Thursday, August 14, 2008

WebJunction Launches New Online Social Experience

DUBLIN, Ohio, August 13, 2008. WebJunction, the online learning community for librarians and library staff, has launched a new social and learning experience in close collaboration with partners in 15 state libraries. The new site builds on the deep repository of helpful content, relevant courses, and active discussions that have been the hallmark of WebJunction since 2003.

The new capabilities make it easier for librarians and staff to:

  • Connect with friends, peers, and colleagues from across the library community using powerful new social tools such as friends, public profiles, groups, discussions, tagging, and recommendations;

  • Create their own content, conversations, and spontaneous communities with fast, fun and easy-to-use tools;

  • Learn the skills they need to thrive in their careers with new and more flexible online courses covering general business, technical, and library skills, complimented by powerful social and learning management tools that add depth to the experience.

"WebJunction and our partners have been helping libraries take advantage of collaboration and e-learning tools for the past five years," said George Needham, Vice President, OCLC Member Services. "This latest release continues that work, and also brings some of the social tools of the modern Web to the library community in a unique and tailored way."

Originally launched five years ago with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, OCLC, and partners from across the library community, WebJunction has grown to over 30,000 registered members and has delivered thousands of courses.






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