Youth Programming Goes Virtual—Storytimes, Crafts, Teen Activities, and More

Erica Melko, OCLC Communications Coordinator/Editor, Membership and Research
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Published: 02 April 2020
Youth Programming Goes Virtual—Storytimes, Crafts, Teen Activities, and More

As libraries and schools close their physical spaces in response to COVD-19 and CDC recommendations for physical distancing, educators and library staff alike are moving learning and programming to digital platforms. Assembled below is a list of resources and examples for virtual youth programming from public libraries that we've found over the past week.

This list is by no means comprehensive and is intended to provide public library staff with a few resources and examples of how others have created online programming to engage their communities remotely. We understand that public library responses, resources, and support in response to COVID-19... Read more

Free April Webinars for Library Staff

Wyoming State Library
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Published: 31 March 2020
Free April Webinars for Library Staff

As library staff and their communities move online for their learning, it's perhaps no surprise that there are a wealth of opportunities available this month! With 100 webinars and an online conference, covering 22 topic areas, you're sure to find something that aligns with your shifting individual or organizational goals. 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 WebJunction Catalog, free and open to library staff and volunteers everywhere.

Small and Rural Libraries in Tourism Economies: Part 2

Audrey Dingler and Noah Lenstra
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Published: 25 March 2020
Small and Rural Libraries in Tourism Economies: Part 2

In part 2 of the series, Audrey Dingler, from Cape May County Library, and Noah Lenstra, from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, explore how libraries assess community needs in relation to outdoor tourism and recreation economies, and examine the potential role public libraries can play in sustaining these rural economies.

We all know that libraries have the opportunity to provide solutions to many problems rural areas face while bringing innovative and sustainable change to rural economies. What types of solutions can small and rural libraries bring to economies shifting to outdoor tourism and recreation? In this  series,... Read more

Rural Libraries Connect Communities to Legal Aid

WebJunction
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Published: 19 March 2020
Rural Libraries Connect Communities to Legal Aid

Many rural and frontier communities are facing a shortage of attorneys. Legal aid organizations are increasingly partnering with public libraries in these areas to help people in rural communities connect virtually to free legal services. In this video, Jennifer Cuesta, Rural Pro Bono Program Attorney with Colorado Legal Services, explains how rural public libraries are key partners for reaching rural populations with legal aid services.

As partners for legal aid clinics, public libraries provide: Reliable technology and internet connection; Public space that is familiar and is not associated with; An established and trusted relationship with the community; A shared goal... Read more

Libraries respond to COVID-19: Keeping Your Hours Current in Online Searches

Bruce Washburn, Principal Engineer, OCLC Research
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Published: 18 March 2020
Libraries respond to COVID-19: Keeping Your Hours Current in Online Searches

To help curtail the further spread of COVID-19 in their communities, many libraries have canceled programs and other events, or have closed entirely for a period. The recent—and in many cases abrupt—changes to programs and hours may not be immediately detected and reflected in search engines. This gap in information could lead to confusion and inconvenience for patrons who are searching online for your library.

One way to ensure that information about the library is kept up to date in search engine results and other widely used websites is to claim the library as a "business" in those systems.

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