Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces

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October Poll: Advice for New Librarians

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Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces

We know that libraries of all sizes do incredible work in their communities, but right now we have a special message just for small libraries (that is libraries serving communities with 25,000 or fewer people):

Are you always thinking about new ways to engage your community with your library's services? A big-picture thinker who can also manage minute details and get people excited about long-term projects? Looking for an opportunity to reinvigorate your library space to support active learning in your community?

If this describes you, then check out this awesome opportunity from WebJunction and our partners at the Association for Rural and 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 on 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!

Recent Articles on WebJunction

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

October is Health Literacy Month

Helen Osborne, M.Ed., OTR/L, founder of Health Literacy Month, shares advice for public library staff and management on how important clearly communicating about health is and how your library can help patrons find relevant, readable, credible, up-to-date health resources.

October is Health Literacy Month

Social Library, Voters' Edition

The latest edition of the Social Library features some of the ways in which libraries are raising awareness for voters in their communities. From voting workshops to mock elections, or from early voting to registration drives, libraries are emphasizing the importance of, and ensuring the access to, our right to vote. Read about the events and programs at seven library systems, and get ideas for your own library!

Social Library, Voters' Edition

Promotional image for Cordova District Library's Early Voting & Patriotic Lunch.


Four Ways to Reach Entrepreneurs in Your Community

If you are looking for an impressive number of resources, templates and ideas on how to reach and serve entrepreneurs at your library, then look no further than the webinar Support Small Business Development at Your Library. Laura Metzler, Small Business Information Librarian, Cecil County Public Library in Maryland, oriented her advice around four ways you can reach entrepreneurs in your community. No matter the size of your library or your community, Metzler showed concrete ideas big and small that you can initiate. Read this summary of the webinar, then watch the free recording for all of Metzler's insights.

Four Ways to Reach Entrepreneurs in Your Community

Upcoming Webinars

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

How Successful Libraries Thrive in Uncertain Times

Have you noticed that some libraries manage to thrive even when times are tough and things are going against them? We would all love to know how to pave the way for future success in a world that seems to change by the hour. Successful libraries don’t have a crystal ball but they do share five characteristics that encourage positive results, regardless of what the world throws their way. Learn how to activate these characteristics in your library, including low cost/no cost tips that apply to any size of library or community. Give your library a new lease on life and revitalize excitement about your services. Presented by: George Needham, Director, Delaware County District Library (OH)

3:00-4:00 pm Eastern Time


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


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 brings 55 free library-relevant webinars (and even two virtual conferences) from a wide variety of organizations. This month includes ways to build your skills to enhance services and programs for all ages and increase your confidence in growing your library's infrastructure, funding and community relationships. These training opportunities are compiled and shared by the Wyoming State Library. Highlights of October's webinar offerings include:

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