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Stafford Creek’s Favorite Author, Garth Stein, Visits Yet Again!

May 22nd, 2015 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Institutional Library Services, Uncategorized No Comments »

From the desk of Karen S. Diehm, Secretary Senior, Stafford Creek Corrections Center

Write fat, edit lean – Garth Stein

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SCCC’s Library crew with Garth Stein (L-R): Clerks Harold E., Jacob M., and Nate H., stand with Stein, Program Manager Laura Sherbo, and SCCC Librarian Jeannie Remillard stand to the right.

On Friday, May 8th, 2015 Garth Stein made his 3rd visit to Stafford Creek Corrections Center (SCCC) . We think he’s beginning to like it here!

We originally invited Garth to SCCC due to his novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain, which is narrated by a dog. This beautiful book has over 4 million copies in print and was on the New York Times bestselling novel list for 3 years! Garth graciously accepted our invitation, met with the Freedom Tails handlers and dogs, and proceeded to discuss the book with program volunteers. With some cajoling from the handlers, Garth agreed to come back for a book read which involved the general population and was an overwhelming success.

Recently, when we contacted Garth, he was happy to visit SCCC for another book read. Not only that, but he donated all the books! This time, How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets was introduced to the SCCC’s general population. The theme of this novel is based around a man who has found out, long after the fact, that he has a 14 year old son. There are many offenders who have been in, or are in, this situation, so it made for a great novel of choice. garth stein

While discussing the book, many other questions came to light – especially on the art of writing itself. Stein informed his audience that the first and foremost rule of writing is: “There is no rule”. Questions abounded from the offenders ranging from dialog tagging, point of view, the voice, and the process. One by one, Garth answered all questions – and of course more questions ensued. One point Stein stressed to the offenders was: “The easiest thing to do in the world is to not write. The hardest thing to do is write – and, it’s easy to find excuses not to write.”

Among the questions asked, many offenders wanted to know how to deal with editing your work. Garth explained that is was necessary to get people you trusted and who would give you honest feedback, but to keep in mind that “other people can tell you where you went wrong, but they can’t fix it. Only the writer can fix it.”

scccAs usual, Stein’s visit was an overwhelming success. Everyone at SCCC truly appreciated him taking the time to come share his talent and knowledge, and we look forward to him coming for another book read in the future!

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Clippings May 8, 2015 (Published May 22, 2015)

May 22nd, 2015 Marilyn Lindholm Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Updates No Comments »

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Library Clippings for the week of May 8, 2015
(Published May 22, 2015)

Library News

Edmonds Library will change its hours in May
Sno-Isle Libraries is changing, in some cases, expanding library hours to meet customer needs, according to library district officials. The changes will take place May 3. “We’ve realigned hours to better match the needs of our local communities, and will provide morning, evening and weekend hours in every location,” Deputy Director Kendra Trachta said. (The Edmonds Beacon, Mukilteo, 4/16/15)

Roslyn Library receives grant (Daily Record, Ellensburg, 4/22/15)

Shelton Timberland Library a popular place
Visitors to the Shelton branch of the Timberland Regional Library are borrowing fewer physical books while increasingly downloading more electronic books. That’s also the trend nationwide, Library manager Patty Ayala Ross told the Shelton City Commission Monday at its regular meeting. The library is evolving into a community center where patrons not only read, but also knit, hook up to Wi-Fi, and participate in activities, said Ross, who has managed the library for nine years. “People are coming,” she said. “They’re coming in droves.” (Mason County Journal, Shelton, 4/23/15)
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WSL Updates for May 21, 2015

May 20th, 2015 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

Volume 11, May 21, 2015 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) BUILDING A COMIC AND GRAPHIC NOVEL COLLECTION WEBINAR

2) TEMPORARY LIBRARIAN POSITION

3) WALE 2015 CALL FOR PRESENTERS

4) LEADERSHIP TRAINING APPLICATION DEADLINE MAY 30

5) 2015 ARSL CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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Can you proofread in Cyrillic? Will Stuivenga can!

May 19th, 2015 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public No Comments »

The Anytime Library in Russian

The Anytime Library in Russian

Part of Will’s job involves managing the Washington Anytime Library, a collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks shared by 43 of the smaller libraries throughout the state. Recently they added a Russian language interface to the digital library. Now patrons can choose to have the Anytime Library menus and instructions appear in English, Spanish, Chinese, or Russian. The books are still in English (for the most part), but the interface that helps you find them can be displayed in these other languages for the convenience of patrons who are more comfortable using them.

Checking out the new Russian language interface, Will noticed that the language interface selection box options were capitalized for English and Spanish (don’t ask him about the Chinese!), but not for the Russian, which uses the Cyrillic script. Uncertain if Cyrillic uses the same capitalization conventions as the Roman script used for English and Spanish, Will took a look at the rest of the Russian interface, and sure enough, he saw that the first character of most words was larger than those used for the rest of the word, but perhaps there was some exception to the rule for the word “Russian” itself when displayed in Cyrillic?

So he wrote back to the vendor rep and asked, who promised to check with the translation team. By the next day, the interface had been updated to show the word “Russian” in Cyrillic with the first character capitalized. So yes, Will can proof-read (albeit to a VERY limited extent) even for Russian Cyrillic!

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Clippings May 1, 2015 (Published May 15, 2015)

May 15th, 2015 Marilyn Lindholm Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Updates No Comments »

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Library Clippings for the week of May 1, 2015
(Published May 15, 2015)

Library News

Kitsap Regional Library rebrands to inspire county (Independent, Port Orchard, 4/17/15)

Buildings

Kettle Falls to expand library
The City of Kettle Falls is planning to expand its library facilities this summer to include new study areas, a new community area, and bathroom upgrades. The city was recently awarded a $750,000 Community Development Block Grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce for the project. The grant, which requires matching funds from the community, has found financial support from a $40,000 contribution from the Friends of the Kettle Falls Library and $13,500 from the City of Kettle Falls. (The Independent, Chewelah, 4/9/15)
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WSL Updates for May 14, 2015

May 13th, 2015 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

Volume 11, May 14, 2015 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) STEM SURVEY

2) OCLC WORLDCAT DISCOVERY SERVICES

3) COMMUNICATING IN THE MIDST OF CHANGE WORKSHOP

4) FREE BOOKS FOR WASHINGTON LIBRARIES

5) CONFERENCE OPPORTUNITIES

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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Clippings April 17, 2015 (Published May 13, 2015)

May 13th, 2015 Marilyn Lindholm Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Updates No Comments »

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Library Clippings for the week of April 17, 2015
(Published May 13, 2015)

Library News

Working to engage through excellence in books, services (Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, 3/26/15)

Library bond set to be on August ballot
The Spokane County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution in March regarding a proposition to finance new and expanded libraries in the greater Spokane Valley and Millwood. This action places a proposition on the Aug. 4 ballot that would more than double the public library space in the greater Valley area. Ballots will be mailed July 17. For more information, visit www.scld.org. (The Current, Liberty Lake, 4/–/15)
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Clippings April 10, 2015 (Published May 8, 2015)

May 8th, 2015 Marilyn Lindholm Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Updates No Comments »

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Library Clippings for the week of April 10, 2015

Library News

Puyallup to start search for new library director (The Herald, Puyallup, 3/18/15)

Library bond headed back to ballot
Area voters are going to get another chance to build two new libraries in Spokane Valley. The Spokane County Board of Commissioners adopted resolution No. 2015-0219 Tuesday regarding a proposition to finance the new construction and an expansion of the Argonne branch. This action places a proposition on the Aug. 4 ballot that more than doubles the public library space in the greater Spokane Valley and Millwood. Ballots will be mailed and voting begins July 17. (Valley News Herald, Spokane, 3/20/15)
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2015 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 5/8/2015

May 8th, 2015 Jeff Martin 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 weekly on this blog.

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

Bill Title Sponsor Status Date Hrg Date Latest Cmte Mtg Info Companion
SHB 1008 Agency data practices audits Smith H Rules R 2/16/2015 2/13/2015 Feb 13 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on General Government & Information Technology at 8:00 AM.  
SHB 1086 Public record commercial use Moeller H Approps 2/19/2015 2/24/2015 Feb 24 Public hearing in the House  Committee on Appropriations at 1:30 PM.  
SHB 1105 Operating sup budget 2015 Hunter C 3 L 15 2/19/2015 2/9/2015 Feb 9 Executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Ways & Means at 3:30 PM. SB 5076(SWays & Means)
ESHB 1106 Operating bdgt 2015, 2015-17 Hunter H Rules 3C 4/24/2015 3/31/2015 Mar 31 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Appropriations at 1:30 PM. SB 5077(Ssubst for)
2SHB 1107 Cultural & heritage programs Springer H Rules C 3/13/2015 2/25/2015 Feb 25 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Finance at 8:00 AM. SB 5463(Ssubst for)
HB 1133 Public utility tax, counties Tharinger H Local Govt 1/14/2015 1/22/2015 Jan 22 Public hearing in the House  Committee on Local Government at 1:30 PM.  
HB 1168 Retiree return-to-work/PERS Ormsby C 75 L 15 4/24/2015 3/24/2015 Mar 24 Executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Ways & Means at 3:30 PM. SB 5211(SRules X)
HB 1189 City, district publ. records Hunt, S. H Rules 3C 4/24/2015 3/24/20215 Mar 24 Executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Government Operations & Security at 10:00 AM.  
SHB 1250 Notice and review processes Holy H Rules C 3/13/2015 2/17/2015 Feb 17 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Local Government at 10:00 AM. SB 5138(Ssubst for)
HB 1251 Emergency med services levy Van De Wege H Finance 1/16/2015 1/23/2015 Jan 23 Public hearing in the House  Committee on Finance at 8:00 AM.  
HB 1322 State retirement plans Reykdal H Rules 3C 4/24/2015 3/24/2015 Mar 24 Public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Ways & Means at 3:30 PM.  
HB 1374 Agency contract information Taylor H Judiciary 1/19/2015 2/10/2015 Feb 10 Public hearing in the House  Committee on Judiciary at 10:00 AM.  
HB 1413 Rec. marijuana businesses Moscoso H Commerce & Gam 1/20/2015      
HB 1425 Advisory committees, etc. Pollet H State Governme 1/20/2015 2/5/2015 Feb 5 Public hearing in the House  Committee on State Government at 1:30 PM.  
HB 1444 Property tax relief Hunt, G. H Finance 1/21/2015 2/1/2015 Feb 13 Public hearing in the House  Committee on Finance at 8:00 AM.  
EHB 1513 Local infrastructure areas Springer H Rules 3C 4/24/2015 3/25/2015 Mar 25 Public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Trade & Economic Development at 8:00 AM.  
HB 1542 PERS, TRS, SERS/earlier ages Hunt, S. H Approps 1/22/2015     SB 5473(SWays & Means)
SHB 1576 Annexed areas/sales & use tx Fitzgibbon H Rules 3C 4/24/2015 2/25/2015 Feb 25 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Finance at 8:00 AM. SB 5864(SRules X)
HB 1615 Postretirement employment Appleton H Approps 1/23/2015     SB 5545(SWays & Means)
SHB 1684 Public records, charges for Takko H Rules R 2/27/2015 2/27/2015 Feb 27 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Appropriations at 9:00 AM.  
HB 1691 Public records act, remedies Van De Wege H State Governme 1/26/2015 2/12/2015 Feb 12 Public hearing in the House  Committee on State Government at 1:30 PM.  
ESHB 1740 Health coverage through PEBB Appleton H Rules 3C 4/24/2015 4/7/2015 Apr 7 Public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Ways & Means at 10:00 AM. SB 5731(SHealth Care)
HB 1848 Direct petition annexations Schmick H Local Govt 1/30/2015 2/12/2015 Feb 12 Public hearing in the House  Committee on Local Government at 1:30 PM.  
HB 1894 Protection of workers Gregerson H Judiciary 2/2/2015 2/17/2015 Feb 17 Public hearing in the House  Committee on Judiciary at 10:00 AM.  
SHB 1919 Special elections, timing of Hunt, S. C 146 L 15 4/29/2015 3/31/2015 Mar 31 Executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Government Operations & Security at 10:00 AM.  
HB 2072 Excess vacation day transfer Hunt, S. H Approps 2/11/2015      
HB 2083 St retirement syst employers Hunter H Approps 2/11/2015      
EHB 2084 State-required reports Hunter H Rules 3C 4/24/2015 3/31/2015 Mar 31 Executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Government Operations & Security at 10:00 AM.  
HB 2138 PERS and TRS plan 1 COLAs Reykdal H Approps 2/17/2015     SB 6017(SWays & Means)
HB 2145 Rural cnty library districts Fitzgibbon H Local Govt 2/18/2015     SB 6018(SGovtOp&Sec)
HB 2158 Spec purpose tx distrct T.O. Carlyle H Finance 2/19/2015      
HB 2195 Auditor’s fees Lytton H Rules C 4/15/2015 4/7/2015 Apr 7 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Appropriations at 9:00 AM.  
HB 2255 Property tax revenue limit Haler H Finance 5/5/2015      
               
ESSB 5077 Operating bdgt 2015, 2015-17 Hill S Rules 3 4/24/2015 4/1/2015 Apr 1 Public hearing and executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Ways & Means at 1:00 PM. HB 1106(Hsubst for)
SSB 5138 Notice and review processes Roach S Rules 3 4/24/2015 3/19/2015 Mar 19 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Local Government at 1:30 PM. HB 1250(HRules C)
SSB 5294 School library & tech progs McAuliffe C 27 L 15 4/17/2015 3/24/2015 Mar 24 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Education at 1:30 PM. HB 1331(HRules X)
SSB 5329 Public employee bargaining Braun S Rules X 3/23/2015 2/4/2015 Feb 4 Executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Commerce & Labor at 1:30 PM.  
SSB 5348 Joint utilization contracts Miloscia Del to Gov 4/23/2015 3/19/2015 Mar 19 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on State Government at 1:30 PM. HB 1079(HRules X)
SSB 5435 State deferred comp program Bailey S Rules X 3/23/2015 2/23/2015 Feb 23 Executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Ways & Means at 1:30 PM.  
SSB 5463 Cultural & heritage programs Hill S Rules 3 4/24/2015 3/23/2015 Mar 23 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Community Development and Housing & Tribal Affairs at 1:30 PM. HB 1107(HRules C)
SB 5466 PEBB benefits eligibility Becker C 116 L 15 4/25/2015 3/25/2015 Mar 25 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM.  
SB 5473 PERS, TRS, SERS/earlier ages Chase S Ways & Means 1/22/2015     HB 1542(HApprops)
SB 5525 Property taxes Sheldon S Ways & Means 1/23/2015      
SB 5533 Electronic data, charges for Hobbs S GovtOp&StSec 1/23/2015      
SB 5545 Postretirement employment McAuliffe S Ways & Means 1/23/2015     HB 1615(HApprops)
SB 5572 Marijuana sales, etc. Kohl-Welles S Commerce and L 1/23/2015 2/2/2015 Feb 2 Public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Commerce & Labor at 1:30 PM.  
SSB 5721 Expanded learning opp’s cncl Billig C 163 L 15 5/1/2015 3/30/2015 Mar 30 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Education at 10:00 AM.  
SSB 5730 Access roads utilized by DNR Pearson S Rules 3 4/24/2015 3/25/2015 Mar 25 Public hearing in the House  Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources at 8:00 AM.  
SB 5731 Health coverage through PEBB Dansel S Health Care 1/30/2015 2/16/2015 Feb 16 Public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Health Care at 10:00 AM. HB 1740(Hsubst for)
SSB 5864 Annexed areas/sales & use tx Nelson S Rules X 3/23/2015 2/27/2015 Feb 27 Executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Ways & Means at 3:45 PM. HB 1576(Hsubst for)
SB 5982 Retirement age/state systems Braun S Ways & Means 2/13/2015 3/24/2015 Mar 24 Public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Ways & Means at 3:30 PM.  
SB 6000 Cnty legislative authorities Dansel S Rules X 3/23/2015 2/19/2015 Feb 19 Public hearing and executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Government Operations & Security at 10:00 AM.  
SB 6008 Public hospital distrct levy Chase S GovtOp&Sec 2/16/2015      
SB 6014 Pub records actions remedies Honeyford S GovtOp&Sec 2/17/2015      
SB 6017 PERS and TRS plan 1 COLAs Liias S Ways & Means 2/17/2015     HB 2138(HApprops)
SB 6018 Rural cnty library districts Fain S GovtOp&Sec 2/17/2015     HB 2145(HLocal Govt)
SJR 8203 Prop tx valuation base years Sheldon S Ways & Means 1/23/2015      
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It’s that time! WSL Statewide Database Licensing Project – ProQuest Renewal.

May 7th, 2015 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, Digital Literacy, For Libraries No Comments »

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Digital Graphics by Steve Johnson Flickr Creative Commons http://bit.ly/1csa93x

The WSL Statewide Database Licensing (SDL) Project announces the 2015-2016 ProQuest renewal for all participating Washington libraries. Barring significant cancellations, pricing is not expected to change appreciably for the upcoming year. This contract is open to all non-profit LSTA-eligible libraries in Washington State.

For public, academic, and special libraries, the renewal is automatic. Invoicing from ProQuest will occur in June or July. If a public, academic, or special library wishes to cancel its ProQuest subscription through the statewide contract, please fill out, sign, and return a Cancellation form by or before May 27. For school libraries, renewal (or cancellation) is through your local ESD (Educational Service District).

The invoice period is July 1 through June 30, annually. Individual library costs can vary slightly from year to year, depending on whether libraries drop out, or new libraries join during the previous year. Exact costs will be calculated early in June, and sent to ProQuest for invoicing. If your library needs to be invoiced prior to June 30, please contact us so that we can request expedited invoicing for you.

Note: This is the final renewal that is available under the current contract with ProQuest. The SDL Advisory Committee is currently considering recommendations for the future of the project, based on the recently completed SDL Needs Assessment. Please feel free to submit your thoughts or suggestions to any member of the SDL Advisory Committee, or to Will Stuivenga, the project manager.

More information, including the Cancellation and Intent to Participate forms, can be found on the ProQuest SDL Renewal page. Questions? Contact Will Stuivenga, 360.704.5217 or toll free 866.538.4996.

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