Monday, March 29, 2021 
Welcome to the March 29 edition of CALL Letters. For the latest information on free educational opportunities for California public library employees visit our website. If you have questions or comments, please feel free to email us anytime at We're here to help!
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Intentional Inclusion: Disrupting Middle Class Bias in Library Programming
Tuesday, March 30 | 12:00 p.m. | Webinar
What could be wrong with traditional middle class principles like hard work, achievement, self-sufficiency, and planning? The reality is that these values aren't universal, alienate many library customers and impede our ability to meet their needs. To move beyond middle class bias and better serve their community Pima County (Arizona) Public Library is offering programs utilizing restorative practices for youth, community conversations for those experiencing homelessness, and expanded reference services for incarcerated individuals. Learn from their experiences implementing radically inclusive programming.


8 Strategies for Creating a More Inclusive Volunteer Program
Thursday, April 1 | 10:00 a.m. | Webinar
Many organizations struggle to engage volunteers who reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of the communities they serve. In response to this issue, the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) embarked on a research study which resulted in a set of eight strategies for creating a more inclusive volunteer program within nonprofit and government organizations. These strategies serve as a starting point for leaders seeking concrete steps for better engaging volunteers from racially diverse and immigrant communities. In this interactive session with trainer Lisa Joyslin you’ll learn about the eight strategies and create an action plan for launching a more inclusive volunteer program.


Equity in Action: Building Diverse Collections
Tuesday, April 27  + May 4 + May 11 | Library Journal Online Course
In this course, you’ll learn from an outstanding group of experts about cultivating and promoting inclusive and equitable collections. The course covers a range of topics, teaching librarians how to evaluate books and media through an inclusive lens that includes the experiences of LGBTQIA people, people of color, ethnic, cultural, religious minorities, and more. You’ll conduct a diversity audit of your collections and learn how to be more responsive to the community you serve and more reflective of the diversity of our world. 


NEW! Caring for the Mind
Wednesday, April 7 |  
11:00 am | Niche Academy Webinar
This webinar will increase participants' skills for providing mental health information for care providers and the public. Resources covered in this class include and other freely available authoritative resources.


NEW! Capturing Outcomes of Virtual and In-person Library Programs & Services
Tuesday, May 18 - June 15 | Infopeople Online Course
Library programs and services are ever evolving, whether that be in format, audience, topic, or goals. As we tailor our library programs and services to meet community needs, how can you effectively communicate the value of those programs and services to stakeholders, both in the library and in the community? How can you assess your programs and services beyond the outputs of measuring attendance, transactions, and participation? What strategies can you use to determine whether and how you’re meeting your goals–including as you continue to make changes to service design in response to pandemic safety precautions? 


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Developmentally Appropriate and Diverse Books for Storytime
Monday, April 5 - Friday, May 2 | Library Juice Academy Online Course

There’s more to choosing books for storytime than just knowing the collection. It’s also important to understand how to choose books that foster school readiness and literacy skills, as well as books that cultivate an understanding of diverse cultures and traditions. In this four week course, you will get hands-on practice connecting current and classic children’s books to the developmental ages and stages of infants, toddlers, two-year-olds, and preschoolers. Apply for a no-cost CALL seat.

Youth Mental Health First Aid
Thursday, April 8 + Friday, April 9 | 8:00 a.m. 

CALL has partnered with the California Department of Education to offer a certificate in Youth Mental Health First Aid. YMHFA teaches participants to identify, understand, and respond to youth, ages 6-18, who may experiencing emotional distress, mental illness or a substance use issue. This training gives adults the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support and help connect them with appropriate and timely care. Register
This Week

The Vital Intersection of Trust & Racial Equity 
Tuesday, March 30 | 11:00 a.m. | Webinar

Leading During a Crisis: How to Develop a Crisis Strategy
Wednesday, March 31 | 11:00 a.m. | Webinar

8 Strategies for Creating a More Inclusive Volunteer Program
Thursday, April 1 | 10:00 a.m. | Webinar
It’s time for a Library Renaissance!
We are excited to present the California Library Association’s first all-virtual annual conference with the theme: Renaissance: The Library Renewal, happening on May 11-14, 2021!
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What is Self-Regulated Learning?
How can you optimize the learning opportunities that CALL is providing? This week our Learn With Us blog post provides more information on self-regulated learning and what it means for the informal environment. 
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