Monday, April 19, 2021 
Ready or not, California is barreling down the path to re-opening. This week we're sharing resources to help you prepare your libraries, and yourselves to welcome back the public after a year in lockdown. We're also offering a chance to attend the ALA annual meeting. 

For the latest information on free educational opportunities for California public library employees visit our website. If you have questions or comments, feel free to email us at We're here to help.
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ALA Connect Live: Library Marketing and Outreach
Thursday, April 22 | 11:00 a.m. |Webinar
Join ALA President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr. for an inspiring and actionable conversation with librarians who have orchestrated successful outreach and marketing campaigns in their communities. Meet viral video stars like California's own Sara Vickers, who chronicles days at the Woodland Public Library, and learn about ALA’s suite of tools you can access as you plan  for upcoming celebrations including Library Card Sign-Up Month.

Urban Librarians Conference 2021: Liberation and Joy
Friday, May 7 | 6:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. |Virtual Conference
The 2021 Urban Librarians Conference will focus on library staff creating spaces and dreaming up services that help our communities pull together even when things are terrible. Join your colleagues on May 7th, 2021 to talk about the parts of your work that  liberate yourself and others or create joy for you and those in your community. 

Tips for Virtual, Outdoor, In-Person Programming During COVID-19
Wednesday, May 26 | 11:00 a.m. | Webinar

This interactive 90-minute webinar will introduce emerging practices and knowledge to empower library staff to reinvent their role with customers, strengthen collaborations among peers and community partners, and help make the library a community magnet.

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ALA Annual Conference 2021

Want to attend the American Library Association's virtual Annual Conference, June 23-29, 2021? CALL has a limited number of seats available for qualified applicants. Recipients must attend at least two full days, or four half days and report back on what they learned. Apply to attend ALA Annual 2021.
CALL for Help!

To chart the future of CALL we want to develop a plan that best meets the needs of California's public libraries and we need your help! Everyone who works in a California public library is invited to complete our needs assessment survey.  Deadline for submission is April 23, 2021. Everyone who completes the survey can enter a drawing for a $100 AMEX gift card! 
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Last week, I asked Andrew Sanderbeck, our training partner at People Connect Institute (PCI), for his Best Of recommendations for directors in Organizational Health, Professional Development, and Self Care. You can now find these selections at the
Positive Restart Helpers for Directors pathway on CALL Academy.
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Building News Literacy: Supporting Tweens & Teens...
Wednesday, April 21 | 11:00 a.m. |Webinar

How to Be Proactive During a Crisis
Wednesday, April 21 | 11:00 a.m. |Webinar

Let’s Get Together! Book Clubs for Neurodivergent Adults
Wednesday, April 21 |12:00 p.m. | Webinar

You Served, You Earned: Helping Veterans Learn About Benefits
Thursday, April 22 | 12:00 p.m. | Webinar

My Leadership Journey: Tracie D. Hall
Friday, April 23 | 4:00 p.m. | Webinar
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As you prepare to re-open to the public do you need a quick refresher on de-escalation skills? Try these high quality, self-paced microlearning tutorials:
Programs are open to all current California public library staff members (including public law libraries), including staff members furloughed or laid off since March 2020 for pandemic-related reasons.
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