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WSL Updates for February 22, 2018

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 Posted in For Libraries, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | No Comments »


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Topics include:

1) INCREASE YOUR EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

2) FINANCIAL LITERACY – FACTS VS. FICTION

3) FREE EXHIBITS – WILL TRAVEL

4) LC – FREE TO USE AND REUSE

5) OCLC – CONNECTING WITH YOUR COOPERATIVE

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) INCREASE YOUR EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

Work that focuses on public service can be both rewarding and costly. Being mindful of our own work narrative and understanding how we deal with conflict are two key areas that require our attention. The Washington State Library presents Self-Talk and Emotional Intelligence: Improving your Work Narrative.

Participants in this 3-hour workshop will learn how to:

  • Identify and adjust their self-talk;
  • Understand their personal work mission;
  • Develop awareness of cycles of conflict; and
  • Improve clarity and effectiveness of communication.

This free workshop is still available in Seattle (Feb. 27, 28) and Richland (March 15, both a.m. and p.m.). For more information and to register, visit sos.wa.gov/q/EI.

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2) FINANCIAL LITERACY – FACTS VS. FICTION

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) protects consumers from unfair and deceptive business practices by filing lawsuits against scammers and distributing educational materials about how to avoid scams. Financial literacy is a key component in helping consumers recognize and prevent problems. Join us for the March First Tuesdays webinar, Financial Literacy: Facts vs. Fiction, 9:00 a.m. March 6.

FTC staff will discuss how to spot and avoid financial scams and how consumers and consumer advocates can access the FTC’s free financial literacy materials. Topics will include using financial planning resources; obtaining credit and credit repair services; laws regulating debt relief and debt collection; and scams preying on vulnerable consumers. Many of the free resources are also available in Spanish. Presented by Richard McKewen, Nadine Samter, and Tina Kondo, Federal Trade Commission.

Register for this First Tuesdays session.

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3) FREE EXHIBITS – WILL TRAVEL

Exhibits available to travel! Legacy Washington is happy to share their exhibits with historical institutions, schools, and libraries throughout the State of Washington. Available free (except transportation). Please contact Amber Raney for more information: 360-902-4126.

The two exhibits currently available are:

  • Washington 1889 – A year of big dreams, big burns, and big politics, 1889 captured a place in our history as a time of great prosperity and adversity. The face of Washington changed. Pioneers arrived and townsfolk rebuilt from the rubble. Finally, on November 11, 1889, Washington rose as the 42nd state in the union.
  • Who Are We? Washington’s Kaleidoscope – Is there a quintessential Washingtonian? Hardly. History has made clear that we’re more than our identity—more than techies or coffee lovers or outdoor enthusiasts. We’re a kaleidoscope, a cultural melting pot. We live in a place constantly reinventing itself.

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4) LC – FREE TO USE AND REUSE

The Library of Congress’ Free to Use and Reuse page is making public domain and rights-clear content easier to find and use.

One of the Library of Congress’ biggest challenges is letting users know about all of the content available at loc.gov. Another challenge is letting them know what they can do with it (in a nice way). The Library is working on several fronts to improve the visibility of public domain and rights-clear content and moved one step in that direction with the launch of its Free to Use and Reuse page.

The page features themed sets of content (such as travel posters, presidential portraits, Civil War drawings) that are all free to use and reuse, meaning there are no known copyright restrictions associated with this content. In other words, you can do whatever you want with it. Read the blog posting for more information.

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5) OCLC – CONNECTING WITH YOUR COOPERATIVE

Membership with OCLC brings many benefits to a library and its users. High quality research, participation in governance, and the value of shared resources. Join this free, live, one-hour webinar, hosted by Meryl Cinnamon, OCLC Member Relations Liaison, to get up-to-the-minute information about what’s going on at your cooperative. You will:

  • Learn about new research, governance, and membership activities;
  • Hear high-level updates on OCLC products and services; and
  • Explore new opportunities to engage with your cooperative.

Connecting with Your Cooperative: Wednesday, February 28, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST; Register.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, February 26

Tuesday, February 27

Wednesday, February 28

Thursday, March 1

Friday, March 2

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WSL Updates for February 15, 2018

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Topics include:

1) TRAVEL AND TRAINING MONEY

2) STAND UP FOR HEALTH

3) HOPE FROM OUR GRANDMOTHERS

4) LATINO STEM LEARNING

5) DIGITAL LEARN TOOLKIT

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) TRAVEL AND TRAINING MONEY

The Medical Library Association (MLA) has joined forces with the Public Library Association (PLA) and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) to provide a health information symposium for public librarians that runs concurrent with the last day and a half of the MLA 2018 conference in Atlanta (May 22, 23). U.S.-based public librarians with interest or responsibility in providing health information to their communities qualify for a free registration for the 1&1/2-day symposium. In addition to the $500 stipend, more funding support to defray travel costs is also available from the NNLM Pacific Northwest Region. Don’t miss this opportunity! Space is limited to a maximum of 150 public librarians. Learn more and apply before the March 1 deadline.

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2) STAND UP FOR HEALTH

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is recruiting public library staff to participate in the online training, “Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community.” This is a 4-week (March 5 – April 1), online, asynchronous (all self-paced) course where participants will earn 12 continuing education (CE) credits and a certificate. The course is designed to provide public library staff with core competencies of providing health information services and the essential skills and knowledge that library staff need to build those competencies. For more information and to apply.

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3) HOPE FROM OUR GRANDMOTHERS

American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) community ties, tribal sovereignty rights and claims, and cultural values are emerging as critical elements of resiliency key to reversing the health and social issues that have plagued indigenous populations as a whole since the dawn of colonization. The practice of research and utilizing information collected by means of observation, hypothesis-testing, repetition of experiment, and sound conclusions to inform decision-making, have been integral to indigenous survival and wellbeing for centuries.

In this month’s free PNR Rendezvous webinar, Rose James of the Urban Indian Health Institute will review some of the modern scientific values in comparison to AIAN ways of knowing, and will provide examples of indigenous research concepts as they align with decolonizing data. Details:

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4) LATINO STEM LEARNING

The GENIAL (Generating Engagement and New Initiatives for All Latinos) Summit, funded by the National Science Foundation, was held June 5-6, 2017, at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, CA. It focused on increasing Latino participation in Informal STEM Learning (ISL) environments (like public libraries) by assessing what is currently known and began to identify new areas to consider in the future. Ninety-one practitioners, community leaders, media specialists, and researchers from across the United States and Puerto Rico participated. Learn more about the Summit and its resources by registering for one of the upcoming webinars:

  • February 27, 2018, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PST: Register
  • April 25, 2018, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PST: Register

Each interactive webinar will include a brief overview of the GENIAL Summit proceedings, recommendations, and actionable insights. Webinar participants will have a chance to interact with each other, project organizers, and advisors in a lively conversation about how the GENIAL results can influence their work with Latinos and other diverse audiences and to explore how the GENIAL results can move the ISL field forward. The session will include plenty of time for questions and discussion.

To access the resulting GENIAL publications before the webinar: www.exploratorium.edu/genial. For more on diversity in libraries around STEM, visit www.starnetlibraries.org/stem-in-libraries/diversity.

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5) DIGITAL LEARN TOOLKIT

DigitalLearn.org, the Public Library Association’s website designed to help consumers increase their digital literacy skills, now includes a robust suite of resources and tools for library staff and other educators to use when conducting training. The learning modules are adapted from Gail’s Toolkit, a project developed by the Gail Borden Public Library District in Elgin, Illinois. Included are lesson plans, presentations, handouts, and surveys for use in computer classes at libraries and other community institutions.

Tools to help library staff teach 81 different courses are available to download and personalize. Most courses include a course design document for instructors, a slide set, and handouts and activity sheets for learners. The training resources and tools can be found at training.digitallearn.org.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, February 19

Tuesday, February 20

Wednesday, February 21

Thursday, February 22

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WSL Updates for February 8, 2018

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Topics include:

1) SCREEN SCENE FOR CHILDREN

2) WSL & WEBJUNCTION OFFER SKILLSOFT

3) TAKE OUR SURVEY—PLEASE!

4) AMERICA SAVES WEEK

5) BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL – PNLA 2018

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) SCREEN SCENE FOR CHILDREN

Screens are everywhere! Young children are spending more and more time engaged with screen media. Learn what and when children might be learning from screens as well as how we can best support children’s media activities. The State Library presents Screen Scene: Best Practices for Using Screen Media with Young Children, a workshop that will explore important cognitive advances children make during the first years of life that impact their ability to learn from screens. The workshop will also discuss the many practical applications and resources for parents and educators, and ways to make the most of ever-present media technology.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize research-based understandings of the impact of digital engagement on early learning;
  • Apply an understanding of joint media engagement to their regular interactions with children in a library setting;
  • Develop appropriate models of digital engagement for very young children.

Who should attend? Anyone who works with pre-school children and/or their parents. Register at sos.wa.gov/q/screen. The following sessions are still available:

  • Monday, February 12, Burlington Public Library
  • Thursday, February 15, Bainbridge branch, Kitsap Regional Library
  • Tuesday, February 27, North Spokane branch, Spokane County Library
  • Wednesday, February 28, Sunnyside branch, Yakima Valley Library

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2) WSL & WEBJUNCTION OFFER SKILLSOFT

Looking to strengthen your technology skills or improve your interpersonal skills? All library staff in the state have access to free learning through the State Library’s WebJunction subscription to Skillsoft. With over 700 online courses, 30,000 short instructional videos (2 – 8 minutes) and job aids on a wide range of technology and business topics, you’ll find great learning opportunities. Library staff can pick up great skills as well as tips and techniques through this free resource.

Here are just a few of the courses that you have access to:

  • Time Management: Planning and Prioritizing Your Time
  • Creating a Positive Attitude
  • Privacy and Information Security
  • Essentials of Interviewing and Hiring Conducting an Effective Interview

There are also a variety of technology courses including:

  • New and Improved Features in Office 2016, Word, and Outlook
  • Microsoft Excel 2016 Essentials: Creating, Editing, and Saving Workbooks
  • Google Apps: Gmail and Calendar
  • Adobe Photoshop CC

Skillsoft is all self-paced, online learning so you can take a course when it fits your schedule. Register for your free account now!

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3) TAKE OUR SURVEY—PLEASE!

Thanks to all who have completed the 2018 Washington Library Association / Washington State Library Continuing Education Needs Assessment. We still need many more library staff from all types of libraries to complete the survey.

The deadline for adding your voice to the survey is February 16, 2018.

We need to hear from all parts of the Washington library community: academic libraries, public libraries, school libraries, special libraries, and tribal libraries. We rely on your input to help us understand which training topics are most important to you.

Please also share this survey with your colleagues. Many are not members of the lists to which we have access. Based on reporting statistics, the average time to complete the survey is less than 10 minutes. Your voice matters.

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4) AMERICA SAVES WEEK

America Saves Week (ASW) is February 26 through March 3, 2018. This annual event encourages consumers to save responsibly and automatically. Check out the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) blog posting which encourages consumers to save all or part of their tax refunds to help achieve their financial goals. To get your patrons involved, get a free America Saves Week Digital Toolkit featuring a sample of social media posts, digital content, and other helpful resources direct from the America Saves organization.

Get your library prepared to participate in Money Smart Week (MSW) programs, presentations, and educational classes that promote personal financial literacy. These events run from April 21 to April 28, 2018. To get more information about MSW and events in your area, go to www.moneysmartweek.org. CFPB provides free materials—like bookmarks, flyers, postcards, posters, standing displays, and more—to support your library’s participation in MSW. You can order free MSW materials for your library now.

Do you have Spanish-language patrons with financial education questions and needs? The CFPB has a Spanish-language website with similar information, tools and resources to their English-language website. To help these patrons get the impartial financial information they need, direct them to www.consumerfinance.gov/es. You can order CFPB’s free Spanish-language financial education publications in bulk as well as display materials for your library.

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5) BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL – PNLA 2018

In the theater, “breaking the fourth wall” refers to the practice of ignoring the invisible wall between actors and their audience. The 2018 Pacific Northwest Library Association Conference will explore what it looks like when libraries and librarians break the fourth wall to go beyond traditional roles to meet the needs of their patrons. This is a call for conference proposals.

  • PNLA 2018: Breaking the Fourth Wall – August 1 – 3, Kalispell, MT;
  • Conference proposals will be accepted through February 17, 2018;
  • Registration will open soon for the conference;
  • Details: www.pnla.org/conference_2018.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, February 12

Tuesday, February 13

Wednesday, February 14

Thursday, February 15

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WSL Updates for February 1, 2018

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for February 1, 2018


Volume 14, February 1, 2018 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) FREE UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

2) SAVE AMERICA’S TREASURES

3) LIBRARY VOTER SERVICES SURVEY

4) TOPNOTCH NONPROFIT TRAINING

5) LEVY LID LIFT WEBINAR

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) FREE UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

The Washington State Library (WSL) is offering two sets of half-day workshops in February and March at a variety of locations around the state. The topics are:

Sign up now to ensure your spot in one of these free workshops near you. Check the WSL CE Calendar for exact dates, locations, and times. Don’t miss out!

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2) SAVE AMERICA’S TREASURES

The National Park Service is accepting proposals for the Save America’s Treasures Grant Program. The application deadline is February 21, 2018.

The National Park Service, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), is now accepting applications for $5 million in matching grants to support the preservation of nationally significant historic properties and collections through the Save America’s Treasures program. For the complete announcement, use this shortcut: sos.wa.gov/q/save.

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3) LIBRARY VOTER SERVICES SURVEY

Student researchers in The Evergreen State College Masters of Public Administration, Second Year Cohort, are examining the relationship between public access to local ballot measure information and voter participation. Researchers want to identify gaps in current data and utilize these gaps to create a framework for increasing voter knowledge about where to access locally relevant ballot measure information and if this can increase civic participation in the form of voting.

Researchers will examine what role libraries currently play in providing the public with voter information, identify opportunities to provide desired services, and if suggested services are provided, determine if these services are marketed to the public with easy access in-person and online. You are encouraged to take a “Library Services” survey, which should require about 10 minutes of time to complete.

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4) TOPNOTCH NONPROFIT TRAINING

Washington Nonprofits in cooperation with the Charities Division of the Office of the Secretary of State is offering several free webinars this coming week:

Finance Unlocked is an interactive, hands-on workshop that will work through the why, what, who, and how of nonprofit finance including the five main financial topics that every nonprofit person needs to know: Balance Sheets, Income Statements, 990, Giving, and Oversight.

All nonprofits need bylaws. Bylaws are the governing document for the nonprofit and its board of directors. But what does that mean? What is the real purpose of the bylaws and what provisions should be in bylaws? Nonprofit Bylaws is excellent for those who would like to review and update their nonprofit provisions. Highly recommended for nonprofit board members.

Boards play an important role in the success of any organization. Boards in Gear will cover board responsibilities, operations, development, fundraising, and advocacy. This webinar is designed for board members and the people who work with them, namely executive directors and program staff.

For a more complete list of related training events, both live and online, visit www.sos.wa.gov/charities/training/workshops.aspx.

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5) LEVY LID LIFT WEBINAR

Are you thinking about a levy lid lift? The 101% limit on property tax levies restricts revenue growth for Washington local governments. With costs rising at a faster pace than the 1% allowed by state statute and assessed values of property increasing at a pace well beyond inflation for many areas of the state, the only method to access this available levy capacity is through a ballot measure to the voters for a levy lid lift. But what type of lid lift to choose, among the bewildering array available, and timing are both critical components to crafting a successful measure.

This webinar will review how the levy lid lift works and discuss the various levy lid lift options, and it will address the importance of the ballot title and the timing of your ballot measure to assure collection in the next calendar year. Cities, counties, and special purpose districts will come away from this webinar with a better understanding of what type of levy lid lift would best serve their needs and the process for ensuring the measure is brought to public vote.

Webinar details:

  • Date & time: February 7, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST
  • Sponsor: MRSC (Municipal Research and Services Center)
  • Cost: $35.00
  • Registration deadline: Feb. 6, 11:00 a.m.
  • Shortcut link: sos.wa.gov/q/lift.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, February 5

Tuesday, February 6

Wednesday, February 7

Thursday, February 8

Friday, February 9

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WSL Updates for January 25, 2018

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 Posted in Digital Collections, Federal and State Publications, For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for January 25, 2018


Volume 14, January 25, 2018 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) CE NEEDS ASSESSMENT

2) HEALTH NUMERACY AND YOU

3) COMIC CON AT THE LIBRARY

4) RURAL PUBLIC LIBRARY GRANTS

5) ONLINE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD COMPLETED

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) CE NEEDS ASSESSMENT

It’s time once again for the semi-annual Continuing Education Needs Assessment from the Washington State Library and the Washington Library Association: www.surveymonkey.com/r/CE_2018_WSL.

If you took the survey in the past and felt overwhelmed by the choices, you’ll be happy to know that this year we have completely re-written it. The 2018 survey is a shorter, more succinct version.

Please fill out our semi-annual survey, and share it with all of your colleagues. We would like to hear from the whole Washington library community: people working in libraries at all levels, friends of the library, trustees and library board members. We take continuing education seriously and we rely on your input to help us steer the ship.

Please forgive any cross-posting. We’re trying to catch everyone. Thank you!

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2) HEALTH NUMERACY AND YOU

As health care becomes more sophisticated and complex, it’s more and more likely that we will face situations where we have to use numerical skills to figure out our own treatment choices. Our capacity to deal with the numerical component of health information is called “health numeracy.” In this free webinar we’ll learn more about health numeracy and how it plays a role in our health, discuss the ways that library staff and others already work with users around numbers and health, and uncover best practices to make our assistance even more effective.

First Tuesdays for February, 2018:

  • Making Sense of the Numbers—Health Numeracy and You (and Me)
  • Tuesday, February 6, from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PST
  • Presented by Ann Glusker, National Network of Libraries of Medicine—Pacific Northwest Region
  • For more information and to register: sos.wa.gov/q/HealthNum.

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3) COMIC CON AT THE LIBRARY

Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC) and The Seattle Public Library have teamed up to host a number of panels geared towards professional librarians and educators on Thursday, March 1st. With a particular focus on social issues, the program will feature content from Boom! Studios, First Second Books, Valiant, Penguin Random House, and the American Library Association.

An ECCC Professional Badge is required to attend. Pro Badges are free of charge to educators and library staff. Please feel free to share this information with your professional contacts and encourage them to register for a badge as space is limited! Central Library, Thursday, March 1, 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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4) 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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5) ONLINE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD COMPLETED

In cooperation with the Library of Congress, the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) has completed the digitization of all historical issues of the Congressional Record dating to the first appearance of this publication on March 5, 1873. The final release of this project, covering the period 1873-1890, is being made available to the public free of charge on GPO’s govinfo site.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, January 29

Tuesday, January 30

Wednesday, January 31

Thursday, February 1

Friday, February 2

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WSL Updates for January 18, 2018

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates, Washington Center for the Book | Comments Off on WSL Updates for January 18, 2018


Volume 14, January 18, 2018 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) REPRISE – ADVOCACY, ETHICS, AND THE LAW

2) POET LAUREATES FEATURED

3) PROMOTING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES

4) SPARKFUN MAKERS

5) MAKING YOUR JOB EASIER

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) REPRISE – ADVOCACY, ETHICS, AND THE LAW

Earlier this week, Rob Mead, the State Law Librarian for Washington, presented a webinar on “Advocacy, Ethics, and the Law for Librarians.” That presentation is now archived and available for viewing on the State Library’s YouTube channel.

For information on upcoming First Tuesday webinars, and links to other archived presentations, visit www.sos.wa.gov/library/libraries/firsttuesdays.

Do you have a topic to suggest that you think would make a good webinar? Something you’ve always wished for but never found? Send an email to Nono Burling at nono.burling@sos.wa.gov. Good ideas are always welcome!

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2) POET LAUREATES FEATURED

Tod Marshall, outgoing, and Claudia Castro Luna, incoming Washington State Poet Laureates, will be celebrated at an upcoming poetry reading at the Seattle Public Library, January 31, 7:00 p.m. The event features readings from WA129, an anthology of poems collected and curated by Marshall. There are 129 poems in the published book—one for every year of statehood up to 2018, the end of Marshall’s term as State Poet Laureate.

The event is presented in partnership with the Washington Center for the Book, as well as several other organizations. For more details, visit sos.wa.gov/q/WA129.

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3) PROMOTING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES

Promoting Healthy Communities is a consumer health initiative of the Public Library Association (PLA) and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM). The goal is to spread the word about the great consumer health-related programs already underway in the nation’s public libraries.

Libraries are encouraged to submit a brief write-up about a recent library health program to ALA’s Programming Librarian website. This free website contains a wide variety of program ideas for libraries. Library professionals are encouraged to submit their own programs for publication in a section of the website called Program Models.

To submit a program for consideration, please fill out the “Share Your Program” webform. Or email your submission (using the provided Word document) to programminglibrarian@ala.org. Programs from all library types are welcome. Please limit your submissions to programs from the past two years. For questions, contact Sarah Ostman, communications manager for ALA’s Public Programs Office, at sostman@ala.org.

Thanks for your consideration! Together, we hope to inspire more public libraries to take on this important work.

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4) SPARKFUN MAKERS

The SparkFun Community Partnership Program facilitates one-time collaborations between SparkFun and its community partners to support the work of makers in the field. In exchange for support through the donation of SparkFun hardware, community partners provide content for SparkFun’s channels to share their stories with the maker community at large. SparkFun believes that amplifying the successes of makers in the field helps the maker community around the world continue learning and innovating.

SparkFun looks for individuals and organizations who embrace maker values of open source, collaboration, playfulness, learning at all levels, and making the world a better place. Their community partners will demonstrate a noble cause, a vital need, and an inspiring story. For example, SparkFun is more likely to sponsor an educator who is having students build robots for a school robot dance party that will benefit a local charity than to simply help a school stock its makerspace.

On the third Thursday of every month, the Community Partnership team reviews applications and will contact applicants with any questions if necessary. For more information and to apply: www.sparkfun.com/pages/sponsorships.

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5) MAKING YOUR JOB EASIER

Work smarter. Save money. Get answers. The Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC) is a nonprofit organization that helps local governments across Washington State better serve their citizens by providing legal and policy guidance on any topic. MRSC believes the most effective government is a well-informed local government, and as cities, counties, and special purpose districts face rapid changes and significant challenges, they are here to help.

Presenting Making Your Job Easier with MRSC’s Services, a free webinar describing MRSC’s vast suite of services—from personalized inquiries to a vast collection of online tools and resources—all of which can help you, no matter what department you work in. Even if you’ve used MRSC’s services for years, you’ll learn something you didn’t know about MRSC!

Who should attend? Local government employees at all levels, elected and appointed officials, and private consultants or attorneys that advise local governments. Details:

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, Jan 22

Tuesday, Jan 23

Wednesday, Jan 24

Thursday, Jan 25

Friday, Jan 26

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WSL Updates for January 11, 2018

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 Posted in For Libraries, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for January 11, 2018


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Topics include:

1) SELF-TALK AND EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

2) SCREEN SCENE FOR CHILDREN

3) FREE BOOKS

4) CAREER AND COLLEGE READINESS

5) BIBLIOMETRICS AND MORE

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) SELF-TALK AND EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

Work that is focused on public service can be both rewarding and costly. Being mindful of our own work narrative and understanding how we deal with conflict are two key areas that require our attention. The Washington State Library presents Self-Talk and Emotional Intelligence: Improving your Work Narrative. Participants in this 3-hour workshop will learn how to:

  • Identify and adjust their self-talk;
  • Understand their personal work mission;
  • Develop awareness of cycles of conflict; and
  • Improve clarity and effectiveness of communication.

This free workshop will be presented on several dates and at multiple locations around the state beginning January 30 at Fort Vancouver Regional Library. For more information and to register, visit sos.wa.gov/q/EI.

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2) SCREEN SCENE FOR CHILDREN

Screens are everywhere! Young children are spending more and more time engaged with screen media. Learn what and when children might be learning from screens as well as how we can support children’s media activities. The State Library presents Screen Scene: Best Practices for Using Screen Media with Young Children, a workshop that will explore important cognitive advances children make during the first years of life that impact their ability to learn from screens. The workshop will also discuss the many practical applications and resources for parents and educators, and ways to make the most of ever-present media technology.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize research-based understandings of the impact of digital engagement on early learning;
  • Apply an understanding of joint media engagement to their regular interactions with children in a library setting;
  • Develop appropriate models of digital engagement for very young children.

Register at sos.wa.gov/q/screen. The following sessions are available:

  • Tuesday, February 6 (a.m. session) Fort Vancouver Regional Library Headquarters
  • Monday, February 12 (p.m. session) Burlington Public Library
  • Thursday, February 15 (p.m. session) Bainbridge branch, Kitsap Regional Library
  • Tuesday, February 27 (p.m. session) North Spokane branch, Spokane County Library
  • Wednesday, February 28 (p.m. session) Sunnyvale branch, Yakima Valley Library

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3) FREE BOOKS

Thanks to the generosity of the Seattle Public Library Foundation, the Everett Public Library, the Tacoma Public Library and the Kitsap Regional library, the Washington State Library has the following titles to redistribute to libraries in Washington State:

  • Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • Sudden Light by Garth Stein
  • Nickel and Dimed by Garth Stein
  • Clean by David Sheff
  • The Turner House by Angela Flournoy
  • Early Literacy Storytimes by Saroj Ghoting and Pamela Martin-Diaz
  • House of Hope and Fear by Audrey Young
  • Genesis Girl by Jennifer Bardsley

There are some audiobooks and large print titles in this offering. 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. To place your order go to blogs.sos.wa.gov/book-sharing. Questions? Please contact Leanna Hammond: leanna.hammond@sos.wa.gov.

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4) CAREER AND COLLEGE READINESS

Monthly webinars aimed at school counselors hosted by the Office of Superintendent for Public Instruction and the Washington Student Achievement Council continue into the new year. The Jan. 17 session will focus on K-12 Career and College Readiness, but additional topics are available at archived and upcoming webinars. Library staff welcome!

For more information, and to register: sos.wa.gov/q/readiness.

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5) BIBLIOMETRICS AND MORE

Bibliometrics, Altmetrics, & the Question of Research Impact is the title of the next PNR Rendezvous webinar session. On January 17 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., Robin Chin Roemer will address the history and evolution of meaningful metrics in higher education. She is the co-author of the book Meaningful Metrics: A 21st Century Librarian’s Guide to Bibliometrics, Altmetrics, and Research Impact.

Starting in 2018 attendees for the PNR Rendezvous are strongly encouraged to register for these free webinar sessions. Learn more about this session and register.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Tuesday, Jan 16

Wednesday, Jan 17

Thursday, Jan 18

Friday, Jan 19

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WSL Updates for January 4, 2018

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018 Posted in Federal and State Publications, For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates, Washington Center for the Book | Comments Off on WSL Updates for January 4, 2018


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Topics include:

1) LET’S TALK ABOUT RACE

2) ADVOCACY, ETHICS, AND THE LAW

3) 2018 WASHINGTON BOOK AWARDS

4) HISTORICAL US CODE ONLINE

5) EZRA JACK KEATS MINI-GRANTS

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) LET’S TALK ABOUT RACE

Storytime is the perfect place to model an open and welcoming environment for the whole community. No one should feel left out or erased from a larger narrative by never being able to see themselves reflected in storytime.

How can librarians practice talking about race and model inclusion for their communities? How can we help our storytime colleagues not be afraid of delving deeper in creating an affirming and inclusive storytime environment? How do you gain institutional support for including social justice advocacy in storytimes?

During January’s free First Tuesdays webinar, the conversation is intended to model storytime inclusion in ways that lead to tangible practice. Tuesday, January 9, 2018 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. For more information or to register, visit sos.wa.gov/q/ftst.

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2) ADVOCACY, ETHICS, AND THE LAW

The Washington State Library presents “Advocacy, Ethics, and the Law for Librarians” on Tuesday, January 16, from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. This free webinar is an introduction to public advocacy and lobbying for librarians within the context of Washington law. As professionals, how can we make sure our voices are heard on issues of freedom, equity, truth, and justice? What is ethically required of us? Where are the legal (and political) danger zones? Register: sos.wa.gov/q/Mead.

Presented by Rob Mead, the State Law Librarian for Washington, who manages the law library at the Temple of Justice in Olympia and is a member of the Washington Bar. Previously, he was the Deputy Chief Public Defender for New Mexico, the NM State Law Librarian, and an academic law librarian at the University of Kansas and the University of New Mexico.

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3) 2018 WASHINGTON BOOK AWARDS

Do you know a Washington author who had a book published in 2017? The Washington Center for the Book is actively seeking 2017 titles by Washington authors for the 2018 Washington State Book Awards. The Washington State Book Awards are given for outstanding books published by Washington authors the previous year. Info, criteria, and the online submission form are available online. The entry deadline is February 1, 2018.

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 which are designed 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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4) HISTORICAL US CODE ONLINE

More than 60 years of U.S. laws are now published online and accessible for free for the first time after being acquired by the Library of Congress. The Library has made available the main editions and supplements of the United States Code from 1925 through the 1988 edition.

The U.S. Code is a compilation of federal laws arranged by subject by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the House of Representatives. The Library’s U.S. Code Collection is fully searchable. Filters allow users to narrow their searches by date, title and/or subject. PDF versions of each chapter can be viewed and downloaded.

The collection is online at loc.gov/collections/united-states-code. This provides access to editions of the U.S. Code that previously were not available to the public online for free. For the full press release, visit sos.wa.gov/q/UScode.

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5) EZRA JACK KEATS MINI-GRANTS

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, which fosters children’s love of reading and creative expression in our diverse culture, celebrates the 30th year of its Mini-Grant program with a call for proposals. Approximately 60 grants of up to $500 each will be awarded to qualifying teachers and librarians in public schools and libraries across the country.

Since 1987, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation has provided nearly $1 million in support of Mini-Grant programs spanning the 50 states and U.S commonwealths. To learn more about Mini-Grants, including this year’s criteria, visit Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grants. The application deadline is March 31, 2018.

Founded by the late Caldecott award-winning children’s book author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation fosters children’s love of reading and creative expression by supporting arts and literacy programs in public schools and libraries; cultivating new writers and illustrators of exceptional picture books that reflect the experience of childhood in our diverse culture; and protecting and promoting the work of Keats, whose book The Snowy Day broke the color barrier in children’s publishing. To learn more about the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, visit www.ezra-jack-keats.org.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Tuesday, January 9

Wednesday, January 10

Thursday, January 11

Friday, January 12

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WSL Updates for December 21, 2017

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WSL Updates will take next week off and will resume publication in January. On behalf of the Washington State Library and its staff, holiday greetings and best wishes for the New Year to all WSL Updates readers!

Topics include:

1) STATE OF STATE LIBRARIES

2) LIS ONLINE PROGRAM

3) HONDA STEM GRANTS

4) REVISITING THE FOUNDING ERA

5) LISA LIBRARIES

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES WEEK AFTER NEXT

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1) STATE OF STATE LIBRARIES

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has released the latest report (PDF, 16MB) on the State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAA) Survey. The biennial survey, conducted in FY 2016, assesses the condition of SLAAs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The IMLS report found that SLAAs experienced significant decreases in revenues and staffing during the economic recession from 2007 to 2009, with no sustained gains afterward.

The survey found that over the past 12 years, SLAA revenues declined by over a fifth, while expenditures fell in parallel by 22 percent. However, despite decreased revenue, 31 SLAAs reported providing statewide reading programs, an increase from 61 to 86 percent over two years.

Additional services offered by SLAAs remained relatively unchanged. Forty-nine of the 51 SLAAs provided consulting services, most commonly for library management/organizational development, continuing education, and youth services. Thirty-nine SLAAs provided some form of literacy support.

For more of the report summary, visit sos.wa.gov/q/statelibs.

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2) LIS ONLINE PROGRAM

The LiS Certificate and AAS online degree program targets library staff and paraprofessionals. All Library Science classes and electives are now offered online. Students are not required to attend any on-campus orientations, advising or testing—these services are offered online. Students are also required to complete library internships at their local library. Alternative tuition discounts are available for qualified library staff and/or volunteers.

Spokane Falls Community College will offer the following classes starting winter quarter (January 3, 2018):

  • LMLIB 125 School Library Media Services. 5 credits. Online. No textbook required.
  • LMLIB 116 Introduction to Circulation Systems and Services. 5 credits. Online. No textbook required. Meets ALA LSSC competency access services.
  • LMLIB 220 Technical Services II: Introduction to Cataloging. 5 credits. Online. No textbook required. Meets ALA LSSC competency cataloging and classification.
  • LMLIB 126 Library Technology and Services for Educational Support. 3 credits. Online. No textbook required. Meets ALA LSSC competency.

For more information, visit sos.wa.gov/q/LiS or contact Paula Swan, paula.swan@sfcc.spokane.edu.

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3) HONDA STEM GRANTS

The American Honda Foundation supports youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment. More than $37 million have been awarded to organizations serving over 117 million people in every state in the U.S.

Nonprofit charitable organizations classified as a 501(c) (3) public charity by the Internal Revenue Service, or a public school district, private/public elementary and secondary schools as listed by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) are eligible for funding.

Organizations may only submit one request in a 12-month period. This includes colleges and universities with several departments/outreach programs.

  • The grant range is from $20,000 to $75,000 over a one-year period.
  • Proposals must be submitted online. No paper or faxed applications will be accepted.
  • Apply by February 1 of any year.

For more information or to apply, visit www.honda.com/community/applying-for-a-grant

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4) REVISITING THE FOUNDING ERA

Public libraries are invited to apply for Revisiting the Founding Era, a nationwide project that will use historical documents to spark public conversations about the Founding Era’s enduring ideas and themes and how they continue to influence our lives today.

Up to 100 U.S. public libraries will be selected to host programs related to the American Revolution and the early years of the nation. Participating libraries will receive:

  • 10 copies of a 100-page reader containing selected documents from the lauded Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in U.S. history;
  • $1,000 to help implement discussion groups and other public programs;
  • Training, resources, and support.

Libraries, working in collaboration with scholars, local experts, and others, will be asked to implement at least three public programs for adult and teen audiences. Topics may include the rights of citizens versus the rights of government; who is “we the people?”; and decision-making and taking action.

The application deadline is January 31, 2018. Visit sos.wa.gov/q/era for more information or to apply.

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5) LISA LIBRARIES

Lisa Libraries donates new children’s books and small book collections to organizations that work with kids in poor and under-served areas. They have a strong interest in supporting small, grass-roots organizations. Recipients of these free books will need to cover the shipping costs. Must have a tax exempt 501(c)(3) status.

For information on how to apply, visit lisalibraries.org/need.php.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES WEEK AFTER NEXT

Note: No CE opportunities were found for next week (Dec. 26-30) but there are a few for the following week (Jan. 2-5).

Wednesday, January 3

Thursday, January 4

Friday, January 5

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WSL Updates for December 14, 2017

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Technology and Resources, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for December 14, 2017


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Topics include:

1) TEEN VIDEO CHALLENGE

2) GOING DEEPER WITH SOCIAL MEDIA

3) MLA TECH CAMP

4) PRECISION MEDICINE FOR ALL OF US

5) MUSEUMS EMPOWERED

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) TEEN VIDEO CHALLENGE

Budding teenage videographers across Washington are invited to participate in the 2018 Teen Video Challenge, a Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) sponsored competition, hosted by the Washington State Library. Teenagers ages 13 through 18 can create a 30 to 90-second video with their unique interpretation of the 2018 CSLP Teen Video Challenge slogan, “Libraries Rock!” in combination with reading and libraries. Visit the Teen Video Challenge website for details. Submissions must be received by Feb. 10, 2018, to be eligible.

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2) GOING DEEPER WITH SOCIAL MEDIA

Learn how to take the next steps toward amplifying your library’s social media program. This webinar will discuss best practices in growing your library’s social media program and managing user engagement. You’ll learn tips on assessing your library’s audience based on their preferred platforms and ideas for converting your in-person library community into an online community.

Details:

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3) MLA TECH CAMP

Do you need to manage born digital content in your collection? Maybe a refresher on fair use of your digital collections? Or guide patrons through creating data visualizations. Come to #mlatechcamp! (MLA tech camp). The Emerging Technologies and Services Committee of the Music Library Association (MLA) is hosting a one day pre-conference workshop on January 31st, 2018, before the MLA annual meeting in Portland, OR (Jan. 31 – Feb. 4th, 2018) to enhance skill sets of librarians, humanists, and technologists who work or want to work with digital objects and data.

This workshop will offer something for seasoned practitioners as well as novices to learn and build together in a collaborative, interactive, informal, spontaneous, and productive environment. All are welcome, whether you are working with music materials or not. Registration for the pre-conference is separate from MLA’s annual meeting. We actively encourage anyone interested in digital aspects of librarianship to take part.

For more information and registration details, visit bit.ly/mlatechcamp2018.

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4) PRECISION MEDICINE FOR ALL OF US

Creating the right health approaches and care for the right person is called precision medicine. Getting the right information to make that happen is the goal of the All of Us Research Program. To get there, the goal is to create the largest health data resource ever. By understanding people’s health, neighborhood, family, and lifestyle, researchers will have information to better understand health and disease. This information is essential to create a healthier future for generations to come.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) are partnering to raise awareness about the NIH’s All of Us Research Program. Through this collaboration, NNLM will focus on improving consumer access to high quality health information in communities throughout the U.S., specifically through public libraries. The NNLM Pacific Northwest Region will work with libraries in Washington State to provide the information they need for their communities regarding the All of Us Research Program. More information is available at nnlm.gov/all-of-us and at allofus.nih.gov.

“We want to reach participants where they are. For many people in the country, including those with limited internet access, one of those places is the local library,” said Eric Dishman, director of the All of Us Research Program. “We’re excited to work with the National Library of Medicine to make more people aware of All of Us and the opportunity to take part.” For the entire press release, use this link: sos.wa.gov/q/AllofUs.

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5) MUSEUMS EMPOWERED

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is offering professional development grants designed to help museums respond to the evolving needs of the museum profession and changes in their communities. The program, now in its second year, is a special initiative of the Museums for America grant program, with the goal of strengthening the ability of an individual museum to serve its public through professional development activities that cross-cut various departments to generate systemic change within the museum.

Eligible entities for Museums Empowered: Professional Development Opportunities for Museum Staff are U.S. museums of all sizes and disciplines. Award amounts will either be $5,000 – $25,000 with no cost share permitted or $25,001 – $250,000 with at least 1:1 cost share. The application deadline is March 1, 2018. See the application guidelines (PDF, 415KB) on the IMLS website for details. A live webinar will provide applicants more information about this opportunity: FY18 Museums Empowered, Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, December 18, 2017

Tuesday, December 19

Wednesday, December 20

  • Navigating WebEx (National Network of Libraries of Medicine) 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PST

Thursday, December 21

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