WebJunction News

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

November 7, 2018: Why We're Thankful

For you, of course! And for the support that WebJunction receives to bring continuing education to library staff and volunteers. Thank you! Read more...


October 17, 2018: Learning Opportunities to Support Young Patrons

Check out these new learning opportunities in the WebJunction Course Catalog that can help you meet the needs of young patrons. Read more...


October 3, 2018: New Courses Available

Two new courses are available in the WebJunction Course Catalog! Help meet your professional development goals and explore these today. Read more...


September 19, 2018: Learning Opportunity Highlights

Check out a great offer from Drexel University, as well as upcoming webinars and courses in the free Course Catalog. Read more...


September 5, 2018: Learning is Always Just a Click Away

Looking ahead to the next few months, we're excited about some great opportunities that library staff will have available through WebJunction. Read more...


August 15, 2018: Learning Opportunity Highlights

Every month, WebJunction makes free courses and webinar recordings available to help you meet your continuing education goals. Check out all that we have to offer! Read more...


August 1, 2018: Libraries Create Smart Spaces

The WebJunction team loves cause for celebration, and the conclusion of a successful project is one such occasion! Learn about the Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces project and explore upcoming learning opportunities. Read more...


July 18, 2018: Learning Opportunity Highlights

Check out the Learner Guide on library assessment to be prepared for the second webinar in our series. And explore webinar recordings on teen programming and on how to create a culture of 'yes' at your library. Read more...


July 5, 2018: More than 25,000 Users and 5,000 Likes!

We're going to hit you with some stats in this issue of Crossroads! In the past 12 months, 25,218 unique users have engaged with WebJunction through our catalog, live webinars and other library learning. Read more...


June 20, 2018: Tell us what you think!

In addition to course catalog highlights, this edition of Crossroads invites you to complete our 2018 WebJunction Satisfaction Survey. Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. Read more...


June 6, 2018: New Content and Upcoming Events

Curriculum from the Wikipedia+Libraries: Better Together project is now available. WebJunction staff will also be at the ALA Annual Conference later this month to share news and resources from our projects.


May 23, 2018: Course Catalog Highlights

Advocacy and political literacy skills are significant and important for library staff. This issue highlights learning opportunities that can strengthen your skills in these areas. Read more...


May 2, 2018: Celebrating 15 Years!

We're celebrating our 15th Anniversary this month and are so excited about all of the great work we've been able to do and all that is yet to come. Read more...


April 18, 2018: Course Catalog Highlights

Check out these resources on serving patrons with autism, helping patrons with genealogy research and understanding privacy literacy. Read more...


April 4, 2018: From Awareness to Funding

A new research report has been released which explores voter perceptions, use, and attitudes toward public libraries, librarians, and library funding. Read more...


March 21, 2018: Course Catalog Highlights

Courses on technical services and weeding are all free and available at any time to fit your schedule. Read more...


March 7, 2018: Bringing the Community Together

Whether through books, computer classes or board games, libraries are a powerful tool for bringing the community together. The stories in this issue highlight the impact that comes from dedicated library staff forging partnerships, seeking opportunities and trying new ideas. Read more...


February 21, 2018: Course Catalog Highlights

Courses on topics including ethics and public service, grace under pressure and understanding compassion fatigue are all free and available. Read more...


February 7, 2018: A Community for Everyone

Public libraries provide people from all walks of life with access to information and resources for free. Programming opportunities include storytimes for children, GED classes for adults, teen advisory committees - the examples are limitless and inspiring. Read more...


January 17, 2017: Course Catalog Highlights

Courses on topics including shelving with the Dewey Decimal System, designing STE(A)M programming and service excellence are all available at your fingertips. Read more...


January 3, 2018: Looking Back at 2017

Take a look at all the new content that was added to the Course Catalog in 2017 and get new ideas for success in 2018.


December 20, 2017: Supporting Patron Learning at All Ages

Check out courses on topics including early literacy, supporting college applications and engaging adults through gaming.


December 6, 2017: Partnerships, Ideas and Opportunities

The work being done in public libraries across the county is so inspirational, and we appreciate the ability to share these stories with the WebJunction audience. Read more...


November 15, 2017: Course Catalog Highlights

WebJunction courses and webinars are always free, providing learning at your fingertips when you need it. Sign-up for a free account to get started, and you'll have access to over 40 self-paced courses and over 200 webinar recordings. Read more...


November 1, 2017 Crossroads: Giving Thanks and Serving the Community

As many around the United States will soon gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, it's also important to remember that millions of Americans do not know where their next meal will come from. Read more...


October 18, 2017 Crossroads: WebJunction Course Catalog Highlights

Explore courses in the catalog to learn new approaches to programming, training trustees and motivating staff. Read more...


October 4, 2017 Crossroads: The Space to Learn and Grow

Public libraries provide opportunities to sit and read, for families to enjoy a program together, or for patrons to learn a new skill. Read more...


September 20, 2017 Crossroads: WebJunction Course Catalog Highights

Enroll now in the free Social Media and Libraries webinar series. Read more...


September 6, 2017 Crossroads: Libraries and the Opioid Crisis

A virtual town hall has just been added to our schedule to address a national crisis. Read more...


August 16, 2017 Crossroads: WebJunction Course Catalog Highlights

Enroll now in the free online Wikipedia + Libraries training, explore catalog content and register for upcoming webinars, and a Town Hall focused on the opioid crisis. Read more...


August 2, 2017 Crossroads: Upcoming "libraries and social media" webinars

WebJunction and TechSoup for Libraries are collaborating on a series focused on "Libraries and Social Media." Read more...


July 19, 2017 Crossroads: WebJunction courses and webinars

Highlighting great content from the Course Catalog in areas including customer service, conflict management and finding grant funding and planning with your community. Read more ...


July 5, 2017: Resources to fuel your learning all summer

With summer in full swing and libraries buzzing with reading programs, library staff gain deeper insights into the needs and experiences of children in the community. Read more ...


June 21, 2017 Crossroads: WebJunction courses and webinars

Highlighting great content from the Course Catalog in areas including customer service, conflict management and skills such as cataloging and reference. Read more ...


June 7, 2017 Crossroads: WebJunction Course Catalog has a new look

The free WebJunction Course Catalog has a fresh new look! In addition to being loaded with over 40 self-paced courses and 200 webinar recordings, the Catalog now has an improved interface and user experience. Read more ...


May 17, 2017 Crossroads: New online courses available

There is an exciting addition to the WebJunction Course Catalog this month from the team at Design for Learning. As always, these courses are freely available and more are on the way! Read more ...


May 3, 2017 Crossroads: MAY you find some inspiration!

Free resources and ideas from two libraries and one museum are highlighted in our latest edition of Crossroads. And don't forget those free webinars! Read more ...


April 19, 2017 Crossroads: Free Webinars to Spark Learning!

There are three free webinars scheduled that will help you learn something new and get inspired by great presenters. Read more ...


April 5, 2017 Crossroads: Highlighting WebJunction's Projects

Did you know that in addition to the great, free monthly webinars and new articles that we publish on WebJunction, that we also design and deliver transformational programs.... Read more ...


March 15, 2017 Crossroads: Growing Garden Programs

With many states experiencing snowstorms this week, it's hard to believe that spring is right around the corner. One of the early signs of spring can be gardeners.... Read more ...


March 1, 2017 Crossroads: Privacy in the Digital Age

A few keyboard strokes and a click of the mouse and your personal information becomes data stored somewhere. What happens to all that information you enter online?... Read more ...


February 15, 2017 Crossroads: Libraries Making a Difference for Hungry Children

For many kids, the warm bright days of summer are filled with sun, fun and friends. However, for nearly 22 million children from families that count on school lunch, the summer months can also be stressful... Read more ...


February 1, 2017 Crossroads: Updated course, new resources on finance, health and homelessness

In our quest to bring you relevant library content, we work to update our courses to make them visually appealing, interactive and informative. In this effort, we are happy to announce that our latest updated course is ... Read more ...


January 18, 2017 Crossroads: New webinars on funding, financial empowerment, privacy literacy & more

You've probably heard the saying "the only constant in life is change." And while it's true that change is a fact of life, we think there's another important constant - learning ... Read more ...


January 4, 2017 Crossroads: Community conversations, culinary literacy, top ten webinars & more

Whether you form a long list of New Year's resolutions, reflect on changes you'd like in your world or set a few big priorities, we hope that learning is among your focuses in this new year. If continuing your education is a priority for you in 2017 ... Read more ...


December 21, 2016 Crossroads: 10 most-read articles, January webinars & more

This year WebJunction hosted two dozen new webinars, published more than 125 articles, and offered many courses and resources—all free and all library relevant. We looked back to understand ... Read more ...


December 7, 2016 Crossroads: Smart Spaces libraries chosen, new webinars & more

You know that WebJunction provides high-quality, free continuing education to library staff through webinars, self-paced courses and an abundance of other resources, but you may not know that we also design projects and deliver transformational programs ... Read more ...


November 16, 2016 Crossroads: Library service in challenging times, teen programs & more

The last two weeks have been challenging. As library staff, you are most likely seeing a wide range of reactions to the results of the U.S. presidential election. Emotions are raw, many are scared, and now the question is "how can we bridge such divides in the United States?" ... Read more ...


November 2, 2016 Crossroads: STEM resources, new courses, free training & more

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). ... Read more ...


October 19, 2016 Crossroads: Smart Spaces deadline, autism accessible browsing & more

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 ... Read more ...


October 5, 2016 Crossroads: Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces Applications Now Open and more

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) ... Read more ...


September 21, 2016 Crossroads: New webinars, academic library diversity, writers events & more

Just added! WebJunction has new library-focused free webinar recordings and write-ups ready for you, as well as highly anticipated webinars coming in October to add to your calendar. If you are a rural library director or are interested in what it takes to lead a small/rural library, ... Read more ...


September 7, 2016 Crossroads: Digital empowerment, business development, rural senior services and more

One of the things we love most at WebJunction is hearing about the different ways you are meeting the needs of your communities in creative, impactful ways—making the library a key part of your communities. One library system that stands out is Cecil County Public Library in Maryland. ... Read more ...


August 17, 2016 Crossroads: Total eclipse, library success stories, online learning and more

We talk a lot about learning here at WebJunction—it is our mission after all—but when we talk about the WebJunction way of learning, to what are we referring? Well, our team has been working on outlining the ways you can learn on our website and how to optimize your experience. ... Read more ...


August 3, 2016 Crossroads: Learning culture, coding programs, how to talk with kids about racism

We are continually amazed by the important work being done in libraries. Not only are you serving your patrons and changing your communities, but you are also sharing how you do your work with your fellow library staff around the world. THANK YOU! Curious what your colleagues are up to? One story you'll want to check out ... Read more ...


July 20, 2016 Crossroads: Self-directed learning, Latino outreach, summer reading & more

Libraries are hubs of learning for the community, but how would you rank your library’s learning culture for staff? Do you have an established system or is setting aside time for learning gathering dust on your library’s wish list . . . or are you somewhere in between? ... Read more ...


July 6 2016 Crossroads - New webinars & articles on coding, storytimes, leadership & more

Though it's only been a few weeks since our last edition of Crossroads, we have added many learning resources and opportunities to WebJunction! ....Read more ...


June 15 2016 Crossroads - Latino outreach, Golden Girls trivia and more

Last month we asked what libraries are doing to reach out to Spanish-speaking and Latino communities, and of the libraries that responded, the majority have explored many different ways to serve these communities. ....Read more ...


June 1 2016 Crossroads - Libraries Connect

Connecting is at the heart of what libraries do, so it's no coincidence that connecting is also at the heart of WebJunction. We believe that learning happens best when we can engage not just with the subject but with each other as well. ....Read more ...


May 18 2016 Crossroads - New WebJunction Webinars & More

New WebJunction webinar alert! In addition to the webinar on Thursday, May 19, Genealogy Essentials: Helping Patrons Search for Family Roots, we have added three more free webinars to the schedule for the summer (with more to be announced). Sign up for any or all of these webinars on WebJunction. ....Read more ...


May 4 2016 Crossroads - Who am I?

Curiosity about where one comes from is innate to the human spirit. Did my grandmother adorn graves with marigolds for Día de los Muertos too? Mom, why do we fast for Ramadan? Did my great-great-grandfather really elope from Ontario to Wisconsin? Where do my people come from? Who am I? ....Read more ...


April 20 2016 Crossroads: Civic Engagement at the Library

WebJunction recently launched a new topic area on our website, Access & Equity, in order to explore the ways libraries are leading or can lead community discussion and respond to the needs of their communities in relation to race and equity issues ....Read more ...


April 6 2016 Crossroads: Springtime is STEM time

Spring has arrived and the urge for fresh starts has returned, whether that means finally facing the unruly makerspace supply closet or recommitting to making learning a regular part of your work. While we might not be able to help you clean out that closet, we can help you with your continuing education! .....Read more ...


March 16 2016 Crossroads: Program Ideas for all Libraries

WebJunction is on a programming idea roll. Last week we featured oodles of ideas for libraries looking for inspiration for their Library Kitchens and Cooking Programs. Ideas spanned exploring English language and cultural literacy through cooking to involving dietitians from local grocery stores to lead programs, and lots more. .....Read more ...


March 2 2016 Crossroads: Lifelong Learning

Lifelong learning shouldn’t just be for your patrons. We know you are busy, so that’s why we provide free, on-demand courses and webinar archives on dozens of subjects at WebJunction. The learning place for libraries, WebJunction’s emphasis is on offering high-quality continuing education and professional development......Read more ...


February 17 2016 Crossroads: Create Brave Spaces

In the last issue of Crossroads we looked at the different ways listening can make our work more effective. This notion continues as we explore the ways libraries can be inclusive, brave spaces for our entire community......Read more ...


February 3 2016 Crossroads: Listen and Innovate

Listening is powerful and listening has its rewards. As library professionals, you know that the better your listening skills when patrons ask questions, the more informed questions you can ask in return, and therefore the more complete the information you can provide......Read more ...


January 20 2016 Crossroads: Engaging Your Community

This month WebJunction is featuring information centered on community engagement, a broad subject that spans reaching outside the library to serving at-risk populations who have already found you and much in between and beyond. Sometimes a change in space can make all the difference.....Read more ...


January 06 2016 Crossroads: Ways to Engage

Libraries are key to strong communities, and each community as a whole comprises many more and diverse groups. Getting to know those groups and individuals can strengthen both the library and the community, and create an encouraging atmosphere for lifelong learning and engagement....Read more ...


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