For Member Library Staff:
Civil Legal Justice: The Crucial Role of Libraries
In this webinar, learn about the ways public libraries can address the justice gap, connecting people with information as they navigate the complexities of the legal system.
The lofty U.S. ideal of “justice for all” fails the equity test because many people, especially our nation’s poorest individuals, fall into the “justice gap”—the divide between the civil legal needs of low-income people and the resources to meet those needs. Many of your community members who instinctively turn to the library for help with crises in their lives might be on the verge of falling into this gap. Though legal issues can be intimidating for library staff, public libraries are well positioned to help reduce the justice gap. Join us to learn about the status of civil legal justice in our system and about the vital role you can play in connecting people with information and supporting them as they navigate the complexities of the legal system. Law librarian Catherine McGuire, who has conducted extensive trainings with public libraries, will share insights into interacting with patrons who approach the library with civil legal needs. With a basic understanding of the civil legal justice landscape, we hope you will be motivated to plunge deeper into helping close the justice gap by taking the live, multi-week online course to be offered in April.
Presented by: Catherine McGuire, Head of Reference and Outreach, Thurgood Marshall State Law Library, Maryland; and Betha Gutsche, WebJunction Programs Manager, OCLC
WebJunction and the nonprofit organization Legal Services Corporation have partnered to design and deliver free, national online training for public library staff that will strengthen access to civil legal justice through public libraries.
For more info and to register visit here: https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/civil-legal-justice-the-crucial-role-of-libraries.html
As many have already experienced since the move to Polaris hosted, staff can no longer have multiple Polaris account sessions open on the same computer. Using Leap allows for more than one staff person to access Polaris on the same computer; one Polaris client session and one web-based Leap session. If it has been awhile since you last saw Leap, a lot has changed and many new features have been added.
To learn more, please join me on Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 from 10:00-11:30 AM for Leap for Circulation at SALS. This training is designed for library staff to learn to use Leap (web-based Polaris) for circulation at your library. (The snow date for this workshop will be February 19th, 2020 from 10:00-11:30 AM.)
If you plan to attend the training, please sign up here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8XNZ6SJ
Are you creating fabulous programs for Senior Citizens?
Come share your great ideas with other adult program professionals during the next Adult Program Swap, at 9:30 am Thursday, February 13, at the Mechanicville District Public Library.
Register here to learn with colleagues.
Join your colleagues in Nashville to do more than develop new skills and talk about how far our libraries have come—be a part of inventing what comes next. The advanced registration rate is available to everyone through January 31, 2020. Public Library Association (PLA) and Tennessee Library Association (TLA) personal members get exclusive access to the Early Bird discount through December 20, 2019. Register now!
In 2011, PLA selected Nashville, Tennessee as the host site for its 2020 Conference. For the first time in 20 years, PLA’s national conference is going to the southeastern part of the country, where you’ll find that Nashville’s rich tapestry of people, voices, tastes, sounds, thoughts, and sights supports PLA’s EDISJ initiatives. It’s one of the fastest growing cities and regions in the nation, with exciting new opportunities on the horizon, and already has one of the best public libraries in the country. The Nashville Public Library was “Library of the Year” in 2017, in part due to their diversity and inclusion initiatives. Once you visit, you’ll see that Nashville’s image as simply “Music City” isn’t all encompassing. PLA 2020 will provide outstanding educational experiences for everyone and raise awareness through new and innovative learning opportunities. Join us in Nashville to celebrate learning and library values.
Engage your littlest patrons with a program that incorporates the Early Literacy Skill of play. Play is an important part of child development, specifically early literacy. This program will provide participants with instructions on how to implement a sensory program on any budget. Participants will know how to turn a dollar store pool noodle into several early literacy activities, as well as hands-on sensory stations will be explored.
GOALS & LEARNING OUTCOMES
The goal of this program is to educate participants on the importance of play as an early literacy skill and will include hands-on learning through a variety of sensory play stations. Attendees will leave with the knowledge on how to replicate a similar program on any size budget as well as how to turn a basic dollar store pool noodle into several simple sensory activities for baby. Participants will also make a sensory play item to take with them!
I am a Children’s Librarian at the Greece Public Library in Rochester, New York. My expertise is Early Literacy Programming with a particular focus on children aged from birth-5 years old. I am passionate and committed to the value and impact play and literacy provide and enjoy investigating new program ideas that focus on these rewarding principles.
“Baby Sensory Play” is one of the programming fruits of that effort and I have been fortunate to deliver presentations at a number of professional library conferences and share my experiences with other library professionals.
Please Register Here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CX9CMVH