Training Bulletin

Fall 2020

Coming up this fall

This fall, SOLS and OLS – North have planned a dynamic lineup of online training opportunities to help you navigate services in the context of COVID-19 and support you through the next steps of re-opening and recovery.

In this issue of the Training Bulletin, you will find training opportunities on the following topics (and many more!):

  1. Boosting staff morale during COVID-19
  2. Planning and delivering great online programs
  3. Making communications plans for the coming months
  4. Reviewing your strategic plan in the context of COVID-19
  5. Obtaining charitable status under the CRA

Can’t attend the live webinar? Most of our live webinars are recorded and will be made available for registration in LearnHQ after the live event.

Live Training Opportunities

PATHS: A Virtual Conference / Trajets: Un congrès virtuel

The Ontario Library Service-North Team invites you to Paths: A Virtual Conference, a full-day conference featuring an impressive list of speakers on a wide range of topics, including COVID-19 lessons and takeaways, digital resources, and maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

  • Date:  September 23, 2020
  • Time: 9:30am-3:30pm ET
    8:30am-2:30pm CT
  • Cost:  No Charge
Leading Libraries in Challenging Times: Staff Engagement and Morale

Staff morale and well-being play a key role in the library’s operations and ability to serve its users. Layoffs, disruptions and uncertainty about the future have all impacted staff morale in recent months. In this webinar, organizational psychology expert Jamie Gruman will speak to the types of support employees might need during a crisis and will also answer questions about your local situation.

  • Date:  September 24, 2020
  • Time: 11:00am-12:00pm ET
    10:00am-11:00am CT
  • Cost:  $50+HST
Level Up Your Virtual Programs

From scheduling to videography to editing, feel confident producing videos that showcase your library’s programs and staff. In this webinar, East Gwillimbury Public Library’s Digital Literacy Specialist will help you create a strategy and plan to take your programs from concept to online post that works for your whole programming team.

  • Date:  September 29, 2020
  • Time: 10:00-11:00am ET
    9:00-10:00am CT
  • Cost:  No charge
Licensing Digital Content through SOLS: Provincial & Supplemental Licensing

SOLS’ Digital Licensing Coordinator will review the products available through the Provincial and Supplemental Licensing Programs, provide tips on choosing the right content for your patrons, and answer any questions you may have about the process.
Ordering for Provincial Licensing runs from Sept. 21-Oct. 30, 2020.
Ordering for Supplemental Licensing runs from Sept. 28-Nov. 13, 2020.

  • Date:  October 1, 2020
  • Time: 2:00-3:00pm ET
    1:00-2:00pm CT
  • Cost:   No Charge
Communications Planning for Libraries (and Staff)

Libraries are working to keep people safe, support economic recovery, and prove their worth. Communication is vital to the success of all three goals. This interactive online workshop will help you make communications plans for the months ahead. It will help you make the most of inexpensive tools, like social media. And it will help you deliver priority information to important audiences.

  • Date:  October 7, 2020
  • Time: 10:00-11:30am ET
    9:00-10:30am CT
  • Cost:  $85+HST
Vendor Webinar: UVC Buddy

Cortex Design introduces the UVC Buddy in an interactive and educational webinar hosted by the Southern Ontario Library Service.

UVC Buddy is a new and innovative device that offers a complete disinfection solution for library materials, personal belongings and backpacks through the power of UVC light. Join us for this webinar where we will dive into the science behind this machine, how it works, and the important role it will play in ensuring people’s safety in public spaces.

  • Date:  October 19, 2020
  • Time: 2:00-3:00pm ET
    1:00-2:00pm CT
  • Cost:  No Charge
Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Resilient Communities Fund
Fondation Trillium de l’Ontario – Fonds pour les communautés résilientes

You are invited to a coaching call presented by the Ontario Trillium Foundation that focuses on the OTF’s Resilient Communities Fund. The deadline for applying to the Resilient Communities Fund is December 2, 2020.

English Session
  • Date:  October 20, 2020
  • Time: 10:00-11:00am ET
    9:00-10:00am CT
  • Cost:  No Charge
French Session
  • Date:  October 20, 2020
  • Time: 11:20am-12:00pm ET
    10:20-11:00am CT
  • Cost:  No Charge
Public Libraries and CRA Charitable Status

Registered charities are charitable organizations, public foundations, or private foundations that are created and resident in Canada.

Public libraries can apply to be registered charities. In fact, more than 80 public libraries and 47 Friends of the Library groups from across Ontario already have that status. Join Peggy Malcolm as she reviews the process of becoming a registered charity and see what documents are needed for an application. With help from a library CEO, she will also review how libraries have used their charitable status to enhance fundraising for the library.

  • Date:  October 28, 2020
  • Time: 2:00-3:00pm ET
    1:00-2:00pm CT
  • Cost:  No Charge
Updating Your Strategic Plan
in the Age of COVID-19

COVID-19 has had an impact on all areas of library service, including the board’s goals and plans for the year. The strategic plan is the board’s roadmap, and it should be reviewed to ensure that the board’s work stays on track in uncertain times. Join OLS staff as they provide tips for reviewing and revising your strategic plan, and ensuring that your goals continue to be relevant.

  • Date: November 10, 2020
  • Time: 3:30-4:30pm ET
    2:30-3:30pm CT
  • Cost:  No Charge
Tech Connections: Helping customers with their tech needs

Waterloo Public Library uses a comprehensive approach to address digital literacy: compulsory monthly tech training for all library service staff (Tech Tune Up program) and a one-on-one tech support service for library customers (Tech Connect program). Participate in this webinar to learn details about how to set up similar programs in your own libraries.

  • Date:  November 19, 2020
  • Time: 11:00am-12:00pm ET
    10:00am-11:00am CT
  • Cost:  $35+HST
Advancing Public Library Leadership (APLL)

The Advancing Public Library Leadership (APLL) Institute is a two-year certificate program designed to expand and advance the leadership capacity of public library CEOs and managers.

The next cohort of the program will begin in early 2021, with registration opening in December.
Stay tuned for more information!

  • Registration opens:  December 15, 2020
  • Registration deadline: February 5, 2021
CELA is pleased to announce the fall schedule of free webinars presented in English and French, and open to library staff wanting to learn about CELA’s collection of alternate formats for library patrons with print disabilities. This fall’s lineup includes:

Accessible reading technologies – an introduction to key reading technologies such as screen magnification, text to speech, braille displays, literacy support software and reading apps.

Orientation and frontline staff webinars – an overview of CELA services both for staff who coordinate CELA services at their libraries (orientation) and those who need to know the basics (frontline staff). You will learn about accessible formats and reading devices, CELA’s collection of 800,000 reading materials, how to register patrons, and ideas to promote the service in your community.

Educator Access Program – learn how educators can provide accessible books to their students with print disabilities in schools, colleges and universities. You willl come away with information to share with local schools and ideas on how you can help support special education.

All about reading disabilities: how libraries can support readers with dyslexia and other reading disabilities – presented by Dyslexia Canada, this webinar will provide library staff with all they need to know about reading disabilities, including service and collection needs in the library.

Get started using the Dolphin EasyReader app for accessible digital books – presented by CELA and Dolphin, participants will learn how to access books in the Direct to player format and read them on the Dolphin EasyReader app.

Register on CELA’s Webinar page.  More webinars and a teleconference for libraries will be announced later in the season.

Questions? Contact CELA Member Services, 1-855-655-2273 ext. 2 or e-mail.

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