Newsletter: Week of November 16

Looking Forward

CALL’s Nov.-Dec. free course on Video Creation and Editing: An Introduction for Public Library Programming Staff filled immediately and has a waiting list. Stay tuned: we’re working on providing a second offering plus other related workshops.

What’s on the horizon for December and January? If you’re ready for an in-depth experience, sign up for a Library Juice Academy course through CALL. More information can be found in last week’s newsletter.

NEW! Wed., Jan. 6 and 13, 2021, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. American Library Association two-session workshop, Graphic Design Skills for All Library Employees. A limited number of no-cost seats are available (limit one per jurisdiction, although large jurisdictions may apply for more than one). You’ll have an assignment and access to the instructor between the two sessions. Visit ALA’s site for more course information, but apply for a CALL scholarship with this form, please.

NEW! 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.

Just in Time Resources

Thinking about applying for an LSTA grant or other funding? Mark your calendar for Wed., Dec. 3, 9:30 a.m.Learning to Share Your Sandbox: Developing Effective Partnership Agreements. Here are some on-demand CALL Academy webinars from PCI that you might find handy. (Note that you will need to log in to the PCI Webinars Academy using the same login you created for the CALL Academy.) Grant Writing Made Easy and Grant Writing: What the Pros Know might inspire you with upcoming applications. Another PCI webinar is also timely. De-Escalating Difficult COVID-19 Customer Behaviors may support your staff in planning for opening.  If you experience any difficulty logging in to the PCI Webinars Academy please contact CALL’s Project Manager, Lisa Barnhart, at

NEW! We’re now offering statewide access to the Urban Library Council’s archived webinar on Justice-Driven Approaches to Supporting At-Risk Families, which took place Nov. 10, 2020 (no log-in needed!). It features an in-depth discussion on how communities can better leverage libraries as essential partners for supporting at-risk, marginalized and diverse families with the highest need, while also strengthening social justice outcomes for the community at large.

Current Opportunities

NEW! Tues., Nov. 17, 10 a.m. Crash Course: Engaging Youth Online, from Development Without Limits, 90 minutes. Learn three strategies for working with young people online. Click here to go to the course registration page (actually, right click to copy the link, then paste into the Chrome browser), then complete the sign up form for LEARN Without Limits. You’ll be directed to the page about your course. Click the button “Sign up,” and you’ll be directed to a payment page where a coupon code has already been applied. Click Buy (for $0); CALL has already paid for the registration (only for California public library staff). You will be able to access the first section of the course, community discussion and resources and then will be alerted the day before the live session.

Wed., Nov. 18, 11 a.m. Fostering Engagement and Building Literacy Competencies for Students and Patrons of Various CulturesFree live webinar, also available for later viewing on CALL Academy.

Wed., Nov. 18, 12 noonADA Compliance Wins for Digital Library SpacesFree one-hour webinar. Connect digital accessibility and ADA compliance with other principles of design (UDL) to create the best online programming experience possible.

NEW! Thurs., Nov. 19, 11 a.m. Older Adults and Scams. Free one-hour webinar presented by the Federal Trade Commission. Email Ari Lazarus, the presenter, to register.

Starting Nov. 24:  Preparing and Implementing EDI Training in Your Library, four-week course. (The CALL scholarship link is now active!) CALL is offering 20 no-cost seats (limited to one per jurisdiction). Practice skills to plan and facilitate an EDI-focused training for your staff. You’ll develop a blueprint for a staff training opportunity that can be implemented upon completing the course. You should be available for live sessions on Tues., Dec 1 and 8, 10 a.m.

Wed. Dec. 2, 11 a.m. Libraries Supporting Online Learning: New Strategies and Best Practices in Response to COVID-19. Free live webinar, also available for later viewing on CALL Academy.

Tues., Dec. 8, 11 a.m. Brainfuse’s JobNow & VetNow: Online Career & Veteran Support Services for Your Patrons during the COVID-19 Crisis, a WebJunction one-hour webinar.

NEW! Thurs., Dec. 10, 9-10:30 a.m. Digital Navigator webinar. Executive Order N-73-20 directs the State Library, in partnership with local libraries, to promote low cost internet subscription plans. How can you help residents steer through the maze of rules? This webinar helps public libraries learn how to address the digital divide and help patrons find available offers, sign up, and use existing pathways on the road to internet connectivity. You can share your own best practices on supporting your community with internet service, adoption and availability, too. Register here:

Newsletter: Week of November 16