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Recovering Together: How Libraries Strengthen Communities After a Disaster
The NorthNet Library System has 41 member libraries in California from north of San Francisco up to the Oregon border. Over the past five years, our region has experienced a dramatic increase in devastating wildfires, loss of lives and billions of dollars in damages that displaced thousands of residents. Our region has also suffered earthquakes, dramatic mudslides and floods. In response, the NorthNet network has launched a collaborative project: “Recovering Together: How libraries strengthen their communities after a disaster.” We are collecting and comparing relevant experiences and lessons learned from staff, volunteers and community partners. The Recovering Together project is creating a platform to enhance exchange of recovery resources and each other’s best practices. We are reflecting individually and together about how and when our libraries have stepped into the role of a lead community engagement institution and what that suggests for future planning and community connections. This project is supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.
Career Visioning for New Adults in Rural California is a regional project with the NorthNet Library System, Pacific Library Partnership, and the Black Gold Library System. The workshops and resources created under this project are intended to help students, job seekers, career changers, and those seeking greater work/ life satisfaction. The project is supported in whole or in part by the US Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.
2020-2021 Public Library Staff Education Program:
The application process for the 2020-2021 Public Library Staff Education Program is open. Created to support the development of professional librarians, this program provides current library staff, as well as those who were recently employed but affected by COVID-19 pandemic staff changes, with tuition reimbursement for courses required to earn an MLIS.
More information, and a link to the application, can be found here: https://www.library.ca.gov/services/to-libraries/public-library-staff-education-program/. Please help us publicize this program by forwarding to your colleagues who are currently enrolled in an MLIS program.
Applications are due July 30, 2020. Please contact Meg DePriest with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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