The Social Library, Volume 23

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 28 July 2015
The Social Library, Volume 23

We were thrilled to hear from three libraries who have been following our Social Library series who asked that we share, with you, their wonderful examples of outreach. So in Social Library, Volume 23 we're pleased to be showcasing our first set of library-submitted submissions! From tech assistance to unlikely spokesperson, these libraries are going the extra mile, in serving their communities, AND in sharing their great work with the WebJunction community. Thank you!

The Patrick Heath Public Library in Boerne, Texas shared some info about the weekly tech assistance they offer to patrons on a walk-in basis. "Alicia... Read more

The Social Library, Volume 22

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 21 July 2015
The Social Library, Volume 22

In Volume 22 of our Social Library series, we're showcasing the great work of libraries on Facebook who are going the extra mile to meet their patrons wherever they are. These libraries are reaching out into the community via snail mail, bringing the community into the library for events, encouraging engagement on social media, and partnering on community art projects that bring books into unlikely places. Thank you for inspiring others who work in libraries, as well as those in your lucky communities!

Rachel Collier, in her post to ALA Think Tank, shared the wonderful postcard her library will... Read more

Start from Scratch: A New Program of the Bucks County Free Library

Shaun Pall & Regina Fried
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Published: 15 July 2015
Start from Scratch: A New Program of the Bucks County Free Library

Last month, Bucks County Free Library began offering Start from Scratch, a new program aimed at helping members of the public connect to the digital world.

During Start from Scratch sessions, patrons bring their "mostly dead" PCs to a Bucks County Free Library (BCFL) branch, where staff members bring the computers "back to life" by installing preconfigured open source software. Patrons who can't attend a Start from Scratch session can download the software directly from our website and install it themselves.

The impetus for this program was BCFL's strategic plan. We believe that libraries today are where people get access... Read more

More than Healthcare: Community Conversations about Health

Liz Morris
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Published: 14 July 2015
More than Healthcare: Community Conversations about Health

"Libraries are more than books, libraries are about communities!"

Sound familiar? This popular adage is excellent shorthand for public library evangelists to frame conversations that are essential to building relationships and getting people invested in the modern mission of public libraries. Community health advocates employ a similar turn of phrase in promoting individual and community wellness: "Health is more than healthcare."

We recently had an opportunity to explore this concept in detail in a recent WebJunction webinar focused on Launching Community Conversations with Local Health Data.

Offered as part of our Health Happens in Libraries program, participants heard from panelists... Read more

Library Community Health Contributions on Display at ALA

Liz Morris
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Published: 10 July 2015
Library Community Health Contributions on Display at ALA

Five libraries from across the United States have collaborated with the Health Happens in Libraries team to develop and deliver community health activities. As a result of their vision and leadership, these libraries have established or deepened local partnerships to bring meaningful health services to their communities, through programs such as a local cooking competition and a multi-week health management series, among others.

WebJunction recently had the opportunity to highlight the motivating work of each library through a poster session at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in San Francisco. We will also produce comprehensive case studies of each... Read more

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