Expanding Collections with a Library of Things
The Library of Things model has grown in popularity and expanded on the types of items that libraries keep in their collections and check out to the community. We were pleased to host the webinar, Library of Things: The What, Why, and How of Lending Objects, with librarians Dania Souid and Lindsay Delaney who shared strategies and inspiration for creating a Library of Things. Some of the highlights and tips from the session are captured in this webinar recap. In addition to a link to the recording from the webinar, you’ll find that the event page is filled with resources... Read more
Free December Webinars for Library Staff
The holiday season is the perfect time to give yourself the gift of learning. Take the time to reflect on the year and explore areas in your work for improvement or innovation. There are numerous facets to explore within this month's list of free webinar opportunities, and we wish you the best as you continue on your journey as a lifelong learner. This list of 63 webinars and 3 online conferences, covering 24 topic areas, was collected by the Wyoming State Library and is also updated monthly on the Free Training page, where you can view the offerings by... Read more
Resources for Social Work and Library Collaboration
Library staff are known for their resourcefulness and commitment to adapting to help community members in need. But as the scope of library services has expanded to address complex social needs that aren’t being met elsewhere, it can feel overwhelming. Increasing natural disasters, social program budget cutbacks, the COVID-19 pandemic, the opioid crisis, housing and food insecurity—these are all issues that have deeply affected our community members and brought them through the doors of our libraries in search of resources.
To address these changing needs, many libraries are seeking the help of social work and are partnering with social workers... Read more
Civil Legal Issues of Natural Disasters Persist, but Change over Time
What do document replacement, contractor scams, and lease terminations have in common? They are all examples of civil legal issues that can stem from a natural disaster, and questions about these could show up at your library’s reference desk. Patrons facing legal issues after a natural disaster can often feel overwhelmed, confused, and uncertain of what to do next. But time is of the utmost importance with legal issues.
In collaboration with the Legal Services Corporation, we’ve been focusing on training for library staff to be better equipped to answer civil legal questions. Legal issues resulting from a natural disaster... Read more
New Resource to Respond to the Opioid Crisis: Testers Needed
The opioid crisis in the US continues to take a toll on lives in every class, age group, race, and ethnicity. According to the CDC, overdose from opioids claims 221 lives a day, and many more are dealing with daily struggles related to substance misuse and abuse. Whether the impacts of this crisis in a library’s community is obvious or hidden in stigma, the crisis can be overwhelming. Libraries can play an important role in education, providing access to prevention tools and helpful—possibly life-saving—information. By taking steps to identify achievable actions, libraries may begin to make a difference in addressing... Read more
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