May 19th, 2010 Will Stuivenga Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, Hard Times, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates Comments Off on WSL Updates for May 20, 2010
Volume 6, May 20, 2010 for the WSL Updates mailing list
1) RENEW WASHINGTON GRANT CYCLE RE-OPENS
2) THE USER EXPERIENCE IN THE 21ST CENTURY LIBRARY
3) GET INVOLVED IN WASHINGTON’S FUTURE
4) BOOKS FOR CHILDREN GRANTS
5) MISSION CRITICAL – SERVICES TO SPANISH SPEAKERS
6) USING WEB 2.0 TOOLS TO ENHANCE TECHNICAL SERVICES WORK
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April 15th, 2010 Will Stuivenga Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Hard Times, News Comments Off on The Huffington Post Celebrates National Library Week
In recognition of National Library Week, the Huffington Post’s Art Brodsky has posted a timely article decrying the all-too-frequent budget crisis in libraries across the country. He cites cuts in places such as Boston, Florida, New Jersey, Indianapolis, etc. He also links to the recent UW iSchool study which reports on the use of library computers for Internet access, and its increasing importance in the lives of Americans everywhere.
Here’s the final paragraph from the post:
Let’s give the last word to someone who has a secret ambition to be a librarian, but whose career went in a different direction. No less an authority than Keith Richards put it best in his forthcoming autobiography: "When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a great equalizer."
In a related article the Huffington Post continues its celebration of National Library Week by letting readers vote on their favorites from a slide show of several amazing library spaces. One of which, not surprisingly, is the "new" downtown Seattle Public Library.
April 6th, 2010 Carolyn Petersen Posted in Articles, For Libraries, Grants and Funding, Hard Times Comments Off on Partnerships That Work
Sometimes partnerships pay off.
Fort Vancouver Regional Library’s partnership with Partners in Careers, made possible through a Renew Washington grant, has been a great success. Partners in Careers is an agency that works with refugees, low income seniors, and adults facing multiple challenges to employment.
The Library noticed that the job agency had contacts with Russian and Spanish speakers. When the time came to translate their Renew Washington materials into Spanish and Russian to better serve those communities in their service area, they put together a contract with the agency.
The result worked well for everyone: Folks who needed work got it and the Library had their job resource materials translated by native speakers.
December 7th, 2009 Ahniwa Ferrari Posted in Articles, For the Public, Hard Times Comments Off on NY Times Article – Structure Your Unemployed Downtime
Recent news reports claim that the job market is improving, but no one is claiming that it’s healthy, or that we’re anywhere close to a full recovery. If you are someone who has found themselves unemployed in the current economy, then you might find helpful this recent article from the NY Times.
The article explains that the biggest hurdle to finding a new job when you’re unemployed is often lack of structure, and provides some advice on how to get over this hurdle and make your job-searching more productive.
“When you get up in the morning, it can seem as if a long clean carpet of time is ahead of you, but then you may decide to go to the gym, have a leisurely lunch, take a nap, check out “Dr. Phil” on TV followed by “Judge Judy,” and then you’re ready to make dinner.
“Or, you may engage in a whirlwind of sending e-mail messages, Googling, calling and appointment-making, only to realize that very little of it got you closer to finding a job.”
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October 15th, 2009 Will Stuivenga Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, Hard Times, News, Technology and Resources, Training and Continuing Education, Updates Comments Off on WSL Updates for October 15, 2009
Volume 5, October 15, 2009 for the WSL Updates mailing list
1) FREE TRAINING FROM WSL
2) ALASKA-YUKON-PACIFIC EXPOSITION 1909 – 2009
3) TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT COURSE FROM PLA
4) DISASTER READINESS FROM WEBJUNCTION
5) GRANTS FOR YOUTH-LED LITERACY PROJECTS
6) SUCCESSFUL FUNDRAISING IN A TOUGH ECONOMY
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