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WSL Updates for June 8, 2017

Volume 13, June 8, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:
1) WSL PRESENTS: NEWS FROM WASHINGTON LIBRARIES!
2) UPDATE – EVERY CHILD READY TO READ
3) MEASURES THAT MATTER PART TWO
4) PROQUEST GOES HTTPS
5) THE PRESIDENT’S BUDGET
6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK
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1) WSL PRESENTS: NEWS FROM WASHINGTON LIBRARIES!

The Washington State Library is replacing the old Clippings service with a brand new, up-to-date online newspaper format! This allows us to automatically include current library news items from various newspapers and Facebook. The most exciting thing is that you can submit items about your library directly to us to be included!

For now, WSL presents: News from Washington Libraries will be published every other Friday. Send your submissions, comments, and suggestions to Staci Phillips, staci.phillips@sos.wa.gov.

Follow the link below, take a look, and don’t forget to subscribe!

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2) UPDATE – EVERY CHILD READY TO READ

“Libraries have moved from centering on children to a family-centric approach, and that is a critical factor for school readiness. No one is more important than the parents in a child’s life. This new focus, honoring and celebrating parents’ role in early literacy is critically important.” – Dr. Susan B. Neuman, Professor of Childhood and Literacy Education at New York University and Lead Researcher, Bringing Home Early Literacy: Determining the Impact of Library Programming on Parent Behavior.

Ask 10 different people about their experiences at their community libraries and you may get 10 different responses. Each library is unique, offering different programs that address distinct community needs. All libraries, however, have the ability to play a key role in how a child learns to read.

In 2013, the Public Library Association (PLA) and the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC), divisions of the American Library Association (ALA), funded by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), undertook research that hadn’t yet been considered: do parents or caregivers who engage in early literacy practices with their children affect the development of the early literacy skills they need to read?

Between 2013 and 2016, more than 20 library systems were studied by Dr. Neuman and her research team. Libraries were divided into two groups: those that had adopted Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library programming (ECRR) and those that had not. For a progress report, visit sos.wa.gov/q/IMLS-ECRR. Dr. Neuman and her team plan to release the final ECRR report in August 2017.

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3) MEASURES THAT MATTER PART TWO

In the United States, there are a number of national surveys of public libraries and their patrons. While all of these efforts help us tell a data-based story of public libraries, they differ in terms of their samples, what types of data they collect, and how their data are collected, stored, and accessed. The first webinar in this three-part series scanned the landscape of major public library surveys and considered how library data could be used more productively in the future.

This second webinar will drill deeper into the concepts of sampling, data types, and data management, and how they impact what is known about public libraries and their patrons. By the end of Measures That Matter Part Two, participants will have a greater understanding of various sampling methods, recognize the differences between inputs, outputs, and outcomes, and be aware of the data management practices for various national public library surveys.

This webinar is the second in a three-part series about the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies’ Measures that Matter initiative, a field-wide discussion of the current state of public library data. All sessions are recorded for you to watch later if you aren’t able to participate live.

  • Measures that Matter Part Two: Detailing the Data-based Story of Public Libraries
  • Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PDT
  • Registration: sos.wa.gov/q/matter2

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4) PROQUEST GOES HTTPS

June 30, 2017: That’s the day ProQuest will require you to access the ProQuest platform via HTTPS, enabling an encrypted, more secure way to communicate between browsers and our services. Is your library ready? Starting June 30, products based on the ProQuest platform will be accessible only through URLs and proxies that have been updated to HTTPS. You can make the transition anytime between now and then.

Other ProQuest products including CultureGrams and SIRS are already available via the HTTPS protocol. eLibrary will move to the standard ProQuest platform later this year, making the transition to HTTPS at that time. For more information and instructions, visit the ProQuest Support Center.

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5) THE PRESIDENT’S BUDGET

The Government Publishing Office (GPO) has released the President’s FY 2018 budget: see www.govinfo.gov/app/collection/budget/2018. Expanded Fiscal Year 2018 budget documents are indicated as released May 23, 2017.

Issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Budget of the United States Government is a collection of documents that contains the budget message of the President, information about the President’s budget proposals for a given fiscal year, and other budgetary publications that have been issued throughout the fiscal year. Other related and supporting budget publications are included, which may vary from year to year.

GPO has signed and certified the PDF files to assure users that the online documents are official and authentic. The digitally signed PDF files should be viewed using Adobe Acrobat or Reader version 7.0 or higher.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, June 12

Tuesday, June 13

Wednesday, June 14

Thursday, June 15

Friday, June 16

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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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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