Newsletter: Week of March 22

Featured Learning

New! Thurs., April 1, 10 a.m. 8 Strategies for Creating a More Inclusive Volunteer Program. Many organizations struggle to engage volunteers who reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of the communities they serve. In response to this issue, the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) recently embarked on a research study which resulted in a set of eight strategies for creating a more inclusive volunteer program within nonprofit and government organizations. 

New! Starting Tues., May 4. Technology in Libraries. Are you looking to move ahead in the library profession or better understand the role of technology within the library? Would you like to increase your understanding and boost your confidence of technology and how it integrates into the library? Designed as a practical look at technology today, this interactive 6-week course will help attendees grow more confident in utilizing hardware and software to deliver users’ services and save time and effort in their daily tasks.  

New! May 25-26. RIPL California Virtual EventAre you trying to determine whether your programs and services are effective? Do you want to learn practical methods for gathering, analyzing, and using data for planning, management, and communicating impact? The Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) is an immersive, bootcamp-style event for public library staff to learn about a variety of data topics including outcome-based evaluation, community assessment, data visualization, culturally responsive evaluation, developing a culture of evaluation, using data for strategic planning, and more.


Tues., March 30. Inclusive Data: Why It Matters for Underrepresented Groups and How Public Libraries Can Help.In our data-driven world, there is an increasing need for communities to produce and use data effectively to better inform policy making and engage in civic action and dialogue. Just as public libraries have worked to support reading literacy and technology literacy, we also can ensure that all groups have opportunities to participate in the production, analysis, and use of data to address issues affecting their communities.

Upcoming Courses from Infopeople (4 weeks unless otherwise noted)Starting Tues.,April 13. Introduction to Asset Based Community Development: Discovering and Unleashing Local Abundance Lately, it seems we hear “community engagement” about 5 times a day. But what does this term really mean? Using the lens, tools, and practices presented by Asset Based Community Development (ABCD), we can rediscover and maximize the energy, creativity, capacities and caring that exist in every neighborhood and city.

New! Starting Tues.,May 4.  Developing Partnerships to Provide Social Services. The library is a hub of information and community. You know there are critical needs that exist – for housing, food, mental health services, and more, yet most libraries are not staffed or funded to provide social services to their community on their own. Partnering with outside organizations to provide these services makes a lot of sense. This course will help you identify, nurture and grow partnerships that will positively impact your community.

Coming This Week

Tues., March 23, 9 a.m. What’s Essential When Serving Youth and Families in Crisis Times.   
Tues., March 23, 11 a.m. Public Programming in the Pandemic. 
Wed., March 24, 11 a.m. Creating a Culture of Caring: Practical Approaches to Support Young Adult Wellbeing and Mental HealthA PCI Partner Webinar.
Wed., March 24, 11 a.m.Challenging Conversations with Families Virtually.
Fri., March 26, 4 p.m. My Leadership Journey: Chris Brown Part of the Developing Leaders in California Libraries series.

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

Discover new pathways to learning in the CALL Academy. 

Grant Writing for California Libraries. The basics of grant writing along with California specific content.
Crucial Customer Service Skills.  Pick and choose the topics you need most from setting boundaries to de-escalation and responding to customers in tense situations. 

Conference Opportunities This Week

March 25-26. Seguimos Creando Enlaces: Civic Engagement in Action. This free conference  fosters community connections and cultural diversity in public, academic, and special libraries. The goal of this year’s event is for library workers from the US, Mexico, and across the globe to share best practices and build more inclusive library spaces for all.

March 24-26.BLOSSOM! Building Life-long Opportunities for Strength, Self-Care, Outlook, Morale, and Mindfulness.  A free virtual symposium for library staff focused on their health and wellness.

What Else is Out There? 

Tues., April 6, 1 p.m. Data that Counts: An Introduction to Census Data for Public Libraries. Libraries were central to helping people be counted in the 2020 Census. Now, learn how to make the data count for your library and community! This free webinar from PLA will introduce you to the important role that public libraries can play in assisting individuals, groups, and organizations with finding, accessing, and using census data for planning and decision-making.

Wed., April 21, 12 noon. Let’s Get Together! Book Clubs for Neurodivergent Adults. In this webinar, we’ll explore not only how to start a book club for neurodivergent adults, but also how to recruit participants and build community and library support for these programs. We’ll discuss what it means to be neurodivergent and discuss real-life examples of challenges and successes you may encounter.

Newsletter: Week of March 22