The Social Library, Volume 14

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 26 May 2015
The Social Library, Volume 14

Volume 14 of our Social Library series doesn't feature any of the many libraries who are doing a fantastic job of promoting their summer reading programs, but we found some other interesting programming to complement your springtime activities. We were particularly drawn to those that connect with adult patrons, as we get ready for this week's #WJwebinar, Beyond Book Groups: Fun Library Programs for Adult Readers. Until then, here are a few examples of the fantastic things happening at libraries we follow on Facebook.

[CC image courtesy of the Mosman Library on Flickr - Trivia Night 2013]

The Burlington County... Read more

Gamer's Advisory 101: Breaking the Monopoly

John Pappas
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Published: 21 May 2015
Gamer's Advisory 101: Breaking the Monopoly

The hobby board game market is booming. Everywhere news media outlets pronounce that board games are "making a comeback" or are "going through a golden age" or experiencing a "renaissance" or are "in full swing." NPR even flipped the whole thing and did a piece on board games that stink (and, of course, not a single one of these are in print).

In the "Board in the Library" series, John provided an introduction into modern board games, produced a survey of popular mechanisms and themes, discussed starting gaming groups, and made some recommendations for good gateway games.

In this series,... Read more

Now AvailABLE: ABLE Courses in the WebJunction Catalog

Kathleen Gesinger
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Published: 18 May 2015
Now AvailABLE: ABLE Courses in the WebJunction Catalog

Some people mention them simply as ABLE. Others know them by their full collection title: Alternative Basic Library Education (ABLE) Program. "The Alternative Basic Library Education (ABLE) Program is an amazing collection of library-specific self-paced courses." Those familiar with these courses know the amazing job the staff of the Idaho Commission for Libraries has done developing this content for newer members of the library community. And now, WebJunction is excited to include each course in this program in our free course catalog!

Developed by staff of the Idaho Commission for Libraries, the collection of 13 online, self-paced courses, offers... Read more

17 New Webinars Added to the WebJunction Catalog

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 15 May 2015
17 New Webinars Added to the WebJunction Catalog

We've connected with another webinar provider to bring you even more archives to access via the WebJunction catalog at learn.webjunction.org. The Nebraska Library Commission hosts the weekly series, NCompass Live, with fantastic production by Christa Burns and wonderful presenters from around the country. The Commission also hosts the annual Big Talk from Small Libraries online conference, and one of the archives added is from this year's conference.  

Certificates of completion are made available to all learners, after completing any course or webinar enrolled in from the catalog. With more archive additions from TechSoup, Infopeople, OCLC, and ALCTS, you'll... Read more

Encouraging Health Information Discovery in Libraries

Liz Morris
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Published: 14 May 2015
Encouraging Health Information Discovery in Libraries

We've all heard the saying before, perhaps from an educator, a parent, or even a librarian - "You don’t know what you don’t know." On the one hand, this phrase is a humbling reminder that there are limits to personal knowledge. On the other hand, it's an empowering prompt to go, seek, and discover. Information seeking behavior is highly complex and deeply theorized. Information seekers don't always know what they’re looking for, nor do they always have the context they need for targeted inquiry. This, of course, is where libraries play an essential role – by highlighting topics and resources... Read more

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