WebJunction News

Here are links to the most recent issues of Crossroads, the e-newsletter from WebJunction. To find older issues, visit WorldCat.

October 21, 2020: New Course Series, Creating Pathways to Civil Legal Justice

In this edition of Crossroads, we're highlighting some of the newest additions to the WebJunction Course Catalog including the next offering in our grant-funded training initiative, Improving Access to Civil Legal Justice through Public Libraries. Read more...


October 7, 2020: Learning Through WebJunction Projects

WebJunction designs and delivers transformational programs that connect public library service to community needs such as lifelong learning, health and wellness, and economic success. The Institute of Museum and Library Services and other organizations have provided grant funding to WebJunction to deliver programs that magnify the collective power of public libraries. Read more...


September 16, 2020: The Power of Learning Together

In this edition of Crossroads, we're highlighting a Facilitator Guide, designed to help groups move through self-paced courses together for more meaningful learning. And we're featuring a few self-paced courses to explore with others, along with upcoming webinars on topics important to your work today. Read more...


September 2, 2020: Delivering Engaging Online Learning

Libraries of all types—K-12, public, university, and more—are experimenting with various forms of online engagement with their communities. If thoughtfully prepared and delivered, virtual engagement can effectively facilitate learning, peer sharing, and community building. Read more...


August 19, 2020: Recent and Upcoming Webinar Opportunities

Library staff have access to over 320 self-paced learning opportunities, and highlighted below are a few recent webinars and upcoming sessions that can help you cope with change and better understand shifting community needs. Read more...


August 5, 2020: Social Media and Staying Connected with Your Community

Social media has long been used by libraries to engage with their patrons and community, but with social distancing and building closures, libraries are taking the engagement to a new level! Read more...


July 15, 2020: Online Learning Opportunities for Library Staff

This edition of Crossroads includes highlights from WebJunction's Course Catalog that can help you cope with change and better understand shifting community needs. See also upcoming webinars from WebJunction and other providers. Read more...


July 1, 2020: REALM Project Updates: Round 1 Results Available and Test Set 2 Announced

As part of the REALM Project’s Phase 1 research, Battelle conducted a natural attenuation study to provide information on how long some commonly circulated library materials would need to be quarantined prior to being returned to public circulation. The testing process included applying the virulent SARS-CoV-2 virus (the virus that causes COVID-19) on five selected materials, and results show that the virus was not detectable on these materials after three days of quarantine. Read more...


June 17, 2020: Online Learning Opportunities about Race and Equity

As communities across the country continue to speak out against racial injustice, libraries are seeking ways to stand in solidarity, to take action, and to ensure library services and programs are equitable and safe for all. In addition to updating Access and Equity resources on WebJunction.org, we're highlighting a few of the courses related to race and equity hosted in the WebJunction Course Catalog. Read more...


June 3, 2020: REALM Project Updates, Phase 1

The REALM (REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums) Project, a research partnership between OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle, has released a test plan and preliminary literature review. The Project will draw upon the research to produce authoritative, science-based information on how—or if—materials can be handled to mitigate exposure to staff and visitors. Read more...


May 20, 2020: Record-setting Learning on WebJunction

March and April saw a record-setting spike in WebJunction Course Catalog usage (650% increase in users and 1,791% increase in hours spent learning). In fact, we had approximately as many learners in WebJunction’s catalog in the month of April alone as we had during all of last year. Read more...


May 6, 2020: Libraries and COVID-19

As libraries continue to respond to community needs, make decisions about building closures and openings, we remain committed to bringing you programming and resources to help inform your library's decisions about shifting services and offerings. Read more...


April 15, 2020: Online Learning Opportunities: Just a Click Away

With courses on topics ranging from Collection Management to Marketing to Customer Service, our collection of over 300 webinar recordings and self-paced courses can help strengthen your knowledge and skills. Read more...


April 2, 2020: Youth Programming Goes Virtual

With additional library closures and the growing impact of COVID-19 on library services and programming, this edition of Crossroads features strategies from youth services staff who are moving programming online, and we announce the upcoming OCLC Virtual Town Hall: Libraries and the COVID-19 Crisis. Read more...


March 18, 2020: COVID-19 Update and Online Learning Opportunities

Libraries around the world are facing the impact of COVID-19 on their programs and services, colleagues, and community. These are unprecedented times and information is changing constantly. Read more...


March 4, 2020: Creating Pathways to Civil Legal Justice

Public libraries are well-positioned to help reduce the civil justice gap. WebJunction is offering an online course and sharing other resources that will strengthen public library staff’s knowledge and ability to direct library users to relevant, helpful civil legal information and services... Read more...


February 19, 2020: Library Learning Highlights: Outreach, Engagement and Partnerships

In this edition of Crossroads, we've highlighted three webinar recordings that explore innovative ways to expand community outreach, engagement and partnerships, that can create social connections and positively impact the entire community!... Read more...


February 5, 2020: Libraries as Partners in Healthy Communities

WebJunction is collaborating with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) on a series of courses, including the upcoming, Libraries as Partners in Healthy Communities. And we're highlighting new articles and other learning opportunities for library staff... Read more...


January 22, 2020: Courses, Survey Opportunity and Webinars

Courses and webinars are always free through our Course Catalog, providing learning at your fingertips when you need it. Sign-up for a free account to get started and then you'll have access to over 320 self-paced learning opportunities... Read more...


January 8, 2020: Civil Legal Justice: The Crucial Role of Libraries

WebJunction is partnering with the nonprofit organization, Legal Services Corporation (LSC) to offer Improving Access to Civil Legal Justice through Public Libraries, a free national training initiative for public library staff to help strengthen access to civil legal justice... Read more...


December 18, 2019: Mental Health Initiative Webinar Series

As part of the California State Library Mental Health Initiative, Infopeople, the education and training branch of Califa, hosted a webinar series, Where Compassion Meets Action. These informative webinars are now available in the WebJunction Course Catalog... Read more...


December 4, 2019: Transforming Small and Rural School Library Practice

Read about a new school library initiative we're excited to be a part of, catch up on the latest news and resources, and join us for upcoming webinars on community health challenges, successful library leadership and civil legal justice... Read more...


November 20, 2019: The Power of Learning Together

We're highlighting the wonderful evolution in continuing education toward library teams gathering together to view and discuss a webinar or course, perhaps with board members, volunteers, or other practitioners in their region. Check out new learning opportunities, ideal for learning together... Read more...


November 6, 2019: Libraries Responding to the Opioid Crisis

Together with the Public Library Association, OCLC has completed eight research-based cases studies exploring how libraries are responding to the opioid crisis with partners. The case studies and a summary report are now available. Read more...


October 16, 2019: Learning Opportunities for Library Staff

Highlighted in this issue are a few of the resources that can help you motivate your staff, build a culture of learning, and benefit from  partnership with Drexel University... Read more...


October 2, 2019: A Fall Full of Learning Opportunities

Every week you will find examples of library programming and learning opportunities on WebJunction.org and in our Course Catalog. Browse the resources, sign up for a self-paced course, attend a webinar. We invite you to be part of this community of library learners!... Read more...


September 17, 2019: Courses to Expand Services in the Community

Highlighted in this issue are three self-paced courses that can help you better serve the needs of immigrants in your community... Read more...


September 4, 2019: Access to Civil Legal Justice through Public Libraries

Learn about the upcoming free training for library staff that will strengthen access to civil legal justice through public libraries, and read other news and explore more learning. Read more...


August 21, 2019: New Additions to the Course Catalog

Featuring webinars new to the catalog from Infopeople and a 2-part series on the legal and ethical foundations of library practice. Learn about upcoming webinars too! Read more...


August 7, 2019: Wikipedia + Libraries: Health and Medical Information

Learn about the upcoming four-week, online, instructor-led course that will demonstrate how and why Wikipedia’s health and medical information is relevant to libraries and their communities. Read more...


July 17, 2019: Focus on Teens

Featuring resources to help you connect with and serve the teens in your community. And as always, free webinars and courses to strengthen your skills. Read more...


July 3, 2019: Hooray for Freedom!

The highlights in this issue include a two-part webinar series exploring library policies and procedures related to intellectual freedom, privacy, and confidentiality, and news of resources to help support your library's staff development and patron services. Read more...


June 20, 2019: Learning Opportunities to Strengthen Your Skills

The highlights in this issue are on resources in the WebJunction Course Catalog that focus on the community. From learning about their needs, to providing services that meet those needs, these courses can help you engage and respond. Read more...


June 5, 2019: Customer Service in Libraries

We're featuring resources to help develop customer service skills and policies, as well as articles about memory kits for patrons with dementia, how to plan a pop culture festival at your library and news from Supercharged Storytimes! Read more...


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