Librarians Who Wikipedia: Tiffany Bailey, Dallas Public Library

Monika Sengul-Jones, OCLC Wikipedian-in-Residence
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Published: 25 May 2017
Librarians Who Wikipedia: Tiffany Bailey, Dallas Public Library

A new addition to our Librarians who Wikipedia series! In December 2016, three novice Wikipedia editors partnered to organize an Art+Feminism event at the Dallas Public Library. They taught themselves to edit Wikipedia and hosted an all-day event in March 2017, which included editing workshops, food and children’s activities. We spoke with Bailey about how it went and why she is now passionate about Wikipedia.

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Social Library, Summer Reading Edition

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 23 May 2017
Social Library, Summer Reading Edition

Posts to library pages on Facebook are signaling the arrival of summer reading! In this special Summer Reading Edition of our Social Library series, we're excited to share five special awards to recognize the outstanding skills displayed in creating videos to promote summer reading programs. Our "completely made up and just for your entertainment" awards include: Best Soundtrack, Most Action-Packed, Cutest Canine Actors, Most Delicious, and Most Innovative Medium. These are all fantastic and sure to inspire and entertain!

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Free Activity Calendars Put Programming at Your Fingertips

Liz Bowie, Demco
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Published: 18 May 2017
Free Activity Calendars Put Programming at Your Fingertips

Library users young and old benefit from the fun, exciting, and educational programming you offer in your schools and libraries. But little do they know how much hard work and planning goes into putting those activities together! Check out these freely available resources that can bring programming inspiration and make things a little easier.

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Reflecting on the Power of Communities at Citizen University National Conference

Mercy Procaccini
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Published: 16 May 2017
Reflecting on the Power of Communities at Citizen University National Conference

Several WebJunction staff members and public library colleagues attended the Citizen University National Conference held in Seattle March 24-25. The event brought together over 500 change-makers, activists, and catalysts to engage with the conference theme of Reckoning and Repair in America. This was WebJunction's second year attending the event, and to kick things off we hosted a preconference with local library staff. The preconference and conference both provided opportunities to participate in substantive discussions about the issues affecting our communities and to highlight the important role that public libraries can play in addressing these issues.

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Public Libraries and Civic Engagement: Identifying Challenges and Opportunities

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 12 May 2017
Public Libraries and Civic Engagement: Identifying Challenges and Opportunities

The annual Citizen University Conference is held just down the road from WebJunction's Seattle office. In its 12th year, the conference recently gathered together more than 500 change-makers, catalysts and activists for presentations, panels and discussions on topics related to citizen power. This year's conference focused on the need "to reckon with injustice across ideological divides and to repair our frayed social fabric." The event provided the opportunity to invite libraries from Washington state's Puget Sound region to join us for a preconference conversation on how libraries can support these important community needs.

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