You know that WebJunction provides high-quality, free continuing education to library staff through webinars, self-paced courses and an abundance of other resources, but you may not know that we also design projects and deliver transformational programs that connect public library service to community needs such as lifelong learning, health and wellness, and economic success.

In fact, we currently have two projects in progress and, for both, we bring breaking news!

Earlier this year, WebJunction announced the Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces project in which a select group of libraries will be introduced to the principles of placemaking, community engagement and human-centered space design over 18 months.

Now, after vetting more than 100 applications, we have announced the 15 libraries chosen to participate! We can't wait to get started working with these libraries as they reimagine and reconfigure library space to support socially engaging and active learning programming.

The second exciting project we are embarking on is Wikipedia + Libraries: Better Together, which will facilitate human-to-human connections among Wikipedians and librarians. This project will reinforce libraries as stewards of quality information, standard bearers for information literacy and curators of authoritative collections. The training will equip library staff to become Wikipedia editors and to engage community members to join them and other local Wikipedians in collecting and extending access to knowledge.

Check out our new section on WebJunction devoted to the project, and make sure to sign up on the page to receive updates.

Recent Articles on WebJunction

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

15 Libraries Chosen for Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces Project

Fifteen small U.S. public libraries have been selected to participate in the Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces project led by OCLC in partnership with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL). The libraries, chosen from 106 completed applications, are located in 12 different states and serve communities ranging in size from 1,000 to 21,000 people. Read the full article for the list of libraries and more about the project.

15 Libraries Chosen for Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces Project

Logic, Data and Planning: Takeaways from RIPL

Amanda Armstrong, Business Librarian from Loveland Public Library (CO), shares her experience and lessons learned at the Research Institute for Public Libraries, or RIPL. The RIPL curriculum uses a logic model, data roadmap and real-world evaluation that allows libraries to build programs and services that have the potential to help communities, see if the programs/services are meeting set objectives, and then share that information in a compelling format with key stakeholders.

Logic, Data and Planning: Takeaways from RIPL

Social Library, Hashtag Edition

This week's Social Library is a special Hashtag Edition, highlighting some of the ways libraries are leveraging the power of hashtags on Facebook. The featured libraries use hashtags to fundraise, to motivate, for solving mysteries, for sharing histories and for recognizing volunteers. We hope you are inspired by these libraries and try some of these approaches to serving your community's needs and interests.

Social Library, Hashtag Edition

Guelph Public Library supporter posted an #unselfie announcing her support of the library.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

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, 2017

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


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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.

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Other Free Learning

December is rich with opportunities to add to your skill-set; choose from 54 free library-relevant webinars available from a wide variety of organizations. The webinars cover 19 topic areas including fundraising, management, programming and volunteers. These training opportunities are compiled and shared by the Wyoming State Library. Highlights of December's webinar offerings include:

Drexel MSLIS Online - WebJunction Members

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