Learning with Webinars: Library Staff in Poland go Full Steam Ahead

Anna Shelton
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Published: 10 April 2014
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Learning with Webinars: Library Staff in Poland go Full Steam Ahead

Hundreds of library staff in Poland are benefiting from the recent launch of a webinar series in that country about public libraries, advocacy, and communication. The successful series was designed to provide practical information to librarians and others on essential topics including how to set-up a library website, how to attract users' attention via social media, and how to communicate with local journalists.

The Polish webinar series is hosted by the Information Society Development Foundation (FRSI), a grantee organization of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Libraries program. Through our work with the Global Libraries program, WebJunction had the... Read more

Resources for Library Training Success

Megan Knapp
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Published: 02 April 2014
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Resources for Library Training Success

Modern libraries evolve with their customers, and that means keeping pace with new trends, techniques, and technologies. Library staff must keep their skills fresh, and are often called on to take a teaching role, not only in guiding customers to the information they seek, but also by leading patron classes on computing or staff sessions on customer service skills. Whether the motivation to learn is specific to a near-term professional goal or supports a deeper curiosity about what makes us tick, this month’s resources provide tips and tools for training (and learning) success.

Looking Beyond Open Enrollment: Libraries and the Health Insurance Marketplace

Liz Morris
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Published: 01 April 2014
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Looking Beyond Open Enrollment: Libraries and the Health Insurance Marketplace

The initial open enrollment period for the health insurance marketplace established as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is at an end, but the assessment of lessons learned is just beginning for many library and community partner organizations engaged in patron ACA outreach and support. Representatives from the Health Happens in Libraries project team recently hosted a webinar reflecting on some of the best practices employed by libraries responding to this relatively new information need. You can access the free archive for Prioritizing Patron and Partner Engagement here, and read on for a summary of the full discussion.

Many... Read more

iFought the iPads (and iWon)

Sally-Adrina Taylor
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Published: 28 March 2014
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iFought the iPads (and iWon)

When Rapid City Public Libraries decided to add iPads to the Children's Area, I volunteered for the project. In the end this project took me a couple of months to tackle but the number of children using the iPads made it worth the effort. I hope by sharing my experience I can alleviate some frustration and confusion on how to successfully set up iPad displays for young children.

Staff quickly decided to focus on iPads and not a generic tablet, partially because of the brand familiarity of Apple products, and also because the iPad had a better and more intuitive... Read more

Board in the Library, Part the Third: Thematic vs Strategic Games

John Pappas
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Published: 25 March 2014
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Board in the Library, Part the Third: Thematic vs Strategic Games

Let's talk about thematic and strategic games: what they are, what defines each, and how some overlap exists. You need to understand where and how these types of games interact; that interaction will help you determine what type of players your patrons tend to be; what type of games they may prefer and how to provide them with options that will leave them happy, satisfied and coming back for more. The following descriptions are not chiseled in stone and will likely change and develop into a personal view of gaming as you play more games, teach more games, and experience... Read more

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