[Michlib-l] WebJunction content and upcoming webinars

Atkin, Evette (MDE) AtkinE at michigan.gov
Fri Mar 29 12:43:59 EDT 2019

WebJunction’s free, online course catalog has over 40 self-paced, online courses on library topics, as well as over 250 curated webinar recordings ready and available when you are. Explore the catalog<https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Flearn.webjunction.org%2F&data=02%7C01%7Catkine%40michigan.gov%7Cda885cb4a8284de500ed08d608453925%7Cd5fb7087377742ad966a892ef47225d1%7C0%7C0%7C636705490739696220&sdata=YGT8OaFpo9qFSocntmZ2k3eHHg%2B%2BJMsWsR5lpvdzWPc%3D&reserved=0> today!

Highlighted Content on WebJunction

  *   Data Can Help You Tell Your Storytime Success<https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.webjunction.org%2Fnews%2Fwebjunction%2Fassessment-data.html&data=02%7C01%7Catkine%40michigan.gov%7C2b07018bcdf548ad83b608d6b2dd3a90%7Cd5fb7087377742ad966a892ef47225d1%7C0%7C0%7C636893060571182471&sdata=5IlWMEa9lqJ%2BnRR525POHm1GCvO91biXi%2Fk9kUeY5Rs%3D&reserved=0>: Assessment can be time consuming, intimidating, stress inducing, and just overwhelming. Where do you even begin? What do you do with the data? In the recent webinar, presenters and participants acknowledged the challenges around assessment while offering ideas on how data gathering can be useful. It can help us prove our value, use resources more efficiently, deliver quality programs, communicate with funders, and show growth. Moving from head counts at storytimes to outcome measurement empowers us to measure the good we do and our value to patrons.
  *   Launching into STAR Net’s “Summer of Space”<https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.webjunction.org%2Fnews%2Fwebjunction%2Fsummer-of-space.html&data=02%7C01%7Catkine%40michigan.gov%7C2b07018bcdf548ad83b608d6b2dd3a90%7Cd5fb7087377742ad966a892ef47225d1%7C0%7C0%7C636893060571192473&sdata=tj17OQ6DL2B7YVZm2hQlk0Pvc1d7kayywY3Q72VGTnw%3D&reserved=0>: Summer is fast approaching, and the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), the STAR Library Network's NASA@ My Library initiative, and NASA are working together to create a fun and engaging summer learning program for your library. From exciting events like CSLPs "A Universe of Stories," to electrifying activities, and unparalleled resources, STAR Net's Summer of Space resources will pave the way for your patrons to experience a space-themed, hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) program that is "out of this world."

Free WebJunction Webinars for You

These upcoming webinars are open for registration. If you can’t attend a live session, all WebJunction webinars are recorded and available for free in the https://learn.webjunction.org/<https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Flearn.webjunction.org%2F&data=02%7C01%7Catkine%40michigan.gov%7C2b07018bcdf548ad83b608d6b2dd3a90%7Cd5fb7087377742ad966a892ef47225d1%7C0%7C0%7C636893060571202492&sdata=5r7Ni816nkuwQGQZkUIivqDTtd9xI1CcE4BKgiEXUpo%3D&reserved=0>.

The Power of Small: How Rural Libraries Help Their Communities Thrive
Thursday, April 18, 2019 ♦ 3:00 pm Eastern / 12:00 pm Pacific ♦ 60 minutes
Registration: https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/power-of-small.html<https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.webjunction.org%2Fevents%2Fwebjunction%2Fpower-of-small.html&data=02%7C01%7Catkine%40michigan.gov%7C2b07018bcdf548ad83b608d6b2dd3a90%7Cd5fb7087377742ad966a892ef47225d1%7C0%7C0%7C636893060571212500&sdata=%2FZK%2Bll0w7J%2FV%2FIg97H12vSZN6cdTFrn%2FA0ByuAimPl8%3D&reserved=0>

All libraries provide vital services to their communities, but libraries that serve small, rural populations have the potential to go beyond providing information and access—they can inject the vitality that will help their communities thrive. Addressing the challenges faced by rural areas may seem daunting to a library with few staff and limited resources, but any tiny library can find more ways to support the needs of their community by thinking strategically and creating new connections with their stakeholders, patrons, and other library staff. Learn how small library director and 2018 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, Allie Stevens, applied the concept of growth mindsets to set her priorities, use resources and volunteers smartly, and avoid burnout as a solo librarian. Follow her lead to turn your library into a powerhouse for your community.

The Library as Social Connector: Forging Community Connection
Thursday, April 25, 2019 ♦ 3:00 pm Eastern / 12:00 pm Pacific ♦ 60 minutes
Registration: https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/library-as-social-connector-webinar.html<https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.webjunction.org%2Fevents%2Fwebjunction%2Flibrary-as-social-connector-webinar.html&data=02%7C01%7Catkine%40michigan.gov%7C2b07018bcdf548ad83b608d6b2dd3a90%7Cd5fb7087377742ad966a892ef47225d1%7C0%7C0%7C636893060571222502&sdata=ChPFCL5G5ALLpjXqrn8KBtZT%2BqrS7YLVEraHt3KFBx4%3D&reserved=0>

Strong social cohesion is a crucial factor in a community’s resilience in times of stress and disruption. Unfortunately, studies show that our communities are experiencing a steady erosion of social cohesion, pointing to an increase in loneliness, depression, and separation because of too much time spent online and too little time spent in community. Libraries have the position and the power to rebuild social bonds, offering that sense of community and shared place that humans crave. Active learning programs that bring people together for participatory, shared experiences are a boost to community strength, but they could go even further to amplify social connection and build social infrastructure. Join us as we explore library programs through the lens of social possibilities and devise strategies to be more intentional about forging stronger community bonds.

This project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services<https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.imls.gov%2F&data=02%7C01%7Catkine%40michigan.gov%7C01ea1bb38207421c39fc08d6a7eb1535%7Cd5fb7087377742ad966a892ef47225d1%7C0%7C0%7C636881025451327827&sdata=1fIN8jQgvs9fykBWQfczk%2BdkWa7epQxshHULFx9Y2BA%3D&reserved=0>

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