Join us for the first webinar in the youThink! Fridays series, presented by WebJunction Illinois.
Is your library building looking a little dated? Join us for the first youThink! webinar with WebJunction Illinois. Nancy Dolan with Quincy Public Library and staff from the University of Illinois at Chicago will discuss major renovations and the creation of brand new spaces for their libraries. Panelists will touch on how these renovations were funded, challenges they faced in the planning/building process, and discuss how the spaces are being used now.
Libraries, Children and Families: new research and policy recommendations on role of libraries in early reading
A webinar discussing recent Pew research and an IMLS policy report focused on the role and impact of libraries on the lives of early reading development.
The importance of early childhood education was underscored by President Obama in his most recent State of the Union address: "Study after study shows that the sooner a child begins learning, the better he or she does down the road." Join us to hear Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, present on a recent report, Growing Young Minds, developed with the Campaign for Grade-level Reading, that highlights the role of libraries in early learning. The report also offers a plan of action for policy makers to build on current research and include libraries in early learning strategies. Attendees will learn about best practices for enhancing reading programs and how to participate in your community’s efforts to address literacy concerns. In addition, Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, will describe the Project’s newly released report about the special role that libraries play in the life of families with children. Attendees will learn what matters to parents about their library experiences with their children, and how library programs and outreach can address those needs.
This webinar will showcase how small and rural libraries can provide effective training to patrons even with limited staff, resources, or space.
In small communities, libraries can often be the only provider of free public access to technology and the internet. And as more people turn to their library to learn technology skills, even the tiniest of libraries are faced with the challenge of providing training to patrons with limited staff, resources, and space. Learn from small and rural libraries who are making training a reality for their patrons, using volunteers, leveraging partnerships and integrating learning into everyday interactions. Whether the technology training you do (or want to do) is one-to-one, on-the-fly or a more formal program, this session will include tips and suggestions for improving the effectiveness of the training you provide. This webinar is hosted in collaboration with TechSoup for Libraries and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries.
A webinar on technology training for communities. Learn how OASIS Connections classes are helping communities build skills and confidence using computers, the Internet and today's technology.
More Americans than ever are coming to their libraries to access the Internet and get help connecting with their families, the job market and online services. Many library visitors lack basic computer skills, or need to learn the essential technology skills to apply for and land a job. With continual technology change, libraries are challenged to provide quality, up-to-date curriculum for their communities.
OASIS Connections, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting successful aging through lifelong learning, healthy living and social engagement, has partnered with urban and rural libraries across the country to provide a cost-effective training solution that helps adults of all ages develop technology skills and confidence. Learn how different library systems have adopted the program to serve varying local needs.
A webinar with the creators of the Broadband Adoption Toolkit discussing how to implement strategies for building digitally inclusive communities.
Increasing access and use of information technologies is essential for communities and individuals. Libraries, local government, community-based organizations and businesses are creating a variety of solutions. Building a digitally inclusive community requires multiple strategies, collaborations and creativity. Some digital inclusion strategies are referred to as “broadband adoption” which includes technology training, broadband awareness, low cost internet service and low cost home computers. NTIA is expected to release a Broadband Adoption Toolkit in May 2013. Join us for a conversation with the creators of the Broadband Adoption Toolkit to discuss what they learned and how the broadband adoption pieces fit together.
A webinar exploring LibraryYOU, a project encouraging community members to share their knowledge and learn how to communicate through digital media formats.
Learn how the Escondido Public Library partnered with local experts to create digital content for the library’s collection. Funded by an LSTA grant, the LibraryYOU project consists of a digital media studio, a website, and public training classes encouraging community members to share their knowledge and learn how to communicate through digital media formats. LibraryYOU helps strengthen connections with local businesses, establishing the library as a technology leader in the community.
This webinar covers how Escondido set up LibraryYOU and how other libraries, large and small, can set up similar community content creation projects.
A webinar discussing recent research and data around public library e-book purchasing and exploring strategies being developed around public policy, data collection and the library’s value in the e-book supply chain.
Access to e-books is one of the most important issues facing public libraries today. With a planning grant (The Big Shift) funded by IMLS, OCLC has gathered recent research and data around public library e-book purchasing to aid the discussion and inform public library leaders who are assessing tactics for extending e-book access.
A January 2013 convening of public library leaders from across the U.S. resulted in a set of strategies that they have agreed to pursue. The strategies include public policy, data collection and clearly defining the library’s value in the e-book supply chain, and outlining how libraries themselves can become vital participants in the emerging models for content creation and delivery. We will talk about how these strategies are progressing, how this work fits with other initiatives to extend e-book access, and we’ll touch on how you can get involved with these efforts.
WebJunction.org is proud to be hosting an engaging discussion of Rhode Island’s digital inclusion stakeholder engagement process. We’ll discuss why Broadband Rhode Island (BBRI) decided it was important to create a process of engaging stakeholders in order to discuss technology access and use. Key collaborators will explain their involvement, how various sectors were engaged, the impact of NTIA funded projects upon the stakeholder engagement process, and how policy recommendations were created and prioritized.
Target audience: Local or state leaders (libraries, community-based organizations, government, business) interested in building digitally inclusive 21st century communities.
This webinar shares practical guidance on how libraries can help patrons with a variety of mobile devices whether through formal training or one-on-one assistance.
Our library patrons want help in learning how to use their mobile devices—such as an e-reader, smartphone, or new tablet--and it can feel like an insurmountable task to help them all. Join us for some practical guidance on how libraries can help patrons with a variety of gadgets. We’ll share tips for how to set up realistic formal training sessions and how to best offer one-on-one assistance. You will also gain examples of practical training outlines, how-to guides, and video tutorials.
A webinar exploring signature fundraising events that help libraries raise funds and create friends.
From "chocolate in the stacks" tastings to 5K runs to off-site literary dinner parties, small libraries are getting creative in offering signature events that raise funds and create friends. This webinar will be a "show and tell" of library fundraisers, with quick tips on how to get started in your community.