Wednesday, April 3, 2013

WebJunction: April 2013




The monthly newsletter from WebJunction.
Dr. Doug Elwood at Princeton Public Library (NJ)
Dr. Doug Elwood, a practicing physician, and his wife created the iPad app “Squeeks,” designed to allow kids to personalize a story and make it interactive. Photo by Princeton Public Library NJ on Flickr.

Question of the Month

How is your library using mobile devices to connect with your patrons and community? Take the poll »

Advancing the Device-Friendly Library

As e-readers, tablets, and smartphones become increasingly ubiquitous, traditions of library service and resource management are disrupted. Libraries and their staff are meeting the transformation with characteristic energy and imagination. They are getting everyone up to speed on the fast-changing crop of devices. They are envisioning new ways to use tablets and apps in library programming. And they are collaborating on strategies to empower libraries in the ecosystem of digital content. Working together, libraries are advancing into the future.

Key resources:

·         Tablets and Apps: a world of possibility: Mobile devices open up opportunities to interact with users in new creative ways.
·         So Many Devices, So Little Time (webinar): Jennifer Birnel, BTOP trainer in Montana, offers practical tips for helping patrons with their devices without losing your cool.
·         Extending access to e-books for public libraries: New strategies (webinar): Access to e-books is one of the most important issues facing public libraries today. Get in on the conversation.
·         LibraryYOU: Library as Content Creator (webinar): Learn how Escondido Public Library helped community members communicate through digital media formats and create local content.



Digital Literacy for Everyone


Time to Get EveryoneOn

The EveryoneOn campaign toolkit is now available!
On 3/21, Connect2Compete launched the EveryoneOn campaign to increase digital literacy in local communities. Libraries will be essential contributors to the campaign as providers of free Internet access and digital literacy training. The EveryoneOn toolkit offers a suite of resources created by the Ad Council to promote the campaign. Libraries are invited to start using the EveryoneOn materials at any time.
The toolkit currently includes:
·         Downloadable posters and graphics
·         Tips on using the campaign materials and spreading the word
The EveryoneOn toolkit
The EveryoneOn toolkit offers a variety of digital literacy resources. Additional resources will continue to become available in the coming months, including a growing collection of learning tools from


Sign for public wi-fi hot spot
Sign for public wi-fi hot spot by Florian on Flickr

Rhode Island Expands Digital Inclusion

Borrow the Internet

Find out how Providence Community Library in Rhode Island is literally “loaning out the Internet” to patrons in a neighborhood with low rates of home broadband service.

Engaging Stakeholders, the First Step to Creating a Digitally Inclusive Community

This webinar (April 10th) will explore the process of engaging stakeholders as an important step toward building community-level digital inclusion. Learn directly from the key collaborators in the Broadband Rhode Island project.

Field Testing the Broadband Speed Test

The Public Library Funding & Technology Access Survey (PLFTAS) is seeking your help in evaluating a speed test tool.

Since 1994, PLFTAS has collected data on broadband connectivity, numbers of public access computers, technology training, and more. This year, PLFTAS is moving to a new format and will be called the “Digital Inclusion Survey.” The team working on this new survey has incorporated a speed test. This tool measures broadband speed at the user device level, such as a public access computer, laptop or other mobile device. They are asking libraries to help by conducting the test before April 10th.


We Geek Our Mover & Shaker: Jenny Powell

It’s always exciting to review the latest group of Library Journal’s Movers and Shakers. When it includes someone from our own team, the excitement is tripled. We know that Jenny Powell is doing an extraordinary job helping libraries transform perceptions through the Geek the Library advocacy program. So it’s wonderful to hear LJ recognize her "indefatigable" efforts as she applies her warm and personal energy to scaling the program up in over 40 states.
Jenny Powell, Geek the Library Field Manager
Jenny Powell, Geek the Library Field Manager



Launch a Local Geek the Library Campaign

Geek the Library wants to help public libraries across the United States start important local conversations. If local advocacy is on your radar, you may want to learn more about this free community awareness campaign. On April 9th at 2 p.m. (ET), Geek the Library field manager Jenny Powell will give a complete overview of the program along with the opportunity to ask your questions in a live format. No registration required.
Visit for information about this event and other scheduled webinars.
Geek the Library buttons
Geek the Library buttons at a Monroe County Library System event; photo used with permission from MCLS on Flickr



OCLC Training: a great resource

Did you know that OCLC offers free online training? The aim is to help members use OCLC products and services, like CONTENTdm, Connexion, CatExpress and the new resource sharing service, WorldShare ILL. The training team uses innovative approaches, offering options for self-paced tutorials, live or recorded sessions, and simulations for hands-on practice—all at no cost to you.
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New Learning Content

·         MOOC Learner … at the Center of What? The massiveness of MOOCs pose challenges for the learners
·         M.A.P. the Future of Online Learning: recap of the webinar, which walks through a brief history of learning and looks at current technologies and future possibilities for online learning
Cuppa MOOC
Cuppa MOOC; photo by Cikgu Brian on Flickr



Spotlight on WebJunction Partners


Missouri State Library Trains e-Reader Trainers

In response to the needs of libraries around the state to become familiar with e-reader devices, the Missouri State Library implemented a program to build a team of certified regional trainers. Modeled after North Carolina’s e-reader program, they selected 10 people to receive training on the most popular eReader devices and be designated as “State Library Certified eReader Trainers.”

The State Library then made arrangements for bringing trainers, the most popular e-reader devices, and library staff together at a series of 12 regional workshops. In addition, LSTA funds were used to offer local libraries two rounds of e-reader Exploration grants to receive their own collections.

Check out these great eReader Training Documents shared by the Missouri State Library.


March Poll Results


Results of March Readers' Poll on Accelerating Change

As part of the March focus on how libraries demonstrate impact, we asked readers what they are doing to continue to accelerate change at their libraries. Your social media connections with community seem to be flourishing (86.7% of respondents). You are also providing a healthy amount of one-on-one technology help to patrons (77.8%) and hosting hands-on petting zoos (51.1%). Some of the more cutting edge efforts are just surfacing—digital media labs (11.1%), makerspaces (8.9%), and library vending machines (8.9%)—while mobile apps for library services are gaining ground at 35.6%.

Keep up the great future-facing work!

(Note: you can read the poll choices more clearly in the Interpreting Data for Big Impact article.)

Poll results in graph form


Register for Upcoming WebJunction Webinars



So Many Devices, So Little Time

April 3, 2013
Our library patrons want help in learning how to use their mobile devices—e-reader, smartphone, or new tablet. It can feel like an insurmountable task to help them all. Join Jennifer Birnel, BTOP Technology Trainer for the Montana State Library, for some practical guidance on how libraries can help patrons with a variety of gadgets.  Learn 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.

Engaging Stakeholders, the First Step to Creating a Digitally Inclusive Community

April 10, 2013
WebJunction is proud to be hosting a discussion of Rhode Island’s digital inclusion stakeholder engagement process. Learn 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. If you are a local or state leader (libraries, community-based organizations, government, business) interested in building digitally inclusive 21st century communities, you’ll get insights into laying a solid community foundation for your efforts.

Extending access to e-books for public libraries: New strategies

April 30, 2013
Access to e-books is one of the most important issues facing public libraries today. A January 2013 convening of public library leaders from across the U.S. resulted in a set of strategies to pursue. The strategies include public policy, data collection, clear definition of the library’s value in the e-book supply chain, and an outline of how libraries can become vital participants in the emerging models for content creation and delivery. Learn how these strategies are progressing, how this work fits with other initiatives to extend e-book access, and how you can get involved.
Presenter Jennifer Pearson, OCLC Community Relations Programs Manager, is managing The Big Shift planning grant, 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.

LibraryYOU: Library as Content Creator

May 7, 2013
Learn how the Escondido Public Library partnered with local experts to create community 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, all of which encourages 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. Presenter Donna Feddern, Escondido’s Digital Services Manager, will help you realize how you can set up similar community content creation projects.

Broadband Adoption Toolkit

May 22, 2013
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. NTIA (National Telecommunications & Information Administration) will be releasing their Broadband Adoption Toolkit, which addresses strategies for technology training, broadband awareness, low cost internet service and low cost home computers.  Join us for a conversation with the creators of the toolkit to discuss what they learned and how the broadband adoption pieces fit together.

Listing of All Webinar Archives

If you missed any of our live webinar programs, you can view and listen to the recording at any time on WebJunction. All of WebJunction's webinar archives are now listed on one page. Use the list in the right column to browse by topic.

Recent Webinar Archives

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Thanks to our Partners

Through the generous support of the following state library agencies, WebJunction offers webinar programs for free to all who wish to attend:
·         Connecticut
·         Florida
·         Georgia
·         Idaho
·         Illinois
·         Indiana
·         Kansas
·         Maine
·         Minnesota
·         Mississippi
·         Missouri
·         Montana
·         North Carolina
·         Ohio
·         Pennsylvania
·         Texas
·         Virginia
·         Washington
Read more about our Partner Program.
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