Maybe one of the only great things about COVID-19 is that it’s requiring all of us to think anew and to adapt to new ways of working. This means that if we were in a rut thinking of our jobs and our libraries in only one dimension, then we are now liberated to imagine something totally new.

Cornerstones wants to hear about how you are adapting to the world of COVID-19. How are you doing? Are you innovating and pivoting? Have you been inspired by something you’ve seen from a staff member in your library or in another library? Have you run into a few recognitions of what NOT to do?

We’ve been inspired by what we’re seeing in library communities across the country. There are so many examples of librarian pros innovating:

  • In Texas we saw a virtual family rocketry camp and outdoor rocket launches
  • Across the US are Take-and-Make activity bags
  • Front windows of libraries used as programmatic displays

Whether you’re still swamped with COVID-19 planning, or you’re sitting on your hands because you don’t know what to do, it’s time to start innovating.

The world will never be the same. Doors are closing that won’t reopen. But there are also doors swinging open that you never knew existed. Don’t sit and wait. Be creative. Collaborate. Innovate. Adaptation is key to success and sharing ideas was never more important.

Sharpen Our Pencils Together

As we move through this together, Cornerstones wants to be a resource to you. We are offering free resources to help you advance your skills and value even during a challenging time. We also want to hear what’s on your mind.

Send us 1-2 of your most burning questions, and then join us for a Webinar to discuss our answers together!

Join us and your fellow librarians for the Cornerstones of Science Fall 2020 Webinar Series

Library Innovation and Pivot Activities during COVID-19

September 23, 2020 at 2 p.m. ET

Have you found some interesting ways to work with your community or are you really burnt out from all the new outreach you are doing? Join us for a discussion and to get some inspiration to keep you going through these strange times. You will hear from your fellow librarians and others about ways libraries and librarians have changed their programming, outreach, and daily admin. during COVID-19.

Register for this Zoom webinar here!

Outdoor Activities for your Community

October 21, 2020 at 2 p.m. ET

Getting outside for library and community programs seems like the right place to be right now. Find out about what is happening in the library world around outdoor activities to help bring some joy (and maybe something spooky for Halloween) to your community in a safe way during COVID-19. Bring your ideas and experiences to this discussion too!

Register for this Zoom webinar here!

Finding Your People: Librarians interested in Science

November 18, 2020 at 2 p.m. ET

Come to this webinar to find other librarians who really like science. It is important to find your people in order to stay invigorated and excited (it’s ok to geek out here!). You will be able to share new ideas on how to best facilitate more science in your community and also discuss what works well and what is really challenging.

Register for this Zoom webinar here!