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WSL Updates for February 2, 2012

Volume 8, February 2, 2012 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) APPLY FOR A POSITION ON THE LIBRARY COUNCIL OF WASHINGTON

2) FIRST TUESDAYS – TIPS AND TRICKS WITH THE U.S. CENSUS

3) CONNECT WITH COLLEAGUES IN TULALIP

4) WILL YOUR WEBSITE MEET THE NEW ACCESSIBILITY STANDARDS?

5) HELP FOR SMALL AND RURAL COMMUNITIES

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) APPLY FOR A POSITION ON THE LIBRARY COUNCIL OF WASHINGTON

Applications are currently being accepted for one Library Council of Washington (LCW) position representing Special Libraries. Applications must be postmarked by Friday, March 2, 2012 to be considered. The term for this position is anticipated to begin in September 2012.

More information on the vacancy is available at www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/vacancy. For general information on the LCW, visit www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/Council. If you have questions, please feel free to contact, Jeff Martin, at 360.704.5248, jeff.martin@sos.wa.gov, or Anne Yarbrough at 360.704.5246, anne.yarbrough@sos.wa.gov.

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2) FIRST TUESDAYS – TIPS AND TRICKS WITH THE U.S. CENSUS

The U.S. Census contains valuable information that can be extremely useful to our patrons, but trying to find it can be challenging. Some of the most recent releases include new content that may be unfamiliar even to those who are 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 discuss what is new and different about the materials contained in the latest releases from the 2010 Census and will show you tips and tricks for finding the information your patrons 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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3) CONNECT WITH COLLEAGUES IN TULALIP

The Washington Library Association (WLA) Annual Conference is the best place in Washington 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 “Bring Washington’s Libraries Together” by offering more than 40 programs and featuring more than 50 companies exhibiting their new products and services.

Conference highlights include:

  • Welcome Breakfast and Keynote by Nancy Pearl;
  • Tour of the Tulalip Tribes’ Hibulb Cultural Center;
  • CAYAS Breakfast featuring a Keynote by Brent Hartinger;
  • WLA Awards Luncheon;
  • Friday Night Banquet and Keynote by Dan Savage.
  • When: Wednesday, April 18 – Friday, April 20, 2012;
  • Where: Tulalip Resort and Conference Center, Tulalip, Washington;
  • Registration: Ranges from $60 to $270. Register by Friday, March 2, 2012, for early bird rates.

For additional information and to register, visit 2012conference.wla.org.

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4) WILL YOUR WEBSITE MEET THE NEW ACCESSIBILITY STANDARDS?

Library websites are about to become subject to new accessibility legislation. Is yours ready? If you have no idea where to begin, this webinar can give you a firm grasp on the basics of preventing legal violations. We’ll look at what it takes to make a website meet accessibility standards. Web accessibility is about a lot more than just using an “alt” tag. This is more than an overview – we’re going to be getting dirty with actual code. Please note: Attendees will need at least a basic understanding of HTML and/or XHTML to get the most from this session.

Those joining the webinar will be able to:

  • Define web accessibility;
  • Explain the major differences between Section 508 and WCAG/WAI;
  • List at least five major changes to site code that have to be made to meet current standards;
  • Use at least one online accessibility validator.

Webinar information:

  • When: Thursday, February 9, 2012, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PST;
  • Registration cost: Registration is free for OLC (Ohio Library Council) Individual Members and staff of OLC member public libraries; $25.00 for non-members.

For additional information and to register, visit www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/OCLCADA.

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5) HELP FOR SMALL AND RURAL COMMUNITIES

The Roads to Reading Annual Competitive Book Donation Program is designed to provide books for literacy programming in small and rural communities. All programs must have a strong focus on remedial reading programming or a tutoring component as part of the program. The books that are available through this program are appropriate for ages 6 months to young adult. Funding is available for:

  • School-based programs;
  • After-school or community literacy programs;
  • Day-care centers;
  • Public library collections available for students and for direct use (no book bag programs).

Individual libraries are eligible, but not library districts. Eligible organizations must:

  • Have a 501(c)(3) tax status;
  • Hold programs in a structured environment, continually and consistently under the direct supervision of professionals, paraprofessionals, or volunteers;
  • Show a program history of at least six months;
  • Be located in an underserved community with a population of less than 50,000;
  • Have an annual operating budget under $150,000.

Deadline: Friday, March 30, 2012. For additional information and to apply, visit www.pwirtr.org/annual_donation_prog.html.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, February 6:

  • WorldCat Holdings: Why They Matter and the Tools to Maintain Them (OCLC); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST;
  • OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing – Borrowing (OCLC); 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PST;

Tuesday, February 7:

  • First Tuesdays: Using the U.S. 2010 Census (WSL); 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PST;
  • Introduction to the New ProQuest Platform (ProQuest); 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. PST: www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/PQ217;
  • Google in the Real World: How Links Boost Your Rankings (O’Reilly); 10:00 – 11:00 PST;
  • Bozarthzone! Rockin’ the Virtual Classroom (InSync); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST;
  • What’s New in YA: 2012 (Booklist); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST;
  • Fundraising Catalogs Part 2: 10 Best Practices for Building a Successful, Multi-Channel Fundraising Program (Common Knowledge); 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PST;
  • Storing and Managing Digital Collections (Infopeople); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PST;
  • Preparing a Portfolio for the LSSC (Library Support Staff Certification) Program (ALA); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PST;

Wednesday, February 8:

  • Learning4Life: AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner (NCompass Live); 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. PST;
  • Recruiting, Managing, and Retaining Veterans (AMA); 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PST;
  • Búsqueda Avanzada: Más allá de la caja de búsqueda sencilla (Language: Spanish) (ProQuest); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PST: www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/PQ218;
  • OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing – Lending (OCLC); 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PST;
  • Youth Media Activities in Your Community: Teaching Digital Natives (Infopeople); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PST;
  • New Career Pathways for Information Professionals (SJSU SLIS); 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. PST;

Thursday, February 9:

  • ProQuest Administrator Module (ProQuest); 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. PST: www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/PQ219;
  • Grantseeking Basics (GrantSpace); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PST;
  • Production – Capturing Your Story On Camera (TechSoup); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST;
  • Cloud Computing 101 (WebJunction); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST;
  • Playing by the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook (Volunteer Match); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST;
  • SLJ Nonfiction Spring Book Buzz (School Library Journal); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PST;
  • Building a Successful Online Learning Community for Librarians: A Conversation with Steve Hargadon (Blended Librarian); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PST;
  • App Development: The Why & How (Texas State Library); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PST;
  • Biblion: The Boundless Library (SJSU SLIS); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PST;

Friday, February 10:

  • Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Shelfari and Goodreads (Texas State Library); 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. PST;
  • My Research (ProQuest); 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. PST: www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/PQ220;
  • Custom Holdings on WorldCat Resource Sharing (OCLC); 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.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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