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It's starting to feel like summer - are you gearing up for Summer Reading Club?
In June we look forward to One eRead Canada and National Indigenous Peoples Day.
Find notable news and dates, plus a recap from the
Parkland blog below.


GLBT Book Month
3-30 - One eRead Canada: Glass Beads by Dawn Dumont
8 - Board Basics Workshop in Viking, register online
8 - Alberta Literary Awards
10 - Parkland Libraries Council (PLC) meeting, 10am-3pm
15 - Budget, Financials and Operating Grant Application due to PLSB
21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day

July & August

Summer Reading Club: Natural World
Aug 7-9 - Pacific Northwest Library Association Conference, Spokane
Aug 26 - Send TD SRC statistics and evaluation to Parkland

Polaris news & notes

  • Patrons can opt in to fine and check out receipts sent via email, text message, or both. Text messages have only one item per text, so if they check out 10 items they will get 10 separate text messages. Patrons can update their notification preferences themselves by logging in to their account or staff can update those preferences in Leap.
  • Our patrons can read and share ratings and reviews for library titles in the PAC through Chilifresh. User ratings and reviews are gathered and shared from libraries in both Canada and the US, not just our own system.
  • New reports have been added to Leap including eContent, lent and borrowed details, circulation and borrower stats, holds ratio, and shelf lists.
  • Record sets are an easy way to group and find data sets in Leap, for both item and patron records. Record sets can be used for bulk changes to records (PRL staff will make the changes) or even to track statistics for a particular group of records.
  • If you have story bags, literacy kits, grab and go bags, book club kits and other like items, there is a new collection code called Kits for them.
Library How-to on he PRL Support Site has tip sheets for eReceipts, Record Sets and more, plus video tutorials and the full circulation manual.

We're here to help! Contact your consultant if you have questions about Polaris processes or functionality.

From the blog...

One eRead Canada, our first nation-wide reading program, starts June 3
June is when we celebrate Canada’s Indigenous heritage
Have you considered participating in the Youth Teaching Adults Program?
Drugs and Naloxone: information for library staff
Alberta Library Conference: The Dewey Divas Favourite 2019 Books 
Alberta Library Conference: Keynote Speaker Terry O’Reilly
Alberta Library Conference: Closing the Cultural Gap
Four Free Webinars in June
June 6, 12pm - Reaching Into the Community: Tools to Bring Your Library to the People (Library Journal)
Hear from a diverse group of enterprising librarians who will discuss some of their strategies for reaching community members outside the library, including populations who are often disadvantaged and underserved. From programs at jails, to housing offices and local businesses, learn how librarians are collaborating with nontraditional community partners to bring access to all.

June 17, 12:30pm - STEM for Frontline Staff (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
STEM programs are a fun way to engage kids and encourage them to learn outside of school. Learn different ways to support STEM programs and initiatives at your library, even if you are not directly involved with STEM programming. A great fit for circ staff, pages, and libraries that may not have the capacity to provide STEM programs but still want to support STEM learning in their communities.

June 19, 9am - Growing Partnerships Where Least Expected (Nebraska Library Commission)
Tina Walker, Keene Memorial Library Director, will share the who, what, how, and why of the many community partnerships we have developed over the past 2 years that have helped to increase awareness of our library services and community importance. Some of the partnerships might not seem like a fit for the library but we will share some wonderful success stories and how they are making an impact on the future of the library.

June 19, 12 pm - Picture This: Using Instagram to Connect With and Engage Your Users (Georgia Library Association)
This session will show you how to make the best use of your Instagram account through mobile photography tips, content ideas, and special projects that bring your online content into your library. We will also look at the best way to connect with your users who use Instagram through social listening, geotagging, and building relationships with influencers.
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