Remember, WebJunction Minnesota ( is
a great source of self-paced courses – in addition to providing free library
webinars from a variety of sources. The courses cover a wide range
of subjects – last month’s top 10 courses for WebJunction members throughout the
US were: Readers’ Advisory Services; Dealing with Angry Patrons; Introduction to
Cataloging for Non-Catalogers; Basic Web-based Reference; Customer
Service: Confrontation & Conflict; Weeding the Library
Collection; Accompanying the Young Reader: Helping the Reader
Choose Appropriate Books; Customer Service Fundamentals: Building
Rapport in Customer Relationships; Conflict, Stress, and Time Management;
Planning Story Times for Children.
Descriptions of the WebJunction webinars
for December-February follow below — for information about other
free library webinars, see the WebJunction Minnesota blog:
January Webinars:
The Impact of
an Ice Cream Sundae
Jan. 15, 1p.m. Central, 60 min.
What does an ice
cream sundae have to do with library partnerships? Let’s pretend that your
community organizations (school,
academic, public and special libraries, and other local organizations) are your
favorite kind of ice cream. Now let’s ladle your favorite toppings over the ice
cream to represent the organizations’ resources, programs, personnel and
funding. How can the ice cream “mix” with the toppings to be the most luscious
dessert possible for the most people? When community organizations collaborate
to share their resources with one another, they make the biggest possible impact
on the most lives. Learn easy, understandable and powerful strategies that will
give you renewed energy to create bold and imaginative collaborations among all
types of community organizations.
Presented by:
Kathy Jacobs, Director, Yankton (SD) Community Library
Creating a
Culture of Innovation in your Library and Community
Jan. 23, noon Central, 60 min.
We hear about
libraries that are leaders in innovation, implementing ideas that keep the
library growing and vital. Perhaps you have watched from the sidelines and
wished you could kickstart some innovation at your library, but you’re not sure where to
start. Come to this webinar for an active and lively discussion on how to find
innovative ideas, how to connect with the people to help make them happen, and
how to get buy-in and support for your ideas. There is a lot to be learned from
other libraries’ examples and experiences.
Presented by:
Heather Braum, Digital & Technical Services Librarian at the
Northeast Kansas Library System, blogger at,
and 2010 Kansas Library Association’s New Professional of the
February Webinars:
Self-Directed Achievement: if you give library staff an
Feb. 7, noon Central, 60 min.
“Set one
training goal each week achievable in one hour.” This simple directive was given
to every staff member of one Utah library in September 2011. The result just one
year later? A sustainable, positive culture transformation. The mechanism,
called “Self-Directed Achievement”, is a consistent, agile, individualized
approach to staff development in a climate of constant change. It champions the
basic library principle of lifelong learning. It is achievable for every
individual with any level of expertise. And its impact will ripple through your
organization from the staff work room to public lounge areas. Following this
webinar, you will understand the model, mechanics, individual accountability,
and supervisory responsibility involved in this remarkable method… and you’ll
want to do it too.
Presented by:
From Tooele City Library (UT), Jami Carter, Director; Steve Peay,
Library Supervisor; and Rachel Gull, Library
The Future of
Online Learning: a changing landscape
Feb. 27, noon Central, 60 min.
As a leader in
online learning for ten years, WebJunction has watched the practice evolve from
the earliest webinars to the latest in social media tools. We know it has
enriched lifelong learning opportunities, yet we also know the possibilities are
still expanding. Join us as we explore what education innovators are doing to
increase engagement through learner-centered discovery, flipped classrooms, and
enhanced online learning. Let’s learn from each other in this interactive
webinar. Help us map a future for elearning so WebJunction can better support
your lifelong learning journey.
Presented by:
WebJunction staff and special guests