We are achingly close to having the refreshed WJ site ready to launch. All along, from surveys to card sorts to user polls (all of which can be reviewed here ), your input has been the key–and we don’t want to stop now. In the next week or so we’ll be showing the world a [...]
Securing Technology | Reverse Mentoring: Learn from LIS students How secure are your public access computers? Have you tried the free MS Shared Computer Toolkit? Take a look! Want a new perspective on hot social issues facing libraries? Read the current issue of Post-Tracks, with articles written by current LIS students.
Yesterday Danyel Fisher came to our Seattle office to talk to WJ staff about his work at Microsoft Research and the Community Networking Group. First, he showed us some really pretty pictures of graphical representations of different types of online communities. Looking at the pictures immediately made me want to create one of our own [...]
Space Planning | Mentoring is for Everyone Reorganizing? Rebuilding? Restructuring? Don?t jump in without taking a look at these space planning resources. Mentoring can provide many benefits to your library workplace. Discover some of them in the Mentoring section on WebJunction.
‘Tis the season to gather around the hearth and tell heart-warming library stories. This month’s Library of the Month story about the Kinyaa’áanii Charlie Benally Library embodies it all –a library at the center of its community, the fire of knowledge, and the joy of sharing. When the architects of the Diné College in Tsaile [...]
Market Your Library | Almost Free Software | E-learning Buddy System Think you can’t get the word out about your library’s programs on a shoestring budget? These marketing resources will change your mind. Tech Soup Stock for Libraries and other programs provide libraries with (almost) free software. Resources are available to help you navigate the [...]
As I’ve said many times, it’s about the people. And boy, do we got good ones. While the cat’s pretty much already out of the bag, we’re pretty excited about all the changes going on staff-side at WebJunction. For those of you who may have missed other announcements here, there, and everywhere – here’s the [...]
I’ve copied the announcement below (my annotations in parens) from Connecting Librarian (thanks Michelle). It’s all about using Second Life to host an Australia-wide librarian staff party. I am almost embarrassed to admit that I am afraid of SL and have not yet checked it out. Afraid? Yes, I’m afraid that it might suck me [...]
It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted a progress report on the WebJunction design refresh, but we are indeed making progress, in the form of determining how our new look will map to our twelve community partner sites, teasing out the nuances of fonts, style sheets, new content management functionality, and the innumerable [...]
For those of you who missed the TechAtlas 2.3 new features overview webcast this past Wednesday, we have archived a video (and audio!) recording of the presentation on WebJunction’s TechAtlas Online Learning Materials page. On that same page, you’ll find a link to a brief document listing the new TechAtlas features that we reviewed during [...]
*Technology Planning Made Easy Writing a technology plan doesn’t need to be hard. Use free software, like the recently upgraded TechAtlas, to make your life easier. *Keep Your Library Sustainable Working hard to keep a small library sustainable? You are not alone! Resources developed through our Rural Library Sustainability Program can help. *Setting up your [...]
1650 of you answered our recent member survey about WebJunction and your work in libraries. Your data’s been tabulated and your comments all analyzed and you can find it all wrapped up in this neat little package. Most interesting to me is not how often we visit the site (weekly), how much we like it [...]
Well, not the Thunderbirds exactly, but TechAtlas version 2.3 did launch successfully this past Friday. The upgrade process went smoothly, and everything seems to be working great. A lot of work went into this latest update to the TechAtlas software, and we especially want to thank those TechAtlas users who provided suggestions and feedback on [...]
You know what? Howard Rheingold is coming to Seattle. You know what else? I get to meet him. My colleague Alane over at It’s All Good has recently announced OCLC’s plans to host some really smart online community people for their ALA-Midwinter Symposium. Howard is leading this list of smarty pants’ and I just can’t [...]
Props to my WJ colleagues Marilyn Mason, Sarah Chesemore and Rachel Van Noord for their brand-new Library Journal article on E-Learning’s Next Wave. Along with summarizing the findings of a recent e-learning survey , the article makes the same point that my other colleague Chrystie Hill recently made: it’s the people, at least as much [...]