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WebJunction Webinars Refreshed

By Emily | July 24th, 2008 | 2 Comments

Like everything else on the next version of WebJunction, our webinars will be getting spruced up. Here’s a quick run-down of our webinars past and future.

What are WebJunction webinars?
1/2 hour to 1 hour long free online sessions using Wimba Classroom on topics of interest to the library community. You’ll still to be able to access and share our 62 archived free webinars on the new site. Keep checking the Calendar of Events for new additions to the schedule.

Screenshot of webinar central page on new siteWhere will they be?
You’ll be able to find webinars in multiple areas of the new site. A schedule of all webinars will continue to placed on the Calendar of Events with links to registration and joining information. A schedule of upcoming and archived webinars will be browsable in the new Member Center under Events and Webinars. And webinar archives will be collocated by topic area in order to place them as close to the relevant topic as possible. Because of this, webinar participants will have the opportunity to engage more directly with topic-specific content on the new site before and after the webinar.

When will they be held?
If you want to attend a webinar live, you can check the Calendar of Events for scheduled times. But if you can’t attend the live presentation, you can access the archived webinar at any time.

Who are webinars for?
Anyone who finds the topic interesting. Most attendees work in a library or similar setting. You don’t need to be a member of WebJunction to attend a webinar, though we hope you will become one afterward to engage with post-webinar activities.

Who presents the webinars?Forms on the new site for webinar presenters and topic suggestions
Leaders and practitioners in the library field. Do you have an idea for a new webinar topic or series? Want to present a webinar yourself? Contact info@webjunction.org for more information.

Why do we do them?
We see webinars as opportunities to provide valuable resources and information that help our members in their work in libraries. We want to provide this information a format that engages more of the senses: the eyes, the ears, and the voice.

So what’s different?

Changes you’ll see are to the registration process, the number and variety of topics offered, and where you will find information about upcoming and archived sessions on the site.

Screenshot of new Wimba Classroom GuideWe are now asking all webinar participants to register before attending a webinar. This is a little different than the way we’ve done it in the past, but we are hoping it will streamline the joining process. Instructions for joining the webinars can now be found both in the calendar and in the confirmation email you receive once you’ve registered.

Our popular Spanish Language Outreach, Learning, Rural, TechAtlas, and MaintainIT Cookbook webinar series will continue. Keep watching this space for announcements of new webinar series covering a wider variety of topics.

If you are you new to webinars or to Wimba Classroom, we’ll be providing more support and help for webinar participants in the Wimba Classroom Guide.

Until then, be sure to check out our next webinars:

Managing and Motivating Your Board (Rural Webinar)
When: Thursday July 31st, 2008 – 01:00 PM

Cultivating a Culture of Learning in the Library (Learning Webinar)
When: Tuesday August 5th, 2008 – 01:00 PM

Engaging with our New Community of Practice (SLO Webinar)
When: Tuesday August 12th, 2008 – 12:00 PM

Communication Between Techies and Non-Techies (MaintainIT Cookbook Webinar)
When: Wednesday August 13th, 2008 – 01:00 PM

Creating a Technology Petting Zoo (Learning Webinar)
When: Thursday August 14th, 2008 – 01:00 PM

Conflict in a Peaceful Library (Learning Webinar)
When: Tuesday September 16th, 2008 – 01:00 PM

Latinos Perceptions of Public Libraries (SLO Webinar)
When: Tuesday October 14th, 2008 – 12:00 PM

Refugees 101 (Community Webinar)
When: Thursday October 23rd, 2008 – 01:00 PM