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WSL Updates for May 18, 2017

Volume 13, May 18, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list

BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS: Topics include:

1) FREE BOOKS

2) FIRST BOOK

3) WIN $100 IN BOOKS

4) LC SURPLUS BOOKS PROGRAM

5) MEASURES THAT MATTER

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.

  • Atonement, Ian McEwan – 7 softcover
  • Badluck Way, Bryce Andrews – 11 softcover
  • Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn – 7 hardcover
  • In the Time of Butterflies, Julia Alvarez – 1 softcover
  • Loving Frank, Nancy Horan – 7 softcover
  • Marrow Island, Alexis M. Smith – 4 hardcover
  • Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich – 62 softcover
  • Peoples of Washington, Sid White & S.E. Solberg – 14 softcover, unusual size: 7.5 x 10.25 in.

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) FIRST BOOK

First Book is a non-profit that provides new books and educational resources – for free and at low cost – to schools and programs serving children in need, from birth to age 18. The purpose is to raise the quality of education for children by making sure they have access to the resources they need to be successful in school and in life. Eligible organizations include (among others):

  • Head Start;
  • Library with an E-rate of 90;
  • A program primarily serving children with disabilities;
  • A program where at least 70% of children come from low-income families.

Benefits include:

  • Free books from the First Book National Book Bank;
  • Low cost books and resources from the First Book Marketplace at 50-90% off retail price;
  • Funding from First Book’s corporate partners and generous donors.

For more information and to apply, visit www.fbmarketplace.org/register.

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3) WIN $100 IN BOOKS

Every month Enslow Publishing selects a winner for their free books contest. The winner may choose $100 worth of Enslow titles. No purchase is necessary. Fill out the form each month for a chance to win.

Find out more and apply at: www.enslow.com/raffle.

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4) LC SURPLUS BOOKS PROGRAM

The Library of Congress has available at all times, for donation to eligible organizations and institutions, surplus books which are not needed for the Library’s own uses. Eligible organizations and institutions must be located in the United States and fall into one of the following categories:

  • Full-time, tax-supported or nonprofit educational institution: school, school system, college, university, museum, or public library;
  • Agency of local, state, or federal government;
  • Nonprofit institution or organization that has tax-exempt status under the provisions of section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code and that operates a library and/or research center open to the public.

The guiding principle behind the program is to build library collections – not to raise funds for institutions or organizations. Eligible organizations and institutions may apply to participate in the Surplus Books Program by submitting a completed and signed Application to Participate form and a brief letter on the organization’s or institution’s letterhead stationery requesting approval for participation. For more information visit www.loc.gov/acq/surplus.html. Congressional offices will sometimes assist with the selection process; see for example: dennyheck.house.gov/surplus-books-program.

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5) MEASURES THAT MATTER

Data gathering and responding to surveys are part of every public librarian’s routine. Yet we rarely pause to reflect on these efforts and consider what data matters most. What measures best demonstrate the role, value, and impact of public libraries in the 21st century? How can the various surveys and tools commonly used by public libraries be leveraged with each other and other data sources to best demonstrate that impact?

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in cooperation with the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) is launching the “Measures that Matter” initiative, a field-wide discussion of the current state of public library data. The initiative will first take stock of the current landscape and then re-envision how data could be collected, stored, used and disseminated more productively in the future. In this webinar, the first in a 3-part series, we’ll discuss the view that emerged from looking at a number of major library surveys and data collection tools, and consider opportunities to pursue a national action plan to move the field toward ever-more meaningful measures.

  • Measures that Matter: A View into the Current Public Library Data Landscape
  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PDT
  • Registration: sos.wa.gov/q/matter

Presented by: Stacey Aldrich, Hawaii State Public Library System; Vailey Oehlke, Multnomah County Library (OR); Linda Hofschire, Colorado State Library.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, May 22

Tuesday, May 23

Wednesday, May 24

Thursday, May 25

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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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