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WSL Updates for October 19, 2017

October 18th, 2017 Will Stuivenga Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, Letters About Literature, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates, Washington Center for the Book Comments Off on WSL Updates for October 19, 2017

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Topics include:

1) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE

2) THINK, DO, SHOW – LAST CHANCE

3) ORDERING FREE BOOKS FROM WSL

4) ALA POLICY CORPS

5) MORE IMLS MUSEUM GRANTS

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE

The 2018 Letters About Literature (LAL) contest has launched. LAL is a nationwide competition which 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. Students write about works of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. The deadline for this year’s contest is January 12, 2018.

Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year. Washington has historically had one of the highest participation rates in the United States. The letters our students write are thoughtful and powerful. Help spread the word about this contest which gets our young students not only reading, but thinking about literature. The contest is sponsored by the Washington Center for the Book, a partnership of the Seattle Public Library and the Washington State Library. For more information, visit sos.wa.gov/q/LAL2018.

The Library of Congress is holding a special webinar for educators to learn more about the Letters About Literature contest. This webinar will explore 25 years of best practices of the program. Details:

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2) THINK, DO, SHOW – LAST CHANCE

There are a few spots left in the all-day Think, Do, Show: Practical Techniques for Using Evaluation to Improve Practice and Demonstrate Impact workshops scheduled for November dates at Timberland, Whitman County, and King County libraries and sponsored by the Washington State Library. Registration and more details are available at sos.wa.gov/q/ThinkDoShow.

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3) ORDERING FREE BOOKS FROM WSL

The Washington State Library has made a change in how to request books from the Community Book Project. We have created a “bookshop” where everything is free, and you can order as many copies of a book as you want, up to the available quantity. When all the available copies have been ordered, the book will drop off the page. This will eliminate the back and forth emails that currently happen, as well as the time it can take to get the books mailed out to you. Once you place an order, you will receive a confirmation email.

Our hope for this change is that it will make this process easier for both you and our staff. Please use this link blogs.sos.wa.gov/book-sharing to go out and “shop.” For more information on the Community Book Project please read the “About” page. The project redistributes donated books which were left over from community reads to libraries in Washington State for use as community read titles elsewhere, as classroom sets, or book club kits.

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4) ALA POLICY CORPS

ALA President Jim Neal announced the start of an ALA Policy Corps of advocates to work on national (and state/local) policy:

ALA is launching a new Policy Corps to expand our ability to advocate on key policy issues on behalf of the library community. Participants in the Corps will focus on issues for which deep and sustained knowledge are necessary to advance ALA policy goals and library values among policymakers. Training and opportunities to participate in targeted policy advocacy work will be provided to participants. State library staff and local librarians are asked to consider the opportunity.

More information and how to apply (between October 4 and November 3) can be found at: www.ala.org/advocacy/ala-policy-corps. Questions about the Corps should be directed to Alan Inouye ainouye@alawash.org or Larra Clark lclark@alawash.org.

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5) MORE IMLS MUSEUM GRANTS

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is now accepting applications for two museum grant programs: the African American History and Culture and the Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services. The application deadline for both programs 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. Details are available on the IMLS website. For more information about these grants, visit sos.wa.gov/q/IMLS-grants.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, October 23

Tuesday, October 24

Wednesday, October 25

Thursday, October 26

Friday, October 27

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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 Updates for August 10, 2017

August 10th, 2017 Will Stuivenga Posted in Digital Collections, For Libraries, News, Updates, Washington Center for the Book Comments Off on WSL Updates for August 10, 2017

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Topics include:

1) WASHINGTON STATE BOOK AWARDS

2) GALAXY SCIFI ARCHIVE

3) THE STATE OF EBOOKS IN LIBRARIES

4) MORE THAN #MOTIVATIONMONDAY

5) LIBRARIES, LGBTQ YOUTH, & HOMELESSNESS

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) WASHINGTON STATE BOOK AWARDS

The Washington Center for the Book, a partnership of The Seattle Public Library and Washington State Library, announces the finalists in eight categories for the 2017 Washington State Book Awards (WSBA) for outstanding books published by Washington authors in 2016. This is the 51st year of the program, formerly called the Governor’s Writers Awards.

Winners will be announced at the awards celebration, held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Seattle Public Library’s Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636. A reception and book signing will follow in the Norcliffe Foundation Living Room on Level 3 of the Central Library, with book sales by Third Place Books. This event is free and open to the public.

A book award is given based on the strength of the publication’s literary merit, lasting importance and overall quality to an author who was born in Washington State or is a current resident and has maintained residence here for at least three years. The authors of the award-winning books, as well as the illustrator of the picture book, will receive a $500 honorarium, thanks to the generous support of The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

For a complete list of Award finalists, and the names of this year’s judges, visit sos.wa.gov/q/WSBA.

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2) GALAXY SCIFI ARCHIVE

One of the science fiction genre’s best magazines is now freely available online. The Internet Archive is hosting a collection of Galaxy Science Fiction, which published many seminal works in the field, including an early version of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and Alfred Bester’s The Demolished Man. Included are stories from such SciFi legends as Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Clifford Simak, Theodore Sturgeon, and many more. Although the run is not quite complete, the archive comprises 355 separate issues, ranging from 1950 through 1976. In addition to the Galaxy collection, the Archive also has a complete run of Hugo Gernsback’s Amazing Stories.

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3) THE STATE OF EBOOKS IN LIBRARIES

Libraries have been handling eBooks for quite some time now, but while libraries have time-tested workflows for online serials, eBooks present complexities that may require new workflows. The online format provides many opportunities for libraries but also many challenges.

Join us for an engaging and informative discussion on these opportunities and challenges. This Forum will discuss the following topics:

  • Collection development and acquisitions models
  • Technical Services workflows
  • eBook licensing and metadata
  • Faculty outreach and user instruction and support
  • Usage and assessment

e-Forums are moderated, electronic discussion forums that provide an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest on an ALCTS email discussion list. These discussions are free of charge and available to anyone who wishes to subscribe to the email list. Details:

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4) MORE THAN #MOTIVATIONMONDAY

Employees motivated to deliver top notch service are key to a library’s success. But many in library organizations don’t know how to effectively instigate employee motivation. As a critical management and leadership skill, it’s important to know what motivation is and isn’t, what works and what doesn’t. This WebJunction webinar, More Than #MotivationMonday: Motivating Your Team Any Day of the Week, will explore factors that influence motivation at work and review strategies for supervisors to keep their teams motivated and productive. No matter the size of your library or your role, you will be inspired to find your own motivation and will be able to catalyze others!

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5) LIBRARIES, LGBTQ YOUTH, & HOMELESSNESS

Libraries as Allies – A Beginner’s Guide for Libraries: Welcoming and Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth Experiencing Homelessness is a toolkit which provides an introduction to public libraries on the topic of LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning) youth experiencing homelessness. The toolkit comes out of a pilot IMLS grant, the LAMBDA (Library Anchor Models for Bridging Diversity Achievements) project, which brought together the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as well as four public libraries, two in east Tennessee—Clinch River and Ocoee—and two in California: San Francisco Public Library and San Diego County Library.

During the three years of the grant, the LAMBDA project provided trainings, workshops, resources, a website, and a Summit. For more information about the LAMBDA project, visit lambda.sis.utk.edu. The toolkit is available at lambda.sis.utk.edu/libraries-as-allies-toolkit. Submit questions or comments to Julie Ann Winkelstein, PhD, Post-doctoral researcher, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, at jwinkels@utk.edu.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, August 14

Tuesday, August 15

Wednesday, August 16

Thursday, August 17

Friday, August 18

Saturday, August 19

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The National Book Festival and a book to represent Washington State

August 8th, 2017 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Washington Center for the Book Comments Off on The National Book Festival and a book to represent Washington State

image of a book cover, a paper cut showing a child doing a cannonball into the ocean. In September of 2001 the first National Book Festival was held in Washington D.C.  Laura Bush, a retired librarian, then First Lady of the United States, worked with the Librarian of Congress to launch this new event to encourage a lifelong love of reading.  James Billington, then Librarian of Congress, said, “We must all try, in every way we can, to send the message that reading is critical to our lives and to the life of our nation.” (1)

In 2002 a new addition to the Festival, The Pavilion of the States, was added. (2) Each year states choose a Children’s or Young Adult book they feel represents them.  A representative from each state heads to D.C. to set up a table to showcase their choice and more importantly their state. On the day of the festival thousands of children and their parents run through the pavilion collecting stamps, stickers and bookmarks, on the way learning more about the country they live in.  Washington State was involved almost from the very beginning sending representatives from the State Library to the book festival since 2003.  The books that have been selected each year are an eclectic mix, but they all have one thing in common, they represent Washington State.

The 2017 choice is by author/illustrator Nikki McClure, a Washington native and longtime resident of Olympia.  Waiting For High Tide  (Abrams, 2016) tells the story of a young boy scouring the high tide line for treasures, practicing walking the plank and waiting for high tide so he can swim. While he waits, sea birds and other creatures mirror the family’s behaviors: building and hunting, wading and eating. At long last the tide arrives, and human and animal alike savor the water.

McClure’s picture book features full-bleed cut-paper illustrations in black and white with isolated use of blues and pinks. “Lavish with words and images in a story that is a worthy heir to Robert McCloskey’s work. The sense of place is so rich that it seems possible to smell the air and hear the gulls,” says a Publisher’s Weekly starred review.

It is that sense of place that led to its selection to represent the state of Washington in the Pavilion of the States and in the Great Places, Great Reads publication at the National Book Festival. McClure said she wrote the book to “represent place and to have a beach book that wasn’t East Coast and was for Washington kids.”

Nikki McClure is an author and artist who works with cut-paper to create picture books and an annual calendar. “I cut my images from black paper with an X-Acto knife. Everything is connected,” McClure says. “It’s all one piece of paper, yet it now it holds a story.”

Her books include “To Market, To Market,” “How to Be a Cat,” “Mama Is It Summer Yet?” and illustrator of “All in a Day” by Cynthia Rylant.

The Washington Center for the Book is a partnership of The Seattle Public Library and the Washington State Library.  It is a state affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress.

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WSL Updates for July 27, 2017

July 26th, 2017 Will Stuivenga Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates, Washington Center for the Book Comments Off on WSL Updates for July 27, 2017

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Topics include:

1) STEM PROGRAMS – FIRST TUESDAYS

2) WASHINGTON READS – ONE STATE/ONE BOOK

3) WELCOME TO SKILLPORT

4) LIBRARIES READY TO CODE

5) IMLS GRANTS WEBINAR

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) STEM PROGRAMS – FIRST TUESDAYS

There is a wealth of information available regarding STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) but how does one decide what type of STEM program(s) to implement into the classroom, library, grade level, school or district? This free webinar explores possible ways to implement STEM ranging from simple to complex depending on the amount of time and energy you feel that you can allocate to STEM.

“Implementing STEM Programs: to fit your time constraints and comfort levels,” will be presented by Jane Rizika, Teacher Librarian, East Olympia Elementary School, August 1, 2017, 9:00 a.m., Pacific Time. sos.wa.gov/q/FirstTuesdays.

First Tuesdays is designed as a continuing-education opportunity for staff of libraries in Washington State. This free web presentation allows attendees to share their skills and successes and learn about new topics. The special-subject presentations, lasting about 60 minutes, are recorded so that others may listen at their own convenience. Past sessions are archived here: sos.wa.gov/q/Broadcasts.

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2) WASHINGTON READS – ONE STATE/ONE BOOK

By now we hope you’ve heard about the new partnership between the Seattle Public Library and the Washington State Library – the Washington Center for the Book. A major goal for this partnership is to bring all of Washington State and all types of libraries together through literature. We are in the early stages of planning a statewide Washington Reads program and your library’s information and input would be very helpful to us as we move forward. If they haven’t already done so, please ask your community reads coordinator to help us with our planning by filling out a short survey or fill it out yourself, if you’re that person. Here’s the link: www.surveymonkey.com/r/N6QMJ7D. Thank you!

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3) WELCOME TO SKILLPORT

Staff of all types of libraries in Washington now have free access to Skillsoft (via Skillport), a learning management system with access to online self-paced courses and instructional videos. There are hundreds of available topics ranging from using Microsoft Office and Windows, to leadership essentials, to creating budgets. It’s easy to set up a series of classes on a specific topic, too. Register for free and select Washington as your state – you qualify through the Washington State Library’s partnership with OCLC WebJunction.

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4) LIBRARIES READY TO CODE

Applications are being accepted through August for Libraries Ready to Code grants from ALA and Google. The goal is to fund a cohort of school and public libraries to develop resources to help get U.S. libraries “Ready to Code.” The $500,000 pilot program is part of Phase III of Libraries Ready to Code, an ongoing collaboration between ALA and Google to ensure expert library professionals are prepared to develop and deliver programming that promotes computer science and computational thinking among youth, two skills that will be required for challenges and jobs of the future.

25 to 50 participating libraries will receive funding from ALA, along with consulting expertise and operational support from Google. Individual libraries may use funding for devices, staffing, marketing and other costs associated with piloting an educational toolkit developed in partnership, by libraries, for libraries.

The toolkit, set to release in conjunction with National Library Week in April 2018, will consist of computer science resources that libraries find most useful for designing and implementing youth computer science programming. This cohort of libraries will also initiate a community of practice to sustain momentum and build expertise across thousands of school and public U.S. libraries.

To apply for Libraries Ready to Code grants, visit www.ala.org/tools/readytocode.

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5) IMLS GRANTS WEBINAR

Learn more about the National Leadership and Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Grants programs from IMLS (the Institute of Museum and Library Services) during the third informational webinar to be held on Monday, July 31, 12:00 p.m. PDT. Use this shortcut link to join the webinar: sos.wa.gov/q/GrantsWebinar.

National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG-L) support projects that address significant challenges and opportunities facing the library and archives fields and that have the potential to advance theory and practice. Successful proposals will generate results such as new tools, research findings, models, services, practices, or alliances that will be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to extend the benefits of federal investment.

The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21) supports developing a diverse workforce of librarians to better meet the changing learning and information needs of the American public by: enhancing the training and professional development of librarians, developing faculty and library leaders, and recruiting and educating the next generation of librarians.

For more information on IMLS grants, visit www.imls.gov/grants.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, July 31

Tuesday, August 1

Wednesday, August 2

Thursday, August 3

Friday, August 4

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Book Bingo, it’s never too late!

July 20th, 2017 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Washington Center for the Book Comments Off on Book Bingo, it’s never too late!

picture of a Bingo card.  Stars and moon for decorationBy now we hope you’ve heard about the new partnership between the Seattle Public Library (SPL) and the Washington State Library.  Yes, we are talking about the Washington Center for the Book. As with all new  endeavors, it can take a while for the behind the scenes work to emerge but that doesn’t mean it’s not happening.  Lots of ideas and projects are being cooked up, and we hope to announce things soon.  Meanwhile, if you don’t have your own Summer Reading Book Bingo going, SPL kindly adapted their Bingo card and shares it with you to give you a taste of things to come.  So,  here’s a Bingo card that your library can download, print and hand out to your patrons as we head into the dog days of summer. It’s never too late to read a book! How many do you think you can read before Labor Day? Happy Reading!

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