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NYT: Meet Your Meme Lords A small team at the Library of Congress is archiving internet culture as fast as it can (now, from home).

Meet Your Meme Lords

A small team at the Library of Congress is archiving internet culture as fast as it can (now, from home).

Posted on: April 8, 2020, 11:05 am Category: Uncategorized

Directory of On-Demand Recordings of Webinars from Library Organizations, Vendors, and Others

Directory of On-Demand Recordings of Webinars from Library Organizations, Vendors, and Others

Many libraries, library organizations, and others are offering webinars during the COVID-19 for a variety of reasons including thinking/planning for the future, developing learning new skills, and simply conversing with colleagues.

Below, find a spreadsheet with links to watch recordings of these webinars.

We would also welcome your suggestions for new entries.

Please submit information using this form.

We plan to update the spreadsheet at least twice a week.

Posted on: April 8, 2020, 6:58 am Category: Uncategorized

Building a More Empathetic Library Culture

Building a More Empathetic Library Culture

http://publiclibrariesonline.org/2020/03/building-a-more-empathetic-library-culture/

Posted on: April 8, 2020, 6:46 am Category: Uncategorized

Coronavirus anxiety: Recognising the impact a pandemic can have on your mental health

Coronavirus anxiety: Recognising the impact a pandemic can have on your mental health

https://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2020-03-30/coronavirus-anxiety-mental-health-pandemic/12098754%0A%0A%0A%0A%0A%0A%0Ahttps://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2020-03-30/coronavirus-anxiety-mental-health-pandemic/12098754

“Beyond Blue has put together tips to help people take care of their mental health during home isolation, but they’re relevant for many of us who are simply physically distancing:

  • Remind yourself that this is a temporary period of isolation
  • Remember that your effort is helping others in the community
  • Stay connected with friendsfamily and colleagues via email, social media, or phone
  • Engage in healthy activities that you enjoy and find relaxing
  • Keep regular sleep routines and eat healthy foods
  • Try to maintain physical activity
  • For those working from home, try to maintain a healthy balance by allocating specific work hours, and taking regular breaks
  • Avoid news and social media if you find it distressing”

Posted on: April 8, 2020, 6:44 am Category: Uncategorized

HBR: How to Manage Coronavirus Layoffs with Compassion

How to Manage Coronavirus Layoffs with Compassion

https://hbr.org/2020/04/how-to-manage-coronavirus-layoffs-with-compassion

“Principles to Remember

Do: 

  • Think carefully about whether layoffs are necessary and reflect on ways your organization can save as many jobs as possible.
  • Show compassion for your employee and stress that the layoff is not their fault.
  • Seek out a peer or a colleague outside your organization to whom you can vent and ask for help in coping with your own uncertainty.

Don’t: 

  • Overcommit. Provide support and counsel to the people you’ve laid off, but don’t promise things you can’t deliver.
  • Make this about you. Avoid saying things like, “This is really hard for me.”
  • Neglect your wellbeing. Make a concerted effort to eat well and get enough sleep, and take time for self-care, including exercise and meditation.”

 

Posted on: April 8, 2020, 6:43 am Category: Uncategorized

What Books Did Canadians Borrow in March?

New Data: What Books Did Canadians Borrow in March?

https://www.infodocket.com/2020/04/06/new-data-what-books-did-canadians-borrow-in-march/

“From BookNet Canada:

“Like Canadians coast to coast, we here at BookNet are practicing physical distancing — which means some of us are reading more than usual — and our loans data from LibraryData indicates that we’re not alone! Between the week ending March 8th and the week ending March 15th, library loans increased over 19% as readers stocked up on books for March Break and beyond.

Loans of Juvenile titles grew over 15%, Fiction grew 26%, and Non-Fiction grew 11%. Young Adult titles saw the most significant increase in loans, with over 50% growth between March 8th and March 15th.”

Lists of Most-Loaned Books are Provided in the Following Categories:

  • Top 10 most-loaned titles leading up to March Break
  • Top 10 most-loaned Canadian titles leading up to March Break
  • Top 10 most-held titles as of March 22, 2020
  • Top 10 most-held Canadian titles as of March 22, 2020

Direct to Complete Post/Lists

 

Posted on: April 8, 2020, 6:25 am Category: Uncategorized

ALA: Pandemic Preparedness Resources for Libraries

Pandemic Preparedness Resources for Libraries (representation of a COVID-19 virus under electron microscope)

A pandemic is an outbreak of a disease that occurs over a wide geographic area and affects an exceptionally high proportion of the population. (Merriam-Webster Online). This page provides information about preparing for a pandemic, including library-specific policy suggestions and more universal resources on pandemic education, prevention and preparation. Some of the resources are specific to influenza outbreaks but can be used more universally to help educate and inform decisions on pandemic prevention and preparedness.

News
Library responses to COVID-19
Topics to include in an individual library policy
Professional development/training resources
Resources from ALA
Federal resources
State and local resources
Additional resources

Posted on: April 8, 2020, 6:07 am Category: Uncategorized