Outreach

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Outreach meets community needs with both traditional and new services, in dynamic and changing environments. Whether providing services to those who can't come to the library, or reaching out to those who are underserved, library outreach and community engagement ensures equitable delivery of library services to all people.

Self-paced courses and webinar recordings on this topic are freely available in the WebJunction Course Catalog.

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Planning a Library Con or Pop Culture Festival

 News / Last Modified: 11 June 2019

Librarian Recommended blogger, Elia Juarez, shares her experience and expertise on planning and hosting a LibraryCon.

We hosted our library's sixth LibraryCon on May 4 (with over 650 attendees!), and each year, we've learned somethi...

Hunger and Libraries: Snacks, Backpacks and More

 News / Last Modified: 06 June 2019

Autumn is an excellent time of year to highlight ways libraries are fighting hunger in their communities, and October is a great month to start planning for summer lunch and learning programs. Below you’ll find a list of some resources for learning m...

Community Engagement: Redefining the Library as Town Square

 News / Last Modified: 06 June 2019

Libraries are evolving, leaning outside of our walls, connecting with our communities in new and powerful ways. Defining our "why" requires understanding how to shift our focus from books to people. Our purpose is to support people and thei...

Memory Kits Serve Community Members with Alzheimer’s

 News / Last Modified: 23 May 2019

For people with Alzheimer's disease and their families, a remembered moment from the past is a gift. Memory loss and confusion are the hallmarks of dementia and Alzheimer's, as the diseases progressively damage brains cells, but photographs, music, a...

Big Talk (Ideas, Collaboration, Difference) from Small Libraries 2016

 News / Last Modified: 02 May 2019

The fifth annual Big Talk from Small Libraries online conference was once again a showcase of the great work small libraries do across the United States and Canada. On February 26, 470 attendees from all over North America listened in on 12 speakers ...

New Tools for Getting Beyond the Survey to Discover Your Community Needs

 News / Last Modified: 01 May 2019

For the cohort of small/rural libraries that participated in WebJunction's Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces project in 2017-18, the most transformational aspect of the process was realizing new ways to meet and collaborate with their communities. ...

Blessing Box: Take What You Need, Leave What You Can

 News / Last Modified: 16 April 2019

This is the second article in a series published in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL), highlighting innovation shared on ARSL's amazing and active Listserv.

ARSL member Jennifer Johnson-Spence, serves as...

Seniors and Financial Scams: When Traditional Workshops Aren't Working

 News / Last Modified: 30 January 2019

Consumers lost a total of $905 million to fraud in 2017, according to the Federal Trade Commission's 2017 Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book. The FTC fielded 1.1 million fraud reports last year, with fraudulent debt collection, identify theft, and i...