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CELEBRATE NATIONAL DIGITAL LEARNING DAY TOMORROW!

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 Posted in Digital Collections, For Libraries | No Comments »


Did you know tomorrow, February 1, 2012, is the first National Digital Learning Day? This day of observance was launched by the Alliance for Excellent Education, one of two education advocacy groups behind the Digital Learning Now Initiative.

 

The American Library Association’s (ALA) Digital Literacy Taskforce is calling on all libraries to put a social media megaphone to their activities planned for this special day. Raise awareness of your library’s work in this arena by tweeting (hashtag #DLDay), blogging, and sharing Flickr photos and YouTube videos of digital literacy activities and testimonials throughout the day. You can also share examples on the showcase page of the Digital Learning Day Website at www.digitallearningday.org. A toolkit is available at www.digitallearningday.org/toolkits/teachers/ from the Alliance for Excellent Education.

New puppy has arrived at Stafford Creek Corrections Center

Monday, January 30th, 2012 Posted in Articles, Institutional Library Services | 1 Comment »


Jeannie Remillard has this to share about the new puppy at SCCC: Her name is Athena…and she is the cutest little Beagle puppy you have ever laid your eyes on.  When she first visited the library and came behind the desk to meet me, she was shaking with fright. By the time we filled her tummy with doggy treats and gave her much love we were sure she would remember her first visit to the library.  Talk about cute…she jumped up on my lap and tried to get her puppy treats off the desk.  Everybody in the whole room fell in love with her immediately.  

 Yesterday she came, sopping wet from the rain, and she immediately tried to jump up in my lap for her puppy treats. Jason and Curt, my workers, grabbed towels and dried her off.  She is a real joy and brings smiles to everyone…even those guys who usually don’t smile.  What a terrific wonderful program this is!!! North Beach Paws!!!

 From Wikipedia, Athena means “goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, just warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill.”

 A perfect name for a prison library dog!

 

 

2012 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 01/28/2012

Friday, January 27th, 2012 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 to the WLA web site and we will also post it weekly on this blog.

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

  Friday 01-28-2012          
Bill Title Sponsor Status Date Latest Cmte Mtg Info Companion Bills
HB 2127 Operating sup budget 2011-13 Hunter H Ways & Means 11/28/2011 Nov 28 Public hearing in the House Committee on Ways & Means at 1:30 PM. SB 5967(SWays & Means)
HB 2177 Child sexual exploitation Ladenburg H Exec Action 1/27/2012 Jan 31 Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness at 10:00 AM in anticipation of other legislative action.  
HB 2222 State library Roberts H SGTribalAff 1/9/2012 Jan 16 Public hearing in the House Committee on State Government & Tribal Affairs at 1:30 PM. SB 6047(SRules 2)
HB 2327 Alternative public works Haigh H SGTribalAff 1/11/2012 Jan 26 Public hearing in the House Committee on State Government & Tribal Affairs at 10:00 AM.  
HB 2340 Public records act Moeller H SGTribalAff 1/11/2012 Jan 25 Public hearing in the House Committee on State Government & Tribal Affairs at 8:00 AM. SB 6146(SGovtOp & Elect)
HB 2398 State library/transfer to UW Hudgins H SGTribalAff 1/13/2012    
HB 2399 State law library Hudgins H SGTribalAff 1/13/2012    
HB 2406 Closed exec. sess. meetings Takko H SGTribalAff 1/13/2012   SB 6109(SGovtOp & Elect)
HB 2441 Retirement/excess comp. Bailey H Ways & Means 1/13/2012 Feb 1 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Ways & Means at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change)  
HB 2465 Property tax revenue limit Moeller H Ways & Means 1/16/2012    
HB 2489 Multiple-unit dwellings Ladenburg H Ways & Means 1/16/2012   SB 6277(SWays & Means)
HB 2526 Public employee reps/records Taylor H SGTribalAff 1/17/2012    
HB 2572 Public records and meetings Pollet H SGTribalAff 1/17/2012    
HB 2580 Lifelong learning program Kenney H Labor/Work Dev 1/18/2012 Jan 31 Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Labor & Workforce Development at 10:00 AM. (Subject to change) SB 6141(SEDev/Trd/Innov)
HB 2602 Junior taxing districts Eddy H Exec Action 1/27/2012 Jan 31 Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Local Government at 10:00 AM in anticipation of other legislative action.  
HB 2608 Early learning guidelines Kagi H Erly Lrn/H Svc 1/18/2012 Jan 26 Public hearing in the House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services at 8:00 AM. SB 6293(SEL/K-12)
HB 2649 County property tax levies Springer H Ways & Means 1/20/2012 Jan 30 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Ways & Means at 3:30 PM. (Subject to change)  
HB 2652 Destruction of documents Pollet H SGTribalAff 1/20/2012    
HB 2677 Records copying & inspection Eddy H SGTribalAff 1/24/2012   SB 6351(SGovtOp & Elect)
HB 2728 Local government revenue Hunt H Ways & Means 1/27/2012   SB 6521(SGovtOp & Elect)
             
SSB 5049 Sunshine committee Kline S GovtOp & Elect 12/7/2011 Jan 31 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Government Operations and Tribal Relations & Elections at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change)  
2SSB 5355 Special agency meetings Morton S Rules 2 1/13/2012 Jan 12 Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Government Operations and Tribal Relations & Elections at 10:00 AM.  
2SSB 5553 Public agency web site info Roach S Rules 2 1/25/2012 Jan 24 Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Government Operations and Tribal Relations & Elections at 1:30 PM.  
SSB 5883 Operating sup budget 2011-13 Murray S Rules 2 12/14/2011 Dec 13 Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means at 3:30 PM.  
             
SB 5967 Operating sup budget 2011-13 Murray S Ways & Means 12/1/2011 Dec 1 Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means at 3:30 PM. HB 2127(HWays & Means)
SSB 6017 Financial audits/local govts Ranker S Rules 2 1/27/2012 Jan 26 Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Government Operations and Tribal Relations & Elections at 10:00 AM.  
SSB 6047 State library Chase S Rules 2 1/27/2012 Jan 26 Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Government Operations and Tribal Relations & Elections at 10:00 AM. HB 2222(HSGTribalAff)
SB 6109 Closed exec. sess. meetings Pridemore S GovtOp & Elect 1/11/2012 Jan 31 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Government Operations and Tribal Relations & Elections at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change) HB 2406(HSGTribalAff)
SB 6141 Lifelong learning program Kilmer S EDev/Trd/Innov 1/12/2012 Jan 26 Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Economic Development and Trade & Innovation at 1:30 PM. HB 2580(HLabor/Work Dev)
SB 6146 Public records act Prentice S GovtOp & Elect 1/12/2012 Jan 31 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Government Operations and Tribal Relations & Elections at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change) HB 2340(HSGTribalAff)
SB 6257 Sexually explicit performnce Roach S Judiciary 1/16/2012 Jan 27 Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Judiciary at 1:30 PM.  
SB 6277 Multiple-unit dwellings Conway S Ways & Means 1/19/2012 Jan 18 Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Financial Institutions and Housing & Insurance at 1:30 PM. HB 2489(HWays & Means)
SB 6293 Early learning guidelines Harper S EL/K-12 1/17/2012   HB 2608(HErly Lrn/H Svc)
SB 6339 Open course library material Tom S Rules 2 1/27/2012 Jan 25 Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Higher Education & Workforce Development at 1:30 PM.  
SB 6351 Records copying & inspection Prentice S GovtOp & Elect 1/18/2012 Jan 31 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Government Operations and Tribal Relations & Elections at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change) HB 2677(HSGTribalAff)
SB 6378 State retirement plans Zarelli S Ways & Means 1/19/2012    
SB 6416 Public works payroll records Chase S Lab/Comm/CP 1/23/2012    
SB 6449 High-quality early learning Harper S EL/K-12 1/23/2012 Jan 30 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change)  
SB 6458 Claims against pub. entities Schoesler S Judiciary 1/24/2012    
SB 6521 Local government revenue Regala S GovtOp & Elect 1/27/2012   HB 2728(HWays & Means)

Accolades for AHCC Library Staff Joyce Hanna

Friday, January 27th, 2012 Posted in Articles, Institutional Library Services | 2 Comments »


Joyce Hanna

It is always nice to hear that you are doing a good job.  Joyce Hanna recently received this Kite telling her how much she is appreciated at Airway Heights Corrections Center.

 

Clippings for the week of January 20, 2012

Thursday, January 26th, 2012 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

Washington State Library News
Are you a teen who aspires to be the next Steven Spielberg or Spike Lee? Here is your chance to put that cinematic creativity to good use and help promote reading and libraries at the same time. The “2012 Teen Video Challenge” is a national video competition now underway. The Washington State Library is partnering with the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) to promote the video contest. (Northern Kittitas County Tribune [Cle Elum], 12.22.11)

To give the Roslyn Library’s new grant-funded scanner a trial run on photos Frank Badda passed on to his grandson Frank Schuchman, Evan Robb and Ross Fuqua, Digital Project Librarians attached to the Washington State Library, joined Erin Krake and Scott Templin on December 20th at the Roslyn Library. The project is funded by a $5,000 grant awarded by the Washington State Library. (Photo) (Northern Kittitas County Tribune [Cle Elum], 12.29.11)

Among several bills introduced by Democratic Reps. Sam Hunt of Olympia, Zack Hudgins of Tukwila and others to realign state government services is House Bill 2222, which is sponsored by Democratic Rep. Mary Helen Roberts of Lynnwood and Republican Rep. Maureen Walsh of Walla Walla, raises the fees for out-of-state users of the state Library. HB 2222 got a hearing Monday, and acting state librarian Rand Simmons testified in favor of helping the state recoup its research costs – by an estimated $44,535 in the biennium. (The Olympian [Olympia], 1.16.12) http://www.theolympian.com/2012/01/16/1951479/state-agency-shuffles-in-offing.html

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WSL Updates for January 26, 2012

Thursday, January 26th, 2012 Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Grants and Funding, Hard Times, News, Technology and Resources, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | No Comments »


Volume 8, January 26, 2012 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) FIRST TUESDAYS – MINING GEMS FROM CENSUS DATA

2) EBOOK PILOT UPDATES

3) REWARDS FOR INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS

4) DISCOVER NEW REVENUE OPPORTUNITIES FOR TOUGH TIMES

5) GOT BOOKS? SHARE THE LOVE

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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Arson, cursed bones, and an old fridge make for intrigue in Breach of Duty

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 Posted in Washington Reads | No Comments »


Breach of Duty: A J.P. Beaumont Mystery. By J.A. Jance. (New York: Avon Books, 1999. 384 p.)

Recommendation submitted by:
Will Stuivenga, Cooperative Projects Manager, Washington State Library, Tumwater, WA.

This is mystery writer J.A. Jance’s 14th Seattle-based J.P. Beaumont police procedural. In it, Beaumont is investigating the arson murder of a woman whose death would not have been particularly noteworthy, if $300,000 had not been found hidden in an old refrigerator in her garage.

Meanwhile, a Native American woman, who happens to be a professor of physics at the University of Washington, shows up and warns Beaumont and his partner of a powerful curse. It seems that someone has stolen the bones of an important shaman and bad things start happening to those who handle them, as predicted.

Meantime the chief of police retires, and his replacement is a co-worker of Beaumont whose dislike for him is heartily reciprocated. Oh, and did I mention that Beaumont’s current partner, Sue Danielson by name, divorced mother of two, is worried because her deadbeat ex is coming to town?

Talk about a plot with lots of complications and disparate story lines! Jance weaves all of these lines together throughout various seedy locations of the greater Seattle area. For those who enjoy well-written – if slightly superficial – police-procedural style mysteries set in Seattle, J.A. Jance and J.P. Beaumont could easily become a habit!

 

ISBN: 0-380-97406-1

Available at the Washington State Library, NW 813.6 JANCE 1999.
Available in eReader, Braille, Large Type and Audiobook (Cassette, Digital Book) editions

Morality and cake pans

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 Posted in For Libraries | No Comments »



If Only We Had Space for This

Even if you don’t have time to read this brief, informative review on the history of rural libraries in the Midwest, open the link up to see the marvellous photo of a circulating cake pan collection!

http://www.dailyyonder.com/main-street-public-library/2012/01/11/3678

The Results are In!

Monday, January 23rd, 2012 Posted in Articles, For the Public, News | No Comments »


2012 Caldecott Medal Winner

The ALA Midwinter conference has concluded and the winners for all of ALA’s major awards  have been released!

The Caldecott Medal is given to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for  children.  This year’s medal goes to A Ball for Daisy, written and illustrated by Chris Raschka

The Newbery Medal is given to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children This year’s award goes to Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

The Belpre Medal is awarded annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth  This year’s medal goes to the author of Under the Mesquite,  Guadalupe Garcia McCall, and the illustrator of Diego Rivera: His World and Ours, Duncan Tonatiuh

The Odyssey Award is given annually to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults.  This year’s award goes to The True Meaning of Smekday, produced by Listening Library, an imprint of Random House Audio Publishing Group, written by Adam Rex, narrated by Bahni Turpin.

The Batchelder Award is a citation awarded to an American publisher for a children’s book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States.   This year’s award goes to Soldier Bear written by Bibi Dumon Tak, illustrated by Philip Hopman and translated by Laura Watkinson.

The Carnegie Medal honors the most outstanding video productions for children released during the previous year. This year’s award goes to Paul R. Gagne and Melissa Reilly Ellard of Weston Woods Studios, Inc., producers of “Children Make Terrible Pets.”

The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. This year’s Printz Award goes to Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley.

The Morris Award honors a debut book by a first-time author writing young adult literature.  This year’s Morris Award goes to Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley.

The Margaret A. Edwards Award honors  an author, as well as a specific body of hisor her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.  This year’s Edwards Award goes to Susan Cooper, author of The Dark Is Rising Sequence: Over Sea, Under Stone; The Dark Is Rising; Greenwitch; The Grey King;and Silver on the Tree.

The YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a November 1 – October 31 publishing year. This year’s award goes to The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery written by Steve Sheinkin.

The Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) annually administers the Caldecott, Newbery, Belpre, Sibert,  Wilder and Carnegie Medals as well as the Geisel, Odyssey  and Batchelder Award.  For more  information on these awards, including Honor Books and the committees that selected them,  please go to http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia.

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) a division of the American Library Association (ALA), annually administers awards for achievement in young adult literature, including the Printz Award, Morris Award,  Edwards Award, the Alex Awards and The YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction.   For more  information on these awards, including Honor Books and the committees that selected them,  please goto http://www.ala.org/yalsa/booklistsawards/bookawards

 

The Washington State Library congratulates all of the winners, Honor Books, finalists and nominees for each of these awards.  Please feel free to comment on these selections.  I know everyone here at WSL now has an expanded winter reading list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 01/22/12

Monday, January 23rd, 2012 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 to the WLA web site and we will also post it weekly on this blog.

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

  Friday 1-22-2012 active          
Bill Title Sponsor Status Date Latest Cmte Mtg Info Companion Bills
HB 2127 Operating sup budget 2011-13 Hunter H Ways & Means 11/28/2011 Nov 28 Public hearing in the House Committee on Ways & Means at 1:30 PM. SB 5967(SWays & Means)
HB 2177 Child sexual exploitation Ladenburg H Pub Safety 12/14/2011 Jan 11 Public hearing in the House Committee on Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness at 1:30 PM.  
HB 2222 State library Roberts H SGTribalAff 1/9/2012 Jan 16 Public hearing, executive session scheduled, but no action was taken in the House Committee on State Government & Tribal Affairs at 1:30 PM. SB 6047(SGovtOp & Elect)
HB 2327 Alternative public works Haigh H SGTribalAff 1/11/2012 Jan 26 Scheduled for public hearing and executive session in the House Committee on State Government & Tribal Affairs at 10:00 AM. (Subject to change)  
HB 2340 Public records act Moeller H SGTribalAff 1/11/2012 Jan 23 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on State Government & Tribal Affairs at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change) SB 6146(SGovtOp & Elect)
HB 2397 State historical societies Hudgins H SGTribalAff 1/13/2012 Jan 25 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on State Government & Tribal Affairs at 8:00 AM. (Subject to change)  
HB 2398 State library/transfer to UW Hudgins H SGTribalAff 1/13/2012    
HB 2399 State law library Hudgins H SGTribalAff 1/13/2012    
HB 2406 Closed exec. sess. meetings Takko H SGTribalAff 1/13/2012   SB 6109(SGovtOp & Elect)
HB 2441 Retirement/excess comp. Bailey H Ways & Means 1/13/2012    
HB 2465 Property tax revenue limit Moeller H Ways & Means 1/16/2012    
HB 2474 Emer medical service levies Springer H Ways & Means 1/16/2012 Jan 24 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Ways & Means at 3:30 PM. (Subject to change)  
HB 2489 Multiple-unit dwellings Ladenburg H Ways & Means 1/16/2012   SB 6277(SWays & Means)
HB 2525 Public sector union finances Taylor H SGTribalAff 1/17/2012    
HB 2526 Public employee reps/records Taylor H SGTribalAff 1/17/2012    
HB 2572 Public records and meetings Pollet H SGTribalAff 1/17/2012    
HB 2580 Lifelong learning program Kenney H Labor/Work Dev 1/18/2012 Jan 25 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Labor & Workforce Development at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change) SB 6141(SEDev/Trd/Innov)
HB 2602 Junior taxing districts Eddy H Local Govt 1/18/2012 Jan 25 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Local Government at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change)  
HB 2608 Early learning guidelines Kagi H Erly Lrn/H Svc 1/18/2012 Jan 26 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services at 8:00 AM. (Subject to change) SB 6293(SEL/K-12)
             
2SSB 5355 Special agency meetings Morton S Rules 2 1/13/2012 Jan 12 Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Government Operations and Tribal Relations & Elections at 10:00 AM.  
SSB 5553 Public agency web site info Roach S GovtOp & Elect 12/7/2011 Jan 16 Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Government Operations and Tribal Relations & Elections at 10:00 AM.  
SSB 5883 Operating sup budget 2011-13 Murray S Rules 2 12/14/2011 Dec 13 Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means at 3:30 PM.  
             
SB 5967 Operating sup budget 2011-13 Murray S Ways & Means 12/1/2011 Dec 1 Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means at 3:30 PM. HB 2127(HWays & Means)
SB 6017 Financial audits/local govts Ranker S GovtOp & Elect 1/9/2012 Jan 12 Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Government Operations and Tribal Relations & Elections at 10:00 AM.  
SB 6047 State library Chase S GovtOp & Elect 1/9/2012 Jan 12 Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Government Operations and Tribal Relations & Elections at 10:00 AM. HB 2222(HSGTribalAff)
SB 6109 Closed exec. sess. meetings Pridemore S GovtOp & Elect 1/11/2012   HB 2406(HSGTribalAff)
SB 6141 Lifelong learning program Kilmer S EDev/Trd/Innov 1/12/2012 Jan 26 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Economic Development and Trade & Innovation at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change) HB 2580(HLabor/Work Dev)
SB 6146 Public records act Prentice S GovtOp & Elect 1/12/2012   HB 2340(HSGTribalAff)
SB 6257 Sexually explicit performnce Roach S Judiciary 1/16/2012 Jan 27 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Judiciary at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change)  
SB 6277 Multiple-unit dwellings Conway S Ways & Means 1/19/2012 Jan 18 Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Financial Institutions and Housing & Insurance at 1:30 PM. HB 2489(HWays & Means)
SB 6293 Early learning guidelines Harper S EL/K-12 1/17/2012   HB 2608(HErly Lrn/H Svc)
SB 6339 Open course library material Tom S HighEd&WorkDev 1/18/2012 Jan 25 Scheduled for executive session in the Senate Committee on Higher Education & Workforce Development at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change)  
SB 6351 Records copying & inspection Prentice S GovtOp & Elect 1/18/2012    
SB 6378 State retirement plans Zarelli S Ways & Means 1/19/2012