Rural Libraries and Digital Inclusion: A Tale from a Small Town in Texas


Dianne Connery is the Library Director of the innovative Pottsboro Area Library in Pottsboro, Texas, a community 80 miles north of Dallas with a population of 2,300 people.  Dianne was a corporate trainer and entrepreneur before moving to this rural community ten years ago. On the verge of closing its doors, she led a group of dedicated volunteers who transformed this library into the vibrant community hub it is today. She is passionate about the role of rural libraries and a huge proponent of digital inclusion.  Dianne will share some of the programs she has initiated, like esports competitive gaming, and how she is getting WIFI to places in need in her community. 

Registration deadline: October 19, 2020

Each Zoom session should last about 1 hour

You will be sent the Zoom link in the registration confirmation.

Looking Ahead, Planning for Reopening Webinar

Friday, April 24, 1:00 p.m. central (2:00 pm Eastern)

Even as many are working overtime to provide remote and adapted services to their communities, librarians, library staff and boards are planning for reopening when it becomes safe to do so. There are many considerations, from patron and staff safety to dealing with materials, equipment, and space; from bringing staff onsite to restarting programs. Has your state established a task force or working group to launch the planning process? Join a conversation with colleagues from states across the country, share information, ask questions, hear what resources are available and let ALA know what help you need. Please register here.

This conversation is being convened by ALA’s Public Policy and Advocacy Office and the Chapter Relations Office.

Megan Murray Cusick, MLIS
Assistant Director, State Advocacy
American Library Association
mcusick@ala.org

Soft Skills Academy from Library of Michigan


The Library of Michigan is excited to present free, online continuing education for Michigan library staff that you can access now from our website. You will need to create a user name and password but it’s free and easy and you only need to do it once for any/all of the courses. Each course takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Staff Skills Academy: Online CE through the Library of Michigan

You can limit courses by category. The categories are:

  • Cataloging
  • Customer Service
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Human Resources
  • Leadership
  • Programming
  • Readers’ Advisory
  • Reference
  • Technology

Shared by Sonya Schryer Norris, Library Consultant, Library of Michigan on 4/10/2020

Supporting Census 2020 @ your Library Event

When:  February 11, 2020 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Where:  Peter White Public Library, Heritage Room

Access also available via Zoom (Superiorland Library Cooperative)

Description:  The League of Women Voters of Marquette County will be at PWPL presenting simple ways that Public Libraries can support Census 2020.
Get tips on how to speak to patrons about the importance of Census data and ask questions of our local UP Census activists!

Sign Up Now!

CRASE (Citizen Response to Active Shooter Events) presentation

White Pine Library Cooperative members,

Date: Wednesday May 22, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Plan to attend the CRASE presentation at the St Charles District Library, 132 S Saginaw St, St Charles, MI.

10:00 am – 11:30 am   Trooper Mark Burch is the speaker, from the Michigan State Police Freeland Post.
11:30 am – 12:30 pm    Adam Oster, Community Engagement Library, Library of Michigan will also present a session on how libraries can make themselves more vital to their communities.

If you are unable to attend, send staff members – even a board member or two.

Thanks to Nannette Pretzer for hosting.

Beginning Workshop May 15-19, 2019

Beginning Workshop Registration now open - May 15 - 17, 2019

Registration for the 2019 Beginning Workshop is now open! To register, visit the Library of Michigan's event registration system.

Beginning Workshop is an intensive 3-day workshop for library staff seeking a level 3 or 4 certificate. Content is geared towards attendees with little or no previous library experience. Subjects include collections, customer service, technology, library law, programming, and much more.

For details on the agenda and lodging reservations visit: https://www.michigan.gov/beginningworkshop.

Library Security Workshop with Dr. Steve Albrecht

The Bay County Library System and Mideastern Michigan Library Cooperative cordially invite you to:

Dr. Steve Albrecht is internationally-known for his training programs and consulting work in workplace and school violence prevention and library safety and security. Steve continues to speak, train, consult, and write on tough organizational behavior topics. He brings his HR, training, law enforcement, security, coaching, and writing background to issues like violence and security risk assessments, sexual or racial harassment, diversity, drugs and alcohol at work, team conflicts, and employee stress. His clients include city and county governments; public, law, and college libraries; Joint Powers Authorities (JPAs); K-12 school districts; colleges and universities; and private-sector firms.