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WSL Updates for June 28, 2012

June 28th, 2012 Diane Hutchins Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Grants and Funding, Hard Times, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

Volume 8, June 28, 2012 for the WSL Updates mailing list
Note: WSL Updates will be on hiatus next week. Have a safe and happy July 4th!

Topics include:

1) IT’S AN ELECTION YEAR – MYVOTE IS HERE TO HELP

2) CONNECT FAMILIES TO SUMMER MEALS

3) PUBLIC COMMENT SOUGHT

4) APPLY NOW FOR BRIDGING CULTURES BOOKSHELF

5) GRASSROOTS ADVOCACY FOR LIBRARIES

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for February 9, 2012

February 9th, 2012 Diane Hutchins Posted in Digital Collections, For Libraries, For the Public, Hard Times, Institutional Library Services, News, State Library Collections, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

Volume 8, February 9, 2012 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) RFP FOR SERIALS SUBSCRIPTION AGENT

2) PRISONERS CONTACTING PUBLIC LIBRARIES

3) MOVING AHEAD WHEN THERE’S NO MONEY IN THE BUDGET

4) DIGITAL CONTINUITY – CALL FOR PAPERS

5) SERVING DEAF PATRONS IN THE LIBRARY

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for February 2, 2012

February 2nd, 2012 Diane Hutchins Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Grants and Funding, Hard Times, News, Technology and Resources, Training and Continuing Education, Uncategorized, Updates No Comments »

Volume 8, February 2, 2012 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) APPLY FOR A POSITION ON THE LIBRARY COUNCIL OF WASHINGTON

2) FIRST TUESDAYS – TIPS AND TRICKS WITH THE U.S. CENSUS

3) CONNECT WITH COLLEAGUES IN TULALIP

4) WILL YOUR WEBSITE MEET THE NEW ACCESSIBILITY STANDARDS?

5) HELP FOR SMALL AND RURAL COMMUNITIES

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for January 26, 2012

January 26th, 2012 Diane Hutchins 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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WSL identifies, meets the ‘Oh woe!’ girl

September 12th, 2011 Kirsten Furl Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Hard Times, News, Uncategorized 1 Comment »

Members of the Jensen family check out young Jodi in the lobby of WSL.

Four-year-old Jodi Jensen had had enough. She’d spent all morning at the Yakima Valley Regional Library carefully selecting her weekly library books (including Achilles the Donkey), playing in the water fountains, sliding down the banisters with her sister Tamera, and pushing all the elevator buttons. She was ready to go home and have a nap. Problem was, her mom Marianne hadn’t finished checking out her own books.

Then...

Exasperated, she leaned her forehead against the card catalog. A photographer from the Yakima Herald-Republic was at the ready, and snapped her sweet sourness. The photo won the sweepstakes in the annual 1969 Oregon-Washington Associated Press newsphoto contest, was snipped for family albums, and was all but forgotten.

Decades later, when the Washington State Library relocated from capital campus to its present location in Tumwater, it resurfaced as one of several photos used for lobby art. More recently, it was used in our ‘Hard Times Got You Down?’ resources bookmark and was distributed to libraries all over the state.

...and now.

This past year we tried to get in touch with not Jodi, but Tamera, as the newspaper mistakenly identified the little girl as her sister. A few weeks ago, we heard from the Jensens. The whole family was going to be in the area for Byron and Marianne’s 50th wedding anniversary.

The family stopped on the way to their celebration destination excited to see the lobby photo and amazed at the celebrities they had become. Jodi, her sister Tamara, and parents jovially posed for photos and chatted with staff, remembering that fateful day. Jodi even recreated the Yakima scene on the second floor of the State Library. Thank you, Jensens, for making it such a fun day for the staff at WSL.

Where is the little girl in the lobby photo? She’s a hair stylist in Renton. And now you know the rest of the story!

Check out more photos of the Jensen family’s visit to the Washington State Library at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wsl-libdev/sets/72157627632872492/.

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New .Jobs Domain For Job-Seekers

January 25th, 2011 Ahniwa Ferrari Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Hard Times 2 Comments »

Screenshot of WA in Universe.JobsYou might not think about domains very much. Maybe the .coms and .nets and .orgs of the world all run together for you, and it’s what you see before the “dot” that counts. Well now there’s a reason to pay a little more attention.

.Jobs is a new domain with a specific purpose: to help job-seekers find employment.

And since we’re not out of the “hard times” economy quite yet, that’s a purpose that a lot of people can get behind. Expect to see many uses of .jobs in the future, but for now, check out universe.jobs for an excellent browseable map of jobs (worldwide!), and if you’re in Washington State, try http://olympia.wa.usa.jobs/ (or change the “olympia” part to a city of your choice) to find more local job opportunities.

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Mount Vernon City Library Offers Programs for Hard Times

January 18th, 2011 Ahniwa Ferrari Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Grants and Funding, Hard Times No Comments »

Mount Vernon City Library - Renew Washington ProgramsThanks to a Renew Washington grant from the Washington State Library, the Mount Vernon City Library is offering a great selection of programs to their community in the coming months. It’s always great to see such a direct community benefit from a grant cycle, and in this way the Renew Washington project has been particularly fulfilling.

The programs kick off with a Resume Writing 101 workshop on February 1 and continue with programs on all sorts of topics, from bicycle maintenance and bee-keeping to learning about hidden job markets and managing your money.

From their website:

The Mount Vernon City Library is proud to announce that for a second year in a row it is the recipient of a Renew Washington grant, this time for $16,750, awarded by the Washington State Library. The Renew Washington grant program is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. These grants are intended to help libraries enhance services to residents hit hardest by the ongoing economic downturn. As part of this grant project, the library is sponsoring the following free public programs in 2011, featuring local and regional experts in their fields.

Learn more about Renew Washington and visit the Mount Vernon City Library website to find out more about the programs they are offering.

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WSL Updates for November 4, 2010

November 3rd, 2010 Diane Hutchins Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Grants and Funding, Hard Times, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

Volume 6, November 4, 2010 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) LEGAL REFERENCE FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIANS

2) ONLINE EVENT FACILITATION AND PEER LEARNING

3) WLA GRADUATE STUDY SCHOLARSHIPS

4) HELP FOR STAFF WHO ARE HELPING JOB HUNTERS

5) BANK OF THE WEST SUPPORTS 4 WA COUNTIES

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for August 5, 2010

August 5th, 2010 Will Stuivenga Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, Hard Times, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

Volume 6, August 5, 2010 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) USING WEBCAMS FOR ONLINE EVENTS

2) 2010 NORTHWEST INTERLIBRARY LOAN CONFERENCE

3) SELECTING AND RECOMMENDING INSPIRATIONAL FICTION

4) AN ADVOCACY PLAN FOR YOUR LIBRARY

5) HELPING JOB SEEKERS USING ELECTRONIC TOOLS AND FEDERAL RESOURCES

6) TOUR GRANTSTATION – YOUR FAST TRACK TO FUNDRAISING

7) FREE OCLC WEBINARS IN AUGUST

8) UPCOMING IMLS GRANT DEADLINES

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The Shoestring Library by Sheryl Fullner

June 4th, 2010 Will Stuivenga Posted in Articles, For Libraries, Hard Times, Technology and Resources, Updates No Comments »

Congratulations to Sheryl Kindle Fullner, teacher librarian at Nooksack Valley Middle School in Everson, WA, on the publication of her book, The ShoeString Library, by ABC-CLIO! The publisher describes the book thusly:

An organized collection of budget saving methods, materials, and strategies, these tips are all tried-and-true examples of ways to stretch the media specialist’s budget and time, and change even the drabbest library into an inviting oasis of learning.

Makeovers are mesmerizing. Whether it is the 400-pound man who turns into a hunk or a hovel that morphs into a chic apartment, we all love "before" and "afters." Now every library can become an "after"-without busting the budget.

The Shoestring Library offers hope, incentive, and direction to librarians who lack everything but passion. The book is organized around 300 hints-more than 114 of which are green alternatives-for administering a library in tough times.

According to anecdotal information, Sheryl has been known to use her own money at garage sales to find bargain books for her library. She is known for her incredible dedication to the kids she serves through her library. Sheryl Fullner, we salute you!

And a tip of the hat to Whatcom County librarian, Regan Robinson, who posted an announcement of the book on the Publib e-mail list, thus calling it to this blogger’s attention.

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