Crossroads

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

September 15, 2021: Diving Deeper Into Library Topics

WebJunction has wide range of self-paced courses available for learners and most of them take just an hour to complete, which can be just the thing for busy schedules. But sometimes you may want a little more—a bigger investment of time and a deeper exploration of a topic. That's available from WebJunction too! Explore these three options available in the Course Catalog for a little something extra. . Read more...


September 2, 2021: What We Learned from You: Survey Results

This summer, we asked WebJunction learners to complete a satisfaction survey to help us better understand how WebJunction is meeting needs, what is needed going forward, and where we could improve. Over 1,900 members of the WebJunction community—which includes anyone who took a course in the Course Catalog, attended a webinar, or subscribes to our newsletter—took the time to respond, and for that we are very grateful! Knowing what's working and what could be improved helps us immensely to adjust and make your experience even better. Read more...


August 18, 2021: Courses to Help Develop, Diversify, and Weed Your Collections

As library staff continue to adapt to ever-evolving programming and services, it’s important to also tend to one of the library’s core offerings, the collections. Looking for a place to start? Explore these featured courses and recorded webinar in the WebJunction Course Catalog to refresh or learn new skills to help manage the collections. These learning opportunities cover collection development basics, how to evaluate and diversify a picture book collection, and the value and importance of weeding. Read more...


August 4, 2021: The Power of Partnerships, Now More than Ever

Libraries have long understood the importance of partnerships in meeting community needs, and the pandemic has brought renewed awareness to the power of partnerships. This month we're highlighting WebJunction partners, Infopeople and the Association for Rural & Small Libraries and their valuable contributions to library staff learning, as well as new research on how rural libraries have strengthened and initiated local partnerships to meet the needs of older adults during the pandemic. Read more...


July 21, 2021: Growing Social and Emotional Intelligence

With libraries increasingly returning to in-person services and patrons returning to our facilities, it’s a great time to brush up on customer service and communication skills. These topics are always in high demand at WebJunction, and two of our most popular listings in the Course Catalog are highlighted below, along with a recent addition from Infopeople. These courses will help rebuild and strengthen social and emotional skills, and improve interactions with the public and colleagues. Read more...


July 7, 2021: Halfway Through 2021! Opportunities and Resources from WebJunction

Summer is in full swing and we are halfway through 2021 – which has many of us looking back at the last six months wondering where the time went! With so much happening, it’s likely that some things snuck by that you meant to look into. Maybe it was a webinar, an inspiring story, or an idea for your next great program idea. We know it’s tough to stay on top of everything, so we collected a quick look back at some of the fantastic programming and resources published on WebJunction since January for you to explore. Read more...


June 16, 2021: Help Shape Our Services

We invite you to provide input in our WebJunction Satisfaction Survey to help shape our services. Please take a few minutes to share your opinions on the value of WebJunction and areas for improvement. Our goal is to make sure that WebJunction continues to be the best resource for supporting all kinds of library learning. And if you are attending the American Library Association Annual conference next week, we hope you'll join our OCLC sessions at ALA. Read more...


June 2, 2021: New Online Community Engagement Hub

OCLC has launched a new community engagement hub with solutions from library leaders, links to training and educational content, upcoming webinar opportunities, related research materials, and quick-hit ideas that you can take action on right now. And check out other news and upcoming events. Read more...


May 19, 2021: Build a Better Library Website Boot Camp

Website design presents many challenges and considerations. From thinking about the user experience to accessibility to navigation, websites are a true extension of the library's services. Thanks to the New Jersey State Library, a new course is available in the WebJunction Course Catalog to help library staff improve their websites to better serve the community. Read more...


May 5, 2021: Gear Up for Learning at WebJunction

We have all seen or experienced the changing roles of libraries and library staff. And perhaps now, more than ever, we can recognize how imperative it is that we learn how to adapt to changing needs, appraise changing situations, and recreate ourselves and our organization to respond to the changing needs of our users and our communities. This learning can be done independently, but also consider how to enhance your learning together with others. Whether through virtual or in-person discussions and activities, having the support of colleagues can improve motivation and introduce new perspectives. Read more...


April 21, 2021: Skills for Community-Centered Libraries

WebJunction is partnering with the Free Library of Philadelphia on a series of webinars highlighting facets of the curriculum, and featuring staff reflections on their learning, and the impacts on their professional practices. This includes the emphasis on community engagement for their communities as defined by their communities. Learn more and register for one or all webinars in the Community-Centered Libraries webinar series. Read more...


April 7, 2021: Marking One Year of Navigating Uncertainty

Last month marked one year since the designation of COVID-19 as a pandemic, and as time progresses, uncertainties continue to emerge for archives, libraries, and museums. The REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums (REALM) project provides research and resources to support the decisions being made by organizations as they navigate through these challenges. Read more...


March 17, 2021: Learning Opportunities for Library Staff and Volunteers

Courses and webinar recordings are always free through our Course Catalog, providing on-demand learning on topics relevant to library staff and volunteers. Once you've signed up for a free account, you'll have access to nearly 400 self-paced learning opportunities to help you and your team meet your community's ever-changing needs. Check out featured webinar recordings, join us for our upcoming sessions, and explore events offered by other organizations. Read more...


March 3, 2021: Design Thinking Strategies for Smart Library Spaces

We're revealing some of the highlights, challenges and learnings from the library staff who participated in the Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces project, with a series of articles outlining the design-thinking process. The strategies and activities employed in the project can be used to support space transformations in libraries of all sizes and can lead to connecting with the community in new and impactful ways. Read more...


February 17, 2021: Highlights from WebJunction's Free Course Catalog

WebJunction courses and webinar recordings are always free through our Course Catalog, providing on-demand learning when you need it the most. Once you've signed up for a free account, you'll have access to nearly 400 self-paced learning opportunities to help you and your team meet your community's ever-changing needs. Read more...


February 3, 2021: Toolkit for Creating Smart Spaces

Check out the new Toolkit for Creating Smart Spaces to help libraries take steps towards reconfiguring physical spaces and reimagining services through active community engagement. And read the latest articles on WebJunction and register for upcoming webinars and other learning opportunities. Read more...


January 20, 2021: Enroll in Facilitator Training: Civil Legal Justice Through Public Libraries

We’re pleased to announce a new learning opportunity. In March, WebJunction will host a free, three-week learning group facilitator training. In this live-online course, participants will receive training on how to guide peer learning groups through the Creating Pathways to Civil Legal Justice series of self-paced courses. Read more...


January 6, 2021: New Year, New Learning Opportunities

The end of one year and the beginning of another is always a good time for reflection and to welcome a bit of change. At WebJunction we are celebrating a fresh look to Crossroads, and changes to our website are on the horizon too! And we can't help but look back and share a few highlights from 2020. Read more...


December 16, 2020: Highlights from WebJunction's Free Catalog

WebJunction courses and webinar recordings are always free through our Course Catalog, providing on-demand learning when you need it the most. Once you've signed up for a free account, you'll have access to nearly 400 self-paced learning opportunities to help you and your team meet your community's ever-changing needs. Read more...


December 2, 2020: COVID-19 Resources and Test Results

The REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums (REALM) project has published Test 6 results from Battelle's laboratory testing for infectious COVID-19 virus, and new updated toolkit resources have also been added, including a Decision-making Checklist to explore the various factors that can impact local decisions. Read more...


November 18, 2020: Learning Opportunities for Library Staff and Volunteers

In this edition of Crossroads, we're highlighting webinar recordings and upcoming sessions that will boost your skills related to staff (and trustee!) communication, online reference, facilities management, and service design principles. Read more...


November 4, 2020: COVID-19 Resources and Free Training on Legal Services in Libraries

The REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums (REALM) project recently released a range of resources to support your library as you seek to resume services to your community while dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. And a new free training program on legal services is also available, as well as a round-up of library-related podcasts to give you a break from the screen. Read more...


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...


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