Share Ideas & Resources

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.

PLAN website:

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 yourname@yourschool.edu).
    • 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 yourname@yourorganization.com).
    • Personal Google Account — This would be the typical free Google account used with a Gmail address that anyone can set up (like yourname@gmail.com).

Chop Chop Cooking Club – Cook with your kids

The Kid Should See This: Smart videos for curious minds of all ages

Homeschooling

Science

Free Language Training

  • Transparent Language – Most PLAN public libraries have access to this Recorded Books product.
  • Busuu

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!