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WSL Updates for May 12, 2016

Volume 12, May 12, 2016 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) WASHINGTON RURAL HERITAGE DIGITIZATION GRANTS CLOSE MAY 25

2) DIGITAL LITERACY 2016 GRANT CYCLE CLOSES MAY 25

3) METADATA ENHANCEMENT & REMEDIATION PROJECT GRANTS

4) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE 2016

5) WHO’LL COUNT THE RAIN?

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) WASHINGTON RURAL HERITAGE DIGITIZATION GRANTS CLOSE MAY 25

Would your library like to digitize its historical materials and special collections, create an online community archive of unique materials from your patrons’ family collections, or partner with local historical societies and other organizations to collaboratively digitize local history resources?

Washington Rural Heritage (WRH), the Washington State Library’s statewide digitization initiative for public and tribal libraries, is currently accepting grant applications for 2016-2017 digitization projects. A total of $25,000 in LSTA funds is available to award five (5) or more grants up to $5,000 each.

  • This grant cycle is open to all public and tribal libraries currently lacking a functioning digital repository. This grant cycle does not exclude current WRH partners.
  • Libraries from communities of any size may apply at either the system or individual branch level.
  • The application deadline for this grant cycle is Wednesday, May 25, 2016.
  • To review eligibility requirements, grant guidelines, and to download grant applications, go to www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/grants.

Collections digitized with these grants will be publicly accessible through Washington Rural Heritage at www.washingtonruralheritage.org.

To date, more than 110 cultural institutions throughout Washington have contributed to this growing collection of digitized primary sources. Learn more about WRH and see a full list of contributors by visiting www.washingtonruralheritage.org/cdm/about

For questions and to discuss potential projects, applicants are encouraged to contact Evan Robb, Washington Rural Heritage Project Manager, at evan.robb@sos.wa.gov or 360-704-5228.

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2) DIGITAL LITERACY 2016 GRANT CYCLE CLOSES MAY 25

Washington State Library has opened the Digital Literacy 2016 grant cycle. This grant cycle will provide funding to public, academic, tribal, and school libraries to implement projects that support Digital Literacy in their community. Projects should focus on providing skills and resources needed within a community and by patrons. Digital Literacy grant applicants are urged to utilize project partners. Project partners could include non-profits, hospitals, credit unions, local businesses, etc.

  • Please visit Digital Literacy 2016 for grant guidelines and the application form.
  • The application deadline is Wednesday, May 25, 2016.

Overall funding to support this grant cycle is $75,000. This grant cycle has a limit of $7,500 per application. It is anticipated that ten (10) or more applicants may receive awards. Awards will be made contingent upon availability of federal funds and distribution of those funds by the Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Iaukea at elizabeth.iaukea@sos.wa.gov or Maura Walsh at Wslgrants@sos.wa.gov.

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3) METADATA ENHANCEMENT & REMEDIATION PROJECT GRANTS 

The Washington State Library (WSL) announces a new Metadata Enhancement & Remediation Pilot Project. We’re offering Metadata Enhancement & Remediation Grants to support public, academic, and tribal libraries in remediating, re-cataloging, and/or enhancing digital collection records currently available to the public through digital library and digital repository systems. The primary purpose of these grants is to help institutions prepare for the eventual harvest of collection metadata by a regional or state-level Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) service hub.

Overall funding to support this grant cycle is $25,000. This grant cycle has a limit of $5,000 per application. We anticipate that five (5) or more applicants may receive awards. Awards are contingent upon receipt of federal funds and distribution of those funds by WSL, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

For more information, contact Evan Robb at evan.robb@sos.wa.gov or 360-704-5228.

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4) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE 2016

Judging for the 2016 Letters About Literature contest was completed several weeks ago and Washington State Library announces the three Washington State Champions:

Grace Rivkis, a sixth grader at Pathfinder K-8 in Seattle, is the Level 1 champion. Grace wrote her letter to Jennifer Roy about her book Yellow Star.

Joe Jacobsen, a seventh grader at Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish, is the Level 2 champion. Joe wrote his letter to Fredric Winkowski and Frank D. Sullivan about their book 100 Planes 100 Years.

Emily Maxfield, a twelfth grade student at Cedar Park Christian School in Toppenish, is the Level 3 champion. Emily wrote her letter to Sherman Alexie about his book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

The state champions, runners up, and honorable mentions will be honored at an awards ceremony on Friday, May 20 at 1:30 p.m. in the Columbia Room at the State Capitol.

For more information, please see Letters about Literature.

The three winning letters have advanced to the national contest conducted by the Library of Congress. National winners should be announced in later this month.

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5) WHO’LL COUNT THE RAIN?

Into every life, a little rain must fall – but how much? Will there be more on you than me?

The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) is a non-profit, community based, high density network of volunteers who take daily measurements of rain, hail, and snow. Contributing to the CoCoRaHS network is an excellent (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) STEM activity for classes, libraries, or individuals.

  • Volunteers are trained to take precipitation measurements and post their observations on the CoCoRaHS website.
  • Observations are immediately available on maps and reports for the public to view.
  • Volunteers provide useful information to scientists, farmers, and other researchers on local precipitation patterns.

Contact Washington’s state coordinators for more information on how to join the network and get training.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

May 16

May 17

May 18

May 19

May 20

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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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