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WSL Updates for October 12, 2017

October 12th, 2017 Will Stuivenga Posted in For Libraries, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates, Washington Center for the Book Comments Off on WSL Updates for October 12, 2017

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Topics include:

1) WASHINGTON STATE BOOK AWARDS

2) 2016 PUBLIC LIBRARY STATS

3) LSTA 5-YEAR PLAN APPROVED

4) HEALTH IN THE HEADLINES

5) © IS COMPLICATED

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) WASHINGTON STATE BOOK AWARDS

Join the Washington Center for the Book on Saturday to celebrate the literature and incredible authors of our state at this year’s Washington State Book Awards. These awards recognize outstanding poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and children’s and teen literature published in 2016 and penned by a Washington writer. This event is free and open to all. For more information and a list of finalists, visit sos.wa.gov/q/Awards.

Event details:

  • Saturday, October 14, 7:00 p.m. at the Seattle Public Library’s Central Library in downtown Seattle.
  • At 8 p.m. following the ceremony there will be a reception and a book signing.

The Washington Center for the Book, a partnership of the Washington State Library and The Seattle Public Library, administers the annual Washington State Book Awards given for outstanding books published by Washington authors and to bring attention to the quality of writing being produced in Washington. Books are judged on literary merit, lasting importance and overall quality of the publication.

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2) 2016 PUBLIC LIBRARY STATS

Need statistics on public libraries in the state of Washington? Interested in salary and benefits data for libraries? Looking for a map of public library service in Washington? The Washington State Library (WSL) is pleased to announce that the 2016 Washington Public Library Statistical Report is now available; visit sos.wa.gov/q/stats.

Public library statistics including budget, collections, and usage data, are collected and compiled on an annual basis by WSL Library Development staff and are part of the Public Libraries Survey, administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Questions? For more information, contact Evelyn Lindberg, State Data Coordinator, at evelyn.lindberg@sos.wa.gov.

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3) LSTA 5-YEAR PLAN APPROVED

The Washington State Library is pleased to announce that its LSTA (Library Services & Technology Act) 5-year plan for federal fiscal years 2018 – 2022 has been officially approved by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the federal funding agency in charge of the LSTA program. The approval letter has been posted on the WSL website, where the plan itself, together with related documents, all in PDF format, are also available.

In the approval letter, Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, IMLS Director, states that “. . . your Plan documents the need for and impact of LSTA funds in the communities you serve. It is an excellent framework for the future, and it is approved for the full five-year period.” For more information, and to access the 5-year plan, visit sos.wa.gov/q/libdev.

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4) HEALTH IN THE HEADLINES

Health Issues in the Headlines: Reading Between the Lines is a National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) class offered on the Moodle platform for the month of November and will introduce participants to the environment of health reporting as well as some tips and resources that will help you and your patrons navigate the world of health news. It’s free and you can work at your own pace but attendees are encouraged to participate in forum discussions in a timely manner.

This class is eligible for 4 Medical Library Association (MLA) CE credits as well as for the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS). For more information, and to register, visit sos.wa.gov/q/Health-Headlines.

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Questions about library resources and fair use in online education are expanding from the appropriate use of journal articles and eBooks to published images, video clips and more in faculty-created resources for instruction that our licensing terms often don’t explicitly address. What to do?

Join Nicole (Nikki) Dettmar, Curriculum Design Librarian at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library for Copyright & Online Learning Resources: It’s Complicated!, a free webinar in the PNR Rendezvous series from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region.

  • Wednesday, October 18, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. PDT. No registration required. Visit sos.wa.gov/q/PNR-copyright for more details and connection information.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, October 16

Tuesday, October 17

Wednesday, October 18

Thursday, October 19

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WSL Holds eBook / Audiobook Conference

October 5th, 2017 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Technology and Resources Comments Off on WSL Holds eBook / Audiobook Conference

From the Desk of Will Stuivenga.

Picture of a large group meeting. Tables with white tablecloths

The Washington State Library recently hosted the first ever face-to-face User Group Meeting for members of the Washington Digital Library Consortium, a group of 44 (soon to be 45) of the state’s mid-sized and smaller public libraries that provide the OverDrive-powered Washington Anytime Library to their patrons.

61 people (including Cindy Aden, State Librarian, and 4 additional staff from the State Library) attended the event, with all but a handful of member libraries represented. The event ran all day September 27, and through lunch on September 28. Libraries represented at the meeting were from as far away as Camas, Clarkston, Lincoln County, the Olympic Peninsula, Richland, Walla Walla, and pretty much everywhere in between.

The event was organized and coordinated by Will Stuivenga, Cooperative Projects Manager for Library Development at the Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State. Will manages the consortium’s day-to-day operations with the assistance of a 3-person Executive Advisory Committee. Funding provided by the State Library comes from the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA), administered through the Institute of Library and Museum Services (IMLS). Currently, member libraries contribute most of the regular ongoing funding for the organization.

As a result of this meeting:

  • Washington Anytime meeting participants now have a much better understanding of the challenges facing their collaborative;
  • Advisory votes were taken on the several important questions regarding the governance of the consortium and customer service issues;
  • 26 individuals volunteered to serve on committees to undertake necessary work in the  following areas:
    • Governance,
    • Weeding,
    • Collection development,
    • Curated title lists for the Anytime Library;
  • People came away with a better knowledge of the support which the State Library has provided to organize, grow, and financially subsidize the consortium and its Anytime Library collection.

Attendee reviews of the event were universally positive. People said they especially enjoyed the opportunity to meet and discuss important issues with their peers from other libraries, both small and large, and many expressed hope that similar events can be scheduled in future.

For more pictures from the event, visit our Flickr Album

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WSL Updates for October 5, 2017

October 5th, 2017 Will Stuivenga Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Technology and Resources, Training and Continuing Education, Updates Comments Off on WSL Updates for October 5, 2017

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Topics include:

1) DISASTER RECOVERY RESOURCES

2) MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING VIDEOS

3) STAND UP FOR HEALTH

4) IMLS MUSEUM GRANT PROGRAMS

5) THE ARTS STRONG CONNECTION

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) DISASTER RECOVERY RESOURCES

You may wish to save this information for a rainy day, a water leak, or even a flood. These resources were prepared by federal agencies and private non-profit organizations with experience in disaster planning and response to help with the recovery process. This is not an exclusive list, but rather reflects some of the many resources available to assist cultural institutions.

IMLS (the Institute of Museum and Library Services) participates in the Heritage Emergency National Task Force, a partnership of 42 national service organizations and federal agencies created to protect cultural heritage from the damaging effects of natural disasters and other emergencies. The Response and Recovery Resources Page, maintained by FEMA and the Smithsonian Institution, provides an excellent place to find support for recovery efforts.

For more information and links, use this shortcut to the IMLS blog: sos.wa.gov/q/recover.

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2) MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING VIDEOS

The California State Library’s (CSL) Mental Health Initiative provides training opportunities for library staff around California, and through CSL’s generosity, the rest of the nation as well. Included within the major training components is an 8-part video series, produced by CSL in partnership with Los Angeles Public Library and Los Angeles County Library. Six of the videos are now available on the California Library Service YouTube channel. The final two episodes will be released soon. These videos can be used independently by staff or as part of your staff development programming. Thank you to the California State Library and its partners, and to the Institute of Museum and Library Services for its funding support.

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3) STAND UP FOR HEALTH

Thinking of attending the 2018 PLA conference? Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community is a preconference session that the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is presenting on Tuesday, March 20 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

This preconference will review core competencies of providing health and wellness services, coach you through understanding your community’s needs, and explore how to create fun and informative health-related programming for different age groups and special populations.

A limited number of stipends will be available for this preconference. Applications will be available no later than October 16, 2017. Attendees who register before October 16 will be sent information about how to apply. Learn more using this link: sos.wa.gov/q/StandUp.

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4) IMLS MUSEUM GRANT PROGRAMS

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is now accepting grant applications for the Museums for America and the National Leadership Grants for Museums programs. The application deadline for each program is December 1, 2017.

Potential grant applicants are invited to view two pre-recorded webinars, which can help provide information on how to choose the appropriate funding opportunity and navigate the required IMLS forms. IMLS also invites potential applicants to view a live webinar offered for each grant program. Pre-recorded and upcoming webinars are listed at www.imls.gov/news-events/events.

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5) THE ARTS STRONG CONNECTION

October is National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM), and PM (Public Management) Magazine joins this annual celebration of creating a local, state, and national focus on the arts and humanities with its article “The Arts Strong Connection: Economic Impact Study Underscores the Importance of Arts and Culture,” by Robert Lynch, president of Americans for the Arts, Washington, D.C.

Lynch writes: “From coast to coast and from our smallest rural towns to our largest urban counties, America’s 100,000 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations make their communities more desirable places to live and work every day of the year. The arts provide inspiration and joy to residents, beautify public spaces, and strengthen the social fabric of our communities.” Read the entire article at icma.org/articles/arts-strong-connection.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, October 9

Tuesday, October 10

Wednesday, October 11

Thursday, October 12

Friday, October 13

Saturday, October 14

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WSL Updates for September 28, 2017

October 3rd, 2017 Will Stuivenga Posted in For Libraries, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates Comments Off on WSL Updates for September 28, 2017

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Topics include:

1) SENSORY STORY TIMES

2) REGISTER FOR THINK, DO, SHOW

3) PAVE THE WAY

4) MAKE BETTER DECISIONS

5) IMLS RELEASES PUBLIC LIBRARY DATA

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) SENSORY STORY TIMES

While libraries strive to be welcoming places for all, children with special needs may not always thrive in traditional story times where crowds, bright lights, and sudden noises can overstimulate and overwhelm. Parents of children with special needs can often feel conspicuous and unwelcome in a library setting.

October’s First Tuesdays program will address these issues. One small town library welcomed these families by establishing a story time structured around special needs. The program became so successful that a second session of it was necessary and the library saw an increase in library use by patrons with special needs, adults and children alike.

First Tuesdays is designed by the Washington State Library as a continuing-education opportunity for staff of libraries in Washington State. The special-subject presentations, lasting about 60 minutes, are recorded so that others may listen at their own convenience.

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2) REGISTER FOR THINK, DO, SHOW

Registration is now open for the “Think, Do, Show – Telling the Library Story with Data” workshops, brought to you by the Washington State Library. To register, visit the WSL online training calendar, and advance to November. The workshops will run from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the following locations and dates:

  • November 13, Timberland Regional Library Service Center, 415 Tumwater Blvd SW, Tumwater
  • November 15, Whitman County Rural Library System, 102 S. Main Street, Colfax
  • November 17, King County Library System Service Center, 960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah

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.

Questions? Contact Mary Campbell at mary.campbell@sos.wa.gov or 360-570-5571.

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3) PAVE THE WAY

Is your library working to help advance student achievement? Registration is open for the 2017 Pave the Way conference set for October 19 at Central Washington University in Ellensburg. Registration is $110 and includes continental breakfast and lunch on the day of the event.

The annual conference organized by the Washington Student Achievement Council focuses on strategies to advance equity, increase college readiness, and broaden access to higher education in Washington. Pave the Way aims to ensure students receive the support they need to succeed, regardless of income, race, or other potential barriers.

The conference brings together educators, policymakers, and community partners from across the education system, from preschool through college. It features interactive group sessions and offers workshops focused on policy and practice in college and career readiness, culturally responsive teaching and learning, student transitions, collective impact, and more.

For more information and to register, visit www.wsac.wa.gov/pavetheway.

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4) MAKE BETTER DECISIONS

How can we use data to inform good governance? What is the art that accompanies the science of data, especially when we apply it to policy decisions that affect constituents? This webinar, “Using Data Visualization to Make Better Decisions,” will look at decision-making that is informed by data as well as the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to advising leaders on how best to use—and to avoid the perils of misusing—your data.

Educational objectives; in this webinar, attendees will learn how to:

  • Interpret and distill data;
  • Depict complex findings using visuals, interactive visuals, and other tools;
  • Communicate results to decision-makers in a compelling and informative way.

Event details:

  • Sponsor: MRSC (Municipal Research & Services Center)
  • Date & Time: October 19, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT
  • Cost: $35/person
  • Register

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5) IMLS RELEASES PUBLIC LIBRARY DATA

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently released two key information products: the latest data from its annual Public Libraries Survey and a new report on the previous year’s data. The Public Libraries Survey examines key indicators of public library use, financial health, staffing, and resources. Explore the FY 2015 data and the FY 2014 report via this shortcut: sos.wa.gov/q/IMLS-data.

The FY 2014 report provides a national overview of trends and a snapshot of a variety of indicators for the year. In particular, it demonstrates how public libraries are faring financially since the last recession (December 2007 to June 2009) and how public library services and resources have evolved over the decade.

Other key findings include:

  • Indicators for financial health and staffing of public libraries increased slightly from 2013 to 2014, but remain below 2009 levels.
  • Public libraries’ collections are adapting; the majority of the total collections (66%) were still print materials, but e-books (18%), audio (10%), and video (6%) made up the remainder of our nation’s library collections. The number of e-books per 1,000 people also increased 2,140% between 2005 and 2014.
  • Although there is a decline in the use of traditional library services, attendance at public programs is increasing.
  • In response to the interest, public libraries offered 4.5 million programs, a 1-year increase of 5% and a 10-year increase of 68%.
  • Over the past 10 years, public-access internet computers increased 55%.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, October 2

Tuesday, October 3

Wednesday, October 4

Thursday, October 5

Friday, October 6

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WSL Updates for September 21, 2017

September 20th, 2017 Will Stuivenga Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates Comments Off on WSL Updates for September 21, 2017

Volume 13, September 21, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include 2 last chances:

1) LAST CHANCE FOR LCW

2) LAST CHANCE – CREATE A DISASTER RECOVERY PLAN

3) NNLM OFFERS CHIS FROM MLA

4) IMLS MUSEUM AWARDS

5) HEALTH LITERACY TOOLKIT

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) LAST CHANCE FOR LCW

Don’t forget! Tomorrow (9/22) is the very last day to send your application for Library Council of Washington (LCW). There are four open positions: School, Special, Underserved and Tech. Complete information is available on our web page.

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2) LAST CHANCE – CREATE A DISASTER RECOVERY PLAN

The Protecting Cultural Collections: Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, Response & Recovery workshop is offered Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Odegaard Library, University of Washington. This is the last time this workshop will be available in Seattle, or in the State of Washington, for that matter.

The workshop is free using funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Participation in the in-person workshop requires viewing the archived Part 1 webinars BEFORE attending the Part 2 in-person workshop AND completing the workshop assignments. Any exception requires the permission of the instructor, Gary L Menges, Librarian Emeritus, University of Washington, WESTPAS (Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Service) trainer.

The goal is to produce the following outcomes for disaster preparedness activities:

  • Complete a disaster response & collection salvage plan by the end of Part 2;
  • Learn how to train staff to implement your plan effectively;
  • Set pre- and post-disaster action priorities for your collections;
  • Understand practical decision-making skills needed during an emergency;
  • Experience salvage procedures for books, documents, photos & objects.

Who should attend? Administrators and staff responsible for emergency preparedness, response and decision-making, in all types of cultural institutions. By registering for the workshop, the institution commits to supporting the attendee(s) to achieve the workshop’s disaster preparedness goals. When possible, please commit two attendees so they can work together on the disaster preparedness activities.

Register for the in-person session at tinyurl.com/ot4kve2. Go to Nov. 16 on the calendar and activate the provided link. Your registration confirmation will include links to the required archived webinars. For registration assistance, contact Wendy Cao. For general questions and content information, contact Gary Menges. For a complete description of this workshop, and more information on WESTPAS, visit www.westpas.org.

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3) NNLM OFFERS CHIS FROM MLA

Your National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region (NNLM PNR) is alerting you to a wonderful opportunity to brush up your health reference skills, evaluate your collection, and explore the health and wellness needs of your community. The opportunity is entirely free but does involve a commitment of your time.

A new federally-funded project is covering the costs for a cohort of public library librarians and staff to earn a Consumer Health Information Specialization certificate (CHIS) from the Medical Library Association (MLA). This is only for those who do not have a CHIS.

NNLM is recruiting for a public libraries class of Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services. The course takes 12 hours to complete, and earns a Consumer Health Information Specialization certificate upon completion, good for three years. You will be asked to provide feedback on the platform, course content, and the cohort experience.

If interested, send an e-mail to martinc4@uw.edu with the following information: Your name, email address, library name, library address, size of population served. Space is limited so please take a careful look at your schedule during the class dates (October 30 through December 5). Plan to spend approximately 3 hours a week on this course. Only submit your name if you are committed to completing the course work and evaluations. NNLM PNW needs to know ASAP.

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4) IMLS MUSEUM AWARDS

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has announced $21,188,413 in funding for 160 projects for museums across the country. IMLS received 705 applications requesting $121,308,714 for the funding initiatives that are part of its Museums for America grant program. The grant recipients will match the funds with $31,308,489 in non-federal funds.

Museums in Washington that received awards:

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5) HEALTH LITERACY TOOLKIT

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine and the American Library Association have partnered through the Libraries Transform campaign and have created a free health literacy toolkit. This toolkit equips library professionals with customizable tools to promote health literacy in October and throughout the year providing

  • Program ideas
  • Downloadable marketing tools:
  • Bookmark templates
  • Social media graphics
  • Posters
  • Table tents
  • Postcards

Library staff can guide their community members to trusted health information so that they can make educated decisions about their health and that of their loved ones. Access the toolkit via this shortcut link: sos.wa.gov/q/Htoolkit.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, September 25

Tuesday, September 26

Wednesday, September 27

Thursday, September 28

Friday, September 29

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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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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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The Shoalwater Bay Tribe has a beautiful new museum/library.

September 15th, 2017 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Site Visits, Tribal Comments Off on The Shoalwater Bay Tribe has a beautiful new museum/library.

From the desk of Carolyn Petersen

Congratulations to the Shoalwater Bay Tribe on their new museum library location!

People lined up against a wall. A man and a woman shaking hands. Native American drums in the picture.On Friday, September 8, the Shoalwater Bay tribe realized a long held dream of opening a museum to highlight their cultural contributions to their community.  Tribal Library Consultant Carolyn Petersen conveyed a letter of congratulations on their achievement from Secretary of State Kim Wyman which was presented to tribal members.

Some of the highlights of the collection: a cedar hand dugout canoe, a recreation of a tribal headdress using eagle feathers collected from the beach combined with an otter skin purchased at a tribal gathering, and a facsimile of the map with President Andrew Jackson’s signature showing the Shoalwater Bay reservation

Shoalwater Bay tribal librarian Linda Rose Woman leaning on a low bookshelf in a library.was excited at the opening as well because it meant that the tribal library now shares space with the museum which is on a prime location on the coastal highway (in Tokeland, WA.)  Many more folks will discover the library in its current location.  New shelving on casters will allow Linda to accommodate her frequent community programming.

The tribe hopes many visitors will stop by to appreciate both the museum and the library.

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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

Volume 13, September 14, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list

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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WSL Updates for September 7, 2017

September 6th, 2017 Will Stuivenga Posted in Digital Literacy, For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Updates Comments Off on WSL Updates for September 7, 2017

Volume 13, September 7, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include things wanted:

1) WANTED – LIBRARY COUNCIL MEMBERS

2) ECLIPSE GLASSES WANTED

3) HISTORICAL ZINES WANTED

4) AMERICANS TRUST LIBRARIES

5) RURAL PUBLIC LIBRARY GRANTS

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) WANTED – 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) ECLIPSE GLASSES WANTED

If you’re wondering what to do with those eclipse glasses you acquired for the big event, don’t throw them away: the State Library wants them! Drop your eclipse glasses off in the lobby, and they will be donated to Astronomers Without Borders. Or check for a collection center near you. The plan is to send them to schools and other institutions in countries where they are needed but not available. The next two solar eclipses across populated areas are in 2019, in South America (total) and southeastern Asia (partial).

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3) HISTORICAL ZINES WANTED

Announcing the 3rd Annual Historical Zine Contest – Make Washington History Come Alive! The Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, is sponsoring the 3rd 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, 2017. 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

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4) AMERICANS TRUST LIBRARIES

Americans struggle to determine what news and information sources they should trust and how to discern reliable information online. They worry that fake news is sowing confusion about current events. And many express a desire to get help.

About six-in-ten adults (61%) say they would be helped at least somewhat in making decisions if they got training on how to find trustworthy information online, according to a new analysis of Pew Research Center survey data from 2016. What’s more, a majority of Americans say public libraries are helpful as people try to meet their information needs.

About eight-in-ten adults (78%) feel that public libraries help them find information that is trustworthy and reliable and 76% say libraries help them learn new things. Also, 56% believe libraries help them get information that aids with decisions they have to make. While the library is seen as one useful resource, the survey also found that 55% of adults say that training to gain confidence in using computers, smartphones and the internet would help in making decisions.

This analysis represents an opportunity for libraries to offer training on media literacy, evaluating information sources, and similar topics. The New York Times provides interesting “lesson plans” on the subject. An Internet search for “evaluating information” turns up numerous related resources, many from academic libraries. This topic is hardly new for libraries, but perhaps the current attention to “fake news” provides a more ready audience.

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5) RURAL PUBLIC LIBRARY GRANTS

The Pilcrow Foundation, a national non-profit public charity, provides a 2-to-1 match to rural public libraries that receive a grant through its Children’s Book Project and contribute $200-$400 through local sponsors for the purchase of up to $1200 worth (at retail value) of new, quality, hardcover children’s books.

Grant recipients can select from a list of over 500 quality hardcover children’s books best suited for their community, including award-winning and star-reviewed titles from educational and literary organizations. The Pilcrow Foundation accepts applications from independent rural public libraries and Native American Tribal libraries as well as libraries that are part of a county, regional, or cooperative system. Details:

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, September 11

Tuesday, September 12

Wednesday, September 13

Thursday, September 14

Friday, September 15

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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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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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