Perspectives from the Field: Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS)

OCLC
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Published:  07 December 2021
Perspectives from the Field: Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS)

Monica Harris is the Associate Executive Director of RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library System), which serves approximately 1,300 academic, public, school, and special library agencies in northern and west-central Illinois. We caught up with Monica to ask her about her experience during the pandemic.

How has the pandemic affected the way you see the future of library systems?

The pandemic has really changed the way libraries are conducting their work. Everything from how they are addressing remote work, developing engaging virtual programming, changes in purchasing habits, and the pressing needs to address community inequality are all very pressing... Read more

Free December Webinars for Library Staff

Compiled by the Wyoming State Library
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Published:  30 November 2021
Free December Webinars for Library Staff

The holiday season is the perfect time to give yourself the gift of learning. Take time to reflect on the year and explore areas in your work for improvement or innovation. There are numerous facets to explore within this month's list of free webinar opportunities, and we wish you the best as you continue on your journey as a lifelong learner. Explore this month's list of over 60 webinars and five online conferences, covering 19 topic areas. Thank you to the Wyoming State Library for collecting this list of learning opportunities! It's updated monthly on the Free Training page, where... Read more

Eviction Resources for Libraries

WebJunction
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Published:  17 November 2021
Eviction Resources for Libraries

Housing insecurity is widespread, in part due to unemployment and related financial issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. The civil legal process of eviction is complex and can be confusing to renters and landlords alike. People experiencing eviction may have difficulty finding safe and decent housing options; become separated from families, jobs, and schools; and face poor health outcomes. Eviction can have far-reaching and long-lasting effects.

Libraries are well positioned to provide access to legal information that is particularly helpful during the early phases of the eviction process. By leveraging their reference skills and partnering with law libraries... Read more

Build on Strengths When Responding to a Crisis

Sharon Streams, Executive Director, WebJunction
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Published:  11 November 2021
Build on Strengths When Responding to a Crisis

As the REALM project (REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums) continues to gather and adapt science-based information to inform local decision making by libraries, archives, and museums, it’s been essential to listen to the real-world experiences at these institutions. These perspectives ensure that the information is relevant to the operations and services of the field. In a collection of nine interviews, leaders of libraries, museums, and member associations describe how they leveraged their institutions’ core strengths and drew upon trusted partners to navigate the crisis, helping to protect the health and well-being of staff and community members. These interviews help identify... Read more

Public Health is Part of Library Outreach

Noah Lenstra
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Published:  03 November 2021
Public Health is Part of Library Outreach

Outreach efforts in the public library increasingly center around building, sustaining, and leveraging community partnerships, including with public health partners. That fact was evident at the 2021 Association of Bookmobile & Outreach Services’ (ABOS) Virtual Conference, held October 11-15. The conference featured at least six sessions focused on outreach librarians working with public health partners, including:

Mobilizing partnerships, featuring Jeff Davis County Library’s efforts to create a new outreach vehicle called “Mobile Comunidad: Feeding Minds & Bodies,” through partnerships in rural West Texas

Social Worker in the Library, AMITA Health, featuring the Chicago Public... Read more


 

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08 December 2021

Libraries and Eviction: Continuing the Conversation

Building on a recent webinar, this special interactive session will provide an opportunity for attendees and guest panelists to share questions and experiences about how libraries are assisting patrons facing eviction.

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