WSL Updates, August 27, 2015

WSL Updates, August 27, 2015

Volume 11, August 27, 2015 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) HIGH SCHOOL COMPLETION PROGRAM

2) 2015 WALE CONFERENCE REGISTRATION OPEN

3) WLMA CONFERENCE 2015 REGISTRATION OPEN

4) PROQUEST INTERFACE UPGRADES

5) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) HIGH SCHOOL COMPLETION PROGRAM

The Washington State Library would like to call attention to the High School 21+ program coordinated through the SBCTC (Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges). HS 21+ is a competency-based high school equivalency program for adult learners 21 and older who do not have a high school diploma or equivalency. Adults demonstrate competencies in core subject areas through existing transcript credits, as well as credit for work, life, military experience, learning portfolios, and testing.

The program expands high school completion options already offered by the Community & Technical Colleges (CTC) system. Most of the needed coursework is available online via Canvas, the online learning platform used by Washington CTCs. For more information on High School 21+, use this link: sos.wa.gov/q/HS-21.

WSL’s November 3, 9:00 a.m. First Tuesdays webinar will feature Troy Goracke, HS 21+ program administrator.

Many CTCs offer additional programs that provide similar services for students age 16-21. According to the SBCTC web site: “Most Washington State community and technical colleges operate one or more high school programs such as High School Completion, Technical High School, Credit Retrieval, Youth Re-engagement, External Diploma Program or other high school options. The goal of each of these various programs is to award a high school diploma to students who complete the graduation requirements.”

After careful review and investigation, the State Library suggests Washington libraries consider promoting these locally developed programs for adult high school completion.

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2) 2015 WALE CONFERENCE REGISTRATION OPEN

Registration is now open for the 2015 WALE Conference: Book to the Future. Washington Library Employees (WALE) announces their annual conference at Campbell’s Lake Resort on Lake Chelan on October 26-28, 2015. Early Bird registration rates are available through September 25, 2015.

The purpose of the conference is to build a communication network among library employees, encourage continuing education for library personnel and improve library service through skill development.

WALE is awarding two scholarships for conference attendance; both include full registration and two nights of lodging! Unless you have a time machine, apply now. The application deadline is Friday, September 4.

Washington Library Employees (WALE) is an interest group of the Washington Library Association.

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3) WLMA CONFERENCE 2015 REGISTRATION OPEN

Registration is now open for WLMA Conference 2015 from October 15-17, 2015 at the Yakima Red Lion and Conference Center in Yakima. Take advantage of Early Bird rates by September 24, 2015.

For more information, visit WLMA Conference 2015.

Washington Library Media Association (WLMA) is an interest group of the Washington Library Association.

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4) PROQUEST INTERFACE UPGRADES

ProQuest has recently announced user interface (UI) upgrades for several products, including:

These changes are designed to support evolving user workflows, and were created following extensive customer feedback, testing, and in-depth analysis of usage patterns and behavior. For more information on each of these, use the shortcut links provided above.

To register for one of the “What’s New on the ProQuest platform” webinars, visit sos.wa.gov/q/RL-new. For CultureGrams or SIRS training, visit sos.wa.gov/q/PQ-Q12. For in person on site, or customized training, contact our regional ProQuest trainer.

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5) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

August 31

September 1

September 2

September 3

September 4

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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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