Free August Webinars for Library Staff
It can be a challenge to remain up to date in our ever-changing, always-demanding library positions. It's a good thing, then, that library staff tend to be lifelong learners, and just as good that there are more free training opportunities available out there than ever before. This month brings 95 webinars and one online conference, covering 23 topic areas to explore. Thank you to the Wyoming State Library for collecting this list of learning opportunities! It's updated monthly on the Free Training page, where you can also view the offerings by topic.
For additional training, check out the WebJunction... Read more
Reflections and Resources: Advancing Racial Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Symposium
The Denver Public Library has prioritized research and learning related to racial equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI), and recently hosted the Advancing Racial Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Symposium. This was a dynamic and engaging 3-day online gathering with diverse voices committed to prioritizing how libraries, and other organizations, can look at how they are advancing racial equity and inclusion in the workplace.
In addition to over ten hours of panel presentations, the symposium included self-care sessions at the beginning and end of each day, virtual networking opportunities, and a World Café for individuals to assess and discuss... Read more
Online Training Prepares Library Staff to Address the Civil Legal Justice Gap
The WebJunction team of OCLC’s Research and Membership Division recently completed a very successful five-week, online, instructor-led course for public library staff to strengthen their patrons’ access to civil legal justice. The course Creating Pathways to Civil Legal Justice is part of a larger national training initiative in which WebJunction is collaborating with the non-profit Legal Services Corporation (LSC) to enlist libraries in the effort to reduce the justice gap—the divide between the civil legal needs of low-income people and the resources to meet those needs. The project is funded by the Mellon Foundation and the Susan Crowne Exchange.
Through LSC’s... Read more
REALM Project: Test 2 Results
As part of the REALM Project’s Phase 1 research, Battelle has conducted a natural attenuation study to provide information on how long some commonly handled materials would need to be quarantined prior to being returned to public circulation. Testing was conducted by applying the virulent SARS-CoV-2 virus (the virus that causes COVID-19) on five materials held at standard room temperature and humidity conditions.
Social Library, Volume 159
We continue our Social Library series, featuring the innovative ways libraries are adapting programming to virtual formats to engage with their communities through art, language practice, and pets, and highlighting the ways libraries invite creative and artistic contributions to the community memory, including during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you'd like to see your library featured in an upcoming edition of the Social Library, let us know via email@example.com or find us on Facebook.
Lewes Public Library in Delaware has been hosting weekly Virtual English Conversation Group, Virtual Spanish Conversation Group, and Italian Conversation Group sessions in Zoom. The announcements... Read more
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04 August 2020
Learn about the REALM testing process, research updates, and project resources.
06 August 2020
If we are intentional, we can use these circumstances to grow our organizations and to address the digital access disparities in small and rural communities. A webinar hosted in collaboration with ARSL.
15 September 2020
In this webinar, learn about Multnomah County Library's Racially Just Toolkit, containing activities staff can use to learn and practice EDI.
22 October 2020
This webinar will highlight the multiple benefits of walking and walkable communities and how libraries can help lead community efforts.