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Toolkit Webinar Presentations on Recovery & Reimagined Public Library Service Post COVID-19

CULC/CBUC will be hosting a series of one hour Zoom presentations on the new Toolkits next week.  The Working Group for each section will present an overview and discuss the most relevant parts.  There will be a chat function where questions can be raised and additional resources suggested.  The Webinar presentations will be recorded and archived on the CULC/CBUC website along with the Chat transript.  Please register with the links below.  

  • Tuesday, May 26th – 1:00 pm Eastern – Information Services – Register – Open to all Public Library Staff/Leaders.
  • Wednesday, May 27 – 11:30 am Eastern – Governance – CULC CEO Members Only
  • Thursday, May 28 – 1:00 pm Eastern – Staffing – CULC CEO Members Only
  • Thursday, May 28 – 2:30 pm Eastern – Marketing & Communications – Register – Open to all Public Library Staff/Leaders.
  • Friday, May 29 – 11:30 am Eastern – Programming – Register – Open to all Public Library Staff/Leaders.
  • Friday, May 29 – 1:00 pm Eastern – Collections – Register – Open to all Public Library Staff/Leaders.
  • Friday, May 29 – 2:30 pm Eastern – Built Environment – Register – Open to all Public Library Staff/Leaders.


Information and Other Frontline Service

Providing information services while protecting public health and safety will require innovation. Thoughtful use of technology, virtual service, leveraging partnerships, and modifications that support physical distancing can all help public libraries to continue to meet the community’s information needs. Join the team that developed the Information Services Toolkit for a discussion of information services in the time of COVID-19.

  • Tuesday, May 26th – 1:00 pm Eastern – Information Services – Register – Open to all Public Library Staff/Leaders.

Governance

COVID-19 poses a range of governance challenges for public libraries. Libraries may need to develop new policies to manage work from home, customer and staff safety within the public space and virtual meetings. Libraries must also ensure a strong enterprise risk management framework, and clear roles of responsibility for the Board and the CEO to ensure stable governance. Join the team that developed the Governance Toolkit for a discussion of public library governance in the time of COVID-19.

  • Wednesday, May 27 – 11:30 am Eastern – Governance – CULC CEO Members Only

Staffing

COVID-19 is posing a range of challenges for public library employees and management. Supporting and accommodating staff, ensuring a safe work environment and building an agile work culture that helps the library respond rapidly and competently in times of uncertainty have never been more important. Join the team that developed the Staffing Toolkit for a discussion of library staffing in the time of COVID-19.

  • Thursday, May 28 – 1:00 pm Eastern – Staffing – CULC CEO Members Only

Marketing & Communication

COVID-19 is impacting all aspects of library service and community life more broadly. What are our key messages for the community? How best can health and safety messages be communicated? How do libraries ensure the public and our funders understand the value of libraries in recovery and community resilience? Join the team that developed the Communication and Marketing Toolkit for a discussion of communication in the time of COVID-19.

  • Thursday, May 28 – 2:30 pm Eastern – Marketing & Communications – Register – Open to all Public Library Staff/Leaders.

Library Programming

With the implementation of physical distancing requirements and the accompanying reduction in room capacity, public libraries will need to be innovative in their approach to programming. Are there options to move programming outside? Should some audiences that should be prioritized? How can digital programming content be shared across libraries? How will staffing models and staff roles be affected? Join the team that developed the toolkits on Programming Inside and Outside the Library for a discussion of library programming in the time of COVID-19.

  • Friday, May 29 – 11:30 am Eastern – Programming – Register – Open to all Public Library Staff/Leaders.

Collections

What is the best way to manage collections to minimize the health and safety risk COVID-19 may pose to the public and staff? What services can be offered that support equitable access to collections when access to our buildings is restricted? Is it time for a review of membership and circulation policies? How do libraries achieve a balanced collection given the restraints and financial demands that COVID-19 creates? Join the team that developed the Collections Toolkit for a discussion of collection development and management in the time of COVID-19.

  • Friday, May 29 – 1:00 pm Eastern – Collections – Register – Open to all Public Library Staff/Leaders.

The Built Environment

Over the last decades, public libraries have increasingly become spaces where our community gathers and lingers. How will COVID-19 change the capacity of libraries? How will furniture and finishes changes? Where can technology help reduce the risk of virus spread within public spaces? How can staff and the public safely more through and interact within library buildings? Join the team that developed the Built Environment Toolkit for a discussion of library spaces in the time of COVID-19.

  • Friday, May 29 – 2:30 pm Eastern – The Built Environment – Register – Open to all Public Library Staff/Leaders.

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