Resources for Libraries

Below are resources for library staff, and include information on:
COVID-19 Information | Mental Health and Wellness | Digital Resources | Programming Resources | Professional Development | Re-Opening Resources | Helpful Articles and Other Links

Find resources to share with patrons on the Parkland website, COVID-19 Resources page

COVID-19 Information

World Health Organization
Government of Canada
Government of Alberta
Alberta Health Services
Resources for Small Business affected by COVID-19
CDC- Talking with Children about Coronavirus Disease
NoveList blog- resources to help navigate COVID-19
Folio article, How to Find Good COVID-19 Information

Mental Health and Wellness

Shoppers Online Stress Management Course code: SHOPPERS
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health resource page
Alberta Health Services- Help in Tough Times page
Wellness Together Canada
Center for Creative Leadership- 9 Tips for Dealing with Uncertainty & Anxiety Right Now
UofA- How to Help Seniors Feel Less Isolated
Canadian Mental Health Association- Protecting Your Mental Health – Mental Health Resources
Self care for Library Social Media Staff
Parkland Regional Library, Niche Academy- Mental Health Awareness and COVID-19
Mindfulness for Librarians

Find more resources in our Email Updates section!

Digital Resources

PRL Temporary eResources
Project Gutenberg– free eBooks
Librivox– free public domain audiobooks

Programming Resources

Authors & Online Storytimes
The World of David Walliams
We are Teachers blog– List of Children’s authors doing online read alouds
Storytime Online (jbrary)- Storytime Online Resources list
CBC Books– Canadian Authors sharing stories
Storytime Online– videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books
JK Rowling website
@PetetheCat Instagram
Dav Pilkey at Home– Scholastics

Copyright & Permissions
Access Copyright Permissions
Kate Messner Blog– a listing of publisher guidelines for fair use for Online Storytime
PRL Blog post- Copyright for Story Times
SJL COVID-19 Publisher Information Directory

Other Programming Resources
Lunch Doodles with Mo Williams (Youtube link)
American Libraries- Digital Escape Rooms & Other Online Programming
Programming Librarian blog
Book Clubs Going Virtual
Novelist- Converting your book club from in person to online
TD Summer Reading Club Staff Site
Old Fashioned Connection: Phone Programming in a Pandemic
National Film Board

Professional Development

Working from Home
LinkedIn Working from Home article
Government of Alberta- Working from home during a pandemic
Work from home assignments for public library workers document

PD Resources
PRL Niche Academy
Free self-paced Online Courses from NorQuest College- Managing Customer ServiceFundamentals of Supervision and ManagementIndividual ExcellenceKeys to Effective Communication
Parkland PD Collection Items (Leap searching tip: Limit your search to collection > PRL non-fiction)


Getting Started with Podcasting: Online Expert Panel Webinar- August 13th
Join our panel of experts on Thursday, August 13 from 11 am to 12 pm as they discuss the ins and outs of starting a podcast. Learn how to promote yourself, equipment needed, different formats of podcasting, and so much more. Whether you’re brand new to the world of podcasting or looking for a few tips and tricks to amp up your game, this panel is not to be missed!

Managing Employees in Uncertain Times Webinar- August 13th
This webinar on Thursday, August 13 from 11 am to 12 pm will discuss the impact of COVID-19 and how the spill over line between work and home has become thinner than ever. While society reopens and the economy restarts, it remains unclear what the future holds and how the pandemic may continue to unfold, and this means you must be able to manage your employees well during these uncertain times.

Together in Isolation: Engaging your Users during COVID-19
Libraries are known to provide valuable services in times of crisis, and with COVID-19 closing public spaces, that still proves true today. In this recorded webinar, learn what you can do to keep patrons involved, accessing collections, and engaged in this time of isolation.

Public Library Association’s Free Webinar Series, Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19
Includes examples of how libraries are dealing with closures and serving their communities virtually, working remotely, managing stress, and more. Register for upcoming live webinars or watch the archive of past sessions.

United for Libraries
Free access (registration required) to webinars on advocacy and engaging supporters during the pandemic under the COVID-19 menu of their website.

Library 2.0 Special Pandemic mini-conference
Archived sessions (4) from the Library 2.0 special pandemic virtual mini-conference are available on the Library 2.0 website. You need to be a member of Library 2.0 for access, however, there is no cost to join.

Charity Village
13 courses for nonprofits with completely refreshed content including budgeting, receipting charitable gifts, board governance, volunteer management and more. Special pricing until the end of April is $10 off single course with promo code COURSE10 and 20% bundled packages.

Niche Academy Webinar: Re-opening Lives with the Library

Webjunction- Online Reference and the Open Web: Boosting Strategies and Sources
May 27th, 1:00-2:00 PM
With a pandemic impacting community information needs in a multitude of ways, and with library services shifting increasingly to online formats, it’s time to boost your online reference and curation skills with expert strategies and sources. In this webinar, infoDOCKET’s Gary Price will highlight free, quality, open web sources to help you meet your community’s changing information needs.

Re-Opening Resources

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions- COVID-19 and the Global Library Field blog –re-opening libraries section
REALM– Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums Information Hub: a COVID-19 Research Project
Daybreak Alberta- Libraries Still Light the Way, recorded interview
Public Library Pandemic Response- Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy & FAQ
Checklist for Resuming Public Library Service, July Updated Checklist
Library Journal article- Science-Based Reopening Plans in Everyday English
The Conference Board of Canada- COVID-19’s impact on mental health and returning to the workplace
TAL- Post Shutdown Library Resources
Guidelines for Day Camps

Webjunction: Libraries and the Coronavirus, Evolving Information and Resources
Facebook Groups to join for ideas
Webjunction- libraries and the coronavirus article
Library Journal- Canadian Libraries Respond the COVID-19 article
TAL Online
Online Fundraising IdeasAlberta Biz Connect– website to support the relaunch strategy
CORE (Collaborative Online Resources and Education)- Platform for senior serving organizations to improve delivery and service for seniors.
Flushing building water systems during COVID-19- For buildings that have had low or zero occupancy during the COVID-19 pandemic, the water lines in these building should be flushed to ensure that potential microbial and chemical risks from stagnant water are minimized. Alberta Environment and Parks produced this Guidance for Flushing Water Systems document.
Tips for Dealing with Angry Patrons– Super Library Marketing Video
Library 2.0 Podcast and Blog Series- Library Safety and Security

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Last updated: August 11th, 2020