This week’s news from WebJunction and WebJunction Minnesota:

·                  WebJunction 2013 Member Satisfaction Survey
·                  Check out all the courses available to WebJunction and WebJunction Minnesota participants
·                  And, May-July list of WebJunction webinars includes topics ranging from how libraries can provide better technology training for their users to strategies to help libraries get the most from social media.
Participate in WebJunction’s 2013 Member Satisfaction Survey!
Every year, WebJunction creates a survey to collect input from its members. The survey’s goal is to ensure sure that WebJunction continues to be the best resource it can be to support all kinds of library learning. Take a few minutes to share your opinions on the value of WebJunction, areas for improvement, and the future of libraries. This year’s survey has been designed with your busy schedules in mind; the more feedback we receive, the better we can prioritize services and resources to meet the needs of libraries now and moving into the future.
This year, in addition to gathering feedback about your satisfaction with WebJunction, the survey also explores topics of importance to libraries, including:
  •     Trends in technology, social networks, and libraries
  •     Fundamental changes occurring in libraries now and in the near future
  •               Resources beyond WebJunction that we use to learn and grow in your job
The survey will close on May 26. Here is the link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WJSatisfaction2013
In addition to receiving WebJunction’s thanks, everyone who completes the survey will have the opportunity to enter in a drawing for a $25 gift card. You will have the opportunity to provide your name and email at the end of the survey; all of your answers will remain anonymous.
Thank you for helping WebJunction continue to be a valuable resource for library staff throughout the world.
 
 
Top April 2013 Course Enrollments
Did you enroll in a WJ course in April?  Here’s a list of the top 10 courses for the month:
1.   Accompanying the Young Reader:  Helping the Reader Choose Appropriate Books
2.   Readers’ Advisory Services
3.   Excel 2010:  Getting Started
4.   Customer Service Confrontation and Conflict
5.   Dealing with Angry Patrons
6.   Introduction to Cataloging for Non-Catalogers
7.   RDA in 10 Easy Steps
8.   The Future of Online Learning
9.   Basic Web-based Reference
10.  Shelving with Dewey
And, we’d like to point out two other interesting course alternatives:
Best Kept Secret: Marketing the Small & Rural Library
This webinar covers basic marketing and branding techniques for small and rural libraries. (1 hour)
 
Winning Library Grants
Learn how to quickly locate grant opportunities, find out what funders are looking for in a successful grant proposal, and discover real library grant success techniques from librarians just like you. (1 hour)
 
Remember, these courses, and many more, are available to you in WebJunction Minnesota and WebJunction.  To select a class, log in at: https://oclc.plateau.com/plateau/user/login.do
Upcoming Webinars
May:
Broadband Adoption Toolkit
Wednesday, May 22, noon Central
Building a digitally inclusive community requires multiple strategies, collaborations and creativity. Some digital inclusion strategies are referred to as “broadband adoption” which includes technology training, broadband awareness, low cost internet service and low cost home computers. NTIA is expected to release a Broadband Adoption Toolkit in May 2013. Join us for a conversation with the creators of the Broadband Adoption Toolkit to discuss what they learned and how the broadband adoption pieces fit together.
 
Presented by:
·         Laura Breeden, Team Leader, BTOP Program at the U.S. Department of Commerce, NTIA
·         John Horrigan, Vice President and Director, Media Technology Institute at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
·         Laura Marlane, Director, Providence Community Library
·         Lindsey Keck, Program Manager, Office of Innovation & Technology, City of Philadelphia
·         Angela SieferDigital Inclusion Program Manager at OCLC
June:
Amp Up Your Technology Training
Tuesday, June 4, 1 p.m. Central
More Americans than ever are coming to their libraries to access the Internet and get help connecting with their families, the job market and online services. Many library visitors lack basic computer skills, or need to learn the essential technology skills to apply for and land a job. With continual technology change, libraries are challenged to provide quality, up-to-date curriculum for their communities.  OASIS Connections, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting successful aging through lifelong learning, healthy living and social engagement, has partnered with urban and rural libraries across the country to provide a cost-effective training solution that helps adults of all ages develop technology skills and confidence. Learn how different library systems have adopted the program to serve varying local needs.
Presented by:
·         Amy VanDeVelde, National Program Manager OASIS Connections
·         Mary Bush, Librarian Public Technology Training, Multnomah County Library
·         Hayley St. John-Ayre, Administrative Coordinator 2, Broward County Library
Support Patron Learning in Small Spaces with Small Budgets
Wednesday, June 12, 1 p.m. Central
In small communities, libraries can often be the only provider of free public access to technology and the internet. And as more people turn to their library to learn technology skills, even the tiniest of libraries are faced with the challenge of providing training to patrons with limited staff, resources, and space. Learn from small and rural libraries who are making training a reality for their patrons, using volunteers, leveraging partnerships and integrating learning into everyday interactions. Whether the technology training you do (or want to do) is one-to-one, on-the-fly or a more formal program, this session will include tips and suggestions for improving the effectiveness of the training you provide. This webinar is hosted in collaboration with TechSoup for Libraries and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries.
Presented by:
·         Brenda Hough and Stephanie Gerding, consultants, TechSoup for Libraries
·         Wendy Street, director, Pella Public Library, Iowa.
July:
Libraries, Children and Families: new research and policy recommendations on role of libraries in early reading
Tuesday, July 9, 1 p.m. Central
The importance of early childhood education was underscored by President Obama in his most recent State of the Union address: “Study after study shows that the sooner a child begins learning, the better he or she does down the road.” Join us to hear Susan Hildreth, director of theInstitute of Museum and Library Services, present on a recent policy report, developed with the Campaign for Grade-level Reading, that highlights the role of libraries in early learning. The report also offers a plan of action for policy makers to build on current research and include libraries in early learning strategies. Attendees will learn about best practices for enhancing reading programs and how to participate in your community’s efforts to address literacy concerns. In addition, Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, will describe the Project’s newly released report about the special role that libraries play in the life of families with children. Attendees will learn what matters to parents about their library experiences with their children, and how library programs and outreach can address those needs.
Presented by:
·         Susan Hildreth, director, Institute of Museum and Library Services,
·         Lee Rainie, director, Pew Research Center Internet & American Life Project
Library Social Media Use
Wednesday, July 17, 1 p.m. Central
Over half of the world’s 2 billion internet users interact with social media tools to create, share, and exchange information and ideas while online. Libraries are using these tools to market programs and services, and to connect and engage with their communities beyond the library walls. Join us as we explore Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest as examples of tools that are being used successful by libraries. The webinar will cover how to create, administer, moderate, and leverage your library’s online presence. Some basic security settings for each social media tool will be discussed as well.
Presented by: Dr. Roberto Gallardo, Project Director, Extension Broadband Education and Adoption Team (e-BEAT) in Mississippi.
WJMN Team
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.