Whether you form a long list of New Year's resolutions, reflect on changes you'd like in your world or set a few big priorities, we hope that learning is among your focuses in this new year. If continuing your education is a priority for you in 2017, we have webinars coming up you'll want to check out!

January brings an opportunity to equip yourself to provide Service Excellence in Challenging Times on January 11, as well as ideas to engage your board in a new way with the webinar Toward Tech Savvy Trustees on January 26.

We're excited to bring you two more live webinars in February: Libraries Help Patrons Become Financially Empowered Consumers and Visualizing (and Finding!) Funding for Libraries.

Last year, thousands of you participated in live webinars or watched webinar recordings. Here are the ten most popular webinars in 2016 – watch them any time you want on demand and for free!

1. Genealogy Essentials: Helping Patrons Search for Family Roots

2. Coding for Everyone: How Your Library Can Help Anyone Learn to Code

3. Community Engagement: Serving Diverse Communities Where They Are

4. Serving Older Adults in a Changing World

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

6. Enhancing Your Library's Web Presence with WordPress

7. Teen Programming: A Mover & Shaker's Recipe for Impact and Success

8. Purposeful Innovation: Idea Management for Libraries

9. Before Bilingual Storytime: The Outreach Bridge to Engaging Latino and Spanish-speaking Families

10. Make, Do, Share: Build a STEM Learning Community

Recent Articles on WebJunction

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

Forums Facilitate Important Community Conversations

Charles W. Pratt, Managing Librarian, Sno-Isle Libraries (WA) shares information on the library's Issues That Matter Series, which has tackled a dozen subjects including teen suicide, marijuana legalization, bullying and marriage equality. The series provides a forum for civil, open discussion with the guidance of expert panelists and facilitators, connecting citizens in the communities they serve with local experts, stakeholders and community leaders. Read more about the series and lots of advice on how to implement this series in your community.

Forums Facilitate Important Community Conversations

Panelists at the June 23, 2016, Teen Suicide Forum at Snohomish Library (WA).


Culinary Literacy: Approaches and Programming Ideas

Liz Fitzgerald, a 2016 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, recently presented a WebJunction webinar focused on culinary literacy at the Free Library of Philadelphia (PA) where she is the administrator of the Culinary Literacy Center (CLC). In this webinar write-up, learn how the CLC has approached culinary literacy and find inspiration and action steps to bring programming to your library.

Culinary Literacy: Approaches and Programming Ideas

This is a six-week program for English language learners; all are refugees at varying levels of English competencies.


Social Library, Volume 74

In the final edition of 2016, the Social Library brings fresh ideas for any library to explore - and perhaps try out - in this new year. The edition includes a cultural celebration, a social media readers' advisory service, a year-round reading challenge, a mobile science exhibit, holiday dogs AND ugly sweaters.  

Social Library, Volume 74

The Diwali Celebration at Scarsdale Public
Library in New York.

Upcoming Webinars

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


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



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 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

Start your year off right with 55 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 of January's webinar offerings include:

Drexel MSLIS Online - WebJunction Members

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