Free October Webinars for Library Staff
With October's arrival and the year's end in sight, now is the perfect time to take inventory of your learning goals and gaps for the year. And this month's list of 82 free webinars and 4 online conferences brings a variety of topics to explore to help you build new skills and fresh confidence to meet your learning goals this year. From assessment and planning to children and teens, and from communication to programming, you're sure to find offerings relevant to your learning needs. This list is collected by the Wyoming State Library and is also updated monthly on the... Read more
Three Lessons for Launching Successful Multilingual Programs at Your Library
The Center for Immigration Studies estimates that 67.3 million Americans speak a language other than English at home, a number that has more than doubled since 1990. That’s a huge number with powerful implications for social institutions, including libraries. For many of us, getting started serving those communities feels like an overwhelming task. I’m here to tell you—you can do it. And you can start today to make a significant difference for your community with multilingual programming.
About ten years ago, my library system focused primarily on English, even as the Spanish-speaking population was rising dramatically. When we started down... Read more
New Playbook for Libraries in Public Health Emergencies
Public libraries have been deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic on many levels. Navigating the sea of decision-making related to communicating during a crisis, managing staff needs, and maintaining our facilities have been major tasks. The newly released Public Health Crisis Management Playbook for Archives, Libraries, and Museums offers a set of guiding processes, resources, and tools to aid cultural heritage institutions when planning for, navigating through, and recovering from a significant public health emergency.
The playbook is part of the REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) project, which looked at the issues and challenges being faced by archive,... Read more
WebJunction to Support Three New IMLS Grants
OCLC's WebJunction program will support efforts in three new Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant projects. WebJunction will serve as advisory, dissemination, or design partners on one IMLS National Leadership Grant and two Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grants.
The WebJunction team will be working with partners on these IMLS grants, leveraging their experience and expertise in designing, delivering, and disseminating transformational programs that connect public library service to community needs. Read summaries of these responsive new projects below to learn more.
East Tennessee State University will partner with the School of Library and Information Studies at... Read more
SEAL: Solar Eclipse Activities for Libraries
Library staff – let’s get ready! Two Solar Eclipses Coming to North America! An Annular Eclipse in 2023 and a Total Eclipse in 2024. STAR Net will support your eclipse efforts by providing eclipse glasses AND training. The STAR Net team, through a generous grant from Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is here to support public libraries through the distribution of over 5 million eclipse glasses, activities, and upcoming trainings through your state library! Remember, whenever any part of the Sun’s surface is showing, you will need protective glasses or filters!
For the U.S., the annular eclipse... Read more
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19 October 2022
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