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WSL Updates for November 17, 2016

Volume 12, November 17, 2016 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) UPCOMING PROQUEST TRAINING

2) WASHINGTON RURAL HERITAGE NAMED A BEST SITE

3) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE CONTEST

4) 2ND ANNUAL HISTORICAL ZINE CONTEST

5) NEA BIG READ ACCEPTING GRANT APPLICATIONS

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) UPCOMING PROQUEST TRAINING

ProQuest’s Washington trainer, Jeff Cutler, is offering in-person training sessions at several Washington locations. While the sessions are being held at Educational Services Districts, they will be general in nature, and appropriate for any library staff interested in the latest enhancements to and features of the various ProQuest products included in the statewide contract. More information is available at proquest.libguides.com/WASDL. The December session is new, not previously announced.

  • Monday, November 28, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please pre-register by contacting Sarah Freitas: sarahf@oesd114.org or 360-405-5801. Olympic ESD 114, 105 National Avenue N., Bremerton, WA 98312
  • Friday, December 2, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Please pre-register by contacting Angela Bolam: abolam@psesd.org or 425.917.7901. Puget Sound ESD, 800 Oakesdale Ave. SW, Renton, WA 98057

It may be possible to schedule additional trainings in reasonably nearby locations on days preceding or following these scheduled training sessions. Or on the morning or afternoon of the same day, if the time slot is available, and the location is not too far away. To schedule a training session at your location, please contact Jeff Cutler directly: Jeffrey.Cutler@proquest.com or 801-250-0568 (office) or 801-455-9775 (mobile) or 800-521-0600 ext. 72996 (voice).

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2) WASHINGTON RURAL HERITAGE NAMED A BEST SITE

Washington Rural Heritage is named one of 75 Best State Genealogy Websites in 2016 by Family Tree Magazine.

Washington Rural Heritage is a collaborative digitization program headquartered at the Washington State Library. The project brings together unique local history materials from libraries, museums, and the private collections of citizens throughout Washington.

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

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3) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE CONTEST

The annual Letters About Literature contest first deadline is nearing! 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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4) 2ND ANNUAL HISTORICAL ZINE CONTEST

Washington State Library is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Historical Zine Contest. Participants are asked to create a Zine about some aspect of Washington history using primary resources.

Entries will be accepted from four age groups:

  • Grades 4-6
  • Grades 7-9
  • Grades 10-12
  • Adults of all ages

Entries will be accepted from September 1 – December 15, 2016. See the Zine webpage for more information and a video about how to make a zine.

Questions? Contact Judy Pitchford at judy.pitchford@sos.wa.gov. Washington State Library is a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

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5) NEA BIG READ ACCEPTING GRANT APPLICATIONS

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is accepting applications for NEA Big Read grants.

  • The deadline is Thursday, January 26, 2017 to apply for 2017-2018 grants.

NEA Big Read is a national program that offers grants to support organizations to develop community-wide programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

November 21

November 22

November 23

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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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