Social Library, Volume 151

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 18 February 2020
Social Library, Volume 151

We continue our Social Library series with a fresh batch of inspiration from libraries on Facebook! From beer and short stories, to voting and citizen empowerment, and from an African American read-in, to a satellite library kiosk, and even a pajama party, these libraries are creating opportunities for communities to connect in deep and delightful ways. If you'd like to see your library featured in an upcoming edition of the Social Library, let us know via social@webjunction.org or find us on Facebook.

Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library in North Dakota announced Suds & Short Stories, a new short story... Read more

Posted In: Social Library

A Race to Save the Planet: Public Libraries Lead Climate Change Effort

Kendra Morgan, Senior Program Manager, WebJunction
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Published: 13 February 2020
A Race to Save the Planet: Public Libraries Lead Climate Change Effort

How is your library supporting the community in addressing questions about climate change? Do you think there is more you could do? The staff at the Mill Valley Public Library in California knew that they could do more and set out to engage the community on this critical issue. The library recently launched a yearlong series called Borrowed Time, to encourage the community to respond to the pressing issue of climate change, and they're encouraging other libraries to join them in their efforts.

Borrowed Time has several components designed to bring more awareness and understanding to key climate change... Read more

WebJunction at PLA in Nashville

WebJunction
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Published: 11 February 2020
WebJunction at PLA in Nashville

The Public Library Association (PLA) is hosting its 2020 Conference in Nashville, February 25-29, and we're excited to share that members of the WebJunction team will be attending! Here are some of the sessions and events we hope you'll add to your schedule if you'll be there. And if you'd like connect at the conference, send an email to social@webjunction.org and we'll arrange a meetup.

Get ideas and share your experience at Community Central in OCLC booth #1022 with community engagement spotlight talks from public library leaders. These 10-minute talks explore how libraries encourage important local conversations, partner for... Read more

Posted In: WebJunction News

Legal Reference at the Library—Building Skill Through Practice

Luis Interiano, Reference Librarian, West Baton Rouge Library
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Published: 06 February 2020
Legal Reference at the Library—Building Skill Through Practice

For many library staff, the most intimidating questions posed by patrons are those that involve legal issues—an area in which librarians often have little or no expertise. Yet there are valuable ways that public libraries can help guide people toward positive legal outcomes.

To highlight some strategies that public library staff can use when responding to legal questions, WebJunction will be publishing a series of stories in the coming months that share the legal reference experiences of library practitioners. We hope this series, “Legal Reference at the Library,” will prove both inspiring and educational.

This first story features the experiences... Read more

Free February Webinars for Library Staff

Wyoming State Library
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Published: 31 January 2020
Free February Webinars for Library Staff

It's hard to believe January has come to an end, but we're moving on to a new month, and a fresh chance to bring some learning to your library work. This month, with more than 90 webinars covering over 20 topic areas, you're sure to find a session or two that can help recharge your toolbox and bring you some fresh perspective. Thank you to the Wyoming State Library for collecting this list of learning opportunities! It's updated monthly on the Free Training page, where you can also view the offerings by topic.

For additional training, check out the... Read more

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