WebJunction News Archives

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    Skills for Community-Centered Libraries: A Webinar Series with the Free Library of Philadelphia

    Like many libraries across the nation, the Free Library of Philadelphia is undergoing a paradigm shift. Their extensive collections offer boundless discoveries, but increasingly their focus is not only on what is housed within their walls and on thei...

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    Telling the Story of Food: Why Food Literacy Matters to Your Library

    Rebecca Antill was a presenter in the WebJunction webinar, Strengthening Communities: Food Access at Your Library. Here, she shares additional information about food literacy programming and resources made available through the South Carolina Sta...

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    Social Library, Volume 167

    We continue the Social Library series with more examples of the innovative ways libraries connect with their communities. This edition includes a video series with professionals presenting on their careers, passive programming for families, celebrati...

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    Free April Webinars for Library Staff

    As we look beyond the first year of living in the time of COVID, libraries and their communities continue to move through uncharted territory. Fortunately, the field is committed to sharing what's being learned through multiple online platforms. Take...

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    We're Not Complete Without You: A Collaborative Puzzle Art Project

    As libraries continue to look for ways to create meaningful community connections during the pandemic, it was exciting to see this wonderful idea shared in the Programming Librarian Interest Group on Facebook. Thank you to Paula Wagner, Reference...

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    Smart Space Transformations Transcend Library Closures

    In the spring of 2020, the 15 small and rural libraries participating in WebJunction’s Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces project were on the verge of activating their newly transformed smart spaces with collaborative community programming;...

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    Taking the Plunge into Prototyping

    After opening up a world of possibilities with community discovery and ideation brainstorming, the Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces libraries were ready to move on to the next step in the design thinking process: prototyping. Creating a prototype ...

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    A Holistic Approach to Library Staff Health and Wellness

    This is the first in a new WebJunction series by Bobbi Newman, speaker, author and Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist at the Network of the National Library of Medicine, exploring library staff health and wellness.

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    Turning Community Input into Workable Ideas

    In their community discovery process, the 15 libraries participating in the second round of Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces learned that community input is likely to lead to more questions than neat, complete answers. In sorting through the tangl...

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    Small Libraries Discover Their Communities

    The design thinking process begins with a deep investigation into a community’s values, needs, and interests before rushing to develop space and service transformations. Forging connections and starting conversations with your community are essential...