Community-Centered Awareness: Impacts and Outcomes of Geek the Library

Jenny Powell
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Published: 17 December 2014
Community-Centered Awareness: Impacts and Outcomes of Geek the Library

In the recent webinar Geek the Library: Impact and Outcomes, we focused on the campaign’s ability to spark natural conversation by asking the question, "What do you geek?"

You can translate "geek" in a few ways -- What do you love, enjoy, express interest in, or possess a large amount of knowledge in? This public awareness campaign does more than change 'geek to a verb;' it helps public libraries start important community-wide funding discussions that impact library support.

The concept was evolved from a theory that a community-centered awareness campaign --- one that uses similar strategies to many 'super... Read more

Embracing Principles of Connected Learning

Liz Morris
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Published: 02 December 2014
Embracing Principles of Connected Learning

The power of teen leadership is at the center of a new report from The Institute of Museum and Library Services on Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums: Transformative Spaces for Teens. Teens empowered to participate, experiment, and collaborate are essential creators of dynamic new learning environments that advance meaningful lifelong learning skills for young people.

The report itself highlights many of the elements of success that libraries and museums nationwide have embraced to engage teens in their own learning. At the heart of this engagement are six principles of Connected Learning, which are comprehensively defined by the Connected... Read more

Infopeople Webinar Archives Added to Catalog

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 26 November 2014
Infopeople Webinar Archives Added to Catalog

In July, WebJunction launched our new learning catalog, learn.webjunction.org, providing free access to library-focused self-paced courses and webinar archives. Through the generous support of OCLC, the Gates Foundation, and many state library agencies across the U.S., WebJunction will continue to provide timely and relevant learning content for you to access anytime, from anywhere. Certificates of completion are made available to all learners, after completing any course or webinar enrolled in from the catalog.

We continue to add resources, but the catalog currently houses 25 self-paced courses and 99 webinar archives produced by WebJunction or by one of our content collaborators at... Read more

Vine: What Six Short Seconds Can Do For Your Library

Betha Gutsche
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Published: 21 November 2014
Vine: What Six Short Seconds Can Do For Your Library

Vine puts a new spin on the notion of the short attention span. With this free app from Twitter, users can create 6-second videos with an iOS or Android device by simply pointing it at a subject and touching the screen to start and stop filming. But what can be done in such a super-short timeframe that is even worth recording?

I admit to being skeptical when Vine first appeared; if there was material of value, it was buried in bits of 6-second noise. It took real effort to wade through in search of any creative and intentional application of... Read more

Board in the Library, Part Six: Board Game Night Basics

John Pappas
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Published: 19 November 2014
Board in the Library, Part Six: Board Game Night Basics

We've spent plenty of time during this series discussing board games in general but very little on how to specifically host a successful board game night. Which is what most of you are probably going to do! Right? Play games with other humanoids. So how do you do that?

Simply reducing the many social, emotional, and intellectual facets of gaming into putting out a couple of games (even the wonderful ones recommended in this series) and calling it a game night is like placing a pile of pictures books and calling it a storytime. There is so more fun involved!

... Read more

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