NNLM All of Us CEN Newsletter - May 2020

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May 2019

Libraries Respond: COVID-19 Survey

The Public Library Association (PLA) is seeking a new round of feedback about the work of libraries as they respond to the COVID-19 crisis, releasing a survey and requesting feedback by 11:59 p.m. CDT, Monday, May 18, 2020. Please complete the survey here.

PLA and its ALA partners know that libraries across the United States are taking unprecedented steps to answer the needs of their communities, and this survey will help build a better understanding of those efforts. PLA and its ALA partners will use the results to advocate on behalf of libraries at the national level, communicate aggregated results with the public and media, create content and professional development opportunities to address library staff needs, and share some raw, anonymized data elements with state-level staff and library support organizations for their own advocacy needs.

Additional information about the survey: All library types are encouraged to respond. We are surveying at the library administrative entity level and are not collecting outlet/branch data. Financial-related data will only be used in aggregate and not shared in raw data format. Any raw data that is shared with states or other library support organizations outside of ALA will be anonymized. The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete and all completed respondents will be automatically entered to win one of ten $30 gift certificates to the ALA Store.

Free Lynda.com Courses on Remote Work, Job Searching and More

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the global economy, as many people are now either working remotely or, unfortunately, not working at all. To help in this time, Lynda.com has unlocked courses to help your patrons stay productive while working from home or, for those who lost their jobs, build out their job search strategy to find a new one. Visit the LinkedIn Learning Blog to find links and more information on following free “learning paths” to help job seekers, educators, remote workers and more. The free courses in these learning paths will help:

Introduction to Mindfulness: Nourishing Ourselves in These Times

May 27, 2020, 1:00 PM CT

In light of the COVID crisis, this Zoom presentation blends learning, participant sharing, and brief practices: straw breathing, gentle stretching, guided meditation, silent sit, and gratitude. Emphasis is on strengthening our collective immune system and our responsibility (response+ability) to sharpen self-regulation skills in service to the Greater Good. Register here.

Online Tai Chi Courses Offered by Healthy Acadia

Healthy Acadia is now offering Tai Chi for Health courses via Zoom. Online courses are interactive social opportunities that help maintain our sense of community in this challenging time of physical distancing. Tai Chi helps empower people to improve their health and wellbeing through slow, smooth and continuous mind-body exercises. While developed by the Tai Chi for Health Institute to bring health benefits as quickly as possible for specific conditions, all courses are appropriate and beneficial for people of all ages and levels of physical ability.

Tai Chi’s gentle movements can help:

  • Alleviate Pain
  • Reduce stress
  • Increase strength, flexibility and balance
  • Improve cognitive function and coordination
  • Boost Immunity

Course offerings:

  • Intermediate Tai Chi for Health, Mondays & Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. - For those familiar with Tai Chi for Health Institute programs as well as the Yang 24 form
  • Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention, Mondays & Wednesdays, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. - For beginners
  • Tai Chi for Energy, Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:00pm – 3:00pm – For beginners
  • Yang Style 24 Forms, Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:00pm – 6:00pm- For beginners
  • Tai Chi for Osteoporosis, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. - For beginners
  • Tai Chi for Diabetes, Tuesdays & Thursday, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. - For beginners

Click here to register for any or all of these courses. Once your registration is complete, you receive login information for your course(s) via the email address you provided. For more information or to register by phone, contact Nina Zeldin at (207) 479-1206.