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WSL Updates for March 3, 2016

March 2nd, 2016 Shirley Lewis Posted in Digital Collections, For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates, Washington Talking Book and Braille Library No Comments »

Volume 12, March 3, 2016 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) STATEWIDE DATABASE LICENSING RFP RELEASED

2) WASHINGTON RURAL HERITAGE DIGITIZATION GRANTS NOW ACCEPTING PROPOSALS

3) FREE BOOKS FOR WASHINGTON LIBRARIES

4) ARMS OPEN WIDE: LIBRARY OUTREACH TO CUSTOMERS WITH PRINT DISABILITIES

5) STAR_Net Webinar Series Announced

6) NN/LM PNR TRAINING OFFERINGS

7) CONFERENCES, ANYONE?

8) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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Why Do We Need a State Library?

December 3rd, 2014 Will Stuivenga Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Institutional Library Services, Library 21 Initiative, News, Public Services, State Library Collections, Washington Talking Book and Braille Library No Comments »

Slice of Advocate headerTo quote a prominent library administrator: “Every library is designed to serve a specific community:

  • Public libraries serve the people of a specific city or county.
  • Academic libraries serve the faculty, staff, and students of a specific college or university.
  • School libraries serve the students and teachers of a specific school.
  • Medical libraries serve doctors, nurses, and patients at a specific hospital.
  • Law libraries serve the attorneys and staff of a specific law firm.

Each library is designed to add value to the specific community that it serves.”

The Washington State Library (WSL) is none of the above. Its broad mission is to collect and preserve materials of value for the entire State of Washington.

This theme is developed in the current issue of the WLFFTA newsletter, the Advocate. WLFFTA stands for Washington Library Friends, Foundations, Trustees & Advocates, and is an interest group of the Washington Library Association.

The current issue of the Advocate focuses on the Washington State Library and some of its key services and programs. It also highlights the precarious budget situation in which the State Library currently finds itself. Read the entire newsletter at http://sos.wa.gov/q/AF2014.

 

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WSL Updates for November 13, 2014

November 13th, 2014 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, News, Updates, Washington Talking Book and Braille Library No Comments »

Volume 10, November 13, 2014 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) “THIRD GRADE READING BILL” WEBINAR

2) EXPERIENCE ART 2014

3) EARLY LEARNING STEM INSTITUTE

4) ALA STRATEGIC PLANNING

5) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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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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WSL Updates for August 21, 2014

August 21st, 2014 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, News, Updates, Washington Talking Book and Braille Library No Comments »

Volume 10, August 21, 2014 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) LIBRARY COUNCIL OF WASHINGTON SEEKS NEW MEMBERS

2) EVERGREEN RADIO READING SERVICE CLOSED

3) OVERVIEW OF EBOOK MARKET PLACE FROM READERS FIRST

4) SHAKESPEARE EXHIBIT – DEADLINE EXTENDED

5) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for August 7, 2014

August 7th, 2014 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates, Washington Talking Book and Braille Library No Comments »

Volume 10, August 7, 2014 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) 2014 DIGITAL SKILLS TRAINING GRANT INFORMATIONAL ONLINE MEETING

2) WEBJUNCTION IS NEW AGAIN

3) PUBLIC LIBRARY POLICIES PAGE HAS MOVED

4) BRAILLE TRANSCRIPTION CLASS

5) INTERNATIONAL COPYRIGHT AND LIBRARY PRACTICES WEBINAR

6) FREE DISASTER RECOVERY WORKSHOP

7) FREE CE EVENTS NEXT WEEK

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Amy Ravenholt honored by a National Library Service Award

June 17th, 2014 Rand Simmons Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Washington Talking Book and Braille Library 1 Comment »

Amy Ravenholt 2014Amy Ravenholt recognized by a National Library Service Award for Knowledge, Creativity and Expertise

Keystone Systems announced today that Amy Ravenholt, Assistant Director at the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library (WTBBL) is the recipient of the 2014 Julie Klauber Award.

Individuals honored with this annual national award must provide noteworthy service to their library and community and use KLAS (Keystone Library Automation System) to perform their daily job responsibilities.

WTBBL Director & Regional Librarian, Danielle Miller, says Amy “exemplifies knowledge, expertise, and creativity that benefit our patrons and all aspects of library services.” “She is kind and patient and makes learning new processes and technologies fun.”

Danielle says Amy’s position and expertise as WTBBL’s KLAS Administrator enhances the library’s overall service. As an example of her creativity, she cites Amy’s project “to use tablet computers running KLAS to streamline some of the circulation procedures that were cumbersome with desktop computers on carts. She worked closely with Keystone and our local IT department to make this happen and it has been a huge benefit to our circulation process.”

Amy says this year’s award is an acknowledgement of all of the work WTBBL’s circulation and advisory staff do with KLAS. “They identify the problems, they help develop and test solutions, and they use the software to its fullest extent every day.”

The award includes a trip to the 2014 KLAS Users’ Conference in Boston, MA, where Amy was recognized for her outstanding service to WTBBL and its patrons.  Keystone Systems, CEO, Kay Holloman presented the award during a special ceremony.

“It means I get to go to conference and geek out with people who care about what I care about,” Amy says. “We use specialized software to get our readers the books they want as fast as possible.  We make a lot of patrons happy on a daily basis, and the conference is the place to be to find out how to do that even better.”

“Amy is well deserving of this award,” observed State Librarian Rand Simmons. “Her dedication to serving WTBBL patrons and her leadership in the use of KLAS makes this award spot on. Job well done, Amy!”

Amy has been with the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library since July 2008. The Washington Talking Book & Braille Library is a program of the Washington State Library, Office of the Secretary of State.

 

 

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Washington State Library Reduces Service Hours

June 9th, 2014 Rand Simmons Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Institutional Library Services, Washington Talking Book and Braille Library No Comments »

From the desk of Rand Simmons Washington State Librarian

Washington State Library, Tumwater, WA

Washington State Library, Tumwater, WA

Based on an OSOS Press Release, 6/9/2014.

In-person service hours at the main Washington State Library in Tumwater will be reduced by four hours a day, effective June 16, as the service-and-research institution grapples with continuing significant budget challenges.

The Library at 6880 Capitol Blvd. in Tumwater traditionally has been open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  But like other states facing budget difficulties, the State Library faces an immediate shortfall that must be addressed through layoffs and fewer direct service hours.

The dedicated fund that finances Library operations now projects a potential shortfall of more than $1 million, due primarily to an unexpected slump in the number of recording fees collected by county auditors. This is on top of a $664,000 budget cut that was required at the beginning of the biennium, following a decade budget and staff reductions.

Beginning June 16, the central Library will be open daily from noon to 5 p.m. for walk-in patrons.  Chat and email help will still be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

“The State Library staff have become more efficient in their operations over the past 10 years, providing the same general level of services while reducing employee count by 42 percent. Secretary of State Kim Wyman, whose office hosts the Library said, “We have reached the point where we must reduce our in-person hours at the central library, at least temporarily, because of additional staff cuts.”

The shorter hours in Tumwater do not affect the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library in Seattle or the institutional libraries at state hospitals and corrections centers. Grants to local libraries, a central role of the Washington State Library, will be maintained, and the State Library-Microsoft IT Academy will not be affected.

“The decision to reduce service hours is something that pains us very much – librarians are absolutely passionate about serving patrons directly, either in person or online or over the phone,” Wyman said. “That service ethic will not diminish one bit, but the hours we’re open will be fewer, sadly.”

Instead of 45 hours of in-person service each week, it will be 25 hours.

Wyman said the action reflects continuing challenges of sustaining the Library, which is the oldest cultural institution in Washington, dating to 1853, when the first territorial governor, Isaac Stevens, and Congress created it with books shipped around the Horn. The Library was assigned to the Secretary of State by the Legislature about a decade ago, and was formerly a separate agency.

“The State Library has been a core service of government for 160 years, but for some years now, it has been a struggle to survive. In the past decade, state support has dropped by 42 percent and staff levels have shrunk from 158 to 63 today.”

Wyman acknowledged that recent library usage around the country is turning to online access, rather than solely relying on a brick-and-mortar library building.  The State Library is committed to service excellence to all customers, whether online or in-person, and is working to make more of its collections available online, she said.

“We are busy transforming the State Library information services, meeting people where they live,” Wyman said. “As the old saying goes, crisis meets opportunity. We intend to be the model Library of the 21st Century.”

State Librarian Rand Simmons is at 360-570-5585.

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Spotlight on Staff: Mandy Gonnsen

July 23rd, 2013 Rand Simmons Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Washington Talking Book and Braille Library No Comments »

WTBBL Youth Services Librarian: Mandy Gonnsen

Mandy Gonnsen
Mandy Gonnsen, Youth Services Librarian, Washington Talking Book & Braille Library

“Mandy blew into WTBBL like a welcome summer storm and immediately took charge of the youth services department! She started just weeks before the 2012 Summer Reading Program began and quickly planned out the entire eight weeks with reading lists and activities that were mailed to all participating youth in English or Spanish, depending on their preference,” says her colleague Eura Szuwalski, Electronic Services & Instruction Librarian.  

Mandy Gonnsen is the Youth Services Librarian for the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library and she has a big job!  Children from birth to 21, schools, teachers, and families are all the focus of the Youth Services Program.  Mandy, a recent graduate of the Library and Information Science master’s program at the University of Washington, is a fantastic addition to WTBBL and is quickly becoming a vital team member for statewide providers and resources for children and teens with visual, physical, or reading disabilities.

Mandy has worked with children and teens in various capacities over the past few years, and is connecting with our young patrons and their families.  She earned a bachelors degree in psychology from the University of Maryland and had a chance to work with kids and families from the research side as well.  While a student at the iSchool, Mandy was a volunteer at WTBBL, then a temporary page while a staff person was on leave.  “I was thrilled when Mandy applied for our Youth Services Librarian position – we already knew she was a real keeper and we were delighted to get her back and as a permanent part of our WTBBL family,” says Danielle Miller, Program Manager at WTBBL.

DMandyGonnsenavid Junius, Volunteer & Outreach Services concurs: “When Mandy joined WTBBL as a volunteer before she started library school, I knew she was a special person.  In the year since she started working as a librarian here, she has proven me right.”

“I believe that youth of all ages have a place at the library, and I’m looking forward to establishing some fun and engaging programs for youth at WTBBL,” Mandy says. She is certainly making our youth patrons feel at home by revamping the children’s room at the library, growing the collection, and increasing library programming and our online presence.  Since Mandy joined WTBBL in the summer of 2012, the number of children and teachers has grown and participation in events and reading programs has increased. 

“Mandy does more in a day than many of us even think about doing.  She is incredibly motivated, organized, and a true gift for our young patrons and families looking for ways to help their children reading,” says Danielle Miller. 

“Mandy is an absolute inspiration to work with. I am constantly amazed by her ideas Mandy Gonnsenof how we can engage with our patrons and share the resources that are available here at WTBBL. Whether speaking with a patron, coworker, or guest, her enthusiasm for great books and stories is clear!” said Marah, a page in the Shipping Department. 

Eura Szuwalski also says of Mandy, “I have been lucky to join her for many conferences and school visits during her time here and see firsthand her calmness, patience and energy when working with youth, from our baby patrons to our teen patrons. She is unstoppable and WTBBL is so very lucky to have her as part of our team!”

Mandy is excited to meet new people so please don’t hesitate to call or stop by with any questions or just to say hello. If you are a teacher or librarian around the state and want to learn more about WTBBL Youth Services, consider inviting Mandy for a visit, or setting up an online session with her.

Thanks, Mandy, for helping us reach our goal That ALL May Read. 

 

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WSL Updates for July 4, 2013

July 3rd, 2013 Diane Hutchins Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Grants and Funding, News, Technology and Resources, Training and Continuing Education, Updates, Washington Talking Book and Braille Library No Comments »

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

Topics include:

1) EVENTS FOR (ALMOST) EVERYONE

2) WORLDSHARE ILL UPDATE & TRAINING

3) LAST CALL FOR IPAD TABLET LAB GRANT APPLICATIONS

4) REGISTER BY JULY 8 FOR WMLA ANNUAL MEETING

5) DUST, DROUGHT, AND DREAMS GONE DRY

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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