Here’s this week’s news from WebJunction and WebJunction Minnesota:
· WebJunction Home Page Spotlights: “Sustaining Communities, Sustaining Ourselves,” “Exploring the eHealth Ecosystem,” and more
· Upcoming WebJunction Webinars, June, July, & August
· A reminder about changes coming for WebJunction Minnesota (WJMN)
WebJunction Home Page Spotlight
Pew Type-ifies Library Users with New Quiz
Ahniwa Ferrari /
Published: 12 June 2014
In March, The Internet Project at Pew Research released results from their library engagement poll, From Distant Admirers to Library Lovers — and beyond: A typology of public library engagement in America. This week, Pew has released a supplemental activity to go along with that research, allowing users to answer a condensed version of that same quiz and compare how they stack up with the general population.
Pew classes this approach as “a little new” and explains, “… we used statistical analysis to cluster individuals into groups based on their usage of, views toward, and access to libraries, … to discover larger insights about how libraries fit into American culture. This type of work more fully embraces the idea that people’s information needs and practices shape their library use as much or more than their skin color, their age, the type of community they live in, or their socioeconomic circumstances.”
Sustaining Communities, Sustaining Ourselves
Ahniwa Ferrari /
Published: 04 June 2014
“When everything is online, why come to the library at all? The library of the future most certainly is not about storing books, but what is it? Well, we get to decide. That means, we get to do what we want, and everything is allowed.”
– Chrystie Hill at TEDxRanier – Libraries Present and Future
Aarhus Public Libraries in Aarhus, Denmark, built their new library using a process they call Participatory Democracy in Action. They did so by asking their community the question in the quote above, “If everything is online, why come to the library at all?” Feedback came from all over, children and adults, and had a huge impact in shaping the plan for the new Aarhus library building, Dokk1, which will open later this year on the harbor front in Aarhus.
What they achieved is not just a beautiful new library building offering innovative services, but a library that was planned, from the ground up with the participation of its community, to serve the community in the ways that the community said it wanted to be served. Since the new library hasn’t opened, it’s still too early to say what impact this type of participatory planning will have, but odds seem good that the library AND the community will thrive because of this connection between the two throughout the entire process.
When the services and space of the library meet the needs of the community, the library will help to sustain that community and the community, in turn, will sustain the library.
Exploring the eHealth Ecosystem
Liz Morris / Published: 03 June 2014
As the intersection of digital technology and individual health management continues to grow, so too does the web of resources, policies, and practices for adopting eHealth solutions in diverse organizations and communities. WebJunction’s recent webinar onTechnology Planning for eHealth introduced examples of eHealth adoption from a broad policy perspective — as well as in unique community settings. The webinar, which was presented as part of the Health Happens in Libraries program, also addressed the always salient topic of facilitating patron privacy when using technology to address personal health and wellness priorities.
McCrae Parker (Senior Program Manager) and Vanessa Mason (Senior Manager, eHealth) reviewed the important role that technical tools like personal health records (PHRs), disease management systems, and SMS and mobile applications are taking on as a matter of healthcare policy and delivery.
For many, the use of technology to support health needs has been most recently manifested through HealthCare.gov
, the health insurance marketplace established as part of the Affordable Care Act. However, there are many other technology-based resources to facilitate health information.
Read more >> Exploring the eHealth Ecosystem
Transforming Library Space for Community Engagement
Karen Austin / Published: 30 May 2014
What, after all, are libraries really about? Are libraries mostly about books and study? Or, are they mostly about community and the making of things and ideas?
This question is often batted about like a beach ball in a crowd during discussions about library funding, staffing, programming, collections …. You’ve been there and have likely pondered the question yourself. It came up early in a May 22 webinar, Transforming Library Space for Community Engagement
, and (spoiler alert), it turns out that libraries are about all those things, but mostly about people and their communities. Today’s evolving libraries are weeding collections and rethinking how to give their people the space they need to better engage as community.
The webinar explores the experience of changing the library’s physical space in ways that alter both perception and function. WebJunction Program Manager Bethe Gutsche hosts two librarians whose libraries were selected to pilot a grant from the Washington-based Allen Family Foundation. The grant is designed to explore the evolution of physical space and how that evolution can enrich and create opportunities that connect people with community.
Read more >> Transforming Library Space for Community Engagement
Upcoming WebJunction Webinars – June, July, and August 2014
Be Fearless: Public Speaking for Librarians
Wednesday, June 18, 1 p.m. Central, 60 min.
Do you quake at the thought of public speaking? Are you also faced with the need to communicate to audiences, small or large, the importance of your work in libraries? You really can overcome your anxieties and master the art of public speaking. Join us to learn basic skills for preparing and delivering speeches, plus tips to manage your nervousness and make your presentations more memorable. Armed with practical techniques, you’ll be ready to deliver clear, persuasive, and engaging presentations on behalf of your library.
Presented by: Mary H Stein
, Assistant Library Director, and TedxLSU Speaker
, East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Louisiana.
Making Your Space: Creators and Makers in the Library
Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 1 p.m. Central, 60 min.
There’s a transformation going on in libraries—a shift in emphasis from consuming information to convening and creating. Makerspaces in libraries are a big part of this conversation, where the learning and camaraderie are just as significant as tools like 3D printers. If the idea of a makerspace conjures up the hurdles for you (limited space, limited resources, or limited confidence in your own tech skills), this webinar will help you learn how to get started and grow a space in your library for creating. Together, we will debunk the hype, learn how to define your library’s scope and audience, get your board on board, and find creative partners in your community.
· Mara Siegel, Continuing Education Coordinator, Vermont Department of Libraries
· Samantha Maskell, Youth Services Librarian, Rockingham Free Public Library, Bellows Falls, VT
Libraries as Drivers of Community Development: Global Edition
Wednesday, July 16, 11 a.m. Central, 60 min.
Around the world, libraries are at the heart of community transformation. Instead of seeking to be responsive to emerging needs, libraries can actively push their communities to develop and thrive. Hear stories from around the globe about libraries that are a force to be reckoned with. Join us for this webinar that shares examples of libraries at the leading edge of positive change in communities in Honduras, Guatemala, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia.
Learn about home successful, practical grassroots approaches to library-driven community development.
The organizations and libraries featured are grantees of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation or are beneficiaries of a foundation-supported program. Darren Hoerner, Program Officer at the Gates Foundation, will introduce the session. Guided by the belief that all lives have equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people live healthy, productive lives.
Top Ten Skills for Teaching Tech to Patrons Thursday, Aug. 14, 1 p.m. Central, 60 min.
Opportunities to provide training occur every time you help someone with a technology related question, whether it’s one-on-one assistance or in a classroom environment. Making the most of the “teachable moment” involves the right combination of training skills, techniques, and tactics. Technology training is successful when library patrons learn something new and are able to apply it to their lives. You don’t need to be a tech expert to learn the practical skills for successful technology training. Crystal Schimpf will share the top 10 skills she’s found most effective in her years of training experience.
Presented by: Crystal Schimpf, CEO and Learning Facilitator at Kixal
Recruiting and Training Volunteers for Library Advocacy
Wednesday, August 20, 1 p.m. Central, 60 min.
Like many libraries, Michigan’s Herrick District Library has found itself with a leaner staff facing more responsibilities in recent years. The idea of sending employees out of the building to staff community awareness events seemed like a challenging concept. This Michigan library not only developed a volunteer force to meet the challenge, but they now have a sustainable volunteer training and management model to apply in future situations where the library has big dreams but lacks the staffing required to pursue them.
Come hear from a Geek the Library
shining star, and learn how to engage your community’s volunteer force.
Presented by: Sara DeVries, Marketing & Public Relations Manager, Herrick District Library, Michigan
A Reminder, Changes Coming for WebJunction Minnesota, July 1
The following announcement was shared via the WJMN listserv on June 10:
State Librarian, Jennifer Nelson, provided the following Update from State Library Services yesterday, June 9:
For several years WebJunction has offered three primary services to
Minnesota libraries—a website with a variety of information related to libraries, access to webinars, and self-paced courses. Anticipating a change in WebJunction’s business model effective July 1, 2014, State Library Services undertook a review and assessment of how Minnesota libraries use the service.
Overall we have learned that WebJunction’s topical webinars and the deep content on the website are used by staff from across the state. While access to these services will remain, there may be some adjustments in the number and frequency of webinars and in the availability of new content on the website as WebJunction implements its new business model.
At the same time, the majority of those who take self-paced courses are from a small handful of library systems. As a result, State Library Services will not be renewing its contract with WebJunction for self-paced courses. The last day to access in-progress courses will be June 30, 2014.
Please sign up for Crossroads
, the WebJunction newsletter. (See the subscription box in the right column of the WebJunction homepage — http://www.webjunction.org/
for information on upcoming learning opportunities. Minnesota will no longer distribute a monthly newsletter.
State Library Services is committed to supporting the continuing education and professional development of library staff and is actively identifying areas of need. If you would like to recommend areas of focus or would like more information about WebJunction in Minnesota, please contact Jennifer Nelson at 651-582-8791
or jennifer.r.nelson at state.mn.us.
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.