[Libs-Or] Highlights from WebJunction

Darci Hanning darci.hanning at state.or.us
Thu Apr 28 09:05:50 PDT 2016

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Latest Topics from WebJunction
*              Host Learning Circles for Greater Online Learning Success<http://www.webjunction.org/news/webjunction/p2pu-learning-circles.html> - Most libraries offer programs that bring patrons together to learn, and many offer access to online learning programs, but what about bringing patrons together as a community around online learning? That's the thinking of Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU) and the Chicago Public Library (CPL), who over the past year created the concept of Learning Circles<https://learningcircles.p2pu.org/en/> and have explored the possibilities, built the tools and tested their theories at more than a dozen branches of CPL.

*              Closing the Knowledge Gap<http://www.webjunction.org/news/webjunction/march-2016-poll-results.html>: WebJunction ran a poll last month asking about the job responsibilities that weren't covered in your training to become library staff. Check out the responses (spoiler alert - managing a budget and supervising were high on the list.)  WebJunction has free resources in many of these areas and are adding more all the time!

Upcoming Webinars
If you can't attend a live session, all WebJunction webinars are recorded and available for free in the course catalog<http://learn.webjunction.org/>.

Introducing Learning Circles: Online Learning, Offline
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 / 12 pm Pacific / 1 hour
Registration: http://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/introducing-learning-circles.html

Learning Circles<http://learningcircles.p2pu.org> offer a solution to the isolation of online learning by creating study groups for learners who want to take their online courses together, in-person. Developed by Chicago Public Library and P2PU, these librarian-facilitated study groups meet weekly in the library for 6-8 weeks to work through online courses in subjects ranging from resume writing to public speaking to web design. Participants experience the value of sharing strategies, progress and companionship with peers, all in a low-stress environment. Join presenters Grif Peterson of P2PU and Kate Lapinski of Chicago Public Library to learn more details and recent highlights of the program. If you decide that Learning Circles could work at your library, you can take advantage of the P2PU open source toolkit<https://www.p2pu.org/en/facilitate/> for librarians and practitioners around the world who want to start running Learning Circles in their community.

Presented by: Grif Peterson, Learning Lead, P2PU<https://www.p2pu.org/en/>; and Kate Lapinski, Learning & Economic Advancement Librarian, Chicago Public Library<http://www.chipublib.org/>

Genealogy Essentials: Helping Patrons to Search for Family Roots
Thursday, May 19, 2016 / 12 pm Pacific / 1 hour
Registration: http://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/genealogy-essentials.html

The advent of the Internet liberated genealogy research. With the resulting ease of access, individual genealogy exploration has blossomed. However, many people pay for research services, not realizing that they can go to their public library for free, reliable tools and assistance. This webinar will teach library staff how to assist patrons with genealogical questions, using FamilySearch.org<https://familysearch.org/>, a leading genealogy resource. Learn the reference skills necessary to determine a patron's research experience and reveal the problem to be solved. Learn how to orient patrons to available resources and introduce them to the principles of finding a record for a known ancestor. Become a better guide to your patron researchers and help them to connect successfully with the details and stories of their ancestry.

Presented by: James Ison, FamilySearch.org<https://familysearch.org/>

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