The Social Library, Volume 24

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 04 August 2015
The Social Library, Volume 24

In this week’s edition of our Social Library series we’re showcasing libraries who are using videos in innovative ways for programming and outreach, and others who are raising funds for their libraries, while promoting healthy living through exercise. Thanks to the staff at these libraries for sharing their great work and reaching their communities on Facebook, and for providing inspiration to the WebJunction community!

Sno-Isle Libraries, serving Snohomish and Island Counties in Washington, posted a new Vlog Squad video by one of their teens. Andrew does a great job reviewing You and Me and Him, a book by Kris... Read more

46 Free August Webinars for Library Staff

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 30 July 2015
46 Free August Webinars for Library Staff

With summer winding down, hopefully library staff and volunteers can take some time to rest and reflect on this year's accomplishments so far, and to make time to refuel or brush up on new skills. August brings new learning opportunities in these 46 webinars on topics that are relevant to the important and impactful work happening in libraries. 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.

For additional training, check out the WebJunction Catalog,... Read more

Supercharged Storytimes Expands to Five States

Liz Morris
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Published: 29 July 2015
Supercharged Storytimes Expands to Five States

Organic. Infectious. Creative. Intentional. These are some of the words we’ve heard participants and partners alike use to describe Supercharged Storytimes ―the empowering approach to storytime planning and delivery established by the Project VIEWS2 research team.

In the first pilot of OCLC’s Supercharged Storytimes program, over 80 library storytime practitioners in Washington State recently completed a multi-week online orientation to the early literacy concepts, tools, and tips sheets produced by the Project VIEWS2 team. Now public library staff in five additional states will have the opportunity to participate in this program in the fall of 2015. The following state... Read more

Start from Scratch: A New Program of the Bucks County Free Library

Shaun Pall & Regina Fried
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Published: 15 July 2015
Start from Scratch: A New Program of the Bucks County Free Library

Last month, Bucks County Free Library began offering Start from Scratch, a new program aimed at helping members of the public connect to the digital world.

During Start from Scratch sessions, patrons bring their "mostly dead" PCs to a Bucks County Free Library (BCFL) branch, where staff members bring the computers "back to life" by installing preconfigured open source software. Patrons who can't attend a Start from Scratch session can download the software directly from our website and install it themselves.

The impetus for this program was BCFL's strategic plan. We believe that libraries today are where people get access... Read more

More than Healthcare: Community Conversations about Health

Liz Morris
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Published: 14 July 2015
More than Healthcare: Community Conversations about Health

"Libraries are more than books, libraries are about communities!"

Sound familiar? This popular adage is excellent shorthand for public library evangelists to frame conversations that are essential to building relationships and getting people invested in the modern mission of public libraries. Community health advocates employ a similar turn of phrase in promoting individual and community wellness: "Health is more than healthcare."

We recently had an opportunity to explore this concept in detail in a recent WebJunction webinar focused on Launching Community Conversations with Local Health Data.

Offered as part of our Health Happens in Libraries program, participants heard from panelists... Read more

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