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WSL Updates for July 17, 2014

July 17th, 2014 Diane Hutchins Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

Volume 10, July 17, 2014 for the WSL Updates mailing list
Note: WSL Updates will be on hiatus next week.

Topics include:

1) NEEDS ASSESSMENT RFP

2) WHEN FINDING PICTURE BOOKS REALLY CAN BE CHILD’S PLAY

3) AASL SEEKS PROGRAM PROPOSALS FOR 2015 ALA ANNUAL CONFERENCE

4) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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Clippings July 11, 2014

July 14th, 2014 Staci Phillips Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Uncategorized, Updates No Comments »

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Library News

Upper Skagit Library is primed and ready for their Summer Reading program. They also have a Library Board vacancy to fill. Trustees serve a five year term and are allowed to serve two consecutive terms. There is a new library associate, Cora Thomas. Cora is a published author and poet. (Concrete Herald, Concrete, 06/00/14).

On May 29th local third graders participated in the Leavenworth Friends of the Library program. The made a field trip to the library where they learned about books that they can check out from the library. (Echo, Leavenworth, 06/04/14).

Salk Middle School and the Balboa/South Indian Trail Neighborhood Council collaborated on a Little Free Library for the community. The middle school students built the library which looks exactly like a little house. (Spokesman Review, Spokane, 05/05/14).

A new Little Free Library has come to Maple Beach. The Point Roberts Friends of the Library collaborated with ReStore in Bellingham to get it built. It will stocked with donated books. (All Point Bulletin, Point Roberts, 06/00/14).

Spokane Public Library will merge with Tincan. Tincan offers free training in computer programs, website design, and more. A cut in funding made it impossible for Tincan to remain independent. (Spokesman Review, Spokane, 06/01/14). http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2014/jun/01/digital-literacy-trainer-tincan-merging-with/
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Clippings for July 4, 2014

July 10th, 2014 Staci Phillips Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Updates No Comments »

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Library News
The Washington State Leadership and Assistance for Science Education reform Program awarded Sno-Isle libraries a grant in recognition of its efforts to promote science education. The money will go to the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation to continue to support programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. (The Herald, Everett, 05/27/14).

A new “Little Free Library” is now operating in Summit Park. This is the third in the Riverside Neighborhood. One was built as an Eagle Scout project and one as a Girl Scout project. The newest was erected by Vicki Rosenau. (Everett/Mulkiteo Tribune, Snohomish, 05/21/14).

The Wenatchee Public Library has seen a 12 percent increase in kids checking out books since the completion of a major remodeling project of the children’s room. The remodel was funded by the Wade family. The library is now launching a community-wide survey to better understand what people want from the library. (The Wenatchee World, Wenatchee, 06/01/14).
http://www.wenatcheeworld.com/news/2014/may/31/common-ground-wenatchee-library-wants-your-opinions/
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WSL Updates for July 10, 2014

July 10th, 2014 Diane Hutchins Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Grants and Funding, News, Technology and Resources, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

Volume 10, July 10, 2014 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) DON’T MISS THE ARSL EARLY BIRD!

2) UNI 2014 SUMMER TOUR

3) THERE’S STILL TIME FOR STARTING STRONG

4) LEAD THE CHANGE

5) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for July 3, 2014

July 3rd, 2014 Diane Hutchins Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Grants and Funding, News, Technology and Resources, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

Volume 10, July 3, 2014 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) BUILD INITIATIVE/IMLS WEBINAR SERIES

2) FREE BOOKS AVAILABLE – SUMMER SPECIAL!

3) WLA GRADUATE STUDY SCHOLARSHIPS

4) SUMMERTEEN VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

5) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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Clippings for the week of June 27, 2014

June 30th, 2014 Leanna Hammond Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Updates No Comments »

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Washington State Library News
The Washington State Library is more than a building full of old, dusty books. The Library is responsible for the distribution of grant money to local libraries, scanning and digitizing historical items, and supporting early reading programs, among other things. The Library has lost 52 percent of its state funding and 57 percent of its workforce since 2002 and is struggling to provide the same level of service. A recent downturn in revenue from recording fees has caused the Library to reduce its public in-person service hours by half. Continued cuts hinder the Library’s ability to receive federal Library Services and Technology Act money which requires a match from the state. (Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, 05/28/14).

Library News

North Olympic Library System has teamed up with the Olympic National Park to get kids out and about in the wilderness. “Explore Olympic!” backpacks are available for check out from the library. The packs are filled with discovery tools for exploring the park including field and trail guides, binoculars and reading materials. Families that check out a backpack will get a seven day pass to the park through a donation by Washington’s National Park Fund. (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, 05/29/14).
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Clippings for the week of June 20, 2014

June 30th, 2014 Leanna Hammond Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Updates No Comments »

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Library News
Spokane County Library District will welcome the Digital Bookmobile National Tour. The Digital Bookmobile is equipped with internet connected PC, high definition monitors, sound systems and portable media players, and everything that anyone would need to learn about the library’s download services. (Spokesman Review, Spokane, 05/15/14). http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2014/may/15/digital-bookmobile-to-make-local-stop/

The City of Sultan has one open position on the Sultan Library Board. The board members are advocates for the library and promote the services the library provides. The new member must live within the Sultan Library Service area. (Monroe Monitor & Valley News, Monroe, 05/20/2014).
Mount Vernon Library is seeking public input through an online Community Needs Assessment survey. City residents can offer their opinion of the community’s needs and preferences in terms of library services. (Skagit Argus, Burlington, 05/27/2014).
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Clippings for the week of June 13, 2014

June 30th, 2014 Leanna Hammond Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Updates No Comments »

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Washington State Library News

Washington State Library is reducing it hours for the public almost in half as part of an effort to meet a $1 million shortfall in funding. The Library will be open to the public from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The library has been planning for budget reductions for several months. The library’s budget comes from a state account that relies on recording fees tied to real estate transactions. Those revenues started tapering off when home loans and refinancing slowed in November and resulted in the $1 million shortfall. The new hours will not affect the Talking Book and Braille Library in Seattle and institutional libraries at state hospitals and prisons. (The News Tribune, Tacoma, 06/10/14). http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/06/10/3235960/funding-hours-slashed-at-library.html

Library News
The city of Everett is considering shifting the local library system to the regional Sno-Isle Library System. Having the Everett libraries would remove $5 million from the city operating budget and may help stabilize the library funding. It could mean the library would be open more hours. Sno-Isle Libraries would have to approve the deal as well as the city residents. (Everett/Mukliteo Tribune, 05/07/14) http://www.snoho.com/stories_2014/050714_everett_budget_meetings_May_8_and_13.html
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WSL Updates for June 19, 2014 – Expanded Edition

June 19th, 2014 Diane Hutchins Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Grants and Funding, News, Technology and Resources, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

Volume 10, June 19, 2014 for the WSL Updates mailing list – Expanded Edition
Note: WSL Updates will be on hiatus next week.

Topics include:

1) BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND – CATALOGING WITH RDA

2) NEED CHILDREN’S BOOKS? APPLY NOW

3) LOOKING FOR THE BEST SMALL LIBRARY IN AMERICA

4) LISA LIBRARIES – HELPING COMMUNITIES IN NEED

5) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES – JUNE 23 – JULY 4

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Clippings for June 6, 2014

June 13th, 2014 Leanna Hammond Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Updates No Comments »

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Library News
A Clark County judge has found that a 19 year old man is mentally competent to stand trial for allegedly starting fires in the restroom of the Battle Ground Community Library. (The Columbian, Vancouver, 04/16/14).

Camano Island residents are divided on the merits of building a new library. Stanwood Library is less than five miles from the proposed location of the new library. The Stanwood Library has seen an increase in traffic and will heighten a need for updated facilities. (Stanwood/Camano News, Stanwood, 04/15/14).http://www.scnews.com/camano_scene/article_c630aa24-c4b8-11e3-b599-001a4bcf6878.html

A recent article about a new type of library in San Antonio, Texas describes a totally digital library called Bibliotech. While digital may be the trend for future libraries, the physical gathering place will always be a valuable part of the community. Even Bibliotech is a physical space where people gather and library staff interact with patrons. The Bellingham Public Library and Whatcom County Library System offer a wide array of electronic opportunities and have other resources as well. Story times, tech advice, and recommendations for good reads are just part of the services the library offers. (Bellingham Herald, Bellingham, 04/14/14).

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