Last Chance to Apply for Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces

A reminder for small libraries (that is libraries serving communities with 25,000 or fewer people):

Check out this awesome opportunity from WebJunction and our partners at the Association for Rural & Small Libraries to submit an application to the Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces project.

Fifteen small public libraries will be selected to receive instructional and material support to engage their communities in a space transformation process that supports active learning at the library. In addition to fostering local change and impact, these libraries and their experiences will influence knowledge and resources that will be shared with the public library field at large, demonstrating the amazing leadership that exists within small libraries and their communities.

Applications are being accepted through 5:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time THIS Friday, October 21, 2016.

Read the participant overview, and if it feels like a good fit, head on over to the application itself. Please share this opportunity with your networks as well!

Speaking of small, if you are headed to the ARSL conference later this month, stop by and say hi at the WebJunction table, we’d be glad to see you!

Last Week to Submit Your Application for Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces

October Poll: Advice for New Librarians

Chris Rippel, Central Kansas Library System, is working on a compilation of advice for new librarians, and would like your help adding to it.

What one item of advice would you give to a new librarian?

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.

Autism Accessible Browsing: a Community Effort at the Iowa City Public Library

Find out, in their own words, how Jessie Witherall and Dina Bishara, co-founders of the Iowa City Autism Community and each the mother of a child with autism, teamed up with Angela Pilkington, the Children's Services Coordinator at the Iowa City Public Library, to affect change in their community, and how you might consider this type of program and collaboration for your library.

Autism Accessible Browsing: a Community Effort at the Iowa City Public Library

Mom and daughter enjoying the company of a therapy dog. Photo by Meredith Hines-Dochterman, provided courtesy of ICPL.


Quantifying the Impact of Business Services Using Project Outcome

Amanda Armstrong, Business Librarian at Loveland Public Library (CO), shares how she used the Public Library Association's Project Outcome survey and data analytics tool kit to measure the impact of Loveland's business services. Learn from Armstrong's experience step-by-step, and get advice and insight on how to use Project Outcome at your own library.

Quantifying the Impact of Business Services Using Project Outcome

2016 WebJunction Satisfaction Survey Results

This summer, we asked you in our annual satisfaction survey to help us better understand how WebJunction is meeting your continuing education needs, what those needs are and where we could improve. Knowing what's working and what could be improved helps us immensely to adjust and make your WebJunction experience even better. Read on for the satisfaction survey results.

2016 WebJunction Satisfaction Survey Results

Upcoming Webinars

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


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Managing Library Technology: Keeping All the Balls in the Air

Managing library technology isn’t just about the technology. It involves fine juggling skills to manage people, workflows, procedures, policies and more―all while prioritizing, delegating and tracking. Just preparing staff effectively for upgrades or changes to technology takes finesse. How does one person do it all? Strong project and time management skills are key. Regardless of your job title, and whether working with a small team or a library-wide technology committee, anyone can learn smart practices to keep everything, and everyone, in motion and on target. Presented by: John Klima, Assistant Director, Waukesha Public Library (WI), author, editor, and LITA Blogger.

3:00-4:00 pm Eastern Time


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


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

October is well on its way, however, 14 free webinars are still available for you to attend on library-relevant topics. These training opportunities are compiled and shared by the Wyoming State Library. Highlights in October's webinar offerings include:


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New to WebJunction?

Learn more about us and how we support learning for libraries. Our resources are free thanks to the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, OCLC and many state library agencies.