WSL Updates for May 4, 2017

WSL Updates for May 4, 2017

Volume 13, May 4, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) NATIONAL LIBRARY LEGISLATIVE DAY

2) LSTA 5-YEAR EVALUATION & PLAN

3) 2017 ARSL CONFERENCE

4) SERVING NEW AMERICANS

5) PATRON PRIVACY CHECKLISTS

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) NATIONAL LIBRARY LEGISLATIVE DAY

Cindy Aden, Washington’s State Librarian, is among the 500 library supporters from every state, who gathered in Washington D.C. to advocate for federal support for libraries during the American Library Association’s (ALA) 43rd annual National Library Legislative Day held May 1 & 2. A major goal is protecting LSTA (Library Services & Technology Act) funds administered through the Institute for Museum & Library Services (IMLS), which provide crucial funding for programs and services to libraries throughout the state.

A May 1 press release on ALA’s Legislative Day activities is available from the ALA Web site. A news release detailing the role of LSTA funding in Washington, with comments from Aden, is available from the Office of the Secretary of State’s web site.

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2) LSTA 5-YEAR EVALUATION & PLAN

The Washington State Library announces the release of its LSTA Five-Year Evaluation, covering the federal fiscal year awards 2013 through 2017. The evaluation has been filed with the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS), the funding agency for the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA). The full report, summary of recommendations, and supporting documents, are available on the WSL web site at sos.wa.gov/q/libdev under the heading “Planning for the Future.” The next Five-Year Plan, covering federal fiscal year awards 2018 through 2022, is currently under development.

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3) 2017 ARSL CONFERENCE

It’s here, the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Don’t be a turkey, register early for the Association for Rural & Small Libraries #ARSL2017 – Sept. 7-9 in beautiful St. George, UT. Get the $265 early bird rate today! Early bird ends July 7 and early bird checks need to be postmarked by July 10. For detailed conference information, visit arsl.info/2017-conference/. To register, visit www.regonline.com/2017arslannualconference.

This conference is so packed full of great information and networking opportunities, you will not want to miss out. Check out Preconference options announced on the ARSL Facebook page. There is also a conference event set up on Facebook where you can indicate whether you’re attending, get updates and offer to room share or connect with another librarian who is willing to room share (Select “Events” from the ARSL Facebook Page).

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4) SERVING NEW AMERICANS

More than 55 percent of new Americans use the public library at least once a week. There, they find a trusted environment, resources and community connections that can ease the way to full participation in American society. For many people new to the United States, libraries serve as a gateway to citizenship, offering English language learning, training materials and resources on immigration and citizenship.

Since 2013, IMLS has worked with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to help libraries provide accurate and useful information about immigration and citizenship benefits, promote an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensure the integrity of the immigration system.

Libraries play a critical role in serving immigrant communities. To learn how your library can participate, visit www.uscis.gov/citizenship/organizations/libraries. Training and tip sheets are also available.

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5) PATRON PRIVACY CHECKLISTS

Volunteers from the ALA Library Information and Technology Association’s Patron Privacy Interest Group worked with the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee’s Privacy Subcommittee to create a set of 7 checklists intended to help libraries of all sizes and budgets take practical steps to implement the principles that are laid out in the ALA Library Privacy Guidelines. Each checklist is organized into three priority groups. Priority 1 are actions that hopefully all libraries can take to improve privacy practices. Priority 2 and Priority 3 actions may be more difficult for libraries to implement depending on their technical expertise, available resources, and organizational structure.

Congress just voted to allow internet providers to sell consumer data without permission, which means using https on your library’s website to protect patron data has become even more important. These checklists can help you assess where your library is now, and what you need to work on next.

For even more library-oriented privacy information, consult ALA’s Privacy: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights, and the ALA Privacy Tool Kit.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Tuesday, May 9

Wednesday, May 10

Thursday, May 11

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DISCLAIMER: The State Library regularly highlights third-party events and online resources as a way to alert the library community to training and resource opportunities.  By doing so, we are not endorsing the content of the event, nor promoting any specific product, but merely providing this information as an FYI to librarians who must then decide what is right for them.

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