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Library Link Roundup: May 8, 2020

Friday Library Links Roundup by Illinois Heartland Library SystemWe've crawled the web for the most useful library links, curated for the librarians of Illinois and published on Fridays 

  • The “New Normal” Agenda for Librarianship (April 30, 2020; R. David Lankes) - What is it that we want to be normal after this pandemic? What is our agenda as librarians and the libraries we run on behalf of our communities? A thought-provoking article by R. David Lankes.

  • ILA Bigger Than a Building Campaign (launched May 2020; Illinois Library Association) - “Illinois Library Association’s Bigger Than A Building campaign is designed to help the library community quickly convey information to its publics during the Illinois Stay at Home executive order.” Includes 5 ways to protect your library, communications tools such as sample social media posts and letters to decision-makers,  

  • RAILS Guidelines for Libraries Considering Curbside Service and/or Phased Reopening (April 2020; RAILS) - A thoughtful list of questions libraries should consider before implementing curbside delivery service and/or reopening the library on a limited basis 

  • Library, Archives Workers Share Work-From-Home Ideas (April 23, 2020; Library Journal) - contains links to crowdsourced lists of work-from-home assignments and learning 

  • PLA and Microsoft Public WiFi Access Micro-Grant Program - Provides 50 libraries with hardware to create new public WiFi access points using the library’s current WiFi service outside the library facility, along with modest funding to support equipment and promotion and, if needed, installation assistance. 

Leadership and Communication 

  • Internal Communications Can Make or Break Brand Reputation During Coronavirus Crisis (March 18, 2020; PR News) - When it comes to employee communications during a crisis, PR pros advise “to over-communicate and put employees first. A well-informed employee can steer brand perception in a positive direction despite a shaky future.” Read why and get more internal communication tips. 

  • 5 Questions That (Newly) Virtual Leaders Should Ask Themselves (May 1, 2020; Harvard Business Review) - The author challenges leaders to “to pause and identify what they need to do differently not only to sustain, but also to strengthen their skills in a virtual setting‚ particularly during a time when their teams are looking to them more than ever for direction.” 

Business Trends 

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