This week’s news from WebJunction and WebJunction Minnesota:
·         New archived webinars added to the WebJunction course catalog.
·         Learn about the Virtual Summer Book Club
·         June-July WebJunction webinars include topics supporting patron reading in small spaces with small budgets to the role of libraries in promoting early reading.
Webinar Archive updates WebJunction has added 10 more new archived webinars to the WebJunction course catalog.  Some of the new entries add more content to existing course categories and some cover topics that have been lacking in the catalog.  The courses added to theWebJunction course catalog include:

Technical services

§  Changes from AACR2 to RDA Pt-1 (ALCTS)
§  Changes from AACR2 to RDA Pt-2 (ALCTS)
§  Disaster Response (ALCTS)
§  Introduction to RDA (ALCTS)
§  Top Tech Trends for Materials Handling (Infopeople)
Library programming
§  Leveraging Technology for Early Literacy (Infopeople)
§  What’s New for Storytimes (Infopeople)
§  Libraries Go Boom: Serving Older Adults (WJ)
§  Data Visualization for Advocacy (WJ)
§  LibraryYOU:  Library as Content Creator (WJ)
There are now a total of 34 webinar archives in the catalog.
Remember – these can now be found under the new Subject Area: Archived Webinars.

Check the WebJunction Homepage to read: 

Get Schooled: Virtual Summer Book Club
WebJunction Staff / Published 24 May 2013
Coming this June, the Get Schooled Virtual Summer Book Club!
Summer learning loss is a very real challenge that causes students to fall further behind their peers each year. National non-profitGet Schooled seeks to partner with libraries and community groups to tackle summer brain drain. By providing a structured and entertaining challenge around reading, they hope to engage students in a way that boosts their critical thinking, reading comprehension and confidence, all while having fun. Reading is a social experience and the free online tools they provide through the challenge add a highly interactive component to summer reading programs that libraries might already have in place. They are currently recruiting library groups who have a strong teen presence.
Fight the Brain Drain with Books, Games, and More
JUNE 10 – JULY 26

Activities will focus on two books – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie and Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – and cover many other reading-focused topics.

Read More >> Get Schooled Virtual Summer Book Club

Upcoming WebJunction

Amp Up Your Technology Training
Tuesday, June 4, 1 pm Central, 60 min.
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 pm Central, 60 min.
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.
Libraries, Children and Families: new research and policy recommendations on role of libraries in early reading
Tuesday, July 9, 1 p.m. Central, 60 min.
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 the Institute 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, and Lee Rainie, director, Pew Research Center Internet & American Life Project.
Library Social Media Use
Wednesday, July 17, 1 pm Central, 60 min
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
Mary Ann Van Cura, State Library Services
Cecelia Boone, Minitex
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