Taking Care of Self, Staff, and Community

Brenda Hough and Betha Gutsche
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Published:  13 October 2021
Taking Care of Self, Staff, and Community

Self-care has long been recommended and recognized as important. It's easy to find articles about the value of self-care: eat healthy, get plenty of sleep, exercise regularly. It can get exhausting just reading about all the things we should be doing to feel better. How can we help self-care feel less like a burden and more like genuine kindness and nurturing? What if we could tap into our larger community to bolster our own well-being while increasing social cohesion for all? There is a continuum – from self-care to staff (workplace) care to community care – that gets stronger as... Read more

Libraries as Legal Aid Connectors in Eviction Crisis

WebJunction
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Published:  05 October 2021
Libraries as Legal Aid Connectors in Eviction Crisis

As part of the Improving Access to Civil Legal Justice initiative, OCLC’s WebJunction will deliver resources that focus on strengthening library staff’s ability to respond to eviction questions with confidence and close the justice gap in their communities. In this article, learn about how a Colorado public library’s free legal clinic connected Alayna Walker with a volunteer lawyer to contest eviction and other legal citations filed against her. Register for the 18 November webinar “Understanding Evictions and How Libraries Can Help” to learn more about evictions in the United States and where libraries can make a difference.  

In... Read more

Free October Webinars for Library Staff

Compiled by the Wyoming State Library
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Published:  30 September 2021
Free October Webinars for Library Staff

October is a great time to revisit your learning goals for the year. Before the end-of-year and holiday rush, set aside some time to gather new knowledge, skills, or confidence, for the important work you do in meeting your community's ever-changing needs. Explore this list of over 60 webinars and four online conferences covering 21 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 you can also view the offerings by topic.

For additional training, check out the WebJunction Catalog, free and open... Read more

Skills for Community-Centered Libraries Curriculum Available

Free Library of Philadelphia
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Published:  23 September 2021
Skills for Community-Centered Libraries Curriculum Available

Like many libraries across the nation, the Free Library of Philadelphia is undergoing a paradigm shift. Increasingly, our focus is not only on extensive collections but on how we are engaging with our communities. To address this shift, the Free Library created the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries curriculum.

The Skills for Community-Centered Libraries curriculum is available for free so that all libraries can access and implement it with their own staff. The curriculum is designed to provide participants the opportunity to reflect on the work they do and create small shifts in their professional practices and mindset toward a common goal of engagement... Read more

Working with Historical Collections during a Contemporary Crisis

Anna Musun-Miller, Toolkit Editor, REALM project
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Published:  20 September 2021
Working with Historical Collections during a Contemporary Crisis

As archivist for the Indiana Historical Society, Maire Gurevitz’s role is twofold: unraveling the stories hidden in new and existing collections and helping researchers investigate their own mysteries. COVID-19 presented a new challenge, but one that the Library & Archives team at the Historical Society tackled with the same determination. We talked with Maire about adapting to the limitations of the pandemic and the opportunities it presented for her institution and the field as a whole. 

When asked, about what she has learned that could be helpful to other libraries and museums, Gurevitz shared, "I hope this experience has taught... Read more


 

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