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WSL Updates for November 20, 2014

November 20th, 2014 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

Volume 10, November 20, 2014 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) 2015 TEEN VIDEO CHALLENGE

2) JOHN TORNOW: VILLAIN OR VICTIM? EVENT

3) COMMUNITY FINANCIAL EDUCATION PROJECT

4) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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Library Clippings November 14, 2014

November 17th, 2014 Staci Phillips Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Uncategorized, Updates No Comments »

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Library News

Olympia Library a hot spot for crime calls to police (The Olympian, Olympia, 09/28/14).

Book bonanza: Chinook Pass Lending Library takes delivery of $12,000 in donated volumes (Yakima Herald-Republic, Yakima, 10/01/14).

Woman charged with setting fire to books in Tacoma library
(The New Tribune, Tacoma, 10/21/14).

Books burned at main library, forcing it to close (The News Tribune, Tacoma, 10/19/14).

Friends’ projects bolster library programs (Liberty Lake Splash, Liberty Lake, 09/29/14).

Heywood provides commissioners with libraries’ strategic plan.
At last Tuesday’s (Sept. 23) Pacific County Commissioner’s meeting, Cheryl Heywood spoke on behalf of the Timberland Regional Library to report the new “strategic plan” for the upcoming year, including new resources, services, and programs the Timberland Libraries has to offer. (Willapa Harbor Herald, Raymond, 10/01/14).
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WSL Updates for November 13, 2014

November 13th, 2014 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, News, Updates, Washington Talking Book and Braille Library No Comments »

Volume 10, November 13, 2014 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) “THIRD GRADE READING BILL” WEBINAR

2) EXPERIENCE ART 2014

3) EARLY LEARNING STEM INSTITUTE

4) ALA STRATEGIC PLANNING

5) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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Library Clippings November 7, 2014

November 10th, 2014 Staci Phillips Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Uncategorized, Updates No Comments »

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Library News

 Commissioners seek applicants to serve on regional library board: One of three Clark County positions to be filled (Reflector, Battle Ground, 10/05/14).

Meyer Farm listed on Clark County Heritage Register. Meyers were active in critical decision-making in county(Reflector, Battle Ground, 10/15/14).

 Here’s the story on StoryCon (The Columbian, Vancouver, 10/17/14).

Library will reduce fines for those who donate food.

It may not seem like it, but one can of food can go a long way. Especially at the Burlington Public Library. This month, the library is participating in a Food for Fines program, where one donation of a canned or nonperishable good will knock $1 off patrons’ late fees. (Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, 10/06/14).

Elite Care at Sylvan Park opens lending library: Library stocked with resources for caregivers and diagnosed individuals (Reflector, Battle Ground, 09/17/14).

 City, schools link libraries, share resources: PT libraries join forces, focus education on Common Core, future economy (The Leader, Port Townsend, 09/24/14). Read the rest of this entry »

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WSL Updates for November 6, 2014

November 5th, 2014 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, News, Technology and Resources, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

Volume 10, November 6, 2014 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT

2) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE 2015

3) FREE BOOKS FOR WASHINGTON LIBRARIES

4) EARLY LEARNING STEM INSTITUTE

5) CAYAS FALL WORKSHOP REGISTRATION OPEN

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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Weeding the Library Garden

November 4th, 2014 mschaff Posted in Articles, For the Public, News, Public Services 1 Comment »

admin_WeedImages_commontansy5Fall might seem an odd time to think about weeding, but in the world of libraries weeding happens all the time. Weeding is the term libraries use to describe removing books from a collection. And contrary to what one might assume about the State Library’s collections, books don’t just come here to gather dust in perpetuity. We weed like other research libraries weed, and a book might find its way out the door or moved into another collection for a variety of reasons.

1)      The book no longer fits within our collection development guidelines or library mission

2)      The book contains outdated or inaccurate information

3)      We have more copies than we need

4)      The information contained in the book can be more easily be found online

5)      The collection is out of shelving space

6)      The book has not been used in many years

7)      The book is too damaged to be useful any longer and new copies can be found to purchase

Currently our librarians are weeding our Reference Collection and Northwest Collection and finding new homes for books that no longer meet our needs. What happens to books that are weeded out of these central library collections? The State Library’s branches, including prison and hospital libraries, have first dibs on the central library’s discards, followed by other Olympia-area state government branches. If a book can’t find a home in any of those places, we dispose of the items through the Washington State Surplus program. Materials that are officially surplussed can be donated to other locations, including officially designated rehabilitation workshops such as Goodwill. A significant portion of weeded materials are destroyed when none of the surplus qualifications are met.

Other Washington State Library collections like the State and Federal Depository programs have different rules for weeding materials based on the rules that govern their operation. Weeded copies from these State Library collections may find their way to local state or federal depository libraries near you.

For an amusing look at the world of library weeding, including the importance of keeping library collections relevant and up-to-date, check out Awful Library Books.

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WSL Updates for October 30, 2014

October 30th, 2014 Will Stuivenga Posted in For Libraries, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

Volume 10, October 30, 2014 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) LIFE AFTER GETTING AN MLIS

2) ONECLICK + ZINIO RENEWAL OPTIONS

3) ALA STRATEGIC PLANNING

4) OCLC MEMBER FORUM

5) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) LIFE AFTER GETTING AN MLIS

November’s First Tuesdays program features Life After Getting an MLIS, a panel discussion facilitated by Adrienne Doman Calkins from the Sherwood Public Library in Oregon. New(ish) librarians share their post-MLIS reflections: career-advancing strategies that work (or don’t), classes that proved most helpful (or not) post-graduation, advice worth passing on to current MLIS students, and staying informed about emerging trends and technologies.

This free First Tuesdays webinar will take place November 4, 2014 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PST. Instructions for joining the webinar are at sos.wa.gov/q/FirstTuesdays. First Tuesdays are a continuing education opportunity presented by Washington State Library.

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2) ONECLICK + ZINIO RENEWAL OPTIONS

This information is for public and academic libraries participating in the OneClickdigital contract with Recorded Books through the State Library. To offset the end of LSTA subsidies these libraries have been receiving, Recorded Books is offering significant renewal discounts for the coming year. These libraries have a choice between options that bundle Zinio, the popular magazine reading platform, with OneClickdigital at no additional base cost or that maintain current library costs even without the subsidy.

The renewal date is in April of each year for most participants but, for some libraries or schools, the renewal comes at other times. Because many libraries are currently planning their 2015 budgets, this notice is provided now.

For more information, and to obtain specific renewal options for your library:

For information on joining this group purchase, which is open to nonprofit public, academic, and K12 libraries:

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3) ALA STRATEGIC PLANNING

American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young will moderate three virtual town hall meetings where members can share their thoughts and ideas on ALA’s future.  Dates and topics for these meeting are:

November 19: Advocacy;

  • November 20: Information Policy;
  • December 11: Professional and Leadership Development.

For more information, please visit ALA Strategic Planning.

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4) OCLC MEMBER FORUM

Discuss and learn about the latest in OCLC Cataloging and Metadata, FirstSearch and Discovery, and Resource Sharing.  Eric Forte, OCLC Member Liaison, invites you to a regional Member Forum.

Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.

Space is limited. For more information and to register, please visit OCLC Member Forum.

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5) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, November 3:

Tuesday, November 4:

Wednesday, November 5:

Thursday, November 6:

For more information and to register (unless otherwise linked above), visit the WSL Training Calendar at sos.wa.gov/q/training.

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WSL Updates for October 23, 2014

October 23rd, 2014 Will Stuivenga Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

Topics include:

1) CE GRANTS FOR STEM INSTITUTE

2) CAYAS FALL WORKSHOP REGISTRATION OPEN

3) $2.2 BILLION REASONS TO PAY ATTENTION TO WIOA

4) PNLA CONFERENCE PROGRAM PROPOSALS SOUGHT

5) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) CE GRANTS FOR STEM INSTITUTE

Continuing Education (CE) grants are available from the Washington State Library (WSL) for librarians and support staff who need financial assistance to attend the 2014 Early Learning STEM Institute. To provide additional support during these hard economic times, WSL is temporarily lowering the match for CE grants to 25%, and will cover the remaining 75% of eligible expenses.

The 2014 Early Learning STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Institute, presented by the Early Learning Public Library Partnership (ELPLP) and the Washington State Head Start/ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program) Association will include sessions on the following topics:

  • Math Common Core and its relation to early learning;
  • Project VIEWS2 and the benefits of storytime;
  • Integrating STEM in the classroom.

Institute specifics:

  • What: Washington Early Learning STEM Institute;
  • When: Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. PST;
  • Where: The Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle (Exit 158 off Interstate 5);
  • Registration: Free for ELPLP members; $100 for non-members; registration deadline is Monday, November 24. To register, go to sos.wa.gov/q/ThriveSTEM14;
  • Questions? Contact Susan Yang, Program Director at Thrive by Five Washington at susan@thrivebyfivewa.org or 206.621.5573.

If you need financial assistance to attend the STEM Institute, apply now. CE Grant applications must be postmarked no later than 30 days before the beginning of the conference on December 3. For additional information about CE Grants and to apply, visitsos.wa.gov/q/CE.

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2) CAYAS FALL WORKSHOP REGISTRATION OPEN

Registration is now open for the 2014 CAYAS Fall Workshop.  CAYAS (Children’s & Young Adults Services) is proud to bring you the 2014 Fall Workshop. This year’s workshop is a confluence of trendsetters in children’s and young adult services programming.

Friday, November 21, 2014

  • 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • King County Library System Service Center
  • 960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, Washington 98027

For more information, please contact Jose M. Garcia, Jr. at 253-931-3018. CAYAS is an interest group of the Washington Library Association.

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3) $2.2 BILLION REASONS TO PAY ATTENTION TO WIOA

The American Library Association will host “$2.2 Billion Reasons to Pay Attention to WIOA,” an interactive webinar which will explore ways public and community college libraries can receive funding for employment skills training and job search assistance from the recently-passed Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Monday, Oct 27, 2014

  • 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PDT
  • Free webinar – Please register now as space is limited: sos.wa.gov/q/WIOA

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act allows public and community college libraries to be considered additional One-Stop partners and authorizes adult education and literacy activities provided by public and community college libraries as an allowable statewide employment and training activity. Additionally, the law defines digital literacy skills as a workforce preparation activity. The webinar will be archived and emailed to subscribers of the District Dispatch, ALA’s policy blog.

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4) PNLA CONFERENCE PROGRAM PROPOSALS SOUGHT

The Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA) conference planning committee is seeking program proposals for one hour presentations. The 2015 conference “Pushing the Boundaries” will take place August 5-7 at the Hilton in Vancouver, Washington.

Please submit proposals to Karen Yother atkareny@communitylibrary.netor mail to 8385 N Government Way, Hayden ID 83835.

  • For more information, please email Karen or call her at 208-772-5612 ext. 121.

The deadline for submitting proposals is January 9, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

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5) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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For more information and to register (unless otherwise linked above), visit the WSL Training Calendar at sos.wa.gov/q/training.

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Happy Geologic Map Day!

October 17th, 2014 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, News No Comments »

From Capt. Cook’s charts, 1808

From Capt. Cook’s charts, 1808

Maps!

  • Maps are Art!
  • Maps are Information!
  • Maps are Science!
  • Maps are Math!
  • Maps are History!

Maps are all these things and more – they explore and illustrate the geology of an area, the political boundaries we establish (and then fight over), the topography of mountains, and the territories claimed by Native Americans.

first mapOct. 17 is Geologic Map Day (woot!). To celebrate, the Washington State Department of Natural Resource’s Geology and Earth Resources Division, in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, has produced a map to highlight the geologic influences that converge along the Columbia River. The map poster is available for download as a 34-by-44-inch PDF or as eight 11-by-17-inch PDFs for easy assembly.

But wait – there’s more! The State Library’s online collection of Historical Maps offers maps recording discoveries from Captain Cook’s voyages published in 1808, early maps of Washington and Oregon Territories, city and county maps, railroad maps, coastal survey maps, maps from military campaigns, and maps from an 1809 German atlas. Here is a small sampling of the maps available (files are available in two formats: DJVU (requires plug-in), and JPG):

British N. America (1834)

British N. America (1834)

We hope you’ll take some time to explore the digital map collection and see Washington through the ages in a whole new light.

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WSL Updates for October 16, 2014

October 16th, 2014 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

Volume 10, October 16, 2014 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) WSL ESSENTIAL SERVICES SURVEY

2) WASHINGTON EARLY LEARNING STEM INSTITUTE

3) WSL/WLA CONTINUING EDUCATION NEEDS ASSESSMENT

4) ALA SCHOLARSHIPS

5) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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