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WSL Updates for November 18, 2010

Volume 6, November 18, 2010 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) NEW DIGITAL COLLECTION – WAHKIAKUM COUNTY HERITAGE

2) FIRST TUESDAYS – DOES YOUR AUDIENCE HEAR YOU?

3) WSL HISTORIC NEWSPAPERS ADDS ARGUS

4) 2010 ADULT SUMMER READING SURVEY

5) ONLINE CONFERENCE – SERVING THE 21ST CENTURY PATRON

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) NEW DIGITAL COLLECTION – WAHKIAKUM COUNTY HERITAGE

The Washington Rural Heritage initiative is pleased to announce its newest digital collection, Wahkiakum County Heritage, available at www.washingtonruralheritage.org/wahkiakum. A 2009-2010 grant project of the Cathlamet Blanche Bradley Public Library, the collection consists of more than 300 items documenting river life, fishing, forestry, and homesteading along the final stretches of Washington’s Lower Columbia River.

Approximately half of the collection was provided by a key grant partner, the Wahkiakum County Historical Society, also located in Cathlamet. The remainder of the material is from the holdings of the Cathlamet Blanche Bradley Public Library, and from the private collections of local community members. Read more about the project, and link to some of our favorite items, on the WSL blog: www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/WahkiakumCountyHeritage.

Additional Washington Rural Heritage collections are slated for publication in 2010-2011, with many existing participants adding to their collections on a regular basis. A new grant cycle is planned for spring, 2011. To learn more about participation in the initiative, contact Evan Robb, Project Manager, evan.robb@sos.wa.gov, 360.704.5228, or visit www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/WRH.

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2) FIRST TUESDAYS – DOES YOUR AUDIENCE HEAR YOU?

Do you have big news to share but don’t know how to share it? In December’s First Tuesdays program, Brian Zylstra, communications officer of the Washington Secretary of State’s Office, will discuss how to best use both old and new media to reach your target audience in getting the word out for a library event or program.

Tuesday, December 7, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PST via the Elluminate platform. Designed as a continuing-education opportunity for staff of libraries in Washington, First Tuesdays offers free web presentations on the first Tuesday of each month. For more information, visit www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/tuesdays. For instructions on joining the session, visit www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/FirstTuesdays.

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3) WSL HISTORIC NEWSPAPERS ADDS ARGUS

The Puget Sound Argus of Port Townsend (1882-1883) has been added to Washington State Library’s Online Historic Newspapers, available at www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/argus.The collection now includes approximately nine years of Port Townsend newspapers, ranging from 1875 to 1883. The collection also contains newspapers from ten other Washington cities.

Additional newspapers will be added as soon as indexing is completed. Our volunteer indexers are currently hard at work on the Walla Walla Statesman (1873-1884) and Seattle’s Puget Sound Dispatch (1871-1880). To see our entire Online Historic Newspaper collection, go to http://www.sos.wa.gov/history/newspapers.aspx.

For more information about Washington State Library’s Online Historic Newspapers, contact Judy Pitchford, Digital Collections Librarian, at judy.pitchford@sos.wa.gov or (360) 704-5254.

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4) 2010 ADULT SUMMER READING SURVEY

A recommendation on whether to continue the Adult Summer Reading Program will be made in early December. If you used the 2010 adult program “Water Your Mind – Read,” please take a few minutes to fill out this survey; it consists of 5 quick questions and a comment box. If the responses are similar to last year’s survey, the committee will request the CSLP Board to approve the Adult Program as a permanent committee.

The survey closes November 24 and is available at www.surveymonkey.com/s/CMXHNBL. For more information contact Martha Shinners at martha.shinners@sos.wa.gov.

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5) ONLINE CONFERENCE – SERVING THE 21ST CENTURY PATRON

WebJunction’s second online conference is coming December 1 & 2, 2010. Topics will focus on the changing needs, approaches, challenges, and opportunities related to customer service in the 21st Century library. Browse the conference program; consider attending the conference with others in your library or in your region as an online conference cohort.

Conference sessions will occur from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. PST. The free conference will be broadcast live via the WebEx online conferencing tool. For more information, including links and registration, use this shortcut link: www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/21stC.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Tuesday, November 23:

  • Go To The Web And Say Ahh! Discovering Quality Health Information Resources and Approaches (WSL); 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST and repeated from 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. PST; Washington State Library, Tumwater;
  • Young adults deserve the best: Using competencies to serve teens in your library (WebJunction); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST;

Wednesday, November 24:

  • Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: QR Codes, WiFi Security & More Tech News (NCompass Live); 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. PST.

Some of these sessions are online, some in person, as indicated. Providers are listed in parentheses. For registration links and more information on these events visit the WSL Training Calendar: www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/training.

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One Response to “WSL Updates for November 18, 2010”

  1. Glad to see that you offer a summer reading program for adults. Too often we don’t read enough as adults and we’re missing out on a lot.

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