Monday, May 24, 2021 
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Featured Learning 

Building Connections with Community Assets
Thursday, June 3 | 12:00 p.m. | One hour webinar
Explore strategies for connecting with community assets in-person and online as a step toward developing a more community-centered library. This webinar will provide an opportunity to contrast traditional community outreach with community engagement principles and discuss community asset mapping as a tool for engagement. We hope you will join us for additional webinars on community-centered libraries offered on July 8 and August 5. 

Library Ethics: Earning Trust and Respect During Difficult Times

Tuesday, June 22 | 11:00 a.m. | One hour webinar
Four principles that support ethical behavior in libraries are transparency, privacy, access to information, and fair and equal treatment. In turbulent times, communicating these principles to the public and library personnel, and adhering to the letter and spirit of their ideas, can earn the trust and respect of your community and institution, even among people who disagree with you. And earn your staff and leadership a good night’s sleep when you have to make difficult decisions.

Programming at Home: Parents and Caregivers
Wednesday, June 30 | 11:00 a.m. | One hour webinar
With school closures, remote learning, and working from home, COVID has changed day-to-day reality for many families. While school-age children are becoming overwhelmed with work and screens, parents are often at a loss to find creative ways to engage younger children who are temporarily unable to attend daycare or preschool. Libraries have stepped in to offer virtual storytimes for their patrons, but what can we offer that directly supports parents’ and caregivers’ engagement with children?

LibraryWorks On-Demand Webinars

California Libraries Learn is pleased to partner with LibraryWorks to offer a carefully curated list of on-demand webinars. These professional development opportunities, by some of the best trainers in the industry, cover such topics as management and leadership, marketing, communication skills, media literacy, and much more. Check out the CALL Blog for the list of LibraryWorks on-demand webinars available through CALL. 


Web Accessibility Beyond Best Intentions
Tuesday, May 25 | 11:00 a.m. | One hour webinar
Implementing web accessibility in libraries requires more than an educated site administrator. Managers need to be backed up with institutional changes to accessibility language in procurement policies and a budget to purchase necessary software. Lay leaders are needed to model accessibility in-house and trained staff are needed to create public-facing library communications.Learn the policies and skills needed to implement and maintain an accessible digital footprint with this webinar taught by CALL Project Coordinator Sonya Schryer Norris.

Recruiting, Hiring,  Maintaining & Saying Goodbye to Library Volunteers

Thursday, May 27 | 11: 00 a.m. | One hour webinar
About 60 years ago, the professional nonprofit community came to the conclusion that volunteers needed to be treated like paid employees, meaning that they needed to be subject to the same scrutiny and oversight. The result was that nonprofit agencies became more skilled at recruiting and signing up volunteers who were productive, and the volunteers were treated with the respect they deserved. This webinar shows how libraries can adopt this professional model and boost their volunteer engagement.

MAVA’s 2021 Virtual Volunteer Engagement Leadership Conference
Wednesday, June 9 - Friday, June 11 | Three day conference
It’s time to work together to imagine the future of volunteer engagement: Out with the old, in with the BOLD. Let’s focus on boldly taking a seat at the table where decisions are being made. Let’s make the bold decision to dismantle the barriers put up around volunteering. And let’s boldly acknowledge the strength and creativity we’ve gained amidst challenges – and continue to flex those muscles, stand up for volunteerism and shape the field to be better than ever. 

2021 ALA Annual Conference
Wednesday, June 23 - Friday, June 29
Join the library community online this summer at the 2021 Annual Conference & Exhibition. You’ll find education, authors, exhibitors, best practice information, networking, and more.
This Week

Web Accessibility Beyond Best Intentions
Tuesday, May 25 | 11:00 a.m. | One hour webinar

Indigenous Voices: Authentic Children’s Literature in the Classroom and Library
Tuesday, May 25 + Wednesday, May 26 | 12:00 p.m. | Three hour webinar

Recruiting, Hiring, Orienting, Maintaining and Saying Goodbye to Library Volunteers
Thursday, May 27 | 11:00 a.m. | One hour webinar

Tips for Virtual, Outdoor, In-Person Programming During COVID-19 – Children, Youth, and Family
Wednesday, May 26 | 11:00 a.m. | 90 minute webinar

Affecting Change in a Middle Management Role
Tuesday, June 1 | 11:00 a.m. | One hour webinar

Introduction to Web Accessibility
Tuesday, June 1 | 12:00 p.m. | 90 minute webinar
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