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Clippings July 24, 2015

July 24th, 2015 Marilyn Lindholm Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Updates No Comments »

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Library Clippings for the week of July 24, 2015

Library News

SCLD gathers input to impact society
Spokane County Library District’s (SCLD) Community Impact Plan for 2013-2015 focused on four areas: to develop young learners, explore and discover, support job seekers and local businesses, and connect communities. In many areas, SCLD exceeded the challenging objectives that it set for itself. SCLD is currently in the beginning stages of work on the 2016-2018 plan. The Board of Trustees will approve the new plan by December 2015. (The Current, Liberty Lake, 7/–/15)

Buildings

New chapter for U-City
Local leaders believe plans for nearly $30 million in development could be a sign that glory days will return to the area near University and Sprague. Included in this figure is a new $14 million Spokane Valley City Hall. A second project across the street is in the hands of voters. A new $14.5 million Spokane Valley Library would be the centerpiece of a $22 million bond proposal the Spokane County Library District is asking voters to consider August 4. The new library would blend its campus with an expansion of Balfour Park. (The Current, Liberty Lake, 7/–/15)
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WSL Updates for July 23, 2015

July 23rd, 2015 Diane Hutchins Posted in Digital Literacy, For Libraries, For the Public, Grants and Funding, News, Technology and Resources, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

Volume 11, July 23, 2015 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) IT ACADEMY WEBINARS

2) EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

3) PRESENTING THE GADGET MENAGERIE

4) 2015 DIGITAL LITERACY GRANT AWARDS

5) LINK TO VOTER INFO

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) IT ACADEMY WEBINARS

Have you heard? Funding for the Microsoft IT Academy was renewed for another two years, providing free access for all Washington residents through August 2017. Along with the online courses, Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification will continue, and we’ll soon introduce a new resource for digital literacy certification.

Join us for one of two online meetings to learn more and share ideas and best practices for the future of the IT Academy. Sessions will be held:

  • Wednesday, August 13 from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. PDT
  • Tuesday, August 18 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. PDT

A few minutes before the scheduled time, click to join the meeting.

Questions? Contact Elizabeth Iaukea, Project Manager Microsoft IT Academy at 360-570-5578 or elizabeth.iaukea@sos.wa.gov

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2) EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, is recruiting for three Library & Archive Paraprofessional positions at three correctional facilities.

For more information, please visit Branch Library Associate (In-training LAPP5)

Please share this announcement with anyone who may be interested.

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3) PRESENTING THE GADGET MENAGERIE

Would your library’s patrons like to explore some tech devices? Would your library’s staff like some hands-on experience with Kindle, Nooks, IPads, etc.? The Gadget Menagerie kits are available for loan to Washington libraries.

For details, please contact Joe Olayvar, Library Development, Washington State Library at olayvar@sos.wa.gov.

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4) 2015 DIGITAL LITERACY GRANT AWARDS

The Washington State Library recently awarded 10 grants totaling $72,881.96 to public, academic, school and tribal libraries to support digital literacy efforts. Projects include career classes, new online curriculum, STEAM programs, family activities, and the Microsoft IT Academy.

Congratulations to the 10 recipients of the 2015 Digital Literacy grants:

  • Asotin County Library
  • Ellensburg Public Library
  • Garry Middle School
  • Garfield High School
  • Nine Mile Falls School District
  • Lakeside High School
  • Nooksack Indian Tribe
  • Pierce County Library System
  • Seattle World Schools
  • Wenatchee Valley College
  • Whitman County Rural Library District

We will be working closely with the recipients to support the maximum success of their projects during the next year.

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5) LINK TO VOTER INFO

Since counties are mailing primary election ballots to voters now, the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) and Secretary of State’s (SOS) Elections Division request Washington libraries consider adding voter information to library websites. Libraries across the state have always been wonderful partners in relaying information to voters on behalf of the PDC and SOS. Please help us move that partnership online, so that visitors to library websites can access voter resources with just a click of the mouse.

Questions about the PDC link should be directed to Lori Anderson, PDC Communications & Training Officer. SOS Deputy Elections Director Allyson Ruppenthal can answer questions about the MyVote link.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

July 27

  • The Art and Science of Working Remotely (InSync); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PDT

July 28

  • Data inclusiveness benefits for all (O’Reilly); 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PDT

July 29

  • Crowdfunding for Libraries: Technology Tips for Futuristic Fundraising (TechSoup); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT
  • Open Educational Resources: Librarians as Advocates, Advisors, and Creators (Georgia Library Association); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT

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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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Clippings July 17, 2015

July 17th, 2015 Marilyn Lindholm Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Updates No Comments »

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Library Clippings for the week of July 17, 2015

Library News

Mid-Columbia Libraries develop auto-renewal service
Mid-Columbia Libraries developed an auto-renewal service which went into effect on June 10. Auto-renewal is a service that automatically renews library materials that have not been requested by another customer and are eligible for renewal. The system tracks the status of all materials and knows which can be renewed and which are needed back to share with another customer. Items that are requested by another customer will not be renewed automatically; eBooks are also ineligible for auto-renewal. This unique service is currently found only in some beta testing libraries in the U.S. and academic libraries in Europe and Asia. (The Outlook, Othello, 6/11/15)

New library trustee sought on Lopez
With the departure of Bill Evans from the Library Board of Trustees after many years of service, the library is in need of another trustee to step up to serve. Send a letter of interest to: librarian@lopezlibrary.org or send a printed letter to Lopez Library, PO Box 770, Lopez Island, WA 98261 or drop it by the library. The current vacated position’s term lasts until August 31, 2017 with reappointment a possibility. (Island’s Weekly Newspaper, Lopez Island, 6/16/15)
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WSL Updates for July 16, 2015

July 16th, 2015 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, News, Updates No Comments »

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Topics include:

1) DIGITIZATION GRANTS AWARDED FOR WASHINGTON RURAL HERITAGE 2015-2016

2) EXPLORING TECHNOLOGY (ET) KITS GRANT CYCLE OPEN

3) MAKE HISTORY COME ALIVE WITH ZINES!

4) NCCE FREE TWO-DAY WORKSHOPS

5) NORTHWEST ELEARN CONFERENCE 2015

6) THERE’S A CONFERENCE FOR EVERYTHING DEPARTMENT

7) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for July 9, 2015

July 9th, 2015 Shirley Lewis Posted in Digital Collections, For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Updates No Comments »

Volume 11, July 9, 2015 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) EXPLORING TECHNOLOGY: ET KITS GRANT CYCLE OPENS JULY 13

2) PACIFIC NORTHWEST DIGITAL COLLECTIONS SUMMIT FINAL REPORT AVAILABLE

3) COMMUNICATING IN THE MIDST OF CHANGE WORKSHOP

4) OUTSIDE THE LINES COMING IN SEPTEMBER

5) GREAT STORIES CLUB GRANTS AVAILABLE

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for July 2, 2015

July 2nd, 2015 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

Volume 11, July 2, 2015 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) SERVICE ANIMALS IN LIBRARIES: A FIRST TUESDAYS WEBINAR

2) COMMUNICATING IN THE MIDST OF CHANGE WORKSHOP

3) WASHINGTON STATE LIBRARY CLOSED JULY 3, 2015

4) AWC PUBLICATIONS

5) NEW POV DOCUMENTARIES AVAILABLE

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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Clippings June 26, 2015

June 26th, 2015 Marilyn Lindholm Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Updates No Comments »

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Library Clippings for the week of June 26, 2015

Library News

Reference library opens at Lightcatcher
A new reference collection of more than 500 titles focusing on art and regional history is now accessible to the community, thanks to a partnership between Whatcom Museum, Bellingham Public Library, and donors of library materials. The Joyce Morse Reference Library is open by appointment noon to 3:00 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Museum’s Lightcatcher building at 250 Flora Street. Call 360-778-8938 for an appointment. (Bellingham Herald, Bellingham, 6/1/15)

Buildings

New Camano library set to open this summer (The Herald, Everett, 6/7/15)
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WSL Updates for June 25, 2015

June 24th, 2015 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

Volume 11, June 25, 2015 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) POSSIBLE TEMPORARY FURLOUGHS ANNOUNCED

2) SERVICE ANIMALS IN LIBRARIES: A FIRST TUESDAYS WEBINAR

3) WASHINGTON STATE LIBRARY CLOSED JULY 3, 2015

4) SCHOLARSHIPS FOR 2015 ARSL CONFERENCE

5) PNLA 2015 CONFERENCE EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE ALMOST HERE

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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Clippings June 19, 2015

June 19th, 2015 Marilyn Lindholm Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Updates No Comments »

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Library Clippings for the week of June 19, 2015

Library News

Sno-Isle Libraries facilities plan
Sno-Isle Libraries is seeking consultant services to create a facilities planning document: Sno-Isle Facilities Plan, 2016-2025. Proposals are due by July 7, 2015. The consultant selected for this project will produce a plan that provides specific, realistic recommendations for Sno-Isle Libraries’ capital facilities work over the next 10 years. As part of this project, the consultant will design and conduct community engagement activities, the results of which will inform their recommendations. The consultant will also be expected to use data from a variety of sources and their own professional expertise and judgment in making their recommendations. The RFP is available at http://www.sno-isle.org/facplan. (Daily Journal of Commerce, Seattle, 6/9/15)
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WSL Updates for June 19, 2015 – Special Edition

June 19th, 2015 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

Volume 11, June 19, 2015 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Special Edition – Upcoming WSL workshops

Topics include:

1) WSL WORKSHOPS – REGISTRATION OPEN NOW

2) COMMUNICATE WITH CONFIDENCE WORKSHOP

3) COMMUNICATING IN THE MIDST OF CHANGE WORKSHOP

4) DIGITAL LITERACY: PUBLIC TECHNOLOGY TRAINING IN LIBRARIES

5) DISABILITY LANGUAGE AND ETIQUETTE FOR LIBRARIES WORKSHOP

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