WebJunction @ALA Roundup (In Case You Missed Us)

Steph Waite, Communications Coordinator /

We know it's not always an option with time or funding to attend conferences. And if even if you can attend, it's impossible to get to everything! So we're sharing the presentations and resources that we took to the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in this roundup.

Library Make’N’Shake 

This lively event sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and an anonymous donor brought together national non-profits for hands-on demonstrations, workshops, and lightning talks that celebrated creative engagement. WebJunction staff handed out Inspiration Finders—our take on the paper fortune teller—to raise awareness of WebJunction’s newly published Wikipedia + Libraries training curriculum, and to inspire library staff who want to learn how to leverage Wikipedia for education and community engagement in their libraries.

The Inspiration Finders were so popular that we’re publishing these templates for you to create your own.

Download Inspiration Finder – Microsoft Word

Download Inspiration Finder – PDF

Booth Spotlight Presentations

Several staff shared insights and experiences in brief, spotlight presentations. This was a great opportunity to highlight our projectsand share them with attendees, and now their available for everyone via recordings.

Betha Gutsche shares how small libraries have transformed their spaces to meet their community’s needs through the Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces project.

Sharon Streams discussed how to strengthen relationships with your library’s key supporters in light of the OCLC and ALA 2018 report, From Awareness to Funding: A study of library support in America.

Merrilee Proffitt talks about how libraries are leveraging Wikipedia, and shares information on WebJunction’s newly available training curriculum from the Wikipedia + Libraries: Better Together program.

Next on our conference agenda is the Association for Rural and Small Libraries in Springfield, Illinois!