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Celebration – WebJunction is 10 – WJ team – 10 minBridging the Gap Arne J. Almquist - Northern Kentucky University – 25 demo and implementationJessica Feinstein – – 25 minWJ editorial & programming focus – Jennifer – 10 minWJ coursenar review and update – Betha – 25 min

May Third

Thursday Partner Meeting

16 May 2013


WebJunction is 10!


WebJunction is collectable


WebJunction is



Bridging the Gap


Bridging Gaps, Bettering Outcomes: Improving Rural Public Library Services Through Pre-Professional Education

Arne J. Almquist, Ph.D.Associate Provost for Library ServicesNorthern Kentucky University

May 16, 2013



There is an education gap in the public libraries of Kentucky –30% of public library directors lack a degree of any kind85% of MLS librarians work in the central “Golden Triangle” region of the state (the area bounded by Louisville, Lexington, and Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati)Counties lack the resources to attract degreed library professionals

Bridging Gaps, Bettering Outcomes

Arne J. Almquist, Ph.D.

May 16, 2013


Mandatory Staff Certification

Bluegrass CTC


Associate’s Degree in Library Technology

Bluegrass CTC


Bachelor of Science in Library InformaticsNorthern Kentucky UniversityOnline

Bridging Gaps, Bettering Outcomes

Arne J. Almquist, Ph.D.

May 16, 2013

Kentucky’s Library Science Education “Ladder”


Advantages to Our Approach

Classes provide immediate, on-the-job benefits. Surprisingly, this includes the general education coursesEach level of education builds to the nextClasses are all 3 SCH college/university level coursesVirtually all coursework taken at one level is applicable to the nextAll courses are online, from certification through the MLS

Bridging Gaps, Bettering Outcomes

Arne J. Almquist, Ph.D.

May 16, 2013


Geographical Dispersion of our Library Informatics Students

Bridging Gaps, Bettering Outcomes

Arne J. Almquist, Ph.D.

May 16, 2013

As of Summer, 2012


The Bridging the Gap Projects

BTG Kentucky:$1.3M project funded by a nearly $1M IMLS grantThree year durationTargeted the 50 poorest, most isolated rural counties in KentuckyIncluded all counties in Kentucky officially designated by the Appalachian Regional Commission as being within the Appalachian RegionAlso included counties in far Western Kentucky

Bridging Gaps, Bettering Outcomes

Arne J. Almquist, Ph.D.

May 16, 2013


Bridging the Gap - Kentucky

Bridging Gaps, Bettering Outcomes

Arne J. Almquist, Ph.D.

May 16, 2013


Criteria Based on Poverty and Educational Attainment

Poverty RatePer Capita IncomeJobless RateH.S. DiplomaCollege DegreeUnited States (2007)13.0%$26,8886.3%84.5%27.5% Kentucky (2007)17.3%$21,9516.6%80.1%20.0%Appalachian Kentucky24.4%$13,6587.4%62.5%10.5%Western Kentucky18.1%$16,0117.3%69.7%10.3%

Bridging Gaps, Bettering Outcomes

Arne J. Almquist, Ph.D.

May 16, 2013


The Bridging the Gap Treatments

Tuition Assistance: Covered five classes per year (2 fall, 2 spring, 1 summer).Technology Stipend: Intended for the purchase of a laptop and high-speed Internet to the home.Collateral Benefit – Provided access for children and other family membersMentoring System“Shopping website” for pairing of mentors and menteesMentors were paid and could mentor up to two menteesSought to pair like individuals, e.g., a non-degreed library director with one who possessed the MLS

Bridging Gaps, Bettering Outcomes

Arne J. Almquist, Ph.D.

May 16, 2013


The Bridging the Gap Treatments, cont’d

Website: www.kylibrarians.orgOnline Colloquia: Twice per year, provided access to experts in areas of interest to rural librarians through a live, interactive web presentation.Mandatory Professional Engagement ActivityEach participant was required to attend a professional conference, either national or state

Bridging Gaps, Bettering Outcomes

Arne J. Almquist, Ph.D.

May 16, 2013



We experienced lower than expected costs allowing us to extend the program to 17 additional scholarsExpanded to bordering counties which met the same economic and educational criteria

Bridging Gaps, Bettering Outcomes

Arne J. Almquist, Ph.D.

May 16, 2013



To date (Spring 2013), we have graduated 14 students6 students from NKU (Bachelor’s)8 students from Bluegrass (Associate’s)This represents 21% of the total number of students in the projectAdditional students are in the pipelineWe are receiving feedback which indicates that students are receiving important knew knowledge and perspectives that are positively impacting service qualityThese numbers need to be understood within the context of undergraduate study (many more SCH required for graduation than the MLS), and the fact that our students were studying part time.

Bridging Gaps, Bettering Outcomes

Arne J. Almquist, Ph.D.

May 16, 2013


What We Have Learned

Barriers: We addressed poverty, physical isolation, lack of access to technology, and professional isolation. We found other barriers:First generation collegeFamily commitmentsLack of financial knowledgeLack of travel experience

Bridging Gaps, Bettering Outcomes

Arne J. Almquist, Ph.D.

May 16, 2013


Bridging the Gap – West Virginia

Modeled after the Kentucky project$1.2M project funded through a nearly $900,000 IMLS grantBipartisan support in both states51 students are currently participating, enrolled in either NKU or Mountwest Community College in Huntingon, WV

Bridging Gaps, Bettering Outcomes

Arne J. Almquist, Ph.D.

May 16, 2013


Contact Information

Arne J. Almquist, Ph.D.Associate Provost for Library ServicesW. Frank Steely LibraryNunn DriveHighland Heights, KY 41099E-mail: almquista@nku.eduVoice: 859-572-5483

Bridging Gaps, Bettering Outcomes

Arne J. Almquist, Ph.D.

May 16, 2013


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through are


to interested members

beginning Monday, June



Any names

received by Friday, May 31

will be

uploaded on June



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assign at least one of the seats to


(or someone you want to review this


New seats (up to your state’s seat limit) can




June 3 through May 1, 2014


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can collect names

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you can provide learner information

to WebJunction. If you haven’t already, please confirm your outreach preference with Kathleen



are collecting names,

send your list to Kathleen



, May 31

[must include first name, last name, email address


Other questions?


Editorial & Programming Focus Update


Need Review – archives to be vetted

July – August Topics

July –



Pew/IMLS webinar

Libraries, Children and Families: new research


policy recommendations on role of libraries in early reading

Library Social Media Use

OCLC Library Spotlight Program,

Linked data, Social media,

Mobile reach

August –

Developing or Improving Programs

Ned Potter

, author of the

Library Marketing Toolkit

on marketing, outreach, increasing attendance, and making a convincing story to coworkers/supervisors about innovative programming.

Teens and Technology Programming



] focused on strategies for engaging teens in STEM-based high tech digital media.




Need Review – archives to be vetted

September – December Topics

September –

Library Leadership and Management

Impact Survey with UW – Advancing Libraries through Community Insight

[re-launched tool will be freely available beginning in June] Collects patron outcome-focused data about general use of library and online resources data collection, to be used in evaluation and advocacy efforts.

Digital Inclusion – Stakeholder Engagement Process

Embedded/Community Librarian





October –

Readers Advisory

  Cutting Edge Readers Advisory

Readers Advisory in Small and Rural (?) for all staff (?)


Need Review – archives to be vetted

September – December Topics

November –

Improving Interpersonal Communication

  Difficult patrons and staff (presenter?)

Staff morale/motivation, team building, resistant management (presenter?)

December –

Customer Service

Including online and via mobile apps (?)

Engaged/Excellent Customer






Need Review – archives to be vetted

2014 Planning

Informed by:


(July Meeting)

Member Survey

Webinar Surveys

Continued CE coordinator/stakeholder input

Key topics identified in August, planning/marketing cycle roll-out beginning November.




Need Review – archives to be vetted

Rapid prototype



Webinar archive

+ learning guide

+ added resources + quizzes= Coursenar


Pilot process

webinar core: work with SMEs

Quiz / activity


learning guide, worksheets

Quiz / activity

Key points

Key points

Key points

Quiz / activity

Additional resources:

articles, videos, websites…

Peer discussions?


Top topics

Working with teens and technology (Teen/YA Services)

The embedded public library

(Library Community Leadership)

Engaged customer service

(Customer Service)


First experiment

Teens, Technology and STEM Futures

Learning objectives:

Understand the HOMAGO strategy (Hanging Out. Messing Around.


Out) to effectively engage teens at the library

Understand the potential for connecting activities with STE(A)M pathways

Learn strategies for implementing formal and informal hands-on instruction in a teen-centered environment, both high and low tech



Pre-work: introduction to HOMAGO strategyHOMAGO guidebook, ebook from Yollocalli Open Studies projectWebinar: HCLS HiTech Lab applied HOMAGO in 4 modules: Interact (“hanging out”), Improvise (“messing around”), Invent (“geeking out”), and Instruct (Academy)Insert 1 - Quiz: on HOMAGO principles and strategiesInsert 2 – Activity: how to get started; review YOUmedia Network Getting Started Toolkit from the Harold Washington Library in ChicagoInsert 3 – Activity: connect to STEM; assign key chapters of YALSA STEM-ToolkitInsert 4 – Activity: setting up the space; YOUmedia Network Physical Space guideHomewood Library Digital Media Lab (5 min video)

Coursenar #1 outline



Additional resourcesLow-tech, low-cost approachesresources on low-cost programs and strategiesDigital Media (PBS) Cool Tools for free online appsGrant/funding possibilitiesIMLS Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums grantsResearch on teen media usePew Internet and American Life Project teen digital media use

Coursenar #1 outline (cont.)




CE Convening


Upcoming Member Survey

CE Convening – June 6 – D.C. area

Hosted by IMLS in cooperation with WJ

Small gathering (15-20 attendees) representing library


and other national orgs;


; training providers; state libraries; training coordinators; public, academic, federal institutions

Purpose is to share:

Knowledge of current


needs in the U.S.

; Strategies

and/or activities of organizations that influence or offer

CE; Ideas

for coordinating efforts and/or collaborating where

appropriate; Plans




projects & partnerships

in the near term

Report to be generated and shared (July est.)


Thanks for everything you do at WebJunction!

Next Third Thursday Meeting:

18 July 2013

9-10:30am PST/12-1:30pm EST

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