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WSL Updates for January 22, 2015

January 22nd, 2015 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

Volume 11, January 22, 2015 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) SDL NEEDS ASSESSMENT SURVEYS

2) 2015 WLA CONFERENCE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

3) BUILDING BRIDGES TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE

4) IMLS ANNOUNCES SPARKS! IGNITION LIBRARY GRANTS

5) COMING SOON IN OREGON

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for January 15, 2015

January 14th, 2015 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, News, Technology and Resources, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

Volume 11, January 15, 2015 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) 10 TECHNOLOGIES TO MAKE LIBRARY LIFE EASIER

2) BOOK YOUR BANK PILOT PROGRAM OPPORTUNITY

3) 2015 LIBRARY LEGISLATIVE DAY

4) WLA AWARD NOMINATIONS OPEN

5) GOT MOOC?

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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The WSL has a new Master.

January 12th, 2015 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Technology and Resources, Training and Continuing Education 3 Comments »

MOS-Master

By now I think most of you have heard about the Microsoft IT Academy (ITA) program which is offered through the Washington State Library. The ITA is a collection of over 400 online courses and other IT instructional materials that are available to all Washington residents. But have you heard yet about the newest addition to the program, the opportunity to prove your skills with certification?

Thanks to the hard work of Elizabeth Iaukea, certification sites are being set up all over the state. While completing the trainings provides the necessary skills to be competitive in a 21st Century workplace the certification tests are the best way to prove to employers the depth of your knowledge. Having attempted just a basic test myself I can attest to the fact that they are not easy.

Well, on Monday January 5th, the Washington State Library’s IT Academy program certified their first Microsoft Office Specialist Master (MOS).   And now I’d like to introduce (drumroll…) Jeremy Stroud, WSL’s graphic designer, web guru and now Master of the Universe (er.. of Microsoft Office). In order to earn this lofty title Jeremy first passed the entry level tests in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook. Then for the Master certification he also passed the expert level class in both Word and Excel.

Here’s what Jeremy has to say,

“I have been using Microsoft Office programs since the mid 1990’s, being first introduced to the suite of programs while in high school. I’m not shy about facing challenges so if I came across issues while using an Office product, I dug around until I found a solution. This tinkering and experimenting with Microsoft Office, in addition to the courses taken through the years, have allowed me to have a very broad and in-depth knowledge of the programs. The rise of the internet has made this even easier as there is now a wealth of knowledge available, such as the Microsoft IT Academy. When opportunity to take the certification arose, I decided to see how far my knowledge went. I believe that having my MOS Master certification will open many doors for me as I continue throughout my career.”

The Microsoft IT Academy and MOS certification testing has been available in all of WA’s public high schools for almost four years now, but has only been available to the rest of the state since November 2013 (MOS certification followed a year later), through special Legislative funding provided for the program to the State Library and available through all public, tribal, and community and technical college libraries in the state.

Adding certification was the natural next step, and missing piece to make the online training pay off.” Iaukea explains. “As the many who have suffered through periods of unemployment know all too well, it’s not enough to have the skills – you have to be able to prove to employers that you have them. Microsoft Office is the third most requested job skill, and MOS, as THE industry recognized credential for this software, is the BEST way to demonstrate that you have those in-demand skills.”

That’s why, in 2013 the Legislature approved money to support the program for the biennium ending June 2015. As a result, anyone can take the online courses and use the Study Guides provided by their local libraries to take a MOS exam – without having to travel as far or pay as much to test ($50 or less rather than $125).

We are proud and extremely lucky here at the State Library to have a MOS Master in our midst. But don’t just take my word for it. Let’s hear what some of his co-workers have to say

Jeff Martin – Head of Library Development

“I always knew Jeremy was talented when it came to Microsoft Office software. I frequently ask him the “how do I” questions that stumped me. I consider myself an intermediate user of the software suite when it comes to Word, Excel, and Outlook. After mixed results with the basic certification tests on Word and Outlook, neither of which I passed, only one of which I came close to passing, I have a new found respect for how in-depth Jeremy’s knowledge of these products truly is. Jeremy is a great problem solver for Microsoft Office. My problems, his solutions.”

Rand Simmons – Washington State Librarian

“Jeremy is my go to guy for Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint. I know the rudiments of the software but when I am baffled he saves my bacon by making a quick fix. I have yet to encounter a problem he couldn’t resolve. His mastery of Microsoft products shows in the excellent products he produces.”

Will Stuivenga – Cooperative Projects Manager

I consider myself to be a relatively savvy computer user, especially when it comes to Microsoft Office products … But I know that I can count on Jeremy to run circles around me in terms of his exhaustive knowledge of specific features and functions of any MS Office product. And if he doesn’t know the answer off the top of his head (which he often/usually does), he can quickly find it (by sitting down briefly at my computer), or (if needed) look it up online. In some cases, I can look things up myself, but in many situations, it’s simply easier and faster (i.e., more efficient) to just ask Jeremy, than to struggle on my own. Having him here in the department is a wonderful and convenient resource that I have used and relied on countless times over the almost 11 years I have worked here in Library Development.

While Jeremy’s co-workers will certainly reap the benefits of his expertise we hope that this mastery will be reproduced around the state as more people complete the courses and take advantage of the certification program. Go Washington!

 

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WSL Updates for December 18, 2014

December 17th, 2014 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

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

Topics include:

1) PRIMARY DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE ON WSL WEBSITE

2) FIRST TUESDAYS WEBINAR SNEAK PREVIEW

3) ACQUISITIONS INSTITUTE AT TIMBERLINE LODGE CALL FOR PAPERS

4) EDITOR TAKES A HOLIDAY

5) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK PLUS

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WSL Updates for December 11, 2014

December 11th, 2014 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

Volume 10, December 11, 2014 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) INVITATION TO E-RATE PROGRAM WEBINARS

2) WLA MENTORING PROGRAM

3) ANNUAL iYOUTH CONFERENCE CALL FOR PROPOSALS

4) NEW CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS AT HIGHLINE COLLEGE

5) APPLY TO HOST STORYCORPS

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for November 27, 2014

November 25th, 2014 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

Volume 10, November 27, 2014 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) EXPLORING THE PERPLEXING OTHER

2) WASHINGTON STATE LIBRARY CLOSED NOVEMBER 27 & 28

3) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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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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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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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

October 27

October 28

October 29

October 30

October 31

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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