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WSL Updates for November 19, 2015

Volume 11, November 19, 2015 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) DECEMBER FIRST TUESDAYS WEBINAR

2) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE CONTEST

3) STAR LIBRARY EDUCATION NETWORK

4) NO WSL UPDATES NOVEMBER 26, 2015

5) NCCE ANNUAL CONFERENCE

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK & WEEK OF NOVEMBER 30

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1) DECEMBER FIRST TUESDAYS WEBINAR

Preserving the Future: Special Collections as Part of 21st Century Library Planning presented by Sean Lanksbury, Washington State Library, on December 1, 2015 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PST

The definition of what special collections are has broadened over the last few decades from rare book collections to include photographic, manuscript, audiovisual, and multimedia materials.

How do special collections fit into a forward-thinking library plan? Bibliophiles may see the need for special collection materials as self-evident, but how can the library/archival community make their case to all the stakeholders involved in library planning?

We’ll discuss the practices of special collections and the traditions of the antiquarian trade and how they align with both the requirements of digital access and the future of the book as a whole. We will also explore how modern technologies and practices are affecting the special collections world, for better or worse, and how librarians and staff caring for these collections can meet the demands while preserving these unique items.

Instructions and Login for First Tuesdays session

Questions about First Tuesdays? Please contact Carolyn Petersen at carolyn.petersen@sos.wa.gov

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2) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE CONTEST

The annual Letters About Literature contest has begun! Please encourage teachers and students in grades 4 – 12 at your school or in your library service area to participate. Homeschoolers are welcome as well.

  • Level 3 (grades 9-12) entries must be postmarked by December 4, 2015.
  • Level 1 (grades 4-6) and Level 2 (grades 7-8) entries must be postmarked by January 11, 2016.

To learn more about this year’s contest and/or to print the entry form and participation guidelines for your library patrons, please visit the Letters about Literature 2016 contest page.

The 23rd annual writing contest for young readers is made possible by a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, with additional support from gifts to the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, which promotes the contest through its affiliate Centers for the Book, State Libraries and other organizations. This is the 11th year that Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, has sponsored Letters About Literature as part of Washington Reads.

For additional information, contact Crystal Lentz at crystal.lentz@sos.wa.gov or 360-704-5275.

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3) STAR LIBRARY EDUCATION NETWORK

The STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation and other funders. STAR stands for Science-Technology Activities and Resources.

This ground-breaking initiative includes:

  • traveling STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) exhibits
  • development of STEM activities for public libraries
  • comprehensive training program that includes in-person workshops and webinars
  • development of the STAR_Net Online Community
  • research and evaluation

STAR_Net is led by the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning. Partners include the American Library Association, Lunar and Planetary Institute, and the Afterschool Alliance along with many other organizations. Join the STAR NET weekly list, it’s THE resource for STEM in public libraries.

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4) NO WSL UPDATES NOVEMBER 26, 2015

Because of the Thanksgiving holidays, there will be no WSL Updates on November 26, 2015.

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5) NCCE ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Your Tech-Savvy Adventure Awaits at the Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) Annual Conference on February 24-26, 2016 at Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington. Teachers, Teacher-Librarians, Librarians, and other adventurers will explore STEM, computers, Makerspaces, and all things tech.

 

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK & WEEK OF NOVEMBER 30

November 25

  • Life After MARC: Cataloging Tools of the Future (Nebraska Library Commission); 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. PST

December 1

December 2

December 3

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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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