Here’s this week’s news from WebJunction and WebJunction Minnesota:
·         WebJunction Home Page Spotlights:  Recruiting Volunteers for Library Advocacy & The Reference Interaction – Fusion of Modern and Traditional Reference Services
·         Upcoming WebJunction Webinars, June & July
WebJunction Home Page Spotlight
Geek the Force: Recruiting and Using Volunteers for Library Advocacy
Tina Yersavich Published: 23 May 2014

Like many libraries, Michigan’s Herrick District Library has found itself with a leaner staff facing more responsibilities in recent years. HDL staff members remained excited and optimistic about their work and continued to dream mightily, but the library was experiencing the impact of being stretched thin.  HDL liked the Geek the Library concept, but wondered how to capitalize on the program’s full potential when the library did not have enough personnel hours available in the budget to send staff out of the building for campaign events.

After much brainstorming, with a few minor tweaks to budget and responsibilities,  the library’s management team envisioned a way to make the program work using volunteers. Once the team approved of the plan for staffing the campaign, library leadership involved the entire staff in identifying the necessary volunteers. At a special internal pre-launch party staff members considered questions like:

  • Who are the influencers in our community, and who knows those influencers?
  • Who loves HDL and also has the skills to share that love with our community?
  • What do you personally geek, and how could the library connect to that passion through your own community involvement?
Read more >> Geek the Force: Recruiting and Using Volunteers for Library Advocacy

The Reference Interaction – Fusion of Modern and Traditional Reference Services
Tina Yersavich Published: 15 May 2014

Each reference interaction between a librarian and patron is an opportunity for mutual learning within a shared space.  Patrons communicate their information needs while the librarian, using probing questions, seeks to provide the appropriate resource.

In the WebJunction webinar, Reference Services: Tried, True, and New, Vanessa Irvin Morris, Assistant Teaching Professor, College of Computing and Informatics, Drexel University, explains, “Every experience is the answer to a reference question.” Every reference and life interaction provides the tools a librarian needs to successfully answer reference questions.

Morris highlights that librarians continue to learn after the reference transaction is complete. Librarians reflect on each reference interaction – from the probing questions to resources used – to build on improving future reference interactions.

Read more >> The Reference Interaction – Fusion of Modern and Traditional Reference Services

Upcoming WebJunction Webinars – June and July 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 some 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, 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.
Presented by:
·         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 aiming 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 and bring 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.
Presented by:
·         William Cartwright, President and CEO, Riecken Community Libraries
·         Ugne Lipeikaite, Impact Coordinator, EIFL-PLIP (Public Library Innovation Programme)
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.

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