The State Library is excited about the year ahead and we hope you continue to share this information about FREE WebJunctioncontent and webinars with your regional or system staff trainers as well as through other communications to library staff.

WebJunction’s free, online course catalog has 43 self-paced, online courses on library topics, as well as over 200 curated webinar recordings ready and available when you are. Check out the courses on Alternative Basic Library Education (ABLE) from the Idaho Commission for Libraries, which cover collection development, technical services and public services. Explore these courses and more in the catalog today!

Highlighted content from WebJunction

What’s Your Story? You need to tell your story. Whether you call it story-telling, marketing, advocacy, promotion or community outreach, you need to make your library’s story heard in your community. To tell your story effectively, you mustunderstand your own story—what you’re about, how you’re central, what you offer and what you should offer. What’s your story?

Forums Facilitate Important Community Conversations: Learn how the Sno-Isle Libraries (WA) planned and hosted a series of community forums on the topic of teen suicide as part of their “Issues That Matter” programming series. The series has been a regular part of the programming in the library district since 2010, and its purpose is to facilitate important community conversations on high-profile, current event topics.

Free WebJunction webinars for you!

There are three webinars on the horizon and we look forward to having you join us! If you can’t attend a live session, all WebJunction webinars are recorded and available for free in the Course Catalog.

Toward Tech Savvy Trustees
Thursday, January 26, 2017 ♦ 3:00 pm Eastern / 12:00 pm Pacific ♦ 1 hour

Library staff are expected to embrace technology advancements and keep their skills sharp and their libraries relevant. But what about library boards—how tech savvy are your trustees? The more that trustees are dialed into a personal use of technology, the better advocates they will be for the library’s technology needs. Learn some fun and practical ways to inspire greater tech savviness in your trustees. You don’t need a board of IT specialists, just a board that has a sharper set of digital tools.

This webinar, hosted by WebJunction in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, is an encore presentation of a session presented at the 2016 ARSL conference.

Presented by: Bonnie McKewon, Consultant, State Library of Iowa, Northwest District

Libraries Help Patrons Become Financially Empowered Consumers
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 ♦ 3:00 pm Eastern / 12:00 pm Pacific ♦ 1 hour

The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) exists not only to protect consumers but to empower all of us to take more control over our economic lives. The CFPB recognizes the important role that libraries can play as the go-to source for unbiased financial education resources in every community. The CFPB plans to build a community financial education infrastructure with libraries and national partners to reach consumers in their neighborhoods, expanding on programs and resources that are already working in libraries. With this infrastructure in place, public libraries can help fill consumers’ critical financial knowledge gaps by providing and distributing easy-to-understand, behaviorally informed financial education content. Learn about program ideas, resources and tools, and how to connect with local partners. Take your library and your community to the next level with patrons empowered to be informed consumers.

Presented by: Ken McDonnell, Financial Education Program Analyst, Office of Financial Education, Division of Consumer Education and Engagement, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

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