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COVID-19: All the [workplace] resources you need to survive and succeed

COVID-19: All the resources you need to survive and succeed COVID-19: All the resources you need to survive and succeed This page includes links and summaries for all the resources – including email and policy templates, insightful articles, and everything else – that can be useful for those looking for solutions and insights in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Amazing list of good stuff! NOTE: Check back often – this page is updated regularly with new content. On-demand webinar – Going remote: Best Practices for HR & Recruitment COVID-19/coronavirus content Coronavirus (COVID-19) Company Policy Template Coronavirus COVID-19 email templates from HR to staff Your coronavirus HR response plan: 10 things to know Your COVID-19 business continuity plan: Tips from Workable’s COO COVID-19 business actions: Top 9 things companies are doing COVID-19: Workable CEO Nikos Moraitakis’ message to employees COVID-19: 5 short-term digital workplace best practices The importance of business agility during the COVID-19 crisis General workplace content Best tech tools for the virtual workplace Digital transformation: how to ensure it won’t fail Work From Home Policy Template Employee Remote Work Policy Template Working from home tips (WFH) email template What is telecommuting? Hiring content Remote job interview questions Online interview questions template Remote employees onboarding checklist How to attract, hire and retain remote employees Pros and cons of one-way video interviews for candidate screening Video interview: Best tips for employers Video Interview Software: Definition and Key Features Live video interviews: best practices for interviewers Best video interview tips for candidates Screening applicants: best methods and handy tips Video Interview Invitation Email Template Skype Interview Invitation Template  ...

How to Sanitize Collections in a Pandemic

Basically, “Quarantine past the viability of the virus is the best plan.” “The easiest, safest, and most inexpensive disinfectant is time.” You’ve likely been closed long enough that your library is already very safe.  Stay home. How to Sanitize Collections in a Pandemic Conservators weigh in on the mysteries of materials handling during COVID-19 How to Sanitize Collections in a...

Something to share: How do I know if an app is safe?

This is something we should (as trusted public libraries) share widely – especially during the COVID-19 Lockdown. There is a ton of app downloading going on now  both Android and iPhone.  Many are totally trustworthy but bad actors are taking advantage of this emergency period to encourage people to download all sort of malicious apps — they contain viruses, worms, malware or some other way of harming you. They might steal things like your personal information, others’ contact information, or passwords and share them with others. Luckily, there are steps you can take to avoid downloading a malicious app. So, let’s be safe out there: Advice: Tell your kids they can’t download new apps without checking with an adult first. Teach your family and friends to share best practices – see below. Best Practices: Read the reviews.  People will share warnings as well as whether they found it good or not. Check how long the App has been available.  If it’s pretty new, be careful. Check the publisher and source – is this app from a trusted brand (reputable games developer or social network?) Check your phone:- find and use it’s malware checker or get a decent one. Download anti-malware. The first step to making sure that your apps are safe is to download security software. You have it on your computer, right? Your phone needs it too. “Look at the app’s product page. Seeing lots of misspellings? Grammar that doesn’t make sense? Something off-putting about the screenshots? Maybe it’s worth ignoring the app. Don’t take an app’s promises at face value. It never hurts to run a quick web search...

People are getting a lot of coronavirus news from traditional media, but they trust information from their employers more

People are getting a lot of coronavirus news from traditional media, but they trust information from their employers more “The communications firm Edelman published a special edition of its annual Trust Barometer Report that highlights the role that the private sector must play in informing people about the coronavirus crisis. Unfortunately, the study also underscores the public’s conflicting views of the news media.”...

Poor Internet service in rural areas of Canada is causing problems for municipal councils trying to move their meetings online and families who want to video chat during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Poor Internet service in rural areas of Canada is causing problems for municipal councils trying to move their meetings online and families who want to video chat during the COVID-19 outbreak. In the time of COVID-19, slow Internet is more than an annoyance Poor service means online council meetings, video chats with family aren’t an option...

SirsiDynix: COVID-19: How One Library is Coping with Being in the Epicenter and How Controlled Digital Lending Can Benefit Libraries

Episode 3 COVID-19: How One Library is Coping with Being in the Epicenter and How Controlled Digital Lending Can Benefit Libraries Looking for information on how to help your community and staff deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19)? Would you like to learn more about how to keep engaged with your community during this changing time? On this week’s episode, join Brenda Stenger, Director of the American Hospital Association Resource Library, as she shares the experience of her and her team as demands on their library has increased and how they have adapted. Then, hear from Chris Freeland, Director of Open Libraries at Archive.org, as he talks about how to add great electronic content for free. Join us this week and hear more on: How a library was able to adjust to the needs of their community How Controlled Digital Lending from Archive.org can add additional digital content to your catalog We know that information regarding COVID-19 is rapidly changing, and we are working to curate the most up-to-date content in an effort to help keep you informed. Join us on April 1st for this live webinar. Stay connected, register now! April 1 Date: Wed, April 1 Time: 1pm ET / 5pm GMT Place: Online Register: http://go.sirsidynix.com/2020-04-01-COVID-19-Episode-3-How-to-Prepare-your-Library-for-the-Unexpected.html Can’t attend the live webinar? We want to hear from you! How is your library responding to the COVID-19 crisis? Are you doing something unique for your community? Email us at marketing@sirsidyix.com or tweet @SirsiDynix and let us know. About the Series The Library Professional Series provides training on topics such as librarianship, common or new issues libraries face, and industry concerns. These webinars are an excellent...

Recordings Posted for the Library 2.0 Special Pandemic Mini-Conference | Library Emergencies Webinar

Recordings Posted for the Library 2.0 Special Pandemic Mini-Conference | Library Emergencies Webinar Yesterday we held our Library 2.0 special pandemic mini-conference: “Serving the Needs of Communities in Crisis.” We had over 8,000 registrations, and 2,500 live attendees for most of the day. We put a strain on the Library 2.0 site, on Zoom at one point, and on several computers all running to make the event happen… but nothing broke! RECORDINGS: We’ve posted the a video recording, an audio-only recording, and the chat lot for each of the four sessions. Additionally, where provided, we’ve posted presentation slides and handouts. All are available at https://www.library20.com/page/crisis. You do need to be a member of Library 2.0, but there is no cost to join. ACTION GROUP: Library 2.0 member Eman Khereba created a mini-conference action group, “Tell Your story: Library in Action ( Covid 19)” on Library 2.0. She writes: “This group is an invitation for people who attended library 2.0 or not attended mini-conference to: 1- Tell their followup actions and stories. 2. Support each other 3. Share achievements 4- Sharing ideas, experiences, useful materials, useful links 5- Ask Questions and the community will answer.” A huge thanks to yesterdays speakers: Cari Dubiel, Kathy Dempsey, Kathy Zappitello, Nick Tanzi, and Andrew Sanderbeck. Andrew also organized the speakers and did a great job. Visit his PCI Webinars training site to learn more. And please consider joining Dr. Steve Albrecht’s webinar next Tuesday, March 31st, on “Library Emergencies.” Steve has been a good friend to the Library 2.0 community. We know that many of you will not be in a position to pay for professional development at this time....

Template Press Release Highlighting Your Local Public Library During COVID-19 Emergency

Now is the time to provide some news for your local press and social media!  It’s an emergency and public libraries are here to help! Below is a start for you – a draft press release for your library to edit, add to, and send. Here’s a press release that Stratford Public Library sent out today: SPL COVID-19 20200326 We’d love to collect your’s here at FOPL (sabram@fopl.ca) Although Physically Closed, [NAME OF PUBLIC LIBRARY] is Virtually Open for Business March 24, 2020 With the current pandemic [NAME OF PUBLIC LIBRARY] is required to close its branch[es] to members of the community. However, [NAME OF PUBLIC LIBRARY] is still virtually open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, offering a stunning array of services and resources for people of all ages here in the community. A lot of public libraries’ interactions with Ontario residents and library members are digital (despite growth in physical gate-count and circulation), and this continues during this emergency period in nearly all libraries in the province. [NAME OF PUBLIC LIBRARY] is doing all sorts of things to help keep the public both informed and entertained during this difficult time.  We have been getting library cards into the hands of residents who may not have had one, or who have had theirs expire, so that they can take advantage of some of our e-resources, including e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines, and e-learning.  [For those who might not be familiar or comfortable with using digital resources, [NAME OF PUBLIC LIBRARY] has a “virtual desk” staffed by trained librarians during our normal working hours, on hand to answer questions...

EI Advice: A very helpful Google Doc

EI etc. Advice: A very helpful Google Doc Check out this plain language guide to all federal and provincial income benefits put together by Dr. Jennifer Robson, Associate Professor of Political Management at Carleton University. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lOJn7XS6ETIkbLRodYk681M_2dxkkQsc/view or https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lOJn7XS6ETIkbLRodYk681M_2dxkkQsc/view?fbclid=IwAR0cPTp0tS-H5asGOU-G2GOeZDZ7AaSPxVCpOLAeBIWKa64XFMNR2QRRPnY...