In the last issue of Crossroads we looked at the different ways listening can make our work more effective. This notion continues as we explore the ways libraries can be inclusive, brave spaces for our entire community.

Issues of racial equity surface in library-focused discussions and throughout our daily lives, and our two-part series Racial Equity in the Library takes a look at what libraries can do to make their entire community feel welcome and engaged, from building diverse collections to creating a space for listening and learning, and much more. Read the articles and then please let us know what you are doing in this area so that we can share your ideas and lessons learned.

On the subject of engagement, our series the Social Library turns one this week as edition 52 hits the site. This weekly feature highlights interesting programming and marketing being done in libraries across the United States and Canada. We hope that sharing these examples will ignite more ideas in libraries far and wide.

Speaking of sharing collective knowledge, the Collective Wisdom: Libraries, Archives and Museums Conference Exchange is selecting a cohort of 12 people to forge connections outside their current communities. The deadline is February 23, so don’t hesitate to apply if this opportunity is right for you!

And a special call out to a half-day, free online symposium just added to our calendar. Supervisor Success: Development Programs That Work on Thursday, March 31 will explore the most effective and low-cost options for supervisor development programs.

Social Library Series Turns One

From Social Library volume 16,
yard sign announcing,
"A Library Superstar Lives Here!"
courtesy of the Sandusky Library

February Poll

In this month's WebJunction Crossroads Poll, we're exploring the ways in which public libraries support civic engagement. When it comes to programs or services that span the many areas of civic engagement, how you are approaching this work at your library?

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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.

Racial Equity in the Library: a Two-Part Series

For this series, WebJunction takes a look at a complex issue: racial equity in the library. As we participate in conversations about the future of the library and its critical place within community, equity issues continue to surface. We acknowledge that this subject could span a book series, so these articles are not meant to be all-inclusive looks at racial equity in the library, but rather a place for libraries to start or to continue the process of understanding, listening and conversing. 

Racial Equity in the Library

Social Library Series Turns One

A year ago this week, we began the weekly Social Library series to highlight the wonderful ways libraries use Facebook and other social media. Since then we’ve featured 220 libraries and organizations, in 43 different states, three Canadian provinces and representing more than a dozen different countries. In honor of the one-year mark, we have published a special section on WebJunction and a sortable spreadsheet to make finding ideas easier. 

Social Library Series Turns One

From Social Library volume 35, Pine River Library- Bayfield's Public Library announced Uptown Library Funk, a wonderfully welcoming approach to community exercise.


Leading toward Unfathomable Futures

In honor of President’s Day, WebJunction’s Liz Morris reflects on the history, scope and legacy of the Library of Congress as well as the nation’s 13 Presidential Libraries and Museums. “When we consider the political, socio-economic and other legacies of our executive leaders, we do so with the benefit and burden of hindsight. They, on the other hand, must constantly consider an invisible horizon. As the Obama Presidential Center takes shape, we the people are privileged to select another leader whose capacity to face that horizon and to influence our future we believe in most.”

Leading toward Unfathomable Futures


Upcoming Webinars

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


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Purposeful Innovation: Idea Management for Libraries

Sooner or later, all libraries need to realign or reinvent services and workflows to respond to shifting community needs, but there’s often a disconnect between ideas generated by staff on the front lines and the decisions made by management. Imagine a library where all staff feel empowered to submit, vote and comment on service and workflow ideas. To reach this ideal, Sno-Isle Libraries (WA) has embraced the idea management process in order to consider and approve ideas holistically, for cost, benefit and time, and before a heavy investment of resources. Sno-Isle Libraries realized that building a collaborative, transparent framework to support workflows, change, ideas and community engagement is essential to creating a culture of purposeful innovation. During this webinar, you’ll gain a clear understanding of the "what" and "why" of idea management, hear lessons learned, and leave with tools to empower staff to lead from any position by sharing their ideas.

3:00-4:00 pm Eastern Time


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Supervisor Success: Development Programs That Work

As our profession transforms and our work changes, nurturing skillful and competent supervisors has become a priority for all types of libraries. Rising to the challenge, many people are creating and offering learning and development programs in their libraries. If you are interested in developing supervisor training programs for your library, get this one-day, free symposium on your calendar! This online event, consisting of three sessions (attend one or all), will bring together some of the most effective practices for supporting supervisor development. You’ll hear from a variety of different libraries about their programs so that you can begin thinking about offering your own. Get all the details about this special online symposium on the website.

1:00-4:30 pm Eastern Time


Additional Online Learning

WebJunction Course Catalog

Our Course Catalog is free and open to library staff everywhere. 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

Looking for more webinars and library learning opportunities? There are still 16 free webinars this month for library staff! These training opportunities are compiled and shared by Jamie Markus, Interim Wyoming State Librarian for the Wyoming State Library. Highlights in this month's webinar offerings include:

Big Talk From Small Libraries Online Conference

Registration for Big Talk From Small Libraries 2016 is open; this free one-day online conference on February 26 is aimed at librarians from small libraries. The day features 12 presentations from professionals serving populations from 1,400 to 23,647 around the United States and Canada. Topics range from technology to programming to partnering with your community. Everyone is welcome to register and attend, regardless of how big or small your library is. This conference is organized and hosted by the Nebraska Library Commission and is co-sponsored by the Association for Rural & Small Libraries.


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