Here’s this week’s news from WebJunction and WebJunction Minnesota:
· State Library Services Offers a New Electronic Discussion List
· New WebJunction Courses for MS Office 2013!
· August-September webinars range from such topics as preparing to provide support to patrons for the Affordable Care Act to commitment to equity of access.
New Electronic Discussion List for State Library Services
State Library Services has established a list-serve for distributing information to libraries in Minnesota. It will be used as a primary tool for announcements, including competitive grants, from the agency. The list-serve will also be used to distribute information of broad interest to the library community in Minnesota. The list-serve will not replace current distribution lists directed at specific audiences. To sign up, please send an email with “subscribe” in the subject line to: Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org
New WebJunction Course Offerings for MS Office 2013
SkillSoft continues to release courses for MS Office 2013. Five new Word 2013 courses can be found in the WebJunction catalog:
· Word 2013: Performing Basic Tasks
· Word 2013: Editing and Formatting
· Word 2013: Structuring a Document
· Word 2013: Adding Lists and Objects
· Word 2013: Using Tables
Login to the WebJunction catalog today and add one, or all, of these courses to your learning plan. Login today
WebJunction Home Page Spotlights
How to “Tech” with Teens: Give Them a Space and a VoiceMegan Knapp / Published 13 August 2013
In the “Where Teens and Technology Meet” Webinar, Angela Brade, Chief Operating Officer, Support Services, shares ideas and practices that have made the Howard County Library’s HiTech Digital Media Lab a model for engaging teens in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skill development.
Imagine teens working together at the library to develop apps and video games; or designing a digital fashion portfolio; or authoring an iBook for their peers on how to stop bullying. At HiTech, you don’t have to imagine, teens are doing all of these things and more, hanging out and geeking out together and learning valuable skills they will carry with them long after lessons end.
>> How to “Tech” with Teens: Give Them a Space and a Voice
ACA and State-Specific InformationLiz Morris / Published 16 August 2013 Many libraries are considering how to approach local needs, and these updates aim to help library staff connect patrons to available resources and community experts that can provide assistance. Read on for resources regarding the Affordable Care Act specific to your state, including information on other organizations working to support outreach and enrollment.
Read more >> ACA and State-Specific Information
No Wrong Door at Waukegan Public LibraryLiz Morris / Published 19 August 2013
Commitment to equity of access is a driving force at Waukegan Public Library. With an uninsured population of nearly 72,000, this Lake County, IL, library is deeply engaged in providing critical health information services to their patrons. Their Functional Health Literacy program began as many such programs do – with library leaders identifying barriers to access in their community and working tirelessly to break those barriers down. Building off the success of this program, Waukegan Public Library is now one of 27 partner agencies working to coordinate enrollment support for the Affordable Care Act, so that there is no wrong door for any community member to access this support.
Read more >> No Wrong Door at Waukegan Public Library
Meaningful Use: Libraries connecting patrons to ACA resources
Wednesday, Aug. 28, noon Centralhttp://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/Libraries_and_ACA_Resources.html
As libraries look ahead to the October 1 open enrollment date for the health insurance marketplace
, there is an abundance of information about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and many opportunities for public libraries. One of the key roles that libraries can play is to maintain an awareness of available resources in your area and develop an approach for connecting patrons to those resources in the way that makes the most sense for your community. If you cannot attend this live session, a recorded archive will be available to view at your convenience. Please sign up here
if you’d like to receive notifications about this project, including when the archive is available.
Please join us for this interactive session, where we will discuss strategies for libraries to identify ACA resources, hear from libraries that are working to prepare for patron requests, and obtain key policy and resource updates from ACA experts.
Due to high interest in this topic, registration for attending this webinar is full but we invite you to view the session via a live stream. For more information on accessing this option, please visit the event page
· Susan Hildreth, Institute of Museum and Library Services
· Susie Butler, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
· Evan Gallagher, ZeroDivide
· Carmen Patlan and Tatiana Alonso, Waukegan Public Library
· Lissa Staley, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
You built it and promoted it, but they didn’t come? Libraries can learn from marketing strategies that for-profit organizations use. Get beyond the one-off approach to promotion. Explore how to build “ambient awareness,” establishing your library as an authoritative source and a definitive provider of services for the community. Learn how to use social media not only for communication, but as a tool to monitor and document the impact of the library. Get your whole team onboard to tell the library’s convincing story of its impact on your community.
Presented by: Ned Potter
, author of the Library Marketing Toolkit
, speaker, and academic librarian at the University of York, UK
The newly updated and recently launched Impact Survey
is a full-service online survey tool designed for public library staff to understand community use of library technology services and how to improve those services. The Impact Survey evolved from the 2009 Opportunity for All
study and makes the complex job of surveying patrons easy and fast at no cost to library staff.
Collecting patron-level data on library technology use is tremendously beneficial to public libraries. Understanding your community’s unique technology needs is essential to providing patrons with useful technology services. Join us to learn how library staff can implement the Impact Survey and use the survey results to:
a. Inform smart internal planning, strategy, and resource allocation
b. Use local facts and figures to support advocacy and fundraising efforts when communicating with local decision makers and other stakeholders
c. Improve their ranking with the Edge and other evaluation metrics
d. Better serve their communities
Presented by: Samantha Becker
, Research Manager for the U.S. Impact Study at the University of Washington Information School
Building a Digital Dodge City
“What does digital inclusion mean for people in a community? All people, businesses, and institutions will have access to digital content and technologies that enable them to create and support health, prosperous, and cohesive 21st century communities.” (Building Digital Communities: Getting Started)
Building a digitally inclusive community requires buy-in and engagement from all sectors, with libraries playing a lead role alongside government, schools, businesses, and individuals. Using the principles and steps in Building Digital Communities: A Framework for Action, Dodge City, Kansas is engaging stakeholders, aligning interests, setting community-wide goals and developing demonstration projects. Join us for a conversation with the Dodge City leadership team discussing why they have prioritized a community-wide initiative, the challenges of working with multiple sectors (with diverging goals!), what they expect from the project and what they recommend to others considering a similar path.
· Cathy Reeves, director, Dodge City Public Library
· Jane Longmeyer, Public Relations manager, City of Dodge City
· Greta Clark, professor, director of Multicultural Education, Dodge City Community College
Geek the Library helps public libraries shift the perception of libraries in the community, and changes the conversation from one about information to one about transformation. The Geek the Library community awareness campaign at East Baton Rouge Parish Library (EBRPL) activated both internal and external library advocates, and got the community talking about the library. Learn more about the EBRPL story and get your questions answered live!
Presented by Mary Stein, Assistant Library Director, Administrative Services, East Baton Rouge Parish Library
Leaving Fort Ref: Frontiers of Embedded Librarianship
At the innovative Douglas County (Colo.) Libraries, librarians don’t just wait for the questions to come to them. They leave the building and embed the public library
in the community. Through a series of projects and experiments, the Douglas County librarians have explored a new dimension of modern reference service, one that places their expertise at points of need to respond to the questions the public didn’t
take to the library. By helping to define and answer questions in context, the embedded librarians add value to their community.
Presented by: Jamie LaRue, director, Coble Galston, business librarian and Amy Long, Parker library manager, Douglas County Libraries (CO)
Serving Readers: Beyond the Basics
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 1 pm Central, 60 min.
As libraries evolve and adapt to changing circumstances, it is crucial to our continued community relevance that we retain and serve our core constituency of readers. Reader’s advisory specialists from The Seattle Public Library
will expand on 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.
Presented by: David Wright and Andrea Gough, readers advisory librarians with the Seattle Public Library’s Reader Services Department
Libraries Go “Outside the Box” with Redbox
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 1 p.m. Central, 60 min.
Outside the Box
is an innovative program that is focused on enriching communities by bringing people together for free, fun, public entertainment experiences. In this pilot program, five public libraries teamed up with Redbox, America’s Destination for Entertainment. Led by the local communities, with support from OCLC, and guidance by consultants from the Project for Public Spaces
, the initiative explores “placemaking,” an approach that breathes life and community connection into public spaces. This webinar will showcase placemaking activities at the pilot libraries, as well as share best practices and perspectives on community engagement from program partners.
· Megan Knapp, Project Manager, OCLC
· Elena Madison, Vice President, Project for Public Spaces
· Hallie Rich, Marketing and Communications Director, Cuyahoga County Public Library
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.