Redefining the Library Experience
Libraries are no stranger to change. As community expectations shift, so do our libraries. This adaptability was on full display during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. But as that pressure has subsided, we’re seeing widespread reflection around what libraries will look like in the future. Many library leaders are thinking about fundamental transformations, with the goal of creating a more impactful library experience for their users.
During the past year, OCLC Global Council and OCLC Research explored the idea of the changing library experience by focusing on topics such as community engagement, collaboration, and innovative programs that meet library... Read more
Getting Started with Climate Action Planning
The Sustainable Libraries Initiative (SLI) provides library leaders with a proven path forward to co-create libraries and communities that will thrive in the coming years. As we contend with the realities of climate change, we must act faster, with more concentrated action than ever before.
We must not waste time in putting our pens to paper to create a Climate Action. The Sustainable Libraries Initiative and the American Library Association are partnering to create a National Climate Action Strategy for Libraries, but in the meantime, your library cannot wait for someone else to do this work for you. Start now.
50 Years of Hip Hop
At Queens Public Library (QPL), a six-month celebration of Hip Hop is wrapping up. Situated just across the East River from the borough that birthed this global cultural movement, there’s no better stage for commemorating this milestone. In March, QPL kicked off a six-month celebration of all things Hip Hop, with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. But the festivities didn't stop there. The library partnered with more than 30 institutions across New York City and beyond to offer a vibrant array of activities. Collections of Culture: 50 Years of Hip Hop Inside Libraries, Museums and Archives hosted dozens... Read more
Free September Webinars for Library Staff
As learning organizations, libraries provide lifelong learning for students and patrons of all ages. Committed to library staff learning, WebJunction hopes that you prioritize your own learning needs as well. From innovative technology trends to impactful community engagement strategies, these 70 webinars provide a broad range of learning opportunities for library staff this month. Provided by the Wyoming State Library, this valuable resource comes out every month and is regularly updated on the Free Training page, where you can also view the offerings by topic.
Transforming Lives with Adult Literacy Programs
When people think about how libraries support literacy, the first thing that comes to mind is often a children’s storytime or a bustling summer reading program. At Harrie P. Woodson Memorial Library in Caldwell, Texas, you’ll certainly find these programs. But for this rural community library, literacy programming is for everyone, not just for kids.
Caldwell is a rural community of approximately 4,000 people, located about 30 miles west of College Station. And because Woodson is the only library in the county, people come from across the surrounding areas. We spoke with Library and Community Services Manager... Read more
Navigating Civil Legal Issues of Natural Disasters (course series)
Digital Collections Stewardship (course series)
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26 September 2023
This webinar with the Sustainable Libraries Initiative will feature library and partner organizations on how they have prepared both libraries and communities for the impacts of climate change.
03 October 2023
This webinar with the Sustainable Libraries Initiative will explore the disproportional impacts of climate change on systematically oppressed communities.
11 October 2023
In this webinar, delve deeper into essential facets that foster a healthy and supportive library culture, exploring institutional and individual solutions to countering low morale.
24 October 2023
Explore strategies for finding community partners and building relationships with them with the goal of truly working in collaboration with people they serve.