Those of you who have tried to access WebJunction Connecticut today have probably noticed that OCLC/WebJunction has re-organized the website. WebJunction Connecticut (the web-site of the State Library’s Division of Library Development) is now available as a section of the main WebJunction website.
If you have any questions about the new WebJunction Connecticut, please contact me.
Can’t get away to attend classroom workshops? Starting July 1, WebJunction Connecticut began offering over 300 free, self-paced online courses without any registration limits. Affiliated members who go to Courses and log in can browse through the course listing. There is also a Course catalog (PDF). There are many courses specifically for librarians, as well as many technology and management topics. WebJunction CT members may take as many courses as they wish.
Also take advantage of the many free webinars WebJunction makes available. WebJunction CT members receive early registration notice. WebJunction webinars examine new technology and critical library issues. “Finding a Legal Comfort Zone on the Web” takes place tomorrow.
Many of you already know that as members of WebJunction Connecticut you may take up to three free online courses at one time. This limit of three courses has been raised to 10 courses until July 1. So now is the time to sign up for these great self-paced courses. You will then have access to the courses for a full year and may complete them as you have time. Go to WebJunction Connecticut, sign in, and click on the “Courses” tab and then browse through the course offerings. Add the free courses to your “shopping cart” and then “check out.”
Some of the courses available include:
These courses are made available to you by the Connecticut State Library.
This short, 13-minute tutorial will introduce you to WebJunction Connecticut and provide a few tips on what the site includes, how it is set up, and how best to find stuff.
The CLA ADA committee has started an Accessible Libraries Discussion Group on CT WebJunction. This is a forum for library staff to discuss services for people with disabilities and how to make current library services more accessible to them. It is also an opportunity for sharing related resources.
If you’re interested, here’s how to join the Accessible Libraries Discussion Group:
If you are not a WebJunction member you can join by clicking here and look for Create Account in the My Account box in the upper right hand corner
The new website originally scheduled to appear July 21 will now debut on August 4. Besides having a completely different look, the new site will offer Web 2.0 features that allow for more collaboration and discussion. Online course offerings will triple in both size and variety. And all the content should be easier to navigate and Connecticut-specific topics easier to find. It should be worth the wait!
…and you use WebJunction Connecticut a lot, then consider installing and using the new WebJunction Connecticut Toolbar!
This toolbar is a Google-search ad-on for Firefox or Internet Explorer. The toolbar provides a Google search of WebJunction, as well as pre-set quick links to the major WebJunction Connecticut web pages. There are also pre-set RSS feeds from this blog and other WebJunction Connecticut resources. Once installed, this Conduit toolbar may be personalized with additional features.
For a complete list of information guides visit the Resource section today!!!!
In case you haven’t already noticed, WebJunction has a new Resource section providing information guides to librarians who need to know about government information resources. “Government Information in the 21st Century: Training Librarians to be Government Information Specialists” is a continuing education program to train reference and public services librarians and library workers in the use of government information. This grant program, though not taking place in Connecticut, places information guides and links used in the program into WebJunction. If government information is of interest to you, take a look at this material and watch it grow as more information goes up.
The Introduction to WebJunction Learning webinar will help you find out about the e-learning services and resources WebJunction has for libraries and library staff. This Webinar is scheduled for June 14 and is free, with no pre-registration required. The Webinar is valuable for anyone taking courses, facilitating training, creating courses or managing training programs. Find out how WebJunction can improve your continuing education efforts.