Talking with Kids about Race and Racism at Oakland Public Library

Shayna Cureton, a panelist at the Oakland Public Library panel on how to talk with kids about race and racism.

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We are continually amazed by the important work being done in libraries. Not only are you serving your patrons and changing your communities, but you are also sharing how you do your work with your fellow library staff around the world. THANK YOU!

Curious what your colleagues are up to? One story you'll want to check out is from Oakland Public Library, where Children's Librarian Miriam Medow organized a panel discussion on how to talk with kids about race and racism. Medow wrote about the experience for WebJunction and the entire panel is available to listen to online.

Twice a month, Social Library showcases interesting outreach and marketing ideas being shared on social media. The most recent edition highlights several libraries that connect to teen interests, have a sense of humor in programming, feature local celebrities and more.

A can't-miss article coming soon will highlight incredible partnerships between public and school libraries across the United States.

Another way to learn from your colleagues is through our free webinars. Next week, on August 11, Jennifer Pearson, Director, Marshall County Memorial Library (TN) shares Ten Practical Tips for the New Rural Library Director. We're very excited to have Jami Carter, the creator of the Self-Directed Achievement Model, lead the August 24 webinar Build Your Learning Culture: The Whole Organization Approach.

On the horizon is Teen Programming: A Mover & Shaker's Recipe for Impact and Success with Ontario City (CA) Library's Courtney Saldana on September 20.

Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to hear the latest from your library colleagues!

Recent Articles on WebJunction

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

Talking with Kids about Race and Racism at Oakland Public Library

Miriam Medow, Children's Librarian at the Dimond Branch of the Oakland Public Library (CA), shares how she worked with partners to assemble a multiracial panel of local parents, caregivers and educators who could share their thoughts, experiences and best practices relating to how adults can effectively talk about race and racism with children. Learn about Medow’s experience and listen to the full panel discussion.

Talking with Kids about Race and Racism at Oakland Public Library

No Experience Required: Coding for Everyone Webinar Write-up

Last month, Kelly Smith, founder of Prenda, led the webinar Coding for Everyone: How Your Library Can Help Anyone Learn to Code, which introduced coding as an increasingly important digital literacy skill, showed why coding is important for all ages, and presented approaches and best practices by age along with a plethora of great resources. Read more about what Smith covered and how to access the free webinar recording.

No Experience Required: Coding for Everyone Webinar Write-up

WALT Learns Together: Overcoming the Paradox of Anytime + Anywhere = Never

WALT, group of staff training and development professionals working in Washington State libraries, came together to identify the biggest barriers to continuing education. They pinpointed several factors that contribute to library staff hitting "snooze" on learning and, even better, came up with many suggestions on how to overcome these barriers and dedicate time and energy to continuing education.

WALT Learns Together: Overcoming the Paradox of Anytime + Anywhere = Never

Upcoming Webinars

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Beyond the Job Description: Ten Practical Tips for the New Rural Library Director

On paper, your job description as a library director may not cover some of the unique challenges and opportunities that come with serving a small or rural community. Juggling the nuances of a new position can be overwhelming, but equipped with a tool belt of everyday skills ranging from assessment to communication and outreach to time-management, you can move through your new role with confidence. This session will be useful for anyone interested in strengthening their role in the library, even if you aren’t a director. Come learn from Jennifer Pearson, a successful new director at Marshall County Memorial Library (TN), 10 fresh tips for working with staff, boards, and the community to create a strong and vibrant library. Join us and bring your tips and ideas to help new directors succeed! This webinar is hosted in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries.

3:00-4:00 pm Eastern Time


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


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

This month there are 48 free webinars available on many different topics from storytelling to geneology to cataloging. These training opportunities are compiled and shared by the Wyoming State Library. Highlights in this August's webinar offerings include:

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