Social Library, Volume 165
With this fresh edition of the Social Library series, we're highlighting more libraries for their innovative approaches to engaging with their communities, whether it be for entertainment, learning, fundraising, advocacy, or to spread gratitude. If you'd like your library to be featured in an upcoming edition of the Social Library, let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on Facebook.
Deschutes Public Library in Oregon shared a wonderful hour-long video presentation by staff on eight Fantastic Libraries of the World. "Join us for a fun and visual online trip with librarians Graham and Rya to virtually explore some of... Read more
Digital Stewardship Training Courses for Tribal Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Small Public Libraries
OCLC's WebJunction, in partnership with Washington State University's Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation, is creating a series of 10 free online courses for staff at tribal archives, libraries, museums (TALMs), and small public libraries on digital stewardship and community-centered collaborative curation of cultural collections. These on-demand courses, adapted from the Tribal Digital Stewardship Cohort Program developed at Washington State University, are scheduled to launch in late 2021.
A pressing concern for tribal librarians, archivists, and museum staff is managing, preserving, and caring for the diverse cultural heritage materials in their holdings. And, like many staff at tribal archives,... Read more
Civil Legal Assistance in Natural Disasters: A Role for the Library
In the aftermath of a natural disaster, civil legal issues abound. In these stressful situations, when many people have lost so much, they are also faced with untangling legal questions that can be confusing and ever-changing. If property is damaged, can landlords force tenants to move out? Do they still have to pay rent? Can a FEMA denial of assistance be appealed? Does a person have to apply for a Small Business Administration loan? Do custody arrangements have to be honored in this disrupted situation? In this article, we’ll focus on key ways libraries can help with civil legal issues... Read more
Free November Webinars for Library Staff
Before you start to wrap up the year, and with ever-changing scenarios in libraries, there's no better time to take inventory of learning gaps or opportunities, and to get a head start on your new year's resolutions. And if your plate's too full right now, know that many of the sessions will be made available as recordings, so you can revisit topics, alone or with others, when the time is right for you. This month brings 77 webinars and six online conferences, covering 24 topic areas to explore. Thank you to the Wyoming State Library for collecting this list of... Read more
Creating Pathways to Civil Legal Justice, a New Self-paced Course Series
WebJunction's new series of free, self-paced courses, Creating Pathways to Civil Legal Justice, will augment your ability and confidence to meet civil legal justice information needs in your community. Created in partnership with Legal Services Corporation (LSC), this online continuing education opportunity aims to empower all library staff to feel more confident about conducting civil legal reference interviews and connecting patrons to important resources and information that can help improve the lives of your community members.
Too many Americans fall into a wide and deep "justice gap" where they fail to have their civil legal needs met due to low-income... Read more
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13 January 2021
This webinar explores communication tools and strategies for boards and library staff to be better prepared for unknown changes.