These are challenging times. I know all libraries are making every effort to continue providing services to their users. I hope we can also look upon this event as an opportunity to demonstrate how valuable libraries are to their communities.
Below are some random ideas that I have gleaned from listserv posts, Facebook, and PLAN Interest Group meetings. I hope this post will assist you in providing some level of service to your users. We encourage you to add your own ideas and resources in the comments.
- STEM Resources
- List of Online Resources and Entertainment
- Staff Development
Tech-Talk: content available free for students, teachers and patrons for the duration of this crisis. Apply: https://www.tech-talk.com/free-learning. Also check out their free webinars and recordings for FL library staff.
Interact with patrons/students
- Zoom: free accounts (limited to 40 minute sessions). You can use to provide short programs to the public
- Google Classroom – Three kinds of accounts:
- School or Education account — Known as G Suite for Education. This type of account would be set up by an accredited school or non-profit (like firstname.lastname@example.org).
- G Suite account — This is actually a paid level that Google offers. It would be set up by your organization’s administrator so that you can use your own domain (like email@example.com).
- Personal Google Account — This would be the typical free Google account used with a Gmail address that anyone can set up (like firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Online Run/Walk Clubs
- Virtual book clubs
Chop Chop Cooking Club – Cook with your kids
The Kid Should See This: Smart videos for curious minds of all ages
- FAU Homeschooling LibGuide Note: other LibGuides available by subject at https://libguides.fau.edu/?b=s
- YouTube’s channel: The Learning Playlist
- DPLA: links to digitized collections, online exhibitions, primary source sets
- PBS Learning
- Library of Congress: Smart Fun for Kids
- Skype a Scientist where you can sign up to talk to a scientist.
- Florida Public Archaeology Network: The Resources tab has links to Lesson Plans, Handouts, Videos, and more.
- Science Education Center (Checkmark Free Resources Only), Smithsonian Digitization 3D MicroObservatory Robotic Telescope Network
- Citizen Science
Free Language Training
- Transparent Language – Most PLAN public libraries have access to this Recorded Books product.
Many vendors are offering free access to their products. Please share any that you know are available.
And don’t forget to daily promote your electronic resources!