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WSL Updates for October 23, 2014

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 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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WSL Updates for September 11, 2014

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 Posted in For Libraries, News, Technology and Resources, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | No Comments »


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

Topics include:

1) CE NEEDS ASSESSMENT SURVEY

2) AWE GROUP PURCHASE OFFER

3) FREE DISASTER RECOVERY WORKSHOP

4) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) CE NEEDS ASSESSMENT SURVEY

The Washington State Library/Washington Library Association Continuing Education Needs Assessment (CENA) Survey is now available.

Your participation will help WSL and WLA offer valuable, targeted continuing education opportunities over the next 2 years. Please share this survey widely with all library staff in public, school, academic, college, tribal and other libraries.

The survey should only take 15-20 minutes to complete and is available at www.surveymonkey.com/s/WACENA2014

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2) AWE GROUP PURCHASE OFFER

The WSL Statewide Database Licensing Project and AWE Digital Learning Solutions are again announcing a multi-state special group purchase pricing to all public libraries for both the Early Literacy Station™ and AfterSchool Edge™. To take advantage of this special offer, orders should be placed before December 15, 2014.

The Early Literacy Station™ (ELS) is a dynamic all-in-one digital learning solution for early learners, ages 2-8. It is available in English and Bilingual Spanish and features over 70 content applications. The AfterSchool Edge™ features content for all elementary age students (approximately 6-12 years old). The educational programs, which are correlated to Common Core and state standards, span all seven curricular areas. Each product features engaging graphics, intuitive menus, usage tracking, and administrative functions. No Internet connection is required to use either of these products.

Pricing will be available from the Statewide Database Licensing AWE group purchasing page at sos.wa.gov/q/AWE-2. For more information, contact Cynthia Busse, AWE Senior Account Executive at bussec@awelearning.com or 281.210.4799.

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3) FREE DISASTER RECOVERY WORKSHOP

Protecting Cultural Collections: Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, Response & Recovery is a free two-part workshop sponsored by the Western States & Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS). Funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The instructor, Gary Menges, is a retired Preservation Administrator, UW Libraries, a WESTPAS trainer, and a member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works Collections Emergency Response Team (AIC CERT).

Who should attend? Administrators and staff responsible for emergency preparedness, response and decision-making, in all types of cultural institutions. By registering for the workshop, the institution commits to supporting the attendee(s) to achieve the workshop’s disaster preparedness goals. When possible, please commit two attendees so they can work together on the disaster preparedness activities.

Event details:

  • Part 1: ON-LINE WEBINARS – Prevention & Preparedness (archived 2½ hours total)
  • Part 2: IN-PERSON WORKSHOP – Response & Recovery
  • Wednesday, October 15, 2014 – 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. – Yakima Valley Museum, 2105 Tieton Drive, Yakima, WA 98902.

Participation in the in-person workshop requires viewing the archived Part 1 webinars BEFORE attending the Part 2 in-person workshop AND completing the workshop assignments. Any exception requires the permission of the instructor.

For more information or to register visit sos.wa.gov/q/WESTPAS-Yakima. For registration assistance, contact Alexandra Gingerich, gingerich@plsinfo.org; for general & content information, contact Gary Menges menges@uw.edu.

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4) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

September 15

  • VIP Webinar with Ken Burns (Baker&Taylor); 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. PDT sos.wa.gov/q/kenb

September 16

  • Shared Print Repositories (ALCTS), two-day webinar; 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. PDT sos.wa.gov/q/spr
  • When Remembering Really Matters: The Power of Serious Games for Learning (Training Magazine Network); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PDT sos.wa.gov/q/whenre
  • Walking the Walk: Engage Volunteers in your Volunteer Engagement Program (VolunteerMatch.Org); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT sos.wa.gov/q/volwalk
  • Executive Branch Documents (ProQuest); 8:00 – 8:45 a.m. PDT sos.wa.gov/q/exdoc

September 17

  • Shared Print Repositories (ALCTS), two-day webinar; 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. PDT wa.gov/q/spr
  • Grant Proposal Feedback Clinic (4Good); 12:00 – 1:00 PDT wa.gov/q/grtfeedback
  • Strategic Decision Making: Shifting Your Culture from Reactive to Proactive; 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PDT sos.wa.gov/q/strdec
  • Storymakers: Tell Your Library’s Story (Techsoup); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT sos.wa.gov/q/storym
  • Subject Matter Expert + Tablet = Faster, Cheaper, Better Video Learning Content (Training Magazine Network); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PDT sos.wa.gov/q/subjmex
  • The Team Equation: Managing Teams that Deliver (Training Magazine Network); 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PDT sos.wa.gov/q/teameq
  • ProQuest Health and Medical Complete; 8:00 – 8:45 a.m. PDT sos.wa.gov/q/medcompl
  • ELibrary for Schools (ProQuest); 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. PDT sos.wa.gov/q/eschool
  • My Research & RefWorks: Perfect Together; 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. PDT sos.wa.gov/q/myres
  • Busqueda Avanzada en la Plataforma (Spanish – ProQuest); 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. PDT sos.wa.gov/q/spapro

September 18

  • Making Our Gadgets Work for Us, Spokane County Library, Argonne Branch, Spokane; 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • You Can Do I.T. On Your Own (Infopeople); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PDT sos.wa.gov/q/doit
  • Teen Books Buzz Fall 2014 (School Library Journal); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PDT sos.wa.gov/q/bookbuzz
  • Funding Rural America: Finding Support for Small Communities (Techsoup); 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PDT sos.wa.gov/q/fundrur
  • Measuring Success: How to Strategically Assess Your Program (VolunteerMatch.Org); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT sos.wa.gov/q/volmeasure
  • ABI/INFORM FAQ (ProQuest); 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. PDT sos.wa.gov/q/abipro
  • Ebrary-ebooks for Schools (ProQuest); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PDT sos.wa.gov/q/ebraryproq
  • New Literature Online LION (ProQuest); 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. PDT sos.wa.gov/q/lionpro

September 19

  • Leading without Authority, Bellingham Public Library, Bellingham; 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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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My Last Blog Post

Friday, July 19th, 2013 Posted in Articles, Institutional Library Services | 2 Comments »


jillThis will be my last blog post.  I am leaving Institutional Library Services for a new adventure in the academic world.  I plan to follow the blog and keep up with all the news, because I may be leaving prison, but it will always have my support.  I think that we all do good work and we should never be forgotten.  Times are changing and I have seen great things come out of the prison libraries here in Washington State and I hope to see many more things showcased on this blog.  Over the last 8 years we went to barely holding on and doing the basics, to a skeleton crew and doing book programs and offering re-entry information to the patrons of the library.  I know that should be the other way around, budget cuts should bring less to the library, but it seems to have motivated all of us to push a little harder, to prove to the non-believers that we are important and I think we have achieved it.  I will miss many people and I will miss the work that I have done, but it’s time for me to pursue a new adventure and see what else is out there for me.

Libraries and Literacy in the Digital Age

Friday, April 19th, 2013 Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Technology and Resources, Training and Continuing Education | No Comments »


digital literacyLibraries are leaders in literacy. That in itself shouldn’t be surprising. However, literacy is now much more than being able to read standard print. Literacy now includes the ability to use digital, as well as print, resources. To succeed in the 21st Century, digital literacy is essential. Whether applying for a job online, house-hunting, taking care of your health, or catching up with distant friends and relatives, life is much easier if you know how to navigate in a digital world.

Although defining digital literacy is no easy task, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Digital Literacy Task Force (which is led by the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy) has developed the following description to convey its meaning:

Digital literacy is the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, understand, evaluate, create, and communicate digital information, an ability that requires both cognitive and technical skills.

A digitally literate person:

● Possesses the variety of skills—cognitive and technical—required to find, understand, evaluate, create, and communicate digital information in a wide variety of formats;

● Is able to use diverse technologies appropriately and effectively to search for and retrieve information, interpret search results, and judge the quality of the information retrieved;

● Understands the relationships among technology, lifelong learning, personal privacy, and appropriate stewardship of information;

● Uses these skills and the appropriate technologies to communicate and collaborate with peers, colleagues, family, and on occasion, the general public;

● Uses these skills to participate actively in civic society and contribute to a vibrant, informed, and engaged community.

Nationally, much is happening in the realm of digital literacy. Thursday, April 18, the DPLA (Digital Public Library of America) launched.  The DPLA is a platform that enables new and transformative uses of our digitized cultural heritage. The DPLA’s application programming interface (API) and open data can be used by software developers, researchers, and others to create novel environments for learning, tools for discovery, and engaging apps. Other major initiatives include Connect2Compete’s EveryoneOn campaign, DigitalLearn, and the Microsoft IT Academy.

At the Washington State Library, we have been following trends in digital literacy and evaluating a wide variety of digital literacy tools to create a portal that focuses on local resources as well as major national digital literacy projects. The Digital Literacy Advisory Team, made up of Washington State Library staff and representatives from the library community, have collaborated to make our new digital literacy resource page a valuable resource for all. Check it out here.

“For more information about WSL Digital Literacy project, please contact Jennifer Fenton, jennifer.fenton@sos.wa.gov.”

2013 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 03/29/2013

Friday, March 29th, 2013 Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Updates | No Comments »


Courtesy of the Legislative Planning Committee, Washington Library Association Library Related Legislation. The Washington Library Association (WLA) tracks state legislative activity that will potentially affect Washington Libraries. Their tracker is posted to the WLA web site and we will also post it weekly on this blog.

For information on the legislative process or becoming involved, see the WLA site referenced above.

Library Tracker 3-29-2013
Bill Title Sponsor Status Date Latest Cmte Mtg Info Companion Bills
HB 1057 Operating budget 2013-2015 Hunter H Approps 1/14/2013 Jan 15 Public hearing in the House  Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM. SB 5034(SWays & Means)
HB 1058 Operating sup budget 2013 Hunter H Approps 1/14/2013 Jan 15 Public hearing in the House  Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM. SB 5033(SWays & Means)
HB 1203 Children’s personal info Farrell S HumServ/Corr 2/19/2013 Mar 14 Public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Human Services & Corrections at 10:00 AM. SB 5198(HRules R)
SHB 1298 Sunshine committee Springer S Govt Ops 3/6/2013 Mar 28 Public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Governmental Operations at 10:00 AM. SB 5169(SRules 2)
SHB 1418 Public records/hours Hunt S Rules 2 3/19/2013 Mar 18 Public hearing and executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Governmental Operations at 10:00 AM.
HB 1486 Fire protection authorities Fitzgibbon S Govt Ops 3/12/2013 Mar 28 Public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Governmental Operations at 10:00 AM. SB 5331(SGovt Ops)
SHB 1654 Fire prot. service authority Riccelli S Govt Ops 3/12/2013 Mar 28 Public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Governmental Operations at 10:00 AM.
2SHB 1723 Early learning services Kagi S Ways & Means 3/29/2013 Mar 27 Executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education at 1:30 PM.
E2SHB 1828 Local govt fiscal conditions Springer S Ways & Means 3/13/2013 Feb 25 Public hearing and executive action taken in the House Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government at 1:30 PM. SB 5690(SWays & Means)
SHB 1960 Metropolitan park districts Seaquist S Govt Ops 3/15/2013 Mar 26 Public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Governmental Operations at 10:00 AM.
HB 2018 State retirement systems Hunter H Exec Action 3/28/2013 Mar 28 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM.
SB 5033 Operating sup budget 2013 Hill S Ways & Means 1/15/2013 HB 1058(HApprops)
SB 5034 Operating budget 2013-2015 Hill S Ways & Means 1/15/2013 HB 1057(HApprops)
SB 5198 Children’s personal info Darneille H Rules R 3/28/2013 Mar 26 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Government Operations & Elections at 9:00 AM. HB 1203(SHumServ/Corr)
SSB 5332 Fire protection districts Roach H Finance 3/29/2013 Apr 1 Scheduled for public hearing in the House  Committee on Finance at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change) HB 1488(HRules C)
SB 5417 Annexation within code city Mullet H LGDPA 3/28/2013 Mar 28 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Local Government at 8:30 AM. HB 1539(HRules C)
SSB 5705 Taxing districts/property tx Brown H Finance 3/6/2013 Apr 1 Scheduled for executive session in the House  Committee on Finance at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change) HB 1798(HFinance)
SB 5865 Fundraising purchases/use tx Roach S Ways & Means 3/4/2013 Mar 27 Public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Ways & Means at 3:30 PM.

2013 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 03/22/2013

Friday, March 22nd, 2013 Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Updates | No Comments »


Courtesy of the Legislative Planning Committee, Washington Library Association Library Related Legislation. The Washington Library Association (WLA) tracks state legislative activity that will potentially affect Washington Libraries. Their tracker is posted to the WLA web site and we will also post it weekly on this blog.

For information on the legislative process or becoming involved, see the WLA site referenced above.

Library Tracker 3-22-2012
Title Sponsor Status Date Latest Cmte Mtg Info Companion Bills
Operating budget 2013-2015 Hunter H Approps 1/14/2013 Jan 15 Public hearing in the House  Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM. SB 5034(SWays & Means)
Operating sup budget 2013 Hunter H Approps 1/14/2013 Jan 15 Public hearing in the House  Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM. SB 5033(SWays & Means)
Children’s personal info Farrell S HumServ/Corr 2/19/2013 Mar 14 Public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Human Services & Corrections at 10:00 AM. SB 5198(HGovt Operation)
Sunshine committee Springer S Govt Ops 3/6/2013 Mar 28 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Governmental Operations at 10:00 AM. (Subject to change) SB 5169(SRules 2)
Public records/hours Hunt S Rules 2 3/19/2013 Mar 18 Public hearing and executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Governmental Operations at 10:00 AM.
Fire protection authorities Fitzgibbon S Govt Ops 3/12/2013 Mar 28 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Governmental Operations at 10:00 AM. (Subject to change) SB 5331(SGovt Ops)
Fire prot. service authority Riccelli S Govt Ops 3/12/2013 Mar 28 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Governmental Operations at 10:00 AM. (Subject to change)
Early learning services Kagi S EL/K-12 3/8/2013 Mar 27 Scheduled for executive session in the Senate  Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change)
Local govt fiscal conditions Springer S Ways & Means 3/13/2013 Feb 25 Public hearing and executive action taken in the House Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government at 1:30 PM. SB 5690(SWays & Means)
Metropolitan park districts Seaquist S Govt Ops 3/15/2013 Mar 26 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Governmental Operations at 10:00 AM. (Subject to change)
Operating sup budget 2013 Hill S Ways & Means 1/15/2013 HB 1058(HApprops)
Operating budget 2013-2015 Hill S Ways & Means 1/15/2013 HB 1057(HApprops)
Children’s personal info Darneille H Govt Operations 2/26/2013 Mar 26 Scheduled for executive session in the House  Committee on Government Operations & Elections at 9:00 AM. (Subject to change) HB 1203(SHumServ/Corr)
Fire protection districts Roach H Local Govt 3/9/2013 Mar 26 Scheduled for executive session in the House  Committee on Local Government at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change) HB 1488(HRules C)
Annexation within code city Mullet H Local Govt 3/15/2013 Mar 26 Scheduled for executive session in the House  Committee on Local Government at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change) HB 1539(HRules C)
Taxing districts/property tx Brown H Finance 3/6/2013 Mar 25 Scheduled for public hearing in the House  Committee on Finance at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change) HB 1798(HFinance)

2013 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 03/08/2013

Friday, March 8th, 2013 Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Updates | No Comments »


Courtesy of the Legislative Planning Committee, Washington Library Association Library Related Legislation. The Washington Library Association (WLA) tracks state legislative activity that will potentially affect Washington Libraries. Their tracker is posted to the WLA web site and we will also post it weekly on this blog.

For information on the legislative process or becoming involved, see the WLA site referenced above.

 

Library Tracker 3-8-2013
Bill Title  Sponsor Status Date Latest Cmte Mtg Info Companion Bills
HB 1057 Operating budget 2013-2015 Hunter H Approps 1/14/2013 Jan 15 Public hearing in the House  Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM. SB 5034(SWays & Means)
HB 1058 Operating sup budget 2013 Hunter H Approps 1/14/2013 Jan 15 Public hearing in the House  Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM. SB 5033(SWays & Means)
SHB 1128 Local agency public records Takko H Rules R 2/12/2013 Feb 8 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Local Government at 1:30 PM.
HB 1203 Children’s personal info Farrell S HumServ/Corr 2/19/2013 Mar 14 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Human Services & Corrections at 10:00 AM. (Subject to change) SB 5198(HGovt Operation)
SHB 1298 Sunshine committee Springer S Govt Ops 3/6/2013 Feb 14 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Government Operations & Elections at 10:00 AM. SB 5169(SRules 2)
SHB 1418 Public records/hours Hunt S Govt Ops 3/6/2013 Feb 19 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Government Operations & Elections at 8:00 AM.
HB 1486 Fire protection authorities Fitzgibbon H Rules R 3/1/2013 Feb 28 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Finance at 8:00 AM. SB 5331(SGovt Ops)
SHB 1488 Fire protection districts Liias H 2nd Reading 3/5/2013 Feb 28 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Finance at 8:00 AM. SB 5332(Ssubst for)
HB 1539 Annexation within code city Rodne H 2nd Reading 3/7/2013 Feb 21 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Local Government at 8:00 AM. SB 5417(S2nd Reading)
SHB 1654 Fire prot. service authority Riccelli H 2nd Reading 3/6/2013 Feb 22 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Local Government at 1:30 PM.
2SHB 1723 Early learning services Kagi S EL/K-12 3/8/2013 Mar 15 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education at 8:00 AM. (Subject to change)
2SHB 1828 Local govt fiscal conditions Springer H Rules R 3/1/2013 Feb 25 Public hearing and executive action taken in the House Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government at 1:30 PM. SB 5690(SWays & Means)
SHB 1960 Metropolitan park districts Seaquist H 2nd Reading 3/5/2013 Feb 28 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Finance at 8:00 AM.
SSB 5013 Annexations Benton S 2nd Reading 2/5/2013 Jan 29 Executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Governmental Operations at 10:00 AM.
SB 5033 Operating sup budget 2013 Hill S Ways & Means 1/15/2013 HB 1058(HApprops)
SB 5034 Operating budget 2013-2015 Hill S Ways & Means 1/15/2013 HB 1057(HApprops)
SSB 5169 Sunshine committee Roach S Rules 2 2/12/2013 Feb 11 Executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Governmental Operations at 6:00 PM. HB 1298(Hsubst for)
SB 5198 Children’s personal info Darneille H Govt Operations 2/26/2013 Feb 7 Executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Human Services & Corrections at 10:00 AM. HB 1203(SHumServ/Corr)
SSB 5332 Fire protection districts Roach S Passed 3rd 3/7/2013 Feb 18 Executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Governmental Operations at 6:00 PM. HB 1488(H2nd Reading)
SB 5417 Annexation within code city Mullet S 2nd Reading 2/27/2013 Feb 18 Executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Governmental Operations at 6:00 PM. HB 1539(H2nd Reading)
SSB 5705 Taxing districts/property tx Brown H Finance 3/6/2013 Feb 21 Executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Governmental Operations at 10:00 AM. HB 1798(HFinance)
SSB 5727 Prev wages/distressed county Braun S Rules 2 2/19/2013 Feb 18 Executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Commerce & Labor at 1:30 PM.
SSB 5851 Defined contribution plan Bailey S 2nd Reading 3/5/2013 Feb 28 Executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Ways & Means at 1:30 PM.

2013 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 02/15/2013

Friday, February 15th, 2013 Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Updates | No Comments »


Courtesy of the Legislative Planning Committee, Washington Library Association Library Related Legislation. The Washington Library Association (WLA) tracks state legislative activity that will potentially affect Washington Libraries. Their tracker is posted to the WLA web site and we will also post it weekly on this blog.

For information on the legislative process or becoming involved, see the WLA site referenced above.

Library 2-15-2013
Bill Title Sponsor Status Date Latest Cmte Mtg Info Companion Bills
HB 1019 Public records requestors Haler H Govt Ops & Ele

1/14/2013

Jan 23 PH House  Government Operations & Elections at 1:30 PM.
HB 1037 Public records cost recovery Moeller H Govt Ops & Ele

1/14/2013

Feb 19 Scheduled for EX in the House  Government Operations & Elections at 8:00 AM.
HB 1042 Metro park district tax levy Seaquist H Finance

1/14/2013

Jan 28 PH House  Finance at 1:30 PM. SB 5410(SGovt Ops)
HB 1055 Metro park district tax levy Angel H Finance

1/14/2013

HB 1057 Operating budget 2013-2015 Hunter H Approps

1/14/2013

Jan 15 PH House  Appropriations at 3:30 PM. SB 5034(SWays & Means)
HB 1058 Operating sup budget 2013 Hunter H Approps

1/14/2013

Jan 15 PH House  Appropriations at 3:30 PM. SB 5033(SWays & Means)
SHB 1128 Local agency public records Takko H Rules R

2/12/2013

Feb 8 EX taken in the House  Local Government at 1:30 PM.
HB 1136 Emergency med. services levy Van De Wege H Finance

1/16/2013

Jan 25 PH House  Finance at 8:00 AM.
HB 1197 Open public meetings Pollet H Govt Operation

1/18/2013

Feb 19 Scheduled for EX in the House  Government Operations & Elections at 8:00 AM.
SHB 1198 Pub. records & open meetings Pollet H Apps Gen Govt

2/14/2013

Feb 12 EX taken in the House  Government Operations & Elections at 8:00 AM.
HB 1203 Children’s personal info Farrell H 2nd Reading

2/7/2013

Feb 5 EX taken in the House  Government Operations & Elections at 8:00 AM. SB 5198(S2nd Reading)
SHB 1217 Property assessment system Takko H Finance

2/5/2013

Feb 15 PH House  Finance at 8:00 AM.
HB 1226 PERS/returning retirees Ormsby H Rules R

2/7/2013

Feb 5 EX taken in the House  Appropriations at 3:30 PM. SB 5633(SWays & Means)
HB 1264 Fire district mergers Haigh H Rules R

2/8/2013

Feb 7 EX taken in the House  Local Government at 8:00 AM.
HB 1268 Local government purchasing Springer H 2nd Reading

2/13/2013

Feb 8 EX taken in the House  Local Government at 1:30 PM. SB 5110(Ssubst for)
SHB 1298 Sunshine committee Springer H GOEDPS

2/14/2013

Feb 14 EX taken in the House  Government Operations & Elections at 10:00 AM. SB 5169(SRules 2)
HB 1418 Public records/hours Hunt H Govt Operations

1/25/2013

Feb 19 Scheduled for EX in the House  Government Operations & Elections at 8:00 AM.
HB 1443 Industrial/manuf. facilities Sells H Exec Action

2/14/2013

Feb 14 EX taken in the House  Technology & Economic Development at 1:30 PM.
HB 1486 Fire protection authorities Fitzgibbon H Local Govt

1/29/2013

Feb 15 EX in the House  Local Government at 1:30 PM. SB 5331(SGovt Ops)
HB 1488 Fire protection districts Liias H Local Govt

1/29/2013

Feb 15 EX in the House  Local Government at 1:30 PM. SB 5332(SGovt Ops)
HB 1539 Annexation within code city Rodne H Local Govt

1/30/2013

Feb 19 Scheduled for PH House  Local Government at 1:30 PM. SB 5417(SGovt Ops)
HB 1654 Fire prot. service authority Riccelli H Local Govt

2/4/2013

Feb 14 PH House  Local Government at 8:00 AM.
HB 1665 Earlier retirement benefits Hunt H Approps

2/5/2013

HB 1666 Retirement vesting/5 years Reykdal H Approps

2/5/2013

SB 5652(SWays & Means)
HB 1667 Postretirement employment Moscoso H Approps

2/5/2013

SB 5651(SWays & Means)
HB 1668 Retirement/plan 2 members Cody H Approps

2/5/2013

SB 5650(SHealth Care)
HB 1714 Open public meetings act Pollet H Govt Operation

2/6/2013

Feb 19 Scheduled for PH House  Government Operations & Elections at 8:00 AM.
HB 1723 Early learning services Kagi H Erly Lrn/H Svc

2/6/2013

Feb 19 Scheduled for EX in the House  Early Learning & Human Services at 1:30 PM.
HB 1741 Retirees/insurance programs Cody H Approps

2/7/2013

SB 5654(SHealth Care)
HB 1763 Public records/hours Klippert H Govt Operations

2/8/2013

HB 1798 Taxing districts/property tx Haler H Finance

2/11/2013

SB 5705(SGovt Ops)
HB 1820 Avg. salary/pension purposes Bergquist H Approps

2/11/2013

HB 1828 Local govt fiscal conditions Springer H Local Govt

2/12/2013

Feb 19 Scheduled for PH House  Local Government at 1:30 PM. SB 5690(SWays & Means)
HB 1854 Annexations/public approval Schmick H Local Govt

2/12/2013

SSB 5013 Annexations Benton S 2nd Reading

2/5/2013

Jan 29 EX taken in the Senate  Governmental Operations at 10:00 AM.
SB 5014 Eminent domain Benton S Law & Justice

1/14/2013

Feb 4 EX scheduled, but no action was taken in the Senate  Law & Justice at 1:30 PM.
SB 5018 Public art purchases Benton S Ways & Means

1/14/2013

SB 5033 Operating sup budget 2013 Hill S Ways & Means

1/15/2013

HB 1058(HApprops)
SB 5034 Operating budget 2013-2015 Hill S Ways & Means

1/15/2013

HB 1057(HApprops)
ESSB 5110 Local government purchasing Tom H Local Govt

2/11/2013

Jan 31 EX taken in the Senate  Governmental Operations at 10:00 AM. HB 1268(H2nd Reading)
SSB 5169 Sunshine committee Roach S Rules 2

2/12/2013

Feb 11 EX taken in the Senate  Governmental Operations at 6:00 PM. HB 1298(HGOEDPS)
SB 5198 Children’s personal info Darneille S 2nd Reading

2/8/2013

Feb 7 EX taken in the Senate  Human Services & Corrections at 10:00 AM. HB 1203(H2nd Reading)
SB 5331 Fire protection authorities Hobbs S Govt Ops

1/28/2013

Feb 11 PH Senate  Governmental Operations at 6:00 PM. HB 1486(HLocal Govt)
SB 5332 Fire protection districts Roach S Govt Ops

1/28/2013

Feb 11 PH Senate  Governmental Operations at 6:00 PM. HB 1488(HLocal Govt)
SB 5383 Retiree return to work/PERS Benton S Ways & Means

1/28/2013

Feb 4 PH Senate  Ways & Means at 3:30 PM.
SB 5410 Metro park district tax levy Schlicher S Govt Ops

1/29/2013

Feb 11 PH Senate  Governmental Operations at 10:00 AM. HB 1042(HFinance)
SB 5417 Annexation within code city Mullet S Govt Ops

1/29/2013

Feb 12 PH Senate  Governmental Operations at 10:00 AM. HB 1539(HLocal Govt)
SB 5633 PERS/returning retirees Conway S Ways & Means

2/6/2013

Feb 12 PH Senate  Ways & Means at 3:30 PM. HB 1226(HRules R)
SB 5650 Retirement/plan 2 members Keiser S Health Care

2/6/2013

HB 1668(HApprops)
SB 5651 Postretirement employment McAuliffe S Ways & Means

2/6/2013

HB 1667(HApprops)
SB 5654 Retirees/insurance programs Fraser S Health Care

2/7/2013

HB 1741(HApprops)
SB 5690 Local govt fiscal conditions Hatfield S Ways & Means

2/8/2013

HB 1828(HLocal Govt)
SB 5705 Taxing districts/property tx Brown S Govt Ops

2/11/2013

Feb 18 Scheduled for PH Senate  Governmental Operations at 10:00 AM. HB 1798(HFinance)

Lively Art @ the Ellensburg Public Library

Friday, February 1st, 2013 Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Site Visits | No Comments »


Hal Holmes Center Mural (adjacent to the library) Many libraries are embellished with significant pieces of art found in the building or on the immediate grounds, enhancing their attractiveness to patrons and visitors. Not too long ago I had the opportunity to visit the Ellensburg Public Library, where I encountered quite a remarkable collection of art works. If you’re in Ellensburg, it’s worth a visit to the library just to check them out!

Many of the art pieces there grace the exterior building and grounds. These ranged from the brightly colored mural on the adjacent Hal Holmes Center building, to the charming if slightly disconcerting Kitt Coyote who greets you as you approach the library entrance. On the day I visited, he was flourishing a brightly colored bouquet of flowers that someone had handed to him.Kitt Coyote @ Ellensburg Public Library entrance

I hope you’ll follow the links to view several more pictures of these pieces and more. Look for the appealing bas relief of a girl and boy sharing a book under the apple trees, with a mountain in the background.

Not to mention the impressive labyrinth, depicting the history of the county in four quadrants: In the Beginning; And Then People Came to Live; And Then People Built Towns and Industries; And Now Our Hands Build for the Future.

Inside you’ll encounter the beautiful Margaret Holms Memorial stained glass window, depicting a woman reading to children, while a couple of engaging dogs look on. Brightly colored ceramic tiles and earth toned vases by a local artist ornament another room. The whimsical anthropomorphic stepping stool “whatsit” is apparently a favorite with the children, while kindergartners themselves painted the equally delightful “Tulip in the Kinder Garden” a splashily decorated exemplar of the “Cows Around Town” project.

Finally, I had the enjoyment of viewing several of Doc Hageman’s pieces fashioned from paper pill cups. Since those were a temporary exhibit while I was there, you probably won’t be lucky enough to see them if you visit now.

Art makes everyone’s day brighter, especially when it’s found @ the library!

The Library as a Makerspace

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »


Libraries are no longer simply a holding area for books, they are community hubs. People gather at the library to share ideas and enrich their lives. Computers and internet are now standard in libraries and are often in demand. Unemployed individuals can come to the library and apply for jobs. Kids can do their homework (or play games) at the library. But did you know that libraries are now becoming much more than books, computers and internet? Libraries are becoming creation spaces, often called maker spaces (or makerspaces).

What is a makerspace? Personally, I like this definition “Modeled after hackerspaces, a makerspace is a place where young people have an opportunity to explore their own interests, learn to use tools and materials, and develop creative projects. It could be embedded inside an existing organization or standalone on its own. It could be a simple room in a building or an outbuilding that’s closer to a shed. The key is that it can adapt to a wide variety of uses and can be shaped by educational purposes as well as the students’ creative goals.” (Makerspaces, Participatory Learning, and Libraries).

Sound familiar? It is not really that much of a stretch for libraries that already offer book clubs with knitting or various craft programs.

Makerspaces in libraries are also connected to STEM which is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. There is also a group wanting to add art into the mix to create STEAM. Both ideas dovetail nicely with offering maker space for people to experiment and create.

Is your library already a makerspace? If not, can you envision it becoming one?

Here are more resources on makerspaces:
Westport Library Maker-Space
Maker-Spaces-in-Libraries
News story from the Capital Gazette
IMLS

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