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Announcing the winners of our 3rd Annual Zine contest!

Announcing the winners of our 3rd Annual Zine contest!

How many of us remember sitting through dry history classes in school?  And yet history done right is a fascinating and important subject.  Here at the Washington State Library we take history seriously.  One of our strategic goals is to “Preserve and share Washington’s stories.” We have several paths to achieving this goal. There are our historic digital newspapers, the digitized “Classics in Washington History” collection, our collection of Historic maps, and the  Washington Rural Heritage Collection.  But making the resources…

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WSL Updates for January 25, 2018

WSL Updates for January 25, 2018

Volume 14, January 25, 2018 for the WSL Updates mailing list Topics include: 1) CE NEEDS ASSESSMENT 2) HEALTH NUMERACY AND YOU 3) COMIC CON AT THE LIBRARY 4) RURAL PUBLIC LIBRARY GRANTS 5) ONLINE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD COMPLETED 6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK ————————————————————————————————————— 1) CE NEEDS ASSESSMENT It’s time once again for the semi-annual Continuing Education Needs Assessment from the Washington State Library and the Washington Library Association: www.surveymonkey.com/r/CE_2018_WSL. If you took the survey in the past and…

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State Library’s Annual Report Showcases Successes.

State Library’s Annual Report Showcases Successes.

From the desk of Jeff Martin Every year, the Washington State Library (WSL) reports on its use of Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding to the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). On December 21, 2017, the LSTA State Programs Report for use of the 2016 LSTA award was submitted to IMLS for their review, comment, and approval. The year’s report is 126 pages in length. Reporting is a team effort by all those who manage and support projects…

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Help us Tag Washington’s WWI Sammies!

Help us Tag Washington’s WWI Sammies!

From the desk of Shawn Schollmeyer The Library of Congress has once again found a fun new way to promote our digital newspapers collections by launching a new crowd-sourced tagging tool to help us capture the key names & titles of the WWI cartoons in our Washington digital newspapers. From 2008-2014 the Washington State Library participated in the National Digital Newspaper Program, contributing over 306,000 pages of Washington newspapers to the Chronicling America website. One of the biggest advances in…

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WSL Updates for September 14, 2017

WSL Updates for September 14, 2017

Volume 13, September 14, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list Topics include resources: 1) RESILIENCE RESOURCES 2) FREE BOOKS 3) THINK, DO, SHOW – SAVE THE DATE 4) THE FORGOTTEN WAR REMEMBERED 5) LATINO CULTURES RESOURCES 6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK ————————————————————————————————————— 1) RESILIENCE RESOURCES Many people around the country are facing difficult, trying times right now. Evacuees displaced by the recent hurricanes in Texas and along the southeastern seaboard states, immigrants, refugees, and others who have had…

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3rd Annual Historical Zine Contest

3rd Annual Historical Zine Contest

From the desk of Judy Pitchford Hey kids (and adults)! It’s time for the 3rd Annual Historical Zine Contest! Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, is sponsoring the 3rd Annual Historical Zine Contest with co-sponsors Washington State Archives and Timberland Regional Library. Participants are asked to create a Zine about some aspect of Washington History. Washington residents from 4th grade and up (yes, adults, too!) are asked to participate. All three sponsors have…

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Growing up in Washington’s Finest Dairyland

Growing up in Washington’s Finest Dairyland

From the desk of Evan Robb Former state senator (1969-1980) Gary M. Odegaard stopped in at the Washington State Library last week to share a wealth of unique photographs from his family collection, as well as hours of great stories about growing up in the border town of Sumas, Washington. Deborah Morgan from the Sumas Library met with Odegaard while staff from our Washington Rural Heritage program worked to digitize his photos. It was a fascinating day of learning about life…

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WSL Updates for August 17, 2017

WSL Updates for August 17, 2017

Volume 13, August 17, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list Topics include: 1) SEEKING LIBRARY COUNCIL MEMBERS 2) RURAL HERITAGE GRANT AWARDS 3) WIKIPEDIA + LIBRARIES: BETTER TOGETHER 4) ACADEMIC LIBRARIES TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES 5) STATEWIDE PURCHASING & CONTRACTING WORKSHOP 6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK ————————————————————————————————————— 1) SEEKING LIBRARY COUNCIL MEMBERS The mission of the Library Council of Washington (LCW) is to help all Washington citizens access library services, information, and resources. The LCW advises the State Librarian and…

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WSL Updates for July 20, 2017

WSL Updates for July 20, 2017

Volume 13, July 20, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list Topics include: 1) IMLS BUDGET VICTORY 2) TWO NEW RURAL HERITAGE COLLECTIONS 3) CENTER FOR THE BOOK 4) MEASURES THAT MATTER PART 3 5) GRANTS – RECORDINGS AT RISK 6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK Please follow and like us: