This month WebJunction is featuring information centered on community engagement, a broad subject that spans reaching outside the library to serving at-risk populations who have already found you and much in between and beyond.

Sometimes a change in space can make all the difference—read about the transformation that two libraries in Washington State made to their physical space and their subsequent new approach to meeting community needs in these new spaces.

As it does each week, The Social Library features great ideas for library programming both in the library and into the greater community, and next week look for an article on the work Hennepin County Library (MN) is doing to advance health equity through services to patrons experiencing homelessness.

Speaking of health, if you have ever wondered how to start a conversation with colleagues or community partners about supporting community health, check out this shareable infographic about the essential role public libraries play in addressing equitable access to health information and resources.

Looking for more inspiration on community engagement? Don’t forget that next week we will host the free webinar Community Engagement: Serving Diverse Communities Where They Are, which will explore what it means to provide inclusive outreach to and engagement with members of your local community.

Durable Transformation: Library Spaces Continue to Activate Community

A space transformed,
courtesy of Bellingham Public Library (WA)

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Recent Articles on WebJunction


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

Durable Transformation: Library Spaces Continue to Activate Community

In 2014, the Transforming Library Spaces project enabled two pilot libraries in Washington State to take static areas and transform them into hubs where community members find shared ground to explore, collaborate and create content. Learn how these libraries have evolved the concept since then to create dynamic spaces that endure.  

Durable Transformation: Library Spaces Continue to Activate Community
 
 

Library Heroes Make Health Happen

Have you ever wondered how to start a conversation with colleagues, community partners or your library's board about why now is the time to take action on supporting community health? We've got your answer right here! WebJunction and our partners at ZeroDivide have published a shareable infographic about the essential role public libraries play in addressing equitable access to health information and resources. 

Library Heroes Make Health Happen
 
 

Best Board Games of 2015

Time to supplement your library's board game collection with the best board games of 2015. John Pappas picks and reviews six games that span genres from strategy to party games. These picks will keep your collection relevant for experienced gamers while also providing space for emerging gamers to grow into more complex and engrossing games.

Best Board Games of 2015

 
 

Upcoming Webinars


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

 
 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Community Engagement: Serving Diverse Communities

In this interactive session, we will explore what it means to provide inclusive outreach to and engagement with members of your local community. How do you identify the needs of the diverse communities your library is serving? What are effective approaches for community engagement, and how do you apply what you learn along the way to improve your practice? Come prepared with a challenge or opportunity from your own community that you would like to workshop with your peers during the webinar. You will also leave with a framework and action plan for cultivating partnerships for successful community engagement.

3:00-4:30 pm Eastern Time

 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Explore and Discover: Nature-based Spaces and Activities at Your Library

When children have regular contact with nature, they learn and grow better. Children who play, build, climb, grow, splash and read are developing their observation, visual-spatial, social and literacy skills. Nature Explorium, a nature-based program at Middle Country Public Library (NY), encourages children to explore, discover and connect with nature. Learn about best practices and resources that you can use at your library to create outdoor spaces, along with indoor and outdoor nature activities. It's a unique way to connect literacy, learning and appreciation for nature as a regular part of the library visit.

3:00-4:00 pm Eastern Time

 
 
 
 
 

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 11, 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. Join Chris Barr, Knight Foundation Director of Media Innovation, and former library challenge winners Jason Griffey and Jenica Rogers to discuss 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

 
 
 
 
 

Additional Online Learning


WebJunction Course Catalog

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Other Free Learning

Looking for more webinars and library learning opportunities? There are 16 free webinars still available to library staff in January! These training opportunities are compiled and shared by Jamie Markus, Interim Wyoming State Librarian for the Wyoming State Library. Highlights in this month's webinar offerings include:

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. Each of the featured speakers, to be announced, is from a small library or directly works with small libraries. Topics range from technology to programming to partnering with your community. Everyone is welcome to register and attend, regardless of how big or small their library is, but if your library serves a few thousand people, or a few hundred, this is the day for you. 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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