Communications

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for news, service updates, articles and more. Here are other ways you can keep up to date with YRL, TRAC, and broader library trends and training opportunities:

Listservs

The following email digests connect you to fellow member library staff:

  • YRLpub is for member library staff to share ideas, resources, as well as receive information and updates from YRL. Click on the link and send the empty email to subscribe.
  • TRACsharing is for staff from all TRAC member libraries. Click on the link and send the empty email to subscribe.

Newsletters

Library Development Services produces two newsletters. Sign up to any or all of them:

  • The Loop: a bi-weekly newsletter with articles, lists, news, tips and tricks for public library staff.
  • The Scoop: a bi-weekly newsletter, similar to The Loop, but with a school library focus.
Professional Development Resources for Library Staff & Board Members: Our friends in Marigold Library System put together this monthly newsletter that you'll find incredibly useful. It highlights articles, blog posts, and free or low-cost webinars and tutorials on a wide variety of topics, such as leadership and management, advocacy, workplace skills, customer service, readers' advisory, technology, board development and SO much more! It even showcases relevant conferences in case you want to get away for your professional development.

YRL reads

Curious about what's on the e-reading list of YRL staff? Here are some of their favorite sites and subscriptions:

Librarianship

Brightly: Features book recommendations from publishers for every age and stage, reading tips and insights, seasonal inspirations, and more.

Intellectual Freedom News: Subscribe to this blog for time-sensitive news, issues in the field, upcoming events, helpful resources, and the work of libraries and librarians.

Partnership: The journal of Canada's national network of provincial and territorial library associations, it promotes libraries, librarianship and information science across all library sectors.

Teen Librarian Toolbox: A professional development website for those serving teens that provides quality information, discussions, book reviews and more.

Management and leadership

Gallup at Work Newsletter: US-based advisory company and publisher of the Strengthsfinder series offers free articles on a variety of human resources and leadership topics including performance management, recruitment and customer focus.

Joan Garry: While not specifically library oriented, this blog has a strong focus on what it means to work for and in a non-profit with such posts as how to be a great executive director, how to be a great board leaders and how to do fundraising. 

VitalSmarts: The publisher of the Crucial Conversations resources has handouts to reinforce the content from the books, along with tip sheets and a blog that answers real life questions on tough problems.

Technology

OUCH! Newsletter: A free cyber security awareness newsletter designed for everyone. Each month has a different theme.