Newsletter: Week of December 14, 2020

Upcoming and New Opportunities

Tues., Dec. 15, 10:30 a.m. Tech Time with Purpose. Join the Early Learning with Families project to learn about current research on digital technologies and young children; produced with the California State Library.

Tues., Dec. 15, 2:00 p.m., Brainfuse Website Placement. Brainfuse’s marketing expert on best practices for JobNow/VetNow for drawing attention to the platform; produced with the California State Library.

Wed., Dec. 16, 10:00 a.m., Finding Your Happy During Work, a Pandemic and the Holidays.  Research shows that employee happiness improves the bottom line. Learn how to help your employees find more joy right now.

NEW! Dec. 17, 10:00 a.m. Supporting Teens During Difficult and Challenging Times. Come listen, learn, reflect, and share your thoughts about how teens are and have adjusted to the new normal, post-election media and other challenging aspects of 2020. A YALSA Chat and Snack Open Discussion.

NEW!  Jan. 6, 12:00 p.m. Evaluating Virtual Programs and Events.  Join this webinar to explore how program success in a virtual world differs from in person programs and events.  Meg DePriest, California State Library, will also share about Public Library Survey data elements for Virtual Programming.

NEW!  Jan. 6 and 7. Essential Grant Skills – Online. In this fast-paced, two-day training from The Grantsmanship Center, learn how to create the core parts of a grant proposal. Connect with an expert trainer and colleagues as you master the ins and outs of grant proposal development. Leave the training enthused, full of new information, with an outline of a grant proposal for your own library or project, and new skills to help your community.  Online learning events are combined with exercises and reading completed between the online sessions for two, full and productive days—approximately 12 total hours of active learning.   Please plan to devote time between the online sessions to complete the exercises and reading.  You must be available during all of these times: Wednesday, January 6, 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 2:00-4:00 p.m.; AND Thursday, January 7, 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 2:00-4:00 p.m. A limited number of seats are available; please complete this registration form to apply for a seat, or contact Project Manager Lisa Barnhart ( for application details. Priority registration date is Dec. 17.

NEW!  Jan. 13, 11:00 a.m. Building Virtual Team Cohesion: Tips for Managers. Join this free CORE Webinar and learn how to reposition team management through empathy, connection, and staff engagement. 

NEW Team Opportunity! Thursdays, Jan. 28, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11, from 1-2:30 p.m., Inclusion and Belonging: More Than Just Words. This unique opportunity is a chance for your library to learn and build from the Multnomah County Library (OR) successful library racial equity learning initiative. If your library is interested in pursuing discussions about diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and justice, you may apply to have a team join the online conversations. Find out more and apply now.

Save the Date! Thurs., Jan 21, 12:00 p.m., Transitioning Your Adult Programs to a Virtual Environment. A California-exclusive workshop from PLA on training staff to present virtually, integrating community partners into your virtual schedule, and other strategies to transition programs from in-house to online. Registration information coming next week.

Just-in-Time Resources

Available 24/7 in the CALL Academy: Self-paced learning when you need it.

Maximizing and Measuring Virtual Programs. This recorded webinar helps libraries develop targeted outcomes to use when designing online programs to maximize the learning opportunities and measure the resulting value of them from attendees.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Library Imagery. This course is designed to inspire you to use a bigger looking glass when selecting graphics for your library’s online and print materials.

Building Better Messages About Library Impact. Telling a successful story requires planning and intention. Now is the time to tell your library story!

On-Demand Webinars for Current Needs: CALL Academy gives you access to over 300 on-demand webinars from PCI (People Connect Institute) on a wide variety of topics. Here are just a few.

Taking care of yourself is always important, but never more so than this year. As we head into the holidays, consider 20 Stress Management Tools for the Holidays in 60 Minutes or 4 Ways to Maintain Calm and Make Decisions Under Pressure or just for fun – Comics, Superheroes and Pop Culture in Your Library!  For access to more, visit the CALL On-Demand Webinars page and log in using your CALL Academy account. If you do not yet have an account, create one using your California public library domain email address to register for a free username and password. If you are unable to register, please contact CALL Project Manager, Lisa Barnhart, at

Last CALL for Registration

ALA Graphic Design Skills for All Library Employees. Registration deadline is December 17.

Three Library Juice Academy four-week courses start in January. Use the links below for additional course information and to apply for a seat. Registration deadline is December 18. Please note that you may attend only one Library Juice Academy course through California Library Learns (CALL) in the 2020-21 fiscal year. 

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


Looking to get more out of a CALL experience? Our Learner Guide form provides a way to do just that, from reflecting about what you already knew and what insight you’ve gained to making a plan to share that knowledge, which is part of the CALL mission. Find it at (click the purple box)!

Visit CALL’s website, calendar of upcoming trainings and CALL Academy, self-guided learning available 24/7, all FREE and brought to you by the California State Library and the California Library Association. Programs are open to all current California public library staff members (including public law libraries), including staff members furloughed or laid off since March 2020 for pandemic-related reasons. Tell us what you’d like to see from CALL!

CALL is a collaborative program of the California Library Association and the California State Library, and is supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Newsletter: Week of December 14, 2020