Newsletter: Week of December 7

New Opportunities

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Starts Feb. 9, 2021.Video Creation and Editing: An Introduction for Public Library Programming Staff. Join the second delivery of this very popular course to learn basic video and editing skills to reach your customers during this time of increased remote programming.

NEW! Open access through Dec. 31, Psychological First AidThis free 10-hour course from Coursera teachers you how to utilize the RAPID model (Reflective listening, Assessment of needs, Prioritization, Intervention, and Disposition), and provides perspectives on injuries and trauma that are beyond those physical in nature.

NEW! Tues., Dec. 15, 2:00 p.m., Brainfuse Website PlacementAninteractive webinar with Brainfuse’s marketing expert on sharing best practices for JobNow/VetNow website placement and ways to draw attention to the platform.

NEW! Wed., Dec. 16, 9:30 a.m.Compassion Fatigue During a Crisis. Free live webinar, also available for later viewing in the CALL on-demand webinars academy.

NEW! Wed., Dec. 16, 10:00 a.m.Finding Your Happy During Work, a Pandemic and the Holidays.  Research has shown that employee happiness improves the bottom line. In this free webinar learn how you can help your employees find more joy right now.

NEW! Thurs., Dec 17, 9:00 a.m., EDI: Identifying and Supporting Those Disproportionately Affected by the PandemicAttend this training to discuss those disproportionately affected by the pandemic and learn how to identify these groups in your community using the Gale Analytics Community Insights Dashboard. NOTE: Open to all public libraries, not just current Gale Analytics Users.

NEW! Thurs., Dec 17, 11:00 a.m., Taking Care of Yourself as a Virtual Service ProviderFree webinar in a series from Brazelton Touchpoints Center exploring the challenges and opportunities posed by virtual service delivery.

Upcoming from the State Library

Thurs., Dec. 10, 9-10:30 a.mDigital Navigator Webinar. This California State Library webinar helps public libraries address the digital divide by assisting patrons in finding and signing up for low-cost internet offers. Share best practices on connecting your community. Register here or watch the recording to be posted later.

Tues., Dec. 15, 10:30 a.m. Tech Time with Purpose. Join the Early Learning with Families project to learn about current research about digital technologies and young children, and receive guidance and support to help navigate this challenging landscape with your patrons.

Just-in-Time Resources

Watch this five-minute video titled ZOOM Fatigue is Ruining My Library Programming! Thanks to Julianna Robbins, CALL Advisory Board member, for bringing this gem to our attention!

REALM (Re-Opening Archives, Libraries and Museums) Resources: The REALM Project’s new checklist of considerations offers a starting point and includes links to guides and additional information for archives, libraries and museums. You can also watch the CALL Academy module on REALM Resources for Libraries Operating During COVID-19and check out the REALM Toolkit with downloadable resources, like REALM Test Results in Visual Format.

On-Demand Webinars for Current Needs: CALL Academy gives you access to over 300 on-demand webinars from PCI (People Connect Institute) on a wide variety of topics. Here are just a few:

Communication Strategies for COVID-19Throughout the pandemic libraries have had to communicate with customers and other audiences in new and different waysLearn about communications strategies for reopening libraries, and how to become more nimble and prepared for future potential disruptions.

Difficult conversations seem to be a part of our daily lives right now. The following recorded webinars can help. The Difference Between Discussion, Debate and Dialogue and How to Use It to Build Healthy Workplacesis a 30-minute recording provides tips on how to encourage healthy dialogue in the workplace.  Also consider webinars on:

 A Guide to Understanding the Body Language of Others
Creating Boundaries with Patrons
Communicating Smarter and Better

And finally, let’s not neglect ourselves. Try Self-Care During a Crisis: Breathe, Think and Grow.

For access to more, visit the CALL On-Demand Webinars page and log in using your CALL Academy account. If you do not have an account, you will need to create one using your California public library domain email address to register for a free username and password. If you attempt to register and are not able, please contact the CALL Project Manager,  Lisa Barnhart, at

Don’t Forget…Opportunities in 2021

Three new Library Juice Academy four-week courses start in January. Use the links below for additional course information and to apply for a seat. Registration deadline is December 18th. Please note that you may attend only one Library Juice Academy course through California Library Learns (CALL) in the 2020-21 fiscal year.

Foundations of Early Literacy
Stories, Songs and Stretches
Programming for Children with Special Needs

Looking to get more out of a CALL experience? Our Learner Guide form provides a way to do just that, from reflecting about what you already knew and what insight you’ve gained to making a plan to share that knowledge, which is part of the CALL mission. Find it at (click the purple box)!

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Newsletter: Week of December 7