Community Relations

  • 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 a...

  • Advancing Health Equity through Services to Patrons Experiencing Homelessness

    "In order to maximize opportunities for access experienced by certain groups, a good society commits resources in order to level the playing field…if access policies concentrate solely on the objective of equality without reference to equity, th...

  • ConnectED Library Challenge Summit

    The White House hosted a convening on Tuesday, with mayors, county executives, school superintendents, and library leaders from approximately 50 cities and counties, as part of a national initiative to connect students to public library system resour...

  • Durable Transformation: Library Spaces Continue to Activate Community

    Early in 2014, two Washington libraries launched newly transformed areas in the middle of their floor space, replacing static (mostly CD) shelving with dynamic spaces for active community engagement. Working with WebJunction under a grant from the Al...

  • Librarians Leave "Fort Ref" and Reach Out with Reference

    The role of reference is changing, and librarians at Douglas County Libraries in Colorado, United States, took an active approach to examining what reference could look like for their community. Through a series of small projects and collaborative ef...

  • Programming to the Core: 7 innovative library programs

    If there ever was a time when public libraries were just static repositories of books, it’s long gone. Libraries everywhere are reinventing their programs and services to remain vital through the shifting sands of cultural and technological change. W...

  • What Languages Do Public Library Collections Speak?

    In May of 2014, Slate published a series of maps illustrating the languages other than English spoken in each of the fifty US states. In nearly every state, the most commonly spoken non-English language was Spanish. But when Spanish is excluded as we...

  • Belgrade Community Library: Small and Unstoppable

    When the Library Journal Best Small Library challenge rolled around, the Belgrade Community Library (BCL) outside of Bozeman, Montana, almost didn’t apply because "we thought we were too small." Their small staff and small budget doesn’t st...

  • The Small Community Advantage in Library Fundraising

    Through the WebJunction webinar, Beyond Book Sales: Practical Ideas for Raising Funds for Your Library, Sue Hall, Director of Library Strategies, reminds us that small libraries can benefit from the "small community advantage" where persona...

  • Libraries Continue Job Seeker Support

    As libraries continue to support economic success in their communities, WebJunction remains committed to bringing you programming which showcases libraries who continue to innovate in their Workforce Services. This recent WebJunction webinar zooms in...