Prioritizing Accessibility and Disability Inclusion at Your Library

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Published: 18 July 2019
Prioritizing Accessibility and Disability Inclusion at Your Library

Putting a focus on accessibility helps create a library that can be enjoyed by more people and can connect more people to the information and resources they need. Opportunities to make libraries more accessible can include decisions about your collections, offering technology that improves the patron experience, designing or improving a physical building, and managing the library's online presence to be accessible and inclusive. With such a broad scope, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by the enormity of the challenge and some are afraid that they might not get everything right. However, even small changes make a difference,... Read more

Wikipedia + Libraries: Health and Medical Information

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Published: 16 July 2019
Wikipedia + Libraries: Health and Medical Information

WebJunction and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine will present a free, online course for public library staff about health and medical information on Wikipedia.

When public library staff assist patrons seeking information on health and medical topics, Wikipedia may not be the first place they go. However, as a free and readily accessible encyclopedia, Wikipedia is among the largest and most frequently used online references for health and medical information seekers, not just for patients and their families and friends, but also for doctors, medical students, and policy makers. Knowledge of the inner workings of Wikipedia can help... Read more

Infopeople Webinars Added to WebJunction Catalog

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 11 July 2019
Infopeople Webinars Added to WebJunction Catalog

In addition to webinars and courses created through WebJunction, we are pleased to include quality content from other organizations, including Infopeople. We recently added ten new Infopeople webinar recordings, ranging from supporting individuals experiencing homelessness to putting equity, diversity and inclusion into practice. You’ll find the details on these great new additions below. Thank you to the Infopeople team for expanding access to their webinar recordings through the WebJunction Course Catalog, and to all collaborators and supporters of a nationally coordinated approach to continuing education for library staff. Be sure to explore all that Infopeople has to offer, including upcoming... Read more

Social Library, Community Conversations and the Opioid Crisis

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 09 July 2019
Social Library, Community Conversations and the Opioid Crisis

In this special edition of the Social Library series, we're taking a look at examples from libraries that have hosted community discussions related to the opioid crisis. These libraries have partnered with local or state agencies, or with editors and authors of books on this important and impactful topic. As we continue research for our project, Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis with Their Communities, in collaboration with the Public Library Association, we look forward to sharing more about the important role libraries are playing in response to the crisis. If you'd like to see your library featured in... Read more

Weeding the Library Collection: Updated Course

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Published: 02 July 2019
Weeding the Library Collection: Updated Course

Mention collection development and most librarians think of the selection of new materials for the library. Weeding - removing library materials from your collection - is an often forgotten, yet integral part of collection development. In this updated course you will first discover why that is true, and then learn the techniques of weeding, develop policies and avoid common pitfalls. 

The information in this course is relevant to all types of libraries and addresses the weeding of all types of library materials, including adult and children's collections, as well as print and non-print materials.

The impact of weeding your... Read more

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