Activate the Online Learner: Taking Charge of Individual Learning

Liz Morris
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Published: 21 April 2014
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Activate the Online Learner: Taking Charge of Individual Learning

The learner at the center has become a core strategy in education and training. Strategies like flipped classrooms, MOOCs, or peer collaborations are all part of a trend toward very personalized learning—me-learning. These trends increasingly emphasize online learning environments that are learner-initiated, learner activated, and learner-constructed. In a recent WebJunction webinar, presenters from WebJunction and Learning Round Table shared strategies and resources in response to the critical question - how can individuals prepare to own their own learning and how can administrators help them stay afloat? The following highlights a few of the primary opportunities discussed for effectively activating online... Read more

Open and Shut: Privacy and Data Literacy for Library Staff

Seeta Peña Gangadharan
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Published: 18 April 2014
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Open and Shut: Privacy and Data Literacy for Library Staff

Since the early twentieth century, public libraries across the United States have defended the privacy rights of its patrons.

Yet, as networked digital tools become more sophisticated at collecting, storing, and sharing information about us, patrons’ privacy needs are changing—and putting pressure on library professionals to respond to new challenges. Together with the Metropolitan New York Library Council, my organization—the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute—aims to meet those needs with a proposed project on privacy and data literacy for library staff.

The goal is quite simple: engage frontline staff—especially those librarians that work with vulnerable populations—in education, awareness, and... Read more

Learning with Webinars: Library Staff in Poland go Full Steam Ahead

Anna Shelton
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Published: 10 April 2014
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Learning with Webinars: Library Staff in Poland go Full Steam Ahead

Hundreds of library staff in Poland are benefiting from the recent launch of a webinar series in that country about public libraries, advocacy, and communication. The successful series was designed to provide practical information to librarians and others on essential topics including how to set-up a library website, how to attract users' attention via social media, and how to communicate with local journalists.

The Polish webinar series is hosted by the Information Society Development Foundation (FRSI), a grantee organization of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Libraries program. Through our work with the Global Libraries program, WebJunction had the... Read more

Resources for Library Training Success

Megan Knapp
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Published: 02 April 2014
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Resources for Library Training Success

Modern libraries evolve with their customers, and that means keeping pace with new trends, techniques, and technologies. Library staff must keep their skills fresh, and are often called on to take a teaching role, not only in guiding customers to the information they seek, but also by leading patron classes on computing or staff sessions on customer service skills. Whether the motivation to learn is specific to a near-term professional goal or supports a deeper curiosity about what makes us tick, this month’s resources provide tips and tools for training (and learning) success.

Looking Beyond Open Enrollment: Libraries and the Health Insurance Marketplace

Liz Morris
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Published: 01 April 2014
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Looking Beyond Open Enrollment: Libraries and the Health Insurance Marketplace

The initial open enrollment period for the health insurance marketplace established as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is at an end, but the assessment of lessons learned is just beginning for many library and community partner organizations engaged in patron ACA outreach and support. Representatives from the Health Happens in Libraries project team recently hosted a webinar reflecting on some of the best practices employed by libraries responding to this relatively new information need. You can access the free archive for Prioritizing Patron and Partner Engagement here, and read on for a summary of the full discussion.

Many... Read more

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