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WSL Updates September 25, 2014

September 29th, 2014 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Letters About Literature, News, Updates No Comments »

Volume 10, September 25, 2014 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) HIDDEN VOICES: AUDIO ARCHAEOLOGY AT MADIGAN ARMY HOSPITAL

2) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE 2015

3) FREE BOOKS FOR WASHINGTON LIBRARIES

4) GEOSCIENCE LIBRARIANSHIP 101 – FREE SEMINAR

5) WALE CONFERENCE EARLY REGISTRATION ENDS OCTOBER 1

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for December 12, 2013

December 12th, 2013 Diane Hutchins Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Grants and Funding, Letters About Literature, News, Technology and Resources, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

Volume 9, December 12, 2013 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE – DEADLINE APPROACHING

2) CALL FOR SPEAKERS – BIG TALK FROM SMALL LIBRARIES

3) OPPORTUNITY FOR NOVICE RESEARCHERS

4) WORLD BOOK NIGHT 2014

5) FRIENDS – EVERYONE NEEDS THEM

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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Letters About Literature Winners Announced

April 4th, 2013 mschaff Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Letters About Literature No Comments »

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Washington’s 2013 Letters About Literature Champions have been announced by the Washington State Library!

Cora Tessaro, a fifth grader at Daniel Bagley Elementary School in Seattle, is the Level 1 champion.  Julia Batson, a seventh grader at Woodward Middle School on Bainbridge Island, is the Level 2 champion.  Jordyn Tonkinson, a ninth grader at Hockinson High School in Brush Prairie, is the Level 3 champion.  Click here to see their letters and learn more about the 2013 contest.

There were approximately 3,400 Washington students whose letters made it to round 1 judging in the 2013 contest.  325 semifinalists advanced to round 3 state judging.  All state semifinalists will receive an award certificate in the mail. 

From the 325 Washington semifinalists, the state judges selected three champions, three second place runners up, and twenty-one honorable mentions.  The three champions’ letters have been sent to the Library of Congress for the national competition.  The results of the national judging will be released in late April.

There will be a ceremony in the Columbia Room at the State Capitol in Olympia on May 24th at 1:30 in the afternoon to recognize the state champions, second place runners up, and honorable mentions.

Thank you to all the students, teachers, librarians, and families who participate in Washington’s Letters About Literature program.  Keep reading and writing!

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WSL Updates for April 4, 2013

April 4th, 2013 Diane Hutchins Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Grants and Funding, Letters About Literature, News, Technology and Resources, Training and Continuing Education, Tribal, Updates No Comments »

Volume 9, April 4, 2013 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE WINNERS ANNOUNCED

2) CONNECT WITH YOUR LIBRARY – A MOBILE APP FOR WASHINGTON

3) GRANT CYCLE FOR EARLY LEARNING EXTENDED

4) FREE WESTPAS WORKSHOP COMES TO OLYMPIA

5) SNEAK PREVIEW OF WASHINGTON LIBRARY TRUSTEE WIKI

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for December 6, 2012

December 6th, 2012 Diane Hutchins Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Grants and Funding, Letters About Literature, News, Technology and Resources, Training and Continuing Education, Tribal, Updates No Comments »

Volume 8, December 6, 2012 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) FREE GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

2) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE 2013 DEADLINE APPROACHING

3) GATES MILLENNIUM SCHOLARS PROGRAM

4) AWARDS FOR AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS

5) GRANTS FOR AMERICA’S HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for October 11, 2012

October 11th, 2012 Diane Hutchins Posted in Digital Collections, For Libraries, For the Public, Grants and Funding, Letters About Literature, News, State Library Collections, Technology and Resources, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

Volume 8, October 11, 2012 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) A MESSAGE FROM ACTING STATE LIBRARIAN, RAND SIMMONS

2) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE 2013

3) ZINIO GROUP PURCHASE

4) 2013 TEEN VIDEO CHALLENGE

5) LOOKING FOR DATA ON CHILDREN AND YOUTH?

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for May 17, 2012

May 17th, 2012 Diane Hutchins Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Grants and Funding, Letters About Literature, News, Technology and Resources, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

Volume 8, May 17, 2012 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE – NATIONAL WINNERS

2) CE GRANTS FOR STARTING STRONG

3) RESOURCE SHARING GRANT DEADLINE APPROACHING

4) WORKING TOGETHER TO MANAGE DISASTERS

5) GRANTS FOR LEARNING LABS

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for April 5, 2012

April 4th, 2012 Will Stuivenga Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, Letters About Literature, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates, Washington Talking Book and Braille Library No Comments »

Volume 12: April 5, Year for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) WSL RELEASES LSTA 5-YEAR EVALUATION

2) DEADLINE APPROACHES FOR LIBRARY COUNCIL VACANCIES

3) RESOURCE SHARING GRANT CYCLE NOW OPEN

4) YOUTH SERVICES & OUTREACH POSITION AVAILABLE

5) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE CHAMPIONS ANNOUNCED

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) WSL RELEASES LSTA 5-YEAR EVALUATION

As required by law, the Washington State LSTA Five-Year Evaluation Report was submitted to the Institute of Museum and Library Services on March 27, 2012. The purpose of conducting an LSTA Five-Year Evaluation is to independently evaluate the activities supported with federal LSTA funding. The evaluation provides an opportunity to measure progress in meeting the targets set in the approved five year plan and is designed to help state libraries make more effective resource allocation decisions in their upcoming five year plans.

As stated in the report’s executive summary, “The WSL’s most significant strength is their ability to convene and promote collaboration between and among libraries of all types in the state. Building on this strength, analysis of past performance, and emerging priorities for WSL and Washington libraries has surfaced six main recommendations for the Washington State Library with regard to future activity funded through LSTA.” Visit www.sos.wa.gov/library/libraries/dev to read the entire LSTA Five-Year Evaluation 2008 – 2012 report.

For those of you who have contributed to the development of this report through your participation in focus groups, telephone interviews or surveys, thank you. If you have questions, contact Jeff Martin, Acting Library Development Program Manager at 360.704.5248 or at jeff.martin@sos.wa.gov.

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2) DEADLINE APPROACHES FOR LIBRARY COUNCIL VACANCIES

Applications are currently being accepted for two Library Council of Washington positions. One position represents Special Libraries; the other represents Public Libraries serving fewer than 100,000 persons. The Library Council of Washington advises the State Librarian and the Office of the Secretary of State on statewide library issues and the expenditure of federal LSTA funding.

Applications must be postmarked by Friday, April 6, 2012 to be considered. These positions begin September 2012. More information is available at www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/vacancy. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Jeff Martin, at 360.704.5248, jeff.martin@sos.wa.gov, or Anne Yarbrough at 360.704.5246, anne.yarbrough@sos.wa.gov.

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3) RESOURCE SHARING GRANT CYCLE NOW OPEN

The purpose of the Connecting Libraries through Resource Sharing (CLRS) grant cycle is to provide grant funds for collection development with materials that are rotated between partnering libraries, thus encouraging cooperation among public libraries in counties, or those with contiguous borders, where inter-local agreements to share materials do not exist, or did not exist before participation in a previous CLRS grant cycle.

Grants of up to $715 per library may be awarded qualifying partnerships. A single application from each group of partnering libraries is required. A partnership must include two or more public libraries; with one library acting as the lead library in both the application process and, if awarded, the grant implementation.

The application deadline is Friday, June 1, 2012. More details may be found at www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/grants. For additional information or questions, contact Carolyn Petersen, CLRS Project Manager, 360.570.5560 carolyn.petersen@sos.wa.gov or Anne Yarbrough, LSTA Grants Manager, 360.704.5246, anne.yarbrough@sos.wa.gov.

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4) YOUTH SERVICES & OUTREACH POSITION AVAILABLE

The Washington Talking Book & Braille Library (WTBBL), a program of the Washington State Library and the Office of the Secretary of State, is seeking a Youth Services & Outreach Librarian. This part-time (30 hours per week), permanent, entry-level position is located in Seattle. Statewide travel will be required to implement outreach events and activities.

For more information, including job description, qualifications, and application instructions, visit www.sos.wa.gov/office/employment.aspx.

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5) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE CHAMPIONS ANNOUNCED

“Letters About Literature” encourages young readers to write letters to their favorite authors, competing at the national level to win a $500 Target gift card and $10,000 for their community or school library. This is the seventh year Washington State Library has sponsored the competition as part of Washington Reads.

Clare Doran, a sixth grader at The Bush School in Seattle, is the 2012 Level 1 champion. Samantha Smith, an eighth grader at Blue Heron Middle School in Port Townsend, is the Level 2 champion. Oliver Reed, a tenth grader at North Central High School in Spokane, is the Level 3 champion. The three champions’ letters have been sent to the Library of Congress for the national competition. The results of the national judging will be released in early May. Read the winning letters at www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/LAL2012.

Approximately 5,500 Washington students entered the 2012 contest. 98 semifinalists advanced to round 3 state judging. All state semi-finalists will receive an award certificate in the mail. There will be a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda in Olympia at 11:00 a.m. May 11 during which the winners and semi-finalists will be acknowledged for their achievement.

To learn more about the 2012 competition, judging, and to see a list of the participating schools, use the link provided above. Thank you to all the students, teachers, librarians, and families who participate in Washington’s Letters About Literature program. Keep reading and writing!

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, April 9, 2012:

  • Deflection on WorldCat Resource Sharing (OCLC); 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PDT;
  • Everything I Need and Want is in the Teen Section: YA Spatial Practices in New U.S. Public Libraries (SJSU SLIS); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PDT;

Tuesday, April 10, 2012:

  • The New Science of Building Great Teams: Analytics for Success (Harvard Business Review ); 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PDT;
  • 25 Twitter projects to engage your community and benefit your business (O’Reilly Community); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PDT;
  • Custom Holdings on WorldCat Resource Sharing (OCLC); 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PDT;
  • ProQuest Research Library – With so many publications, how do you find the right one to search? (ProQuest); 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. PDT; www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/PQ245;
  • Virtual Connections (WebJunction); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT;
  • Picture These: What’s New with Graphic Novels (Booklist); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT;
  • Apps for Speech Therapy and Autism (Accessible Technology Coalition ); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT;
  • Spring Adult Book Buzz (Library Journal); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PDT;

Wednesday, April 11, 2012:

  • Snapshot Day: What It Is and How Your Library Will Benefit from Participating (NCompass Live); 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. PDT;
  • Advanced Searching: Beyond the Single Search Box (ProQuest); 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. PDT: www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/PQ242;
  • Intermediate Tips & Tricks for Microsoft Office 2010® Level 200 (New Horizons ); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PDT;
  • Patron-Initiated Resource Sharing (OCLC); 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PDT;
  • Before You Seek a Grant: A Checklist for New Nonprofits (GrantSpace ); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PDT;
  • Information Professional to Intelligence Analyst: Translating your LIS Skills (SJSU SLIS); 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. PDT;

Thursday, April 12, 2012:

Friday, April 13, 2012:

 

For more information and to register (for those not linked above), visit the WSL Training Calendar at www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/training.

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Washington’s 2012 Letters About Literature Champions Announced!

March 28th, 2012 mschaff Posted in Articles, For the Public, Letters About Literature, News No Comments »

Clare Doran, a sixth grader at The Bush School in Seattle, is the Level 1 champion.  Samantha Smith, an eighth grader at Blue Heron Middle School in Port Townsend, is the Level 2 champion. Oliver Reed, a tenth grader at North Central High School in Spokane, is the Level 3 champion.  Read the winning letters here!

There were approximately 5,500 Washington students who entered the 2012 contest. There are 98 semifinalists who advanced to round 3 state judging. All state semi-finalists will receive an award certificate in the mail.   There will also be a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda in Olympia on May 11 at 11:00 in the morning during which the semi-finalists will be acknowledged for their achievement.

From the 98 Washington semi-finalists, the state judges selected the three aforementioned champions, three second place runners up, and ten honorable mentions.  The three champions’ letters have been sent to the Library of Congress for the national competition.  The results of the national judging will be released in early May.

Click here to learn more about the 2012 competition, judging, and to see a list of the participating schools.   Thank you to all the students, teachers, librarians, and families who participate in Washington’s Letters About Literature program.  Keep reading and writing!

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WSL Updates for November 17, 2011

November 17th, 2011 Diane Hutchins Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Grants and Funding, Letters About Literature, News, State Library Collections, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

Volume 7, November 17, 2011 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE 2012

2) WANTED – OCTOBER 1, 2008 ISSUE OF DEER PARK TRIBUNE

3) GRANT TO HELP THE UNDERSERVED

4) NEED HELP WITH COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS?

5) DO YOU HAVE AN OUTSTANDING YOUTH SERVICES PROGRAM?

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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