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Clippings March 20, 2015

March 20th, 2015 Staci Phillips Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Updates No Comments »

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Library Clippings for the week of March 20, 2015

Library News

No plans for bookmobile comeback
The Everett Public Library has no immediate plans to bring back bookmobile outreach service, and soon will no longer have a bookmobile. The outreach service was a victim of citywide budget cuts. (Everett/Mukilteo Tribune, Snohomish, 2/18/15)

Reardan Library has new books
Reardan Memorial Library has received 80 new books, thanks to a grant from the Libri Foundation’s “Books for Children” program. The Libri Foundation matched a check from the Friends of the Reardan Library at a 2-to-1 ratio. This enabled $350 from the Friends group to provide $1,050 worth of new books, which included an extra $350 worth of science and math books donated by Bill Strawbridge and Meg Wallhagen. (Davenport Times, Davenport, 2/19/15)
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Washington State Library promotes technology

March 20th, 2015 Rand Simmons Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Uncategorized No Comments »

Picture4The good ol’ card catalog. How we miss it?

The card catalog was a dominant technology for several centuries harkening back to the French Revolution when after raiding religious houses of their books and manuscripts the revolutionaries established a system of public libraries and the French Cataloging Code of 1791. The bibliographic information for each book was recorded on the blank back of playing cards, hence the card in card catalog.

In the 1960s with the development of machine readable automated cataloging – the MARC record – and the rise of OCLC, a bibliographic utility that stores library information electronically, libraries abandoned their card catalogs seduced by computer catalogs otherwise known as online public access catalogs.

Along came Bill and Melinda Gates and Bill Gates, Sr. with their vision of placing PC’s in every public library in the United States. Thus the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s U.S. Libraries program was born around 1997.

At that time only about 25% of public libraries offered access for the public to the Internet.

The nation’s state libraries partnered with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and by 2004 the Foundation had invested $240 million in placing computers in libraries and had connected 99 percent of U.S. public libraries to the Internet.

However, as wonderful and as crucial as the U.S. Libraries Program was, it was just the beginning of libraries adapting new technologies.

Over a period of time, roughly 1998 to 2014, the Washington State Library through its administration of federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds invested $4.2 million in technology-related grants to libraries.

These grants have helped bring connectivity to libraries; have provided laptop and tablet training labs; and we helped libraries dip their toes into the pool of digital imaging.

Later we taught local libraries how to digitize their historical treasures, how to make the images find-able through metadata, and hosted these digital collections for libraries who retained the originals.

In the early 2000s the State Library helped create a “virtual reference network.” The concept was to create a network of participating libraries across the state that would, by collaborating with and linking to a national network, share responsibility for providing customers with information 24/7/365 – that is, to anyone, anywhere they might be, and at any time. Customers are served even when the library is not open. That program lives on as Ask-WA.

Perhaps the most ambitious project we have undertaken was joining a loose-knit collaborative of anchor institutions (schools, hospitals and libraries), non-profits, state and local government agencies and others to apply for Broadband Technology Opportunity Program grants. Two successful applications, one in summer 2009 and the other in Spring 2010 netted $138 million awarded to the Northwest Open Access Network to bring higher bandwidth connectivity to rural Washington communities. When in the second round application the federal government added a matching fund requirement to the application our friends the Gates Foundation stepped up and provided the match for several state libraries including Washington.

We have also provided professional development grants to individuals to take technology courses and have provided technology-related training.

Lately we have engaged in the provision of free online technology training by partnering with Microsoft. With funding from the Washington legislature and large discounts from Microsoft the Washington State Library is able to offer the Microsoft IT Academy free to any resident of Washington through public, two-year, and tribal libraries. Schools also offer the Academy and it is administered by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

We are taking the Academy to a deeper level by pairing with Workforce Development and supporting training among the tribes using the Academy to address digital literacy needs on the reservations.

So while the card catalog remains an object of fond memories, one which many of us lovingly display in our homes, if we were lucky enough to snag one, I doubt any of us would go back.

Technology will change libraries. The Washington State Library, as a change agent, is committed to lead the charge.

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Washington State has a new library branch

March 19th, 2015 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public 1 Comment »

ritzvill2Washington State’s newest public library branch can be found inside the Lind-Ritzville Middle School located in Lind (Adams County). Guy Strot, Lind-Ritzville Middle School Principal, reached out to Ritzville Public Library Director Kylie Fullmer. He wanted the community to have access to the 25 computers and faster internet in the middle school library and for students and community members to have access to more library materials. He proposed a trade. The Ritzville Public Library could operate free of charge in the middle school library if the Ritzville Public Library would provide materials for adults and students. For the last few months the middle school library has been open to the public one evening a week. On the day library development consultants, Carolyn Petersen and Shirley Lewis visited, Mr. Strot proudly shared that the last week’s program had seen every one of the town’s 50 elementary aged children as well as many adults using the library’s computers and resources brought there from Ritzville Public Library.

ritzvilleMs. Fullmer  also reports that a part of their success is owed to an 8-week afterschool Crazy 8’s Math Club for kids in grades K-5. All supplies for this club are donated by the non-profit: Bedtime Math. Lego Club, craft-ernoons, and family story time are all popular too.  The library provides one-on-one computer help, device and eBook tech nights, and signs people up for the IT Academy. Three hours a week for all this, this new library branch must be humming!

This is the kind of library/community partnership success story we all love hearing. Three cheers and a BIG welcome to the Lind-Ritzville Middle School branch.

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In search of the Eatonville Dispatch

March 18th, 2015 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, Digital Collections, For Libraries, For the Public No Comments »

From the desk of Shawn Schollmeyer & Washington Digital Newspapers.

EatonvilleDispatch_Msthd_09011916Though the Eatonville Dispatch began as a weekly newspaper in 1893, known available issues begin in 1916, stored on microfilm and carefully protected print copies in archival boxes located at the Eatonville Public Library. It’s still a weekly publication, now known as the Dispatch, printed and available online by the Pacific Publishing Company . We first became aware of the interest in digitizing older issues of this paper when one of the long time publishing families contacted us through Cindy Dargan, managing librarian of the Eatonville Library, to ask how to go about this digitization project. Floyd Albert and Georgina Larkin ran the paper from 1950-1962 and then brought in their son, Floyd Ames, who ran it with his mom until the early 1970s. Last year in 2014, the family decided that the best use of remaining estate money from those publishing years would be best spent converting the full run of the paper to a digital collection and displayed to the public.

It’s a great idea and Floyd Ames’ brother, Bob Larkin, initiated the move to make it happen. Now, the first challenge begins. After 1922 all public works fall under copyright protection and all the publishers and descendants of the publishing families will need to be contacted for permission to scan and display the newspaper pages they published over certain dates. There were 12 different publishers between 1893 and 2010. Where are they now? Who can still be contacted if they have passed away? Where do we start?

Eatonville Public Library

Eatonville Public Library

The process of “discovery” began with a few trips to Pierce County libraries to determine the condition, format and completeness of the collection. My first stop at the South Hill Library branch revealed a beautiful, neat and clean building, but with the construction dust and disruption of the re-model, they decided to store the microfilm at the Lakewood branch, the largest branch in the Pierce County system which had more room to hold the film. Since I had just come from that area a visit would have to wait till the next day. So, a further excursion down Hwy 161 to meet Cindy at the Eatonville Library would reveal the carefully saved issues of the original print. As I gingerly handled the crumbling pages of the earliest issues in a nearby room, I could hear the library staff connect with their patrons. “Aren’t you supposed to be in school today? Oh, it’s in-service day.” Two grade school boys giggled from the nearby computers where they were engaged in a game. “I saw your Mom in the grocery store last week. I haven’t seen her in a while, glad she’s doing better” was directed to another patron. It was a busy day at the library in Eatonville and the staff is obviously an important part of that community.

SendThemRightUp_20150129While checking for condition, missing issues and pages I found some other interesting artifacts of a bygone newspaper era. A princess from the Middle East came to visit Eatonville in 1917. An early pioneer, born in the 1880s and a well known citizen in town had just passed away in the early ‘20s. And what is this in the bottom of the box? Thick, pulpy printing mats embossed with text and ads from the Tacoma Daily Ledger, February 2, 1913, which were originally used on rotary printers for fast production of the daily paper. An early Bell Telephone ad, pictured here, states “Will You Send Them Right Up?” as the man pictured makes a quick call for shirts before he leaves on the evening train. A few of these old print mats from the rotary printing days had been stashed in the archival boxes as a nod to a by-gone era.

But there are also missing artifacts…. Where are some of the issues from the WWI and WWII? More sleuthing will be needed to track down pages that were filled with draft notices, war news and return heroes. More attempts to track down missing pages leads to yet another trip. A short visit to the busy Lakewood library, a two story, urban branch filled with computer users, parents and children. The helpful staff had not unboxed all the South Hill microfilm yet, but made and extra effort to search for the Eatonville film, but they didn’t have the missing issues we were seeking. Off to the University of Washington (UW) to see what they might have in their collection to fill in the gaps.

A visit to the UW campus on a sunny day is always a treat. Even in February there are camellias and hellebore blooming outside the stately Suzzallo Library. Inside the MicNews department, filled with six-foot-plus tall horizontal sliding walls of microfilm and many rows of newspaper racks I grabbed a few film reels for more review. Yep, I found a few of the missing date ranges that we will need and UW has a large collection of master film negatives, our preferred format for scanning. We partnered with UW and made use of their great collection during our participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program. It’s great news for us that we can work with them again on our new project.

shawnThere are still a few challenges yet to solve to make sure that we have the most complete, fully searchable, and clean digital collection. Choosing the best scanning vendors for a reasonable price; pursuing a few more elusive issues; finding the descendants of the early publishers. All are important details that will need to be addressed before scanning and generating files and sharing them with the world.

Over the next few months, Bob Larkin will be helping us to track down permissions to digitize from fellow publishers; we’ll be working with imaging vendors to scan as many pages this year as we can; and then we’ll be partnering with University of California, Riverside to add page numbers, dates, OCR and essential metadata, using the latest newspaper digitization software to make the collection compatible with national standards.

As you can see, there are many steps to wrangling a detailed project such as this, but also a satisfying job to bring this treasure to the world of the internet. Take a look at our online newspaper collection to-date from across the state: .

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2015 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 3/13/2015

March 13th, 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 Original Sponsor Status Date HRG Date Latest Cmte Mtg Info Companion Bills
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)
HB 1106 Operating budget 2015-2017 Hunter H Approps 1/12/2015 1/14/2015 Jan 14 Public hearing in the House  Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM. SB 5077(SWays & Means)
HB 1168 Retiree return-to-work/PERS Ormsby S Ways & Means 3/6/2015 2/5/2015 Feb 5 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM. SB 5211(SRules 2G)
HB 1189 City, district publ. records Hunt, S. S GovtOp&Sec 3/6/2015 3/19/2015 Mar 19 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Government Operations & Security at 10:00 AM. (Subject to change)  
HB 1322 State retirement plans Reykdal S Ways & Means 3/5/2015 2/5/2015 Feb 5 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM.  
EHB 1513 Local infrastructure areas Springer S Trade & Economi 3/12/2015 2/23/2015 Feb 23 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Finance at 8:00 AM.  
SHB 1576 Annexed areas/sales & use tx Fitzgibbon S Ways & Means 3/9/2015 2/25/2015 Feb 25 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Finance at 8:00 AM. SB 5864(S2nd Reading)
ESHB 1740 Health coverage through PEBB Appleton S Health Care 3/11/2015 2/25/2015 Feb 25 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Appropriations at 1:30 PM. SB 5731(SHealth Care)
SHB 1919 Special elections, timing of Hunt, S. S GovtOp&Sec 3/13/2015 2/18/2015 Feb 18 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on State Government at 8:00 AM.  
EHB 2084 State-required reports Hunter S GovtOp&Sec 3/12/2015 2/24/2015 Feb 24 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Finance at 8:00 AM.  
HB 2158 Spec purpose tx distrct T.O. Carlyle H Finance 2/19/2015      
               
SB 5076 Operating sup budget 2015 Hill S Ways & Means 1/13/2015     HB 1105(Hsubst for)
SB 5077 Operating budget 2015-2017 Hill S Ways & Means 1/13/2015 1/14/2015 Jan 14 Public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Ways & Means at 3:30 PM. HB 1106(HApprops)
SSB 5138 Notice and review processes Roach H Local Govt 3/9/2015 3/17/2015 Mar 17 Scheduled for public hearing in the House  Committee on Local Government at 10:00 AM. (Subject to change) HB 1250(HRules C)
SSB 5294 School library & tech progs McAuliffe H Education 2/26/2015 3/12/2015 Mar 12 Public hearing in the House  Committee on Education at 8:00 AM. HB 1331(HRules X)
SSB 5348 Joint utilization contracts Miloscia H State Governmen 3/3/2015 3/19/2015 Mar 19 Scheduled for executive session in the House  Committee on State Government at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change) HB 1079(HRules X)
SSB 5463 Cultural & heritage programs Hill H Comm Dev, Housi 3/6/2015 3/17/2015 Mar 17 Scheduled for public hearing in the House  Committee on Community Development and Housing & Tribal Affairs at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change) HB 1107(HRules C)
SB 5466 PEBB benefits eligibility Becker H Approps 3/5/2015 3/16/2015 Mar 16 Scheduled for public hearing in the House  Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM. (Subject to change)  
SSB 5721 Expanded learning opp’s cncl Billig H Education 3/13/2015 2/17/2015 Feb 17 Executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education at 1:30 PM.  
SSB 5730 Access roads utilized by DNR Pearson H Ag & Nat Res 3/5/2015 3/19/2015 Mar 19 Scheduled for public hearing in the House  Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change)  
SB 6018 Rural cnty library districts Fain S GovtOp&Sec 2/17/2015     HB 2145(HLocal Govt)
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Clippings March 13, 2015

March 13th, 2015 Staci Phillips Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Updates No Comments »

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Library Clippings for the week of March 13, 2015

Library News

Off the shelf: library news by Prosser Branch staff
The winner of the 3rd Grade Ice Cream Challenge is Mrs. Humberstad’s class from Whitstran Elementary, which read a combined total of 25,460 minutes! They will be receiving an ice cream party courtesy of the Prosser Friends of the Library. Almost 150 students in the district received a free book for reading at least 15 hours in December and January, with a combined total of 2,850 hours of reading. For many years the library has been the only distributor for printed tax forms and instructions, but due to federal budget cuts we are no longer receiving copies from the IRS. Citizens may order individually by calling 1-800-829-3676, or going online at irs.gov/orderforms. Alternately, we have computers available at the library to e-file your tax return, or there are several TaxAide stations throughout Benton County available to assist residents, especially seniors. See library staff or aarp.org for details. (Record-Bulletin, Prosser, 2/11/15)
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2015 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 3/6/2015

March 6th, 2015 Nono Burling 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.

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Clippings March 6, 2015

March 5th, 2015 Staci Phillips Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Updates No Comments »

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Library Clippings for the week of March 6, 2015

Library News

State archives, library named ‘best’ for genealogy search (Wenatchee Business Journal, Wenatchee, 2/–/15)

Sno-Isle seeking sculpture (The Herald, Everett, 2/2/15)

Central Skagit Library to offer evening hours
The Central Skagit Library District is opening its office from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. every Thursday for district residents who need help downloading books and audio books from the library website. The office at 100 W. State Street, Suite C, Sedro-Woolley, is regularly open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays and 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturdays. Stop by or call 360-755-3985 for more information. The Central Skagit Library District serves the area of the Sedro-Woolley School District outside of the city boundaries. (Courier Times, Sedro-Woolley, 2/3/15)
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Ask WA- Washington’s Virtual Reference Cooperative

March 2nd, 2015 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Technology and Resources No Comments »

aubriImagine you are out and about and have a burning question.  Or maybe you have a big paper due tomorrow and there is something you need to cite that defies all logic.  What do you do?   Pull out your smartphone or tablet, or log on to the internet and Ask a Librarian of course.  Ask WA is the statewide virtual reference cooperative coordinated by Washington State Library.  Nearly 60 public and academic libraries around the state take part in the program.  Ask WA is also part of a global network of libraries that are available to answer questions 24/7.  Yes that’s right, 24/7.

Now imagine you are a teenager and the idea of actually visiting a library or talking to a librarian is either too scary or soooo uncool. But honestly you still need their help.  Ask WA is the perfect solution.  With the thought in mind that teenagers have their phones practically glued to them and love text as a form of communication, Whatcom County Library’s Ask WA Administrator, Aubri Keleman decided to do something about pairing the two.  Working with school librarians in her service area Aubri arranged a day where she could visit eleven classes of middle schoolers to demonstrate the service.   Just that statement sounds a little overwhelming but the preparation involved was so much more.  While the service has librarians available around the clock, having 30 students login at one time is more than it can handle, particularly all day long.  But it’s a cooperative right?  Whatcom County librarians as well as librarians from all over the state and even country volunteered to take on extra shifts.  Aubri created a great list of Q&A’s for the kids to use so that the librarians would be prepared with good answers.  The big day arrived and we were off to the races!

Over the course of the school day Aubri visited the classes, demoed the chat service and then had the kids login and try it.  315 questions were asked and answered in that one school day.  They wouldn’t be Middle Schoolers if there weren’t a few “Yo dog” type of questions but on the whole the kids were polite and asked good questions.  (An aside, the school librarian explained that “yo dog” is a sign of respect!)  Aubri reported that they were excited to be chatting with a real person, and wanted to know about them.   They were really excited when they got someone from out of state and of course, they loved having permission in school to pull out their phones.

Comments from the kids:

“Thanks that was awesome!”

“That was very helpful”

“Thank you that is exactly what I was looking for.”

“They were very helpful! Thank You!”

It sounds like the day was a big success and that the 7th and 8th graders of Mount Baker Middle School have discovered a new way to get help with their homework.

Currently almost 60 libraries and library systems in Washington participate in Ask WA. Are you interested in learning how your library can participate? Just contact Ask WA Coordinator Nono Burling.

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2015 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 2/27/2015

February 27th, 2015 Nono Burling 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.

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