A Spark of Inspiration Creates Community Engagement

Kendra Morgan
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Published: 22 February 2018
A Spark of Inspiration Creates Community Engagement

Ashe County Public Library's Involving Books launched in spring 2017 and for two months, the library ran a series of programs and events connected to the theme of supporting the local economy and healthy eating. The first book selected for the program was author Forrest Pritchard's Gaining ground: a story of farmers' markets, local food, and saving the family farm. The local farmers' market turned out to be an ideal partner for this theme theme and with the support of a financial gift from a community member, 50 copies of Pritchard's book were purchased and distributed at the market for... Read more

Social Library, Volume 102

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 20 February 2018
Social Library, Volume 102

In this next edition of the Social Library, we're showcasing a comic con focused on diversity, patron-designed library cards, libraries as creative economic development hubs, coffee-incentivized reading, and new services for health, literacy and parenting in Community Hubs. We look forward to continuing to highlight the innovative ways libraries are using Facebook to engage their communities. If you'd like to see your library featured in a Social Library edition, please let us know via social@webjunction.org or find us on Facebook.

East Baton Rouge Parish Library in Louisiana shared some fantastic photos of their Mid City Micro-Con: Welcome to Wakanda,... Read more

Posted In: Social Library

Library Offers Training to Enhance Job-readiness in the Community

Kendra Morgan
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Published: 15 February 2018
Library Offers Training to Enhance Job-readiness in the Community

In 2016, Berkeley County in South Carolina was seeing an increase in businesses opening or moving to the area, bringing new job opportunities for community members. The Berkeley County Library System, along with their partners with the local school district’s Adult Community Education program and the Chamber of Commerce knew that they could support local residents by helping to build the job skills needed for the new employers and the available positions. Together, they partnered on an application for a Google Data Center Community grant that would support the organizations in delivering training to under- or unemployed members the community. 

Social Media and Libraries Survey

WebJunction
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Published: 13 February 2018
Social Media and Libraries Survey

WebJunction and TechSoup for Libraries collaborated on a series of free webinars focused on Libraries and Social Media. In conjunction with the 2017 series, we invited participation in a survey to learn more about how libraries use social media. The survey was open throughout the 3-month series and 486 responses were submitted, providing valuable information about libraries and their use of social media.

The survey helps us understand the social media platforms libraries use and how often they post, how the platforms are used, who manages library social media accounts and how much time it takes, the reach of... Read more

Posted In: Social Media

Librarians Who Wikipedia: Jean King

Monika Sengul-Jones, OCLC Wikipedian-in-Residence
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Published: 08 February 2018
Librarians Who Wikipedia: Jean King

When Jean King, an adult reference librarian at West Hempstead Public Library, registered for the Wikipedia + Libraries: Better Together online training course, she'd never edited Wikipedia before. "It's a popular reference that frequently comes up in internet searches," she said. "That's all I knew." King, who was a journalist before her 20-year tenure in libraries, was curious about accuracy. It wasn’t long before she was applying her learnings about Wikipedia to library work. Her post-course plan was to continue to edit from the reference desk. We caught up with King to find out how that's going, and see what... Read more

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