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WSL Updates for October 6, 2016

Volume 12, October 6, 2016 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) HOSTING AN HOUR OF CODE WEBINAR

2) DPLA METADATA APPLICATION PROFILE WEBINAR

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

4) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE CONTEST OPENS

5) GALE PUBLIC LIBRARY RENEWAL

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) HOSTING AN HOUR OF CODE WEBINAR

Do you plan/hope to host an Hour of Code event at your school, public, or tribal library this year?

Registration is now open for Hosting an “Hour of Code” Event @Your Library.  This idea-packed, bring-your-questions-get-them-answered, free webinar is scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, October 11, 2016 from 3:00 – 4:15 p.m. PDT

Can’t attend on 10/11? Register for the 10/11 webinar and you’ll be sent a copy of the event recording.  You can also indicate in the Accessibility Needs field that you’d like another opportunity to attend live and if there’s enough interest, Washington State Library will schedule another session.

Computer Science Education Week is December 5-11, 2016; you can host an Hour of Code (or multiple Hours of Code) anytime during that week – or any other time that strikes your fancy. Join us to hear from staff at Washington libraries who’ve hosted coding events to learn from them as they share their best practices and answer questions for us coding newbies.

  • Microsoft Imagine Academy’s Angela Carlson will provide an overview of Microsoft’s two free, easy-to-use-and-learn coding platforms, with awesome 1-2-3, Download-Review-Teach resources for both.
  • Hear about “Best practices” from staff at fellow Washington libraries, including curriculum resources/program outlines and activities, information about different coding platforms available for different ages, technology considerations, promotional materials and timelines.
  • Funding! That’s right, WSL has a small grant opportunity ($4,500) open to Microsoft Imagine Academy members (all public, tribal and college libraries are members), to fund libraries’ coding programming.

Please forward this message to anyone/everyone at your library who would/might/has dreams of hosting a coding program. Questions? Please contact Elizabeth Iaukea at Elizabeth.iaukea@sos.wa.gov.

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2) DPLA METADATA APPLICATION PROFILE WEBINAR

Join librarians and archivists throughout the Northwest for an overview of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)’s Metadata Application Profile (MAP), presented by Gretchen Gueguen, Data Services Coordinator, Digital Public Library of America.

  • Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PDT

Gretchen will provide:

  • An introduction to the DPLA MAP and its core classes;
  • A deeper look at MAP properties and how these typically correspond to local digital collection elements;
  • Information on how institutions can improve their data and local data-creation practices;
  • An explanation of DPLA’s enrichment of data supplied by its network of service hubs.
  • Her presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

Please register here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

This free webinar is presented in coordination with the Washington State Library’s Metadata Enhancement and Remediation grants program.

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

Applications are currently being accepted for three Library Council of Washington positions. The positions are designed to represent these three different library constituencies in the state:

  • Academic Libraries – Two-Year Colleges
  • Special Libraries – Non-corporate
  • Public Libraries under 100,000

The Library Council of Washington advises the State Librarian and the Office of the Secretary of State on statewide library issues and the expenditure of federal LSTA funding.

  • Applications must be postmarked by Friday, October 21, 2016.

Members are chosen for a three-year term. A second three-year term is possible. The first three-year term for these positions will begin in January 2017. The first in-person meeting will be March 2017.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Jeff Martin at 360.704.5248, jeff.martin@sos.wa.gov or Maura Walsh at 360.704.5246, maura.walsh@sos.wa.gov.

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4) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE CONTEST OPENS

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 2, 2016.
  • Level 1 (grades 4-6) and Level 2 (grades 7-8) entries must be postmarked by January 9, 2017.

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 2017 contest page.

The 24th 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 12th 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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5) GALE PUBLIC LIBRARY RENEWAL

In partnership with Washington Public Libraries Cooperate! (WPLC), the Washington State Library Statewide Database Licensing Project and Gale Cengage Learning are pleased to offer the 2017 Gale online database group purchase options. This offer is available for all public libraries and provides unlimited number of users and remote access for the subscription term of January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

What’s new in 2017?

  • New & improved Small Business Resource Center
  • New: Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity
  • New: Indigenous Peoples: North America

More details are available at sos.wa.gov/q/Gale. The renewal/signup website is at galesites.com/trial/wplc. The renewal deadline is December 9, 2016.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

October 11

  • Humanizing the Learning Experience (Training Industry); 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PDT
  • The Scoop on Series Nonfiction: More New Titles for Fall 2016 (Booklist); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT
  • Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions (Volunteer Match); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT
  • People – Difficult or Different (Effectiveness Institute); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT
  • Should You Contract Out Your Nonprofit’s Tech? IT Assist and Managed Services (TechSoup); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT
  • Assessing Library Programs and Collections in Academic Libraries (Texas State Library and Archives Commission); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PDT
  • Engaging Reluctant Middle Grade Readers (School Library Journal); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PDT
  • The Newly Enhanced SIRS Issues Researcher (ProQuest); 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. PDT

October 12

October 13

  • Trends in Teaching Information Literacy (Library Connect); 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. PDT
  • The Annual Review Revolution (Harvard Business Review); 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PDT
  • The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit (Volunteer Match); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT
  • Project Outcome: Making Sense of Survey Results (Public Library Association); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT

October 14

  • Get Ready for Money Smart Week 2017 (American Library Association); 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PDT
  • Ancestry Library Edition (ALE) (ProQuest); 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. PDT

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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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