You've probably heard the saying "the only constant in life is change." And while it's true that change is a fact of life, we think there's another important constant - learning. Making learning a priority in your life and in your work can help you feel more fulfilled and the knowledge you gain can benefit the community that surrounds you.

If you want to set learning goals for yourself or your library, WebJunction is here for you! We recommend starting with the article Self-Directed Achievement on a Small Scale and then watching the webinar recording Self-Directed Achievement: if you give library staff an hour. Among the many other free learning resources on WebJunction is the article Anytime + Anywhere = Never: Motivating the Self-Directed Learner, which features tips on how to best follow through with your learning goals.

And a tangible and simple first step to kick start your learning is to sign up for one of our upcoming free live webinars:

Toward Tech Savvy Trustees on January 26

Libraries Help Patrons Become Financially Empowered Consumers on February 14

Visualizing (and Finding!) Funding for Libraries on February 28

Privacy Literacy at Your Library on March 7

Recent Articles on WebJunction

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

Engage Your Community when Planning for Change

As a central learning and gathering space, your library supports the needs of a wide range of community needs, so how do you learn about your communities' evolving needs and then plan for change? This write-up of the recent webinar Engaged Planning: Ask What You Can Do For Your Rural Community provides insight from Cindy Fesemyer, Director, Columbus (WI) Public Library, on how to assess community needs, make plans and implement new ideas.

Engage Your Community when Planning for Change

Cindy Fesemyer, Director
Columbus (WI) Public Library


What's Your Story?

You need to tell your story. Whether you call it story-telling, marketing, advocacy, promotion or community outreach, you need to make your library's story heard in your community. To tell your story effectively, you must understand your own story. This article will help you identify what you're about, what you offer and what you should offer, and how to develop that information into a cohesive story about your library and your community.

What's Your Story?

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 runs 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.


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


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Libraries Help Patrons Become Financially Empowered Consumers

The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) recognizes the important role that libraries can play as the go-to source for unbiased financial education resources in every community. The CFPB plans to build a community financial education infrastructure with libraries and national partners to reach consumers in their neighborhoods, expanding on programs and resources that are already working in libraries. Learn how two libraries have implemented financial literacy program ideas, resources and tools, and connected with local partners, and hear how you can take your library and your community to the next level with patrons empowered to be informed consumers. Presented by: Ken McDonnell, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; Meg Spencer, Siuslaw Public Library District (OR); Thea Hart, Springfield Public Library (OR)

3:00-4:00 pm Eastern Time


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Visualizing (and Finding!) Funding for Libraries

This webinar will introduce participants to a dynamic and freely available data-visualization tool, Visualizing Funding for Libraries that enables library professionals and supporters to search for institutional funding for libraries at national, state, and local levels. Participants will learn pro tips on navigating the tool and as well as next steps on how to pursue new funding opportunities. Data visualizations such as maps, network constellations, and partnership pathways showcase key networks of funders and recipients, as well as individual grants that highlight the library services and programs that are winning grants. Visualizing Funding for Libraries is a Knight Foundation News Challenge winning project. Presented by: Kate Tkacik, Manager of the Funding Information Network, and Amanda Dillon, Manager of Knowledge Services, both from the Foundation Center.

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

With two more weeks in January, there are still 18 free library-relevant webinars! This curated list compiled and shared by the Wyoming State Library spans 20 topic areas, which include technology, programming, collection management, boards and more. Highlights for the rest of the month include:


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