Together in Isolation: How to Support Staff During a Furlough or Lay-off

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To show our support to the library community at this time, the Education Institute has offered 4 free webinars for Ontario Library Association and Partnership members and at a subsidized cost to non-members.

These sessions are meant to build connection and information-sharing as libraries begin to consider what comes next as they navigate this rapidly changing landscape.  

As a non-profit and a charity, we are launching a pay-what-you-can fee structure for our upcoming webinars to help recuperate our operational cost. We will continue to program webinar content that will support you through this challenging time. Please visit the Library Marketplace’s website to register for our upcoming webinars.

This session aired on Thursday, June 11 from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. EST.  All registrants will have access to a recording for 1 year from the date the session took place.

About this Session:

At the best of times, communicating changes to staff about their employment status is difficult. Many library systems have been faced with the challenging decision to lay off or furlough employees for COVID-19 related reasons. Join Kerry Badgely to learn how to deliver the news with thoughtfulness and understanding in a remote work setting.

In this session, participants will learn: 

  • Best practices for supporting staff during a furlough or lay-off in a remote work setting.

About the Presenter:

Kerry Badgley received a BA from Trent University in History/Political Studies (1986) and an MA (1988) and PhD (1996) from Carleton University in Canadian History. From 1998 to 2005 he was an archivist in the Government Archives Division at Library and Archives Canada.


How to Connect:

Once you've registered, you'll receive an email before the session with a PDF attachment that includes a connection link.  After the session, you'll receive access to the recording. Our webinars are conducted using the free Adobe Connect Platform. To ensure your computer is set up with the appropriate tools to participate in an Adobe Connect Meeting, try this Test Meeting. Sometimes add-ons need to be installed or your browser updated. If you need support, you can check out our Registration FAQ or the Adobe Connect Help Center, or email us at

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