Newsletter: Week of October 19, 2020

What’s Happening

No-cost seats in upcoming courses and conferences:

Apply now for a seat in on Family Service Partnership and Outreach Programs, a four-week Library Juice Academy course with C. Lynn Baker, November 2-29. Please do not register directly through Library Juice Academy, but instead fill out the CALL application form. For information on additional Library Juice courses, go to “Free and Upcoming on CALL.”

Last chance! Apply now for an opportunity to participate in ALA’s CORE ForumNovember 18 and 20.

Providing Trauma-Informed Services in Small and Rural LibrariesInfopeople 4-week online course, November 17-December 14, 2020Apply now for a seat. Please note that many larger library jurisdictions in California include small and rural libraries within their borders, so if you work in a branch that serves a small or rural community, we encourage you to apply. How can you provide trauma-informed services without access to the resources that a larger library may have? Learn to apply a trauma-informed approach to one-to-one interactions and incorporate knowledge of trauma into library services, policies, and practices; identify potential community partners; and discover relevant resources in small and rural communities.

Free webinars and workshops on the near horizon:

Wednesday, October 21, 10 a.m.: Libraries and Wildfire Preparedness, panel discussion on building disaster resiliency lessons learned; disaster plans that “go beyond the binder” and engage the entire library community; tools and resources from, NorthNet’s new website supporting disaster preparedness, response and recovery. Register today:

Tuesday, October 27, 1 p.m.: Introducing the California Grants Portal, with Shivani Bose-Varela. Understand how your patrons and your library can benefit from knowing more about, where you can find all state grant and loan opportunities offered on a competitive or first-come basis. Pre-registration required.

Thursday, October 29, 10 a.m. REALM Resources for Libraries Operating during COVID-19, a CALL webinar with Sharon Streams of the Reopening Archives, Libraries and Museums project, presented by Infopeople. Register for this free event directly through Infopeople.

Check the calendar for upcoming webinars on The ACA and Advancing LGBTQ HealthLibrary Leadership Your Way, summer reading, signing storytimes, and more!

Highlight: Want to view a great presentation on Building Safety: Responses to COVID-19? Catch up with the Brainfuse JobNow/VetNow training you missed? Or webinars on Supporting Students During COVID-19 or Workforce Development Strategies for Recovery and Resilience? Check out the CALL-produced Academy modules. You’ll need to create an account.

Our calendar is updated several times a week, so bookmark the site and keep checking for information! If you missed last week’s newsletter, find it here.

Comments from the Field

We asked CALL Advisory Board members to tell us about important insights from their own continuing education. Here’s what Rivkah Sass, director of the Sacramento Public Library, said:

One of my greatest professional development moments was when I heard Regina Minudri (Director of Berkeley Public Library Director 1977-1994) speak at a leadership workshop in Port Townsend, Washington. It was around 1982 and I was at a crossroads. I loved being a children’s librarian but felt powerless. The Fall CAYAS (Children’s and Young Adult Services Division of the Washington Library Association) featured a theme designed to help youth services librarians think about their professional futures. Regina talked about her journey in public libraries, the importance of the work we do and that yes, that children’s librarians should think about management as part of their professional journey. Hearing her speak was part rock concert, part master class and I left thinking that if I became a manager I could have more influence.

It was an experience that changed my life, my goals and my journey. I went home, polished my resume and a few months later was hired at the Timberland Regional Library, one of my smartest career moves. Regina’s talk inspired and energized me and to this day I am a true believer in professional development.

Now it’s your turn. Tell us what you think, and what you’d like to see from CALL!

Free and Upcoming on CALL!

Browse the website to see all available choices, including multiple webinars and courses, plus CALL Academy, available 24/7 and featuring self-guided modules on high-interest topics! We’re looking forward to bringing training on community engagement, virtual programming, video editing skills, fundamentals of children’s services, and much, much more.

Interested in upcoming Library Juice Academy courses? Please note that you may attend only one Library Juice Academy course through California Library Learns (CALL) in the 2020-21 fiscal year. Other multi-week Library Juice Academy courses for which seats may be offered through CALL (but are not yet open to CALL registration) include:

January 2021

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

February 2021

Supercharging Your Storytimes
Library Resources and Services for Patrons on the Autism Spectrum
Allyship, Anti-Oppression Practices, and Building Inclusive Libraries
Library Outreach and Marketing to Latinx and Spanish-Speaking Families

March 2021

Exploring STEAM Concepts Through Storytimes

April 2021

Developmentally-Appropriate and Diverse Books for Storytime

May 2021

Bilingual Storytime at Your Biblioteca

Newsletter: Week of October 19, 2020