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WSL Updates for May 11, 2017

Volume 13, May 11, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) FREE BOOKS

2) ARSL SCHOLARSHIPS

3) MRSC MAKES YOUR JOB EASIER

4) BUILDING SUPPORT FOR YOUR RURAL LIBRARY

5) KEEPING IT PRIVATE

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) FREE BOOKS

The Washington State Library has the following titles to distribute to libraries in Washington State for community reads or classroom sets. These books are mostly trade paperbacks that have been gently used in community reads and graciously shared with the State Library community by the public libraries which originally purchased them.

  • Boys in the Boat, Daniel James Brown – 2 audio books, 4 hardcover, 2 large print, 516 softcover
  • Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel – 27 softcover
  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler – 160 softcover
  • The Painter, Peter Heller – 72 softcover
  • Sasquatch Hunter, Sharma Shields – 21 softcover

You may request one or more copies of each title. Minimum request of five copies please. These will be mailed free of charge to your library. Contact Leanna Hammond at Leanna.hammond@sos.wa.gov or 360.704.7133 to request these titles or if you have additional questions.

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2) ARSL SCHOLARSHIPS

The Washington State Library (WSL), with funding from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), is providing three full scholarships to attend the 2017 Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference from September 6–9, 2017 in St. George, Utah.

The ARSL conference is specifically for rural library staff. Previous conference topics have included building community advocacy, effective trustee recruitment, inexpensive programming ideas, virtual networking, innovative web services with few resources, and many more. Scholarships will include transportation, all conference fees, and lodging. Preference will be given to applicants who have not won this scholarship before.

Details:

  • Applicants must be from a public or tribal library or library branch serving a population of 10,000 or less in Washington State.
  • Scholarship awardees must commit to doing a follow-up project.
  • The application deadline is June 9, 2017.
  • For more information and to apply, visit sos.wa.gov/q/arslscholars.

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3) MRSC MAKES YOUR JOB EASIER

The Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC) is in the business of helping local governments. They provide unbiased, independent guidance that helps local government follow state and federal laws, and reduce mistakes and liability, ultimately saving jurisdictions time and money. MRSC is a one-stop-shop for Washington local governments.

“Making Your Job Easier with MRSC’s Services,” is a free webinar that will review MRSC’s vast suite of services, such as examples of policies, procedures, and ordinances on a host of topics, successful local ballot measures, zoning approaches for marijuana dispensaries, and online budgeting and contracting tools, to name a few. Learn how to use their services to make your job easier and more efficient. Who should attend? Local government employees at all levels, elected and appointed officials, and private consultants or attorneys that advise local governments.

Webinar details:

  • Date & Time: Thursday, May 18, 2017, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Presenters: Tracy Burrows, Executive Director, MRSC, and Robert Sepler, Legal Consultant, MRSC
  • Cost: Free
  • For more information and to register: sos.wa.gov/q/MRSCwebinar.

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4) BUILDING SUPPORT FOR YOUR RURAL LIBRARY

Join the NNLM PNR webinar, PNR Rendezvous, on May 17 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. This session will include members of the Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds Committee (RNTLOAK) who will introduce attendees to 2 newly revised toolkits:

  • TRAILS (Tribal Library Procedures Manual)
  • The Small but Powerful Guide to Building Support for Your Rural Library

Outreach librarians, public librarians, community college librarians, trustees, library directors, librarians and staff in rural, native and tribal libraries should all find this session informative on how to manage your library and advocate for community support.

For more information and how to connect go to nnlm.gov/class/trails-and-small-powerful-guide/7218.

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5) KEEPING IT PRIVATE

Washington State is very open with the way it shares data within the public trust. Our state has one of the most advanced public records laws in the nation, and most public meetings are subject to the open meetings act. At the same time, citizens have a right to privacy under the state’s Constitution. On the private side, hackers are stalking personal data and data brokers are collecting and selling it. You may be putting your privacy at risk simply by leaving your phone unlocked or by sharing personal information with an organization that then makes it publicly available.

“Keeping It Private: Navigating the Balance of Public Data and Privacy Protections” delves into these issues and provides tips on the law, protecting private data, and strategies around what the library’s role might be in helping balance these issues. This public seminar is presented by the state’s Office of Privacy & Data Protection, and is available to Washington libraries by request. What you and your patrons will learn:

  • Laws that protect privacy
  • Technology dangers: drones, biometrics, voice recording
  • Tips for preserving your data

For more information or to schedule this seminar at your library, contact Will Saunders at will.saunders@ocio.wa.gov.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, May 15

Tuesday, May 16

Wednesday, May 17

Thursday, May 18

Friday, May 19

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DISCLAIMER: The State Library regularly highlights third-party events and online resources as a way to alert the library community to training and resource opportunities.  By doing so, we are not endorsing the content of the event, nor promoting any specific product, but merely providing this information as an FYI to librarians who must then decide what is right for them.

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