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WSL Updates for January 26, 2012

Volume 8, January 26, 2012 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) FIRST TUESDAYS – MINING GEMS FROM CENSUS DATA

2) EBOOK PILOT UPDATES

3) REWARDS FOR INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS

4) DISCOVER NEW REVENUE OPPORTUNITIES FOR TOUGH TIMES

5) GOT BOOKS? SHARE THE LOVE

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) FIRST TUESDAYS – MINING GEMS FROM CENSUS DATA

The U.S. Census contains valuable information that can be extremely useful to our clients, but trying to find it can be challenging. Some of the most recent releases include new content that may be unfamiliar to those skilled in the use of census data.

Census is the topic for the February 7, 2012, First Tuesdays program from the Washington State Library. Linda Clark of the U.S. Census Bureau will show you the best ways to locate the census data you need.

Designed as a continuing-education opportunity for staff of libraries in Washington State, First Tuesdays is a free, online, monthly presentation from the Washington State Library, held from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. usually on the first Tuesday of each month. To join the presentation, go to www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/FirstTuesdays. For more information about First Tuesdays, visit www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/tuesdays.

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2) EBOOK PILOT UPDATES

Participants in the Washington State Library’s EReader pilot project will be sharing what they have learned about training staff and customers and circulating eReaders at a series of four free webinars, Ereaders and Ebooks: updates from libraries participating in the EBook Pilot project, next week. There will be opportunities to ask questions during the presentations.

The dates and times are:

Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. PST

  • Training project: Dawn Rutherford, Sno-Isle Libraries;
  • Circulation project: Beth Marshall, La Center High School Library;
  • Training project: Brian Soneda and Anita Thornton, Mount Vernon City Library;
  • Training project: Zachary Grant, Clark College.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. PST

  • Circulation project: Alexis Underhill, Yelm High School;
  • Training project: Shannon Rich, Tacoma Public Library;
  • Circulation project: Heidi Roycroft, Komachin Middle School;
  • Training project: Jennifer Ashby, Asotin County Library;
  • Training project: Diane Ferbrache, Hazen High School.

Thursday, February 2, 2012, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PST

  • Training project: Alexis Rodegerdts, Walla Walla Public Library;
  • Training project: Earlene Mokler, Richland Public Library;
  • Circulation project: Xinhang Hu, Bellevue College;
  • Circulation project: Lori Crocker, Ocean Shores Public Library;
  • Training project: Beth Swartzbaugh, Puyallup Public Library.

Thursday, February 2, 2012, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. PST

  • Training project: Daniel Pringle, Liberty Lake Municipal Library;
  • Circulation project: Lauren Corder, North Olympic Library System;
  • Training project: Amy Herman, Olympic College;
  • Circulation project: Chris Gustafson, Whitman Middle School;
  • Circulation project: Frank Brasile, Pierce College.

For information about the webinars and to register, visit www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/eBookSessions. Questions? Contact Carolyn Petersen at carolyn.petersen@sos.wa.gov or toll-free at 866.538.4996.

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3) REWARDS FOR INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS

Each year, the National Book Foundation awards $2,500 in prizes to individuals and institutions that have developed innovative means of creating and sustaining a lifelong love of reading. In addition to promoting the best of American literature through the National Book Awards, the Foundation seeks to expand the audience for literature in America. Through the Innovations in Reading Prizes, supported by a generous grant from Levenger, those individuals and institutions that use particularly innovative methods to generate excitement and a passionate engagement with books and literature will be rewarded for their creativity and leadership.

What does it take to win?

  • A demonstrated commitment to literature and the promotion of reading for its own sake;
  • Creativity;
  • Risk-taking;
  • Vision;
  • A novel approach to presenting books and literature.

The prize consists of:

  • $2,500 cash award to an individual or institution or, in the case of a partnership between an individual and an institution, $2,500 to the individual and $1,000 to the institution;
  • Multi-media coverage of the winning programs via the National Book Foundation’s website, press releases, monthly eNewsletter, and Facebook and Twitter feeds;
  • Acknowledgment of the winning programs in the National Book Awards Ceremony and Dinner program, read by thousands of professionals in the literary and publishing communities.

Deadline: Tuesday, February 21, 2012. Questions? Contact the National Book Foundation at 212.685.0261. For more information about the award and to apply, visit www.nationalbook.org/innovations_in_reading.html.

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4) DISCOVER NEW REVENUE OPPORTUNITIES FOR TOUGH TIMES

Public libraries are experiencing the most challenging economic times perhaps in history. Ongoing budget cuts, staff reductions, and service eliminations are leading them to explore new ways to obtain funding that will not only help maintain existing services, but will also allow them to develop new programs and facilities for the future. Although many public libraries have been engaged in various fundraising activities for years, they may be unaware of other avenues that would enable them to generate considerable new fiscal resources. A successful fundraising campaign will not only result in crucial funding for programs and services, but can also be effective in building a much larger community of support for libraries.

Infopeople’s Fundraising for Your Library: Generating New Revenues in Challenging Economic Times will help participants to:

  • Understand the most important principles of fundraising, including acknowledging and overcoming fundraising challenges;
  • Expand fundraising horizons far past the typical book sales, telethons and silent auction type events;
  • Get into the minds of potential donors, understanding what motivates people to make charitable donations;
  • Prepare themselves and their fundraising teams to successfully make major donor solicitations;
  • Avoid the most common fundraising mistakes and limitations.

This four-week online course will cover:

  • Week 1: Understanding Fundraising Basics;
  • Week 2: Into the Minds of Donors;
  • Week 3: Preparing for the Donor Ask;
  • Week 4: Soliciting the Gift.

Webinar information:

  • When: Tuesday, February 7 – Tuesday, March 6, 2012;
  • Fee: $150;
  • Instructor: Kevin McArdle;
  • Time commitment: 2 ½ hours per week (10 course hours, total).

For more information and to register, visit infopeople.org/training/fundraising.

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5) GOT BOOKS? SHARE THE LOVE

On April 23, 2012, book-loving volunteers will be fanning out across America to participate in World Book Night 2012. The goal is to give books to new readers, encourage reading, and share a passion for great books. By taking just 20 free copies of a book to a location in your community, you can change someone’s life forever!

The first World Book Night was held in the United Kingdom last year and was such a big success that it has spread around the world. The entire publishing, bookstore, library, author, printing, and paper community is behind this effort with donated services and time. Show your support by signing up by February 1 to share your love of books with others. For additional information, visit www.us.worldbooknight.org.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Tuesday, January 31:

  • Outcome-Based Evaluation: How Their Money Makes a Difference (Texas State Library); 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. PST;
  • Avoiding the Heuristic Solution (O’Reilly); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PST;
  • Developing and Maintaining E-Reader Policies and Procedures for Libraries (WebJunction); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST;
  • Connecting with Struggling Readers: Resources, Tips, and Advice to Engage and Inspire (Booklist); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST;
  • The Future of Reading (SJSU); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PST: www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/SJSUSpring2012;
  • Ereaders and Ebooks: updates from libraries participating in the EBook Pilot project (WSL); 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. PST;

Wednesday, February 1:

  • Tell Your Story to Sell Your Story: Why an Outreach Plan is Crucial for Every Non-Profit (Nonprofit Webinars); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PST;
  • Ereaders and Ebooks: updates from libraries participating in the EBook Pilot project (WSL); 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. PST;

Thursday, February 2:

  • Ereaders and Ebooks: updates from libraries participating in the EBook Pilot project (WSL); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PST;
  • Maximize the Value of Your OCLC ILL Subscription (OCLC); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST: www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/MaxILL;
  • Children’s Literature Update 2012 (Infopeople); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PST;
  • Ereaders and Ebooks: updates from libraries participating in the EBook Pilot project (WSL); 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. PST;

Friday, February 3:

  • Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Dropbox (Texas State Library); 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. PST;
  • Take Control of iCloud (O’Reilly); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PST.

For more information and to register (for those not linked above), visit the WSL Training Calendar at www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/training.

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