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Help us Tag Washington’s WWI Sammies!

September 20th, 2017 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, Digital Collections, For Libraries, For the Public, State Library Collections Comments Off on Help us Tag Washington’s WWI Sammies!

From the desk of Shawn Schollmeyer

The Library of Congress has once again found a fun new way to promote our digital newspapers collections by launching a new crowd-sourced tagging tool to help us capture the key names & titles of the WWI cartoons in our Washington digital newspapers. From 2008-2014 the Washington State Library participated in the National Digital Newspaper Program, contributing over 306,000 pages of Washington newspapers to the Chronicling America website.

One of the biggest advances in making a digital collection full-text searchable is the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software, which is great for text, but does a poor capture of handwritten and small text that is often used for cartoons & illustrations. The Beyond Words lab just launched this month by Library of Congress is a fun way to learn about the editorials and opinions of WWI by tagging these cartoons & illustration adding value as a primary resource for researchers, teachers and students. Give it a try and let us know what you think of it! We’ll be passing along feedback to the NDNP staff at Library of Congress. And tell us more about these Sammies!

Crowdsourcing: Beyond Words

One of the first features on labs.loc.gov is Beyond Words, a website that invites the public to identify cartoons and photographs in historic newspapers and provide captions that will turn images into searchable data. This fun crowdsourcing program grows the data set of text available for researchers who use visualization, text analysis and other digital humanities methodologies to discover new knowledge from Chronicling America—the Library’s large collection of historic American newspapers. Beyond Words is available as a pilot project to help the Library of Congress learn more about what subsets of Library data researchers are interested in and to grow the Library’s capacity for crowdsourcing.

“What I like about crowdsourcing is it gives people a chance to discover hidden gems in the collection. You never know what you’ll find poking through old newspapers,” said Tong Wang, the IT specialist who created Beyond Words during a three-month pilot innovator-in-residence program.

Beyond Words will also generate public domain image galleries for scholarship and creative play. As this data set grows, educators, researchers and artists will be able to group image collections by time frame, such as identifying all historic cartoons appearing in World War I-era newspapers.

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WSL Updates for September 14, 2017

September 13th, 2017 Will Stuivenga Posted in Digital Collections, For Libraries, News, Technology and Resources, Training and Continuing Education, Updates Comments Off on WSL Updates for September 14, 2017

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Topics include resources:

1) RESILIENCE RESOURCES

2) FREE BOOKS

3) THINK, DO, SHOW – SAVE THE DATE

4) THE FORGOTTEN WAR REMEMBERED

5) LATINO CULTURES RESOURCES

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) RESILIENCE RESOURCES

Many people around the country are facing difficult, trying times right now. Evacuees displaced by the recent hurricanes in Texas and along the southeastern seaboard states, immigrants, refugees, and others who have had to leave their homes may suffer increased anxiety and concern.

Feelings of worry, disbelief, fear, and anger are normal when dealing with situations that are out of our control. Many displaced people may want to find shelter at a public library, escape between the pages of a good book, attend a library program, or just feel connected to someone or something within their local community.

For helpful tips for libraries when providing services for evacuees, refugees, immigrants, and others who have been displaced and/or impacted by a recent crisis, check out the latest blog posting (partially quoted above) from the ALA ALSC Public Awareness Committee.

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2) FREE BOOKS

The Seattle Public Library Foundation and the Kitsap Regional Library generously donated books which were left over from their latest community reads to the Washington State Library for redistribution to libraries in Washington State for use as community read titles, classroom sets, or book club kits.

The Washington State Library has:

  • The Turner House by Angela Flournoy: 279 trade paperbacks
  • A Sudden Light by Garth Stein: 147 trade paperbacks. 14 hardback large print copies, and 23 audiobook copies.
  • The Painter by Peter Heller: 2 trade paperbacks.
  • The Secret of the Nightingale Palace by Dana Sachs: 1 trade paperback

A minimum of five copies per order is required. They can be a mix and match of titles. This is a first come, first serve process. Please contact Leanna Hammond with your request at leanna.hammond@sos.wa.gov.

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3) THINK, DO, SHOW – SAVE THE DATE

The Washington State Library is bringing the workshop Think, Do, Show – Telling the Library Story with Data to three locations in November. In this free, all-day workshop, you will learn practical, strategic methods for evaluating your library’s programs and services. Through a series of interactive exercises, you will discover how to collect and analyze your data, use your results to inform your strategic planning, management, and communication with stakeholders, and visually present your statistics in infographics and other formats to demonstrate your library’s impact.

Presenter Linda Hofschire is the Director of the Colorado State Library’s Library Research Service (LRS). She has more than 20 years of experience working in social science research and evaluation. At LRS, she manages a variety of research and evaluation projects including outcome-based evaluations of state library programs, and a national training event, the Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL).

  • November 13, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Timberland Regional Library Service Center, 415 Tumwater Blvd SW, Tumwater
  • November 15, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Whitman County Rural Library System, 102 S. Main Street, Colfax
  • November 17, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., King County Library System Service Center, 960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah

All registration will be managed through the WSL online training calendar; watch for an announcement (coming soon) and then register online. Space is limited. Questions? Contact Mary Campbell at mary.campbell@sos.wa.gov or 360-570-5571.

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4) THE FORGOTTEN WAR REMEMBERED

Legacy Washington announces the opening of a new exhibit, Korea 65: The Forgotten War Remembered, that captures the stories of veterans and Korean Americans whose lives were influenced by the Korean War. The exhibit, housed in the lobby of the Secretary of State’s Office in the Capitol Building in Olympia, opens on September 14. Anyone visiting the state capitol is invited to stop by to view the exhibit. Those not able to visit in person may check out the project, available in its entirety, online. View or read both the subject profiles, and the exhibit.

Libraries may wish to purchase the Korea 65 book, which includes 13 unique stories of Washingtonians who were affected by the war. The $22.50 cost includes shipping. The book may be purchased online.

For teachers, Korea 65 lesson plans are available. Three-part mini-units are available free online for teachers to introduce the exhibit and project into their classroom.

Legacy Washington is a program of the Office of the Washington Secretary of State.

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5) LATINO CULTURES RESOURCES

Libraries across the country are working in a variety of ways to improve the full spectrum of library and information services for the approximately 58.6 million Spanish-speaking and Latino people in the US and build a diverse and inclusive profession.

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins September 15, Google Cultural Institute has collaborated with more than 35 museums and institutions to launch a new platform on September 7 within Google Arts & Culture: Latino Cultures. The platform brings more than 2,500 Latino cultural artifacts online and—through immersive storytelling, 360-degree virtual tours, ultra-high-resolution imagery, and visual field trips—offers first-hand knowledge about the Latino experience in America.

The American Library Association’s President-Elect Loida Garcia-Febo says she is excited about this new resource, which she believes will help libraries continue to draw attention to the rich legacy of Latinos and Latinas across America. “Nationwide, libraries are celebrating Latino cultures by offering programs that highlight our music, cuisine, art, history, and leadership,” says Garcia-Febo. “I know this platform will be a great springboard as we continue to reshape our library collections to include Spanish-language and Latino-oriented materials.”

For more from ALA, use this shortcut: sos.wa.gov/q/Latino.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, September 18

Tuesday, September 19

Wednesday, September 20

Thursday, September 21

Friday, September 22

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3rd Annual Historical Zine Contest

September 6th, 2017 Judy Pitchford Posted in Articles, Digital Collections, For Libraries, For the Public Comments Off on 3rd Annual Historical Zine Contest

2017 zine poster
Hey kids (and adults)! It’s time for the 3rd Annual Historical Zine Contest!

Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, is sponsoring the 3rd Annual Historical Zine Contest with co-sponsors Washington State Archives and Timberland Regional Library. Participants are asked to create a Zine about some aspect of Washington History.

Washington residents from 4th grade and up (yes, adults, too!) are asked to participate.

All three sponsors have a multitude of resources that can provide fantastic historical material you can use to create your Zine.

Washington State Library has many online resources that include books, maps, newspapers and photos. You can also find featured images from these digital collections on their Pinterest and Flickr pages. And don’t forget that you can visit the library to see some resources in person!
• Washington State Archives has an extensive print collection, as well as many images at the Digital Archives.
• And you can visit the Timberland Libraries to explore their NW Reference Collection, Zine Collection and Zine Resource Collection.

One winner from each age category and will receive a $75 prize!

Visit the Zine Contest Webpage for the entry form, a video on how to make a zine, and to see some of our past winners.

Entries will be accepted from September 1, 2017 – December 15, 2017. So grab your pencils, pens, typewriters or computers and start creating!

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Growing up in Washington’s Finest Dairyland

August 29th, 2017 Evan Posted in Articles, Digital Collections, For the Public Comments Off on Growing up in Washington’s Finest Dairyland

Former state senator (1969-1980) Gary M. Odegaard stopped in at the Washington State Library last week to share a wealth of unique photographs from his family collection, as well as hours of great stories about growing up in the border town of Sumas, Washington. Deborah Morgan from the Sumas Library met with Odegaard while staff from our Washington Rural Heritage program worked to digitize his photos.

It was a fascinating day of learning about life in Whatcom County in the 1950s, from daily farm life in “Washington’s Finest Dairyland,” to living through major flood events, to the history of the Sumas Valley Grange.

Odegaard’s collection will soon appear alongside other material from the Sumas area digitized through a Washington Rural Heritage grant completed this year by the Sumas branch of Whatcom County Library System. View that collection here: http://sos.wa.gov/q/SumasHeritage

The State Library’s Washington Rural Heritage program is a collaborative digitization project partnering with almost 150 of our state’s libraries and museums. The project also provides access to the otherwise hidden or inaccessible family collections of almost 500 Washingtonians.

The Washington State Library will be working with more than one dozen organizations through the end of 2018 to bring more of our common heritage online. Read more about our recent grant awards here: https://www.sos.wa.gov/_assets/library/libraries/grants/2017_WRH_Awards.pdf

This funding is made possible by a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act. To learn more about participating in Washington Rural Heritage, please contact Evan Robb, Digital Repository Librarian, at (360) 704-5228, or evan.robb@sos.wa.gov.

 

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WSL Updates for August 17, 2017

August 16th, 2017 Will Stuivenga Posted in Digital Collections, For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates Comments Off on WSL Updates for August 17, 2017

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Topics include:

1) SEEKING LIBRARY COUNCIL MEMBERS

2) RURAL HERITAGE GRANT AWARDS

3) WIKIPEDIA + LIBRARIES: BETTER TOGETHER

4) ACADEMIC LIBRARIES TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES

5) STATEWIDE PURCHASING & CONTRACTING WORKSHOP

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) SEEKING LIBRARY COUNCIL MEMBERS

The mission of the Library Council of Washington (LCW) is to help all Washington citizens access library services, information, and resources. The LCW advises the State Librarian and the Office of the Secretary of State on statewide library issues and the expenditure of federal LSTA funding. The fifteen members represent all types of libraries and library users. The Council meets in person three to four times each year.

Members may include library employees, volunteers, trustees, foundation board members, advocates, consultants, or educators. We seek new members that are active and knowledgeable, have great communication skills, and can advocate for all libraries while representing a specific interest group’s views as well. There are currently four open positions on the LCW, representing:

  • Special libraries,
  • Technology,
  • Underserved populations,
  • Schools (western Washington).

If you want to help shape our libraries, have at least three years’ experience working with libraries in Washington State, and are interested in applying, please send a copy of the application form and your resume. Application information is available at sos.wa.gov/q/vacancy. Applications must be postmarked by September 22, 2017.

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2) RURAL HERITAGE GRANT AWARDS

Congratulations to the latest group of public libraries and heritage organizations recently awarded digitization grants through the Washington Rural Heritage program! Over the next year Washington State Library staff will be working with these organizations to digitize unique, historically significant materials held in their collections. Awardees will be trained in all aspects of digitization and their collections will be publicly hosted and digitally preserved through the Washington Rural Heritage website and digital repository.

Below are this year’s grant recipients. Read about the details of each project.

  • $6,157 – Fort Vancouver Regional Library District: the La Center, Ridgefield, and Woodland community libraries will partner with the La Center Historical Museum, Woodland Historical Museum Society, and Charlotte Clevidence of Ridgefield.
  • $6,300 – Spokane County Library District, Moran Prairie branch, in partnership with the Moran Prairie Washington Grange #161.
  • $6,981 – Richland Public Library.
  • $4,689 – Whitman County Library in partnership with the Tekoa Museum and J.C. Barron Mill (Oakesdale, Washington).
  • $4,500 – Asotin County Library.
  • $7,000 – Whatcom County Library System, (Lummi) Island Library.
  • $6,958 – Kalama Public Library in partnership with the Kalama History House, the City of Kalama, and the Port of Kalama.
  • $5,669 – Orcas Island Public Library in partnership with the Orcas Island Historical Society.

To learn more about participating in Washington Rural Heritage, contact Evan Robb, Digital Repository Librarian at evan.robb@sos.wa.gov. Washington Rural Heritage is supported with Library Services and Technology Act funding provided by the federal Institute for Museum and Library Services.

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3) WIKIPEDIA + LIBRARIES: BETTER TOGETHER

This fall, WebJunction will offer a free online training program for up to 500 US public library staff to learn to confidently engage with Wikipedia. The course, Wikipedia + Libraries: Better Together, will provide a collaborative learning environment for public library peers to build their Wikipedia skills, implement Wikipedia programming, and amplify the role of libraries as information literacy leaders in their communities.

The 9-week course will run from September 13 through November 15, and will consist of 6 live online sessions, online discussion forums, reading, plus skill and knowledge-building activities. As a result of participating, public library staff will be able to use Wikipedia to:

  • Engage and empower their community members to build information literacy skills and to access and create knowledge;
  • Raise the visibility of their libraries and their unique, local collections;
  • Build on their own digital, critical thinking, and community engagement skills—and encourage their colleagues to do the same.

Learn more about the program and enroll today.

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4) ACADEMIC LIBRARIES TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES

Learn how to foster conversation and lead change on campus and beyond with Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Models for Change, a free learning series on dialogue and deliberation from ALA, ACRL, and the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation. Through three free webinars in fall 2017, participants will learn to convene critical conversations with people with differing viewpoints; connect more meaningfully with library users and better meet their needs; and translate conversation into action.

Academic library professionals who view all three webinars, live or recorded, are invited to attend a free one-day pre-conference workshop on Feb. 9, 2018, at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver.

The three webinars are scheduled as follows:

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5) STATEWIDE PURCHASING & CONTRACTING WORKSHOP

Registration is now open for a two day Purchasing and Contracting Workshop in Lynnwood on August 22 and 23. The first day of this workshop will be on purchasing and the second day on public works contracting. Registration is open to all local agencies and private consultants statewide. Presented by the Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC) and the Contract Administration Education Committee (CAEC) of the American Public Works Association (APWA).

Details:

  • August 22, 23, 2017 at the Sno-Isle Regional Library, Lynnwood
  • Workshop fees are $70 for one day or $90 for both days, per person. Attendees can attend either both days or only one day, depending on their interests.
  • More information and registration: sos.wa.gov/q/MRSLwkshp.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, August 21

Tuesday, August 22

Wednesday, August 23

Thursday, August 24

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WSL Updates for August 10, 2017

August 10th, 2017 Will Stuivenga Posted in Digital Collections, For Libraries, News, Updates, Washington Center for the Book Comments Off on WSL Updates for August 10, 2017

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Topics include:

1) WASHINGTON STATE BOOK AWARDS

2) GALAXY SCIFI ARCHIVE

3) THE STATE OF EBOOKS IN LIBRARIES

4) MORE THAN #MOTIVATIONMONDAY

5) LIBRARIES, LGBTQ YOUTH, & HOMELESSNESS

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) WASHINGTON STATE BOOK AWARDS

The Washington Center for the Book, a partnership of The Seattle Public Library and Washington State Library, announces the finalists in eight categories for the 2017 Washington State Book Awards (WSBA) for outstanding books published by Washington authors in 2016. This is the 51st year of the program, formerly called the Governor’s Writers Awards.

Winners will be announced at the awards celebration, held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Seattle Public Library’s Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636. A reception and book signing will follow in the Norcliffe Foundation Living Room on Level 3 of the Central Library, with book sales by Third Place Books. This event is free and open to the public.

A book award is given based on the strength of the publication’s literary merit, lasting importance and overall quality to an author who was born in Washington State or is a current resident and has maintained residence here for at least three years. The authors of the award-winning books, as well as the illustrator of the picture book, will receive a $500 honorarium, thanks to the generous support of The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

For a complete list of Award finalists, and the names of this year’s judges, visit sos.wa.gov/q/WSBA.

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2) GALAXY SCIFI ARCHIVE

One of the science fiction genre’s best magazines is now freely available online. The Internet Archive is hosting a collection of Galaxy Science Fiction, which published many seminal works in the field, including an early version of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and Alfred Bester’s The Demolished Man. Included are stories from such SciFi legends as Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Clifford Simak, Theodore Sturgeon, and many more. Although the run is not quite complete, the archive comprises 355 separate issues, ranging from 1950 through 1976. In addition to the Galaxy collection, the Archive also has a complete run of Hugo Gernsback’s Amazing Stories.

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3) THE STATE OF EBOOKS IN LIBRARIES

Libraries have been handling eBooks for quite some time now, but while libraries have time-tested workflows for online serials, eBooks present complexities that may require new workflows. The online format provides many opportunities for libraries but also many challenges.

Join us for an engaging and informative discussion on these opportunities and challenges. This Forum will discuss the following topics:

  • Collection development and acquisitions models
  • Technical Services workflows
  • eBook licensing and metadata
  • Faculty outreach and user instruction and support
  • Usage and assessment

e-Forums are moderated, electronic discussion forums that provide an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest on an ALCTS email discussion list. These discussions are free of charge and available to anyone who wishes to subscribe to the email list. Details:

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4) MORE THAN #MOTIVATIONMONDAY

Employees motivated to deliver top notch service are key to a library’s success. But many in library organizations don’t know how to effectively instigate employee motivation. As a critical management and leadership skill, it’s important to know what motivation is and isn’t, what works and what doesn’t. This WebJunction webinar, More Than #MotivationMonday: Motivating Your Team Any Day of the Week, will explore factors that influence motivation at work and review strategies for supervisors to keep their teams motivated and productive. No matter the size of your library or your role, you will be inspired to find your own motivation and will be able to catalyze others!

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5) LIBRARIES, LGBTQ YOUTH, & HOMELESSNESS

Libraries as Allies – A Beginner’s Guide for Libraries: Welcoming and Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth Experiencing Homelessness is a toolkit which provides an introduction to public libraries on the topic of LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning) youth experiencing homelessness. The toolkit comes out of a pilot IMLS grant, the LAMBDA (Library Anchor Models for Bridging Diversity Achievements) project, which brought together the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as well as four public libraries, two in east Tennessee—Clinch River and Ocoee—and two in California: San Francisco Public Library and San Diego County Library.

During the three years of the grant, the LAMBDA project provided trainings, workshops, resources, a website, and a Summit. For more information about the LAMBDA project, visit lambda.sis.utk.edu. The toolkit is available at lambda.sis.utk.edu/libraries-as-allies-toolkit. Submit questions or comments to Julie Ann Winkelstein, PhD, Post-doctoral researcher, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, at jwinkels@utk.edu.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, August 14

Tuesday, August 15

Wednesday, August 16

Thursday, August 17

Friday, August 18

Saturday, August 19

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WSL Updates for July 20, 2017

July 19th, 2017 Will Stuivenga Posted in Digital Collections, For the Public, Grants and Funding, News, Updates Comments Off on WSL Updates for July 20, 2017

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Topics include:

1) IMLS BUDGET VICTORY

2) TWO NEW RURAL HERITAGE COLLECTIONS

3) CENTER FOR THE BOOK

4) MEASURES THAT MATTER PART 3

5) GRANTS – RECORDINGS AT RISK

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for June 22, 2017

June 21st, 2017 Will Stuivenga Posted in Digital Collections, For Libraries, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates Comments Off on WSL Updates for June 22, 2017

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Topics include:

1) ZINES TO THE FRONT

2) COUNTER CODE – WHAT’S NEW?

3) DIGITAL DIRECTIONS

4) READ-A-RAMA WITH DR. MARTIN

5) BUILDING COMMUNITY BUSINESS CONNECTIONS

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) ZINES TO THE FRONT

Zines to the Front: Building a Library Collection for the People, by the People is the title of July’s First Tuesdays program. Allison Mackey and Kelsey Smith from the Timberland Regional Library system will provide an overview of zines, zine culture, and zine collections in libraries. Topics will include drafting a zine collection proposal for your library, zine acquisitions and cataloging, ziners advisory, and using zines in library programming and outreach. Resources for further exploration of this topic will also be made available.

First Tuesdays is designed as a continuing-education opportunity for staff of libraries in Washington State. This free web presentation allows attendees to share their skills and successes and learn about new topics. The special-subject presentations, lasting about 60 minutes, are recorded so that others may listen at their own convenience. Past sessions are archived here: sos.wa.gov/q/Broadcasts.

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2) COUNTER CODE – WHAT’S NEW?

LYRASIS is offering a free webinar for COUNTER, a non-profit organization that creates standards for the counting of electronic resource usage. COUNTER is supported by a global community of library, publisher and vendor members, who contribute to the development of the COUNTER Code of Practice through working groups and outreach. This webinar will explain the recent changes to the Code of Practice and how librarians can prepare.

Designing Release 5 of the COUNTER Code of Practice has been challenging but also an exciting and essential task. It has been a collaboration aimed at meeting both content providers’ and librarians’ needs. Please join Lorraine Estelle, COUNTER Project Director, as she discusses the latest release.

Event details:

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3) DIGITAL DIRECTIONS

Are you just getting started in digitization and digital preservation? Trying to bring several digital projects together into a cohesive digital preservation program? Or are you well into a digital project and need a refresher on the latest standards and best practices?

The Digital Directions conference is geared toward professionals working with digital collections at archives, libraries, museums, historical organizations, town and city clerks, and other government agencies, tribal entities, corporate archives, and other organizations that steward digital collections.

Get the Big Picture – Learn to Advocate for Your Digital Preservation Project – Build Contacts and Support Networks. “Digital Directions: Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections” will be held August 21-23, 2017 at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center, Seattle, Washington. For complete information, and to register, visit bit.ly/n-dd17.

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4) READ-A-RAMA WITH DR. MARTIN

Since 2001, Dr. Michelle H. Martin, now the Beverly Cleary Endowed Professor in the Information School at the University of Washington, has been crafting programming for children that uses children’s books as the springboard for all activities. Activities designed for Camp Read-a-Rama®, 40-hour, one-week-long, themed literacy immersion camps that help teach kids to “live books” can also strengthen your summer programs.

These workshops will help educators, librarians, youth professionals and parents/guardians design new ideas for innovative and interactive programs that pair books with hands-on, interdisciplinary activities to promote early literacy and fully engaged learning. Designed for adults, each program is approximately 2 hours long and all are fun and fully interactive. (Children who are old enough and focused enough to participate are welcome.)

All sessions are held on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Compass On Dexter, 756 John Street, Seattle. Cost is $35/$20 for students.

  • July 8: Bug Eyes, Bird Beaks & Bat Wings: Bookish Fun about Animal Adaptations
  • July 15: Incredible Edibles: Fun with Food About Books
  • August 12: Create! Bookish Art and Artsy Books

For more information and to register, use this shortcut link: sos.wa.gov/q/Read-a-Rama.

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5) BUILDING COMMUNITY BUSINESS CONNECTIONS

Does your library have valuable business resources that you struggle to share and promote to the community? Do you have big plans for developing meaningful connections with small business owners, professionals, and job seekers in your community but don’t know how to get started? This free webinar will walk you through all of the steps that are integral to taking your connections to the next level through embedded networking and structured library services.

At the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Understand how embedded business librarianship differs from providing outreach services and why it makes a difference.
  • Develop an action plan for making new networks and keeping them connected.
  • Create relevant presentations, programming, training, and long-term initiatives that add value to the community.

Webinar: Building Business Connections in Your Community; July 11, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT. Sponsored by the Federal Depository Library Program. Speaker: Barbara Alvarez, Communications & Information Specialist.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT 2 WEEKS

Monday, June 26

Tuesday, June 27

Wednesday, June 28

Thursday, June 29

Friday, June 30

Wednesday, July 5

Thursday, July 6

Friday, July 7

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NOTE: WSL Updates will be on hiatus next week because of the ALA Annual Conference, and will return with the July 6 issue.

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Greek History in Seattle again reaches for a global audience

June 20th, 2017 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, Digital Collections, For Libraries, For the Public, State Library Collections Comments Off on Greek History in Seattle again reaches for a global audience

Black and white image of an old newspaper. Woman with wings holding a flag in front of the ParthenonIn the early days of the Seattle-based Washington Hellenic Civic Society, little did community citizens know their comings and goings would reach an international audience through the publication of the monthly newspaper, the Washington Hellenic Review.

It had just over a 10-year run (1924-1936) under the vision of WHCS president Pericles H. Scarlatos.   It reached an audience mostly in Seattle, but also across to subscribers in 33 cities, and even a few in Greece. The many activities of members of the community were chronicled: births, baptisms, name days, marriages, illnesses, deaths, vacations abroad, visitors, graduations, picnics, bazaars, formal Three men two in traditional Greek costumesdinners, events of local clubs and societies, and the news of the local parish of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church.

At the time of publication, the Society aimed to assist the Greek immigrants of Washington with integrating into American culture and keeping up on church news, how to apply for and practice good citizenship in America, which candidates to support in upcoming city and state elections, and when and where to see Greek cultural activities.

Two women and one man in traditional Greek costumesThe Hellenic Review was an essential newspaper to the Greek community in Seattle and now the publication is an essential document of Seattle’s local history and to the descendants of Greek immigrants in Washington. The Washington State Library is proud to present online access to the Hellenic Review, one of our most recent titles on the Washington Digital Newspapers website.

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Orcas Island – Researching Our History Workshop

May 16th, 2017 Evan Posted in Digital Collections Comments Off on Orcas Island – Researching Our History Workshop

On May 13, 2017, staff from the Orcas Island Historical Museum and the Orcas Island Public Library co-presented a session on conducting, and writing about, one’s historical and genealogical research using the various resources held by both organizations. Edrie Vinson from the Orcas Island Historical Museum plugged the Washington Rural Heritage program, by discussing the James T. Geoghegan Collection as a way one might illustrate family history in an online environment. 16 people were in attendance.

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