We talk a lot about learning here at WebJunction—it is our mission after all—but when we talk about the WebJunction way of learning, to what are we referring? Well, our team has been working on outlining the ways you can learn on our website and how to optimize your experience.

First, our twice monthly live webinars are an interactive way to learn, free and available to all who work or volunteer in libraries. A great aspect of our webinars? All are recorded and available to watch for free any time you are ready. Make the most of WebJunction webinars with these tips from Community Manager (and webinar guru) Jennifer Peterson.

Self-paced courses are another way to add to your skill set, and you can find details and tips on using our free WebJunction Course Catalog in this article by Kathleen Gesinger who, as Learning Community Manager, makes the course experience as optimal as possible.

Next week Liz Morris, Project Coordinator, will show how blended learning is key to our programs like Supercharged Storytimes.

Now that you have the inside track on WebJunction learning, you're set to enroll in any of our dozens of courses and register for upcoming webinars:

August 24: Build Your Learning Culture: The Whole Organization Approach

September 15: Support Small Business Development at Your Library

September 20: Teen Programming: A Mover & Shaker's Recipe for Impact and Success

WebJunction Experience: Webinars

Learners in action!

Question of the Month

With summer reading wrapping up (whew!), what program are you looking forward to the most this fall?  

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Recent Articles on WebJunction

We feature new WebJunction articles on our homepage each week. Here are some of our most recent additions.

Library Access for All Students: Stories from Five ConnectED Libraries

In April 2015, President Barack Obama announced the ConnectED Library Challenge, an effort to "put a library card in the hand of every student." Curious how the effort went, we contacted five library systems across the U.S. that participated in the ConnectEd challenge and were astounded by the across-the-board success the libraries had with their programs. All saw dramatic increased use of library materials, stronger partnerships with school staff and new opportunities for the future. Read on to learn more about their experiences, challenges, successes and advice.

Library Access for All Students: Stories from Five ConnectED Libraries

Librarian from Clinton-Macomb Public Library (MI) talks at a local school about library resources.


Register Your Library with STAR_Net for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

Are you ready for the celestial event of the century? In just over a year from now, on August 21, 2017, the shadow of the moon will sweep across the United States from the Pacific to the Atlantic in a spectacle that hasn't occurred in decades. In fact, the last total solar eclipse for the United States was nearly 40 years ago, and the next total eclipse that will be visible in the continental United States will be in 2024. The STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) wants to work with your library for this national event. Register on their site for access to great information and planning tools for your library!

Register Your Library with STAR_Net for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

Solar eclipse by Luc Viatour,
Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.


WebJunction Experience: Webinars & Self-paced Courses

What do we mean when we talk about online learning at WebJunction? There are many ways to learn, one of which is through live webinars and another is by taking self-paced courses on our site. Read the respective articles to find out the best ways to optimize those experiences, from watching with your colleagues to making an action plan as you take a course. Next week we'll share more about blended learning, an additional way to learn at WebJunction.

Upcoming Webinars

To access all upcoming events and archives, go to the Events Calendar.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Build Your Learning Culture: The Whole Organization Approach

Jami Carter, creator of the Self-Directed Achievement Model, is back to help you build your library's learning culture! The most innovative workplaces embrace learning as an essential activity for their employees. Since libraries are dedicated learning places in our communities, it is crucial that we practice learning intentionally and internally. But where do we begin? Learning is not one-size-fits-all for individuals or for organizations. This webinar, for all library staff, from front line to administration, encourages a broad approach to creating organizational learning structures. Learn how libraries of all sizes can map learning strategies to highlight the most impactful opportunities for staff.

3:00-4:00 pm Eastern Time


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Support Small Business Development at Your Library

Economic development and job opportunities are concerns in most communities, and thriving small businesses are important to ensuring a community's economic health. Join Laura Metzler, Small Business Information Center (SBIC) Librarian from the Cecil County Public Library (CCPL), to learn how your library can be a part of the formula for building and supporting a stronger local economy. You'll learn how CCPL has developed the SBIC since its inception in 2003, growing from a shelf of books to a personalized service, with examples and lessons they've learned along the way.

Find out how your library can be an excellent resource for aspiring and experienced business owners. This session will cover the basics of collection development, classes, marketing, partnerships and more. Hear how libraries are not only helping launch small businesses, but as these businesses continue to thrive, they are able to give back to the community.

3:00-4:00 pm Eastern Time


Additional Online Learning

WebJunction Course Catalog

Our Course Catalog is free and open to library staff everywhere whenever you are ready to learn. We offer library-specific self-paced courses, webinar archives and other great learning materials.

Certificates of Completion are available to help library staff meet CE and LEU credit requirements. Create your free account and start learning today.

Other Free Learning

There are still 18 free webinars available this month on many different topics from storytelling to geneology to cataloging. These training opportunities are compiled and shared by the Wyoming State Library. Highlights for the rest of August include:


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