The Social Library, Volume 10

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 28 April 2015
The Social Library, Volume 10

We're excited to be publishing Volume 10 of the Social Library, our weekly feature highlighting the great work of those libraries we follow on Facebook.

With definite signs of Spring and of Earth Day/Week, our Facebook feed lit up with colorful flowers, gardens, and healthy living.

The Buffalo Creek Memorial Library in Man, West Virginia (service population 700) hosted the 9th Annual Man on the Move Walk this past Saturday, and even though it rained, there were over 80 participants. Other activities included health checks and distribution of medication disposal kits. And it looks like they're hosting a... Read more

More of the Award-Winning Craig Public Library Story

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 27 April 2015
More of the Award-Winning Craig Public Library Story

With last week's announcement of the recipients of the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, many of us at OCLC let out a whoop for Amy Marshall and her team at the Craig Public Library on Prince of Wales Island in southeast Alaska. We've been following the great work of this library for a number of years and wanted to make you're aware of some of the other awards and accolades they've received over the years, as well as some of the great leadership Amy brings to the broader library community.

First a bit about the community. The service... Read more

Let the Sparks Fly: 12 Ways to More Effective Marketing

Liz Morris
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Published: 22 April 2015
Let the Sparks Fly: 12 Ways to More Effective Marketing

Creativity is liberating. It is challenging. Creativity, as some maintain, is at the heart of philanthropy. It is also a key ingredient for conducting inspiring marketing of your library services – though not the only one.

In a recent WebJunction webinar, our dynamic guest presenter Jamie Matczak of the Nicolet Federated Library System in Wisconsin provided her insights on 12 Ways to More Effective Marketing. We've captured a condensed version of a few key tips below – and suggest you review the full archive to tap into the rest, along with the rich discussion and resource sharing that emerged from... Read more

Accelerate Your Career with a Degree from Drexel Online

Drexel University
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Published: 15 April 2015
Accelerate Your Career with a Degree from Drexel Online

Continuing your education is an important step towards career advancement, and there's no better time than now to get started. Through a partnership between WebJunction and Drexel University, WebJunction members are entitled to receive up to a 40% tuition reduction on Drexel's over 100 top-rated online degree and certificate programs.

Drexel University's online programs offers the same quality education you would receive on campus, but in a convenient, online format perfect for the working professional.

Available programs include Drexel's ALA accredited Library & Information Studies, ranked #10 nationally among "America's BEST Graduate Schools" by U.S.News & World Report. Drexel University's... Read more

Telling Stories with Games at Your Library

John Pappas
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Published: 09 April 2015
Telling Stories with Games at Your Library

Storytelling games are a natural fit for a library. A library, itself, is a collection of stories. They are in the books, the movies, the media. They inhabit the meeting rooms, the social spaces, the computers. People meet, create and imbue a library with stories. So let us talk about storytelling games.

In a Storytelling game, one of the main mechanisms is for the players to creatively craft disparate narrative elements into a cohesive story. Perhaps symbols on a die roll need to be interpreted to make sense. Maybe cards are played that need to be linked together with a... Read more

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