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WSL Updates for April 23, 2015

April 22nd, 2015 by Posted in For Libraries, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | No Comments »

Volume 11, April 23, 2015 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) RETURN TO RELEVANCE WORKSHOPS REGISTRATION OPEN

2) NOW HEAR THIS: LESSONS IN MUSIC ADVISORY WEBINAR

3) COMMUNICATING IN THE MIDST OF CHANGE WORKSHOP

4) COMMUNICATE WITH CONFIDENCE WORKSHOP

5) ESSENTIAL LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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Great news for Washington Digital Newspapers!

April 22nd, 2015 by Posted in Articles, Digital Collections, For Libraries, For the Public, Uncategorized | No Comments »

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The Washington State Library has been awarded a Veridian Newspaper Conversion Grant to process and present up to 10,000 newspaper images from our Historic Newspapers Collection.  In March we competed against other national and international academic, public and special libraries with digital collections for the opportunity to have the Veridian software company convert our metadata and cloud-host a full-text searchable collection for two years.

We will have new features to explore, such as advanced search techniques, improved search results, comment opportunities and personal search lists! By converting our keyword, subject-based collection of historic newspapers to METS/ALTO metadata standards, a standard approved by Library of Congress for newspapers in their Chronicling America program, this grant will enable us to capture the text from news articles in a form that allows researchers to use advanced search techniques such as proximity search, exact phrases and date ranges to find their favorite topics. It also encourages users to help improve search results with crowd-sourced correction features when poor Optical Character Recognition (OCR) resultKeepLightBurning_Stars occur from smudged or blurry originals.

 The Washington Digital Newspapers program has the largest collection of Washington state and territorial newspapers in the world, but we are still quite shy of having as extensive a digital collection as we have on microfilm. There are also plenty of community newspapers ready to be digitized across the state. This grant will help us compare the best online software features available for newspapers and we will use this experience to determine the future growth of our online newspapers collection for the residents and researchers of Washington.

Progress for Digital Newspapers!!

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DL Consulting provides Veridian Software

Here are some examples of their work:

Newspaper collections from our NDNP partners

Library of Virginia

California Digital Newspaper Collection

Non-newspaper collections

Princeton University

 

 

 

From the desk of Shawn Schollmeyer- Washington Digital Newspapers Coordinator

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2015 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 4/17/2015

April 20th, 2015 by Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Updates | No Comments »

Courtesy of the Legislative Planning Committee, Washington Library Association Library Related Legislation. The Washington Library Association (WLA) tracks state legislative activity that will potentially affect Washington Libraries. Their tracker is posted weekly on this blog.  Bills highlighted in pink had movement on the floor yesterday (4/9/2015).

For information on the legislative process or becoming involved, see the WLA site referenced above.

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WSL Updates for April 16, 2015

April 16th, 2015 by Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | No Comments »

Volume 11, April 16, 2015 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) YOU’VE GOT THE LEGOS® – DID THEY MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

2) WASHINGTON RURAL HERITAGE GRANT CYCLE OPEN

3) FINANCIAL EDUCATION FOR 21ST CENTURY LIBRARIES

4) BURNOUT OR BOUNCE BACK INCOL WORKSHOP

5) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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New Digital Collection: Colville National Forest

April 15th, 2015 by Posted in Articles, Digital Collections, For Libraries, For the Public, Grants and Funding | No Comments »

The Washington Rural Heritage project recently went live with a new digital collection from the northeast corner of our state. The Colville National Forest Collection provides access to a sampling of the archival photos, maps, and documents held by the Heritage Department at Colville National Forest Headquarters in Stevens County.

Of particular note are the photos of fire lookouts that once dotted the mountaintops of the Kettle River and Selkirk Mountain Ranges. These photos have been geo-referenced and placed on a “Story Map” so that users can fly from peak to peak, getting a glimpse of the varied lookout tower styles  as well as truly stunning panoramic photographs taken from the lookouts themselves—once important tools to the fire spotters that occupied the lookouts. Because most of these photos were produced by the U.S. Federal Government, they are in the public domain.

The collection represents a collaborative digitization project undertaken in 2014-2015 by the Colville National Forest and Libraries of Stevens County. According to Colville National Forest spokesman, Franklin Pemberton, “We love the idea of people having access to [the documents] – for research or for student projects. They capture the heritage of Northeast Washington before photos were widely available to average citizens.”

The Washington Rural Heritage project serves public and tribal libraries throughout Washington, as well as partnering organizations such as museums, local government, and schools. Headquartered at the Washington State Library (Office of the Secretary of State), the project is supported with Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding provided by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. The project’s 2015-2016 digitization grant cycle is currently accepting applications from eligible insitutions. To find out how your organization can participate in this statewide digitization initiative, please contact Digital Repository Librarian Evan Robb at evan.robb@sos.wa.gov.

 

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2015 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 4/10/2015

April 10th, 2015 by Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Updates | No Comments »

Courtesy of the Legislative Planning Committee, Washington Library Association Library Related Legislation. The Washington Library Association (WLA) tracks state legislative activity that will potentially affect Washington Libraries. Their tracker is posted weekly on this blog.  Bills highlighted in pink had movement on the floor yesterday (4/9/2015).

For information on the legislative process or becoming involved, see the WLA site referenced above.

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Washington Congressional Senators and Representatives sign off on legislation crucial to Washington.

April 8th, 2015 by Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Uncategorized | No Comments »

From the desk of Rand Simmons

Rand0714Two pieces of legislation important to the people of Washington are working their way through Congress. Optimum support requires members of both the House and the Senate and from both parties sign on to “Dear Appropriators” letters.

The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) is administered by the Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State. The Senate letter notes that “LSTA is the only federal program that helps public libraries meet community needs, provide enhanced services through technology, reach underserved populations, and retain librarians while recruiting new entrants to this important field. Robust federal support for the state formula program and competitive grant provided by LSTA is more essential now than ever.”

Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) chair the Senate committee to obtain maximum allowable funding for the Act. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) signed the letter. State Librarian Rand Simmons had urged her to do so. Representative Rick Larsen (D-WA 2nd) signed the House letter. Currently the State Library receives about $3.3 million annually in LSTA funding and all types of libraries in Washington are eligible to receive funding and services.

Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) is a grant program under the Fund for the Improvement of education. The Senate letter states, “IAL provides competitive awards to school libraries and national not-for-profit organizations, including partnerships that reach families outside of local educational agencies, for providing books and childhood literacy activities to children and families in high need communities. The program also supports parental engagement and focuses on promoting student literacy from birth through high school.” Senators Blunt and Murray are also leading the quest for this funding.

Signers in the House include Representatives Denny Heck (D-WA 10th), Jim McDermott (D-WA 7th) and Adam Smith (D-WA 9th).

  • Learn more about how the Washington State Library administers the Library Services and Technology Act at the Library’s web site.
  • Information for this article came from the American Library Association’s Advocacy Works: Broad number of legislators back library funding. Links to Senate and House letters are provided.
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On the Eve of Prohibition…

April 6th, 2015 by Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Random News from the Newspapers on Microfilm Collection | No Comments »

From the desk of Steve Willis, former Central Library Services Program Manager of the Washington State Library:

After the voters of Washington State had approved a state-wide prohibition of alcohol in 1914, the clock started ticking for drinkers. The last legal drinks could be consumed on December 31, 1915. By that time, the town of Starbuck was the last town left in a two-county area that was still “wet.” The following article found at random in the January 8, 1916 issue of the Starbuck Standard describes the town’s transition into a Brave New World:

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‘Mid Shrieks of Many Whistles Starbuck Sees a New Epoch

Starbuck, for the past five years the only wet town in either Columbia or Garfield counties is dry and for the first Saturday in over 25 years, liquid refreshments were not dispensed on New Years’ day.

 Many had anticipated an unprecedented New Year eve for the old town, and but for a shortage of malt, vinous and spiritous liquors, this might have been fully realized. At any rate there was “something doing” from early in the day Friday until the numerous engines in the yards proclaimed the dawn of nineteen hundred sixteen. mid shrieks

 The Star Hotel bar, owned by J.S. Fuller, for 20 years in business in Starbuck, was the first to run out of goods and closed its doors at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. The Columbia Bar, J.R. Hill proprietor, held on until 8 in the evening when a shortage of goods compelled the closing of the doors. The Starbuck saloon, Mike Ray proprietor, seemed better supplied with stock and remained open until midnight, although during closing hours only whiskey was on sale. Mr. Ray has been in business here for nearly 15 years.

 Saturday apparently was a blue day for many, and a quiet one for the town. Many of the imbibers, however, had laid in a supply of refreshments and this helped in making the world look a little brighter, for the moment at least. The stores were open during the forenoon, but in the afternoon the town took on a graveyard appearance.

 The Star Hotel bar will be transferred into a pool and billiard room, where cigars, tobaccos and soft drinks will be sold, and will be open for business in about another week. It is probable that the Columbia bar will be utilized to a similar purpose, but as yet nothing definite has been announced. No announcements have been made regarding the old Starbuck bar, and it is reported that the building will not be placed in use for the present.

 James S. Fuller (1860-1933) remained in Starbuck, running a “cigar store” until ca. 1923, when he moved to the Spokane area. Fuller died right before Prohibition was brought to an end. Toronto-born Mike Ray (1869-1943) also stayed in Starbuck for many years and worked as an employee of the railroad. James R. Hill (born ca. 1882) returned to his native Michigan and worked in auto mechanics and construction.

Originally a railroad junction, the Oregon Railroad and Navigation Company was a major economic concern in Starbuck in the early 20th century.

The Railway Carmen’s Journal, a labor union organ, mentioned all three of the above gentlemen in the April 1912 issue. Apparently there are a few inside jokes in this song:

 OPENING ODE OF SHOP FEDERATION AT STARBUCK, WASHINGTON.

(Air, Casey Jones)

 

Dedicated to the Strikebreakers of Starbuck, Washington.

 

Come all you scalies, if you want to hear

The story of the strikers here.

Recognition is the strikers’ aim,

On the Harriman lines she will win her fame.

 

Caller called the scalies at half past four

To calk the flues and look her o’er;

‘Twas the old switch engine, No. 24;

They found “Bad-Eye” York in the fire box door.

 

J.F. Killeen to the scalies said:

“Get Kid Yorke out or he will soon be dead.”

Then he gave them all the big glad hand,

Said, “I’ll write you transportation to the promised land.”

 

He weighed 200 pounds when he started the stunt.

Put on the overalls and cached his white front.

With Farry you can tarry just as long as you please,

In the bull pen with scalies, your crumbs, and your fleas.

 

Old Jim Fuller is a big fat slob,

With scab loving Beck he is onto his job,

Catering to the scalies and picking up the change,

Having no respect for his son’s good name.

 

Mike Ray stands in front of his bar,

Drinking with scalies, puffing a scab cigar;

Here’s where you can get your drinks and your smokes,

For this bunch of union men are nothing but jokes.

 

Mr. J.R. Hill is surely our pard,

Having due respect for a union card.

When a scalie approaches him for a drink,

He points to his card and says, I don’t think.

 

 

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Clippings April 3, 2015

April 3rd, 2015 by Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Updates | No Comments »

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Library Clippings for the week of April 3, 2015

Library News

Transition Fidalgo wins Auto Magic award (Anacortes American, Anacortes, 3/4/15)

Library preps for software switch (Journal of the San Juan Islands, Friday Harbor, 3/11/15)

King County Library System Request for Furniture Bids for the Renton Liberty Park Library Furniture Project
The King County Library System invites qualified vendors to submit a bid for General Furniture for the Renton Liberty Park Library Furniture Project. A detailed bid package may be obtained by going to www.kcls.org/about/bond, click on Architects & Contracts/Current Project Bid Listing and select the Renton Liberty Park Library Furniture Project. Proposals must be received by 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Proposals received any later than this will not be considered. Please submit all proposals to: King County Library System, Attn: Kelly L. Iverson, 960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, WA 98027 or fax it to 425-369-3310 attention Kelly L. Iverson. (Daily Journal of Commerce, Seattle, 3/25/15)
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2015 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 4/3/2015

April 3rd, 2015 by Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Updates | No Comments »

Courtesy of the Legislative Planning Committee, Washington Library Association Library Related Legislation. The Washington Library Association (WLA) tracks state legislative activity that will potentially affect Washington Libraries. Their tracker is posted weekly on this blog.

Please note bills that are stricken and color-coded are “technically dead. (April 1 was the last day to read in committee reports from the opposite house, except fiscal/transportation committees.  That cut-off is April 7.)  All bills  will be left on the tracker until then.  Bills highlighted in pink had movement on the floor yesterday (4/2/2015)

For information on the legislative process or becoming involved, see the WLA site referenced above.

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