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September 10, 2012 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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OCLC’s WebJunction Receives Operating Grant From The Gates Foundation

OCLC received a $4.1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support 5 years of ongoing operations of WebJunction, the learning place for libraries. Built with grant funding from the Gates Foundation and launched in 2003, OCLC’s WebJunction has helped more than 70,000 library staff build the job skills they need to meet the challenges of today’s environment.

WebJunction.org provides a wealth of training resources—including online courses, webinar presentations, downloadable curricula, and real-world examples collected from libraries—to share the knowledge, skills, and support that power relevant, vibrant libraries. WebJunction programs support library staff working daily to connect their local communities with the content, space, and services they need to enrich and transform lives.

The new grant will support OCLC’s continued development of the programs, content, and systems of WebJunction.org, and provide long-term sustainability of services that will help libraries thrive in changing and challenging technological environments today and into the future.

WebJunction’s training resources, programs and content have been used by staff in 69% of U.S. public libraries. From July 2011 through June 2012, staff enrolled in more than 19,000 courses via WebJunction and more than 17,000 staff members registered for 26 free webinar programs offered on hot topics in the library profession.

Source: OCLC



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