This year WebJunction hosted two dozen new webinars, published more than 125 articles, and offered many courses and resources—all free and all library relevant.

We looked back to understand what resonated with library staff, and the list is representative of the wide variety of services libraries provide their patrons.

We share here the ten most-read WebJunction articles of 2016—and stay tuned for the next issue of Crossroads where we’ll feature the most-watched webinars of the year!

1. Library Heroes Make Health Happen
WebJunction and ZeroDivide debut a poster infographic for free download to help you start conversations about supporting community health.

2. Growing Library Garden Programs
An amazing compilation of library garden programs around the U.S.

3. Racial Equity in the Library, Part One: Where to Start?
The first in a two-part series focused on the complex and broad issue of racial equity in the library.

4. Reading Conversations: RA for All Library Staff
Feature of Whatcom County Library System’s (WA) fun readers’ advisory initiative to boost staff knowledge of books and authors.

5. Library Kitchens and Cooking Programs
An extensive collection of library kitchen, cooking and culinary literacy programs and ideas.

6. Program Idea: Golden Girls Trivia
Judith R. Wright of Homewood Public Library (AL) shares step-by-step instructions for this fun trivia program.

7. 15 Libraries Chosen for Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces Project
Announcement of the 15 libraries selected to participate in WebJunction’s latest grant-funded project.

8. Updated Course: Dealing with Angry Patrons
News that WebJunction refreshed the LibraryU course, Dealing with Angry Patrons; a perennial favorite course now in an updated format.

9. Library Spotlight: Senior Programs at Westerville Public Library
A look at the great work being done for older adults at Westerville Public Library in Ohio.

10. How to Create a Robust STEM Library Program
Write-up of a popular WebJunction webinar on building a robust STEM focus at your library.

Thank you for a wonderful year and for all the work you do in your libraries and communities!

Recent Articles on WebJunction

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

Free Resources and Opportunities to Celebrate NASA @ My Library Events

STAR_Net is a hands-on learning network for librarians, and in 2017 they will launch NASA @ My Library, a national Earth and space science initiative that connects NASA with public libraries and their communities. Read about and get resources on three of 2017's events focused on Women's History Month, Earth Day and building a better world.

Free Resources and Opportunities to Celebrate NASA @ My Library Events

The Engineering Cycle from the National Center for Interactive Learning/Space Science Institute.


Best Board Games of 2016

Library game guru John Pappas shares his top picks for the best board games of the year. Pappas details eight games in categories including best cooperative game, best family game, best party game and more. See what games you should add to your library's collection!

Best Board Games of 2016

Take a Coffee Break with #1lib1ref Wikipedia Campaign

We all know Wikipedia contains tons of information, but did you know Wikipedia is in need of citations and references—and that there's a simple and fun way you can help? The #1lib1ref campaign will run January 15 through February 3, 2017, with the premise that if librarians each add one reference to Wikipedia, those thousands of citations to reliable sources will benefit Wikipedia readers worldwide. Get more information and ideas for participation in the article.

Take a Coffee Break with #1lib1ref Wikipedia Campaign

Upcoming Webinars

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


Wednesday, January 11, 2016

Service Excellence in Challenging Times

In turbulent times, many Americans turn to their libraries. While this is a true affirmation of the value our country places on its libraries, it increases the responsibility for library staff to meet the public with the best customer service. During times of community turmoil, it is an extra challenge to convey patience, good humor, an accurate knowledge of your collections and services, and a willingness to serve. Learn how to ramp up your skills to maintain a safe, welcoming environment where everyone can visit, work, and play without feeling uncomfortable. Keep calm, confident and capable of guiding your community through difficult times. Presented by: Pat Wagner, library trainer and consultant with 35+ years’ experience, and known for her practical programs.

3:00-4:00 pm Eastern Time


Thursday, January 26, 2016

Toward Tech Savvy Trustees

Library staff are expected to embrace technology advancements and keep their skills sharp and their libraries relevant. But what about library boards—how tech savvy are your trustees? The more that trustees are dialed into a personal use of technology, the better advocates they will be for the library’s technology needs. Learn some fun and practical ways to inspire greater tech savviness in your trustees. You don’t need a board of IT specialists, just a board that has a sharper set of digital tools. This webinar, hosted by WebJunction in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, is an encore presentation of a session presented at the 2016 ARSL conference. Presented by: Bonnie McKewon, Consultant, State Library of Iowa, Northwest District

3:00-4:00 pm Eastern Time



Coming in February

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Libraries Help Patrons Become Financially Empowered Consumers

In this webinar, learn about the financial education resources you can use with your patrons, made available by the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau.

3:00-4:00 pm Eastern Time


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Visualizing (and Finding!) Funding for Libraries

This webinar introduces libraries to a dynamic and freely available data-visualization tool, Visualizing Funding for Libraries, which helps identify funding opportunities for libraries at national, state and local levels.

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 recordings 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

We're almost through December, so stay tuned for January's list of free webinars on library-relevant topics, which are compiled and shared by the Wyoming State Library.  


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