New WebJunction webinar alert! In addition to the webinar on Thursday, May 19, Genealogy Essentials: Helping Patrons Search for Family Roots, we have added three more free webinars to the schedule for the summer (with more to be announced). Sign up for any or all of these webinars on WebJunction.

June features webinars on community collaboration and developing a healthy organizational culture. The first webinar, Public and Health Sciences Library Collaboration for Community Impact: Lessons from the MS Buddy Project on June 9, will delve into an innovative and replicable project that leverages mobile technology and cross-discipline library references services to connect community members to critical health information.

Then, on June 22, learn what it means to develop a healthy organizational culture, based on the concepts of organizational citizenship behavior in the hour-long webinar Above and Beyond: Developing a Culture of Organizational Citizenship.

We are looking forward to hosting Before Bilingual Storytime: The Outreach Bridge to Engaging Latino and Spanish-speaking Families on July 7. The webinar will present strategies for library outreach to and engagement with Latino and Spanish-speaking communities, laying the groundwork for successful programming.

Speaking of which, thank you to those who have already responded to our May Crossroads poll. We look forward to gathering more information on the ways you are reaching Latino and Spanish-speaking communities at your library. Let us know!

WebJunction Event Calendar

May Poll: Serving Latino & Spanish-speaking Communities

As of 2014, the Hispanic population is about 17.4% of the total U.S. population. Is your library reaching Latinos and/or Spanish-speakers in your community? We'd love to know how and what challenges exist for you.

Let us know here »


Recent Articles on WebJunction

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

Learning Circles - We're Better Together

If your library offers online courses to patrons through providers such as Coursera, Khan Academy and EdX, you need to hear about Learning Circles. A format that brings together a group of learners over multiple weeks as they take the same online course with lightly facilitated, in-person support. WebJunction recently hosted a webinar on the concept with Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU) and Chicago Public Library. Read a recap of the webinar as well as an interview with Grif Peterson of P2PU to learn more and access free resources on how you can host learning circles at your library.

Learning Circles - We're Better Together

WebJunction receives IMLS Grant to Initiate Active Learning Spaces in Small Public Libraries

WebJunction has received a $249,710 National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the two-year project "Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces." In partnership with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, WebJunction will guide and support small and rural public libraries as they reimagine and reconfigure library spaces to support socially engaging and active learning programming that addresses a defined community need. Read about project goals and more.

WebJunction receives IMLS Grant to Initiate Active Learning Spaces in Small Public Libraries

Updated Course: Dealing with Angry Patrons

The WebJunction team recently refreshed the course Dealing with Angry Patrons. The course is free, on-demand and self-paced. Register and enroll today to learn to minimize conflict, defuse patron anger and identify the underlying issues so that you can help find the best solution. This course outlines a two-step method for responding to anger and includes practice with realistic patron encounters.

Dealing with Angry Patrons

Upcoming Webinars

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


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Public and Health Sciences Library Collaboration for Community Impact: Lessons from the MS Buddy Project

When public library and health library expertise combine, amazing things can happen. The MS Buddy service was created by three public library staff members and one health sciences librarian in Utah to connect patients with multiple sclerosis to accurate information and to each other through the use of the mobile technology. Join this webinar to learn about this innovative collaboration, its impact, and ways you can build buy-in for health programming at your library. MS Buddy co-creators will share strategies for identifying sustainable solutions for priority health topics, and provide guidance for working together effectively across library disciplines and locations. Participants will be introduced to the program toolkit, which they can use in planning and partnering to implement similar projects in their communities.

3:00-4:00 pm Eastern Time


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Above and Beyond: Developing a Culture of Organizational Citizenship

A healthy and effective workplace often stems from strong leadership. For supervisors, it’s important to develop a team of individuals who work well together, do what needs to be done, and help each other succeed. Join us for a dynamic session to learn what it means to develop a healthy organizational culture, with an introduction to the concept of organizational citizenship behavior and its relevance to public libraries. You’ll learn techniques to build and support a team that is willing and able to go above and beyond, and to help your library succeed.

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

There are still 16 free webinars in May spanning topics from volunteer interviews to makerspaces. These training opportunities are compiled and shared by the Wyoming State Library. Highlights in this month's webinar offerings include:


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