Social Library, Volume 167
We continue the Social Library series with more examples of the innovative ways libraries connect with their communities. This edition includes a video series with professionals presenting on their careers, passive programming for families, celebrating milestones with partners at meal pick up sites, Medicare counseling appointments, and a community music and art project celebrating the Hmong community. If you'd like your library to be featured in an upcoming edition of the Social Library, let us know via email@example.com or find us on Facebook.
Los Angeles Public Library in California, has been hosting weekly online sessions with professionals discussing their... Read more
Free April Webinars for Library Staff
As we look beyond the first year of living in the time of COVID, libraries and their communities continue to move through uncharted territory. Fortunately, the field is committed to sharing what's being learned through multiple online platforms. Take a look at this month's list of over 90 free webinars, symposia, festivals, workshops, and forums, covering 22 different topic areas, from advocacy to volunteers. 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... Read more
We're Not Complete Without You: A Collaborative Puzzle Art Project
As libraries continue to look for ways to create meaningful community connections during the pandemic, it was exciting to see this wonderful idea shared in the Programming Librarian Interest Group on Facebook. Thank you to Paula Wagner, Reference Services Manager at the Barberton Public Library in Ohio, for outlining how she implemented a collaborative puzzle art project.
Like many of the ideas gathered from the Programming Librarian Interest Group on Facebook, I had previously seen someone else post (thank you to that person!) about a successful puzzle project at their library. It seemed like the perfect program to engage... Read more
Smart Space Transformations Transcend Library Closures
In the spring of 2020, the 15 small and rural libraries participating in WebJunction’s Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces project were on the verge of activating their newly transformed smart spaces with collaborative community programming; then the COVID-19 pandemic changed everything. Libraries closed their physical doors and the smart space efforts froze in time. With months of planning now on hold, participants engaged with the project in an unanticipated way: they turned to each other for support through the cohort discussion forums and virtual live sessions, first to share their realities and emotions, and then to begin to reimagine what... Read more
Taking the Plunge into Prototyping
After opening up a world of possibilities with community discovery and ideation brainstorming, the Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces libraries were ready to move on to the next step in the design thinking process: prototyping. Creating a prototype is a great way to bring an idea out of your head and into a tangible, physical reality. Prototyping is an opportunity to test, revise, and test again before committing dollars and resources to a project. A protype doesn’t have to be complicated or high tech; creating a small-scale model of your idea with materials like paper, cardboard, LEGOs, or other crafting... Read more
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13 April 2021
This webinar explores how the principles of trauma-informed care and Mental Health First Aid can equip staff with the knowledge and confidence to communicate with compassion.
15 April 2021
This webinar will address COVID-19 vaccines and how they impact the reopening and ongoing operations plans for libraries, archives and museums.
27 April 2021
In this webinar, learn design thinking principles that can be used in collaboration with the community, to identify and meet space and programming needs for active learning.
04 May 2021
This webinar, hosted in collaboration with ALA's Learning Round Table, presents ready-made resources to help implement supervisor training at your library.
18 May 2021
This webinar will focus on self-care strategies for library staff, to respond to the physical, behavioral and emotional impacts of workplace stressors.