Together We Heal
Like many small-town libraries, Jarrell Community Library is an important place for connection. And through a recent Libraries for Heath grant, the library is offering new kinds of connections—to peer mental health specialists and an array of resources to help reimagine mental health and wellness in their community.
We spoke with library director Susan Gregurek and mental health peer support specialist Mary Johnson to learn how Jarrell Community Library is reimagining health and wellness in their community with the support of the Libraries for Health initiative.
Webinar series: 12 Months to Better Library Data
The Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) is a national initiative to provide training about data and evaluation to public library workers. While RIPL typically provides in-person trainings, this March it will launch a free, monthly, yearlong webinar series, 12 Months to Better Library Data. This series is intended for public library workers interested in gaining knowledge and skills for data-informed decision-making, program improvement, planning, and advocacy; as well as in learning how to use data to serve their community even better tomorrow than they are today. Anyone else interested in public library data and evaluation is also welcome to... Read more
Easy as ABCD: Using Asset-Based Community Development as a Lens for Authentic Relationship-Building
Building relationships with systematically excluded communities is one of the most important things your library can do to support relevant, meaningful services. Co-creation can help librarians embody our EDISJ (equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice) values by working with our communities, rather than for or at them. The first and most foundational pillar of co-creation is building authentic relationships of trust across multiple identities and lived experiences. This article provides a focused look at one approach to starting and sustaining such relationships—asset-based community development or ABCD.
WebJunction Wrap-Up: 2023 Highlights and Top Picks
As we ease into another year of learning together, we’re taking a moment to reflect on the projects and accomplishments of the past year and highlight some our most popular courses, webinars, and articles. Whether you chose to take self-paced courses on your own, or you attended one of our webinars to connect with library practitioners in real time, we couldn’t create this community of learners without you. That’s why we’re also revisiting some of the most popular WebJunction content of the past year—picked by you!
Survey on Climate and Environmental Health in Libraries
STAR Net would like to invite you to complete a short survey to inform the design of the 2024 Climate Action Symposium: Exploring Collaborations with Libraries, Community-Based Organizations, and Public Health Agencies.
The symposium is part of a project (Building Resilient Communities) funded by the National Science Foundation and led by the Space Science Institute and its STAR Library Network. Project partners include OCLC WebJunction, University of North Carolina Greensboro, and Interactive Learning Dynamics.
The focus of the survey is on public library STEM learning programs and activities related to climate change science, climate change's impacts on public health,... Read more
Navigating Civil Legal Issues of Natural Disasters (course series)
Digital Collections Stewardship (course series)
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27 February 2024
Learn about the fundamentals of co-design and explore how to apply them in your library for wildly creative and deeply impactful programs and services.
13 March 2024
This webinar reviews ideas and approaches for how libraries can support both high-needs patrons and staff.