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Spring has sprung and we're getting comfortable with Polaris Leap.
Read below for useful news, upcoming dates, and a recap of recent
Parkland blog posts.


1 - Taleblazers bookings open (Young Alberta Book Society)
4 - Free Comic Book Day
4-11 - Canadian Children's Book Week
21 - Man Booker International Prize winner announced
23 - PRL Board Meeting at Parkland


GLBT Book Month
3-30 - One eRead Canada: Glass Beads by Dawn Dumont
8 - Board Basics Workshop in Viking, register online
9 - Alberta Literary Awards (Fran Kimmel's No Good Asking is shortlisted)
10 - Parkland Libraries Council (PLC) meeting, 10am-3pm - register online
15 - Statement of Receipts & Disbursements (Financial Statements) and Operating Grant application due to PLSB
20-25 - ALA Annual Conference, Washington DC

Polaris news & notes

  • We have created item templates for each library so you can add items quickly and easily. Please do not use On the Fly or ILL templates when adding local items to existing bib records. On the Fly records should only be made in the checkout field. For more information, view the video tutorial. Contact Karyn ( if your templates need to be adjusted. If you want training to add items, contact your PRL consultant.
  • The deadline to retrieve data from Web Reporter is April 30, 2019. This pertains to statistics that you may collect monthly or quarterly that were recorded in Horizon until we went offline on March 8th. We have pulled the necessary Horizon data for compiling your annual report statistics for 2019.
  • We have been working to smooth out ILL processes. When you check in an ILL in Leap, you will no longer be directed to send the item back to the external library. You will now see that the item is an ILL, and you can send it back to Parkland for processing.
  • Polaris tip sheets, video tutorials, and the full circulation manual are on the PRL Support Site under the Library How-to menu.
  • Are you lacking confidence in your knowledge of Leap? Looking for a little more dedicated time and guidance to practice working with the software? Reach out to your PRL consultant if you are interested in additional training or a refresher for your library staff.

From the blog...

PAC customization is available: promote your new items and special collections.
One eRead Canada is our first nation-wide reading program. We hope you'll participate!
PLSB has announced the Board Basics workshops schedule. Find a workshop near you and register in advance.
Millennials read more than any other generation. What might their reading habits mean for libraries?
Three Free Webinars this May

May 21, 11 am - Innovative & Library Journal present: The Library's New Place in a Digital World
Presenters will discuss how libraries can use technology to meet people's evolving expectations, new research showing that libraries are a trusted resource but struggle to keep people's attention, and how to reclaim the library's role as the first stop for information.

May 22, 1 pm - Infopeople presents: Harassment Prevention: Responding to Sexual, Racial, and Bullying Incidents Involving Staff or Patrons
HR consultant and library security trainer Dr. Steve Albrecht will discuss how to recognize different types of harassment, how to help set better boundaries with harassing patrons and how managers and supervisors can have the difficult but necessary conversations with those patrons.

May 23, 12 pm - Novelist presents: Crash Course in Fantasy
Discover why readers are drawn to fantasy, how these genres developed, fantasy subgenres and crossoverss, and how to use Novelist to help readers find reading suggestions.
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