Volume 13, July 20, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list
Volume 13, May 4, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list
1) NATIONAL LIBRARY LEGISLATIVE DAY
Cindy Aden, Washington’s State Librarian, is among the 500 library supporters from every state, who gathered in Washington D.C. to advocate for federal support for libraries during the American Library Association’s (ALA) 43rd annual National Library Legislative Day held May 1 & 2. A major goal is protecting LSTA (Library Services & Technology Act) funds administered through the Institute for Museum & Library Services (IMLS), which provide crucial funding for programs and services to libraries throughout the state.
A May 1 press release on ALA’s Legislative Day activities is available from the ALA Web site. A news release detailing the role of LSTA funding in Washington, with comments from Aden, is available from the Office of the Secretary of State’s web site.
2) LSTA 5-YEAR EVALUATION & PLAN
The Washington State Library announces the release of its LSTA Five-Year Evaluation, covering the federal fiscal year awards 2013 through 2017. The evaluation has been filed with the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS), the funding agency for the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA). The full report, summary of recommendations, and supporting documents, are available on the WSL web site at sos.wa.gov/q/libdev under the heading “Planning for the Future.” The next Five-Year Plan, covering federal fiscal year awards 2018 through 2022, is currently under development.
3) 2017 ARSL CONFERENCE
It’s here, the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Don’t be a turkey, register early for the Association for Rural & Small Libraries #ARSL2017 – Sept. 7-9 in beautiful St. George, UT. Get the $265 early bird rate today! Early bird ends July 7 and early bird checks need to be postmarked by July 10. For detailed conference information, visit arsl.info/2017-conference/. To register, visit www.regonline.com/2017arslannualconference.
This conference is so packed full of great information and networking opportunities, you will not want to miss out. Check out Preconference options announced on the ARSL Facebook page. There is also a conference event set up on Facebook where you can indicate whether you’re attending, get updates and offer to room share or connect with another librarian who is willing to room share (Select “Events” from the ARSL Facebook Page).
4) SERVING NEW AMERICANS
More than 55 percent of new Americans use the public library at least once a week. There, they find a trusted environment, resources and community connections that can ease the way to full participation in American society. For many people new to the United States, libraries serve as a gateway to citizenship, offering English language learning, training materials and resources on immigration and citizenship.
Since 2013, IMLS has worked with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to help libraries provide accurate and useful information about immigration and citizenship benefits, promote an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensure the integrity of the immigration system.
Libraries play a critical role in serving immigrant communities. To learn how your library can participate, visit www.uscis.gov/citizenship/organizations/libraries. Training and tip sheets are also available.
5) PATRON PRIVACY CHECKLISTS
Volunteers from the ALA Library Information and Technology Association’s Patron Privacy Interest Group worked with the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee’s Privacy Subcommittee to create a set of 7 checklists intended to help libraries of all sizes and budgets take practical steps to implement the principles that are laid out in the ALA Library Privacy Guidelines. Each checklist is organized into three priority groups. Priority 1 are actions that hopefully all libraries can take to improve privacy practices. Priority 2 and Priority 3 actions may be more difficult for libraries to implement depending on their technical expertise, available resources, and organizational structure.
Congress just voted to allow internet providers to sell consumer data without permission, which means using https on your library’s website to protect patron data has become even more important. These checklists can help you assess where your library is now, and what you need to work on next.
For even more library-oriented privacy information, consult ALA’s Privacy: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights, and the ALA Privacy Tool Kit.
6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK
Tuesday, May 9
Wednesday, May 10
Thursday, May 11
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Volume 13, February 2, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list
1) FYI – WSL NEWSLETTER
2) BACKPACKS AND GEOCACHES – FIRST TUESDAYS
3) FAME AND FORTUNE – TEEN VIDEO CHALLENGE
4) JUMPSTART USER EXPERIENCE (UX)
5) LYRASIS DIGITAL PRESERVATION CLASSES
6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK
From the desk of Jean Baker – Library Associate, Washington State Penitentiary
I was sitting in the office yesterday and someone pointed to the hallway and said, “Look at all of the puppies”. I went out in the hallway and found about a dozen puppies spilling out of a basket and climbing over each other. Standing around in a circle were about 10 grown men some with tattoos and ponytails cuddling, petting and cooing at the little canines thus erasing the stereotype of tough convicts with a few simple gestures. The men told me they were about 3 weeks old and had every sort of coloring, black and white, brown and red, all brown, all white.
The men and the puppies are residents, some for a longer period than others of Coyote Ridge Corrections Center (CCRC), a medium custody facility in Connell, WA. One of the prized jobs at CRCC is to be a dog handler. These men are very dedicated care-takers of their charges who are brought to the prison to receive training and socialization before being adopted out to families in the community.
This program is one of the many normalizing activities these inmates can experience to help them learn new behaviors and skills for when they can re-enter society. I was very excited to see this interaction of inmates and puppies while visiting the CRCC library. The library is located in the building where inmate programs are held and is a branch of the Washington State Library. The Institutional Services program of the State Library operates libraries in nine prisons and 2 mental hospitals in Washington.
I am the Branch Library Associate at Washington State Penitentiary and my visit was to assist newly hired CRCC Branch Library Associate, Justin Dickson with some final details of his training. The CRCC library is the newest and largest of the institutional libraries, opening in February 2009. At any time there can be 50-60 inmates using the library for one-hour periods. Justin has 4 inmate library clerks who handle patron customer service as well as shelving materials and keeping the collection in good order.
The library program at CRCC is another normalizing activities that is highly used and appreciated by the inmates. It is a neutral, comfortable environment which provides the opportunity to pursue interests, learn something new, find recreational reading and prepare for re-entry to the world outside the prison walls.