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Here’s this week’s news from WebJunction and WebJunction Minnesota:
·                     New Courses:  What is Cloud Computing & E-Readers for Everyone!
·                     WJ homepage articles feature self-directed achievement & preparing libraries for the Affordable Care Act
·                     July-September webinars range from such topics as marketing libraries to Leaving Fort Ref:  Embedded Librarianship
New WJ Courses
Cloud computing: What Is It? (NEW!)
“It’s in the cloud” is a phrase we hear more and more, but what does that really mean? Watch this webinar to learn what the cloud really is and what it means to library staff and library patrons. This webinar is designed to be easy to understand with simple, real world examples.
E-Readers for Everyone!
Keeping up with the rapidly changing landscape of e-readers can feel overwhelming for library staff. How are library instructors successfully navigating this sea of change? This webinar provides suggestions for and examples of how to most effectively help patrons learn to use e-readers.
Add a course to your learning plan. Login to the WebJunction course catalog, search by course title and select “Add to My Courses” or “Launch Course” to get started. Login today!

WebJunction Home Page Spotlights
A Happy Hour for Library Staff LearningSusan Green / Published 30 July 2013  
In Feb. 2013, WebJunction hosted a webinar, Self-Directed Achievement: if you give library staff an hour, with Jami Carter and her team from the Tooele City Library in Utah. number of libraries have reported that they have begun to use the Self-Directed Achievement model presented in the webinar to address staff training and development needs and that they are seeing impactful results. This article on the WJ website was written by Susan Green, branch manager for the Morrison Regional branch of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library in Charlotte, NCWJ staff look forward to hearing from other libraries who are using the model to innovate with staff learning opportunities.
As the manager of a Charlotte Mecklenburg Library regional branch, I was concerned, like Jami, that our training was uneven. Some of our 29-member staff took regular opportunities for in-house and County training, but others never participated. Fortunately, while browsing the WebJunction page one day, I came across the intriguing title, “If you give your staff an hour…”, and immediately registered. I tuned in on the live broadcast and found it lively, informative and motivating.
When the webinar finished, I left my office, walked around the building and talked to every employee who was here at the time. I probably talked to 15 or so staff. I asked them, “If you had one hour per week for self-directed training, meaning you could spend an hour training on anything you wanted that pertained to the job, can you think of something you would work on?” Every single employee, without hesitation, immediately came up with something they would like to do. 

Read more >> A Happy Hour for Library Staff Learning

Preparing Libraries for the Affordable Care ActLiz Morris / Published 31 July 2013
On July 26, WebJunction hosted a webinar to share information about plans to provide library staff with online resources to respond to increased patron information needs related to the Affordable Care Act. Libraries & Health Insurance – Preparing for October 1, was attended by over 1,000 individuals, eager to learn more about existing ACA resources and expectations for local library engagement as the country prepares for the Oct. 1, 2013 open enrollment date.

Speakers included Jackie Garner from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Susan Hildreth from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Ruth Holst from the National Network of Library of Medicine, Greater Midwest Regional Medical Library, and WebJunction’s own Kendra Morgan.
This webinar was presented as part of the new eHealth project from WebJunction, which is being undertaken through a cooperative agreement with IMLS and in partnership with ZeroDivide. The collaborative of webinar presenters and project partners underscores a driving priority of this work, which is to ensure that libraries have access to the most relevant information that they need, from the most reliable sources, in order to respond to patron inquiries regarding the ACA.
Some of the key webinar takeaways are reviewed in this article on the WJ website,  but do feel free to spread the word about the available webinar archive for ACA information, and sign-up to stay informed of more resources as they are available!
Read more >> Preparing Libraries for the Affordable Care Act

Upcoming WebJunction Webinars!

Where Teens and Technology Meet: engaging teens with digital media
Thursday, Aug. 8, 1 p.m. Central, 60 min.
At Howard County Library System’s HiTech Digital Media Lab, teens are developing critical 21st century skills and being guided toward careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Founded on innovative teaching methods which demonstrate that teens learn most effectively through hands-on projects and peer-to-peer communications, HiTech provides curriculum that is both self-paced and structured, offering an array of classes and projects for youth to select. The community response has been remarkable. Youth are on waiting lists to register for opportunities to explore and learn about STEM principles while having fun in the process.

HiTech is funded in part through a federal grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and IMLS. Sponsors include Friends of Howard County Library, and Frank and Yolanda Bruno.

Presented by:

·         Angela Brade, Chief Operating Officer, Support Services, Howard County Library System

Marketing Libraries: What the not-for-profits can learn from the lots-of-profits
Thursday, Aug. 29, noon Central, 60 min.
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
Impact Survey: Understand Your Community’s Technology Needs
Thursday, Sept. 5, 1 p.m. Central, 60 min.
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:
Inform smart internal planning, strategy, and resource allocation
·         Use local facts and figures to support advocacy and fundraising efforts when communicating with local decision makers and other stakeholders
·         Improve their ranking with the Edge and other evaluation metrics
·         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
Tuesday, Sept. 10, 1 p.m. Central, 60 min.
“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.

Presented by:

·         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
Leaving Fort Ref: Frontiers of Embedded Librarianship
Tuesday, Sept. 24, noon Central, 90 min.
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)

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.