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									Government Information in the 21st Century
      Train the Trainer Workshop
        Joe Anderson, WJ Content Manager
                  June 7, 2007
                   Agenda

• What is WebJunction?
• GI21 on WebJunction
  – Present
  – Future possibilities
  – Discussions
  – Content contribution
• WJ next steps
             What is WebJunction?
• A highly successful online community for
  library staff
  – ~30,000 members
  – 50,000 unique visitors per month
  – 14 state library subscribers
• Roots in the public library community
• Expanding reach into academic library
  community
• Initial funding: Gates Foundation
• Parent organization: OCLC
            Some areas of focus

• Public access computing/library
  technology
• E-learning
• Virtual interest groups (Communities of
  Practice)
• Partnerships with library organizations
WJ Site Overview
  Resources
  Patron services
   Management
   Technology
   Weekly tips
Combines 4 previous
   WJ sections
            Courses
Course Catalog and Clearinghouse
       E-Learning Institute
  Resources for library trainers and
administrators implementing e-learning.
             Live Space
   WJ’s web conferencing solution
 Community
     Forums
    Features
Volunteer activities
           Access to WJ services

• Most services are freely accessible
• Free registration required for posting to
  discussions and taking courses
• Courses are free to members in partner
  states
• Some projects are limited to particular
  groups
Government Information
  in the 21st Century
    at WebJunction
GI-21 at WJ
webjunction.org/gi21
…and this is just the beginning!
                Group features        RSS




                                   Threaded
 Rich                             discussions
content


                                   Courses


                                 Community
People                           connections


                                 Face-to-face
      Virtual                     meetings
     meetings
     RSS


Receive notification of new GI21
content using:
•Bloglines
•Yahoo
•Google
•Other RSS-enabled applications
Threaded discussions
        Threaded discussions: why?

• The premier tool for building online
  community
• Interactive, collaborative, egalitarian
• RSS-ready
• Email-watch ready
• It takes some energy to get them going!
                Threaded discussions:
                 what to talk about
• Trainers
   – success stories
   – challenges
   – marketing workshops
• Workshop participants
   – reports on progress
   – networking
• Interested library staff
   – resource sharing
   – problem resolution
      Content contribution

you
                           WJ site




                      Kirsten
                     and Jennie
       WJ wiki       (WJ CMS)
Content contribution
Courses
                Course Catalog

• Over 250 courses
• Course providers including MindLeaders,
  University of North Texas, OCLC Western/OCLC
  CAPCON, WebJunction
• Wide variety of topics (Management to
  Technology…)
• Continuing to add courses
• Access to courses is available one year from
  purchase
• Typical course price = $25 - $50
• Bulk purchase discounts available
           WJ E-Learning Institute:
                Publications

– Trends in E-Learning
  for Library Staff
– Blended Learning
  Guide
            WJ E-Learning Institute:
                   Courses
• Synchronous Learning Expert
• How to Learn Online
• Keys to Organizational E-Learning
  Success
• Intro to Rapid Course Creation Tools
• Intro to Blending In-Person and Online
• Course Creation Workshop
Live Space

             Features:
             •Voice over IP ith telephone option
             •A clean, easy-to-use interface
             •Small or no download (requires Java)
             •Public and private text chat
             •Polling and Quizzing
             •Desktop sharing
             •eBoard with annotation tools
             •Breakout rooms
             •Session recording
             •Section 508 compliant - closed
             captioning and screen reader
WebJunction and the Future
               How are we funded?

• Launched with grant funding
• Sustained through a wide range of
  institutional subscriptions and service
  provision
   – Content management
   – E-learning courses and services
• Social mission: to build vibrant libraries in
  every community
        From Grant to Sustainability…
Business model?
• Community Services (FREE) – Most of WJ is free to
  library staff
• Content Services - Annual subscriptions for library-
  based organizations which allow them to customize
  and manage the content and online community for
  those they serve.
• Learning Services – Targeted at state libraries, library
  systems, individual libraries that wish to leverage
  online learning to build staff capacity; individuals
  and/or organizations can purchase and take courses
  online.
              Community Partner Program

• Cooperative model
• Initial target: State Library Agencies
• Tools to localize WebJunction
  (Community Content, Learning)
• Current:
   – AZ, CT, DE, EA, IA, KS, MN, NH, NM, WA
• Coming soon:
   – AL, IL, IN, ME
• Planned: expanding to include a wide
  array of library institutions
            How to get involved…

•   Register at WebJunction
•   Participate in discussions
•   Contribute content
•   Tell your workshop participants about WJ
             Need more info?

Us:
• info@webjunction.org
Me:
• joe_anderson@oclc.org
• 206-351-5607

								
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