Public and Health Sciences Library Collaboration for Community Impact: Lessons from the MS Buddy Project

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Connecting is at the heart of what libraries do, so it's no coincidence that connecting is also at the heart of WebJunction. We believe that learning happens best when we can engage not just with the subject but with each other as well.

We've seen this in so many of the programs and projects that we've either featured or led ourselves. For example the MS Buddy Project created by library staff in Utah (and featured in a WebJunction webinar next week) connects people with multiple sclerosis to accurate information and to each other through mobile technology.

The excellent health fair run by Buffalo & Erie County Public Library in New York, learning circles at Chicago Public Library branches, gardening programs around the country, finding your library's role in racial equity efforts, and WebJunction's Supercharged Storytimes program are all examples of how connections make a community and our work so much more powerful.

We look forward to featuring more examples of the impact of connecting in the months and years to come.

And, speaking of connecting, if you are attending the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition, make sure to look WebJunction up to connect in person!

Recent Articles on WebJunction


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

How to Provide Tools for Change with a Community Health Fair

If you are considering organizing a health fair at your library, make sure to read this article by Renée Masters of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library (NY). Masters shares her experience and advice on creating the most impactful experience for patrons, which will bring a health fair from simply informational to an active, engaging experience for participants.

How to Provide Tools for Change with a Community Health Fair
 
 

BBC Tea Party, Daddy Boot Camp and More on Social Library

The latest edition of Social Library collects a number of excellent examples of libraries connecting with their communities through food, play, kindness and fundraising. From a BBC Tea Party to a Daddy Boot Camp, find inspiration that can help you think about how to engage with community interests, needs and passions.  

Social Library, Volume 59
 
 

Join WebJunction and OCLC in Orlando at these ALA Annual Conference Events

This month WebJunction is Orlando-bound for the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition. If you are planning to go, we'd love to see you! WebJunction is a program of OCLC Research and there are some great sessions, conversation starters and much more from the WebJunction and OCLC teams. Here are some highlights to check out.

 

Join WebJunction and OCLC in Orlando at these ALA Annual Conference Events

Upcoming Webinars


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

 
 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Public and Health Sciences Library Collaboration for Community Impact: Lessons from the MS Buddy Project

When public library and health library expertise combine, amazing things can happen. The MS Buddy service was created by three public library staff members and one health sciences librarian in Utah to connect patients with multiple sclerosis to accurate information and to each other through the use of the mobile technology. Join this webinar to learn about this innovative collaboration, its impact, and ways you can build buy-in for health programming at your library. MS Buddy co-creators will share strategies for identifying sustainable solutions for priority health topics, and provide guidance for working together effectively across library disciplines and locations. Participants will be introduced to the program toolkit, which they can use in planning and partnering to implement similar projects in their communities.

3:00-4:00 pm Eastern Time

 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Above and Beyond: Developing a Culture of Organizational Citizenship

A healthy and effective workplace often stems from strong leadership. For supervisors, it's important to develop a team of individuals who work well together, do what needs to be done, and help each other succeed. Join us for a dynamic session to learn what it means to develop a healthy organizational culture, with an introduction to the concept of organizational citizenship behavior and its relevance to public libraries. You'll learn techniques to build and support a team that is willing and able to go above and beyond, and to help your library succeed.

3:00-4:00 pm Eastern Time

 
 
 

Additional Online Learning


WebJunction Course Catalog

Our Course Catalog is free and open to library staff everywhere whenever you are ready to learn. 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

June brings 59 free webinars in 20 different topic areas, spanning leadership, diversity, technology, early literacy and more. These training opportunities are compiled and shared by the Wyoming State Library. Highlights in this month's webinar offerings include:

Drexel MSLIS Online - WebJunction Members

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