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WSL Updates for July 29, 2010

Volume 6, July 29, 2010 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) UPDATED WSL HARD TIMES GUIDE

2) LESSONS LEARNED FROM RENEW WASHINGTON

3) EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, RESPONSE AND RECOVERY

4) CORE REFERENCE SKILLS ONLINE COURSE

5) LYRASIS TO BCR TRANSITION TALK

6) SOCIAL NETWORKING FOR FUNDRAISERS

7) PREPARE AND RESPOND – PARTNERING WITH LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

8) ARCHIVED PRESENTATIONS

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1) UPDATED WSL HARD TIMES GUIDE

Since its launch, the Washington State Library’s Hard Times Resource Guide has been used to help thousands of Washington residents find jobs, get information about housing and health issues, and much more. And now it’s even better. One of the most-used sections of the Guide, resources for Employment and Job-Seeking, has been completely refurbished. The section now focuses even more heavily on Washington resources, with a stronger emphasis on finding employment within Washington State. A new section on Resume Help has been included, as well as additional information on finding different types of employment, such as hourly positions, freelance work, and temp jobs.

The Hard Times Resource Guide is located at www.sos.wa.gov/library/hardtimes. Libraries throughout Washington State are invited to use the Guide by linking directly to it from their websites, or by harvesting those sites that would be most useful to their patrons from the Guide. For more information about the Hard Times Resource Guide, contact Ahniwa Ferrari ahniwa.ferrari@sos.wa.gov or 360.570.5587.

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2) LESSONS LEARNED FROM RENEW WASHINGTON

  • Puzzled about the best ways to approach Worksource?
  • Like to know about a fresh approach to adult programs to address the recession?
  • What are some good ways to connect library patrons with staff?
  • What should you think about before circulating laptops inside a public library branch?

The answers to these and other questions will be answered by Renew Washington grantees in this online session. The purpose of the Renew Washington grants was to help libraries initiate new services, enhance existing services, conduct outreach and partnership efforts, or complete other activities that are identified as important to the library in addressing the needs of people searching for access to employment-related information, resources, and services. Please join this us for this First Tuesdays presentation featuring lessons learned from Renew Washington projects.

Tuesday, August 3, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PDT. Use this link to connect: www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/FirstTuesdays.

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3) EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, RESPONSE AND RECOVERY

Libraries, archives, and museums must be prepared to protect staff, users, collections, and facilities in the event of emergencies ranging from minor crises to community-wide disasters.

This live online workshop helps participants prepare for and limit various types of damage through risk assessment, disaster planning, and recovery procedures. Several disaster plans are provided as models. Homework assignments will start participants on the path to developing their own plan. Topics include risk assessment and management, disaster planning, elements and development of a written plan, area resources for emergency management and response, disaster response, activities during and after a disaster, and salvage techniques for library and archival materials.

August 4, 11, 18, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. PDT. This course consists of three 2-hour sessions. It is designed for individual participation; each individual must register. Free to library staff in Washington. Register via www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/prep.

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4) CORE REFERENCE SKILLS ONLINE COURSE

Information seekers interact daily with library staff to meet their information needs. Do you have what it takes to be an effective reference provider? This course helps reference staff identify necessary skill sets needed for any reference interaction whether it is face to face, virtual, or on the telephone. In addition, you will learn to recognize common barriers to productive reference interactions, develop techniques to overcome them, and discover how to locate basic reference sources. The target audience is public service staff in academic and public libraries as well as beginning librarians.

Upon completion the participant will:

  • Identify the skills utilized in providing reference service
  • Recognize how to demonstrate reference service skills to users
  • Define barriers to the reference interview
  • Employ examples to reinforce reference skills
  • Distinguish basic reference sources

August 9-16, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. PDT. This two-part workshop is free to library staff in Washington. Register via www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/core.

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5) LYRASIS TO BCR TRANSITION TALK

Please join LYRASIS for this Transition Talks webinar, especially for BCR members. These informal webinars are designed to apprise you of the status of the BCR and LYRASIS Partners in Transition plan and inform you of the benefits of your new LYRASIS membership.

Hosted by Regan Harper, LYRASIS Regional Director – West, Cal Shepard, LYRASIS Manager of Consulting Services, and Erica Waller, LYRASIS Professional Development Manager, this webinar, Transition Talks 2: Consulting & Training will include:

  • Overview of the transition process;
  • Introduction to LYRASIS Consulting Services – including hot topics and how consulting works;
  • Introduction to LYRASIS Professional Development;
  • Q & A.

Thursday, August 5, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PDT. For more information, and to register, use this shortcut: www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/talks.

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6) SOCIAL NETWORKING FOR FUNDRAISERS

This one-of-a-kind session presents the details of a ground-breaking social networking-focused fundraising campaign conducted this year by PETA. This three-month program took advantage of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to raise awareness, acquire new supporters, drive advocacy participation, and most importantly, to cost-effectively bring in individual donations, exceeding the campaign’s fundraising goals.

Join this lively discussion to explore how this innovative campaign finally answered the question: Is it possible to fundraise on social networks? Details of the campaign concepts will be presented, and the ads, Facebook Page, social message stream, and the supporting microsite will be illustrated. This free session will help you understand just what made this first-of-its-kind campaign so successful.

Wednesday, August 4, 11:30 – 12:30 a.m. PDT. For more information and to register use this shortcut: www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/PETA.

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7) PREPARE AND RESPOND – PARTNERING WITH LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

Libraries are looking for ways to be better prepared for disaster response and recovery. Lauren Mandel, research coordinator at the Information Use Management & Policy Institute at Florida State University’s College of Communication and Information, will introduce a new key service role, Get to Know Your Emergency Operations Center (EOC), to the existing Hurricane Preparedness & Response for Florida Public Libraries Project.

The Florida-based project helps libraries throughout the U.S. serve their communities through partnerships with fellow responders (emergency management, local government and other agencies) to become a safe haven, recovery center, information hub, and evacuee resource. Learn how this project can inform your library’s disaster preparedness plan and how your library can play an important role in community preparedness and recovery by working with your EOC. This event is free.

Tuesday, August 3, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT. To register, use this shortcut www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/respond.

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8) ARCHIVED PRESENTATIONS

Didn’t have time to catch an online session live? Many are available later as archived presentations. Here is a list of sites with archived presentations available for viewing and listening with shortcut links to each. At some locations, scroll down to see past session archives.

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2 Responses to “WSL Updates for July 29, 2010”

  1. I like the change to the WSL Hard Times Guide for finding employment within Washington State. Good move.

  2. Thanks Richard, glad you like it! Spread the word! :)

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