Librarians Who Wikipedia: Course Participants Engage with Wikipedia for their Libraries

Monika Sengul-Jones
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Published: 07 December 2017
Librarians Who Wikipedia: Course Participants Engage with Wikipedia for their Libraries

Over the course of nine weeks, nearly 300 library staff from 45 states and seven countries gathered online for the Wikipedia + Libraries: Better Together training program to learn more about the inner workings of Wikipedia. For their final assignment, course participants developed a plan of action to use Wikipedia in their libraries. Following the conclusion of the course in November 2017, hundreds of library staff will turn their attentions to implementing their Wikipedia engagement plans.

Social Library, Volume 97

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 05 December 2017
Social Library, Volume 97

This week's edition of our Social Library series highlights posts from five libraries we follow on Facebook, with everything from tech tips to fundraising. There's really no limit to what you can bring to social media to engage with your community. Whether sharing important information on toy safety or featuring the latest high school theater production at storytime, there are opportunities to connect community in so many ways. If you'd like to see your library featured in a Social Library edition, please let us know via social@webjunction.org or find us on Facebook.

Uxbridge Public Library in Ontario, Canada shares... Read more

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Free December Webinars for Library Staff

Wyoming State Library
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Published: 30 November 2017
Free December Webinars for Library Staff

As another year comes to a close, it's a great time to reflect on the past year and on all you've learned and accomplished. Take a moment to consider the gaps in your knowledge and use this month as a time to learn new skills to apply to your important work. With the holiday season upon us, this month's list is a bit shorter, but there are some true gems in here that will directly align with your learning priorities. This list of 61 webinars and 1 online conference, covering 18 topic areas, was collected by the Wyoming State Library.... Read more

Two Opportunities to Develop Tech Skills with Geek Squad Academy and Best Buy Teen Tech Centers

Steph Harmon
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Published: 28 November 2017
Two Opportunities to Develop Tech Skills with Geek Squad Academy and Best Buy Teen Tech Centers

Scientific discovery and technological innovation play a major role in meeting the challenges of the 21st century. By expanding participation in STEM education, libraries are helping to prepare the next generations to meet these challenges.

Best Buy Community Relations and the Best Buy Foundation offer community support for libraries to connect underserved youth to technology education through their two signature programs, Geek Squad Academy and the Best Buy Teen Tech Centers. Both programs are currently accepting new proposals.

Civil Legal Aid Program at the Cleveland Public Library Meets Local Needs

Kendra Morgan
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Published: 27 November 2017
Civil Legal Aid Program at the Cleveland Public Library Meets Local Needs

The Cleveland Public Library and The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland had been working in partnership for years, offering several legal aid workshops on general topics that were open to the public. But Aaron Mason, the library's Assistant Director, Outreach and Programming Services, saw an opportunity and a need to develop a more in-depth program. Mason knew the intention behind the workshops was good, but didn't think they were having maximum impact for patrons. He determined that the library could serve more people and address more community needs by transitioning to monthly legal aid clinics that could serve individuals one-on-one.

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