New Course: Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces

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Published: 15 January 2019
New Course: Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces

Are you ready to imagine the possibilities that can come with an active learning space in your library? WebJunction has you covered! Our IMLS grant-funded project, Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces, and we're excited to announce the new free, online course available to anyone interested in creating smart library spaces.

Smart library spaces are designed to meet the needs and desires of diverse communities. Smart spaces are where discovery and community intersect, fostering social connection among people of all ages by providing active learning that encourages exploration and play. Participating libraries engaged community members throughout the process to discover... Read more

Seniors and Financial Scams: When Traditional Workshops Aren't Working

Steph Waite, Communications Coordinator
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Published: 10 January 2019
Seniors and Financial Scams: When Traditional Workshops Aren't Working

Consumers lost a total of $905 million to fraud in 2017, according to the Federal Trade Commission's 2017 Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book. The FTC fielded 1.1 million fraud reports last year, with fraudulent debt collection, identify theft, and imposter scams accounting for nearly half of the reports. Yet, Kim Gile, Community Reference Manager at the Kansas City Public Library in Kansas City, Missouri,  says that of all the financial literacy workshops her library has offered, the one on identity theft was among the most poorly attended.

Gile attracted the highest attendance for financial literacy workshops on topics such... Read more

Social Library, Volume 124

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 08 January 2019
Social Library, Volume 124

In this latest Social Library edition, we're highlighting five more innovative programs from libraries we follow on Facebook. From a Noon Year celebration to a blood pressure monitoring station, and from a bar book club to a women veteran's tea, these unique approaches to serving patron needs and interests are sure to inspire. If you'd like to see your library featured in an upcoming edition, please let us know via social@webjunction.org or find us on Facebook.

Ilsley Public Library in Vermont hosted an all-ages Happy Noon Year 2019 celebration this year and the photos are fantastic! "If you're too... Read more

Posted In: Social Library

WebJunction at ALA Midwinter in Seattle

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Published: 03 January 2019
WebJunction at ALA Midwinter in Seattle

Planning your ALA Midwinter schedule? WebJunction staff will be there! Come join us at the OCLC booth for Power Hour sessions where we'll be sharing what we've been working on at WebJunction, and we look forward to hearing what's happening in your library community. We'll also be presenting two sessions at the Symposium on the Future of Libraries. There are a wide range of additional OCLC events in Seattle where you can learn more about initiatives and to connect with fellow members. Check out the full listing of OCLC events and put us on your schedule!

Posted In: WebJunction News

Transform Your Library with WebJunction

Published: 02 January 2019
Transform Your Library with WebJunction

"The transformation is unbelievable. The whole library used to be dark and not fun."

This is what one patron said about the space transformation at the Glenns Ferry Public Library, in Glenns Ferry, Idaho, that was fueled by a grant to OCLC from IMLS and guided by the experts at WebJunction through the Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces program. If you’ve been wanting to collaborate with your community in transforming a space in your library to encourage more hands-on, participatory active learning, it might be time to get your library involved, too.

During the first round of the project, 15... Read more

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