Monday, May 10, 2021 
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Featured Learning 

Prioritizing and Promoting Self-Care to Avoid Burnout
Tuesday, May 18 | 12:00 p.m. | One hour webinar
Are you prioritizing your own needs in your workday? Ever-increasing and evolving demands for library services, heavy workloads, and multiple requests from the public can create an environment for staff burnout. While some stressors are unavoidable, prolonged exposure to them can cause detachment, pessimism, and a loss of enjoyment in the library profession. Join us to explore the physical, behavioral and emotional barriers that lead to burnout, as well as methods to mitigate workplace stressors. We’ll look at specific stress-relieving techniques to introduce into your daily activities, and explore ways to bring self-care strategies to all staff in your organization.

Rural Libraries Summit
Tuesday, May 25 - Wednesday, May 26 | Two day conference
ALA’s Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds Committee (RNTLOAK) invites rural library workers for the inaugural Rural Libraries Summit. During this virtual two-day summit, library workers will have the opportunity to hear new innovative initiatives happening at libraries across the United States, share challenges and successes, and network with peers. 

References for the Reference Staff
Wednesday, June 16 | 11:00 a.m. | One hour webinar
Looking to refresh your reference skills? Join this webinar to learn about the best online reference resources for the novice and the expert public library reference worker. Learn tips and tricks to being a reference wizard and know when to use one resource over another.
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Online Safety: Cyberbullying, Privacy, Trends and More
Tuesday, May 11 | 11:00 a.m. | One hour webinar
What has been happening in the world of online safety and privacy? This webinar will summarize the current trends, laws in the US, software/apps and more in this space.

Handling Misinformation and Conspiracy Theories at Your Library
Thursday, May 13 | 11:00 a.m. | One hour webinar
Media literacy is more important than ever before—and librarians are on the front lines to teach it. This webinar will dive into the WHYS of belief in fake news and conspiracy theories and will talk about what can be done to pull patrons, students or even colleagues out of rabbit holes.

Marketing for Libraries: Learn Principles and Methods That Help You Identify Your Audience and Best Serve Your Patrons
Thursday, May 20 | 11:00 a.m. | One hour webinar
This webinar teaches you how marketing can work for your library, applying practical methods based on marketing principles that apply to any field. Understanding how to identify your audience allows them to be served better, but also opens the door for libraries to engage directly and advocate. 

Recruiting, Hiring, Orienting, Maintaining and Saying Goodbye to Library Volunteers
Thursday, May 27 | 11:00 a.m. | One hour webinar
About 60 years ago, the professional nonprofit community realized that volunteers needed to be treated like paid employees, meaning they needed 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. Unfortunately, some libraries still haven't adopted this model. Learn how you can.

In preparation for Mental Health Awareness Month, Sonya Schryer Norris and Sarah Burchart, who met via the Michigan Library Association Mentorship program, participated in a four-part Mindful Morning Coffee Hour Series through Michigan State University Extension. Read about their experience in this week's CALL Blog

American Library Association Annual Conference

Wednesday, June 23 - Tuesday, June 29 | Weeklong conference
We know we’re in the middle of California Library Association's big conference week, but don't forget that American Library Association's annual conference is just around the corner and CALL still has free scholarships. Apply today.

Research Institute for Public Libraries
Tuesday, May 25 - Wednesday, May 26 | Two day bootcamp
Are you trying to determine whether your programs and services are effective? Do you want to learn practical methods for gathering, analyzing, and using data for planning, management, and communicating impact? The Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) is an immersive, bootcamp-style event for public library staff to learn about a variety of data topics including outcome-based evaluation, community assessment, data visualization, culturally responsive evaluation, developing a culture of evaluation, using data for strategic planning, and more. 
This Week

California Library Association Virtual Annual Conference
Tuesday, May 11 - Friday, May 14 | Four day conference

Adult Services Symposium: Radical Renewal
Tuesday, May 11 | Three hour symposium

Online Safety: Cyberbullying, Privacy, Trends and More
Tuesday, May 11 | 11:00 a.m. | One hour webinar

Census Data for Librarians
Tuesday, May 11 | 11:00 a.m. | 90 minute webinar

Information Literacy: News
Wednesday, May 12 | 11:00 a.m. | One hour webinar

Passive Programming That Pulls Them In: Provocative Programming Ideas
Wednesday, May 12 | 11:00 a.m. | One hour webinar

Economic Recovery: Workforce Patterns
Wednesday, May 12 | 11:00 a.m. | 90 minute webinar

Co-Creating Programs and Developing Community Partnerships to Serve People With Disabilities in Libraries
Wednesday, May 12 | 12:00 p.m. | 90 minute webinar

Uniting Worldviews to Advance Relationships in Indigenous Communities
Wednesday, May 12 | 12:00 p.m. | One hour webinar

Handling Misinformation and Conspiracy Theories at Your Library
Thursday, May 13 | 11:00 a.m. | One hour webinar

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