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WSL Updates for November 10, 2016

November 9th, 2016 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Technology and Resources, Training and Continuing Education, Updates Comments Off on WSL Updates for November 10, 2016

Volume 12, November 10, 2016 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) TEEN VIDEO CHALLENGE

2) NEW STEM RESOURCES FOR LIBRARIES

3) PROQUEST TRAINING IN NOVEMBER

4) LGBT ELDER CARE WEBINAR

5) OSPI SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENTS

6) BUILDING BRIDGES TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE

7) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for October 20, 2016

October 20th, 2016 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Technology and Resources, Updates Comments Off on WSL Updates for October 20, 2016

Volume 12, October 20, 2016 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) NEW PUBLIC LIBRARY TRUSTEE TRAINING GRANTS

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

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

4) WSL COLLECTIONS FROM PROQUEST

5) MARK THOSE CALENDARS – TEMPUS FUGIT

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for November 19, 2015

November 19th, 2015 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, News, Technology and Resources, Updates Comments Off on WSL Updates for November 19, 2015

Volume 11, November 19, 2015 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) DECEMBER FIRST TUESDAYS WEBINAR

2) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE CONTEST

3) STAR LIBRARY EDUCATION NETWORK

4) NO WSL UPDATES NOVEMBER 26, 2015

5) NCCE ANNUAL CONFERENCE

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK & WEEK OF NOVEMBER 30

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WSL Updates for July 23, 2015

July 23rd, 2015 Diane Hutchins Posted in Digital Literacy, For Libraries, For the Public, Grants and Funding, News, Technology and Resources, Training and Continuing Education, Updates Comments Off on WSL Updates for July 23, 2015

Volume 11, July 23, 2015 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) IT ACADEMY WEBINARS

2) EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

3) PRESENTING THE GADGET MENAGERIE

4) 2015 DIGITAL LITERACY GRANT AWARDS

5) LINK TO VOTER INFO

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) IT ACADEMY WEBINARS

Have you heard? Funding for the Microsoft IT Academy was renewed for another two years, providing free access for all Washington residents through August 2017. Along with the online courses, Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification will continue, and we’ll soon introduce a new resource for digital literacy certification.

Join us for one of two online meetings to learn more and share ideas and best practices for the future of the IT Academy. Sessions will be held:

  • Wednesday, August 13 from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. PDT
  • Tuesday, August 18 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. PDT

A few minutes before the scheduled time, click to join the meeting.

Questions? Contact Elizabeth Iaukea, Project Manager Microsoft IT Academy at 360-570-5578 or elizabeth.iaukea@sos.wa.gov

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2) EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, is recruiting for three Library & Archive Paraprofessional positions at three correctional facilities.

For more information, please visit Branch Library Associate (In-training LAPP5)

Please share this announcement with anyone who may be interested.

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3) PRESENTING THE GADGET MENAGERIE

Would your library’s patrons like to explore some tech devices? Would your library’s staff like some hands-on experience with Kindle, Nooks, IPads, etc.? The Gadget Menagerie kits are available for loan to Washington libraries.

For details, please contact Joe Olayvar, Library Development, Washington State Library at olayvar@sos.wa.gov.

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4) 2015 DIGITAL LITERACY GRANT AWARDS

The Washington State Library recently awarded 10 grants totaling $72,881.96 to public, academic, school and tribal libraries to support digital literacy efforts. Projects include career classes, new online curriculum, STEAM programs, family activities, and the Microsoft IT Academy.

Congratulations to the 10 recipients of the 2015 Digital Literacy grants:

  • Asotin County Library
  • Ellensburg Public Library
  • Garry Middle School
  • Garfield High School
  • Nine Mile Falls School District
  • Lakeside High School
  • Nooksack Indian Tribe
  • Pierce County Library System
  • Seattle World Schools
  • Wenatchee Valley College
  • Whitman County Rural Library District

We will be working closely with the recipients to support the maximum success of their projects during the next year.

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5) LINK TO VOTER INFO

Since counties are mailing primary election ballots to voters now, the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) and Secretary of State’s (SOS) Elections Division request Washington libraries consider adding voter information to library websites. Libraries across the state have always been wonderful partners in relaying information to voters on behalf of the PDC and SOS. Please help us move that partnership online, so that visitors to library websites can access voter resources with just a click of the mouse.

Questions about the PDC link should be directed to Lori Anderson, PDC Communications & Training Officer. SOS Deputy Elections Director Allyson Ruppenthal can answer questions about the MyVote link.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

July 27

  • The Art and Science of Working Remotely (InSync); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PDT

July 28

  • Data inclusiveness benefits for all (O’Reilly); 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PDT

July 29

  • Crowdfunding for Libraries: Technology Tips for Futuristic Fundraising (TechSoup); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT
  • Open Educational Resources: Librarians as Advocates, Advisors, and Creators (Georgia Library Association); 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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   Facebook: on.fb.me/FBWSL;

   Twitter: twitter.com/WAStateLib.

 

 

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Statewide Database Licensing Needs Assessment Results Released

April 28th, 2015 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Technology and Resources Comments Off on Statewide Database Licensing Needs Assessment Results Released

Image courtesy of K. L. - http://bit.ly/1HO1tQa -Flickr Creative Commons 2

Image courtesy of K. L. – http://bit.ly/1HO1tQa -Flickr Creative Commons 2

The WSL Statewide Database Licensing (SDL) project announces the release of the results of the recent needs assessment. The consulting firm’s executive summary and recommendations, as well as the full 28-page report are available for download and reading at sos.wa.gov/q/SDL_Needs.

The data collection included two surveys, one for library staff, and one for library users as well as interviews with library staff. The library audience for both surveys included all types of libraries that participate in SDL: public, private academic, and community and technical colleges, hospital and research libraries, and K-12 schools, both public and private.

A goal of the assessment was to determine if the current ProQuest package of databases continues to meet the needs of participating Washington libraries, their staff, and the citizens of the state. Fully 85% of library staff respondents showed their preference for having the SDL project continue doing what it has been, but at the same time, a majority also indicated their desire for more choices and flexibility in the resources offered by the project, although the percentage of those making that their top choice has declined since 2010 when a similar survey was conducted.

Making sense of the results, and writing recommendations based on them is the current task of the SDL Advisory Committee and project manager, Will Stuivenga. Comments and suggestions are solicited and encouraged.

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Ask WA- Washington’s Virtual Reference Cooperative

March 2nd, 2015 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Technology and Resources Comments Off on Ask WA- Washington’s Virtual Reference Cooperative

aubriImagine you are out and about and have a burning question.  Or maybe you have a big paper due tomorrow and there is something you need to cite that defies all logic.  What do you do?   Pull out your smartphone or tablet, or log on to the internet and Ask a Librarian of course.  Ask WA is the statewide virtual reference cooperative coordinated by Washington State Library.  Nearly 60 public and academic libraries around the state take part in the program.  Ask WA is also part of a global network of libraries that are available to answer questions 24/7.  Yes that’s right, 24/7.

Now imagine you are a teenager and the idea of actually visiting a library or talking to a librarian is either too scary or soooo uncool. But honestly you still need their help.  Ask WA is the perfect solution.  With the thought in mind that teenagers have their phones practically glued to them and love text as a form of communication, Whatcom County Library’s Ask WA Administrator, Aubri Keleman decided to do something about pairing the two.  Working with school librarians in her service area Aubri arranged a day where she could visit eleven classes of middle schoolers to demonstrate the service.   Just that statement sounds a little overwhelming but the preparation involved was so much more.  While the service has librarians available around the clock, having 30 students login at one time is more than it can handle, particularly all day long.  But it’s a cooperative right?  Whatcom County librarians as well as librarians from all over the state and even country volunteered to take on extra shifts.  Aubri created a great list of Q&A’s for the kids to use so that the librarians would be prepared with good answers.  The big day arrived and we were off to the races!

Over the course of the school day Aubri visited the classes, demoed the chat service and then had the kids login and try it.  315 questions were asked and answered in that one school day.  They wouldn’t be Middle Schoolers if there weren’t a few “Yo dog” type of questions but on the whole the kids were polite and asked good questions.  (An aside, the school librarian explained that “yo dog” is a sign of respect!)  Aubri reported that they were excited to be chatting with a real person, and wanted to know about them.   They were really excited when they got someone from out of state and of course, they loved having permission in school to pull out their phones.

Comments from the kids:

“Thanks that was awesome!”

“That was very helpful”

“Thank you that is exactly what I was looking for.”

“They were very helpful! Thank You!”

It sounds like the day was a big success and that the 7th and 8th graders of Mount Baker Middle School have discovered a new way to get help with their homework.

Currently almost 60 libraries and library systems in Washington participate in Ask WA. Are you interested in learning how your library can participate? Just contact Ask WA Coordinator Nono Burling.

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WSL Updates for February 12, 2015

February 12th, 2015 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, News, Technology and Resources, Training and Continuing Education, Updates Comments Off on WSL Updates for February 12, 2015

Volume 11, February 12, 2015 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) SUPERCHARGED STORYTIMES

2) IYOUTHCON 2015

3) CHARITY& NONPROFIT TRAINING SESSIONS

4) LLOPS SPRING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

5) FREE E-RATE WEBINAR

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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Statewide Database Licensing Needs Assessment Survey

January 22nd, 2015 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Technology and Resources Comments Off on Statewide Database Licensing Needs Assessment Survey

 

DATABASE at Postmasters, March 2009 by Michael Mandiberg / CC BY-SA

DATABASE at Postmasters, March 2009 by Michael Mandiberg / CC BY-SA

The Washington State Library’s Statewide Database Licensing (SDL) project announces the release of two important needs assessment surveys, one for library staff, and one for library users. All library staff who are aware of the library’s electronic resources, especially research databases, are encouraged to take the staff survey, and all Washington libraries are encouraged to promote the user survey to their clientele, through their web sites, social media, patron newsletters, and any other appropriate media or opportunities.

The surveys will be available through Friday, February 20, 2015. Here are the survey links:

• Library user survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SDL-2015
• Library staff survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SDL-Staff

The library audience for both surveys includes all types of libraries that participate in SDL: public libraries, private academic, community and technical colleges, hospital and research libraries, and K-12 schools, both public and private. In the case of K-12 schools, the end user survey is intended for classroom teachers and administrators, rather than students, but college and university students are strongly encouraged to take the survey.

In promulgating the survey links, be sure to notice that they use the secure https protocol. Visit sos.wa.gov/q/SDL for additional information, including suggestions for promoting the survey to your users. For questions about the surveys or the SDL needs assessment process, please contact SDL project manager Will Stuivenga will.stuivenga@sos.wa.gov 360.704.5217. Thank you in advance for your participation and cooperation in making these surveys a success.

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WSL Updates for January 15, 2015

January 14th, 2015 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, News, Technology and Resources, Training and Continuing Education, Updates Comments Off on WSL Updates for January 15, 2015

Volume 11, January 15, 2015 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) 10 TECHNOLOGIES TO MAKE LIBRARY LIFE EASIER

2) BOOK YOUR BANK PILOT PROGRAM OPPORTUNITY

3) 2015 LIBRARY LEGISLATIVE DAY

4) WLA AWARD NOMINATIONS OPEN

5) GOT MOOC?

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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The WSL has a new Master.

January 12th, 2015 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Technology and Resources, Training and Continuing Education 3 Comments »

MOS-Master

By now I think most of you have heard about the Microsoft IT Academy (ITA) program which is offered through the Washington State Library. The ITA is a collection of over 400 online courses and other IT instructional materials that are available to all Washington residents. But have you heard yet about the newest addition to the program, the opportunity to prove your skills with certification?

Thanks to the hard work of Elizabeth Iaukea, certification sites are being set up all over the state. While completing the trainings provides the necessary skills to be competitive in a 21st Century workplace the certification tests are the best way to prove to employers the depth of your knowledge. Having attempted just a basic test myself I can attest to the fact that they are not easy.

Well, on Monday January 5th, the Washington State Library’s IT Academy program certified their first Microsoft Office Specialist Master (MOS).   And now I’d like to introduce (drumroll…) Jeremy Stroud, WSL’s graphic designer, web guru and now Master of the Universe (er.. of Microsoft Office). In order to earn this lofty title Jeremy first passed the entry level tests in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook. Then for the Master certification he also passed the expert level class in both Word and Excel.

Here’s what Jeremy has to say,

“I have been using Microsoft Office programs since the mid 1990’s, being first introduced to the suite of programs while in high school. I’m not shy about facing challenges so if I came across issues while using an Office product, I dug around until I found a solution. This tinkering and experimenting with Microsoft Office, in addition to the courses taken through the years, have allowed me to have a very broad and in-depth knowledge of the programs. The rise of the internet has made this even easier as there is now a wealth of knowledge available, such as the Microsoft IT Academy. When opportunity to take the certification arose, I decided to see how far my knowledge went. I believe that having my MOS Master certification will open many doors for me as I continue throughout my career.”

The Microsoft IT Academy and MOS certification testing has been available in all of WA’s public high schools for almost four years now, but has only been available to the rest of the state since November 2013 (MOS certification followed a year later), through special Legislative funding provided for the program to the State Library and available through all public, tribal, and community and technical college libraries in the state.

Adding certification was the natural next step, and missing piece to make the online training pay off.” Iaukea explains. “As the many who have suffered through periods of unemployment know all too well, it’s not enough to have the skills – you have to be able to prove to employers that you have them. Microsoft Office is the third most requested job skill, and MOS, as THE industry recognized credential for this software, is the BEST way to demonstrate that you have those in-demand skills.”

That’s why, in 2013 the Legislature approved money to support the program for the biennium ending June 2015. As a result, anyone can take the online courses and use the Study Guides provided by their local libraries to take a MOS exam – without having to travel as far or pay as much to test ($50 or less rather than $125).

We are proud and extremely lucky here at the State Library to have a MOS Master in our midst. But don’t just take my word for it. Let’s hear what some of his co-workers have to say

Jeff Martin – Head of Library Development

“I always knew Jeremy was talented when it came to Microsoft Office software. I frequently ask him the “how do I” questions that stumped me. I consider myself an intermediate user of the software suite when it comes to Word, Excel, and Outlook. After mixed results with the basic certification tests on Word and Outlook, neither of which I passed, only one of which I came close to passing, I have a new found respect for how in-depth Jeremy’s knowledge of these products truly is. Jeremy is a great problem solver for Microsoft Office. My problems, his solutions.”

Rand Simmons – Washington State Librarian

“Jeremy is my go to guy for Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint. I know the rudiments of the software but when I am baffled he saves my bacon by making a quick fix. I have yet to encounter a problem he couldn’t resolve. His mastery of Microsoft products shows in the excellent products he produces.”

Will Stuivenga – Cooperative Projects Manager

I consider myself to be a relatively savvy computer user, especially when it comes to Microsoft Office products … But I know that I can count on Jeremy to run circles around me in terms of his exhaustive knowledge of specific features and functions of any MS Office product. And if he doesn’t know the answer off the top of his head (which he often/usually does), he can quickly find it (by sitting down briefly at my computer), or (if needed) look it up online. In some cases, I can look things up myself, but in many situations, it’s simply easier and faster (i.e., more efficient) to just ask Jeremy, than to struggle on my own. Having him here in the department is a wonderful and convenient resource that I have used and relied on countless times over the almost 11 years I have worked here in Library Development.

While Jeremy’s co-workers will certainly reap the benefits of his expertise we hope that this mastery will be reproduced around the state as more people complete the courses and take advantage of the certification program. Go Washington!

 

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