WebJunction is an interesting site that promises to be a useful way to share professional information. They’ve been around for a while, but they just launched a new look. It functions rather like a portal for librarians and information professionals. Kind of like Facebook, blog, Blackboard, ERIC, and [mini]ALA all rolled into one site. Members can contribute materials in a multitude of formats for open use or restricted to a particular population. There are training materials that are free and those that require a fee. Partner organizations include state libraries and a few professional organizations. There are materials by library type, services, populations, and library functions. Someone even included this blog in a list of “Collection Development Resources Online” … bless you Betha Gutsche!
It’s a pretty exciting way to develop a professional community. I look forward to seeing how it develops. Kudos to OCLC, the Gates Foundation, and lots of folks in the state of Washington who made this fly. Here’s a couple more about files: