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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 »

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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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Library Clippings October 10, 2014

October 13th, 2014 Staci Phillips Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Uncategorized, Updates No Comments »

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

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Library News

Ridgefield library celebrates 100 years (The Reflector, Battleground, 09/10/14).

Opening the book on health: KVH Community Health Library serves community, staff (Daily Record, Ellensburg, 09/05/14).

Timberland Libraries boost service hours.
Library patrons in the five-county Timberland Regional Library (TRL) service area asked for longer hours: as of September 2, they’ve got them! District-wide, 26 libraries and the Ask-A-Librarian service added hours – a total of 58 more each week. The increased scheduled comes at no additional cost. (Pacific County Press, South Bend, 09/04/14).

SCLD launches business card: New card provides businesses with access to digital resources.
Born out of a desire to help local businesses prosper, grow or begin, the Spokane County Library District (SCLD) is launching a new card designed just for business users. (The Current, Liberty Lake, 09/00/14).

Rural library district creates ‘digital petting zoo’ with grant: Tour of items planned for this fall.
The Libraries of Stevens County was one of 12 libraries awarded a grant this summer to support digital literacy efforts in Washington State. The grant cycle provided funding for digital literacy projects which focused on giving patrons the ability to perform business transactions in a digital environment, using technology to retrieve information and helping patrons to develop skills to enhance their employability by using email and online job searches. (The Independent, Chewelah, 09/11/14).
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WSL Updates for October 9, 2014

October 9th, 2014 Diane Hutchins Posted in Digital Literacy, For Libraries, For the Public, News, Technology and Resources, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

Volume 10, October 9, 2014 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) WSL ESSENTIAL SERVICES SURVEY

2) GET THE GUIDE

3) CALL FOR PROPOSALS – BUILDING BRIDGES

4) LIBRARY NOW RENEWALS AND SIGNUPS

5) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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Library Clippings October 6, 2014

October 6th, 2014 Staci Phillips Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Updates No Comments »

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Library News

New checkout for library (Spokesman Review, 08/21/14).

Timberland extending hours: District wide, 58 open hours added each week.
Library patrons in the five-county Timberland Regional Library (TRL) service area asked for longer hours. And according to TRL officials, starting September 2, they will have them. District wide, 26 libraries and the Ask-A-Librarian service will add hours- a total of 58 more each week. The increased schedules come at no additional cost. (The East County Journal, Morton, 08/27/14).

Officials to advise assessor on property tax shift: Commissioners will make recommendations at Tuesday meeting (Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, 05/09/14).

Bellingham library open Sundays beginning Sept 7.
The central branch of Bellingham Public Library will reopen on Sundays staring Sept. 7. The library at 210 Central Ave will open 1 to 5 pm on Sundays because the Bellingham City Council included money in the 2014 budget, which was adopted in December, to restore the hours. (Bellingham Herald, Bellingham, 08/30/14).
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WSL Updates October 2, 2014

October 1st, 2014 Shirley Lewis Posted in Digital Literacy, For Libraries, News, Technology and Resources, Updates No Comments »

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Topics include:

1) NATIONAL INFORMATION LITERACY AWARENESS MONTH

2) LIBRARY NOW WEBINARS

3) 2013 WASHINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY STATISTICAL REPORT – NOW AVAILABLE!

4) ALA SCHOLARSHIPS

5) EXPLORING HUMAN ORIGINS TRAVELING EXHIBITION OPPORTUNITY

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

 

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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 »

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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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September 22nd, 2014 Staci Phillips Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Uncategorized, Updates No Comments »

 

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Library Clippings for the week of September 19, 2014

Library News
Puyallup Library takes joy in connecting books and readers: Library offers for free what people are paying for online. (The Herald, Puyallup, 08/13/14).

Volunteers and tutors needed at library. (Sentinel, Goldendale, 08/20/14).

Library boss search down to three.
Three finalists- one of them already working for the organization- have been named as the possible new Pierce County Library System executive director. (South Pierce County Dispatch, Eatonville, 08/20/14).

Three finalists selected for library system executive director.
The Pierce County Library System is in the final stages of identifying and hiring a new executive director. Three finalists identified are Nate Hill, Georgia Lomax and Jeff Scott. (The Herald, Puyallup, 08/20/14).

New Book-to-film group launched
The North Olympic Library System is launching a new book-to-film discussion group at the Port Angeles and Sequim libraries. Padge2Schree is a forum that explores themes and issues in classic and contemporary books and the movies inspired by them. (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, 08/24/14).
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October 1st Event – Audio Archaeology at Madigan Army Hospital’s Radio Station

September 18th, 2014 WSL NW & Special Collections Posted in Articles, For the Public, News No Comments »

WSL Program ImageUpcoming Event at the Central Library!

Hidden Voices: Audio Archaeology at Madigan Army Hospital’s Radio Station, with Dale Sadler (Cultural Resources Specialist), and Duane Colt Denfeld (Architectural Historian), Joint Base Lewis-McChord Cultural Resources Program

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 @ 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Washington State Library, 2nd Floor

Point Plaza East, 6880 Capitol Blvd., Tumwater

(360) 704-5200

In this Washington State Archaeology Month presentation, Dale Sadler and Duane Colt Denfeld of Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Cultural Resources Program will examine a fascinating part of Washington State’s history that was discovered during renovations in 2011 at Madigan Army Medical Center on JBLM in Pierce County. At that time thousands of phonograph records and other musical artifacts were found hidden behind a gymnasium wall.

Research identified them as recordings produced by the Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS) from the World War II years through 1959. The recordings had been broadcast on the Madigan General Hospital (later Madigan Army Hospital) Bedside Network station, which used the call letters KMGH and later KMAH.

In their talk the speakers will focus on the sound artifacts (transcription discs and acetate recordings) and other related media objects (radio scripts, record sleeve annotations, etc.) that were uncovered in 2011. Some of these artifacts will be on display and the actual transcribed audio used to supplement the presentation. It will be a wonderful opportunity to literally hear the past.

This program is free to the public. You are welcome to bring lunch. Coffee will be served.

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WSL Updates for September 18, 2014

September 17th, 2014 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates, Washington Talking Book and Braille Library No Comments »

Volume 10, September 18, 2014 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) INNOCENT EYES EXHIBIT OPENING

2) TOWNER AWARD FOR INFORMATIONAL TEXT

3) WSL/WLA CONTINUING EDUCATION NEEDS ASSESSMENT

4) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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