The Social Library, Volume 11

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 05 May 2015
The Social Library, Volume 11

With the arrival of a new month, Volume 11 of the Social Library brings a collection of worthy celebrations to our weekly feature highlighting the great work of those libraries we follow on Facebook.

From Screen-Free Week to Mental Health Awareness Month, see how libraries are engaging in meaningful ways with their communities.

The Lafayette Public Library in Colorado is encouraging patrons to turn off TV's and iPad's for National Screen-Free Week and visit the local Rec Center, complete an activity log and then get a free book!

The DC Public Library is celebrating National Bike Month... Read more

Financial Education Tools for Libraries from CFPB

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 04 May 2015
Financial Education Tools for Libraries from CFPB

As you may know, we've been participating in an OpenIDEO challenge related to libraries and financial literacy. We've been learning about a variety of approaches to financial education, and also wanted to be sure libraries are aware of all the fantastic resources made available free from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). A year ago, CFPB announced their Community Financial Education Project alongside national partners including IMLS, American Library Association, FINRA Investor Education Foundation, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Our goal is to provide librarians with a collection of financial education resources and tools. We want to help libraries... Read more

64 Free May Webinars for Library Staff

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 30 April 2015
64 Free May Webinars for Library Staff

It's mind-blowing to see the free learning opportunities available each month, and May is no exception. This list, provided by Jamie Markus at the Wyoming State Library, comes out every month and is regularly updated here on the Free Training page, where you can also view the offerings by topic.

For additional training, check out the WebJunction Catalog, now free and open to library staff everywhere.

Read on for 64 great free webinars being offered for library staff and non-profits in the month of May.

May 1 | Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Social Media, part 2: Marketing... Read more

The Happy Secret to Better Libraries

Kendra Morgan
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Published: 29 April 2015
The Happy Secret to Better Libraries

It feels safe to say that we can all benefit from a little more happiness in our lives, and to help those around us to do the same. In March, we were fortunate to have Sharon Morris from the Colorado State Library present the webinar, "The Pursuit of Happiness ... Through Libraries", a program she and her partner Peter Bromberg, designed as part of series of leadership institute workshops.

Sharon's webinar leads you through some of the research on happiness, and what happiness can mean to our brains and our lives. She also presents some tips and exercises that can... 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

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