Localizing the Misinformation Escape Room
Even before the official launch of Loki’s Loop in June 2022, the research team at the University of Washington Information School received numerous requests for collaboration from across the world. The first two organizations they agreed to support are in New Zealand and Latvia. In addition to the benefits to the local communities, the partnerships have been useful for learning how the game translates to different cultures. The team is using these case studies to better support organizations in other countries that want to localize the escape room games.
In August 2021, Klinta Ločmele, Manager of IREX... Read more
Libraries at the Disaster Preparedness Table
Libraries have an important role to play in disaster response planning, and their contributions are welcomed at community disaster preparedness exercises. Building on its Creating Pathways to Civil Legal Justice foundational course series, WebJunction is developing a new series Navigating Civil Legal Issues of Natural Disasters, which will address how libraries can support the civil legal information needs of patrons that arise in a natural disaster. As part of that initiative, WebJunction staff members were invited to participate in an activity that community emergency response teams use to periodically prepare for disasters. This story shares their experiences contributing to this... Read more
Free August Webinars for Library Staff
August can be a time of transition for library staff, as summer programs wind down and a new school year begins. Teams may be looking to reset their goals, objectives or tactics, and learning about new approaches can be a great way to infuse innovation and enthusiasm into the process. This month's list of over 80 free webinars and three online conferences could be a great place to find that inspiration. This list, provided by the Wyoming State Library, comes out every month and is regularly updated on the Free Training page, where you can also view the offerings by... Read more
Resources for Advancing IDEAs (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility): A New Blog Series
A new blog series shares resources and learning opportunities for library staff Advancing IDEAs (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility). Twice monthly, series editor Jay Weitz compiles a collection of information, stories, and tools on timely IDEAs topics and publishes them on Hanging Together, the blog of OCLC Research. You can subscribe to receive the latest Hanging Together posts to your inbox twice monthly.
Resources collected in this series include book lists, interviews and articles, webinars, and toolkits produced by a variety of sources that address topical subjects—such as Pride displays and other LGBTQ book lists—and issues that are top-of-mind... Read more
Closing Equity Gaps with Community Partnerships: Key Resources from WebJunction
At the Public Library Association’s 2022 conference, Dr. Audrey Barbakoff gave a talk on "Digital equity through community partnerships," in which she discussed how community partnerships can be building blocks for sustainable digital inclusion programs. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated already-existing inequities for many communities, amplifying the need for short-term, pandemic-responsive programming. Now, over two years into the pandemic, libraries are shifting focus away from pandemic-responsive programming and toward sustainable, long-term equity work. And the key ingredient for accomplishing this shift: cultivating rich, diverse community partnerships.
So where to begin? Libraries cannot be everything to everyone. Nor should... Read more
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30 August 2022
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15 September 2022
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22 September 2022
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19 October 2022
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