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Though it's only been a few weeks since our last edition of Crossroads, we have added many learning resources and opportunities to WebJunction!

In addition to the July 7 webinar Before Bilingual Storytime: The Outreach Bridge to Engaging Latino and Spanish-speaking Families and Coding for Everyone: How Your Library Can Help Anyone Learn to Code on July 19, we've added two new free webinars to our August calendar.

Beyond the Job Description: Ten Practical Tips for the New Rural Library Director, set for August 11, is presented in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries and explores practical skills for new library directors serving a small or rural community. And on August 24, explore how your library can create organizational learning structures that can help staff, in any position, embrace learning, as essential to their job in the webinar Build Your Learning Culture: The Whole Organization Approach.

We also recently added 33 free webinars to the WebJunction Course Catalog plus the Supercharged Storytimes Orientation Archive, and this month's round up of free library-focused training assembled by Wyoming State Library includes more than 50 opportunities for library staff to expand their knowledge.

As always, our Social Library series showcases initiatives big and small for your library, and our recent editions on teens and outreach provide many inspiring ideas.

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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.

OCLC/WebJunction Wins Knight News Challenge on Libraries

We are excited to announce that OCLC and WebJunction are winners of the Knight News Challenge on Libraries! The winning project will empower library staff to harness Wikipedia and, in turn, make library resources more accessible on Wikipedia. WebJunction will work with a Wikipedian-in-Residence on a nationwide program to train library staff how to create and edit Wikipedia articles and how to implement Wikipedia outreach programs. Library staff will gain the skills to engage local, experienced Wikipedians in library activities and extend the reach of their own unique collections. Read more about the project and the Knight News Challenge here.

OCLC Wins Knight News Challenge Award to Promote Collaboration between Public Libraries and Wikipedia

Ready, Set, Learn! Supercharged Storytimes Orientation Archive Now Available

Now that WebJunction's successful Supercharged Storytimes project has wrapped up, the Supercharged Library of engaging resources is up on our website and we have just added the Supercharged Storytimes orientation archive as a free course in the WebJunction Course Catalog! Learn more about this five-module course and how to enroll for free.

Ready, Set, Learn! Supercharged Storytimes Orientation Archive Now Available

Trailblazer Profile: Norma Fultz, Rio Grande City Public Library

Library rock stars—we all know a few and can't wait to know more. They are full of passion, constantly form connections and seek to support their community in as many ways as possible. One library rock star we'd like you to know is Norma Gomez Fultz, Director of the Rio Grande City Public Library since 2005, in Rio Grande City, TX, a town of nearly 14,000 that hugs the Mexico border along the Rio Grande River.


Trailblazer Profile: Norma Fultz, Rio Grande City Public Library

Upcoming Webinars

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


Thursday, July 7, 2016

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

If you want to attract Latino and Spanish-speaking families to your library, the instinct is to launch a bilingual or Spanish-language storytime. It's the "if we build it, they will come" logic for attracting community members who are not being served by the library. Libraries may be disappointed to discover that it doesn't necessarily work that way. In this webinar, recognize the critical role that outreach plays in bridging the gap between Latino and Spanish-speaking families and library services. Hear real-world examples of outreach strategies from librarians who successfully connected with their Latino and Spanish-speaking communities, and learn a basic outreach process that you can adapt for your own community.

3:00-4:00 pm Eastern Time


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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

Computer programming, or coding, is a digital literacy skill that has become as important as reading and writing. Learning to code builds rational thinking and problem-solving skills, which provides powerful tools that transfer to other subjects and creates lifelong learners. Libraries have stepped up to help everyone learn the basics of coding - preschoolers, elementary school kids, tweens, teens, young adults, mid-career professionals and retirees. In this webinar, learn why coding is important for everyone, and hear examples of informal and facilitated learning approaches, resources, and best practices for library coding programs for a variety of audiences. The best news is that you don't need any specialized training in computer programming yourself to run a successful program!

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

July features 55 free webinars from a variety of providers in 19 different topic areas. These training opportunities are compiled and shared by the Wyoming State Library. Highlights in this month's webinar offerings include:

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