PLS Notes July 10, 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.

Summer Boost!

Chat with WXXI Education’s Cara Rager on Friday, July 17 about what’s happening at your library this summer and explore resources that can give your programs a boost! Adult and Youth Programmers will brainstorm ways to supplement the work they're doing with PBS & PBS KIDS resources, virtual events, and ideas to engage your communities. Collaboration is the name of the game! Click here for more information and to register.

Get Your Mask On

You may have seen those social media images of the national library symbol wearing mask and wondered where they came from and/or how to get them. Good news--they are available to download for free from library blog Hafuboti. Hafuboti has many other useful resources for libraries including new translations of the Libraries are for Everyone signs. The blog is under a Creative Commons Attribute/Share Alike license, and owner Rebecca McCorkindale encourages downloads and shares of her work without attribution (just don't claim it as your own!). Happy posting!

2020 Census

The 2020 Census is still going on, and the deadline to respond has been extended until October 31 because of COVID-19.

Across the OWWL service area, about 55% of households have already completed their census form. Libraries can help spread the word to their communities about the importance of completing the census using social media, their website, and including Census information in email blasts. ALA recently held a webinar with important updates and ideas of how both the Census Bureau and libraries can adapt Census activities in response to COVID-19. Click here to check it out.

Patron Self-Registration

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.

Evergreen Reminders

Trustee Training

There will be two Trustee/Director Workshops held in July:
  • Running Effective Board Meetings on Wednesday, July 22 @ 6pm
  • Project Management for Library Committees on Thursday, July 30 @ 6pm
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 Favorite place for a summer swim?
  • 55.6% said Pool
  • 22.2% said Lake
  • 15.6% said Ocean
  • 6.7% said "No thanks."
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