(Emotional) PPEs that aren’t supplied…

Brilliant post: (Emotional) PPEs that aren’t supplied… https://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2020/09/emotional-ppes-that-arent-supplied/ “Instead, I wanted to talk about the PPE that lives in each and every one of us and is currently required for doing library work in a pandemic. It’s our emotional self and reserve that we need to use daily, sometimes hourly, to protect ourselves from the wear and tear of this job. P- People skills: Knowing how and when to defuse escalating situations. Giving service with a smile. (Even when it’s a snark hidden under a mask) Using a touch of humor to connect with patrons. Remembering that you can still safely connect with patrons through your sanitation shields. Meeting different users where they are- whether from 6 feet away or a screen away or somewhere in between. This job is TOUGH. So tough. There are many hard rules, hard interactions, hard patrons, hard days, hard weeks, and so many hard, hard months. You need those people skills to succeed in our jobs now, you need to know how to communicate with all types of patrons, and where you shine and where you might need some growth. This will help you weather this storm. P-Patience: Living in this moment that is out of control and erratic and has no end date in sight. Remembering that everyone is struggling and this is a chaotic time for all, so we might not be seeing THE best behavior (But your safety and well being is very important to me and to all of us! #ProtectLibraryWorkers) People have different views, feelings, and opinions regarding this pandemic, and all you can focus on is your...

Electronic Press Kit Now Available: Health Preparedness and Rebuilding the Economy Top Priorities in Ontario’s Fall Legislative Agenda

MEDIA ADVISORY Electronic Press Kit Now Available: Health Preparedness and Rebuilding the Economy Top Priorities in Ontario’s Fall Legislative Agenda https://news.ontario.ca/en/advisory/58375/electronic-press-kit-now-available-health-preparedness-and-rebuilding-the-economy-top-priorities-in September 14, 2020 Office of the Premier Table of Contents Content Related Topics Download an electronic press kit, including video and photo files. Read the news...

Ancestry Library Edition Free Access Extended

Ancestry Library Edition Free Access Extended “Word from the Ottawa Public Library is that free online access to Ancestry Library Edition through your library membership will continue through the end of the year. I’d imagine this applies to all Canadian libraries that have offered the service online this year.In case you don’t know, Ancestry Library is a collection of thousands of individual genealogy databases from many different institutions. It includes American, Canadian and U.K. sources as well as some for Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Canadian coverage includes major sources such as the censuses and much more. No word as to whether the continued access is a forecast of growth of the second wave of the...

Last call to have your voice included in the eMeasures Snapshot

This week we presented our preliminary findings for the eMeasures Snapshot Survey at the 2020 Library Library Advocacy and Funding Conference (LAFCON). From the preliminary survey results*, we have been able to see where the responding libraries are excelling and where there is room for improvement as we move forward. Libraries excel at delivering quality programs and ensuring access to the materials. The data shows that responding libraries were able to pivot these vital services from in-person to online. 59% of responding libraries increased their electronic materials spending** and 79% increased their virtual content***. Interestingly, when asked how libraries promote their online services, only 1% of responding libraries used Google Paid Search to advertise****. The eMeasures survey provides a better understanding of what libraries are capable of and where more support is needed. Don’t miss your opportunity to have your stories and data included as we look at the future of libraries. We urge you to participate in the eMeasures Snapshot Survey today. The survey will officially close Tuesday, September 22. Direct Access Link: If blank, create an account. Thank you for helping to push library advocacy forward. While completing the survey, if you require assistance please contact pldata@countingopinions.com. Sincerely, EveryLibrary Institute and Counting Opinions Some questions asked were in response to COVID-19. *prior to August 31, 2020, **N=594, ***N=561, ****N=436 FAQ Review the...