Mississippi Library Commission joins WebJunction Partner Program


Professional development from WebJunction help keep library staff skills current to meet increasing needs of the community

DUBLIN, Ohio, August 8, 2012—The Mississippi Library Commission has joined the WebJunction Partner Program to provide library staff in Mississippi access to training resources through WebJunction that will keep skills up-to-date and help libraries respond to current patron needs.

WebJunction-Mississippi is a new service for the professional development needs of Mississippi library staff, offering unlimited access to self-paced courses at no charge, and free webinars and reading material produced and collected by WebJunction staff on hot topics of interest to libraries.

“The Mississippi Library Commission has long sought a comprehensive online tool to help meet the training needs of library staff in all types of libraries,” said Sharman Bridges Smith, Executive Director of the Mississippi Library Commission. “With its 300-plus courses, I believe WebJunction-Mississippi will provide some of the tools Mississippi librarians need to meet the challenges and opportunities of today’s libraries.”

Access to WebJunction’s on-demand library skills resources support the professional development of Mississippi’s library personnel so that they can provide their communities with the library services they need to thrive in the 21st century. WebJunction’s content covers a wide variety of library-related topics, including technical services, management and administration, and front-line public services. Training resources are designed to be self-paced and to fit around busy schedules.

“We are delighted to welcome Mississippi to the WebJunction Partner Program,” said Sharon Streams, Senior Program Manager, OCLC Community Relations. “Not only do Mississippi library staff gain access to a wealth of new training resources, but the overall community gains Mississippi’s knowledge and expertise. We look forward to meeting Mississippi library staff through our webinars and on the website.”

WebJunction-Mississippi and the Mississippi Library Commission’s continuing education program are supported in part by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Mississippi Library Commission.

Mississippi is among 18 states that are currently part of the WebJunction Partner Program. Through the Partner Program, library staff receive premium access to the courses, programs, and localized training through WebJunction.org. The Partner Program is designed to provide efficient and affordable training solutions to state libraries, freeing up resources to focus on local needs. Partners work together with WebJunction to meet common training goals, thus saving state libraries time and money and extending training opportunities to thousands of library staff.

A list of links to WebJunction Partner communities is available on the WebJunction.org website.

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A program of OCLC, WebJunction promotes learning for all library staff by providing an open, affordable online learning community. Members access resources, attend programs, take courses, share knowledge and network with others—all in an environment that fosters collaboration and mutual support. Founded in 2003 and based in Seattle, Washington, and Dublin, Ohio, WebJunction is supported in part by OCLC, grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Institute for Museum and Library Services, partners in library service agencies, and the library community. For more information, visit www.webjunction.org.

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