[Libs-Or] Resources: DigitalLearn.org, LearnFree.org, Leading Conversations, & Free ALZ Mag

Jennifer Maurer jennifer.maurer at state.or.us
Fri Feb 21 11:20:40 PST 2020


Some of you may be interested in the following resources that were highlighted in the February 2020 PLA newsletter.

DigitalLearn.org & LearnFree.org
The Public Library Association (PLA) offers 25 video tutorials via www.DigitalLearn.org<http://www.DigitalLearn.org> to help library patrons learn digital skills. Use the English / Español links at the top of the homepage to see the tutorials and transcripts in English or Spanish. The site also offers resources for trainers<https://training.digitallearn.org/>. DigitalLearn.org is similar to the free offerings from the Goodwill Community Foundation's www.LearnFree.org<http://www.LearnFree.org>, which provides skill-development resources for reading, writing, math, personal finance, GED, technology, job seeking, and more. Users can choose English, Spanish, or Portuguese by using the language option located at the top of any page.

[LTC facilitation guide cover]
Free Facilitation Resources for Small and Rural Libraries
"Specially designed for the needs of small and rural libraries, Libraries Transforming Communities: Facilitation Skills for Small and Rural Libraries<http://www.ala.org/tools/librariestransform/libraries-transforming-communities/small-mid-rural-public>, a new learning series from the American Library Association (ALA), helps library workers develop skills to engage with their communities. These materials are designed to help you, as a library worker in a small or rural community, gain the skills you need to not only prepare for and lead discussions, but also to overcome common challenges that arise when people gather to speak in groups. Topics include the roles and responsibilities of a facilitator, how to ask the right questions, tips for keeping a conversation constructive, and best practices for defusing tension..." A 30-page resource called "Leading Conversations in Small and Rural Libraries: Facilitation Guide<http://www.ala.org/tools/sites/ala.org.tools/files/content/PPO_LTC_Fac_Guide%20-%20WEB%2002-04-2020.pdf>" is available online at no cost. There are also free related eCourses<http://www.ala.org/tools/librariestransform/libraries-transforming-communities/small-mid-rural-public>, and you can sign up<https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/X5Q8MXM> to be alerted about future offerings.

[ALZ Magazine Cover]Free Alzheimer's Association Magazines
The Alzheimer's Association publishes the ALZ magazine<https://www.alz.org/news/alz-magazine> four times a year. The publication "shares inspiration and information about the fight to end Alzheimer's - and offers tips on how to make your brain the focus of a healthy lifestyle." ALZ is "available for subscription at no charge to libraries<https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfJferLQKbIbPExpEXPgQqN1tedvl-lWk1fGLQVYVbREdza_g/viewform>. The intent of the magazine is to raise awareness of this important public health issue. It's 100% free to subscribe, and the Alzheimer's Association will handle all distribution and shipping costs. We can provide a subscription to the magazine that includes up to 10 copies of each issue - or 10 per location if your library has multiple branches. We hope you will consider including a copy or two in your periodicals section with the remainder offered as a resource to the public as you see fit..."


Jen Maurer, MLS
School Library Consultant
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