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WSL Updates for September 30, 2010

Volume 6, September 30, 2010 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) SDL NEEDS ASSESSMENT SURVEYS

2) WSL CONTRIBUTES 115,000 PAGES TO CHRONICLING AMERICA

3) FIRST TUESDAYS PRESENTS SUMMER READING PREVIEW

4) FREE PRESERVATION WORKSHOPS

5) LAURA BUSH 21ST CENTURY LIBRARIAN GRANTS

6) STRETCH DONATIONS FOR NOLO BOOKS

7) TRAVEL GRANTS TO ATTEND ALA MIDWINTER

8) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) SDL NEEDS ASSESSMENT SURVEYS

The WSL Statewide Database Licensing project announces the release of two needs assessment surveys to help guide future directions for the project. The current contract with ProQuest expires June 30, 2011, and we request your assistance in determining what Washington libraries currently want and need in terms of a statewide database package.

  • One survey is for library staff at all levels and from all types of libraries: www.surveymonkey.com/s/sdlneeds2010. The deadline for responding is October 31.
  • The second survey is for public library patrons. We encourage public libraries to place a link to this survey on their websites. For links, and a web graphic, visit the SDL page at www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/SDL.

For more information about the SDL project or for updates on the procurement process, visit the project web page at www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/SDL or contact project manager, Will Stuivenga: will.stuivenga@sos.wa.gov 360.704.5217 or toll free 866.538.4996.

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2) WSL CONTRIBUTES 115,000 PAGES TO CHRONICLING AMERICA

The Washington State Library recently contributed another 23,000 historic newspaper pages from seven newspapers to Chronicling America, making Washington State’s contribution to the program a total of 23 titles and over 115,000 pages. Read and research issues from these and other newspapers around the U.S. for free at chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.

Chronicling America provides free and open access to nearly 2.7 million full-text searchable pages from 348 titles published between 1860 and 1922 in 22 states and the District of Columbia. The Washington State Library’s National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) grant was renewed through June 2012, allowing more pages from other newspapers around Washington State to be uploaded over the next two years.

For more information or a list of titles visit www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/NDNP or contact Laura Robinson, Washington’s NDNP project manager, at laura.robinson@sos.wa.gov or (360) 570-5568.

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3) FIRST TUESDAYS PRESENTS SUMMER READING PREVIEW

For October’s First Tuesdays program, preview the 2011 Summer Reading program with Martha Shinners of the Washington State Library and explore children’s, teen and adult programs built around the theme of World Culture/World Travel. The slogans are:

  • Children’s-One World, Many Stories;
  • Teen-You Are Here;
  • Adult-Novel Destination.

Tuesday, October 5, 2011, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PDT. For more information on First Tuesdays, visit www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/tuesdays. For instructions on joining this free online session, visit www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/FirstTuesdays.

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4) FREE PRESERVATION WORKSHOPS

Do you have historical records in your collections but don’t have archival training? “The Basics of Archives” is a free workshop that will equip you with practical advice, sample forms and policies, and the basics of care for archival materials. Workshops will be held in three locations from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: National Archives Pacific-Alaska Region in Seattle (October 14), Eastern Washington Regional Archives in Cheney (October 21), and Pierce County Public Works Environmental Services Building, University Place (October 29).

Pre-registration is required by October 8. Enrollment is limited. To register, contact Mark Vessey, mvessey@wshs.wa.gov, 360-586-0219. Directions and parking information will be provided upon registration.

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5) LAURA BUSH 21ST CENTURY LIBRARIAN GRANTS

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) invites proposals from libraries; archives; and library agencies, associations, and consortia for the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian (LB21) grant program. Categories of funding for the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program are as follows:

  • Continuing education for library and archives staff;
  • Pre-professional programs to interest future professionals in library and information science as a career;
  • Master’s and doctoral programs in library and information science;
  • Programs to build institutional capacity in graduate schools of library and information science by developing or enhancing programs;
  • Research to provide the library and archives community with information needed to support successful recruitment and education, to establish and support ongoing research capacity in library and information science, and to support the early career development of new faculty members in library and information science through innovative research by untenured, tenure-track faculty.

The grant period for these projects is up to three years, except for doctoral program projects, which may be up to four years. Within these categories, applicants may also apply for a one-year planning grant. The application deadline is December 15, 2010.

Two webinars offer information on the grant application process, and an opportunity to ask questions. The webinars are at 11:00 a.m. PDT October 20 and 28. For more information visit www.imls.gov/news/2010/092810b.shtm.

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6) STRETCH DONATIONS FOR NOLO BOOKS

Nolo, the well-known publisher of do-it-yourself legal books and software, is offering to match library donations up to $1500 per year from library patrons or Friends of the Library groups, specifically for the purchase of Nolo materials. For more information visit www.nolo.com/library/matching-funds.html.

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7) TRAVEL GRANTS TO ATTEND ALA MIDWINTER

ALA and EBSCO are partnering to offer five scholarships for librarians to attend the 2011 ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Diego, January 7-11, 2011. Each EBSCO scholarship offers $1,500, and one of the five will be awarded to a first-time conference attendee. To apply, candidates must submit the application form, a one-page curriculum vita, and an essay of no more than 250 words that answers the following question: “Thinking outside the box – using technology to help in challenging times.” Essays and applications will be judged by a jury designated by ALA.

Deadline for entry is Nov. 1, 2010 and the application information is available via this shortcut link: www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/ALA-EBSCO.

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8) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Tuesday, October 5:

  • Give Them What They Want? Patron Driven Acquisitions For E-Books (LYRASIS); 6:45 – 8:00 a.m. PDT;
  • Programs that Will Get Teens Involved! (Texas State Library); 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. PDT;
  • First Tuesdays: Summer Reading 2011 Preview (WSL/Martha Shinners); 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PDT;
  • Breaking New Bread: Cookbooks in the Library (Booklist); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT;
  • Beyond Marc Records: Patron Discovery Of E-Books (LYRASIS); 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PDT.

Wednesday, October 6:

  • Big Read Discussions @ your library (NCompass Live); 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. PDT;
  • Gadget Checklist 2010: For library staff, users and our future (WebJunction/Michael Porter); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT;

Thursday, October 7:

  • Developing A High-Performing Learning Organization: Framework And Architecture (Training Magazine); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PDT;
  • Inside the Discovery Difference: Why Library Staff & Students Love Web-Scale (Library Journal/Serial Solutions); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT;
  • Easy to be Free: Creating a Smart Wireless Network for your Library (WebJunction); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT.

All of these sessions are online. Providers are listed in parentheses. For registration links and more information on these events, visit the WSL Training Calendar: www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/training.

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