Training Bulletin
April 2021
What's New

Next time you log in to LearnHQ, you'll notice a new look and feel for the portal! While the logo and colours may have changed, you can expect the same great content and offerings, including live webinars, recorded webinars, online courses, and more!

In This Issue

In this issue of the LearnHQ Training Bulletin, you will find training opportunities on the following topics:
  • Using the Bridge Project to assess and demonstrate the impact of technology services at your library
  • Creating a culture of innovation at your public library
  • This year's TD Summer Reading Club
  • Creating virtual inclusive programming for adults
  • First Nation Communities READ
  • Building a dyslexia-friendly library
  • Making the decision to go fine free at your library
Live Training Opportunities
Bridge Project – Phase 3: Information Session for Ontario Libraries
Participate in Phase 3 of the Bridge Project, designed to build public libraries’ capacity and skill to collect, analyze and communicate data and to demonstrate public libraries’ vital role in advancing digital equity in their communities. Join this webinar to learn more about the project and how your library can participate in the next phase.
  • Date:  Monday, April 26
  • Time:  2pm-3pm ET      
               1pm-2pm CT
  • Cost:   No Charge
What it takes: Creating a Culture of Innovation at Milton Public Library
Since 2019, Milton Public Library has implemented a new Service Delivery Model, opened a new branch featuring an intuitive customer-centric shelving design, changed its programming philosophy, and created a new marketing and communications identity. Join us to learn how we applied our culture of innovation to navigating the ups-and-downs of change management during Covid-19, and Be Inspired!
  • Date:  Tuesday, April 27
  • Time: 10am-11am ET      
               9am-10am CT
  • Cost:   No Charge

TD Summer Reading Club 2021
Join members of the TDSRC Creative team as they provide an overview of the TDSRC website, the resources available to participating libraries, and the various online activities planned for the summer of 2021 including online author and illustrator workshops.

English Session:
  • Date:  Wednesday, April 28
  • Time: 10am-11am ET      
                9am-10am CT
  • Cost:   No Charge

Le Club de lecture d’été TD 2021
Ce webinaire vous offrira un survol du site Web du Club de lecture d’été TD et des ressources qui vous seront disponibles. Le webinaire discutera aussi des activités en ligne qui sont planifiées pour l’été 2021, telles que des capsules vidéo animées par l’auteur et l’illustrateur du Club.

French Session: 
  • Date: Thursday, April 29
  • Time: 10am-11am ET      
                9am-10am CT
  • Cost:   No Charge

Partnering to Create Virtual Inclusive Programming for Adults
Five years ago (2017) the Whitby Public Library forged a partnership with the Abilities Centre and the Thrive Book Club was created to bring inclusive library programming to adults of all abilities who may not otherwise have access to the library. Learn how a partnership between two organizations was formed and how you might form a similar partnership in your community to bring inclusive library programming to adults of all abilities.
  • Date:  Thursday, May 20
  • Time: 11am-12pm ET    
              10am-11am CT
  • Cost:   No Charge
2020-2021 First Nation Communities READ Awards
First Nation Communities Read is an annual reading program launched by the First Nation Public Library community in Ontario. It aims to encourages family literacy and intergenerational storytelling, and to increase awareness of the relevance and importance of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit writing, illustration, and publishing. In this webinar, OLS First Nation Consultant Nancy Cooper will highlight this year’s selected title, as well as other shortlisted titles.
  • Date:  Tuesday, June 1
  • Time:  2pm-3pm ET      
               1pm-2pm CT
  • Cost:   No Charge
Building a Dyslexia Friendly Library
Did you know that dyslexia is the most common cause of reading difficulties?  Or that risk for dyslexia can be identified in children before they start kindergarten? The best outcomes happen when dyslexia is identified early and appropriate support is provided right away.  In this presentation we will discuss ways that the library can become a hub of accurate information and a source of dyslexia friendly books and resources to help improve literacy in the community. 
  • Date:  Wednesday, June 9
  • Time:  2pm-3pm ET
                1pm-2pm CT
  • Cost:   No Charge
Going Fine Free – Public Library Panel
A panel discussion focusing on three key areas of the fine free decision: 1) The Business Case 2) The Community 3) Social Justice. Panelists will identify the questions, goals, communications, successes and challenges, and performance measurement data that libraries are currently focusing on when going fine free. Presented in partnership with the OPLA Research & Evaluation Committee.
  • Date:  Thursday, June 10, 2021
  • Time:  2pm-4pm ET
               1pm-3pm CT
  • Cost:   No Charge
Recorded Webinars
Did you know that most of our live webinars are recorded and archived in LearnHQ for viewing? You can browse recorded webinars in LearnHQ, including those that were offered during our Winter 2021 training season:
  • Supporting Young Learners at Home
  • Ontario and Beyond with Ancestry Library Edition
  • Library Budgets and Municipal Relationships
  • Bibliovideo - Watch. Read. Discover.
  • Discovering and Sharing Digital Collections with OurDigitalWorld
  • Annual Survey of Public Libraries
Browse Recorded Webinars
External Training Opportunities
OALT/ABO Virtual North Conference - May 8-15, 2021
The Ontario Association of Library Technicians/Association des bibliotechniciens de l’Ontario is hosting their first ever virtual conference in May. This year’s program offers a wide variety of sessions, Q+A opportunities, social events, and special guests. Session topics that may be of particular interest to your library include: library volunteering during COVID-19, seed libraries, community-led programming for youth, Ontario First Nation Public Libraries, and virtual collections. Check out the full conference program for more information and to register.  
CELA is pleased to announce the spring-summer schedule of free webinars for library staff presented in English and French. Participants will learn how they can connect CELA’s collection of alternate formats and accessible reading technologies with library patrons with print disabilities.  All webinars are presented through Zoom.

Learn more on CELA’s Webinar page or click below to register for individual webinars. Registration takes place through CELA.

CELA User Group meeting on Training and Accessibility - join us for this CELA User Group meeting on staff training and accessibility!  Staff who are familiar with services for people with disabilities will create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all users.  The session will begin with a short introduction from Winona McMorrow, Senior Services Specialist with Accessibility Services at Toronto Public Library and Tara Thompson at Okanagan Regional Library on accessibility training at their libraries.

The rest of the session gives libraries the opportunity to share their own experiences and best practices in the areas of staff training with accessibility in mind. Thursday, April 29 1:00pm EDT

All about reading disabilities: how libraries can support readers with dyslexia and other reading disabilities
CELA welcomes guest speaker Christine Staley, Executive Director of Dyslexia Canada, who will present a webinar about best practices libraries can develop to support patrons with reading disabilities.  Participants will learn more about reading disabilities and the impact on reading and writing, strategies and educational support for children and families, tips for building dyslexia-friendly collections, including decodable books, programming considerations and tips for creating written communications. Tues April 20 2-3pm EDT

CELA and accessible library services for kids and teens!
This hour-long webinar will present an overview of CELA’s collections for kids and teens who cannot read print due to a learning, visual or physical disability, also known as print disabilities. Participants will also learn techniques to make story-times and other activities inviting to kids with disabilities and will feature how to promote accessible services for kids and teens in your community. Tues, May 11 3:00-4:00pm EDT

Beyond a diversity audit: finding equity in your collection development
Join Collection Development Librarian Theresa Power as she discusses her journey to do a diversity audit of the CELA collection. Theresa will discuss how the idea originated, steps in the process (so far), training and some more philosophical musings on striving to create balance in a library’s collection. Tues May 18 1:00-2:00pm EDT

Orientation and frontline staff webinars – an overview of CELA services both for staff who coordinate CELA services at their libraries (orientation) and those who need to know the basics (frontline staff). You will learn about accessible formats and reading devices, CELA’s collection of 800,000 reading materials, how to register patrons, and ideas to promote the service in your community.
Thurs, April 15 1:00-2:00pm EDT
Tues, June 8 2:00-3:00pm EDT
Tues, Aug 17 3:00-4:00pm EDT

Frontline staff webinar
Open Frontline staff webinar configuration options
This webinar will provide an introduction to CELA services for your colleagues who need to understand the basics about your CELA service so they can direct patrons appropriately.
Wed, May 26 3:00-4:00 EDT
Tues, July 13 1:00-2:00 EDT

Educator Access Program – learn how educators can provide accessible books to their students with print disabilities in schools, colleges and universities. You will come away with information to share with local schools and ideas on how you can help support special education.
Thurs, May 20 3:30-4:30pm EDT
Tues, Aug 31 3:00-4:00pm EDT

Questions? Contact CELA Member Services, 1-855-655-2273 ext. 2 or e-mail
Call for Presenters

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Ontario Library Service is always looking for presenters to share knowledge, tips and tricks, and experiences in all areas of public library service.

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