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WSL Updates for April 10, 2014

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | No Comments »


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

Topics include:

1) DISASTER RELIEF GRANTS

2) SENIORS – ANOTHER KIND OF DIGITAL DIVIDE

3) DÍA! DIVERSITY IN ACTION

4) CELEBRATE NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK

5) 2014 TEENS’ TOP TEN GIVEAWAY

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) DISASTER RELIEF GRANTS

The Libri Foundation is offering a limited number of special non-matching BOOKS FOR CHILDREN grants to libraries serving rural communities affected by recent hurricanes, floods, or other natural disasters. Libraries receiving these grants will be able to select $700 worth of new, quality, hardcover children’s books from the Foundation’s 600-title booklist. No local matching funds are required. Libraries will be qualified on an individual basis.

In general, county libraries should serve a population under 16,000 and town libraries should serve a population under 10,000 (usually under 5,000). Libraries should be in a rural area, have a limited operating budget, and an active children’s department. Please note: Rural is usually considered to be at least 30 miles from a city with a population over 40,000.

Application packets for these special grants may be requested by mail, telephone, or fax from The Libri Foundation. Applications must be postmarked by Thursday, May 15, 2014. Grants will be awarded Saturday, May 31, 2014. Information about the Disaster Relief Grants is available at www.librifoundation.org/relief.html. Contact information for the Libri Foundation may be found by visiting librifoundation.org.

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2) SENIORS – ANOTHER KIND OF DIGITAL DIVIDE

America’s seniors have historically been late adopters to the world of technology compared to their younger compatriots, but their movement into digital life continues to deepen, according to newly released data from the Pew Research Center. The report, Older Adults and Technology Use, takes advantage of a particularly large survey to examine both technology use by Americans ages 65 or older compared to the rest of the population, as well as usage within the senior population.

Two different groups of older Americans emerge: The first group (which leans toward younger, more highly educated, or more affluent seniors) has relatively substantial technology assets, and also has a positive view toward the benefits of online platforms. The other (which tends to be older and less affluent, often with significant challenges with health or disability) is largely disconnected from the world of digital tools and services, both physically and psychologically.

As the internet plays an increasingly central role in connecting Americans of all ages to news and information, government services, health resources, and opportunities for social support, these divisions are noteworthy—particularly for the many organizations (such as libraries) and individual caregivers who serve the older adult population.

To read a summary of findings, or access the entire report, visit sos.wa.gov/q/Pew-Seniors.

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3) DÍA! DIVERSITY IN ACTION

It’s April – time to celebrate El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day). Día is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. It is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages, and cultures. As part of the celebrations, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of ALA, is offering numerous free Día resources to download including:

  • Webinars;
  • Press Kits;
  • Día Family Book Club Toolkit;
  • Posters;
  • Resource Guide.

Register your 2014 programs at the new Día website and you will help build a searchable database that will enable you to share your program information with other librarians and members of the public interested in learning more about Día programs happening around the country. Libraries that register will also receive Día stickers, buttons and bookmarks (while supplies last).

For more information on Día and to add your program to the database, visit dia.ala.org.

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4) CELEBRATE NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK

Libraries and librarians have a powerful and positive impact on the lives of Americans on a daily basis. Their stories are key to communicating the value of libraries. National Library Week (April 13-19, 2014) is the perfect opportunity to encourage your community to tell the story of how the library has changed their lives. All participants will be entered into a grand-prize drawing for a Kindle Fire, so encourage your library lovers to start tweeting, snapping photos, and sharing their stories today by visiting sos.wa.gov/q/stories.

ALA’s Campaign for America’s Libraries has a variety of tools and ideas to help you promote the 2014 theme of “Lives change @ your library.” Promotional materials include a sample op-ed, proclamation, press release and scripts for use in radio ads. Visit ala.org/NLW.

National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use.

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5) 2014 TEENS’ TOP TEN GIVEAWAY

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of ALA, is giving away 40 sets of the 2014 Teens’ Top Ten nominees to libraries in need. Qualified libraries can apply now through May 1 for a chance to win a set of the 2014 Teens’ Top Ten nominated titles. Individual library branches within a larger system are welcome to apply. For more information about the giveaway, and the Teens’ Top Ten, visit www.ala.org/yalsa/teenstopten.

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in 16 school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on Celebrate Teen Literature Day, the Thursday of National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. Readers age 12 to 18 will vote online between August and Teen Read Week in October.

This year, new teen book groups will be selected to be the nominators for future Teens’ Top Ten lists. The book groups will serve during the 2015-2016 term. For more information and to apply, visit the Teens’ Top Ten website using the link above.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, April 14:

  • ProQuest Research Library – With so many publications, how do you find the right one to search? (ProQuest); 11:00 – 11:30 p.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/PQ1017;
  • Common Core and ProQuest Resources (ProQuest); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/PQ1013;
  • eLibrary for Schools (ProQuest); 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/PQ1014;

Tuesday, April 15:

  • Introduction to the ProQuest Platform (ProQuest); 8:00 – 8:45 a.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/PQ1012;
  • Managing patron-initiated ILL requests in WorldCat Discovery (OCLC); 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/OCLC15Apr;
  • The Power of the PowerLink 4 Control Unit (AbleNet University); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/ANU15Apr;
  • Bozarthzone! Truth About Social Learning (InSync Training); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/BZ15Apr;
  • The Scoop on Series Nonfiction: What’s New for Spring 2014 (Booklist); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/BL15Apr;
  • The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit (VolunteerMatch); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/VM15Apr;
  • LGBTQ Book Buzz (Library Journal); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/LGBTQBuzz;
  • Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – Part 1 of 2 (Texas State Library); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/TSL15Apr;
  • ProQuest Research Library and K12 Central (ProQuest); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/PQ1015;
  • SIRS Discoverer (ProQuest); 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/PQ1016;

Wednesday, April 16:

  • NCompass Live: Killing Dewey (NCompass Live); 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/NComp16Apr;
  • Becoming a Valued Player: A Toolkit for Personal and Professional Success (AMA); 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/AMA16Apr;
  • QIAT (Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology) Session 8: Professional Development and Training in AT (Assistive Technology) (AbleNet University); 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. PST: sos.wa.gov/q/QIAT8;
  • Effective Strategic Planning Part 2: Plan Development & Implementation (4Good); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/4Good16Apr;
  • Andy Griffiths Book Talk (School Library Journal/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/SLJAndy;
  • WorldShare Management Services Live Demonstration: Print Collections (OCLC); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/OCLC16Apr;
  • From Baby to Preschooler: Early Childhood Health Resources (Infopeople); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/Info16Apr;
  • Grantwriters as Strategic Leaders: Your Crucial Role (4Good); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/4Good16AprPM;
  • Clinical Trials.gov (National Network of Libraries of Medicine, PNR, RML); 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/RML;

Thursday, April 17:

  • The Supercharged Management System (Heritage Preservation); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/HPSuper;
  • Creating Interactive Videos from Really Boring Talking Heads, Lectures and Demo Videos (Training Magazine Network); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/TMN17Apr;
  • Digital Natives vs. Digital Immigrants in the Classroom: What do Educators Need to Know? (AbleNet University); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/ANU17Apr;
  • Playing by the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook (VolunteerMatch); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/VM17Apr;
  • Ask the Expert: Everything You Wanted to Know about Nonprofit Tax Law (GuideStar); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/taxlaw;
  • Who’s Using WorldShare ILL Now? Practical advice from real users (OCLC); 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/OCLC17Apr;
  • Decision making: Crystal Ball or Magic 8 Ball? (Colorado State Library); 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PDT: cslinsession.cvlsites.org.

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Digital Literacy Innovation Grant Opportunity

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 Posted in Articles, For Libraries, Grants and Funding, Technology and Resources, Training and Continuing Education, Uncategorized | No Comments »


diglitAre you ready to innovate in your community? Would your library like to:

  • Hold a community-wide tech fair?
  • Teach computer classes to senior citizens?
  • Recruit teen volunteers to help teach tech classes at the library?
  • Implement a video production lab with the latest technology?

If the answer to any of these questions is “Yes,” apply now for a Digital Literacy Grant from WSL. The purpose of this grant cycle is to provide funding to help public, academic, college, tribal, and school libraries implement Digital Literacy projects that focus on the skills and resources needed by a library’s community and its patrons. Projects should meet at least one of the following objectives:

  • Encourage the development of skills required to communicate and perform business transactions in a digital environment;
  • Use diverse technologies appropriately to retrieve quality information;
  • Support the development of skills to collaborate with others or to enhance employability in a digital and evolving world.

Digital Literacy grant applicants are urged to utilize project partners such as non-profits, hospitals, credit unions, and local businesses. Overall funding to support this grant cycle is $75,000, with a limit of $7,500 per application. It is anticipated that ten (10) or more applicants may receive awards.

Due to staffing limitations, WSL staff are not able to offer detailed one-on-one consulting on the final application. However, they are available to answer questions from potential applicants and can help them determine if they should adjust or proceed with their proposal or modify the proposal budget before expending the resources necessary to fully plan the project and prepare a full grant application.

For grant guidelines and specifics, go to sos.wa.gov/q/grants. For contact information for Digital Literacy staff, consult “Section 10″ of the guidelines. To find out more about Digital Literacy initiatives, visit sos.wa.gov/q/DLwa.

Applications deadline: Postmarked or hand delivered by Friday, April 18, 2014.

IMLS Awards Grants to Local Universities

Sunday, October 27th, 2013 Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Grants and Funding, News | No Comments »


imls-logo-2c.jpgTwo universities in Washington State were awards three grants by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Laura Bush 21st Century Librarians Program

This grant program supports efforts to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians and the faculty who will prepare them for careers in library science. It also supports grants for research related to library education and library staffing needs, curriculum development, and continuing education and training.

Washington State University Libraries – Pullman, WA
Award Amount: $499,186

“Collaborative Stewardship: Providing Sustainable Digital Heritage Training for Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums” is a three year partnership among Washington State University, the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums, the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center, and CoDA, the Center for Digital Archaeology, at the University of California Berkeley. The project will provide: 1) yearly hands on training workshops, 2) a national online digital workbench registry to connect tribal archives, museums and libraries with key resources, 3) set of online resources and web-based tutorials that cover the lifecycle from digitizing to curation, sharing to preservation, all grounded in international standards based protocols as well as the incorporation of tribal cultural values and needs into the process, and 4) a “stewardship kit” that will include a set of guidelines to enhance the video tutorials and a clear step-by-step process detailing the stewardship models. These infographics and multimedia materials can be accessed and downloaded for local stewards to create and implement their digitization and preservation plans.


National Leadership Grants for Libraries

This grant program enhances the quality of library services nationwide by supporting innovative projects that can be widely replicated. Areas of funding include education, research, digitization, and library-museum collaboration.

Research-Support research that investigates key questions that are important to museum, library, and archival practice.

University of Washington – Seattle, WA
Grant Program: National Leadership Grants for Libraries
Program Category: Research
Award Amount: $471,054

The University of Washington, in partnership with Project Information Literacy, will conduct a large-scale quantitative study investigating how recent college graduates find, evaluate, and use information for lifelong learning once they leave campus, particularly in areas such as staying competitive in the workforce, engaging in civic affairs, and personal development. From the data collected and analyzed, researchers will study graduates’ information needs and the information systems they employ as lifelong learners. In related analysis, the team will also study the role libraries currently play in lifelong learning as well as opportunities to enhance lifelong learning that are feasible, practical, and affordable.


Planning Grants
allow project teams to perform preliminary planning activities that could lead to a subsequent full project, such as needs and feasibility analyses, solidifying partnerships, developing project work plans, or developing prototypes or proofs of concept. Applications for Planning Grants must include at least one formal partner in addition to the lead applicant.

University of Washington Libraries – Seattle, WA
Grant Program: National Leadership Grants for Libraries
Program Category: Planning Grants
Award Amount: $80,035

The University of Washington Libraries and the Music Library Association (MLA) will conduct a one-year project titled, “National Forum on Online-Only Music: 21st Century Sound Recording Collection in Crisis.” Today’s music industry is increasingly favoring online-only, direct-to-consumer music distribution. This project will examine the possibility of creating an online option to access music collections in library environments. UW and MLA will hire five expert consultants, hold one planning meeting, bring stakeholders together in three national forum meetings, analyze content of the meetings, and develop approaches to the issues including, ideally, a licensing scenario in which libraries may purchase and provide access to online-only music.

IMLS Awards Grant Funds for Native American Library Services

Sunday, October 27th, 2013 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

Museums in Washington State Awarded IMLS Grant Funds

Sunday, October 27th, 2013 Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Grants and Funding, News | No Comments »


imls-logo-2c.jpgSeven museums or similar entities in Washington State have been awarded over $800,000 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the Museums for America grants program. One museum was awarded funds under the Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums.

Museums for America

The Museums for America (MFA) program supports projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public.

MFA grants support activities that strengthen museums as active resources for lifelong learning, as important institutions in the establishment of livable communities, and as good stewards of the nation’s collections.

Each museum award followings under the appropriate grant category..

Learning Experiences

IMLS places the learner at the center and supports engaging experiences in museums that prepare people to be full participants in their local communities and our global society.Projects should provide high-quality, inclusive, accessible, and audience-focused learning opportunities; provide access to collections, information, and educational resources; encourage the use of technologies; and develop programs for specific segments of the public.

Bellevue Botanical Garden Society – Bellevue, WA
Award Amount: $149,600; Matching Amount: $153,716

The Bellevue Botanical Garden will expand and enhance their existing interpretive programs to include a number of new tools. Building upon a previous IMLS-funded project, the garden will produce a new interactive visitor map, install interactive touchscreens in the new visitor orientation room, and develop an application for use on mobile devices. The garden will also design a project evaluation program so the staff can understand and respond to changing visitor interests and demographics over time. Designed to be intuitive and visually engaging, these new tools will pique the visitors’ curiosity and encourage them to be plant explorers and lifelong learners.

Seattle Aquarium Society – Seattle, WA
Award Amount: $103,821; Matching Amount: $103,829

The Seattle Aquarium will design, implement, and evaluate an aquarium classroom program, giving middle school students opportunities to experience how science is actually done. The project is designed to increase science and ocean literacy and STEM performance, and improve attitudes towards animal conservation. The museum will develop the program content in cooperation with practicing scientists, emphasizing the process by which scientists arrive at their conclusions. The project will include two introductory science-process inquiry activities and two content modules based on sea otter research conducted at the aquarium and ocean acidification research by a leading government researcher. The project deliverables will also include one kit based on each research module for interpretation in the aquarium galleries; one for community outreach programming; and one each for the outreach activities conducted by the researchers’ labs. The final product will be a set of guidelines for creating a research-based inquiry activity in cooperation with an active scientist.

Pacific Science Center Foundation – Seattle, WA
Award Amount: $117,340; Matching Amount: $120,619

Pacific Science Center will implement Exploring Earth System Science, a two-year project designed to increase visitors’ literacy of Earth system science through the delivery of programming on Science On a Sphere, a global display system using computers and video projectors to display planetary data on a six-foot-diameter sphere. Museum staff will develop nine content strands covering topics such as earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, and ocean science, with an emphasis on issues related to climate change. A rapid response framework for presentations about emerging natural disasters will be developed so that staff will be prepared to interpret data when a natural disaster occurs. As a result of the project, staff and volunteers will be prepared to provide an enhanced Science on a Sphere experience for community members who visit the museum.

Burke Museum Association, University of Washington – Seattle, WA
Award Amount: $120,557; Matching Amount: $121,201

The University of Washington’s Burke Museum will redesign its website to more effectively serve its visitors and support the museum’s mission, vision, and strategic goals. This project will draw on state-of-the-art user-experience research and proven approaches to design and create a new website that will incorporate visitor-centered technologies that are now commonly used by the news media. The result will be a website inspired by the vision and goals of the museum that meet the needs and expectations of its audience, draws people to the site through their own passions, curiosities, and interests, and more effectively fosters learning.

Community Anchors

IMLS promotes museums as strong community anchors that enhance civic engagement, cultural opportunities, and economic vitality.Projects should harness a museum’s expertise, knowledge, physical space, technology, or other resources in order to address a specific need originating in the community. Museums may undertake the project alone or in partnership with one or more community organizations.

Seattle Art Museum – Seattle, WA
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $353,316

The Seattle Art Museum will test new strategies in programming, research, and community-building to broaden and deepen participation by young adults ages 18-35. Based on lessons learned from prior research and a pilot engagement project, the museum will integrate social and interactive experiences with artists and community leaders into several traditional programs. The museum will pilot and evaluate a rewards/participation card to help it evaluate young adult participation patterns to better serve and communicate with them. The project will also include an expansion of the museum’s community partners program, which involves cultural/creative/civic partners in using museum events to share their work more broadly. IMLS funds will be used to support key staff; honoraria for the artists involved in programming; and the development of the reward/engagement card. While targeting young adults for increased participation and membership, the program will also benefit the public at large with a dynamic roster of museum experiences and better awareness of the city’s cultural and civic organizations.

Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience – Seattle, WA
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $167,269

The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience will produce a newly designed tour program to empower the Asian Pacific American community to share their stories, help stimulate the local economy, and promote the historic and cultural vibrancy of the district. The Chinatown International District, on the National Register of Historic Places, is Seattle’s lowest-income neighborhood, struggling with multiple issues that threaten its preservation. The revision of the tour program will emphasize community storytelling and audience engagement. A volunteer docent program will serve as a starting place for community member involvement, and technology capabilities will be improved to better analyze data and grow audiences. The project will provide staff and volunteer professional development and increase visitorship to the museum and the neighborhood.

Collections Stewardship

IMLS supports exemplary stewardship of museum collections and promotes the use of technology to facilitate discovery of knowledge and cultural heritage. Projects should address high priority collections care or conservation issues.

Note to applicants: The FY2014 Museums for America grant opportunity encompasses those types of proposals that were previously solicited through the Conservation Project Support program. IMLS maintains its commitment to collections care, conservation, and preservation, and encourages step-by-step, progressive approach to conservation.

No museums in Washington State were awarded funds under this category in 2013.


Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums

The Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums program is a special funding opportunity within the IMLS National Leadership Grants for Museums program, which supports projects that address problems, challenges, or needs of broad relevance to museums. These small grants encourage museums to prototype and evaluate specific innovations in the ways they operate and the services they provide resulting in new tools, products, services, or organizational practices.

Center for Wooden Boats – Seattle, WA
Award Amount: $24,748; Matching Amount: $1,302

The collection, storage, and care of large objects present ongoing challenges for museums of all sizes. The Center for Wooden Boats will test photogrammetry on large collection items, or macro-artifacts, to measure size and monitor changes over time. Changes in dimension can help alert collections managers to the need for active or preventative conservation treatment. The project team will develop, test, and refine a procedure for using photogrammetry to monitor dimensional stability on a variety of watercraft and other maritime macro-artifacts, resulting in procedures that will ultimately be usable in vastly different museum environments and subject areas.

Announcing North Olympic Heritage, a new digital collection!

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 Posted in Articles, Digital Collections, For the Public | No Comments »


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The Washington Rural Heritage initiative is pleased to announce a new digital collection: North Olympic Heritage.

A project of the Port Angeles Main Library of the North Olympic Library System, this collection includes hundreds of photographs of pioneers, Native Americans, trains, ships, logging scenes, and views of early towns and sites in Clallam and Jefferson counties digitized from the expansive Bert Kellogg Photograph Collection.

In 1970, local resident Bert Kellogg donated his collection of over 5,000 photos and negatives depicting life on the Olympic Peninsula during the late 19th and early 20th centuries to the North Olympic Library System. Kellogg amassed the collection by borrowing and copying images from families and individuals, and by combing through rummage sales for prints and negatives during a 30 year period. Until now, access to this great collection has largely been limited to those who are able to visit the Port Angeles Library in person.

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Working on a Washington Rural Heritage grant and leveraging a fairly robust pre-existing Access database, local project manager Rebecca Nugent and her staff (thanks, Tim!) at the Port Angeles Library have managed to digitize approximately 25 percent of the Bert Kellogg Collection in a single yeara huge feat resulting in 1158 digital items!

 

 

Highlights from the digital collection include:

Following this initial project, the Port Angeles Main Library has recently been awarded another Washington Rural Heritage grant for the 2013-2014 year to continue digitizing images from the Bert Kellogg Collection. Look for more great images as they add to this rich digital collection over the winter and spring.

2013-2014 Washington Rural Heritage grants awarded

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 Posted in Articles, Digital Collections, For Libraries, For the Public, Grants and Funding | No Comments »


Display of canned salmon at first Clallam County fair, 1895. North Olympic Heritage Collection.

Display of canned salmon at first Clallam County Fair, 1895. North Olympic Heritage Collection.

Congratulations to the latest group of Washington libraries and museums receiving 2013-2014 LSTA grant awards through the Washington Rural Heritage initiative!

  • Ellensburg Public Library.
  • Orcas Island Public Library, in partnership with the Orcas Island Historical Museum.
  • Port Angeles Public Library (North Olympic Library System).
  • Sedro-Woolley Public Library, in partnership with the Clear Lake Community Historical Association.
  • Sunnyside Library (Yakima Valley Libraries), in partnership with the Sunnyside Historical Society.
  • Walla Walla County Rural Library District.
  • Whitman County Library, in partnership with the Pine City Historical Society.

These organizations will spend the next year digitizing historically significant materials from their own holdings, the holdings of partnering heritage organizations, and in some cases, privately held collections. Read more about each specific grant project here.

Libraries currently participating in grant-funded digitization projects this year (FY 2012) are busy wrapping up their new collections as of this writing. Look for announcements here as new projects come online.

Funds for Washington Rural Heritage are made available by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For more information, contact Evan Robb, Project Manager, (360) 704-5228.

Connect with Your Library: A Mobile app for Washington

Thursday, April 4th, 2013 Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Grants and Funding, News | 2 Comments »


appThe Washington State Library is delighted to announce a $200,000 grant from the Paul G. Allen Family  Foundation which, in combination with Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds, will develop a mobile application or “app” to connect patrons with their libraries. Libraries that sign up by Friday, April 19, 2013, will have the opportunity to be in the initial phase of implementation.

LSTA funds will pay for development costs of a mobile app for academic, public, and tribal libraries to connect individuals with the library’s online services. Two statewide apps, one for academic libraries and one for public libraries, will be developed. The Allen Foundation funds will pay for public and tribal libraries to use and test the application for the year 2014. Academic libraries will need to pay the subscription fee themselves. Allen Foundation Funds will also pay for a state wide internet PR campaign to publicize the application’s availability.

After the completion of a formal procurement process, and with the advice of an advisory committee, Boopsie was selected as the vendor for this project. Boopsie currently supplies a similar app to the Seattle Public Library (as shown in the image) and to the King County Library System, as well as having provided a similar statewide implementation in the State of Virginia.

More information, including a listing of app features and the Intent to Participate Form can be found at: www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/app. Questions? Contact Carolyn Petersen carolyn.petersen@sos.wa.gov, 360.570.5560, or Will Stuivenga will.stuivenga@sos.wa.gov, 360.704.5217.

WSL Updates for September 27, 2012

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Technology and Resources, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | No Comments »


Volume 8, September 27, 2012 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) FIRST TUESDAYS – EREADERS: BEST PRACTICES

2) NEW DOWNLOADABLE CONTENT

3) 2011 WASHINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY STATS ARE HERE – AND MORE!

4) 2012 ELPLP SYMPOSIUM: PUBLIC LIBRARIES & STEM

5) APPLY NOW FOR CARNEGIE-WHITNEY GRANTS

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) FIRST TUESDAYS – EREADERS: BEST PRACTICES

Have questions about eReaders? Come to eReaders: Best practices, presented by Carolyn Petersen from the Washington State Library. Find out what happened when nineteen libraries in Washington, running the gamut from colleges to school libraries to public libraries both large and small, participated in an eReader services pilot project last year.

This free online webinar will take place on October 2, 2012, from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PDT. For more information about First Tuesdays, visit www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/tuesdays. To join the presentation, and for instructions, go to www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/FirstTuesdays.

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2) NEW DOWNLOADABLE CONTENT

The “Off the Page: Downloadable Audiobooks and eBooks for Washington” project is pleased to announce the addition of significant new content to both vendor offerings.

Recent additions to the Recorded Books OneClickdigital audiobook collection include:

  • Nine Modern Scholar titles (unlimited use), added to the 23 already available;
  • Almost 350 Pimsleur Method language programs, with at least 1 copy of every available Pimsleur language course, including all of the various ESL courses, and up to 5 copies of popular languages;
  • Over 350 single-use adult audiobook titles in all genres: both popular fiction and nonfiction, including romance, mystery, Sci Fi, suspense, history, business, self-help, etc.;
  • Over 300 single-use children’s and young adult audiobook titles in similar genres: fiction, fantasy, mystery, biography, etc.

Recent additions to the Washington Anytime Library (powered by OverDrive) include:

  • 1,945 single-use eBooks, of which 105 are added copies of existing titles;
  • 627 single-use audiobooks, of which 28 are added copies.

For more information about the Off the Page project, visit www.sos.wa.gov/library/eaudiobooks or contact Will Stuivenga: will.stuivenga@sos.wa.gov 360.704.5217.

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3) 2011 WASHINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY STATS ARE HERE – AND MORE!

Need statistics on public libraries in the state of Washington? Interested in 2012 Salary and Benefits Data for libraries? Looking for a map of public library service in Washington? Find these, as well as historic data on Washington’s public libraries, by visiting www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/WAStats. For more information, contact Evelyn Lindberg, State Data Coordinator at evelyn.lindberg@sos.wa.gov.

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4) 2012 ELPLP SYMPOSIUM: PUBLIC LIBRARIES & STEM

Register now for the fourth annual symposium presented by the Early Learning Public Library Partnership (ELPLP). This year’s event features presentations from:

  • Christine Roberts, Nurturing Pathways;
  • Dr. Sarah Roseberry, Institute for Learning & Brain Science (I-LABS), University of Washington;
  • Maile Hadley, Washington Science Technology Engineering & Math (STEM);
  • Sally Chilson, Spokane Public Libraries.

Symposium information:

  • When: Monday, October 15, 2012, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.;
  • Where: Seattle Public Library, Central Library, 1000 4th Avenue, Seattle;
  • Cost: Free;
  • Registration required. To register for the Symposium, go to www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/ELPLP4.

For additional information, contact Susan Yang, Program Manager, at the Foundation for Early Learning at susan@earlylearning.org or 260.525.4801, x28. Want to find out more about ELPLP? Visit www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/partners.

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5) APPLY NOW FOR CARNEGIE-WHITNEY GRANTS

Carnegie-Whitney Grants provide support for the preparation of popular or scholarly reading lists, webliographies, indexes, and other guides to library resources that can benefit users of all types of libraries in the United States. Grants of up to $5,000 are intended to cover the cost of preparation, including research, but not the costs of final printing or online distribution of the product. Grants are awarded to individuals, as well as libraries, library organizations, and programs of information and library studies/science. International applicants are also welcome to apply.

For more information and to apply, visit www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/CarnWhit. Applications are due no later than Friday, November 2, 2012.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, October 1:

  • Celebrate With Shannon Hale Live! (School Library Journal); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PDT;
  • Your Common Core Secret Weapon (TL Virtual Café); 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. PDT;

Tuesday, October 2:

  • First Tuesdays: eReaders: Best practices (WSL); 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PDT;
  • How to Retouch Images Like a Pro (O’Reilly Community); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PDT;
  • What’s New in Series Nonfiction: Fall 2012 (Booklist); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT;
  • Engaging Pro Bono and Skilled Volunteers (VolunteerMatch); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT: www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/skillvol;
  • ProQuest Administrator Module (ProQuest); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT: www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/PQ433;
  • 5 Ways to Ratchet Up Your Fundraising Using LinkedIn (Nonprofit Webinars); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PDT;

Wednesday, October 3:

  • Introduction to the New ProQuest Platform (ProQuest); 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. PDT: www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/PQ434;
  • Leading Disruptive Innovation and Change (AMA); 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PDT;
  • Nonprofit Boards and Effective Governance (Nonprofit Webinars); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PDT;
  • How to Train Non-Technical Learners in the Virtual Classroom (Training Magazine Network); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT: www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/NonTech;
  • What’s New for Storytimes (Infopeople); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PDT;
  • Washington State Book Awards (Washington Center for the Book); Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Avenue, Seattle; 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. PDT;

Thursday, October 4:

  • Advanced Searching: Beyond the Single Search Box (ProQuest); 8:00 – 8:45 a.m. PDT: www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/PQ435;
  • All You Need to Know about E-reader services in Your Library (WSL); Timberland Regional Library Service Center, Tumwater, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. PDT;
  • Advanced Windows 7 Troubleshooting (O’Reilly Community); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PDT;
  • Stories, eLearning and Mobility: A Triple Threat (Training Magazine Network); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PDT: www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/triple;
  • My Research (ProQuest); 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. PDT: www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/PQ436;
  • Writing Accurate and Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions (VolunteerMatch); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT: www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/VPD;
  • Getting Boys to Read: Seeing Your Library Through a Guy’s Eyes (School Library Journal); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PDT;
  • ProQuest Research Library/PQ Central K12 (ProQuest); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PDT: www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/PQ431;
  • CultureGrams for MS/HS (ProQuest); 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. PDT: www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/PQ432;

Friday, October 5:

  • Tech Tools With Tine: 1 Hour of Eventbrite (Texas State Library); 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. PDT;
  • All You Need to Know about E-reader services in Your Library (WSL); Longview Public Library, Longview, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. PDT.

For more information and to register (for those not linked above), visit the WSL Training Calendar at www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/training.

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New digital resources from Asotin County Heritage

Monday, August 20th, 2012 Posted in Articles, Digital Collections | No Comments »


Asotin County Library has recently added over 100 newly digitized photographs to the Asotin County Heritage collection with the assistance of a grant from the State Library’s Washington Rural Heritage initiative!

Oliver Brodock and his cat, 1940

Oliver Brodock poses with his cat outside his service garage in the Silcott area of Asotin County, Washington, 1940.

Asotin County Library director Jennifer Ashby and cataloger/metadata specialist Marjean Riggers partnered with local resident Eva Lynn Thomson this year to digitize a portion of Thomson’s family collection, documenting the history of the Wilson Banner Ranch and the Silcott area along the Snake River just west of Clarkston, Washington.

In 2010, the Asotin County Library and the Asotin County Museum joined over 65 cultural institutions throughout the state that have digitized material with grants from the Washington Rural Heritage initiative. Grant funds are available  to public and tribal libraries serving populations under 25,000, funded through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Packing crew at White Brothers & Crum Orchards, 1910.

Packing crew at White Brothers & Crum Orchards, 1910.

If you have comments or additional information about any of the items in the Asotin County Heritage collection — or would like to contribute your own material for digitization — please contact the Asotin County Library.

And keep an eye out for a number of new Washington Rural Heritage projects to be published in the coming weeks! Find out more (or subscribe to this blog) right here.