The New WebJunction is here!

August 4, 2008 at 8:42 am 5 comments

My new profile on WJ is set up and ready to go and I am stoked! A huge congratulations to the entire team at WebJunction for all their hard work in creating a dynamic and interactive site for library workers to gather online (I know some of the key players, but I am sure there are many more behind the scenes that I have yet to meet). I spent a few hours last night “playing” around with the new interface and gathering some friends and I am impressed.

I have been a member, moderator and advocate for WebJunction since I first met Chrystie Hill at the OCLC booth during ALA Annual in Toronto way back in June 20003. Chrystie’s enthusiasm was so infectious that I signed up on WJ my first day back at work and have not looked back since. In addition to moderating, I have assisted with various projects over the years and as a result have found advice, ideas, support, and friendship — all the things that keep one coming back to an online community.

I have been anticipating the release of the new WJ for many months now. I talked to Michael Porter during PLA last March and when he told me of some of the plans (at least that which he could reveal) I knew immediately that it was going to great — and it is.

One of the features I am liking best at the moment is the ability to create your own group and I have already set up a group called Public Library Programming for Adults. I am currently the only member, but membership is open to all who are currently providing programming or thinking about it in the future.

I have found navigating the new site to be easy, my only minor complaint is that it seems to be a bit slow in loading new pages. If you want an overview and some advice on how to get going there is an online training video to help you out. I already feel like I have found a new online home and I look forward to seeing soon you on WJ!

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5 Comments

  • 1. Cynthia  |  August 4, 2008 at 9:55 am

    Very Cool! I love WebJunction–it really has helped me with Spanish Language Collection Development, despite my lack of speaking Spanish. I will be sure to check it out when I get home and will be sure to join your group (again, new to programs, have zero budget, so this will be a big help!).

  • 2. Bill Drew  |  August 4, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    I have always liked WebJunction and continue to do so. However, I am greatly disappointed in that it does not go far enough in offering social networking or in interconnecting with other social networking platforms. The content on it continues to be of high quality and usefulness. It just needs a better box to put it in.

  • 3. Anonymous  |  August 5, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    I updated my WebJunction profile and joined your group – we have not done programs other than children’s for years – until next month when we will begin offering multigenerational programs. Looks like the social networking aspects of WebJunction are growing! Thanks for the ‘push’ to check out the new WebJunction.
    Karen

  • 4. Mobisop  |  August 6, 2008 at 8:12 am

    thats a great news … !!!

  • 5. Parantar  |  October 15, 2008 at 10:17 am

    thats a cool news


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