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WSL Updates for March 15, 2018

Volume 14, March 15, 2018 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) EVERYLIBRARY TRAINING

2) CULTIVATING COMMUNITIES, HARVESTING IDEAS

3) HEALTH INFORMATION FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIANS

4) LIBRARY SCIENCE COURSES

5) DPLA’S NEW WEBSITE

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) EVERYLIBRARY TRAINING

Before you consider asking for any new funding for your library, it is critical to understand that supporters, constituents, and donors are driven by their perceptions and attitudes, and not by their library user experience.

Announcing Communications and Marketing training for Library staff and boards. John Chrastka and Patrick Sweeney, EveryLibrary, will present a workshop that explores two frames for activating people to support library funding: the librarian as candidate and the library as cause. The training includes collaborative work during the day and follow-up homework to take back to the community.

Outcomes: Participants will learn the about the latest public perception data and discover actionable techniques to update public perceptions about both the institution and the people who work there. This half-day session is designed for staff at all levels, to provide insights on how to convene and empower stakeholders around your message and your goals.

Dates, times, and locations:

  • Monday May 7, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Burlington Public Library
  • Tuesday May 8, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Fort Vancouver Regional Library Headquarters
  • Thursday May 10, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Spokane County Library District, Moran Library
  • Friday, May 11, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Whitman County Library, Colfax

Register now for these important workshops, brought to you by the Washington State Library with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

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2) CULTIVATING COMMUNITIES, HARVESTING IDEAS

Program proposals are now being accepted for the 2018 Washington Library Association Conference, October 17-20 at the Yakima Convention Center. This year’s conference theme, “Cultivating Communities, Harvesting Ideas,” honors the bridge building and innovation happening inside and outside of libraries, while also giving a nod to Yakima’s autumnal agricultural scene.

All proposals from academic, public, school, and special library staff and advocates will be considered, as will those from community partners. Please reach out to the dynamic presenters in your communities or share your own skills and experience by leading a session or workshop.

Details:

  • Programs may take the form of 75-minute sessions or 3- or 4-hour workshops.
  • Presenters should request approval from their employer to attend the conference before submitting proposals.
  • Proposals are due by Monday, April 16.
  • WLA Conference Program Proposal Form. To submit multiple proposals, use a new form for each.
  • Program decision notifications will be delivered by May 8.

Please direct questions to the WLA office at info@wla.org or 206-823-1138. On behalf of the 2018 Conference Committee, WLA looks forward to receiving your proposals!

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3) HEALTH INFORMATION FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIANS

The Medical Library Association (MLA) has joined forces with the Public Library Association (PLA) and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) to provide a health information symposium for public librarians that runs concurrent with the last day and a half of the MLA ’18 Conference. U.S.-based public librarians with interest or responsibility in providing health information to their communities qualify for a free registration for the 1-1/2- day symposium.

In addition to the $500 stipend, additional funding support to defray travel costs is available from the NNLM Pacific Northwest Region. Space is limited to a maximum of 150 public librarians. Don’t miss this opportunity! The application deadline for the travel funding is March 30, 2018. More information.

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4) LIBRARY SCIENCE COURSES

The Brooks Library of Central Washington University offers both a Library and Information Science Type B Certificate and a Minor for paraprofessionals interested in developing their skill set in the field of librarianship. Courses in the program include research, public service, organization, library technology, archives, and general information management. Courses and program tracks are offered online with some in-person options. Open enrollment begins March 19.

Courses available this spring quarter (March 27-June 8) include:

  • LIS110 Research Fundamentals (1 credit)
  • LIS298 Civic Engagement & Libraries (3 credits) course offered in-person
  • LIS345 Library Research Methods and Information Literacy (4 credits)
  • LIS412 Library Management & Leadership (3 credits)
  • LIS411 Introduction to Archives (3 credits) course offered in-person

Find out more about these programs and read course descriptions or contact Elizabeth Brown at elizabeth.brown@cwu.edu.

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5) DPLA’S NEW WEBSITE

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to unveil its all-new redesigned website, now live at dp.la. The new site is more user-centered than ever before, with a focus on the tools, resources, and information that matter most to DPLA researchers and learners of all kinds. In a shift from the former site structure, content that primarily serves DPLA’s network of partners and others interested in deeper involvement with DPLA can now be found on DPLA Pro.

The new site combines the same core features and functionality that veteran users will recognize with new tools developed to enhance the DPLA experience for new and returning users alike. Highlights include:

DPLA’s new website represents a significant step forward in DPLA’s core work of connecting people with the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, and museums. Users now have more pathways to discover content in DPLA, better tools at their disposal, and a clearer, streamlined website to facilitate their discovery. DPLA has worked hard to ensure that the new site is fully compliant with accessibility best practices to ensure that all users can access and use the resources in our collections and on the website.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Sunday, March 20

Monday, March 19

Tuesday, March 20

Wednesday, March 21

Thursday, March 22

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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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