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Preserving the History and Culture of Washington State

April 1st, 2014 Rand Simmons Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Library 21 Initiative, State Library Collections, Tribal No Comments »

From the desk of Brian Frisina

Washingtonians know the importance of preserving the history and culture of our great state.

Mr. Jackson is shown in the Illustrated History of Mason County, by Susan Olsen and Mary Randlette (1978) Additional information on Dick Jackson can be found in the rise and decline of the Olympia oyster, by E. N. Steele [Elma, Wash., Fulco Publications, 1957]

Mr. Jackson is shown in the Illustrated History of Mason County, by Susan Olsen and Mary Randlette (1978) Additional information on Dick Jackson can be found in the rise and decline of the Olympia oyster, by E. N. Steele [Elma, Wash., Fulco Publications, 1957]

One way to preserve our history is by supporting the Washington State Library. Established as a territorial library, the Washington Territorial Library was created by the Organic Act of 1853, which also created the Washington Territory. The Washington State Library is the oldest cultural institution in Washington State and its original collections were chosen by Governor Isaac Stevens, the first Territorial Governor, before he headed West from the East Coast.

Libraries play a very vital role in society. They provide access to both printed and online information, their collections preserve historical moments, and above all they are the stewards of the history and culture of society.

Libraries also provide people with free opportunities to learn through books, magazines, newspapers, and documents. These opportunities uplift our society and helps us to be the best human beings we can be.

I would like to take a moment and share my experience with the Washington State Library. I was working on a project that required digging deep into the history of the State, the history of the First People. I am interested in telling the story of Washington State through the eyes of the First People.

In my research I was looking for some rare images. One image I was looking for was of a person name Dick Jackson, from the Sqauxin Island Nation. Mr. Jackson played an important role in keeping his people from starving during the 1900s. The image on the right was preserved at the Washington State Library.

Through the collections of the Washington State and help from the staff I was able to locate the research material I needed. I share my story with you to highlight the Washington State Library and its role in preserving the history and culture of our great state.

Thank you Washington State Library.

Brian Frisina works at the Washington State Library branch in the Department of Labor and Industries, He is active in American Indian issues.

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The Yakama Nation Library is a recipient of YALSA’s 2014 Great Books Giveaway

March 10th, 2014 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Tribal No Comments »

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What happens when you combine a group of teens with 35 boxes of new books? Short answer, chaos!  Long answer, a bunch of exited young adults who can’t wait to start reading.  Recently YALSA, or Young Adult Library Service Association donated $10,000 in new books to Yakama Nation Library.  Every year YALSA, whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens, donates thousands of books to qualifying libraries across the United States.  The Yakama Nation Library is situated between 12 schools within a 5 mile radius. This means students from all these different schools need access to books and information for school reports, language studies and access to books outside school hours.  Before YALSA’s donation many of the books on the Yakama Nation Library’s shelves were out dated. Now with the book donation, the library’s collection has become richer with a more current range of fiction and non-fiction books and media to choose from.  But all this is just words. The best way to understand the joy this award has provided is to see the pictures.

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WSL Updates for March 6, 2014

March 6th, 2014 Diane Hutchins Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Grants and Funding, News, Technology and Resources, Training and Continuing Education, Tribal, Updates No Comments »

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REMEMBER TO SPRING FORWARD – DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS ON MARCH 9!

Topics include:

1) WASHINGTON RURAL HERITAGE GRANT CYCLE OPEN

2) DIGITAL LITERACY 2014 GRANT CYCLE NOW OPEN

3) FREE BOOKS FOR COMMUNITY READS OR BOOK CLUB KITS

4) PRESERVATION GRANTS FOR SMALLER INSTITUTIONS

5) BROADBAND GRANT APPLICATIONS DUE SOON

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for February 27, 2014

February 27th, 2014 Diane Hutchins Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Grants and Funding, News, Technology and Resources, Training and Continuing Education, Tribal, Updates No Comments »

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Topics include:

1) FIRST TUESDAYS – STREAMLINE YOUR WEBSITE

2) IMPROVING LIBRARY SERVICES TO TRIBAL COMMUNITIES

3) FREE LANKES BOOK FOR DOWNLOAD

4) SECOND WEBINAR ON IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP

5) CELEBRATE PRESERVATION WEEK 2014

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for January 30, 2014

January 30th, 2014 Diane Hutchins Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Grants and Funding, News, Technology and Resources, Training and Continuing Education, Tribal, Updates No Comments »

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Topics include:

1) FIRST TUESDAYS – HUMANITIES WASHINGTON

2) FREE ONLINE ORIENTATION FOR NEW TRUSTEES

3) 2014 BROADBAND GRANT CYCLE

4) CAYAS VISIONARY AWARD NOMINATIONS

5) LIBRARY CE TRAINING INSTITUTE

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for January 16, 2014

January 16th, 2014 Diane Hutchins Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Grants and Funding, Institutional Library Services, News, Technology and Resources, Training and Continuing Education, Tribal, Updates No Comments »

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Topics include:

1) 2014 TEEN VIDEO CHALLENGE

2) YOUTH PROGRAM AWARD

3) HUMANITIES WASHINGTON PROGRAMMING OPPORTUNITIES

4) JOHN COTTON DANA AWARD

5) RECOGNIZING OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO SPECIAL POPULATIONS

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for January 9, 2014

January 9th, 2014 Diane Hutchins Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Grants and Funding, News, Technology and Resources, Training and Continuing Education, Tribal, Updates No Comments »

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Topics include:

1) FREE BOOKS FOR COMMUNITY READS OR CLUB KITS

2) YOUTH SERVICES CONFERENCE

3) ONLINE NORTHWEST—IT’S NOT TOO LATE FOR THE EARLY BIRD

4) GET READY FOR TEEN TECH WEEK

5) APPLY NOW FOR BOOKAPALOOZA

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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IMLS Awards Grant Funds for Native American Library Services

October 27th, 2013 Jeff Martin Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Grants and Funding, News, Tribal No Comments »

imls-logo-2c.jpgNineteen tribes were awarded funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for Native American Library Services grants.

Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants

Native American Library Services Enhancement Grant projects may enhance existing library services or implement new library services, particularly as they relate to the goals in the updated Museum and Library Services Act (20 U.S.C. §9141):

Makah Tribal Council – Neah Bay, WA
Award Amount: $129,436

On behalf of the Makah Nation, the Makah Cultural and Research Center (MCRC) will undertake a multifaceted project that will include the research and development of lectures, information kits, a booklet, a traveling photo exhibit, and instructional videos documenting the important annual cultural celebration called Makah Days. It will also include a lecture series on Makah genealogy to assist tribal members in understanding their personal and family history and how they fit into the fabric of the tribe. The ongoing community need for enhanced technology skills will be addressed with a series of computer classes in partnership with the local high school that will be free to community members. Honors students will provide one-on-one mentoring alongside the instructor. Collections policy and preservation plans will also be developed for the ever-expanding manuscripts collection in the MCRC.

Suquamish Tribal Council – Suquamish, WA
Award Amount: $147,493

The Suquamish Tribe will provide programs, instruction, and resources that will foster positive relationships between the generations—youth and elders, students and teachers, and the community at large. The “Connections: Relationships, Resources & Reading Project” will bring together a team from the Suquamish Tribal Library, Chief Kitsap Academy, Tribal Education Department, Suquamish Museum, Elders Council, and Youth Council as well as the North Kitsap School District, to engage students with culturally relevant learning styles and rigorous academic curricula. An important component of the project will pair students with elders in a reciprocal mentoring program in which elders will share their cultural knowledge with students who will digitally record their stories and, in turn, share their technological expertise with the elders. The new resources developed with this grant will provide fresh and accurate materials for the new “Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty in Washington State” statewide curriculum.


Native American Library Services Basic Grants

The Native American Library Services Basic Grant is noncompetitive and distributed in equal amounts among eligible applicants. Basic Grants are available to support existing library operations and to maintain core library services. The Education/Assessment Option is supplemental to the Basic Grants. It is also noncompetitive and must be requested. The purpose of the Education/Assessment Option is to provide funding for library staff to attend continuing education courses and training workshops on- or off-site, for library staff to attend or give presentations at conferences related to library services, and to hire a consultant for an on-site professional library assessment.

Quinault Indian Tribe – Taholah, WA
Amount: $7,000
Grant: Basic Grants with Education/Assessment Option

Stillaguamish Tribe of Washington – Arlington, WA
Amount: $7,000
Grant: Basic Grants with Education/Assessment Option

Kalispel Tribe of Indians – Usk, WA
Amount: $7,000
Grant: Basic Grants with Education/Assessment Option

Port Gamble Band of S’Klallam Indians – Kingston, WA
Year: 2013
Amount: $7,000
Grant: Basic Grants with Education/Assessment Option

Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe – Tokeland, WA
Year: 2013
Amount: $7,000
Grant: Basic Grants with Education/Assessment Option

Makah Tribal Council – Neah Bay, WA
Year: 2013
Amount: $7,000
Grant: Basic Grants with Education/Assessment Option

Spokane Tribe of Indians – Wellpinit, WA
Year: 2013
Amount: $7,000
Grant: Basic Grants with Education/Assessment Option

Upper Skagit Indian Tribe – Sedro Woolley, WA
Year: 2013
Amount: $7,000
Grant: Basic Grants with Education/Assessment Option

Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe – Sequim, WA
Year: 2013
Amount: $7,000
Grant: Basic Grants with Education/Assessment Option

Lummi Indian Business Council – Bellingham, WA
Year: 2013
Amount: $7,000
Grant: Basic Grants with Education/Assessment Option

Samish Indian Nation – Anacortes, WA
Year: 2013
Amount: $7,000
Grant: Basic Grants with Education/Assessment Option

Lower Elwha Tribal Community Council – Port Angeles, WA
Year: 2013
Amount: $7,000
Grant: Basic Grants with Education/Assessment Option

Suquamish Tribal Council – Suquamish, WA
Year: 2013
Amount: $7,000
Grant: Basic Grants with Education/Assessment Option

Squaxin Island Tribe – Shelton, WA
Year: 2013
Amount: $6,000
Grant: Basic Grants

Nisqually Indian Tribe – Olympia, WA
Year: 2013
Amount: $7,000
Grant: Basic Grants with Education/Assessment Option

Yakama Tribal Council – Toppenish, WA
Year: 2013
Amount: $7,000
Grant: Basic Grants with Education/Assessment Option

Nooksack Indian Tribe – Deming, WA
Year: 2013
Amount: $7,000
Grant: Basic Grants with Education/Assessment Option

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WSL Updates for April 25, 2013

April 24th, 2013 Diane Hutchins Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Grants and Funding, News, Technology and Resources, Training and Continuing Education, Tribal, Updates No Comments »

Volume 9, April 25, 2013 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) THE NEW LIBRARY TRUSTEE MANUAL

2) FIDUCIARY DUTIES? COME TO FIRST TUESDAYS

3) CONTINUING EDUCATION NEEDS ASSESSMENT SURVEY

4) SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ARSL FALL CONFERENCE

5) CELEBRATE WASHINGTON POETS

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for April 4, 2013

April 4th, 2013 Diane Hutchins Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Grants and Funding, Letters About Literature, News, Technology and Resources, Training and Continuing Education, Tribal, Updates No Comments »

Volume 9, April 4, 2013 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE WINNERS ANNOUNCED

2) CONNECT WITH YOUR LIBRARY – A MOBILE APP FOR WASHINGTON

3) GRANT CYCLE FOR EARLY LEARNING EXTENDED

4) FREE WESTPAS WORKSHOP COMES TO OLYMPIA

5) SNEAK PREVIEW OF WASHINGTON LIBRARY TRUSTEE WIKI

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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