virtual schedule, and other strategies to transition programs from in-house to online.

NEW! Tues., January 26, 12 p.m. I Didn’t Know I Was a Veteran. Register now for this webinar covering aspects of veteran culture, amazing tools to help vets connect, and how to conduct effective outreach so that your long-term mission always includes serving those who have served. Although you probably have already helped many veterans who didn’t self-identify as a vet, the addition of VetNow to your library’s resources makes understanding this community even more vital.

NEW! Thur., Feb 18, 12 p.m. Training Staff to Serve Patrons Experiencing Homelessness in the Suburbs. In this California-exclusive workshop from PLA, the Mid-Continent (Missouri) Public Library looks at situations in their community and steps that they took to train staff to serve the needs of this demographic, from locating social services resources to de-escalation techniques. Staff will discuss easy-to-implement training and techniques for libraries of all sizes.

Take Care of Yourself

Available anytime from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine: Putting the Self Back in Self-Care, a 90-minute panel discussion recorded in May 2020, and Taking Care of Us: Inreach for Library Staff, an hour-long webinar that teaches you how to de-stress at work, avoid injury, and regulate your emotions.

Sign Up Now for the New Year

Jan. 6, 12:00 p.m. Evaluating Virtual Programs and Events Join this webinar to explore how program success in a virtual world differs from in person programs and events.  Meg DePriest, California State Library, will also share about Public Library Survey data elements for Virtual Programming.

Jan. 13, 11:00 a.m. Building Virtual Team Cohesion: Tips for Managers. Join this free CORE Webinar and learn how to reposition team management through empathy, connection, and staff engagement.

Thursdays, Jan. 28, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11, from 1-2:30 p.m., Inclusion and Belonging: More Than Just Words. This unique opportunity is a chance for your library to learn and build from the Multnomah County Library (OR) successful racial equity learning initiative. If your library is interested in pursuing discussions about diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and justice, you can send a team join the online conversations. Find out more and apply now.

What’s Available for Managers and Directors?

Mon., Jan. 25, Feb. 1 and 8, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.mLibrary Directors Crash CourseSign up now for a no-cost CALL seat in this three-part training designed for new directors and those who aspire to be directors. California Libraries Learn (CALL) will offer free supplemental workshops to cover materials about California governance structures and HR issues that might not be covered in the ALA course.

Leading During a Crisis: A Webinar Series (Wednesdays in March at 11:00 a.m. and available in CALL Academy after live event)

Wed., March 10, 11 a.m. What is Crisis Communication and Crisis Leadership? This presentation provides the necessary foundational understanding of crisis communication and how to navigate leadership responsibilities during these times.

Wed., March 17, 11 a.m. Leadership in Libraries: Observations from the Director’s Seat.Between a pandemic, political partisanship, and fast changing technology, public libraries are experiencing a dramatic series of changes and challenges. To survive in these unusual times exceptional leadership is required from our Library Directors.

Wed., March 31, 11 a.m. Leadership in 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? Numerous strategies already exist. This presentation explores how to implement different strategies to best serve library staff, the public, community partners, and elected officials.

Newsletter: Week of December 21