The Giving Garden: An OCLC Day of Caring

Kathleen Gesinger
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Published: 22 October 2014
The Giving Garden: An OCLC Day of Caring

Every fall, the OCLC Seattle regional office has the opportunity to participate in our local United Way’s Day of Caring, an annual volunteer day dedicated to supporting local nonprofit organizations and the communities they serve.

As a global library cooperative, we strive each day to make a difference in libraries all across the world, knowing that we are impacting the work of libraries and library staff who directly support the ever-increasing number of individuals each library serves. Whether through the technology that facilitates shared cataloging services and digital image collections, or programming around library staff development or public library... Read more

Success Adapted: The Story of Flat Rex

Julianne C. Moore
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Published: 15 October 2014
Success Adapted: The Story of Flat Rex

I attended a webinar presented by a small town librarian (Becky Baker, in Community Connections) and she talked about ways that she was able to get the community involved in promoting the library. Local businesses would host the summer reading program (SRP) sign in the lobby promoting the library and the SRP. I thought that was a fabulous idea as I too am a branch librarian in a small town and I am always looking for ways to make the community aware of a) the fact that there is a library here and b) what the library has to offer.

I shared many of... Read more

Cultivating a Hacker Ethic: Digital Citizenship at the Innisfil Public Library

Debra Mann
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Published: 09 October 2014
Cultivating a Hacker Ethic: Digital Citizenship at the Innisfil Public Library

At Innisfil Public Library, our vision is to spark ideas to ignite a creative and dynamic community. A central pillar of our current strategic plan is to "Cultivate a Hacker Ethic" through integrating technology into our services and spaces, and building technological confidence. As a result, the concept of responsible digital citizenship weaves quite naturally into many of our programs and services, even if it is not explicitly stated.

The Library has long offered traditional technology classes, usually done in a training room with participants at individual computer stations. Many of these classes tackle specific examples of digital citizenship. Our... Read more

The Fast Train to Course Creation

Betha Gutsche
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Published: 01 October 2014
The Fast Train to Course Creation

You could say that every grant project we embark on at WebJunction is an ambitious reach to explore new library learning territory that takes us beyond our comfort zone. A notable difference with the Strengthening CE Content for Libraries grant (funded by IMLS) is that we invited twelve top-of-their-game CE providers along for the whirlwind ride. In what felt like zero-to-60rpm acceleration, project team members from WebJunction and Infopeople designed and piloted a CE Training Institute curriculum that challenged this elite group to form collaborative teams, agree on topics of priority to libraries and work together virtually to create self-paced... Read more

Spark Your Project: Tech Tools for Libraries

Jenny Powell
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Published: 30 September 2014
Spark Your Project: Tech Tools for Libraries

Tech tools have rapidly emerged to augment digital storytelling, intuitively edit photos and video clips, easily convert complex file formats, and aid team collaboration without a myriad of emails. So, how do you know which tools can effectively help your library staff engage with patrons while increasing digital literacy skills?

Tech-tamer Kieran Hixon, Technology and Digital Initiatives Consultant, Colorado State Library, and Board Member and Web Master, Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL), has created a Tech Tools Ready Reference shelf to help determine which tools will best support your needs. In his recent WebJunction webinar, Taming Tech... Read more

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