A Delicious Library Collaboration
Running a restaurant is no easy task. And while libraries do a lot of things amazingly well, being a restaurant operator on top of all that is a tricky proposition. But when has a challenge ever stopped a library? This is certainly the case for Toledo Lucas County Public Library (TLCPL). In November 2022, the country’s second SAME (So All May Eat) Café opened at the library. This restaurant has a simple mission: To preserve the dignity of those who may not be able to access healthy food due to financial barriers. Instead, the café allows all guests to pay for... Read more
Learn Digital Collections Stewardship with On-Demand Courses
OCLC's WebJunction, in partnership with Washington State University’s Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation, has created a series of free online courses developed for staff at tribal archives, libraries, museums (TALMs), and small public libraries on digital stewardship and community-centered curation of digital collections. These on-demand courses, adapted from the Tribal Digital Stewardship Cohort Program developed at Washington State University, are available now.
A pressing concern for staff at tribal libraries, archives, and museums is managing, preserving, and caring for the diverse cultural heritage materials in their holdings. And, like many staff at TALMS, small and rural... Read more
Introducing a School Librarian's Information Shelf
School librarians and staff help prepare all students for success. A shifting educational landscape presents new opportunities and challenges, requiring fresh approaches to the important work of empowering students. Learn more about a School Librarian’s Information Shelf, which offers curated resources with actionable advice to help you continue to empower students.
From 2019-2022, OCLC mentored fifteen school librarians who received grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to transform their school libraries in various ways. The knowledge and insights shared by these librarians and other subject matter experts led to the creation of A School Librarian's Information Shelf,... Read more
Sustainable Libraries: Resources and Webinars for Climate Action
WebJunction and the Sustainable Libraries Initiative are collaborating to offer a set of resources to support libraries as they address the greatest threat to global health and the grandest challenge of our time: climate change.
Increasingly severe weather, food scarcity caused by droughts and lack of biodiversity, intense heat, record-setting wildfires, and sunny-day flooding are all acute indicators that climate change is here and is already a deadly and costly aspect of modern life. As we seek solutions to slow the effects and manage the immediate impacts of climate change, we find the answers entwined with some of the... Read more
Free May Webinars for Library Staff
Get out your calendars and make time for some great virtual learning opportunities. With a multitude of webinar options, you're sure to find something to catch your interest. Explore this month's list of over 70 webinars and 3 online conferences, covering 23 topic areas, compiled each month by the Wyoming State Library.
The list is also updated monthly on the Free Training page, where you can view the offerings also grouped by topic.
For additional training, check out the WebJunction Catalog, free and open to library staff and volunteers everywhere.
Transforming School Library Practice
Navigating Civil Legal Issues of Natural Disasters (course series)
Researching Low Morale in Libraries
Public Health Crisis Management Playbook
Digital Collections Stewardship (course series)
Weed 'Em and Reap: Getting Your Collection from Awful to Awesome (webinar)
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06 June 2023
Promoting Voter and Civic Engagement at Your Library
Join this webinar to learn about the types of resources and services your library can provide to support voter registration and civic engagement.
15 June 2023
Redefining the library experience: Insights and inspiration
Join Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Executive Director, OCLC Research, and library leaders from OCLC’s Global Council as they share results from the 2023 global survey on “Redefining the library experience.”
29 June 2023
Low Morale in Libraries: Impacts and Countermeasures
Learn about important research on low morale and leave with actionable ideas for promoting a healthy work environment for all staff and cultivating empathetic leadership in libraries.
13 July 2023
Designing for Diversity in Your Library’s Communications
Motivations, ideas, and inspiration for supporting diverse populations and creating community with care.