Here’s this week’s news from WebJunction and WebJunction Minnesota:

·         New WebJunction Course – Latest on Readers’ Advisory Services

·         WebJunction Home Page Spotlights – Teens & Technology (A Summer of Code)
·         Upcoming WebJunction Webinars – December 2013 to February 2014
A New WebJunction Course Offering!
We are excited to share even more learning content in the WebJunction course catalog. 

Serving Readers: Beyond the Basics (WJ Webinar)
Hear from reader’s advisory specialists from the Seattle Public Library in this 60-minute session, as they discuss the basic premises and practices of reader’s advisory, sharing how to apply these practices across new platforms and technologies, enlist social media and catalogs to serve readers, and use form-based and virtual reader’s advisory.  Learn expert techniques for using the latest generation of advisory resources and other ways to better serve readers in libraries large and small.
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WebJunction Home Page Spotlights

DEV DEV: A Summer of CodeJustin Hoenke, Head of Teen Services at Chattanooga Public Library / Published: 11 December 2013

In July 2013, the Chattanooga Public Library hosted 50 teens ages 12-18 for DEV DEV: Summer of Code. Made possible through a partnership between the library and Engage 3D, AIGA Chattanooga and funding from the Benwood Foundation, the DEV DEV program was created to teach youth technology, programming, design, and much more.

After initial conversations in late April 2013, DEV DEV: Summer of Code was designed as a four-week code camp for teens ages 12-18. During those four weeks, the teens learned about HTML, CSS, Python, and robotics. Each week focused on a different topic, and, as the program went on, the previous week’s topic informed the current topic. Tying everything together was the underlying idea that good technology, design, and process are critical elements of making a project come together.

Read more >> DEV DEV: A Summer of Code

Library Innovation: There is No Box
Betha Gutsche  /  Published: 09 December 2013

“Innovation is not technology; it’s a way of thinking.” 

To help us engage in innovative thinking, we need new metaphors and strategies. That was a key message of the webinar, The Future is Now: Rural Library as Innovation Incubator. Although presenters Tameca Beckett and Andrea Berstler emphasized the benefits of a small community as a breeding ground for innovation, the concepts apply broadly.
Two metaphors in need of a refresh:
·         Glass half-full/empty
·         Think outside of the box.
Metaphors, although useful for framing concepts and approaches, can get stale and lose strength over time. Beckett and Berstler suggested a refresh for these two common ones.

Read more >> Library Innovation: There is No Box

Upcoming WebJunction Webinars – January & February 2014

Flexible Spaces – Flexible FuturesWednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, 1 p.m. Central, 60 min.
As libraries evolve as community spaces and information hubs, there is an opportunity to explore how patrons use library space and to create spaces that are flexible and adaptable to changing needs. Presenter Dri Ralph has helped lead the King County Library System (WA) through an extensive bond project that has included renovation and/or building of 30 libraries. She will share highlights of their design choices, ideas for flexible use of space, and tips for engaging the community in the planning and design process.  
The webinar will also explore options for libraries with limited budgets. You’ll learn about opportunities to help any library make innovative choices for engaging with patrons.
Presented by:        Kendra Morgan, OCLC Senior Program Manager
Dri RalphFacilities Design Coordinator, King County Library System

Health Happens in Libraries: Health Information Resources for Library Staff
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, 1 p.m. Central, 60 min.
Public libraries provide a variety of health reference services and public programs to support community health literacy. Health literacy has been described by the Institute of Medicine as “the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.” The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) provides comprehensive health information resources and services to libraries across eight regions nationwide.
Join this WebJunction webinar to learn more about the health information resources available through the National Library of Medicine and the NN/LM. Representatives of the NN/LM Pacific Southwest Regional Medical Library will discuss their collaborative efforts with public libraries regarding the Affordable Care Act and other popular health information topics, and share strategies for strengthening your own library’s health information services, to improve the health literacy of your community.
Moderated by: WebJunction
Presented by:
·         Alan Carr, Acting Associate Director, NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region, UCLA Louise Darling Biomedical Library
·         Kelli Ham, Consumer Health and Technology Coordinator, NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region, UCLA Louise Darling Biomedical Library

Library Surveys for Success
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
, 1 p.m. Central, 60 min.
Surveys are often the tool of choice when you want to determine how to meet the needs of your community or measure your library’s impact. But do you know how to use the tool effectively? Choosing the right survey style for the situation and knowing which question type will elicit the best responses are critical elements for gathering meaningful information. Learn how to conduct an effective survey that can be used to make, measure, and meet your library’s goals. The results may just surprise you. At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will:
·                       Understand why and how to conduct a survey
·                       Describe the key elements of an effective library survey
·                       Discuss the pros and cons of different survey styles
·                       Identify  5 main question types and when to use each of them
Presented by:  Colleen Eggett, Training Coordinator, Utah State Library

The Iron is HOT: Libraries as Innovative & Creative Community Catalysts
Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, 1 p.m. Central, 60 minutes
Renew your sense of hope for the longtime viability of public libraries. Presenter Mary Lou Carolan sees amazing and out-of-the-ordinary opportunities for your library to serve as a vibrant and active community center. The library can be the creative catalyst to ignite community enthusiasm. Learn about the ‘Inside/Outside Approach’ and other engaging and fun marketing practices. Find out how to implement ‘placemaking’ for lighter, quicker, cheaper ways to attract more users. And catch the sense of urgency that libraries need to act now:  Hope, Opportunity, Time – strike while the iron is HOT
This webinar is hosted in collaboration with Geek the Library, a community awareness campaign.
Presented by: Mary Lou Carolan, director, Wallkill Public Library, NY
Mary Ann Van Cura, State Library Services
Cecelia Boone, Minitex
Affiliation with WebJunction Minnesota is free and available to members of the Minnesota library community. Tell your colleagues! 
The Institute of Museum and Library Services, a Federal Agency that fosters innovation, leadership and a lifetime of learning, in conjunction with State Library services, a division of the Minnesota Department  of Education, which administers federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants, supports the WebJunction Minnesota project.