With all of the library advocacy tools and efforts in play, one might hope to never again read an op-ed piece that claims the library is a dying institution in this age of Google and smartphones. However, the message has not reached everyone in spite of the number of library directors, trustees and staff who have participated in advocacy training and used advocacy resources. Tour some of the advocacy tools and programs available and take our poll to let us know which ones you’ve used.
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Earlier this year, we hosted a webinar presented by LUCY (Librarianship Upgrades for Children and Youth), an IMLS grant-funded project out of the Darden College of Education at Old Dominion University. The project staff would like to invite…
Library staff across the country are establishing strong partnerships with their local workforce agencies in order to meet the needs of their communities. At the federal level, these partnerships are proving just as strong. Last week, the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) briefed Washington policy makers about their partnership with the U.S. IPv6 […]
Library staff across the country are establishing strong partnerships with their local workforce agencies in order to meet the needs of their communities. At the federal level, these partnerships are proving just as strong. Last week, the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) briefed Washington policy makers about their partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA). The briefing included a panel of state and local library and workforce officials who had powerful stories to tell about how they meet the needs of job seekers by working together. You can read more about the briefing and find resources to strengthen your local level partnerships at UpNext: The IMLS Blog.
Every year, Library Journal selects a public library serving a population of 25,000 or less for the Best Small Library in America award. The award, cosponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, now provides $20,000 to the winning libra…
OCLC has received a $4.1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support five years of ongoing operations of WebJunction, the learning place for libraries.
Built with grant funding from the Gates Foundation and launched in 2003, OCLC’s WebJunction has helped more than 70,000 library staff build the job skills they need to meet the challenges of today’s environment. WebJunction.org provides a wealth of training resources—including online courses, webinar presentations, downloadable curricula, and real-world examples collected from libraries—to share the knowledge, skills and support that power relevant, vibrant libraries. WebJunction programs support library staff working daily to connect their local communities with the content, space and services they need to enrich and transform lives.
The new grant will support OCLC’s continued development of the programs, content and systems of WebJunction.org, and provide long-term sustainability of services that will help libraries thrive in changing and challenging technological environments today and into the future.
Libraries Remember will once again be observed on September 11, 2012 at the Bensenville Community Public Library in Illinois. In commemoration of the victims of the terrorist attacks, and in celebration of the role public libraries play in the p…