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Clippings August 22, 2014

August 25th, 2014 by Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Updates | No Comments »

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Library News
Libraries vote in Stanwood?: a ballot measure to annex the city’s library into Sno-Isle likely.
(The Herald, Everett, 06/25/14). http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20140629/NEWS01/140629166

Library levy issue divides council. (The North Coast News, Ocean Shores, 07/17/14).
Mayor breaks tie on library levy ballot issue | North Coast News

BG man sentenced to one year in jail for starting fires in BG library: Love also wrote bomb threat on a bathroom wall at BGHS. (Reflector, Battle Ground, 07/16/14). http://www.thereflector.com/news/article_e02314be-0c69-11e4-bbe2-0019bb2963f4.html

Winlock residents to vote on annexation into Timberland Regional Library system: November ballot: county commissioners approve ballot measure for Winlock voters to decide on whether to keep contract or annex. (The Chronicle, Centralia, 07/22/14). http://www.chronline.com/news/article_0ce52f2a-11c7-11e4-ad6b-001a4bcf887a.html Read the rest of this entry »

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Washington State Library providing timely and professional service in a virtual world

August 22nd, 2014 by Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public | No Comments »

As the Washington State Library adjusts to recent budget reductions which required a reduction in hours open to the public, we continue to provide excellent service.  As a 21st century library, we  provide service to information seekers using tools of the online world such as talking with a reference librarian through chat. Questions come into our Washington State Library specific “Ask a Librarian” page via email or live online chat every day and our reference librarians are cracker jacks at finding just the information you seek. These questions range in scope from government research to interesting stories found in newspapers. In the most recent quarter 261 questions were answered via live chat and 1178 via email. ask a librarianEach of these patrons received their answer from a distance, without ever leaving their home or workplace.

Here are just a few of the comments received from our happy customers.

 I received the documents I requested via email in less than 1 hour. I couldn’t ask for better service.

 I love communicating by e-mail and appreciate your fast service. 

 I love this site. I have not needed to use it often but have always gotten the information I asked for. It’s fast, easy & the librarians are always knowledgeable & polite. Love, love, love it! 

 I was extremely pleased with the quick, professional response, and the spot-on answer to my question. Thanks to Mary Schaff and everyone else responsible for this important service.

 THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! You’ve been a tremendous help, and I can’t thank you enough. Quick and courteous help. Thank you so much!

 I thank you so much for your timely and professional help with my search your service is valuable and appreciated Thank you.

 The Washington State Library is always exceptionally helpful and responsive.

 Do you work for a government agency? We would love to expand this service to additional governmental and quasi-governmental agencies. If you are interested in placing an Ask a Librarian chat widget on your website (just like the picture)  contact Crystal Lentz at crystal.lentz@sos.wa.gov.

As part of the Help Center we also provide assistance to individuals using Access Washington who need assistance.

Feeling frustrated?  Google isn’t giving you the information you need? Remember, just Ask a Librarian.


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WSL Updates for August 21, 2014

August 21st, 2014 by Posted in For Libraries, News, Updates, Washington Talking Book and Braille Library | No Comments »

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Clippings August 15, 2014

August 18th, 2014 by Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Updates | No Comments »

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Library News

The Online Visioning Survey created to establish the direction of the Mount Vernon City Library closed on June 30. As of June 10, 222 surveys had been completed. (Skagit Argus, Burlington, 06/24/14).

Burlington Library has book kits available for checkout for two months at a time. The book kits are available for book clubs and discussion groups. (Skagit Argus, Burlington, 06/24/14).

Timberland Regional Library offers patrons unlimited free access to about 100 popular magazines. Cardholders can read the latest issues on their PC or Mac computers and most tablets and mobile devices. The startup collection includes a wide variety of magazines. The e-magazines are full-text and full-color and some provide additional content such as video, audio, and web links. (Chinook Observer, Long Beach, 06/18/14).

The North Central Regional Library System’s one and only bookmobile has been on the move. The mobile library has more than 3, 000 volumes and has been bringing the library experience to rural areas that don’t have their own libraries. (The Wenatchee World, Wenatchee, 07/11/14).

Little Libraries are springing up all over Ellensburg. The ‘take one-give one” Little Libraries are becoming popular all over the country. (Daily Record, Ellensburg, 07/15/14). http://www.dailyrecordnews.com/little-free-library/image_c806b2ce-0c4a-11e4-8caa-0019bb2963f4.html
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Digital Literacy Grant recipients announced

August 15th, 2014 by Posted in Articles, Digital Literacy, For Libraries, For the Public, Grants and Funding | No Comments »

Recently the Washington State Library awarded 12 grants totaling $75,059 to public, academic, and tribal libraries to support digital literacy efforts. TurnerUnivPlace022014A 3-D Printer, Spanish language computer classes, Digital Petting Zoos and the Microsoft IT Academy are all receiving funding from the Washington State Library.

Congratulations to the 12 recipients of the 2014 Digital Literacy grants. These grants are beginning as the 2013 Digital Literacy grant cycle is wrapping up.

The 2014 Digital Literacy Grant recipients are:

  • Columbia County Rural Library District will purchase 10 laptops for use by the public in the library’s e-Commerce incubator initiative. The district will provide a six-week repeatable program of business basics instruction, including e-marketing principles, using Excel as a business tracker, and utilizing online payment systems. The library will work with Dayton Chamber of Commerce, Port of Columbia and Dayton School District 1.
  • Ellensburg Public Library will offer classes and support to Spanish language speakers for improving computer skills. The library is partnering with Ellensburg School District staff and St. Andrew’s Catholic Church.
  • Libraries of Stevens County will purchase 11 “gadgets” to educate and encourage county residents to engage with technology. The Digital Petting Zoo will be showcased at eight library locations, local events such as fairs, and as requested by other organizations.
  • Mount Vernon City Library will provide computer instruction to help with daily business and communication tasks. The library will target two underserved populations: families with young children, especially English language learners; and retired seniors. The library will use grant funds to provide more devices for training, improve computer access for parents with children, and pay for substitute hours so full-time staff can build the program. Project partners are Goodwill Training Center, which will refer clients and provide teaching advice; the Senior Center, which will give referrals, and a practice center for seniors; and Key Bank, which will provide a bilingual presenter for some classes. The library will continue partnerships with the Microsoft IT Academy and the Friends of the Mount Vernon Library.
  • Nisqually Tribal Library will offer three six-week series of classes, using Microsoft IT Academy curricula, to specific targeted audiences: TANF/Worksource clients, patrons on a path to completing their GED, and parents of young children. Partners include the Washington State Library and Microsoft, as the tribal library is a current host site for the Microsoft ITAcademy, and tribal community support services.
  • Nooksack Indian Tribal Library will conduct digital literacy building for elders. The program will match tribal teens with tribal elders to assist them with computer basics, building teen/elders relationships. All tribal administrative departments will be partners for this project; social services, education, culture, information technology), housing, family services and tribal health.
  • North Central Regional Library will use its grant for its Make it NOW! 3-D Printer Project. In traveling education programs, teens will learn how to design, program and create their own 3-D printer objects. Staff will collaborate with local teachers, engage older teens to become mentors, and teach young teens new skills in rural library branches.
  • Pierce County Library System will provide Microsoft IT Academy open classroom labs where transitioning service members with moderate computer and technology skills can take online classes and earn certification. The labs will be located at the library’s partner sites, Workforce Central and RallyPoint/6. Workforce Central will identify clients and provide funding for certifications.
  • Ritzville Public Library will purchase a laptop lab to hold a series of off-site monthly workshops on a variety of topics aimed at specific user groups. Topics will include basic computing, the Internet, job skills, online security, etc. Workshops will focus on the elderly and disabled who can’t access library programs due to the library’s non-ADA compliant building, or residents in the library’s widespread service area for whom visiting the library is difficult.
  • Seattle Central College Library will train and lead a team of faculty in developing digital literacy curriculum for SCC students. Librarians will create a “next wave” digital and information literacy plan that incorporates “metaliteracy.” Using this plan, librarians will partner with the college’s Center for Extended Learning to help faculty develop instructional content for online, face-to-face, and hybrid courses.
  • Spokane Public Library will provide access and training to the Spokane business community, partnering organizations and library customers interested in technologies that can improve their understanding and knowledge in an ever-changing digital world. The library will provide direct training, as well as produce instructional videos to improve individuals’ and organizations’ digital presence. The partnering organizations for this project are: Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners Women’s Business Center, the Small Business Administration SCORE office, and the Avista Center for Entrepreneurship at Spokane Community College.
  • Walla Walla Rural Library District will conduct monthly Tech Nights on Digital Literacy themes for library users throughout its five-branch library district. These hands-on sessions will teach users how to use current technology to find information, conduct personal and business transactions, and enrich their personal lives. Local community members who use tablets and other mobile technology in their small businesses will be invited to attend programs to share their experiences. Partners for this grant project include Library Friends groups, which will provide volunteers for Tech Night programs.

For more information on the grants, contact Jennifer Fenton, the State Library’s digital literacy project manager, at (360) 570-5571.

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WSL Updates for August 14, 2014

August 14th, 2014 by Posted in For Libraries, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | No Comments »

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Puget Sound Mail – News from La Conner, 1879-1880

August 11th, 2014 by Posted in Articles, Digital Collections, For Libraries, For the Public, State Library Collections | No Comments »

From the desk of Marly Rudeen

Each newspaper has its own personality supplied in part by the editor, in part by its subscribers and correspondents, and in part by the events of the time period. The Puget Sound Mail from La Conner strikes me as an outward looking paper. Much of front page news comes from San Francisco and other west coast cities, including regular news from southern Oregon and the Willamette Valley. But the rest of that valuable space is given to international, East Coast and Midwestern news items. Local issues are covered on pages 2 and 3, with p. 4 used for feature items or essays. There is far less reporting of local visitors or social events than in some other papers.

I’ve explored several issues and found some entertaining stories. To browse through the issues of the Puget Sound Mail on your own go to: http://www.sos.wa.gov/legacy/newspapers_detail.aspx?t=27 and select issues from the list of dates on the left or from the calendar display on the right. A list of articles will appear at the bottom of the screen, click on any of the links.

BittersSept. 13, 1879
p. 1 “Foreign News” “… the British Embassy at Cabul had been attacked by several Afghan regiments which had assembled in that city…” (Some things remain constant.) Under “The India Insurrection” “A dispatch from Prome says that massacres in Mandalay continue…”
p. 3 In “Review of our Local Business Cards, &c.” – “Mr. Joseph Alexander, druggist at La Conner, has a very complete stock of drugs, medicines, &c., and is highly esteemed by the community for his obliging attention to business.”
p. 4 The day’s features include small treatises on “Clock Making in the Black Forest,” and the “Age for Legal Marriages” in different European countries.

Sept. 27, 1879
p. 3 Under “Local News and Comments” “While burning a lot of straw on one of the ranches adjoining this town, the other evening, 25 sacks of grain, which had been covered up, was consumed in the flames; which leads us to suggest that you remove all grain a safe distance from the burning straw.”
p. 4 This week articles cover the “Curiosities of suicide” and “The Last Polish Revolution.”

Oct, 11, 1879
p. 1 National news covers the collapse of a grand stand in Detroit, a quarantine in Nashville, and yellow fever in Memphis. Hostilities with Indians continue in the Denver area.
P. 4 There are brief essays on “English Home Life” and “Kissing the Baby,” a look at political campaigning.

Oct. 25, 1879
p. 1 International reporting covers “Trouble in Afghanistan,” “Inundations in Spain,” and a “Row in Hayti.” National news repeats with Indian conflicts and yellow fever. West Coast News reports on a suit over mining rights in San Francisco, an absconding bookkeeper, and Mendocino outlaws.
p. 3 Local news covers visitors, social outings, appointments and shipping news. “The Pacific Mail steamship China, a vessel of some six thousand tons, is now on the Sound taking in cargo… Residents are urged to visit the ship in port as she … is a monster in way of naval architecture.” New years ball

Nov. 8, 1879
p. 1 War with the Ute Indians continues, Senator Zachariah Chandler of Michigan dies, as does the Civil War general Jos. Hooker. Internationally there is a report on English crops, more floods in Spain, French communists, and political trials in Russia.
p. 3 A bill has been introduced in the legislature “proposing to cut down the per diem of County Commissioners from five to four dollars per day.”
“Preparations are being made here at La Conner for a grand masquerade ball on Thanksgiving night.”
There are also ads for the steamers Chehalis, Susie, Fanny Lake and Josephine.

Nov. 22, 1879
p. 1 Terrible storms damage mid-west cities, drought threatens Virginia, and there’s a nasty suicide in Texas caused by infidelity. Diphtheria ravages Russia, there is unrest in Cuba, and Afghans are hanged in Cabul – further trouble is anticipated.
p. 3 “It has been suggested that the Literary Society be revived, now that the winter season has set in.” “Mr. J. S. Magg’s, dentist of Seattle, will be in La Conner during the first week in December. Those desiring his services would do well to come early in the week as he intends to stop but a short time.”
p. 4 Readers can learn more about “Ammonia” and “Diphtheria.”

Dec. 6, 1879
p. 1 National news reports a terrible boiler explosion in Eauclaire, Wisc. A grand jury in Salt Lake is hearing testimony on Mormon polygamists. In the international column an appeal is made to raise money to alleviate suffering due to famine in Ireland.

Jan. 10, 1880
p. 3 The heaviest snowfall in memory hits La Conner with 3 ½ feet of the white stuff.
There is talk of running a steamship line between Port Townsend and La Conner to accommodate the miners rushing to the Skagit River gold fields, Port Townsend being a port of call for those coming from California or British Columbia, and La Conner being at the mouth of the Skagit River.
The deep snow proves a life saver for Thos. Lindsey who is attacked by a bull while feeding his cattle. When the bull charged he fell into the deep snow, “As the infuriated animal commenced to roll the man in the snow he became blinded thereby and finally desisted until his victim was rescued.”

Jan. 31, 1880
p. 1 “State and Territorial” Farmers near Hillsboro, OR are demanding that a law be passed “compelling every man to keep his stock from running at large.” Under national stories, negotiations with the Utes are underway to end hostilities. For Foreign News, a terrible disaster in a Newcastle coal mine is reported.
p. 3 “Land-slides were the order of the day during the recent thaw.” Locally it affected Indian residents from up the Swinomish Slough where “the building and a number of canoes were completely destroyed, the Indian occupants barely escaping with their lives.”

Feb. 21, 1880
p. 1 From “The Willamette Valley” – Eugene’s City Council received a petition “asking that saloon-keepers be required to procure signatures of a majority of the voters of the city before a license would be granted.” It failed to pass.
p. 4 ”The Rights of Teachers” defends teachers against charge of short hours and long vacations, and “Legislative Facetiae” quote the Sacrament Bee as it reports on plans for a masquerade party to celebrate the passing of a legislator’s first bill. Oregon Kidney tea

Mar. 13, 1880
p. 1 Under “Foreign News” there is a report of the execution of a Russian Nihilist for attempting to shoot Gen. Melikoff. Finns are making noises about independence, and there is a fatal boiler explosion in Glasgow where twenty-three people died.
p. 4 There is an interview with Frederick Douglass about the death of the man who had once owned him as a slave.

Additional newspapers for Washington can be found at Historic Newspapers at the Washington State Library’s web site. The State Library is a Division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

More Washington newspaper titles have been digitized through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities under the National Digital Newspaper Program. These and many other American newspapers can be found online at Chronicling America at the Library of Congress.

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Clippings August 8,2014

August 11th, 2014 by Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Updates | No Comments »


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Library News
The University of Washington Libraries Special Collections has created a documentary from 35mm film discovered in an abandoned Seattle storage locker. The film, circa 1920’s, depicts the everyday happenings of people in Grays Harbor County. Created by Nicollete Bromberg, visual materials curator and Hannah Palin, film archive specialist, the 28 minute documentary, Grays Harbor Happenings, has garnered several awards and can be viewed on YouTube. (The Seattle Times, Seattle, 07/28/2014). http://seattletimes.com/html/movies/

Seattle’s International District is home to the Eastern Café. In addition to food, coffee, and people there is a library. This library is the API Flying Bookshelf, a traveling library specializing in the works of Asian and Pacific Islander writers, artists, and scholars. Everything is based on the honor system and people may take a book and return it when they are done- no fines, no due dates. The API Flying Bookshelf covers a wide range of genres and issues and the plan is to “fly” it to different cafes throughout Seattle. (International Examiner, Seattle, 0716/2014). http://www.iexaminer.org/2014/07/api-flying-bookshelf-a-library-of-art-literature-and-visibility/\

The Morton City Council plans to discuss plans to put a Timberland Regional Library at the Morton Junior High School. Last fall, TRL officials in cooperation with Central College East (CC East) installed a library kiosk at the CC East campus for patrons. (The East County Journal, Morton, 06/18/14).
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WSL Updates for August 7, 2014

August 7th, 2014 by Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates, Washington Talking Book and Braille Library | No Comments »

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Clippings August 1, 2014

August 4th, 2014 by Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Updates | No Comments »

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Library News
The Silverdale Library is benefiting from the attention of the Kitsap County Rose Society. The Rose Society has been tending the roses outside of the Silverdale Library since 1999. Two to three hours a week volunteers tent the 17 bushes that make up the garden. Each rose has been donated by the society and on clean-up day the volunteers cut a bouquet to bring in to the library staff. It is the hope of the volunteers that the bushes will move when the library does. (Central Kitsap Reporter, Silverdale, 06/27/14). http://www.centralkitsapreporter.com/news/264780421.html

Port Angeles Library will offer free online tech courses. The North Olympic Library System will offer introductory classes that cover everything from sending and receiving email to navigating the web. More advanced users will benefit from the Microsoft Online Academy. Completion certificates are free and testing with official Microsoft Certification is available for a fee. (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, 06/30/14).
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