Press Release: OCLC [May 22, 2013]

OCLC’s WebJunction marks 10 years of supporting and serving libraries

Copyright (c) 2013 OCLC

SummaryOCLC’s WebJunction celebrates 10 years as an online learning community for library staff. On May 12, 2003, a celebration at the U.S. Library of Congress marked the launch of WebJunction.org, a new online community dedicated to sharing the knowledge and resources necessary for libraries to successfully provide public access to information.

SEATTLE, Washington, USA, 22 May 2013—This month, OCLC's WebJunction celebrates 10 years as an online learning community for library staff.

On May 12, 2003, a celebration at the U.S. Library of Congress marked the launch of WebJunction.org, a new online community dedicated to sharing the knowledge and resources necessary for libraries to successfully provide public access to information.

Today, 10 years later, WebJunction has grown and sustained a virtual gathering place where library staff build skills and find support in responding to the changing learning needs of the profession. More than 80,000 library workers from across the United States and beyond—including 8,740 new users in 2012—have used WebJunction's training content, live programs, articles and stories to gain the knowledge, tools and support that are needed to power vital libraries.

To commemorate 10 years of learning, the WebJunction team invites the library community to share in its celebration in a number of ways, including:

Visit WebJunction.org for more about the 10th anniversary events.

Built with grant funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, WebJunction has continually evolved its programs, content and systems over the years to provide public libraries—especially small and rural libraries—with resources and skills to transform lives and strengthen communities.

"We work with partners all over the world to support public libraries, strengthen the overall library environment, contribute knowledge and leadership, and advocate for public libraries," said Deborah Jacobs, director of the Global Libraries initiative at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. "Our goal with WebJunction has been to make sure library staff have the training they need to provide excellent library services to their communities."

"Over these 10 years we have seen how offering a gathering place for library staff to learn new skills and share their experiences and expertise through the WebJunction.org online community can help us accomplish this goal and make a powerful difference in the effectiveness of a library," said Ms. Jacobs.

"We are grateful to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for its continued partnership and support, and to the growing community of WebJunction participants for making it an indispensible resource for public libraries and their users," said Cathy De Rosa, OCLC vice president for the Americas and global vice president of marketing.

John D. "Danny" Hales, Jr., retired director of Suwannee River Regional Library, said that WebJunction.org has been the central resource for the library's staff training, research and development. It provides the foundation for core competency development for both entry-level and senior staff.

"To me, there has been nothing as impactful to libraries and their service to the public as the emergence of WebJunction for staff training and support to small and rural libraries during this time of rapid technological change," said Mr. Hales. "Without it and the Gates Foundation's Computers in Library Initiative, I shudder to think of the fate of the vast majority of community libraries. In my opinion, the Gates Initiative and 10 years of WebJunction have had an impact equal to the Carnegie initiative."

Among WebJunction's leading-edge programs:

"The accomplishments of the past 10 years are truly a testament to the power of community and partnership," said Sharon Streams, program manager for WebJunction. "As we observe this anniversary, I would like to recognize and thank the thousands of library professionals who are providing impactful services to their communities and are willing to share their success stories with the WebJunction community. Working together, we will continue to meet the learning needs of library staff so that they are empowered to drive innovation and transformation in their communities."

About OCLC

Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing library costs. More than 74,000 libraries in 170 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials. Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when and where they need it. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world's largest online database for discovery of library resources. Search WorldCat.org on the Web. For more information, visit the OCLC website.

A program of OCLC, WebJunction provides library staff with affordable access to continuous learning resources, programs, courses and the shared knowledge and experience of their peers. Founded in 2003 and based in Seattle, Washington, and Dublin, Ohio, WebJunction is supported in part by OCLC, grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, partners in library service agencies and the library community. For more information, visit www.webjunction.org.

Publication Year:2013
Type of Material:Press Release
LanguageEnglish
Issue:May 22, 2013
Publisher:OCLC
Company: OCLC
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