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WSL Updates for March 3, 2011

Volume 7, March 3, 2011 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) WASHINGTON RURAL HERITAGE GRANT CYCLE OPENS

2) NEW SUPPORTING STUDENT SUCCESS GRANT CYCLE OPENING

3) HELP REVIEW DATABASE PRODUCTS FOR WA LIBRARIES

4) CELEBRATE NATIONAL BOOKMOBILE DAY

5) MONEY SMART WEEK IN WASHINGTON

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) WASHINGTON RURAL HERITAGE GRANT CYCLE OPENS

A new grant cycle is open for Washington Rural Heritage, a statewide digitization initiative for small rural libraries and partnering institutions. To date, more than 60 cultural institutions (including 22 public libraries) throughout Washington have contributed to this growing digital collection of historic primary sources. Learn more about the project and see a full list of contributors here: www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/WRH.

Both public and tribal libraries are eligible to apply for this grant. Overall funding to support the grant cycle is $50,000, with a maximum award of $10,000 per application. It is anticipated that five or more applicants may receive awards. Application deadline: Postmarked or received by April 29, 2011. View eligibility guidelines, FAQs, and download a grant application at: www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/grants.

For more information, contact Evan Robb, Project Manager, 360.704.5228, evan.robb@sos.wa.gov or Anne Yarbrough, Grants Program, 360.704.5246, anne.yarbrough@sos.wa.gov. Washington Rural Heritage is supported with Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding provided by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

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2) NEW SUPPORTING STUDENT SUCCESS GRANT CYCLE OPENING

The Washington State Library will offer a 4th year of grant funding for public libraries and public school libraries that work together on projects supporting successful student completion of the Social Studies Classroom Based Assessments. Details will be available March 7, 2011 at www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/grants.

Please note these changes in the 2011 cycle:

  • The 2011 grant cycle will require the integration of the curriculum “Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty in Washington State” into already existing social studies CBAs;
  • The curriculum can be found at www.indian-ed.org;
  • Grants of up to $7,500 will be awarded for applications that are complete and that meet all the criteria on a first come, first served basis. There will be no competitive grants for this cycle;
  • A total of $230,000 is available to support this grant cycle which can fund at least 30 awards;
  • Applications are due Friday, April 22, 2011.

For more information contact Martha Shinners, 360.570.5567, martha.shinners@sos.wa.gov.

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3) HELP REVIEW DATABASE PRODUCTS FOR WA LIBRARIES

The Statewide Database Licensing (SDL) project requests your assistance in reviewing database products to help determine which products will be available to Washington libraries for the next several years. Reviews will need to be completed between March 14 and March 31, 2011. Scoring from these reviews is crucial to the selection process, and will contribute significantly to the overall scores assigned to each vendor’s proposal(s).

Vendors can propose products in one or more of three categories:

  • General periodical collections providing full text in a wide array of topics (4 or 5 vendor proposals anticipated);
  • Full-text newspaper collections featuring both Washington and national papers (3 proposals anticipated);
  • Resources for children and students, with a focus on products aimed at the younger researcher (8 proposals anticipated).

Vendors will provide one-hour online demonstrations of the products they propose. These presentations will be scheduled the week of March 14-18, but we hope to offer them in an archived format for reviewers unable to attend the scheduled presentations.

It is not necessary to review all of the proposed products. Reviewers should review all products in one category, or in the case of resources for children, review at least four of the proposed products. Volunteers are also needed to join the evaluation teams that will score the proposals, which is a separate process from reviewing the products.

To volunteer, or to ask a question, please send e-mail to Will Stuivenga at will.stuivenga@sos.wa.gov. Please indicate which category or categories you are interested in reviewing. For more information on this procurement process, visit www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/SDL. Thank you in advance for your assistance!

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4) CELEBRATE NATIONAL BOOKMOBILE DAY

National Bookmobile Day, Wednesday, April 13, 2011, celebrates our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated library professionals who provide this valuable and essential service to their communities every day. National Bookmobile Day is an opportunity for bookmobile fans to make their support known-through thanking bookmobile staff, writing a letter or e-mail to their libraries, or voicing their support to community leaders.

Audrey Niffenegger, library supporter and acclaimed author of The Time Traveler’s Wife, Her Fearful Symmetry, and the illustrated novel The Night Bookmobile, has lent her support to America’s bookmobiles as the National Bookmobile Day Honorary Chair.

National Bookmobile Day is coordinated by the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS), the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS), and the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL). For more information, including promotional materials, visit www.ala.org/bookmobiles.

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5) MONEY SMART WEEK IN WASHINGTON

Jump$tart Washington is organizing the second Money Smart Week Campaign in Washington from April 23 – April 30. Organizations are invited to participate and help make this campaign a success.

Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This is achieved through the collaboration and coordinated effort of organizations across the state including businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and the media. The campaign stresses the importance of financial literacy, informs consumers where they can get help, and provides free educational seminars and activities throughout the week.

Libraries can become Money Smart Partners by hosting or sponsoring an event. Jump$tart Washington is encouraging partners to consider topics aimed toward youth, families, and/or parents. However, groups that provide financial education to the general public and students of all ages are welcomed. If you already have an event planned for this week, you can add it to be included in the listing of Money Smart Week partners. For more information e-mail wajumpstart@gmail.com or follow this shortcut www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/Jump$tart.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, March 7:

Tuesday, March 8:

  • ProQuest Administrator Module (ProQuest); 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. PST: www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/PQ18;
  • George and Joan on Conflict Resolution Techniques (Infopeople); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PST;
  • SLJ YA Spring Announcements (School Library Journal); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PST;

Wednesday, March 9:

  • Now That Talking Books Are Digital: Talking Book Readers Describe a New Way of Reading (NCompass Live); 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. PST;

Thursday, March 10:

  • New ProQuest Platform FAQs (ProQuest); 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PST: www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/PQ19;
  • Reader-friendly Library Design (Texas State Library); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PST;

Friday, March 11:

  • Tech Tools With Tine: More about LinkedIn (Texas State Library); 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. PST;
  • Library Futures: Staying Ahead of the Curve: Free Content for Library Collections (College of DuPage); 9:00-10:30 a.m. PST (rescheduled from February); Register via www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/DuPage01, choosing the “Paid for by State Library or Agency” option to register for free.

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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