How to Create a Robust STEM Library Program

Erin M. Schadt
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Published: 03 May 2016
How to Create a Robust STEM Library Program

STEM learning (that's science, technology, engineering and math) seems to be on the tips of tongues everywhere from teachers to library staff to the President of the United States. But starting a new area of programming can sometimes feel daunting, especially when the focus is often on the advanced scientific tools from 3-D printers to robots.

That's why it was so welcome to watch the recent webinar Make, Do, Share: Build a STEM Learning Community and hear presenter Shannon Peterson, Youth Services Manager at Kitsap Regional Library say "the tools and technology were nowhere near as important as the... Read more

Social Justice and Libraries: Creating Forums for Discussion

Allison Reibel
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Published: 02 May 2016
Social Justice and Libraries: Creating Forums for Discussion

The first annual Social Justice and Libraries Open Conference, on May 14, 2016, in Seattle, WA, is a free unconference-style event for library workers and students focused on dismantling structural oppression. Inspired by the CritLib movement, Allison Reibel and fellow MLIS students at the University of Washington are organizing this conference "to theorize, strategize and operationalize ways for libraries to empower people and ideas. We believe in critiquing power structures, working for justice and building community in our field." Here Reibel shares the background and values of this endeavor and what they hope to accomplish through the conference.   

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Posted In: Access & Equity

66 Free May Webinars for Library Staff

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 29 April 2016
66 Free May Webinars for Library Staff

With so many options for online learning, it's great to be able to see all these webinars collected in one place. This list, provided by the Wyoming State Library, comes out every month and is regularly updated on the Free Training page, where you can also view the offerings by topic. This month's list covers 66 webinars in 19 different topic areas, from advocacy to volunteers. Take some time to think through your learning priorities and pick those that can help you with focused learning and take those practical next steps to put your learning into action.

For additional... Read more

Space to Share, Listen, Learn

Liz Morris
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Published: 28 April 2016
Space to Share, Listen, Learn

One of my favorite things about going to conferences is learning from the experiences and perspectives of others. Because people go to conferences to connect, there is such a strong sense of trust and commitment to relationship building. This authenticity is the perfect antidote to the artificial expectations that we often set for ourselves to be perfectly competent and confident in all things. When people share their lived experiences, either personally or professionally, and don’t gloss over the hard stuff, I personally become emboldened to appreciate the imperfections on my own path. But first, I have to listen.

The national... Read more

Posted In: Access & Equity

Social Library, Volume 57

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 26 April 2016
Social Library, Volume 57

With a new edition of the Social Library, we're excited to share an innovative branding strategy, a guest appraiser, a sing-along worthy of a Prince, book spine poetry, and an important annual fundraiser. These examples of library engagement show that efforts can be comprehensive or simple, timely or recurring, but always meaningful to their communities. If you'd like to see your library featured in the Social Library series, please let us know via social@webjunction.org, or find us on Facebook.

Stark County District Library in Ohio caught our eye with their innovative branding as The Smart Store, "where everything is... Read more

Posted In: Social Library

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