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More than 200,000 people have raised their voices to oppose Macmillan Publishers’ embargo on new eBook titles to public libraries, and ALA has filed its first report with Congress about restrictive licensing and unfair pricing for digital content. Now what? Join the ALA Public Policy & Advocacy Office and the Public Library Association for an update on the #eBooksForAll campaign, planned next steps with Congress and data gathering to build the library case, and specific actions you can take to advance these efforts.
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A complete count in the 2020 Census is essential to make sure that libraries and their communities don’t miss out on billions of dollars in needed funding, as well as political representation. However, nearly 40% of households have not responded yet, and the count is even lower among populations that have been undercounted historically. Participants in this webinar will learn how the Census Bureau, libraries, and community partners have adapted their operations and outreach in response to COVID-19, and how libraries can support a complete count before the Census ends in October.
Nancy Pearl shares her recommendations of some must-read adult books. A downloadable handout of the titles is available so you can share them with your patrons. Combine Nancy’s irrepressible charm and undeniable knowledge, and you have an hour filled with reading recommendations guaranteed to make friends, family, and patrons smile and start turning pages.
Are you interested in increasing your outreach to families? Are you wondering how you might elevate family voice in the work that you do? Are you thinking about how to develop stronger community partnerships in support of families? In their recent report Public Libraries: A Vital Space for Family Engagement, Harvard Family Research Project and the Public Library Association outlined five important processes that build successful family engagement pathways.
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Based on the Public Library Association’s Family Engagement framework, this new professional development activity will enable public library professionals to expand and refine their current family engagement programming and strategies. This subscription series will consist of eight highly interactive virtual classroom sessions, each led by experienced facilitators from the PLA Family Engagement Task Force and other experts. Participants will also engage in small-group work and facilitated discussions with their peers.
Libraries strive to serve their communities with important services and programs, and they also contributed to our nation’s history of creating racial inequity by enforcing racialized laws. Although racial discrimination is illegal, many long-held library practices perpetuate racialized outcomes and maintain libraries as white spaces—often unintentionally. This webinar, presented by the Race Forward Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), presented an overview of concepts and approaches libraries are using to reduce racial barriers in their work.
This on-demand webinar focuses on how public librarians and libraries can learn from and use the Aspen Institute’s report, “Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries.” The report distills the thinking and discussion of a select 35-member working group of leaders from the library field, executives from businesses, officials from various levels of government, community development visionaries and education experts. Originally presented as part of the 2015 PLA Leadership Academy.
This on-demand webinar—the third in a series—dives into how a trauma-informed service philosophy can reduce harm for library staff and patrons. Panelists address specific scenarios and help participants begin to use trauma-informed concepts to address concerns before they arise and when they arise. By incorporating concepts and research covered in the first two webinars, attendees learn how to look through a trauma-informed lens and gain ideas to consider when approaching an interaction.
With the holidays approaching the “Best of the Year” lists come fast and furious. “Best" lists are both one of the greatest things about our job and one of the most frustrating; however, in this webinar, Becky Spratford, Reader’s Advisory expert, helps you to turn all of the frustration into a success story—one that will make you and your library look like reading superheroes.
Outcome measurement is a way for libraries to assess their impact on the people they serve and helps libraries answer the question, “What good did we do?” In some instances, libraries may need to measure outcomes over a longer period of time to demonstrate the good they’re doing. Logic models are used to develop a sequence of steps needed to achieve a desired outcome and measure impact. This webinar will walk through the logic model process to help libraries identify short-term, intermediate, and long-term outcomes.