PLS Notes July 3, 2020

Happy Friday! Here is this week's round up of news, information, and resources from the PLS team. As a reminder, PLS Notes is indexed on OWWL Docs under Member Library Documentation so past issues can be easily referenced.

Fun with Flipgrid

Have you heard about Flipgrid? Popular among teachers and school media specialists, Flipgrid can also be a great platform for Youth Services Staff at public libraries to connect with young readers remotely.

With Flipgrid you can create short videos that your patrons respond to with video comments or written comments. Grid topics can include book talks, STEM activities, and reading challenges. Patrons can interact with videos according to their own schedule so you don't have to worry about finding "the perfect time" to schedule a program.

Use the following links for more information:

It is free to create a Flipgrid account. Click Educator Signup, select Librarian, answer a few quick questions, and start building your grids!

LibCal Deadline

Thank you to everyone who attended the LibCal info session hosted by Andrea and Suzanne last week. Below you'll find information to help libraries decide if they would like to move forward:

If your library would like to participate in LibCal, please complete the confirmation form by Sunday, July 5.

Patron Self-Registration is Here!

Patron Self-Registration launched on July 1. Patrons can now sign up for a library card online by clicking the "Request Library Card" link at the bottom left of the front OPAC page. Directors were also emailed custom URLs to add to their website that will link patrons directly to the Self-Registration Form with their library pre-selected.

Be sure to review the documentation about Pending Patrons available on OWWL Docs.

Beware of Rogue Holds…

Right now patrons can only place local Holds, but Rogue Holds (Holds going out to other libraries) can occur when someone picks up Holds for another patron (example: a guardian picking up Holds that were placed on their child's account) and the Holds are checked out to the person picking up. To avoid the "confusion" that happens on the backend of Evergreen with this scenario, please:
  • Be sure to check out Holds only to the patron who placed the items on Hold
    or, if the item does get checked out to the person picking up:
  • Be sure to cancel the patron's original Holds
Carefully review your pull list to make sure you only have items on your list for pickup at your library. We recommend adding a column to your pull list for the "Pickup Library." If you see any items on your pull list for pickup at another library, do not capture the hold. Please forward any questions or discrepancies to

Everything (Else) Evergreen

Trustee Training

There will be two Trustee/Director Workshops held in July:
  • Running Effective Board Meetings Wednesday, July 22 @ 6pm
    Discussion points will include:
    • Best practices for running board meetings
    • Handling public comments
    • Complying with Open Meetings Law
  • Project Management for Library Committees Thursday, July 30 @ 6pm
    Discussion points will include:
    • Reviewing the committee structure at your library
    • Projects that board committees should focus on
    • Using project management techniques
Click here to view the 2020 Trustee Workshop calendar and to register.

Save the Dates

Upcoming PLS meetings, training opportunities, and workshops: All PLS-sponsored gatherings will continue to be conducted virtually. Visit the PLS Calendar for more information.

PLS Poll

Last Week's Results "Verdict on S'mores?"
  • 76.9% gave s'mores a Thumbs UP
  • 23.1% gave s'mores a Thumbs DOWN
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