Social Library, Volume 66

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 30 August 2016
Social Library, Volume 66

Libraries highlighted in this edition of the Social Library provide examples of innovative ways to grow patron loyalty, host fundraising events or to join community recycling efforts. We've also featured a book club alternative and a wonderful project that's helping African libraries enhance a corner of their libraries to create vibrant spaces for children where reading and learning flourish. 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.

Harare City Library in Zimbabwe hosted a two-day workshop for library staff who are part of... Read more

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IFLA 2016: Reaching for the Possible

Betha Gutsche
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Published: 25 August 2016
IFLA 2016: Reaching for the Possible

It was halfway through my second day at the 2016 IFLA Conference that I realized how many times I had heard the word "possible." Presenters on a variety of topics evoked what is possible in their visions and examples of library futures, and mapped potential paths toward turning possibility into reality.

Possibility came up first when Shannon Crawford Barniskis outlined her four core principles for creating space for makerspaces in libraries in a session on participatory projects that connect collaborative communities. The first principle of exposure involves open shelves, clear bins for containing kits and materials, evidence of failed as... Read more

Austin Public Library, Dozens of Partners Work toward Digital Empowerment

Patti Fowler, Regional Library Branch Manager; Sue Soy, Development Administrator; John Speirs, Program Coordinator Digital Inclusion, Austin Public Library
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Published: 23 August 2016
Austin Public Library, Dozens of Partners Work toward Digital Empowerment

Austin Public Library has long been a leader in providing public access to information through its 23 locations. But a recent partnership opportunity called DECA is magnifying efforts across the community to ensure that every Austin resident has the opportunity to be fully engaged in our digital society and is comfortable using digital and communications technologies. Working with the City of Austin Office of Telecommunications & Regulatory Affairs, Austin Free-Net and nearly 80 community stakeholder groups who have adopted the name Digital Empowerment Community of Austin (DECA), the Austin Public Library is part of a plan to strategically expand services... Read more

WebJunction Experience: Blended Learning Strengthens Library Practice

Liz Morris
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Published: 22 August 2016
WebJunction Experience: Blended Learning Strengthens Library Practice

How would you complete this sentence? "I like my online learning to be ____." WebJunction users consistently use adjectives like "relevant," "hiqh-quality," and "convenient" to describe their online learning priorities, and we love to design and deliver resources to meet those needs.

My colleagues have written elsewhere about our fantastic free webinars and the inspiring self-paced courses in our free course catalog. Supercharged Storytimes is a recently completed program offered via WebJunction that highlights our expertise in providing another type of learning opportunity: blended-learning. Blended learning is central to many of our long-term programs that engage cohorts of learners over... Read more

Library Access for All Students: Stories from Five ConnectED Libraries

Erin M. Schadt
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Published: 18 August 2016
Library Access for All Students: Stories from Five ConnectED Libraries

In April 2015, President Barack Obama announced the ConnectED Library Challenge, an effort to "put a library card in the hand of every student," and in January 2016 the White House hosted a convening of representatives from about 50 of the 60 communities that accepted the ConnectED Library Challenge to strategize and celebrate.

We were curious to hear how the ConnectED challenge went for these libraries and to share their experience and advice more broadly for libraries considering expanding public library access to students.

We contacted five library systems that participated in the ConnectEd challenge and were astounded by the... Read more

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