The Social Library, Volume 51

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 09 February 2016
The Social Library, Volume 51

Social Library series, we continue to see fresh and innovative approaches to library programs and services, shared by libraries we follow on Facebook. This week includes an international partnership, a Chinese New Year celebration, a patron-created video to celebrate Black History Month, a sleepover/readathon, and literary dogs making a difference. If you'd like to see your library featured in the Social Library series, please let us know via social@webjunction.org, or find us on Facebook.

Forsyth County Public Library shared some wonderful photos of their Chinese New Year Celebration. We saw that a number of libraries celebrated over the weekend... Read more

January Poll Results: Community Engagement Programs

WebJunction
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Published: 04 February 2016
January Poll Results: Community Engagement Programs

In January we asked Crossroads readers what community engagement program they are looking forward to the most this year and, related, what their top engagement challenge or opportunity is for 2016. Responses varied over many topics but overall revealed a great line-up of programs!

Engaging teens was at the top of the responses. One example comes from the Morristown-Hamblen Library (TN) who will use their redesigned teen/young adult area to host a teen Lego club. The Goodyear branch of the Maricopa County Library District (AZ) has created the program series "Fandom," in which each session focuses on a type of... Read more

Re-Envisioning Public Libraries: Action Guide Now Available

Kendra Morgan
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Published: 01 February 2016
Re-Envisioning Public Libraries: Action Guide Now Available

The Aspen Institute has released an Action Guide for libraries to accompany the 2014 report, Rising to the Challenge: Re-envisioning Public Libraries. In a recent Infopeople webinar, Susan Hildreth an Aspen Fellow, shared highlights from the report and the new Action Guide. The guide includes worksheets and exercises that can be used to facilitate important conversations and planning around the future of libraries. These resources were piloted by libraries around the United States in communities with a population size ranging from 1,900 to 1,100,000. The report and guide are freely available, and the Infopeople webinar can help to familiarize you... Read more

55+ Free February Webinars for Library Staff

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 29 January 2016
55+ Free February Webinars for Library Staff

With this year being a Leap Year, February provides one extra day for library learning, but it's still a short month, so don't miss out on these online opportunities made available for free. 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. This month's list covers 55 different webinars in 18 different topic areas, from advocacy to volunteers, and includes the always popular day-long online conference, Big Talk From Small Libraries, hosted by the Nebraska Library... Read more

Knight News Challenge Wants to Support Your Big Ideas

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Published: 28 January 2016
Knight News Challenge Wants to Support Your Big Ideas

The Knight News Challenge on Libraries will launch on February 24, 2016, and offers applicants a share of more than $3 million for ideas centered on libraries as they transform to accommodate the evolving needs of their communities. The challenge is an initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which recognizes that libraries have the power to connect people and ideas, and build stronger democracies. This year's focus is on "How might libraries serve 21st century information needs?" and is an open call for ideas focused on advancing libraries to better serve individuals and communities in the... Read more

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