Multicultural Picture Books: A Deeper Look at Your Collection
Do you feel it is important to have a diverse children’s collection, but don’t always know where to start? The Diverse BookFinder Collection Analysis Tool (CAT), funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is specifically designed to help you diversify your picture book collection. This free, online resource allows you to upload a single file and get a snapshot of WHO is (which racial/cultural groups are) represented—and how—in your collection.
The Diverse BookFinder is a comprehensive collection of children's picture books featuring Black and Indigenous people and People of Color (BIPOC). The project has... Read more
Free December Webinars for Library Staff
The holiday season is the perfect time to give yourself the gift of learning. Take the time to reflect on the year and explore areas in your work for improvement or innovation. There are numerous facets to explore within this month's list of free webinar opportunities, and we wish you the best as you continue on your journey as a lifelong learner. This list of 56 webinars covering 22 topic areas, was collected by the Wyoming State Library. It's updated monthly on the Free Training page, where you can also view the offerings by topic.
For additional training, check... Read more
It's a Wrap! Wikipedia + Libraries: Health and Medical Information Course
When Finger Lakes Library System librarian, Jenny Shonk, recently faced a personal health issue, she found herself turning to the convenience of Wikipedia for research. Shonk, who is the continuing education and outreach public librarian in Ithaca, New York, is not alone. Searching for information on health or medical topics is the third most popular online activity, according to a 2013 report by Pew Research, and Wikipedia is the fifth most-accessed website in the United States.
As a librarian, Shonk sought to understand how and when to use Wikipedia in the library. Given both are open and easily accessible... Read more
Report on Public Libraries: A Community's Connection for Career Services
Local public libraries serve an important role in the national workforce development system. This role has increased since the Great Recession and became formalized through changes in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. Public libraries offer a range of career services, including résumé and cover letter support, job application assistance, interview preparation, training, and referrals to American Job Centers/other support services. A recent study from the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development chronicles the extent to which public libraries across the United States are providing these career services.
Researchers used three strategies to address the research questions for... Read more
Social Library, Volume 145
This edition of the Social Library proves that libraries are keeping pace with current events, subculture trends and community interests. We’re highlighting five libraries we follow on Facebook who are covering everything from elections to impeachments, and from death to VSCO girls. If you'd like to see your library featured in an upcoming edition of the Social Library, let us know via email@example.com or find us on Facebook.
Ridgefield Library in Connecticut hosted a Children's Library Mascot Election November 1-16, with an octopus, a tiger, and a unicorn on the ballot, helping their younger patrons learn about the election... Read more
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17 December 2019
This webinar will highlight approaches, resources, and programs that can help reduce stigma and fear surrounding the opioid crisis, and promote healthier communities.
14 January 2020
In this webinar, both new and seasoned library directors can grow as responsible leaders and learn strategies for fostering five key relationships.
22 January 2020
In this webinar, explore the potential value of dissent to facilitate positive change against systemic oppression in libraries, and in society at large.
11 February 2020
In this webinar, learn about the ways public libraries can address the justice gap, connecting people with information as they navigate the complexities of the legal system.