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WSL Updates for February 16, 2017

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Public Services, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | No Comments »


Volume 13, February 16, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) SIGN UP FOR SERVICE EXCELLENCE

2) VISUALIZING (AND FINDING!) LIBRARY FUNDING

3) NIH FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

4) NEW IMLS GRANT OPPORTUNITY

5) WE’RE WAY PAST PEAS – USES OF GENETIC INFORMATION

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for February 9, 2017

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Volume 13, February 9, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) SERVICE EXCELLENCE IN YOUR LIBRARY

2) WSL GRANT DEADLINE EXTENDED

3) USER EXPERIENCE WAIT LISTS

4) VOLUNTEER AT MLA ANNUAL CONFERENCE

5) EZRA JACK KEATS MINIGRANTS

6) BECOME A NASA@ MY LIBRARY PARTNER

7) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for January 19, 2017

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Volume 13, January 19, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) WSL SERVICE CHANGES

2) FREE COMPUTERS – MIA LAB GRANTS

3) PRESERVATION GRANTS FOR SMALLER INSTITUTIONS

4) RECORDINGS AT RISK GRANTS

5) BEYOND GOOGLE – FINDING GOVERNMENT INFORMATION

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for January 12, 2017

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Volume 13, January 12, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) LSTA ANNUAL REPORT

2) WRITING EFFECTIVE EMAIL

3) FREE COMPUTERS – MIA LAB GRANTS

4) TEEN VIDEO CHALLENGE

5) IMLS GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for January 5, 2017

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Volume 13, January 5, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) JUMPSTART USER EXPERIENCE (UX)

2) HOW TO DO A TEDX PRESENTATION

3) MICROSOFT IMAGINE ACADEMY LAB GRANTS

4) 50 YEARS OF PNW HISTORY NOTES

5) ONLINE LIS DEGREE PROGRAM AT SFCC

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) JUMPSTART USER EXPERIENCE (UX)

By designing your library with the user experience in mind, you have the potential to deepen the connection your library has with its community, and make your library a place that people love to use. This hands-on workshop presented by UX expert Aaron Schmidt is a practical guide to assessing and improving all sorts of touchpoints in your library, and also covers foundational UX theory. You’ll acquire experience with important user research techniques as well as analyzing the resulting data. After this free workshop you’ll have a keener critical eye, and a framework with which you can make your library the most important place in your community.

Workshops are scheduled from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. as follows:

  • April 5, 2017 – Burlington Public Library
  • April 6, 2017 – Lacey Timberland Library
  • May 10, 2017 – Brooks Library Central Washington University
  • May 11, 2017 – Spokane Public Library – South Hill Branch

Sign up for these workshops via the WSL training calender.

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2) HOW TO DO A TEDX PRESENTATION

This month’s First Tuesdays webinar, “How to Do a TEDx Presentation,” is scheduled for January 10, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Sno Isle Libraries has presented two TEDx events to rave reviews. Join us as Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Communications Director, who organized these effective events, shares what is needed to stage a successful TEDx program.

Designed as a continuing education opportunity for library staff in Washington State, these free First Tuesdays web presentations are an opportunity to learn about new library-related topics. Sessions are recorded so that others may listen at their own convenience. For more information about First Tuesdays, visit sos.wa.gov/q/FirstTuesdays. For instructions on joining the presentation, visit sos.wa.gov/q/FirstT.

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3) MICROSOFT IMAGINE ACADEMY LAB GRANTS

Applications from Microsoft Imagine Academy program members are being accepted now through January 24, 2017 to receive equipment and limited funding to support new, or expand existing, coding programs and Microsoft certification. Laptops, 10-inch tablet computers, and routers purchased by the State Library are available (there is no limit to the quantity of each that can be requested; hardware technical specs are available in the Grant Guidelines), along with up to $3000 per award to purchase equipment accessories like cases, tablet sleeves, keyboards, etc., or other materials and activities to support project activities.

  • Lab Grant applications must be received by COB Tuesday, January 24, 2017, with contract execution expected before March 20, 2017.
  • Grant materials (Guidelines and Application) are available on the State Library’s Grant page.
  • This Lab Grant opportunity replaces the Microsoft Imagine Academy 2016-2017 grant, which will close Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

Questions and comments about this opportunity should be directed to Elizabeth Iaukea at elizabeth.iaukea@sos.wa.gov.

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4) 50 YEARS OF PNW HISTORY NOTES

For the past 50 years, the Washington State Library has compiled a quarterly bibliography of Pacific Northwest history publications for the Pacific Northwest Quarterly (PNQ). Historian, author, and Washington Room librarian Hazel Emery Mills began the column in the January, 1967, Vol. 58 issue. WSL librarians have performed this service ever since. The current compiler is Sean Lanksbury, WSL Pacific Northwest & Special Collections Librarian. For more information, including links to PNQ and its index, visit Between the Lines, the WSL blog.

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5) ONLINE LIS DEGREE PROGRAM AT SFCC

The online library science degree programs at Spokane Falls Community College, (LiS AAS, LiS Certificate, School Library Media Paraprofessional AAS) offers the following classes starting winter quarter, January 2017:

  • LMLIB 125, 5 credits, online: Introduction to School Library Media Services;
  • LMLIB 126, 3 credits, online: Library Technology for Educational Support (meets ALA Library Support Staff Competency for Technology);
  • LMLIB 220, 5 credits, online: Technical Services II: Introduction to Cataloging (meets ALA Library Support Staff Competency for Cataloging and Classification);
  • LMLIB 116, 5 credits, online: Introduction to Circulation and Customer Services (meets ALA Library Support Staff Competency for Communication and Teamwork).

For more information contact Paula Swan, LiS Instructor, SFCC at paula.swan@sfcc.spokane.edu or 509.533.3617 or visit libguides.spokanefalls.edu/librarytech.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, January 9:

  • What Is Tech-Savvy Leadership? A Panel Discussion (edWeb); 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. PST

Tuesday, January 10:

  • Career Development: Today’s Meta-Priority (Training Magazine Network); 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PST
  • How to do a TEDx presentation (Washington State Library); 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PST
  • 2017 ALA Carnegie Shortlist Finalists (Booklist); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST
  • Bozarthzone! Better Than Bullet Points (InSync); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST
  • Preschool Storytime Basics (Texas State Library and Archives Commission); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST

Wednesday, January 11:

  • The Psychology of Success: Why Are Some People More Likely to Succeed than Others? (American Management Association); 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PST
  • How to Implement Things When People Hate Change (SirsiDynix); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PST
  • Nonprofit Boards & Effective Governance (4Good); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PST
  • Science Soup, Part 1 On Major Government Science Databases (Federal Depository Library Program); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST
  • Using Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) for Research and Learning (Infopeople); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PST
  • Service Excellence in Challenging Times (WebJunction); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PST

Thursday, January 12:

  • What is Bioinformatics Librarianship? (National Network of Libraries of Medicine); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PST
  • The Power to Delight: Providing extraordinary service (Colorado State Library); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST
  • Outcome Measurement Made Easy with PLA’s Project Outcome (Public Library Association); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST
  • Philanthropy Blueprint 2017 (GrantSpace); 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. PST
  • School Library Resources Available at Wyoming State Library (Wyoming State Library); 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. PST

Friday, January 13:

  • Going Digital (LYRASIS); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PST

For more information and to register, visit the WSL Training Calendar at sos.wa.gov/q/training.

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WSL Updates for December 22, 2016

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Volume 12, December 22, 2016, for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) HOW TO DO A TEDX PRESENTATION

2) YOUTH PROGRAM AWARDS

3) GREAT STORIES CLUB GRANT

4) EARLY CHILDHOOD PARTNERSHIP TOOLKIT

5) SEASON’S GREETINGS FROM WSL VIA NORAD

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WSL Updates for December 15, 2016

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Volume 12, December 15, 2016 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) WSL REMEMBERS JOHN GLENN & LIBRARY 21

2) 2017 WLA CONFERENCE PROPOSALS SOLICITED

3) NEA BIG READ GRANTS

4) EZRA JACK KEATS MINIGRANTS

5) TEEN SUMMER READING WEBINAR

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for September 24, 2015

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Volume 11, September 24, 2015 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) HR – LOOKING OUT FOR RED FLAGS

2) STEM LSTA GRANT CYCLE OPENS

3) IMPLEMENTING WIOA IN RURAL AREAS

4) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) HR – LOOKING OUT FOR RED FLAGS

Most supervisors are surprised at the amount of time they spend on human resource issues. Do you have questions about Family Medical Leave, overtime/comp time, or how to deal with difficult employees? Join us for a First Tuesdays session with Pam Ward and Lynda Ring-Erickson of LRE Solutions as they tackle the topic “Things Librarians Should Know about Human Resources.” Bring your questions; as consultants they have worked through these issues and can help you find the answers.

First Tuesdays webinar: October 6, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. For more information, visit sos.wa.gov/q/FirstTuesdays. Instructions for joining the session are at sos.wa.gov/q/FirstT.

First Tuesdays was designed as a continuing-education opportunity for staff of libraries in Washington State; this free web presentation allows attendees 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.

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2) STEM LSTA GRANT CYCLE OPENS

The Washington State Library (WSL) is pleased to announce “The Future STEMs from Reading” grant cycle. The recent recession resulted in cuts to many school library budgets. Since materials in science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) fields become dated quickly, budget shortfalls mean that many school library STEM book collections were particularly hard hit.

In response, WSL is providing an opportunity to help school libraries update their STEM collections. 230 STEM book collections aimed at elementary, middle, and high school students were put together from lists of award-winning books as suggested by an advisory committee of teacher-librarians.

230 STEM collections will be available. Of those, 120 will be awarded to elementary school libraries, 55 to middle school libraries, and 55 to high school libraries. All collections will contain 50 titles plus three professional development titles. The majority of copyrights are within the last 3 years. The book collections will be shipped to successful grant awardees.

All public school libraries are eligible to apply. The collections will be awarded via a one-page grant application process that will be made available at sos.wa.gov/q/grants. The grant cycle will open on Monday, September 28, at which time the application forms will be posted. Applications are due by 4 p.m. October 30, 2015. For questions, contact Carolyn Petersen carolyn.petersen@sos.wa.gov.

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3) IMPLEMENTING WIOA IN RURAL AREAS

The WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) is federal legislation. This webinar will focus on what’s different about making workforce investment for youth meaningful in rural areas. Rural areas face challenges related to widely dispersed populations and distance from places to access goods and services in addition to poverty, lower educational attainment, and lower earnings.

In the webinar you will hear how the White House and the Administration are focused on rural areas, the goals and strategies of the Domestic Policy Council on rural affairs, and the important role the workforce system plays in helping young adults meet their education and employment goals. The new law provides opportunities for rural areas to establish regional strategies for youth service delivery, to coordinate planning across workforce system partners, and to use technology to ensure access to workforce services in remote areas. Hear about promising approaches that local youth service providers in two states have taken to solve some of their rural challenges.

The “Implementing WIOA In Rural Areas” webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, September 30, at 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Pacific Time. Use this link: sos.wa.gov/q/WIOA. A WorkforceOne site registration is required.

“Implementing WIOA In Rural Areas” is the eighth webinar in the “Enough is Known for Action” series for the youth community, hosted by the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) Division of Youth Services and Regional Offices, to inspire strategic planning and action now as the system is in the early stages of implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The full series is available on the WorkforceOne website via this shortcut: sos.wa.gov/q/Action.

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4) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

September 28

September 29

September 30

  • Total Boox and New Ebook Pricing Models (Minitex); 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PDT
  • Getting Your Slice of the Pie – Identifying the Assets You Need in Your Community (4Good); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PDT
  • Enough is Known for Action: Implementing WIOA In Rural Areas (WorkforceOne), 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., PDT
  • STEAM & Día: Offering Informal Learning with a Mind Toward Diversity (Texas State Library and Archives); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PDT
  • Libraries & Technology: The Librarian’s Online Management System (American Association of School Librarians); 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. PDT

For more information and to register (unless otherwise linked above), visit the WSL Training Calendar at sos.wa.gov/q/training.

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WSL Updates for June 11, 2015

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Volume 11, June 11, 2015 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) MAKE HISTORY COME ALIVE WITH ZINES!

2) PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANTS

3) BOOK YOUR BANK PILOT PROGRAM OPPORTUNITY

4) NORTHWEST ELEARN CONFERENCE 2015

5) JUNE IS GLBT BOOK MONTH

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) MAKE HISTORY COME ALIVE WITH ZINES!

Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, is sponsoring the 1st Annual Historical Zine Contest with co-sponsors Washington State Archives and Timberland Regional Library. Participants are asked to create a zine about some aspect of Washington History.

Entries will be accepted from four age groups:

  • Grades 4-6;
  • Grades 7-9;
  • Grades 10-12;
  • Adults of all ages.

Workshops will be held to learn how to make a zine at:

  • Olympia Timberland Library – Saturday, July 11th from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Yelm Timberland Library – Saturday, July 25th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

For more information go to sos.wa.gov/q/zine. Questions? Please contact Judy Pitchford at judy.pitchford@sos.wa.gov.

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2) PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANTS

The Professional Development (PD) Grant Cycle is open. The Washington State Library has phased out Continuing Education (CE) grants. Professional Development (PD) grants replace CE grants. PD grants use a revised process for applying, reporting, and claiming reimbursement. There are some major changes.

Applying for PD Grants:

  • Only libraries may apply for PD grants;
  • Individuals can no longer apply;
  • Qualifying libraries include public libraries, schools and their school libraries, academic institutions and their libraries, tribal libraries, and non-profit institutions and their libraries.

Libraries can apply for two types of PD grants:

  • Libraries may apply on behalf of individual staff members. The grant can allow up to $1,000 per person per year. The maximum per library is $6,000 per year.
  • Libraries may apply to bring training into the library. The maximum is $3,000 per library per year.

Either a library or its parent institution, depending on their structure, has the authority to apply for these grants and receive reimbursements. In either case, only libraries and library staff are eligible to use the grants. If branches of a library or library system apply, they are considered part of a single library for award limits. Libraries serving a population of less than 5,000 are eligible for a waiver of the required match.

For more information, including application forms, visit sos.wa.gov/q/pdgrants. Questions? Please contact Maura Walsh at maura.walsh@sos.wa.gov.

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3) BOOK YOUR BANK PILOT PROGRAM OPPORTUNITY

Bank On Washington’s mission is to provide un-banked and under-banked individuals with access to financial education and mainstream financial services. Sponsored by the Washington State Treasurer’s Office, Bank On Washington is a network of government entities, financial institutions, and non-profit organizations which includes nine local Bank On partners in eleven counties. These partners work closely within their communities to fulfill this mission. Currently, the counties included are Cowlitz, King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, Spokane, Whatcom, and Yakima.

Bank On Washington has been awarded a grant from Bank On 2.0 to reach out to the un-banked and under-banked in rural and hard-to-reach communities. Bank On Washington’s grant creates a pilot project called “Book Your Bank” which plans to work with local public and tribal libraries to create a financial safe place where community members can come once or twice a month to receive financial counseling and classes, get their credit score checked, access computers to do online banking, and open up bank accounts.

If your library is interested in participating in Book Your Bank or for more information, please contact Gina Stark, Director of External Affairs, Washington State Treasurer’s Office at 206-550-7329 or Regina.stark@tre.wa.gov.

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4) NORTHWEST ELEARN CONFERENCE 2015

Registration is now open for the tenth annual Northwest eLearn Conference. This year’s event will be held in Olympia, Washington from Thursday, October 22 – Friday, October 23, 2015. Two exceptional keynote speakers, Jesse Stommel of Hybrid Pedagogy and Audrey Watters of Hack Education, will launch Northwest eLearn Conference 2015.

NWeLC provides an opportunity for higher education and K-12 faculty, administrators, instructional designers, and technologists to come together to discuss best practices, collaborations, and ideas in integrating technology in learning.

This year’s NWeLC will be held at the Olympia Red Lion. To reserve a room at the conference rate and find out about transportation options, visit the conference travel & hotel page at nwelearn.org/travel-hotel.

Register for the Northwest eLearn 2015 Conference at nwelearn.org/registration by Friday, September 11, 2015 for discounted rate.

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5) JUNE IS GLBT BOOK MONTH

The American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Round Table announces June as GLBT Book Month. Librarians, booksellers, and community advocates are invited to celebrate and highlight the work being done in GLBT literature. Visit www.ala.org/glbtrt/glbt-book-month for more information.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

June 15

  • Conference Attendee Tips – ALA in San Francisco (Idaho Commission for Libraries); 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PDT
  • Digital Literacy Services in Action: Online Webinar (Washington State Library); 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. PDT
  • Developing Competencies for Virtual Classroom Facilitators (InSync Training); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PDT

June 16

June 17

June 18

For more information and to register (unless otherwise linked above), visit the WSL Training Calendar at sos.wa.gov/q/training.

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WSL Updates for March 12, 2015

Thursday, March 12th, 2015 Posted in Digital Collections, For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for March 12, 2015


Volume 11, March 12, 2015 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) WASHINGTON RURAL HERITAGE GRANT CYCLE OPEN

2) RECORDED BOOKS ONECLICK RENEWALS

3) SAN JUAN ISLAND LIBRARY WINS AWARD

4) STORYCORPS COMES TO NISQUALLY

5) WELL-FED & WELL-READ – SUMMER MEAL SITES

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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