Newsletter: Week of March 15

Featured Learning

Tues., March 30, 12 p.m. Intentional Inclusion: Disrupting Middle Class Bias in Library Programming, a PLA/CALL Collaboration Webinar. 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 for those experiencing homelessness, and expanded reference services for incarcerated individuals. Learn from their experiences around implementing radically inclusive programming. Register now.

New! Tues., April 27, Cultivating Civility, Resilience and Reflection in the Library Workplace. Would you like to be part of the solution to creating a functional library work environment with workplace communications that are complete and clear? In this course you will learn how to effectively handle workplace conflict among library employees and work towards teams that are aligned and focused on purpose. Don’t miss your chance to benefit from the course instructors who co-authored The Dysfunctional Library: Challenges and Solutions to Workplace Relationships and Cultivating Civility: Practical Ways to Improve a Dysfunctional Library. This is a CALL exclusive course. 

New!  Wed., May 5, 12 and 19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Designing for a Flexible FutureThis Library Journal workshop will explore how to design library space for flexibility, including coworking space, meeting space, and outdoor space, and reimagining the library as a community meeting place in the post-Covid era. Apply for one of the CALL no-cost seats in this course. 


The deadline for this application is today, March 15, 2021 
Tues.-Thurs., April 6-8. 2021 Brazelton Virtual National Forum“Working Together Towards Racial Equity for Children, Families, and Communities.” We are offering a limited number of no-cost seats for California library staff to attend this forum which will explore the effects of racism and trauma on children, families, and communities, and how together we can advance racial equity and justice. 

Upcoming Courses from Library Juice Academy (4 weeks unless otherwise noted)

New! April., Developmentally Appropriate and Diverse Books for StorytimeThere’s more to choosing books for storytime than just knowing the collection. It’s also important to understand how to choose books that foster school readiness and literacy skills, as well as books that cultivate an understanding of diverse cultures and traditions. In this class, you will get hands-on practice connecting current and classic children’s books to the developmental ages and stages of infants, toddlers, two-year-olds, and preschoolers. Apply for a no-cost CALL seat.

New!  May.  Bilingual Storytimes at Your BibliotecaThis online course teaches participants how to present bilingual storytimes (English/Spanish) for various ages, regardless of their own language skills. Video demonstrations, articles, online resources and course discussions direct students as they learn how to successfully deliver the various elements of bilingual storytimes, either on their own or with a bilingual community partner. Apply for a no-cost CALL seat. 

Coming this Week

Tues., March 16, 11 a.m. Evaluation + Culture = ChangePart of the RIPL Data Bootcamp Series.
Tues., March 16, 1 p.m. Embracing Risk-Friendly LearningBrought to you by ELF (Early Learning for Families).
Wed., March 17, 11 a.m. Leadership in Libraries: Observations from the Director’s Seat. Attend this webinar from our PCI training partner or look for the recording in the CALL Academy
Wed., March 17, 12 noonDisrupting Implicit Bias in Early Childhood Programs
Thur., March 18, 12 noon. Lessons from the COVID pivot: Community engagement now and in the future. 
Thur., March 18, 11 a.m. Successfully Implementing Volunteer Changes. 

New in CALL Academy – Self-Paced Learning Available 24/7

One of the highest priorities identified by California Library staff during the pandemic was the need for training in video creation and editing. CALL responded with two offerings of the practical workshop – Video Creation and Editing: An Introduction for Public Library Staff. If you didn’t get a seat in one of these live offerings you can now access all of the content, including instructor Carly Lamphere’s presentations, assignments and supplementary materials in a self-paced format in CALL Academy. The curriculum organization of this content leads you through the topic from start to finish at your own pace and in your own timing.

Learn with Us

Finding Mental Health First Aid Training OnlineMental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-abuse issues. Now more than ever library staff are looking for the skills to work with those experiencing mental health challenges. To meet this demand, many organizations have increased the number of offerings for Mental Health First Aid certification. Find out how you can identify MHFA training online that is free and convenient for your schedule. 

What Else is Out There? 

March 23-24. Elements of EmpowermentIn this conference you will hear from experts on cyberbullying, LIS mental health, intellectual freedom, and being an active bystander/up-stander.

April 8-9. Responding to the COVID-19 Infodemic: An NNLM Virtual Symposium

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Newsletter: Week of March 15