Are You Ready to Dig into Assessment Data?

WebJunction and OCLC Research
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Published: 18 July 2018
Are You Ready to Dig into Assessment Data?

Back in April, WebJunction and OCLC Research hosted the first webinar in a three-part series on assessing, evaluating and sharing your library’s impact. With nearly 300 attendees in the first session, we know that this topic is important to libraries of all types. More than half of the series registrants represent academic library communities, with mostly public libraries representing the rest, along with a few school, special and state library staff.

These webinars bring together research and practice from across library sectors, covering the ins and outs of creating, and implementing assessments that provide insightful, actionable data. As a... Read more

How Pie and Bingo was Born

Clancy Pool, St. John Branch Library (WA)
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Published: 12 July 2018
How Pie and Bingo was Born

This is the first in a new series on WebJunction published in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL), highlighting innovative programming from member libraries serving small and rural communities. Thanks to our first contributor, Clancy Pool, Manager, St. John Branch, Whitman County Rural Library District (WA), Library Journal Paralibrarian of the Year 2014, and ARSL Treasurer and Executive Board Member.

A recent inquiry on ARSL’s amazing and active listserv (a wonderful benefit to Membership!) requested suggestions for senior programming ideas. I responded with the story of Pie and Bingo, by far our most popular program.
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Social Library, Volume 112

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 10 July 2018
Social Library, Volume 112

This fresh edition of our Social Library series brings innovation from five libraries who are using Facebook to share unique programming and services with their communities. From building blocks to courtyard gardens, and from a tool library to an artist of the month exhibit, these examples are sure to inspire new ideas for your library’s offerings. 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.

Cass County Public Library-Harrisonville Branch in Missouri hosted a Blocks Rock night for kids through 6th grade. Check out... Read more

Posted In: Social Library

Free July Webinars for Library Staff

Wyoming State Library
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Published: 29 June 2018
Free July Webinars for Library Staff

With tight schedules and limited budgets, these free online options are sure to help you meet your summer learning goals. Learn important and practical information related to emergency response planning, or even bedbugs, and take a deeper dive into topics like assessment, marketing and grant writing. This list of more than 75 webinars covering 22 topic areas, was collected by the Wyoming State Library. It's updated monthly on the Free Training page, where you can also view the offerings by topic.

For additional training, check out the WebJunction Catalog, free and open to library staff and volunteers everywhere.

What TechSoup Offers Libraries

Jim Lynch, TechSoup
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Published: 28 June 2018
What TechSoup Offers Libraries

TechSoup is the San Francisco based nonprofit that supports charities, public libraries, churches and foundations with technology support and resources. The organization has had a special interest in libraries since 2006 when it launched TechSoup for Libraries.

Since then, the organization has advocated for the cause of libraries by bringing IT product donations, library tech information and technology training to the field. Over 40,000 library professionals receive the monthly TechSoup for Libraries newsletter, and a majority of U.S. public libraries are now members of TechSoup.

TechSoup is justifiably most famous for IT product donations and discounts for public... Read more

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