How Maryland Libraries Are Using Virtual and Augmented Reality (and How Your Library Can Too)

Steph Waite, Communications Coordinator, OCLC
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Published: 16 May 2018
How Maryland Libraries Are Using Virtual and Augmented Reality (and How Your Library Can Too)

When Jennifer Bishop and Liz Sundermann-Zinger brought virtual reality (VR) to their library users, they were wading into new territory. Sundermann-Zinger was the Data, Communication, and Services Coordinator for the Maryland State Library when she decided to invest in OSVR headsets in 2014. The public interest far exceeded her expectations the first time she hosted a program at Prince George’s County Memorial Library System.

“We had to improvise and pass out tickets because 450 people showed up,” she says. “It was the most diverse crowd we’ve seen for an event. All ages and cultural backgrounds. And even the people who... Read more

Posted In: Programming

Social Library, Volume 108

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 15 May 2018
Social Library, Volume 108

With this, our 108th edition of the Social Library series, we've got a fresh batch of library innovation to showcase. These libraries are connecting with their communities through an ongoing book challenge via social media, at the local laundromat, on a bicycle-powered charging station, at a book festival for teens created by a teen, and in an entertaining video launching summer reading. We're especially pleased to feature two libraries who reached out to us, to share their great work with you. If you'd like to see your library featured in a Social Library edition, please let us know via social@webjunction.org... Read more

Posted In: Social Library

WebJunction Celebrates 15th Anniversary!

WebJunction
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Published: 11 May 2018
WebJunction Celebrates 15th Anniversary!

May 12, 2018, marks the 15th anniversary of the launch of WebJunction. What an amazing ride this has been and we know there are so many great things to come. More than 80,000 library staff have connected with content, programming and community through WebJunction, and are providing innovative and impactful services in libraries all around the country.

Our goal has always been to provide library staff with access to continuing education on the topics they need, when they need it. Our free, online Course Catalog is a great example that fills this need.... Read more

Posted In: WebJunction News

Grant Opportunities for Reading Programs

Janet Ingraham Dwyer
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Published: 09 May 2018
Grant Opportunities for Reading Programs

For many public libraries in cities and towns across the country, literacy programs are a key part of their public programming. These often go beyond involvement in summer reading activities, and could include year round efforts that support readers of all ages. If your library needs financial assistance with offering a program or getting access to books, check out these grant opportunities. It's also worth checking with local foundations, either in your city, town or region, that could support your initiatives. Funders are often looking for quality programs to support and libraries are always a strong choice!

Opioid Addiction Resources for Patrons

WebJunction
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Published: 02 May 2018
Opioid Addiction Resources for Patrons

The opioid crisis which has crashed through American communities has brought patrons to public libraries seeking information about opioids and addiction. This collection of resources can help you connect patrons to the information that they need to support themselves or a loved one. Library staff are also encouraged to check out the recording of our September 2017 Town Hall where libraries and community partners shared their experiences with the opioid crisis, how it was impacting their communities and their responses.

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