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SNAPSHOT: A Day in the Life of the Washington State Library

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Institutional Library Services, Washington Talking Book and Braille Library | No Comments »


Local author Kevin O'Brien spoke at Washington Talking Book and Braille Library.

Local author Kevin O’Brien spoke at the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library for Library Snapshot Day.

On Thursday, April 18, 2013 the Washington State Library participated in Washington Library Snapshot Day–a statewide effort to promote the important work libraries do every day. We collected usage statistics, customer comments, and photographs depicting everyday activities at the Washington State Library, its 17 branches, and the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library.

On Library Snapshot Day, the Washington State Library, including its branches throughout the state:

  • Was open for business for a total of 77.5 hours.
  • Answered 509 reference questions.
  • Was visited by 841 patrons (in-person).
  • Received 1,151 unique visitors to its website.
  • Circulated 3,453 items.
  • Provided 72 individual sessions to persons needing to use computers or access the Internet.
  • Mailed out 77 items for interlibrary loan.
WSL Special Collections Librarian Sean Lanksbury, shows a new collection of Washington fruit box labels to Assistant Secretary of State, Ken Raske.

WSL Special Collections Librarian Sean Lanksbury shows a new collection of Washington fruit box labels to Assistant Secretary of State, Ken Raske.

A few more numbers:

All in a day’s work!

For more great snapshots of life at the Washington State Library, click here.

Typical Year at WSP

Saturday, May 5th, 2012 Posted in Articles, Institutional Library Services | No Comments »


Office at WSP-EC

It was a typical year for both of the Washington State Penitentiary (WSP) Branch Libraries, the East-Complex (EC) and the West-Complex (WC).

In January 2011, our newest Library Associate, Molly Mooney had been on the job for 4 months.  Her training was going well and she enthusiastically participated in special projects:  working with our ILS Wiki pages and Library-Snapshot day.  In March the WC was open full-time again for the first time since February of 2010 and everyone was happy.  In April we said good-by to Molly when she decided to leave ILS.  The WSP libraries were back on half-time schedules.   With all of the going to and fro between EC and WC, Jean still wasn’t getting enough exercise and had to join the gym.

By May we had applicants for the vacant position at WC and in June Laura, Melisa, and Jean interviewed candidates.  In July Matt Roach accepted the position and was at WSP for two days before starting CORE in early August.  Matt was also a very enthusiastic new employee and training was well underway when ILS received the bad news. 

After nearly 30 years of operation the EC Library was being closed.  Jean’s position was going away which resulted in very bad news for Matt, who lost his job.  Even so, Matt gallantly worked through October and November to help pack up the EC collection.   His last day at WSP was November 30th.   The day before that he accepted a job at the State Library, so everyone was happy about that.

The EC library closed for good on November 30, 2011.    When it was all over about 2/3 of the collection had been packed up.  The rest was left for WSP to distribute to the Minimum units.   Using a golf cart pulling a trailer, WSP staff made several trips between EC and WC to move all of the boxes of books, library furniture and equipment which took up every available space in the WC library storage room.  

Now begins the work of unpacking, sorting and cataloging materials for WC.   Here’s hoping the year 2012 will be just as typical as 2011 was.

High Hopes for 2012

Monday, April 23rd, 2012 Posted in Articles, Institutional Library Services | No Comments »


 

AHCC Library

2011 saw many changes at the Airway Heights Corrections Center (AHCC). The institution changed to a closed movement facility and this has had a dramatic impact on library attendance. From what was a full library most movements has changed to about half our normal capacity.  

We started the year out with a Library Snapshot Day. Everyone had a blast and the atmosphere here was full of excitement. In February DOC started to make changes to increase security and for the next 6 months we were open and then closed due to lack of inmate clerks. Our budgets had been slashed so we started to feel the impact of that. Even with all the changes within DOC, the AHCC library has remained the center of activity. I still see all my regular patrons and reading remains high on the list of positive activities within the prison environment. 

In October, the AHCC branch library distributing the first book for our “AHCC Library Reads Together” program. We had our first session at the end of November and discussed Cannery Row by John Steinbeck. Since then the program has tripled in size and we have read The Skyfisherman by Craig Lesley and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. We are just starting our newest selection, Little Bee by Chris Cleave. This program is really having a positive impact. The inmates are talking about these books in their day rooms and the discussions in our group are amazing.  

I have high hopes for the AHCC library in 2012.

THAT WAS THE YEAR THAT WAS 2011

Friday, April 20th, 2012 Posted in Articles, Institutional Library Services | No Comments »


WCCW Library

The new year started off with a bang. On 1/11/11 we hosted Library Snapshot Day at the Washington Corrections Center for Women. The day really highlighted who we are and what we do everyday. Inmates had their photos taken in the library and were told how their friends and families could access their pictures on Facebook.

Jump to March and the hot issue became library expansion. Laura and I met with our Associate Supt to talk about expanding the library area by taking over the adjoining room. This conversation is in its 14th year so stay tuned.

April brought spring flowers and a new circulation system named Destiny.

June was a good month for the library as the inmates here ponied up $1000 for me to buy books.

Jump again to December and the big news was the snow. The library and entire school building were closed on 12/20, 12/21, and 12/22.

SNAPSHOT: A Day in the Life of the Washington State Library

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public | No Comments »


WTBBL book recording supervisor Theresa shares a laugh with volunteer narrator Rick.

On Monday, April 9, the Washington State Library participated in Washington Library Snapshot Day–a statewide effort to promote the important work libraries do every day.  We collected usage statistics, customer comments, and photographs depicting everyday activities at the Washington State Library, its 16 branches, and the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library.

On Library Snapshot Day, the Washington State Library, including its branches throughout the state:

  • Was open for business for a total of 96.83 hours.
  • Answered 524 reference questions.
  • Was visited by 1,108 patrons (in-person).
  • Received 927 unique visitors to its website.
  • Circulated 4,493 items.
  • Provided 307 individual sessions to persons needing to use computers or access the Internet.
  • Provided one-on-one help with computers/technology 86 times.
  • Borrowed 66 items by interlibrary loan and lent out 17.
Jeannie Remillard and library assistants at SCCC

Jeannie Remillard and her crew at the Stafford Creek Correction Center Library in Aberdeen, WA.

A few more  numbers:

  • Washington library patrons asked 121 questions using the Ask-WA virtual reference service; libraries across the state answered 115 questions from around the world.
  • Our Digital Collections and Resources received 1,102 visits.
  • The WSL-coordinated Washington Anytime Library saw 575 new checkouts/downloads made by 421 unique patrons.  Of these, 389 transactions were eBooks, and 186 were audiobooks.
  • The Washington Talking Book and Braille Library saw 54 volunteer hours for the day.

All in a day’s work!

For more great snapshots of life at the Washington State Library, click here.

Representative Troy Kelley visits Western State Hospital Library

Thursday, June 9th, 2011 Posted in Articles, Institutional Library Services | No Comments »


Representative Troy Kelley

Representative Troy Kelley accepted an invitation to visit the Western State Hospital Library on June 7.  Despite the grueling legislative session and hectic personal schedule, he made the time to meet with hospital superintendent Jess Jamieson and the library staff.  State Library Branch Manager Laura Sherbo and library associate Kathleen Benoun welcomed Rep. Kelley into the Patients Library and told him about the State Library’s role in providing services to enhance the recovery and re-entry of those currently housed in state institutions.   He was presented with a copy of the colorful “ILS Snapshot Day” summary report, created by Jill Merritt, Anna Nash and Molly Mooney.  Rep Kelley was given a brief tour of the WSH History Museum.

Troy Kelley represents district #28, that includes Dupont, Lakewood, Steilacoom, University Place, Fircrest, and Tacoma.  He is a businessman and Army reservist, who recently joined the National Guard.

Coyote Ridge Corrections Center Library makes the news

Friday, February 11th, 2011 Posted in Articles, Institutional Library Services | No Comments »


Library Snapshot day was a huge success for those of us who deal with the inmates and patients of Washington prisons and psychiatric hospitals; we see results everyday.  However, it is nice when the general public gets a chance to see what we do every day as we walk into the different facilites of Washington State.  This article in the Franklin County Graphic tells the story of the Coyote Ridge Corrections Center. Click on the newspaper clip for full article.

Library Snapshot Day at Stafford Creek

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 Posted in Articles, Institutional Library Services | 2 Comments »


Jeannie Remillard helps some patrons at the library.

All in all a very successful day! I feel like it was a day that promoted our library in a very positive way to everyone here at Stafford Creek.  I think business has really picked up since that day…we are busier than ever…but that’s ok!! I love my job…and enjoy coming to work each and every day!!

Other comments heard throughout the day:

  • A fun place to come
  • And…our dogs are more than welcome here
  • Library staff are always willing to help in anyway they can
  • We love the ILL program…and the books get to us so quickly

 

Library Snapshot Day in review at Washington Corrections Center for Women

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 Posted in Articles, Institutional Library Services | 1 Comment »


Patrons of the Washington Corrections Center for Women Library

I was very nervous on 1/10/11 about Library Snapshot Day. A lot of things can go wrong in a prison library setting. It turned out to be a very positive experience. We always have bookmarks to hand out but on this day we had some rather fancy ones for our patrons. These fancy ones said Washington Rural Heritage on the front and a short bio on the back about a famous Washingtonian. My customers loved the attention of getting their photos taken and they all had the chance to fill out a survey that told us how we were doing in the library. The inmates learned that their family would be able to go to a website and view their pictures and this thrilled them. It was a fun day for all.

Stafford Creek is Going to the Dogs

Friday, January 28th, 2011 Posted in Articles, Institutional Library Services | 2 Comments »


Canine patrons check out the latest issue of BARK.

Stafford Creek Corrections Center has long welcomed the dogs from “Freedom Tails” dog program into the library, but never more so than on Library Snapshot Day 1/11/11.

Many of the dog handlers are regular library patrons and they made a point to visit the library and were very happy to get their pictures taken. It went so well that they made it into the local newspaper of Aberdeen, The Daily World.

Click on picture for full article.