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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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DISCLAIMER: The State Library regularly highlights third-party events and online resources as a way to alert the library community to training and resource opportunities. By doing so, we are not endorsing the content of the event, nor promoting any specific product, but merely providing this information as an FYI to librarians who must then decide what is right for them.

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It Keeps Getting Better: Access to Historic Congressional Information

Monday, May 22nd, 2017 Posted in Articles, Federal and State Publications, For Libraries, For the Public | 2 Comments »


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The Government Printing Office (GPO) in partnership with the Library of Congress just announce the release of the digital (online) availability of the Bound Congressional Record, 1961 – 1970 on govinfo.gov.  This means you can now search the Bound Congressional Record from 1961 to the present!

If you remember that era there is probably some iconic event that stays fresh in your mind such as the invasion of the Beatles and other British rock groups, the Assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Bobby Kennedy. Did you watch the 1969 U.S. landing on the moon on television? What about these (thanks to GPO for the list)?

 

  • The Administrations of Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and the first two years of the Administration of President Richard M. Nixon
  • The Civil Rights Era
  • The Vietnam War
  • Legislation of the Great Society and the War on Poverty, including:
    • Civil Rights Act of 1964
    • Voting Rights Act of 1965
    • Fair Housing Act of 1968
    • Medicare and Medicaid
    • Economic Opportunity Act of 1964
    • Immigration Act of 1965
    • Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965
    • Endangered Species Act of 1966
    • Public Broadcasting Act of 1967
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Courtesy of the Government Publish Office

 

“This latest digital release of the Congressional Record now gives the public easy access to the historic debates of Congress from the 1960s via smartphones, tablets, laptops, and personal computers.” (GPO Director Davita Vance-Cooks.)

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Courtesy Library of Congress

Need more information or assistance in finding congressional information? We love to help! You can reach us by clicking here.

Access to Historic Congressional Information

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 Posted in Articles, Federal and State Publications, For Libraries, For the Public | Comments Off on Access to Historic Congressional Information


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Remember these?

  • The Administrations of Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Jimmy Carter
  • Passage/ratification of the 26th Amendment (allowing 18-year-olds to vote)
  • Watergate
  • The end of the Vietnam War
  • The US Bicentennial
  • Civil Service Reform Act of 1978
  • The Iran Hostage Crisis
  • OPEC and the Oil Crises of the 1970s
  • Title IX Amendment of the Higher Education Act

The 1970’s. Ugh! High gas prices, low mpg, and 55 mph speed limits! So what was going in Congress?

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) just announced that in partnership with the Library of Congress the have released the digital version of the bound Congressional Record from 1971-1980. You can search it on GPO’s govinfo. This release covers debates and proceedings of the 92nd through the 96th Congresses.

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Courtesy Government Printing Off

The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session. The Congressional Record began publication in 1873, and is still published today. Click here to learn more.

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Courtesy of the Library of   Congress

Issues dating from 1995 (beginning with the 104th Congress) are available online. Many federal depository libraries (like us) will have issues available in print. Current issues become available on Congress.gov shortly after they are published on GPO’s FDsys.

Need more information or assistance in finding congressional information? We love to help! You can reach us by clicking here.