This is the last WebJunction Watch column. From now on we will be posting WebJunction information on the SLK News Blog on an irregular (OK – so WebJunction Watch was irregular), but more timely basis. As soon as we have WebJunction news, you’ll have it too. In light of this transition, Kansas Kilroy and I would like to take a quick stroll down the WebJunction Kansas (WJ-KS) memory lane.
WJ-KS now boasts over 1200 members from all types of libraries and library boards. With the new WebJunction portal launched in 2008, our WebJunction Kansas course catalog grew to over 500 self-paced courses and the catalog is now supported by built-in core competencies that can help you build your own professional development portfolio.
WJ-KS members have also found webinars (and especially their archives) a new way to not only learn, but also to network. When you attend a WebJunction webinar, you are not in Kansas anymore. You have the opportunity to chat with library folks from around the world while you are learning something new – all in one hour.
Slowly but surely, WJ-KS is also building its own content in the Kansas Continuing Education tab. Now you can visit our Merchandising and Marketing web page to steal lots of great ideas from your Kansas colleagues. You’ll also find links to some great Kansas webinar archives featuring Renee Patzer and Thad Hartman, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library and Leah Krotz, Belleville Public Library.
Under construction right now is the Library Policies web page. Watch this page for more great ideas and samples from Kansas libraries and 2 more webinar archives. (You can watch the first one now – Sharon Moreland, NEKLS, leads a discussion, “What’s the Policy? Involving Staff in Policy Development.”
One more WJ-KS project may give you some ideas for your own staff or library group. WJ-KS is using the WebJunction groups feature to explore creativity. Based around a WebJunction course on innovation and creativity, our WJ-KS group has met (via online conferencing) to discuss the challenges and benefits of innovation in libraries. These discussions are aimed at helping our members advance their own creative ideas. Drop in at Kansas Creativity and join the discussion, post your own project – join the group.
And as WJ-KS grows, so does WebJunction Central. New content is added on a daily basis. More groups are added, more courses are added and more library folks become members. WebJunction Central now offers you more content on more topics and more ways to connect with other library folks around the world for discussion, sharing and more.
So now that we are waving goodbye to Kansas Kilroy and WebJunction Watch, don’t despair — we’ll still point you to new courses and resources at WJ-KS. Just check in at SLK News, or better yet, follow WJ-KS with your favorite blog reader. But if you get lonely for WebJunction Watch, go back and visit some of Kansas Kilroy’s favorite columns:
- Shortcuts 2 WJ Treasure (10-1-09)
- WJ Tools Add Browsability (8-3-09)
- A Garden Spot (5/1/09)
- Feature Focus: WebJunction Groups (2-09)
- Kansas Libraries Furnish Their Communities with More Than Books! (04-08)
- Feeling Lucky? Visit WebJunction’s Pot of Gold (03-08)
And don’t forget! Anytime you have WebJunction or continuing education questions you can contact Cindi Hickey, email@example.com, 785-296-2146 or Shannon Roy, firstname.lastname@example.org, 785-296-2148 at the State Library. We’ll be watching out for you!