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March Question of the Month

There are lots of ways people learn to work in a public library (e.g., on-the-job training, previous customer service experience, library school), but we'd like to know: what didn't you learn in your education, formal or not, that you really wish you had?

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Lifelong learning shouldn’t just be for your patrons. We know you are busy, so that’s why we provide free, on-demand courses and webinar archives on dozens of subjects at WebJunction. The learning place for libraries, WebJunction’s emphasis is on offering high-quality continuing education and professional development.

If you prefer to ask questions and participate in your learning, then make sure to sign up for one of our live, twice monthly webinars. Upcoming webinars include Purposeful Innovation: Idea Management for Libraries on March 15, Supervisor Success: Development Programs (a three-hour symposium) on March 31, and April brings webinars on incubating creativity and building a STEM learning community.

Remember, if you can’t make it, we archive each webinar in our catalog for viewing when you are ready! Each month we highlight even more learning opportunities made available by other organizations.

WebJunction.org is also chock-full of programming ideas; recent additions include how to hold a friend speed-dating program and how to nourish strong partnerships to foster health education. This week our Social Library series continues with a focus on libraries and organizations who are doing great work supporting early literacy efforts in their communities.

Make time for lifelong learning at WebJunction, your go-to connection to continuing education!

Recent Articles on WebJunction

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

Friend Speed Dating: a Program for People in their 20s and 30s

Ontario public librarian Karissa Alcox provides a thorough how-to on creating a friend "speed dating" program at your library. This article contains all the information you need to hold this fun and engaging program for people in their 20s and 30s to get out and meet new friends.

Friend Speed Dating: a Program for People in their 20s and 30s

Nourish Strong Partnerships to Foster Health Education

Read about five libraries' efforts to build creative and relevant programs—whether a women's health fair, food for fines drive or cooking competition—that were all grounded in a goal to leverage existing community resources in service of meaningful patron health education. Learn how you too can build relationships with local experts that promote health education in your community using our step-by-step guides and resources.

Nourish Strong Partnerships to Foster Health Education

Mapping The Landscapes Survey Seeks Insights about CE/PD Needs

Continuing education/professional development (CE/PD) is an essential part of each of our professional lives, yet too little is known about how it is actually used and perceived in the library, archives and museum professions. The Mapping the Landscapes project is the first comprehensive effort to rectify this gap, seeking to establish a national dataset of professional competencies and benchmarks, attitudes toward CE/PD, engagement patterns, and drivers and barriers for participation. Make your voice heard by taking the survey before March 24!

Mapping The Landscapes Survey Seeks Insights about Continuing Education Needs

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

What's at the top of your learning list? We encourage you to focus an hour or two during the month of March on your learning need. Tackling those skills or knowledge gaps with one of these 62 free webinars is a great way to make learning a priority this month. 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:

Drexel MSLIS Online - WebJunction Members

February Poll Results

In our February 2016 WebJunction Crossroads poll, we explored the ways in which public libraries support civic engagement. This concept has been applied in a number of different ways, ranging from services and programs for newcomers, resources for voters in a representative democracy, or supporting the civil and civic rights of an engaged and informed citizenry. We're just beginning to learn more about these terms and approaches, and recognize that some of them may be new to libraries too.

We asked readers to reflect on and respond to questions on Citizenship and Immigration (see overview chart below), Engaging Citizens in the Governing Process, and Inclusion and Dialogue to help us understand how libraries are approaching this work in their communities.

In the full article, you can view the all the charts summarizing responses, as well as a short list of resources and examples of ways libraries are engaging with their communities in these areas.

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