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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 »

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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 August 11, 2016

August 11th, 2016 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Updates No Comments »

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Please note, there will be no WSL Updates on August 18, 2016. WSL Updates will resume on August 25, 2016.

Topics include:

1) ARSL 2016 CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

2) NEW WASHINGTON DIGITAL NEWSPAPERS WEBSITE

3) FREE WEBINARS FROM PNR NN/LM

4) EARLY LEARNING SYMPOSIUM COMING OCTOBER 2016

5) ONLINE LIBRARY COURSES BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for August 4, 2016

August 4th, 2016 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

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Topics include:

1) DIGITIZATION GRANTS AWARDED FOR WASHINGTON RURAL HERITAGE 2016-2017

2) GRANTS AWARDED FOR WSL’S METADATA REMEDIATION AND ENHANCMENT PILOT PROJECT 2016-2017

3) ONLINE LIBRARY COURSES COMING SOON

4) EVALUATING EARLY LEARNING APPS

5) WALE 2016 CONFERENCE REGISTRATION OPEN

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for July 28, 2016

July 28th, 2016 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

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Topics include:

1) NEW WASHINGTON DIGITAL NEWSPAPERS WEBSITE

2) Accepting Applications for Microsoft Imagine Academy 2016-2017 Grants

3) DISASTER RESPONSE & RECOVERY: PUBLIC LIBRARIES AS KEY COMMUNITY PARTNERS

4) WASHINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY TRUSTEE TRAINING WORKSHOPS

5) THE UNCONFERENCE RETURNS

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for July 21, 2016

July 21st, 2016 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

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Topics include:

1) WASHINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY TRUSTEE TRAINING WORKSHOPS

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

3) DISASTER RESPONSE & RECOVERY: PUBLIC LIBRARIES AS KEY COMMUNITY PARTNERS

4) WLMA 2016 CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS OPEN

5) MRSC OFFERS FREE WEBINAR SERIES

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL UPDATES SPECIAL EDITION FOR FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2016

July 15th, 2016 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

WSL UPDATES SPECIAL EDITION FOR FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2016

Note: The next regular edition of WSL Updates will appear on Thursday, July 21, 2016.

WASHINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY TRUSTEE TRAINING WORKSHOPS

All Washington public library trustees and library directors are invited to trustee training workshops sponsored by the Washington State Library. These workshops will delve into the roles of trustees and the board’s relationship with the library director. Attendees will be more informed and confident about their working relationships, communicating with each other and their library director.

Ruth Metz of Ruth Metz Associates will be the workshop trainer. Ruth has extensive experience working with libraries on leadership and organizational development.

Public library advisory board members are welcome, but the program is geared for governing boards.

Dates and places:

  • Tuesday, August 16 – Ramada at Spokane Airport, Spokane
  • Thursday, August 18 – Hampton Inn, Richland
  • Tuesday, September 20 – location to be determined, Everett
  • Thursday, September 22 – location to be determined, Kelso

For the August workshops, registration deadline is Wednesday, August 3, 2016.

For the September workshops, registration deadline is Wednesday, September 7, 2016.

Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible.

To register, visit the WSL Training Calendar at sos.wa.gov/q/training.

You may register for sessions A, B, C, or D or any combination. Please note, to sign up for Session B – Lunch, you must attend either the morning or afternoon session or both.

The workshop schedule:

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. – Gathering, morning coffee – Refreshments for gathering and breaks provided by Washington State Library.

A. Morning session – 9:00 – 12:00 p.m. (three hours including break)

  • Welcome and a brief overview of public library service in Washington – 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
  • Roles of trustees & working together as a board – 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. with a break

B. Lunch & Networking – 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch provided by the Washington State Library. Please note, to sign up for lunch, you must attend either the morning or afternoon session or both.

C. Afternoon session – 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. with a break

  • How to evaluate director
  • Board self-evaluation

Dinner is on your own.

D. Evening session – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Repeat of these topics

  • Working together as a board/ Board self-evaluation
  • Working with the director/Evaluating the director

Questions about these workshops? Please email Shirley Lewis at shirley.lewis@sos.gov.wa.

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To register, visit the WSL Training Calendar at sos.wa.gov/q/training.

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WSL Updates for July 14, 2016

July 14th, 2016 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

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Topics include:

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

2) PUBLIC LIBRARY POLICIES WEBPAGE UPDATED

3) SUPERCHARGED STORYTIMES – FREE RESOURCES

4) SUSAN HILDRETH TO JOIN ISCHOOL FACULTY

5) MRSC OFFERS FREE WEBINAR SERIES

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for July 7, 2016

July 7th, 2016 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, News, Updates No Comments »

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Topics include:

1) MINECRAFT® PROGRAM FOR KIDS WEBINAR

2) WSL EMAIL LISTS – FREE, FAST, FUN

3) WALE 2016 CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

4) THE UNCONFERENCE RETURNS

5) PNLA REGISTRATION OPEN

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for June 30, 2016

June 30th, 2016 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, News, Updates No Comments »

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Topics include:

1) FREE BOOKS FOR WASHINGTON LIBRARIES

2) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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