[Libs-Or] Webinars and Content from WebJunction

Darci Hanning darci.hanning at state.or.us
Wed Mar 28 12:59:08 PDT 2018


Please read on for the latest updates and webinars from WebJunction. Of interest to many of you will be the three part webinar series over the next six months on evaluating and sharing your libraries impact. These webinars are aimed at public, academic, and research library staff who:

*         have never worked with data before,

  *   have some experience but need a refresher, or
  *   would like to learn how to best leverage assessment data to benefit their library.

See the end of this email for more information.

New Articles

  *   New National Study Reveals Voter Perceptions in Libraries<https://www.webjunction.org/news/webjunction/from-awareness-to-funding-2018.html>: The Public Library Association, a division of the American Library Association, and the ALA Office for Library Advocacy, in partnership with OCLC, released the report, From Awareness to Funding: Voter Perceptions and Support of Public Libraries in 2018. The research updates OCLC's seminal 2008 study that explored voter perceptions, use, and attitudes toward public libraries, librarians, and library funding.

  *   Librarians Who Wikipedia: Karen Kast, Eagle Mountain City Public Library:<https://www.webjunction.org/news/webjunction/librarians-wikipedia-karen.html> When Karen Kast, from a small, rural library in Utah, took the Wikipedia + Libraries training program, she quickly connected the dots between Wikipedia and librarianship. Three months later, transformations for Kast and her library are underway. Kast is now organizing Wikipedia training sessions with her colleagues and helping patrons use Wikipedia effectively for research. We caught up with Kast to learn more.

Free WebJunction Webinars for You

These upcoming webinars are open for registration. 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/>.

Voter Perceptions of Libraries: Getting from Awareness to Funding in 2018

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 / 12:00 pm Pacific / 60 minutes

Registration: https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/voter-perceptions-of-libraries.html

In 2008, OCLC published From Awareness to Funding: A Study of Library Support in America, a study of the awareness, attitudes, and underlying motivations among US voters for supporting library funding. The research dispelled long-held assumptions and provided eye-opening insights about who supports public library funding and for what reasons. A decade later, OCLC has partnered with PLA and the ALA Office for Library Advocacy to investigate perceptions and support among US voters today, and how they may have shifted in the intervening years. In this session, presenters will share key findings and analysis from summary report (due to be released in late March); provide new details on library super supporters and probable supporters in context with other library trends and research; and kickstart the discussion on how library leaders and advocates can act on these findings.

Presented by: Marci Merola, Director, American Library Association Office for Library Advocacy; Larra Clark, Deputy Director, ALA Office for Information Technology Policy and the Public Library Association; and Sharon Streams, Director, WebJunction, OCLC Research

Webinar Series: Evaluating and Sharing Your Library's Impact

Ensure your library's programs and services are meeting patrons' needs and exceeding expectations by using evaluation techniques that demonstrate results. This three-part webinar series on user-centered assessment and evaluation will help you go from gut instinct to data-supported proof.

Bringing together research and practice from across library sectors, the series will cover the ins and outs of creating assessments that provide useful, actionable data. From figuring out what information you need for an effective assessment to applying your findings, the webinars will feature experts who will teach you to evaluate your programs and services in a way that empowers you to meet the unique and evolving needs of your patrons and make the case for how your library plays a critical role in your community.

This webinar series will include opportunities for questions and discussion with the presenters and fellow participants, so join us on your own or gather your whole team. We will provide a learning guide with activities to complete between sessions to help you get the most out of the experience.

*         Part 1: User-centered Assessment: Leveraging What You Know and Filling in the Gaps<https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/user-centered-assessment.html>
Tuesday, April 24, 12:00p - 1:00p Pacific

*         Part 2: Digging into Assessment Data: Tips, Tricks, and Tools of the Trade<https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/digging-into-assessment-data.html>
Tuesday, August 14, 12:00p - 1:00p Pacific

*         Part 3: Take Action: Using and Presenting Research Findings to Make Your Case<https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/presenting-research-findings.html>

Wednesday, October 3, 12:00p - 1:00p Pacific

For complete information and to register, please visit: https://www.webjunction.org/news/webjunction/webinar-series-research-assessment.html

Darci Hanning, MLIS
Technology Development Consultant
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