As the year winds down, we have lots of opportunities to gear up your training!

Four live webinars are coming in November and December (and as always will be recorded for future viewing):

Tomorrow, Nov. 3, explore how to make the most of WebJunction in The WebJunction Experience: Find Your Learning Flow.

Right around the corner on Nov. 8, Wendy Pender of King County Library System (WA) will focus on trends, impacts and strategies for library staff serving older adults in Serving Older Adults in a Changing World.

Then in December, join us for Engaged Planning: Ask What You Can Do For Your Rural Community on Dec. 1 and Culinary Literacy: A Library Recipe for Cooking Up Literacy and Community on Dec. 6.

We're also excited to announce two new additions to our WebJunction Course Catalog. Build your outreach skills with the course Community Engagement and get to know cataloging basics through the course Introduction to Cataloging for Non-Catalogers, both of which are self-paced.

Don't forget that ALL our webinars and courses are FREE and designed for library staff of all levels!

Recent Articles on WebJunction

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

New STEM Resources for Libraries

New free sources of robust information on STEM specifically for libraries have just been released by STAR_Net and by Kitsap Regional Library. STAR_Net’s resources include presentation and poster files, reports, evaluation instruments and more from the 2015 Public Libraries & STEM conference. And Kitsap Regional Library's Make Do Share project has just published a 64-page guide that includes a STEM Library Roadmap and a STEM Library Playbook with program design and implementation suggestions.

New STEM Resources for Libraries

Begin Building Partnerships for Early Learning at Your Library Today

Intentional collaboration among libraries, museums and early childhood services has the potential to yield incredible impact for kids and families, particularly in the critical area of early learning and for families that may not have regular access to these beneficial institutions. Recognizing this potential, the BUILD Initiative facilitated a year-long process to connect library, museum and early childhood leaders in co-developing strategies for stronger partnerships. The result is an incredibly accessible toolkit that can help you forge more effective partnerships in support of early learning in your communities today.

Begin Building Partnerships for Early Learning at Your Library Today

Fall into Learning with New Free Courses

It's time to "fall" into learning with new courses in the WebJunction Course Catalog. Through the generous support of OCLC, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and many state library agencies across the United States, WebJunction provides timely and relevant library-focused self-paced courses for you to access anytime, from anywhere and for free. Today we're excited to announce two new additions for our learners that can help you build your skills: Community Engagement and Introduction to Cataloging for Non-Catalogers.

Fall into Learning with New Free Courses

Upcoming Webinars

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


Thursday, November 3, 2016

The WebJunction Experience: Find Your Learning Flow

Find out how to make the most of the WebJunction experience from our very own online learning experts. WebJunction's live and recorded webinars, self-paced courses, articles and resources can all play a part in helping you meet your learning goals. Learn how to create a personal learning plan, set manageable goals and find your learning flow with all the tools WebJunction has to offer. During the hour, we'll tour the different ways to learn at WebJunction and explore how to unlock the advantages of each of these, setting you up for success in your continuing education pursuits. Whether you are new to WebJunction or are a seasoned learner wanting to delve deeper, join us for the WebJunction experience! Presented by: Kathleen Gesinger, WebJunction Learning Community Manager, and Jennifer Peterson, WebJunction Community Manager.

3:00-4:00 pm Eastern Time


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Serving Older Adults in a Changing World

With longer life expectancy and increasing diversity, older adults are reinventing aging and changing perceptions of their demographic. It's time to rethink how our libraries serve this important and growing segment of our patron base. This webinar will focus on trends and impacts of the aging population, and will share creative strategies for library staff to meet the evolving needs of older adults in a changing world. Presented by: Wendy Pender, Older Adults Project Specialist, King County Library System (KCLS; WA); KCLS was recently recognized by Urban Libraries Council as a 2016 Top Innovator for their work with older adults. Congratulations!

3:00-4:00 pm Eastern Time


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Engaged Planning: Ask What You Can Do For Your Rural Community

Your community needs the library, and planning for the future of your library begins with understanding the community and their aspirations. Once you understand what your rural community wants and needs, you can assess how the library can help them. In this webinar, understand the important steps of this engaged planning process, including internal assessment, data collection and analysis, trustee involvement, and community conversations. Learn what it means for your library to "turn outward" to secure its place at the heart of your community. This webinar is hosted in collaboration with the Association for Rural & Small Libraries. Presented by: Cindy Fesemyer, Director, Columbus (WI) Public Library, population 5,000.

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

This month there are 66 free library-relevant webinars available from a wide variety of organizations. November's offerings span 18 topic areas from advocacy to databases to technology. These training opportunities are compiled and shared by the Wyoming State Library. Highlights of November's webinar offerings include:

Drexel MSLIS Online - WebJunction Members

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