Just added! WebJunction has new library-focused free webinar recordings and write-ups ready for you, as well as highly anticipated webinars coming in October to add to your calendar.

If you are a rural library director or are interested in what it takes to lead a small/rural library, peruse the webinar write-up and then watch the webinar recording for Beyond the Job Description: Ten Practical Tips for the Rural Library Director recently presented by Jennifer Pearson, Director, Marshall County Memorial Library (TN).

Has your library thought about expanding support for entrepreneurs in your community? Then we highly recommend taking a look at the write-up for the webinar Support Small Business Development at Your Library and watching the webinar recording. Laura Metzler, Small Business Information Librarian, Cecil County Public Library (MD), gave great advice, practical tips and concrete examples of ways libraries of any size can support entrepreneurs.

October brings three new webinars:
2016 Library Journal Mover & Shaker Courtney Saldana from the City of Ontario Library (CA) will be presenting the previously scheduled webinar Teen Programming: A Mover & Shaker's Recipe for Impact and Success now on Tuesday, October 4. We're thrilled to be collaborating with Library Journal on this webinar, the first in a series highlighting Movers & Shakers.

How Successful Libraries Thrive in Uncertain Times on Wednesday, October 12, with George Needham, Director, Delaware County District Library (OH), who will explore five characteristics that encourage positive results for library leaders in uncertain times.

Then, on Thursday, October 20, join John Klima, Assistant Director, Waukesha Public Library (WI), who will show you smart practices for managing people, workflows and technology in the webinar Managing Library Technology: Keeping All the Balls in the Air.

Support Small Business Development at Your Library

Infographic outlining all the resources available for entrepreneurs at Cecil County Public Library. View the full PDF here.

September Poll: Teen Services

WebJunction, in collaboration with Library Journal, will present the free webinar Teen Programming: A Mover & Shaker's Recipe for Impact and Success on October 4. Courtney Saldana, 2016 Mover & Shaker, will discuss teen programming basics from assessment to implementation.

But first, we'd like to know what your library offers teens and where you'd like to grow your teen programs and services.

Let us know here »


 
 

Recent Articles on WebJunction


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

The Library Diversity Committee: Supporting Diversity and Inclusivity in the Academic Community

Raymond Pun, First Year Student Success Librarian, shares how Fresno State’s Library Diversity Committee (LDC) is leading initiatives that support the university’s commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive campus. The work aims to encourage and support conversations about diversity, multiculturalism and inclusion, and to provide a start for students, faculty, administration and community to learn and engage with each other through respectful dialogue and understanding.

The Library Diversity Committee: Supporting Diversity and Inclusivity in the Academic Community

A poster for International Coffee Hour, one of the many activities spearheaded by the LDC.

 
 

Social Library, Writers' Edition

The latest edition of the Social Library features libraries that are hosting programs and groups in support of emerging and established writers. Many libraries host regular writers' groups, while others host writing conferences or indie author showcase events, and still others have established writer-in-residence programs. And one of the featured libraries is preparing for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November. Read on to see what several libraries are doing, and to explore different approaches to supporting local writers in your community.

Social Library, Writers' Edition

Poster for the Writers' Circle program at Yelm Timberland Library, WA.

 
 

Book Review: Once Upon a Cuento, Bilingual Storytimes in English and Spanish

Martín Blasco, Outreach Librarian for Latino and Youth Services Program at Washington County Cooperative Library Services (OR), reviews the new book Once Upon a Cuento by Jamie Campbell Naidoo and Katie Scherrer, providing a tour through the material covered, which includes everything from outreach to planning and implementing bilingual storytime, as well as ideas and samples appropriate for all age groups, even families with mixed-age children.

Book Review: Once Upon a Cuento, Bilingual Storytimes in English and Spanish

Upcoming Webinars


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

 
 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

How Successful Libraries Thrive in Uncertain Times

Have you noticed that some libraries manage to thrive even when times are tough and things are going against them? We would all love to know how to pave the way for future success in a world that seems to change by the hour. Successful libraries don’t have a crystal ball but they do share five characteristics that encourage positive results, regardless of what the world throws their way. Learn how to activate these characteristics in your library, including low cost/no cost tips that apply to any size of library or community. Give your library a new lease on life and revitalize excitement about your services. Presented by: George Needham, Director, Delaware County District Library (OH)

3:00-4:00 pm Eastern Time

 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Managing Library Technology: Keeping All the Balls in the Air

Managing library technology isn’t just about the technology. It involves fine juggling skills to manage people, workflows, procedures, policies and more―all while prioritizing, delegating and tracking. Just preparing staff effectively for upgrades or changes to technology takes finesse. How does one person do it all? Strong project and time management skills are key. Regardless of your job title, and whether working with a small team or a library-wide technology committee, anyone can learn smart practices to keep everything, and everyone, in motion and on target. Presented by: John Klima, Assistant Director, Waukesha Public Library (WI), author, editor, and LITA Blogger.

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

Although September is nearly gone (but how??) there are still 13 free webinars you can attend on library-relevant topics. These training opportunities are compiled and shared by the Wyoming State Library. Highlights in September's webinar offerings include:

 
 

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