WSL Updates for February 16, 2017

WSL Updates for February 16, 2017

Volume 13, February 16, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) SIGN UP FOR SERVICE EXCELLENCE

2) VISUALIZING (AND FINDING!) LIBRARY FUNDING

3) NIH FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

4) NEW IMLS GRANT OPPORTUNITY

5) WE’RE WAY PAST PEAS – USES OF GENETIC INFORMATION

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) SIGN UP FOR SERVICE EXCELLENCE

There’s only a week left to sign up for the first session of WSL’s latest learning opportunity, “Service Excellence in Your Library.” You don’t want to miss this opportunity to propel the already good service at your library into GREAT service. This free workshop is appropriate for anyone working in libraries, regardless of job position or library type.

Join experienced library trainers, Kate Laughlin and Robin Dye, as they delve into what it takes to transform a library’s culture to one of “service excellence.” Explore how such a transformation occurs, some of the benefits that arise, and how each of us can encourage this change. Included are tips for handling service challenges, such as giving bad news, setting limits and depersonalizing hostile behavior. Consistent approaches to service are emphasized, and ample time is included for group discussion and skills practice. Workbooks are provided for each participant.

Sign up soon to guarantee your spot. Details including locations and dates are at sos.wa.gov/q/Service. Some sessions (especially the first one) could face cancellation without additional registrations. This free workshop is sponsored by the Washington State Library and supported by LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) funds through IMLS (the Institute for Museum and Library Services).

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2) VISUALIZING (AND FINDING!) LIBRARY FUNDING

This webinar will introduce participants to a dynamic and freely available data-visualization tool from the Foundation Center, Visualizing Funding for Libraries that enables library professionals and supporters to search for institutional funding for libraries at national, state, and local levels. Participants will learn pro tips on navigating the tool and as well as next steps on how to pursue new funding opportunities. Data visualizations such as maps, network constellations, and partnership pathways showcase key networks of funders and recipients, as well as individual grants that highlight the library services and programs that are winning grants. Visualizing Funding for Libraries is a Knight Foundation News Challenge winning project.

Sponsored by WebJunction and presented by Kate Tkacik, Manager of the Funding Information Network, and Amanda Dillon, Manager of Knowledge Services, both from the Foundation Center.

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3) NIH FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

The National Institutes of Health has announced a new opportunity for organizations interested in helping engage volunteers in the All of Us Research Program, part of the Precision Medicine Initiative. This funding opportunity, open to national and regional organizations, as well as local community groups, will support activities to promote enrollment and retention in the All of Us Research Program across diverse communities.

Pending available funds, NIH is designating up to $5 million per year over the next three years to support these community-led outreach efforts, to complement the program’s existing research and engagement infrastructure. Eligible organizations include nonprofits, other community- and faith-based organizations, minority-serving institutions and local governments, among others. Applicants must submit their proposed strategy for helping educate community members or health care providers about All of Us, whether through special events, trainings, communication programs or other activities. Applicants must also include a funding proposal tied to specific outreach goals.

Applications are due on March 24, 2017, and NIH plans to issue awards in May 2017. For full details about the funding opportunity, including eligibility requirements and application procedures, please visit go.usa.gov/x9seA.

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4) NEW IMLS GRANT OPPORTUNITY

The Institute of Museum and Library Services announces a new grant opportunity as part of its Community Catalyst initiative. With Activating Community Opportunities Using Museums/Libraries as Assets – A National Leadership Grants Special Initiative, IMLS invites proposals to test and develop museum and library collaborative approaches for bringing about positive community change.

Eligible entities are libraries, museums, institutions of higher education, and non-profit community organizations with experience in library, archive or museum projects and in managing grants for community development work. Award amounts will range from $25,000 to $150,000, and a one-to-one cost share is required. The application deadline is April 3, 2017. See the application guidelines on the IMLS website for details.

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5) WE’RE WAY PAST PEAS – USES OF GENETIC INFORMATION

“We’re Way Past Peas: Uses of Genetic Information to Understand Human Health and Guide Health Care Decision Making” is available as a free Moodle class where attendees can work asynchronously during the month of March. The class consists of four topics such as learning some of the principles of genetics and how it is used in health care and consumer information which includes direct-to-consumer testing, the Precision Medicine Initiative and more. The class also includes a webinar portion where the instructors will demonstrate resources from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and the National Library of Medicine.

Through this class, attendees will become familiar with the utility and effective use of key genetic information resources and contribute to the genetic literacy of the consumers and clinicians they support. Worth 4 MLA CE credits. Registration is now open and runs through February 28 at nnlm.gov/class/waypastpeas.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Tuesday, February 21

Wednesday, February 22

Thursday, February 23

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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