Library Needs and Responses to the Opioid Crisis: A Town Hall Summary

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Published: 21 September 2017
Library Needs and Responses to the Opioid Crisis: A Town Hall Summary

The opioid overdose and addiction crisis is crashing through American cities and towns. Opioids, including prescription drugs and heroin, now kill 91 people each day and the number of opioid associated deaths have more than quadrupled since 1999.1 To explore library needs and responses to this growing crisis, WebJunction, in collaboration with the Public Library Association (PLA), hosted a virtual town hall on September 12. This provided an opportunity for library staff, community health practitioners and other city and county partners to come together, ask questions and share experiences.

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Design for Learning: All Seven Modules Now Available

Kathleen Gesinger
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Published: 19 September 2017
Design for Learning: All Seven Modules Now Available

Online learning opens up a world of opportunity for learners, and having engaging courses and prepared trainers are essential to a successful experience. Designing and facilitating online learning are skills that require solid teaching fundamentals, practice and space to master. It takes time to develop a well-rounded understanding of the elements of planning for and delivering a successful online training. Whether you're a seasoned in-person trainer and interested in how to approach training online, or someone interested in what it takes to teach online, Design for Learning: 21st Century Online Teaching and Learning Skills for Library Workers (D4L) has what... Read more

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Social Media and Libraries Webinar Series

WebJunction and TechSoup for Libraries
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Published: 13 September 2017
Social Media and Libraries Webinar Series

Harness the power of social media to develop and optimize your library's marketing program with a free, three-part webinar series. Registration is now open for the Social Media and Libraries Webinar Series, hosted in collaboration by WebJunction and TechSoup for Libraries. We'll help you build a social media strategy, including how to select platforms that work with different types of library content to create brand awareness, increase traffic, and meet community goals. This series will highlight social media best practices to keep patrons and library staff engaged, develop measurable goals, and cultivate new readers and learners in your community.

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Shoestring Digital Media Lab: How one little underfunded library made it happen

Betha Gutsche
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Published: 07 September 2017
Shoestring Digital Media Lab: How one little underfunded library made it happen

The year was 2012 and several large public libraries were pioneering high-tech digital medial labs as an innovative approach to engaging a diverse audience of teens. Tameca Beckett attended PLA in Philadelphia as the Youth Services Librarian for Laurel (DE) Public Library (service population: 15K; residents below poverty level: 36%). As she listened to a presentation on the transformational aspects of a digital media lab, she went through a rapid cycle of elation to dismay to resolution.

Beckett believes in not being afraid to start with almost nothing. It’s like rolling a snowball— just start rolling a little ball and... Read more

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Librarians Who Wikipedia: Bob Kosovsky, New York Public Library

Monika Sengul-Jones, OCLC Wikipedian-in-Residence
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Published: 05 September 2017
Librarians Who Wikipedia: Bob Kosovsky, New York Public Library

Eleven years ago, Bob Kosovsky of New York Public Library started his Wikipedia journey. Today, he considers editing to be a part of his library outreach work. Indeed, thanks to creating more than 40 articles, he has directed web users' attention to the library. We met up with Bob to hear his Wikipedia story and learn how he has begun to measure the positive impact of his engagement with Wikipedia on his library system.

How did you get involved with Wikipedia?

I began to edit in 2009 in earnest, while I was working at the New York Public Library... Read more

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