46 Free July Webinars for Library Staff

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 29 June 2015
46 Free July Webinars for Library Staff

July brings new learning opportunities in these 46 webinars on topics that are relevant to the important and impactful work happening in libraries. Whether you and your team are seeking new skills or strengthening existing skills, there's something here for everyone in your learning organization. This list, provided by Jamie Markus at the Wyoming State Library, comes out every month and is regularly updated on the Free Training page, where you can also view the offerings by topic.

For additional training, check out the WebJunction Catalog, now free and open to library staff and volunteers everywhere.

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Advocacy in Action Video Contest Now Open for Submissions

Anna Shelton
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Published: 27 June 2015
Advocacy in Action Video Contest Now Open for Submissions

Have you conducted a library awareness campaign or taken on an advocacy challenge? Create a 60-second video showcasing your library's successful campaign or an advocacy victory your library has achieved in your community. Five video submissions will be selected by OCLC and posted to the Geek the Library Facebook page for voting. Of those, the three videos with the most 'likes' on Facebook will win a Roku Streaming Stick for their library!

The deadline to submit a video is 5 pm Pacific time (8 pm Eastern), Monday, September 14, 2015. 

The top five videos will be posted for voting on September 16,... Read more

The Role of Community Libraries in Nepal Earthquake Relief

Sara Litke, READ Global
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Published: 26 June 2015
The Role of Community Libraries in Nepal Earthquake Relief

On April 25 2015, when the first 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, Keshab Acharya immediately sprang into action. In Chitwan District in the south of Nepal, Keshab was at a safe distance from the earthquake's epicenter, and he knew he was in a position to help.

Like many of the unsung heroes following natural disasters, Keshab does not work for an international relief agency, or as a government official. He is an ordinary, local community member – the Chairperson of Jhuwani Community Library and Resource Center. Keshab immediately began calling his counterparts at 59 libraries (READ Centers) across the... Read more

The Right Time for a National Digital Inclusion Alliance

Angela Siefer
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Published: 24 June 2015
The Right Time for a National Digital Inclusion Alliance

There is a clear need among non-profit organizations and libraries for a national broadband adoption advocacy organization. Three federal agencies (National Telecommunications and Information Administration [NTIA], Housing and Urban Development [HUD], Federal Communications Commission [FCC]), plus the White House, are focusing significant attention and possibly significant resources on broadband adoption. How significant the resources will be could depend upon strong advocacy by broadband adoption practitioners in non-profit organizations and libraries.

To meet this need, I am pleased to announce the creation of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance, and an opportunity to work together on common broadband challenges. There are groups... Read more

Posted In: Digital Inclusion

The Social Library, Volume 18

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 23 June 2015
The Social Library, Volume 18

In Volume 18 of our Social Library we surfaced a number of wonderful events hosted by libraries who are creating opportunities for communities to come together, broaden minds, and exchange ideas.

From a 5K fundraiser to a public forum, these libraries are demonstrating the power of partnerships and the role libraries can play in lifelong learning and community buildiing.

The Lexington Public Library in Kentucky, along with their partners, hosted the Second Annual World Refugee Day Summit on June 18. The event brought 171 attendees to 16 sessions, exploring how they can better serve refugees in Lexington.

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