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WSL Updates for September 15, 2016

September 15th, 2016 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, Letters About Literature, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

Volume 12, September 15, 2016 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Please note: There will be no WSL Updates published September 22, 2016.  The next regularly scheduled WSL Updates will be published September 29, 2016.

Topics include:

1) APPLY FOR A POSITION ON THE LIBRARY COUNCIL OF WASHINGTON

2) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE CONTEST OPENS

3) 2ND ANNUAL HISTORICIAL ZINE CONTEST

4) ONLINE LIBRARY COURSES BEGIN THIS MONTH

5) NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) APPLY FOR A POSITION ON THE LIBRARY COUNCIL OF WASHINGTON

Applications are currently being accepted for three Library Council of Washington positions. The positions are designed to represent these three different library constituencies in the state:

  • Academic Libraries – Two-Year Colleges
  • Special Libraries – Non-corporate
  • Public Libraries under 100,000

The Library Council of Washington advises the State Librarian and the Office of the Secretary of State on statewide library issues and the expenditure of federal LSTA funding.

  • Applications must be postmarked by Friday, October 21, 2016.

Members are chosen for a three-year term. A second three-year term is possible. The first three-year term for these positions will begin in January 2017. The first in-person meeting will be March 2017.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Jeff Martin at 360.704.5248, jeff.martin@sos.wa.gov or Maura Walsh at 360.704.5246, maura.walsh@sos.wa.gov.

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2) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE CONTEST OPENS

The annual Letters About Literature contest has begun! Please encourage teachers and students in grades 4 – 12 at your school or in your library service area to participate. Homeschoolers are welcome as well.

  • Level 3 (grades 9-12) entries must be postmarked by December 2, 2016.
  • Level 1 (grades 4-6) and Level 2 (grades 7-8) entries must be postmarked by January 9, 2017.

To learn more about this year’s contest and/or to print the entry form and participation guidelines for your library patrons, please visit the Letters about Literature 2017 contest page.

The 24th annual writing contest for young readers is made possible by a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, with additional support from gifts to the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, which promotes the contest through its affiliate Centers for the Book, State Libraries and other organizations. This is the 12th year that Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, has sponsored Letters About Literature as part of Washington Reads.

For additional information, contact Crystal Lentz at crystal.lentz@sos.wa.gov or 360-704-5275.

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3) 2ND ANNUAL HISTORICIAL ZINE CONTEST

Washington State Library is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Historical Zine Contest. Participants are asked to create a Zine about some aspect of Washington History using primary resources.

Entries will be accepted from four age groups:

  • Grades 4-6
  • Grades 7-9
  • Grades 10-12
  • Adults of all ages

Entries will be accepted from September 1 – December 15, 2016. See the Zine webpage for more information and a video about how to make a zine.

Questions? Contact Judy Pitchford at judy.pitchford@sos.wa.gov. Washington State Library is a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

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4) ONLINE LIBRARY COURSES BEGIN THIS MONTH

Highline College is offering two online library courses during Fall Quarter 2016:

LIBR 132 “Serving Diverse Communities” ONLINE for 5 credits. “Examination of library services to diverse populations including, but not limited to, ethnicity, national origin, language, gender, age, disability (human exceptionalities), and sexual orientation. Focuses on proactively developing collections and services that foster an atmosphere of inclusion and which meet the needs of all the library’s users.”

LIBR 122 “Public Services” ONLINE for 5 credits this fall. “Explores the policies, procedures, and tools used in public services, with a focus on customer service. Students learn about patron privacy issues, collection management, and library safety & security. Communication, customer relations, and problem solving will be explored in depth.”

Register now – classes begin September 26. Contact lisinquiry@highline.edu for more information.

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5) NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH

National Novel Writing Month believes in the transformational power of creativity. The nonprofit organization provides the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds—on and off the page.

Two of the programs offered by NaNoWriMo are:

  • The Young Writers Program promotes writing fluency, creative education, and the sheer joy of novel-writing in K-12 classrooms. Free classroom kits, writing workbooks, Common Core-aligned curricula, and virtual class management tools are available to educators from Dubai to Boston.
  • The Come Write In program provides free resources to libraries, community centers, and local bookstores to build writing havens in your neighborhood. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel. 1,012 libraries, bookstores, and community centers across the nation opened their doors to novelists through the Come Write In program in 2015.

Several libraries in Washington already participate in this program. Time may (or may not) be too short to participate in November 2016, but think about participating in next year’s program which will be offered in November 2017.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that believes stories matter.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

September 19

  • The National Science Foundation: Statistical Data and Grantseeker Resources (North Carolina Library Association); 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PDT
  • Fold3 Library Edition (ProQuest); 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PDT

September 20

  • Talent Development in the Digital Age: Designing Learning Environments (InSync Training); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PDT
  • Integrating User Feedback to Make Changes Big & Small (Colorado State Library); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT
  • Teen Programming: A Mover & Shaker’s Recipe for Impact and Success (WebJunction); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PDT
  • One Book For Nebraska Kids & One Book For Nebraska Teens (Nebraska Library Commission); 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. PDT
  • Ancestry Library Edition (ProQuest); 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. PDT
  • HeritageQuest Online (ProQuest); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PDT

September 21

  • Health and Wellness at Your Library (National Network of Libraries of Medicine); 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PDT
  • Get Big Things Done: Unleash Your Connectional Intelligence (American Management Association); 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PDT
  • Contagious: Why Things Catch On (Harvard Business Review); 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PDL
  • PubMed® for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) (National Network of Libraries of Medicine); 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. PDT
  • Does Your Leadership Team Measure Up? (Training Industry); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PDT
  • 5 Steps to Telling Better Non-Profit Stories (4Good); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PDT
  • Toddlers Empowered by the 5 R’s: A New Research-Based Framework for Building Language (Early Childhood Investigations); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT
  • Toddlers Empowered by the 5 R’s: A New Research-Based Framework for Building Language (Early Childhood Investigations); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PDT
  • Health on the Range: Rural Health Issues and Resources (National Network of Libraries of Medicine); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PDT
  • Weeding the School Library Collection (Wyoming State Library); 9:00 – 10:00 PDT
  • When Push Comes to Shove: Emotional Intelligence and Bullying Behavior (Training Industry); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PDT
  • TechSoup for Libraries – Maximize Your Technology Services with TechSoup (TechSoup); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT
  • OCLC Member Forum (OCLC); Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service, Salem, Oregon, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. PDT
  • NEW RefWorks in 15 Minutes (ProQuest); 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. PDT
  • Write-N-Cite in New Refworks (ProQuest); 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. PDT
  • Intro to the NEW RefWorks (ProQuest); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PDT

September 22

  • What’s Cooking for Fall 2016 (Booklist); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT

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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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WSL Updates for September 1, 2016

September 1st, 2016 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Grants and Funding, Letters About Literature, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

Volume 12, September 1, 2016 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) MINING THE CSLP MANUAL FOR ADULT PROGRAMMING IDEAS

2) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE CONTEST OPENS

3) 2ND ANNUAL HISTORICIAL ZINE CONTEST

4) WASHINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY TRUSTEE TRAINING WORKSHOPS

5) ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR MICROSOFT IMAGINE ACADEMY 2016-2017 GRANTS

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for May 12, 2016

May 12th, 2016 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, Letters About Literature, News, Updates No Comments »

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Topics include:

1) WASHINGTON RURAL HERITAGE DIGITIZATION GRANTS CLOSE MAY 25

2) DIGITAL LITERACY 2016 GRANT CYCLE CLOSES MAY 25

3) METADATA ENHANCEMENT & REMEDIATION PROJECT GRANTS

4) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE 2016

5) WHO’LL COUNT THE RAIN?

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for April 21, 2016

April 21st, 2016 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, Letters About Literature, News, Updates No Comments »

Volume 12, April 21, 2016 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) RELEASE THE ROBOTS

2) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE 2016

3) SUPERCHARGED STORYTIMES – THE VIEWS2 WAY

4) SEE YOU AT WLA

5) US DOE ACCEPTING GRANT PROPOSALS

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for January 7, 2016

January 6th, 2016 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, Letters About Literature, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

Volume 12, January 7, 2016 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) REFERENCE TRIAGE WEBINAR

2) GAINING STEAM WITH LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3®

3) FREE RESOURCES FOR WASHINGTON EDUCATORS

4) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE CONTEST

5) LATEST WORKSOURCEWA.COM NEWS

6) FEDERAL GRANT FUNDING OPPORTUNTIES

7) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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Washington State’s Letters About Literature Contest for 2016 is underway.

November 8th, 2015 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Letters About Literature No Comments »

“I truly believe that without your book, I wouldn’t be here writing this letter to you today.”

Teresa Zhan 2014 Level 3 winner

“The moment I started reading your books it changed me! “

Emily Cordero, 2014 Level 2 winner

“Pastwatch showed me that to be the person I want to be, I must face my fears and voice my beliefs – even if they are different from the beliefs of people around me.”

Owen Bernstein, 2013 Level 2 winner

Every year powerful statements such as these are written by students from all over Washington State.  The Letters About Literature contest encourages young readers in grades 4-12 to read a book and write a letter to the author about how the book changed their view of the world or themselves.  2016 marks the eleventh year that the Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, has sponsored the contest as part of Washington Reads.  Washington is a strong state in the contest routinely receiving over 3000 entries every year.

The contest has a tremendous impact on students and their appreciation for the books they read.  Here’s what last year’s winners had to say about the contest.

 

Would you like to learn more about the contest or read letters of past winners?  Here’s where to find the information.

The 23rd annual writing contest for young readers is made possible by a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, with additional support from gifts to the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, which promotes the contest through its affiliate Centers for the Book, state libraries and other organizations.

 

 

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WSL Updates for October 15, 2015

October 15th, 2015 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, Letters About Literature, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

Volume 11, October 8, 2015 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE CONTEST OPEN

2) THE FUTURE STEMS FROM READING GRANT CYCLE – APPLY NOW

3) HEALTH INFORMATION CLASSES

4) PROTECTING CULTURAL COLLECTIONS WORKSHOP

5) WASHINGTON EDUCATORS’ CONFERENCE

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for September 17, 2015

September 17th, 2015 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, Letters About Literature, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

Volume 11, September 17, 2015 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE CONTEST OPEN

2) TRUSTEE TRAINING INFO REQUEST

3) TECHNOLOGY VACANCY ON LIBRARY COUNCIL OF WASHINGTON

4) LEADING FROM ANY POSITION: CREATING LEARNING LIBRARIES IN 5 EASY LESSONS

5) MRSC SEPTEMBER WEBINAR

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for January 1, 2015

December 31st, 2014 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, Letters About Literature, News, Updates No Comments »

Volume 11, January 1, 2015 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) FIRST TUESDAYS WEBINAR

2) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE 2015

3) INVITATION TO E-RATE PROGRAM WEBINARS

4) 2015 LIBRARY LEGISLATIVE DAY

5) HAPPY NEW YEAR!

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates September 25, 2014

September 29th, 2014 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Letters About Literature, News, Updates No Comments »

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Topics include:

1) HIDDEN VOICES: AUDIO ARCHAEOLOGY AT MADIGAN ARMY HOSPITAL

2) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE 2015

3) FREE BOOKS FOR WASHINGTON LIBRARIES

4) GEOSCIENCE LIBRARIANSHIP 101 – FREE SEMINAR

5) WALE CONFERENCE EARLY REGISTRATION ENDS OCTOBER 1

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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