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WSL Updates for February 17, 2011

Volume 7, February 17, 2011 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) FREE GENEALOGY EVENT – BING CROSBY’S FAMILY HISTORY

2) WLA ANNUAL CONFERENCE – REGISTER NOW

3) PUBLIC RECORDS & OPEN MEETING FORUM

4) FREE WEBWISE CONFERENCE

5) HOST THE KING JAMES BIBLE TRAVELING EXHIBIT

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) FREE GENEALOGY EVENT – BING CROSBY’S FAMILY HISTORY

Join us for a Genealogy Workshop tracing Bing Crosby’s Washington roots. This free event is open to all who are interested in the fascinating story of Washington’s native son, Bing Crosby, and his rise to international fame, as well as to those who want to learn about researching family history.

Gonzaga University, home to the Bing Crosby Archives, Crosbyana Room and family home, along with staff from the Washington State Library, Washington State Archives and Digital Archives, Crosby family members, local heritage organizations and volunteer genealogists will combine resources to unravel the Crosby family history and offer workshops that teach the fundamentals of researching your own family history.

Saturday, March 5, 2011, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Gonzaga University, Spokane. Registration for this free event is required as space is limited. For more information and to register visit www.sos.wa.gov/heritage/BingCrosbyRSVP.aspx or call 360.902.4171.

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2) WLA ANNUAL CONFERENCE – REGISTER NOW

The WLA Annual Conference is an excellent place to develop professionally, advance your career, connect with colleagues, and learn about new techniques and new products that improve library services for your community. This year’s conference will offer more than 40 programs and will feature more than 50 companies exhibiting their new products and services.

The 2011 WLA Conference takes place April 6-8 in “The Palm Springs of Washington,” better known as Yakima. The Yakima Convention Center will serve as conference headquarters. The conference hotel is the Red Lion located next to the convention center.

For more information, including the conference schedule, program descriptions, registration, and hotel reservation information, visit 2011wlaconference.wla.org.

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3) PUBLIC RECORDS & OPEN MEETING FORUM

The Washington Coalition for Open Government will present a special program focusing on Washington’s Public Records and Open Meetings laws from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 23, at the Cowlitz Regional Conference Center, 1900 7th Avenue, in Longview.

A panel of expert presenters will fuel the discussion on securing and preserving the public’s legal right to access the records and proceedings of the government agencies created to serve the people of the state. The panelists include: former State Representative Toby Nixon, State Auditor Brian Sonntag, Assistant State Attorney Tim Ford, and State Archivist Jerry Handfield. Krist Novoselic, musician and activist, will moderate the discussion.

The forum is free and open to all, and questions and comments from the audience are welcome. For more information, contact the Washington Coalition for Open Government, 6351 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107-2664; 206.782.0393 or info@washingtoncog.org.

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4) FREE WEBWISE CONFERENCE

A signature initiative of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the WebWise Conference annually brings together representatives of museums, libraries, archives, systems science, education, and other fields to explore the many opportunities made possible by digital technologies. The theme of this year’s WebWise Conference is “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in Education, Learning, and Research.” Sample topics include:

  • Libraries and Museums Engaging Youth in STEM Learning;
  • Perfecting STEM Partnerships: Libraries, Museums & Formal Education;
  • Tapping Into Science: Promoting Collections for Use in Teaching, Learning and Research;
  • Reuse and Recycle: Tools and Services for Managing, Preserving, and Presenting Data for Sharing.

The 2011 WebWise conference will be held March 9 – 11 in Baltimore, Maryland. Registration is free, but reaches capacity every year. For more information, and to register, visit webwise2011.library.du.edu.

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5) HOST THE KING JAMES BIBLE TRAVELING EXHIBIT

2011 marks the 400th anniversary of the first printing of the King James Bible. The ALA Public Programs Office, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) invite public, academic and special libraries to apply to host “Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible,” a traveling exhibition to America’s libraries. Three copies of the exhibit will travel to 40 libraries from fall of 2011 through winter of 2013.

This exhibit tells the story of the origins, creation, and impact of the book, including its influence on English and American literature and its multifaceted impact on culture and society to the present day. The fascinating history and influence of the King James Bible will interest many viewers of the traveling exhibit, resulting in a new understanding of the book’s social, cultural, literary and religious influence over four centuries. The traveling exhibition was made possible by a grant from NEH.

For more information, including access to the online application, visit www.ala.org/kingjamesbible.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, February 21:

Tuesday, February 22:

  • Spring 2011 Nonfiction Announcements (School Library Journal); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST;
  • Introduction to Digital Storytelling Communities: How to Engage the Public (Infopeople); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PST;

Wednesday, February 23:

  • Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Circulating E-book Readers at UNO (NCompass Live); 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. PST;
  • 2010 Access to Learning Award (Veria Central Public Library, Greece & WebJunction); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PST;
  • Improve Your Training Sessions Through Improv Games (Training Magazine Network); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PST;
  • 5 Case Studies: Facebook (and other social tools) for Program and Service Delivery (Common Knowledge); 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PST;

Thursday, February 24:

  • Building Community Support for Broadband: Know Your Stakeholders (WSL); 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. and repeated 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. PST;

Friday, February 25:

  • Tech Tools With Tine (Texas State Library); 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. PST;
  • Introduction to the New ProQuest Platform (ProQuest); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PST; www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/PQ12.

All of these sessions are online. For more information and to register (unless otherwise linked above), visit the WSL Training Calendar at www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/training.

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