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WSL Updates October 2, 2014

Volume 10, October 2, 2014 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) NATIONAL INFORMATION LITERACY AWARENESS MONTH

2) LIBRARY NOW WEBINARS

3) 2013 WASHINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY STATISTICAL REPORT – NOW AVAILABLE!

4) ALA SCHOLARSHIPS

5) EXPLORING HUMAN ORIGINS TRAVELING EXHIBITION OPPORTUNITY

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

 

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1) NATIONAL INFORMATION LITERACY AWARENESS MONTH

Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed October as National Information Literacy Awareness Month in Washington State! Many library associations came together to partner on this important initiative. As stated by the National Forum for Information Literacy (NFIL): “As a member of the 21st century workforce skills movement, the practice of information literacy nurtures the development of a critical skill set needed so that any learner and/or worker can thrive and compete effectively in today’s global digital economy. As we move further into the 21st century, we are convinced that information literacy will become the standard-bearer for academic achievement, workforce productivity, competitive advantage, and national security.”

Washington joins the more than twenty three states and one U.S. territory who have issued IL Proclamations!

 

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2) LIBRARY NOW WEBINARS

This fall marks the final quarter of the Allen Family Foundation funding for the WSL Library Now project, which is providing WA libraries with the mobile app from Boopsie. Starting in January 2015, participating libraries will be responsible for their ongoing Library Now subscription costs.

To provide information which libraries need for making renewal decisions, we are scheduling two Library Now webinars in October. The webinars will provide the latest from Boopsie, including information on usage statistics, the successful online marketing campaign, survey results, how to renew, new app features, and more. Staff from Boopsie will be the primary presenters. The webinar will be offered twice:

Monday, October 13, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

  • Tuesday, October 14, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

The webinars will run on Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate) platform.

Here is a shortcut link: sos.wa.gov/q/WillsRoom. For more information, including the full webinar agenda, visit sos.wa.gov/q/NowR.

 

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3) 2013 WASHINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY STATISTICAL REPORT – NOW AVAILABLE!

Need statistics on public libraries in the state of Washington? Interested in 2014 Salary and Benefits Data for libraries? Looking for a map of public library service in Washington? Find these, as well as historic data on Washington’s public libraries, by visiting www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/WAStats. Public library statistics including budget, collections, and usage data, are collected and compiled on an annual basis by Library Development staff.

For more information, contact Evelyn Lindberg, State Data Coordinator, at evelyn.lindberg@sos.wa.gov.

 

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4) ALA SCHOLARSHIPS

The American Library Association (ALA) has more than $300,000 for students who are studying in library science or school library media programs at the master’s degree level. Scholarships typically range from $1,500 to $7,000 per student per year.

To be considered for one of these scholarships, applicants must attend a master’s level program in library and information science which has been accredited by the ALA. Applicants interested in school librarianship must attend a program which meets ALA curriculum guidelines for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

The scholarship process is open annually from September through March. For more information, applications, and instructions, visit the ALA Scholarship page at:

 

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5) EXPLORING HUMAN ORIGINS TRAVELING EXHIBITION OPPORTUNITY

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) Human Origins Program, is accepting applications for the traveling exhibition Exploring Human Origins.

Through panels, interactive kiosks, hands-on displays, and videos, Exploring Human Origins invites audiences to explore milestones in the evolutionary journey of becoming human – from walking upright, creating technology and eating new foods, to brain enlargement and the development of symbolic language and complex societies – milestones that define the unique position of humans in the history of life. The exhibition seeks to create an opportunity for a wide spectrum of audiences to engage the complex field of human evolution research in ways that are understandable, fulfilling, captivating, and relevant.

The opportunity is open to public libraries.

  • Nineteen sites will be selected to host the 40-panel, 1,200-square-foot exhibition for four weeks each between April 2015 and April 2017.
  • The exhibition will include at least two interactive kiosks, a display of skulls, and two DVDs.
  • Full guidelines and an online application are available at http://apply.ala.org/humanorigins.
  • The application deadline is Nov. 19, 2014.

In addition to the traveling exhibition and all shipping costs, selected sites will receive a $500 programming support grant; presentation of three or four programs by members of the Human Origins Program and its Broader Social Impacts Committee; and a variety of educational materials and support.

Sites will be required to host several related public programs, including an exhibition opening and community conversations. Sites must also convene a panel of community members to serve as advisors for developing local programs.

Exploring Human Origins is made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The traveling exhibition is based on the Smithsonian exhibition What Does It Mean to Be Human? More than 20 million people have visited the Hall of Human Origins exhibition since its opening in 2010.

 

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

October 6

October 7

October 8

October 9

October 10

For more information and to register (unless otherwise linked above), visit the WSL Training Calendar at sos.wa.gov/q/training.

 

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