Newsletter: Week of February 1

Quick Updates: If you signed up for the Infopeople course, “Creating Virtual Programs for Adults,” originally scheduled to start Feb. 2, please note the new start date is Feb. 16.

NEW and Exclusively for California Public Library Staff

New! 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? This interactive and informative program will help organizations and their employees create and maintain safe workplace practices and prepare them to better handle customer conflicts including people who are non-compliant with your rules and policiesRegister and join experienced presenter Andrew Sanderbeck for this webinar for California public library staff only.

New! Mon., March 8, 1 p.m. and March 15, 1 p.m. We are pleased to announce that in partnership with ALA we are offering Strategic Planning Made Easy with Catherine Hakala-Ausperk free of charge to all library staff in the state of California. The event features a 90-minute presentation on Monday, March 8, with a 60-minute follow-up discussion the following Monday, March 15. Whether you have avoided or embraced strategic planning, and if you’re in a position to initiate, lead, or just contribute to your library’s next plan, you’ll be energized and eager once you see how simple planning can be. Strategic planning isn’t difficult, but it’s crucial to the future success of your teams, your organization, and your community. After the first session, you’ll leave with a list of critical “first steps” to consider. One week later, participants will share ideas, feedback, and advice with one another under the guidance of Catherine Hakala-Ausperk. Register now!

A Unique Opportunity

New! Mon., March 1 – Wed., March 31. 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.

Coming This Week

Wed., Feb. 3, 11 a.m. Strategic Planning Tips and Tools to Help Your Library Move ForwardFrom PCI webinars: Should you think about strategic planning in the middle of a crisis? What does a strategic planning process look like in turbulent times? While looking ahead three or more years may seem out of the question, strategy is necessary to help your library bring order to the unknown and provide the road map your library needs to feel secure in your decisions and communicate with stakeholders.

Fri., Feb. 5, 11 a.m. Resources for Wellbeing: Toolkit Tour for Rural & Small LibrariesJoin for an introduction to the tools for helping libraries improve social wellbeing in their communities, created from the Rural Library Service & Social Wellbeing Project. Learn from library directors who leverage all available resources to create feelings of delight, power, cultural identity, and belonging for community residents with outstanding results.

Fri., Feb. 5, 4 p.m. My Leadership Journey: Jayanti Addleman. Brought to you by Developing Leaders in California Libraries this event is open to anyone who would like to attend. Jayanti Addleman is the Director of Library Services at Hayward Public Library and President of the California Library Association.

Library Journal Courses Starting Soon

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.

Update on CALL Academy Logins

Good news! You can now take advantage of the 200+ recorded PCI Webinars directly from CALL Academy. This change will streamline access to all content we have produced and gathered in CALL using one login. (For the past few months, you need a separate login to access PCI webinars, but now they’re available with all other CALL Academy materials.)

If you haven’t done so already, create a free account on the CALL Academy. Once you’ve done that, you’ll see a category in the right hand menu for the People Connect Institute, where all of the previously recorded webinars – and the new ones being added weekly – are now located. 

In addition, you’ll find all of the current CALL Produced content such as the popular Building Safety: Sacramento Public Library’s Response to COVID-19Book to Action content and supporting modules for Statewide projects such as Brainfuse: JobNow/VetNow. Here are simple instructions…

1. Go to

2. Log in using your user name and password. If you haven’t yet created a free account with CALL Academy, be sure to use your official work email address since CALL content is only available for California Public Library staff.

3. Browse the various categories in the right hand menu for a variety of self-paced learning.

4. Click on the People Connect Institute category to find all of the recorded webinars. Missed a recent live PCI webinar? You can find the recording under the “New” section of the PCI Webinar category. NOTE: If you are prompted to request access to a PCI Webinar, simply click on the “Request Access” button and an Administrator will accept your request as soon as possible. 

5. Make a plan to learn. Simple as that.

We will continue to make changes to meet your needs and provide easier access. Please give us feedback when you can. 

Newsletter: Week of February 1