Empowering informed communities

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Published:  18 June 2024
Empowering informed communities

Public libraries are uniquely positioned to support communities facing current information-related challenges. To do this, library workers need research-based resources and tools on information literacy and misinformation.

Researchers at the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public (CIP), with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, are undertaking a three-year project that aims to increase capacity for public library workers to help their communities navigate today’s complex information environment.

The project aims to address three goals with public libraries in mind:

First, to provide publicly available resources, based... Read more

Partner with indie authors to share diverse stories

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Published:  11 June 2024
Partner with indie authors to share diverse stories

Despite efforts to increase representation in publishing, the industry remains predominantly white. Authors of color often face a range of challenges, including difficulty finding literary agents, limited access to publishing opportunities, and insufficient marketing and promotion. Richard E. Ashby, Jr. aims to change this through his work with Literacy Nation, which advocates for diversity and inclusion in books and digital resources in libraries. 

I Partner with my Public Library Award

Noah Lenstra
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Published:  04 June 2024
I Partner with my Public Library Award

Do you work at a public library? Has a community partner made a difference by collaborating with you?

The I Partner With My Public Library Award invites you to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional partners. Each year, up to 10 are honored at an online ceremony held in their honor.

Submitting a nomination is the perfect way to thank your partners, and to celebrate the work you have done together. These annual awards also inspire others to reach out to new partners.

Nominations will be accepted through the end of August 2024. Final decisions will be made on October 15,... Read more

Free June webinars for library staff

Compiled by the Maine State Library
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Published:  30 May 2024
Free June webinars for library staff

With so many options for online learning, it's great to be able to see all these webinars collected in one place. This list, provided by the Maine State Library, comes out every month and is regularly updated on the Free Training page, where you can also view the offerings by topic. This month's list covers over 46 webinars and two online conferences, covering 17 different topic areas, from accessibility to training and instruction. Take some time to think through your learning priorities and pick those that can help you with focused learning to take the practical next steps to... Read more

WebJunction resource roundup

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Published:  21 May 2024
WebJunction resource roundup

WebJunction is committed to supporting library staff by offering practical learning, chances to connect with other library professionals, and resources to help inform the work you’re doing. We occasionally take a look back at some of our newer and popular content in case you didn’t have a chance to see it the first time around. Check out our yearly wrap-up article for a list of featured articles, courses, and webinar from the past year. And explore this curated collection of resources from WebJunction, partner organizations, and other libraries to enrich your knowledge and elevate your impact. From early literacy to... Read more

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Why do we fall for misinformation?

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