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The WebJunction team (from left to right):

Betha Gutsche, Jennifer Peterson, Ahniwa Ferrari, Kathleen Gesinger, Kendra Morgan, Steph Harmon, Chrystie Hill, Dale Musselman, and Sharon Streams

WebJunction Celebrates Ten Years

It’s WebJunction’s 10th anniversary! We’re excited to be celebrating 10 orbits around the online universe. That’s Ten Years of Continuous Learning and sharing knowledge, tools and support that librarians and library staff need to power vibrant libraries. The “we” is inclusive because the truth is that YOU are WebJunction. You are all part of the vital community that we have been building together. We hope you will celebrate with us.

Here are some ways to share the YOU in WebJunction:

WebJunction team
 
 

Building Digital Inclusion Step by Step

When one in five Americans still do not use the Internet and two in five do not have home broadband service, the goal of comprehensive, nationwide digital inclusion remains challenging. Within the national call to action, meaningful progress occurs at the community level. Engaging community stakeholders in the vision and the planning is a crucial first step.

Learn more about the stakeholder engagement process from these community projects:

Basic Internet computer class

The library plays a key role in building a digitally inclusive community; photo courtesy of Moore Memorial Public Library on Flickr

  • Broadband Rhode Island Case Study
    This case study is intended to help local leadership striving to create cohesive 21st  century communities learn from the digital inclusion stakeholder  engagement experiences of Rhode Island.
  • Planning Stakeholder Engagement in Dodge City
    To build a community-wide effort around increasing access and use of information technology, the Dodge City Library, City of Dodge City and the Dodge City Community College are gathering stakeholders. Their meeting made the Dodge City Globe front page news, talking about a “future with increased integration across cultures, more community involvement, and an improved quality of life.”
  • Building Digital Communities: Pilot Project Update
    Complementing IMLS’s efforts, OCLC continues to work with communities across the country who are forging a path to digital inclusion.
 
 

A Lasting Impression in Chattahoochee

For the Chattahoochee Valley (GA) Libraries, the Geek the Library campaign applied a much needed “shot of adrenaline” to their programming. Already known for organized and efficient marketing initiatives that work, fund development/marketing coordinator Linda Hyles wanted “to do something that would make a fast yet deep impression, and at the same time get people to focus on the library.”

Over a 3-month period, they featured nearly 180 local people on Geek the Library posters and billboards.  The project had the desired effect to skyrocket the library into the public consciousness and stimulate positive community conversations about the library.

People are still talking about it!

Read more about Chattahoochee »

 

Interested in Geek the Library?
Get Your Questions Answered by a Current Participant

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I geek dollmaking: poster of Juanita Lanaux, IT Manager, Chattahoochee Valley Libraries

The Geek the Library community awareness campaign helped the staff at Chelsea District Library in Michigan collaborate and make connections. Learn more about how Geek the Library worked for this library during a live question and answer session featuring director Bill Harmer.

Pre-register now for the May 7 webinar.

If you have any questions about this event or the free Geek the Library program, please send an e-mail to info@geekthelibrary.org.

 
 

Zola, the inspiration is mutual!

After five years of sharing her inspiring energy with WebJunction, our colleague Zola Maddison is moving down the street to join the Global Libraries team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She is fulfilling a dream and a dedicated pursuit to work in the global arena with libraries in developing and transitioning countries.

We’ll miss seeing Zola daily but WebJunction will benefit from having her as a liaison to the Global Libraries program.

Read Zola’s farewell message »

Zola Maddison
 
 
sample map from the OCLC Library Spotlight program

Sample map from the OCLC Library Spotlight program

OCLC Puts Your Library in the Spotlight

Starting today, libraries can increase their visibility on the Web by registering basic local information with the OCLC Library Spotlight program—a free service that works with popular Web services to promote libraries. Yelp, the popular local directory service, has agreed to be one of the first to work with OCLC on this new program.

"The advantage of this program is that libraries can manage essential information about their local services in one central registry," said Chip Nilges, Vice President, OCLC Business Development.

Read the Library Journal article about the program »

Find out how to claim your library spotlight »

 
 
Mother and sons reading at the library

Family read aloud program; photo courtesy of Timberland Regional Library on Flickr.

Reading, Libraries and Families: a PEW Report

A new report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project uncovers the special role that libraries play in the life of families with children. These families are particularly attached to libraries and eager to see expansion of technology-enhanced library services. Mothers are especially tied to the reading life of their children and say that a major reason libraries are important is that they provide children with resources that are not available at home.

Read more »

On July 9, Susan Hildreth, IMLS director, and Lee Rainie, Pew director, will discuss what matters to parents about their library experiences with their children, and how library policies, programs and outreach can address those needs. Info and registration »

 
 

Pushing the Limits Grant for Rural Libraries

Following the success of 20 pilot libraries, applications are now open for up to 75 additional grants of $2,500 to rural libraries through the Pushing the Limits project funded by the National Science Foundation. This four-year project, now in its third year, provides rural library public programming featuring reading, viewing and discussion of science topics of interest to the general reader.

The application deadline is May 15 [instead of June 1, as previously indicated].

Read more »

Library Swanton, Nebraska

Library Swanton, Nebraska; photo by shannonpatrick17 on Flickr

 
 

Spotlight on WebJunction Partners


Connect with Your Library: A Mobile App for Washington Libraries

Washington State Library (WSL) will be developing a mobile application or “app” to connect patrons to their public or academic libraries. Two statewide apps, one for academic libraries and one for public and tribal libraries, will connect individuals to the library’s online services. By combining Library Service and Technology Act (LSTA) funds with a grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, WSL will work with the vendor Boopsie to develop the apps. Allen Foundation Funds will also pay for a state wide Internet PR campaign to publicize the application’s availability.

 
 

April Poll Results


Results of April Readers' Poll on Mobile Devices

We asked how your library is using mobile devices to connect with patrons and community. It’s refreshing to see that 94% of responding readers told us that their libraries currently provide mobile access to the library website and catalog. That’s an important place to be in this increasingly mobile landscape. Other efforts are more experimental for now, with fewer (but significant) forays into this new territory.

Other creative uses not on the list include classes for the public on a variety of devices, e-reader petting zoo workshops, workshops on mobile apps for healthcare workers, using tablets for inventory, checking out apps for programming, connecting apps with an interactive whiteboard, and developing a summer reading app for teens.

Poll results in graph form

Asked how you would like to be using tablets and apps in your library given plenty of time and money, one respondent replied "Absolutely!" Others want to try roaming and embedded reference, checking out devices to patrons, using tablets for storytime, creating ebooks and interactive digital stories, exploring STEM subjects, and offering remote genealogy classes. Also:

  • "We'd love to be able to do more with creating our own apps and learning coding languages."
  • "a portable archive of all available material at the Library. P.A.L.M. (Portable Archived Library Material) :D"
 
 

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LibraryYOU: Library as Content Creator

May 7, 2013

Learn how the Escondido Public Library partnered with local experts to create community digital content for the library’s collection. Funded by an LSTA grant, the LibraryYOU project consists of a digital media studio, a website, and public training classes, all of which encourage community members to share their knowledge and learn how to communicate through digital media formats. LibraryYOU helps strengthen connections with local businesses, establishing the library as a technology leader in the community. Presenter Donna Feddern, Escondido’s Digital Services Manager, will help you realize how you can set up similar community content creation projects.

More information and registration »

 
 
 
 
 

Broadband Adoption Toolkit

May 22, 2013

Increasing access and use of information technologies is essential for communities and individuals.  Libraries, local government, community-based organizations and businesses are creating a variety of solutions. Building a digitally inclusive community requires multiple strategies, collaborations and creativity. NTIA (National Telecommunications & Information Administration) will be releasing their Broadband Adoption Toolkit, which addresses strategies for technology training, broadband awareness, low cost internet service and low cost home computers.  Join us for a conversation with the creators of the toolkit to discuss what they learned and how the broadband adoption pieces fit together.

More information and registration »

 
 
 
 
 

Amp Up Your Technology Training

June 4, 2013

More Americans than ever are coming to their libraries to learn basic computer skills or get help connecting with the job market, online services and their families. With continual technology change, libraries are challenged to provide quality, up-to-date curriculum for their communities. OASIS Connections can help by providing a cost-effective training solution that helps adults of all ages develop technology skills and confidence. Learn how this nonprofit organization, dedicated to promoting successful aging through lifelong learning, has partnered with urban and rural libraries across the country.

Presenters from OASIS, Multnomah County (OR) Library, and Broward County (FL) Library discuss how different library systems have adopted the program to serve varying local needs.

More information and registration »

 
 
 
 
 

Support Patron Learning in Small Spaces with Small Budgets

June 12, 2013

In small communities, libraries can often be the only provider of free public access to technology and the Internet. And as more people turn to their library to learn technology skills, even the tiniest of libraries are faced with the challenge of providing training to patrons with limited staff, resources, and space. Learn how small and rural libraries are making training a reality for their patrons, using volunteers, leveraging partnerships and integrating learning into everyday interactions. Get tips and suggestions for improving the effectiveness of the training you provide, whether it’s one-to-one, on-the-fly or a more formal program. This webinar is hosted in collaboration with TechSoup for Libraries and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries.

Presented by: Brenda Hough and Stephanie Gerding, consultants, TechSoup for Libraries and Wendy Street, director, Pella Public Library, Iowa.

More information and registration »

 
 
 

Listing of Other Training Events

Training opportunities from non-WebJunction sources are compiled monthly and shared by Jamie Markus, Library Development Manager for the Wyoming State Library.

 
 

Recent Webinar Archives

Listen to these most recent programs:

April 3So Many Devices, So Little Time

April 10: Engaging Stakeholders, the First Step to Creating a Digitally Inclusive Community

April 30: Extending access to e-books for public libraries: New strategies

Listing of All Webinar Archives

If you missed any of our live webinar programs, you can view and listen to the recording at any time on WebJunction. All of WebJunction's webinar archives are now listed on one page. Use the list in the right column to browse by topic.

 
 

Thanks to our Partners

Through the generous support of the following state library agencies, WebJunction offers webinar programs for free to all who wish to attend:

  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Washington

Read more about our Partner Program.


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