Opioid Addiction Resources for Patrons

The opioid crisis which has crashed through American communities has brought patrons to public libraries seeking information about opioids and addiction. This collection of resources can help you connect patrons to the information that they need to support themselves or a loved one. Library staff are also encouraged to check out the recording of our September 2017 Opioid Crisis Town Hall where libraries, community partners and national organizations shared their experiences with the opioid epidemic, how it was impacting their communities and their responses.

You can copy the information on this page to repurpose for your library's website or resource list.  Provided by Webjunction.org

Resource guides - some libraries have responded by creating online guides to help patrons seeking information:

Programming - hosting public forums, discussions or training is another way that libraries are supporting the community around the opioid addiction. Examples range from events that are planned and hosted by a library, to those which depend on library space to house the event.

Books - consider adding these to your collection:

Young Adult

Adult

Copyright Bloomsburg Press, 2015

Handouts and flyers - these printable handouts and resources for patrons can be shared by or in the library:

Also check with your local and state health departments to discover what resources they may be able to share. Most of these resources were shared by members in the Facebook group, in the Facebook group, Libraries and the Opioid Crisis. We’ll be sharing other collections and lists as they surface.

Image credits:
Top: "Opioids" by K-State Research and Extension is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Bottom: Dreamland bookcover is copyright Bloomsburg Press, 2015

New WebJunction Content and Upcoming Webinars

Building a Culture of Learning with Library Boards

 Thursday, May 24, 2018,  3:00 pm Eastern, 60 minutes

Registration: https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/culture-of-learning-library-boards.html

Libraries that cultivate a culture of learning encourage their staff to participate in continuing education. But shouldn't this learning culture also extend to library boards? At the State Library of Iowa, we say yes! Trustees can and should play a key role in fostering a culture of learning at their libraries—beginning with themselves. When library boards embrace a learning culture, they become more receptive to supporting continuing education, in policy, planning, and budgeting. This webinar presents ideas for growing board learning into a blossoming culture that motivates board members to see education and training as a natural part of their trusteeship.

This webinar is hosted in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries.

Presented by: Bonnie McKewon, Consultant, State Library of Iowa, Northwest District

 

New WebJunction Content and Upcoming Webinars

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  • Healthy Libraries and Healthy Communities:  In response to local community health needs, public libraries are also evolving by partnering with local parks to create StoryWalks™, offering Zumba classes, and establishing seed libraries so that patrons can grow their own food. Here is a collection of videos and examples from libraries around the United States that can help inspire new health programming ideas in your library!
  • Online Course: Shelving with the Library of Congress Classification: WebJunction has recently updated this course to deliver an improved learner experience. It’s a great resource to help new staff members and volunteers become productive as quickly as possible with a minimum of time investment by the supervising staff. All content in the WebJunction Course Catalog is freely available and ready when you are.  

Free WebJunction Webinars for You

These upcoming webinars are open for registration. If you can’t attend a live session, all WebJunction webinars are recorded and available for free in the Course Catalog.

Voter Perceptions of Libraries: Getting from Awareness to Funding in 2018

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 ♦ 3:00 pm Eastern / 12:00 pm Pacific ♦ 60 minutes

Registration: https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/voter-perceptions-of-libraries.html

In 2008, OCLC published From Awareness to Funding: A Study of Library Support in America, a study of the awareness, attitudes, and underlying motivations among US voters for supporting library funding. The research dispelled long-held assumptions and provided eye-opening insights about who supports public library funding and for what reasons. A decade later, OCLC has partnered with PLA and the ALA Office for Library Advocacy to investigate perceptions and support among US voters today, and how they may have shifted in the intervening years. In this session, presenters will share key findings and analysis from summary report (due to be released in late March); provide new details on library super supporters and probable supporters in context with other library trends and research; and kickstart the discussion on how library leaders and advocates can act on these findings.
Presented by: Marci Merola, Director, American Library Association Office for Library Advocacy; Larra Clark, Deputy Director, ALA Office for Information Technology Policy and the Public Library Association; and Sharon Streams, Director, WebJunction, OCLC Research

Webinar Series: Evaluating and Sharing Your Library's Impact

Ensure your library’s programs and services are meeting patrons’ needs and exceeding expectations by using evaluation techniques that demonstrate results. This three-part webinar series on user-centered assessment and evaluation will help you go from gut instinct to data-supported proof.

The first session is User-Centered Assessment: Leveraging What You Know and Filling in the Gaps is on April 24, 2018.

More information and registration details: https://www.webjunction.org/news/webjunction/webinar-series-research-assessment.html

Building a Culture of Learning with Library Boards

Thursday, May 24, 2018 ♦ 3:00 pm Eastern / 12:00 pm Pacific ♦ 60 minutes

Registration: https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/culture-of-learning-library-boards.html

Libraries that cultivate a culture of learning encourage their staff to participate in continuing education. But shouldn't this learning culture also extend to library boards? At the State Library of Iowa, we say yes! Trustees can and should play a key role in fostering a culture of learning at their libraries—beginning with themselves. When library boards embrace a learning culture, they become more receptive to supporting continuing education, in policy, planning, and budgeting. This webinar presents ideas for growing board learning into a blossoming culture that motivates board members to see education and training as a natural part of their trusteeship.
Pzresented by: Bonnie McKewon, Consultant, State Library of Iowa, Northwest District

 Free access to these webinars are brought to you, in part, by the Institute of Museum & Library Services.

Free Online Training for November 2017

Webjunction Online Training

75 free library-relevant webinars

November brings 75 free library-relevant webinars (and one virtual conference!) from a wide variety of organizations. This month includes a session on how to manage your collections and how to communicate with your community partners, or you're interested in finding new resources to meet your community's changing need. These training opportunities are compiled and shared by the Wyoming State Library. Highlights of November's webinar offerings include:

November 7 - Legal Reference: The Basics (Washington State Library)
November 8 - BIG Ideas for Small Libraries (SirsiDynix)
November 9 - "For the Greater (Not) Good (Enough): Open Access and Information Privilege" (OCLC)

Access the full  list

New WebJunction Content and Upcoming Webinars

 Check out these upcoming webinars and new content from WebJunction. Free access to WebJunction is brought to you, in part, by the Library of Michigan.

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These resources can help you strengthen your library and services to the community, explore them today!

  • Free Activity Calendars Put Programming at Your Fingertips: Library users young and old benefit from the fun, exciting, and educational programming you offer in your schools and libraries. But little do they know how much hard work and planning goes into putting those activities together! Check out these free, downloadable resources.
  • Librarians who Wikipedia: This series highlights public library staff who are using Wikipedia. Wikipedia + Libraries: Better Together is a WebJunction project that bridges public library staff and Wikipedia. A popular and convenient reference source, Wikipedia is the sixth-most visited website online. What can Wikipedia do for public libraries? We’ve recently launched a new series of articles called Librarians Who Wikipedia. We speak with public library staff who have meaningfully engaged with Wikipedia to hear what it has brought to them and their message for other public library staff.

Free WebJunction webinars for you!

These upcoming webinars are open for registration. If you can’t attend a live session, all WebJunction webinars are recorded and available for free in the Course Catalog.

Measures that Matter Part Two: Detailing the Data-based Story of Public Libraries

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 ♦ 3:00 pm Eastern / 12:00 pm Pacific ♦ 1 hour

Registration: http://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/measures-that-matter-2.html

In the United States, there are a number of national surveys of public libraries and their patrons. While all of these efforts help us tell a data-based story of public libraries, they differ in terms of their samples, what types of data they collect, and how their data are collected, stored, and accessed. During the first webinar in this three-part series, we scanned the landscape of major public library surveys and considered how library data could be used more productively in the future. In this second webinar, we will drill deeper into the concepts of sampling, data types, and data management, and how they impact what we know about public libraries and their patrons. At the end of this webinar, participants will have a greater understanding of various sampling methods, recognize the differences between inputs, outputs, and outcomes, and be aware of the data management practices for various national public library surveys.

This webinar is the second in a three-part series about the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies’ Measures that Matter initiative, a field-wide discussion of the current state of public library data. All sessions are recorded for you to watch if you aren’t able to participate live.

Presented by: Rebecca Teasdale, Senior Evaluation and Research Associate, Garibay Group; John Bertot, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor, College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland; Linda Hofschire, Director, Library Research Service, Colorado State Library


Effective Online Outreach: Tools and Tactics for Connecting Communities and Collections

Thursday, June 29, 2017 ♦ 3:00 pm Eastern / 12:00 pm Pacific ♦ 1 hour

Registration: http://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/effective-online-outreach.html

 How did a small two-person library capture national media attention, become a focus of high-profile museum exhibits, and generate 13 million views of its online photos in just a few years? They built on a framework of eight values to drive innovative services and greatly enhance the information-seeking experience of their users. With a combination of free and low-cost web tools, savvy marketing, and innovations borrowed from archives and museums, Kenn Bicknell embarked on an aggressive digitization and outreach program to push information out to his constituents in creative, engaging ways. Find inspiration and practical ideas that can breathe new life into your collections and keep libraries front and center in users' lives.

Presented by: Kenn Bicknell, Digital Resources Librarian, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Library and Archive