Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Creating community

Being a librarian in a small, rural town can feel a bit lonely, if you're looking for input from other librarians. More often than not, you're it. Google searches can be problematic, and while you may come up with a nugget of information whilst plodding through a zillion results, it would be nice to have a place to confer with other librarians.

Enter WebJunction. I assume many of you have discovered this resource, but for those of you who haven't, I encourage you to wander over and take a look. I'm becoming more and more involved with the WebJunction folks, first as a trainer for the Spanish Language Outreach Program, and now as a Rural Watch Committee member for the Rural Library Sustainability Project. In both cases, I've been impressed with the WebJunction staff members who are coordinating these projects, with their willingness to listen to concerns and suggestions, and the speed with which they implement those changes.

WebJunction is a community place. There are discussion boards where librarians can elicit information and suggestions from other librarians, on a plethora of subjects. There are training opportunities. There are helpful articles, advice on purchasing technology, and best-practices examples. Need a new policy? Check WebJunction. Looking for advice on how to handle an aspect of library management? Check WebJunction. Interested in just wandering around a site that could trigger an epiphany? Check WebJunction.

Go. Bookmark it. Get involved. Really, go now.


Blogger Chrystie said...

Thanks so much for this vote of confidence for our community. I feel much the same way about it! Everyone at WJ is fabulous to work with - members, volunteers, and staff alike. I feel good about what we have been able to do so far - but there's much to do, so I hope more and more will come join us.

7:08 PM  
Blogger Chrystie said...

I forgot to mention - did you know that MN is about to start their own version of WJ?

WebJunction Minnesota, here we come!

4:42 PM  
Blogger Mary Beth said...

We just heard that Minnesota is joining, and we're very excited!

4:50 PM  

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