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February Poll

In this month's WebJunction Crossroads Poll, we're exploring the ways in which public libraries support civic engagement. When it comes to programs or services that span the many areas of civic engagement, how you are approaching this work at your library?

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Listening is powerful and listening has its rewards.

As library professionals, you know that the better your listening skills when patrons ask questions, the more informed questions you can ask in return, and therefore the more complete the information you can provide.

In fact, the first step to understanding is listening. Planning for your library, whether that’s specific programming or for your future, means listening to and understanding your community's needs and desires. That's why The Aspen Institute has published an action guide for their 2014 report on re-envisioning public libraries that includes tools to facilitate important conversations and planning.

If you are considering entering the Knight News Challenge on Libraries, you'll want to gather a team together to listen and question as you come up with your big idea.

And how great does it feel when you know your colleagues are actively listening to your ideas? Learn how to foster an atmosphere of empowerment and innovation at your library by registering for the WebJunction free webinar Purposeful Innovation: Idea Management for Libraries this March.

We like to listen too! This month we want to hear about your work in civic engagement in our February Poll.

Recent Articles on WebJunction


We feature new WebJunction articles on our homepage each week. Here are some of our most recent additions.

Knight News Challenge Wants to Support Your Big Ideas

The Knight News Challenge on Libraries, an initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will launch on February 24, 2016, and offers applicants a share of more than $3 million for ideas centered on libraries as they transform to accommodate the evolving needs of their communities. Whether you have an idea in mind, are looking for inspiration or are simply curious about the News Challenge, read more and sign up for the upcoming free webinar on February 11, which will provide an opportunity to learn more and discuss potential ideas.

Knight News Challenge Wants to Support Your Big Ideas
 
 

Re-Envisioning Public Libraries: Action Guide Now Available

The Aspen Institute has released an Action Guide for libraries to accompany the 2014 report, Rising to the Challenge: Re-envisioning Public Libraries. In a recent Infopeople webinar, Susan Hildreth, an Aspen Fellow, shared highlights from the report and the new Action Guide. The guide includes worksheets and exercises that can be used to facilitate important conversations and planning around the future of libraries. These resources were piloted by libraries around the United States in communities with a population size ranging from 1,900 to 1,100,000.

Re-Envisioning Public Libraries: Action Guide Now Available
 
 

January Poll Results: Community Engagement Programs

In January we asked Crossroads readers what community engagement program you are looking forward to the most this year and what your top engagement challenge or opportunity is for 2016. Responses varied over many topics but overall revealed a great line-up of programs! Read more about these programs as well as how to navigate the challenges.

January Poll Results: Community Engagement Programs

Upcoming Webinars


To access all upcoming events and archives, go to the Events Calendar.

 
 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

2016 Knight News Challenge on Libraries

An initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Knight News Challenge on Libraries launches on February 24, 2016, and offers applicants a share of more than $3 million for ideas centered on libraries as they transform to accommodate the evolving needs of our communities. Please join us to explore the future of libraries and discuss potential ideas for the News Challenge. Chris Barr, Knight Foundation Director of Media Innovation and former library challenge winners, Jason Griffey and Jenica Rogers from Measure the Future, will lead the discussion on emerging trends in the library space, answer any questions you may have about applying, and share how you can contribute to the challenge.

3:00-4:00 pm Eastern Time

 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Purposeful Innovation: Idea Management for Libraries

Sooner or later, all libraries need to realign or reinvent services and workflows to respond to shifting community needs, but there’s often a disconnect between ideas generated by staff on the front lines and the decisions made by management. Imagine a library where all staff feel empowered to submit, vote and comment on service and workflow ideas. To reach this ideal, Sno-Isle Libraries (WA) has embraced the idea management process in order to consider and approve ideas holistically, for cost, benefit and time, and before a heavy investment of resources. Sno-Isle Libraries realized that building a collaborative, transparent framework to support workflows, change, ideas and community engagement is essential to creating a culture of purposeful innovation. During this webinar, you’ll gain a clear understanding of the "what" and "why" of idea management, hear lessons learned, and leave with tools to empower staff to lead from any position by sharing their ideas.

3:00-4:00 pm Eastern Time

 
 
 

Additional Online Learning


WebJunction Course Catalog

Our Course Catalog is free and open to library staff everywhere. We offer library-specific self-paced courses, webinar archives, and other great learning materials. Certificates of Completion are available to help library staff meet CE and LEU credit requirements. Create your free account and start learning today.

Other Free Learning

Looking for more webinars and library learning opportunities? February may be a short month, but it is filled with more than 55 free webinars for library staff! These training opportunities are compiled and shared by Jamie Markus, Interim Wyoming State Librarian for the Wyoming State Library.  

Big Talk From Small Libraries Online Conference

Registration for Big Talk From Small Libraries 2016 is now open! This free one-day online conference on February 26 is aimed at librarians from small libraries; the smaller the better. The day features 12 presentations from professionals serving populations from 1,400 to 23,647 around the United States and Canada. Topics range from technology to programming to partnering with your community. Everyone is welcome to register and attend, regardless of how big or small your library is. This conference is organized and hosted by the Nebraska Library Commission and is co-sponsored by the Association for Rural & Small Libraries.

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