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WSL Updates for October 19, 2017

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


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Topics include:

1) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE

2) THINK, DO, SHOW – LAST CHANCE

3) ORDERING FREE BOOKS FROM WSL

4) ALA POLICY CORPS

5) MORE IMLS MUSEUM GRANTS

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE

The 2018 Letters About Literature (LAL) contest has launched. LAL is a nationwide competition which encourages young readers in grades 4-12 to read a book and write a letter to the author about how the book changed their view of the world or themselves. Students write about works of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. The deadline for this year’s contest is January 12, 2018.

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

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

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2) THINK, DO, SHOW – LAST CHANCE

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

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3) ORDERING FREE BOOKS FROM WSL

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

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

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4) ALA POLICY CORPS

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

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

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

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5) MORE IMLS MUSEUM GRANTS

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is now accepting applications for two museum grant programs: the African American History and Culture and the Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services. The application deadline for both programs is December 1, 2017.

Potential grant applicants are invited to view two pre-recorded webinars, which can help provide information on how to choose the appropriate funding opportunity and navigate the required IMLS forms. IMLS also invites potential applicants to view a live webinar offered for each grant program. Details are available on the IMLS website. For more information about these grants, visit sos.wa.gov/q/IMLS-grants.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, October 23

Tuesday, October 24

Wednesday, October 25

Thursday, October 26

Friday, October 27

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WSL Updates for October 5, 2017

Thursday, October 5th, 2017 Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Technology and Resources, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for October 5, 2017


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Topics include:

1) DISASTER RECOVERY RESOURCES

2) MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING VIDEOS

3) STAND UP FOR HEALTH

4) IMLS MUSEUM GRANT PROGRAMS

5) THE ARTS STRONG CONNECTION

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) DISASTER RECOVERY RESOURCES

You may wish to save this information for a rainy day, a water leak, or even a flood. These resources were prepared by federal agencies and private non-profit organizations with experience in disaster planning and response to help with the recovery process. This is not an exclusive list, but rather reflects some of the many resources available to assist cultural institutions.

IMLS (the Institute of Museum and Library Services) participates in the Heritage Emergency National Task Force, a partnership of 42 national service organizations and federal agencies created to protect cultural heritage from the damaging effects of natural disasters and other emergencies. The Response and Recovery Resources Page, maintained by FEMA and the Smithsonian Institution, provides an excellent place to find support for recovery efforts.

For more information and links, use this shortcut to the IMLS blog: sos.wa.gov/q/recover.

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2) MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING VIDEOS

The California State Library’s (CSL) Mental Health Initiative provides training opportunities for library staff around California, and through CSL’s generosity, the rest of the nation as well. Included within the major training components is an 8-part video series, produced by CSL in partnership with Los Angeles Public Library and Los Angeles County Library. Six of the videos are now available on the California Library Service YouTube channel. The final two episodes will be released soon. These videos can be used independently by staff or as part of your staff development programming. Thank you to the California State Library and its partners, and to the Institute of Museum and Library Services for its funding support.

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3) STAND UP FOR HEALTH

Thinking of attending the 2018 PLA conference? Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community is a preconference session that the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is presenting on Tuesday, March 20 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

This preconference will review core competencies of providing health and wellness services, coach you through understanding your community’s needs, and explore how to create fun and informative health-related programming for different age groups and special populations.

A limited number of stipends will be available for this preconference. Applications will be available no later than October 16, 2017. Attendees who register before October 16 will be sent information about how to apply. Learn more using this link: sos.wa.gov/q/StandUp.

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4) IMLS MUSEUM GRANT PROGRAMS

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is now accepting grant applications for the Museums for America and the National Leadership Grants for Museums programs. The application deadline for each program is December 1, 2017.

Potential grant applicants are invited to view two pre-recorded webinars, which can help provide information on how to choose the appropriate funding opportunity and navigate the required IMLS forms. IMLS also invites potential applicants to view a live webinar offered for each grant program. Pre-recorded and upcoming webinars are listed at www.imls.gov/news-events/events.

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5) THE ARTS STRONG CONNECTION

October is National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM), and PM (Public Management) Magazine joins this annual celebration of creating a local, state, and national focus on the arts and humanities with its article “The Arts Strong Connection: Economic Impact Study Underscores the Importance of Arts and Culture,” by Robert Lynch, president of Americans for the Arts, Washington, D.C.

Lynch writes: “From coast to coast and from our smallest rural towns to our largest urban counties, America’s 100,000 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations make their communities more desirable places to live and work every day of the year. The arts provide inspiration and joy to residents, beautify public spaces, and strengthen the social fabric of our communities.” Read the entire article at icma.org/articles/arts-strong-connection.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, October 9

Tuesday, October 10

Wednesday, October 11

Thursday, October 12

Friday, October 13

Saturday, October 14

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WSL Updates for September 21, 2017

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for September 21, 2017


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Topics include 2 last chances:

1) LAST CHANCE FOR LCW

2) LAST CHANCE – CREATE A DISASTER RECOVERY PLAN

3) NNLM OFFERS CHIS FROM MLA

4) IMLS MUSEUM AWARDS

5) HEALTH LITERACY TOOLKIT

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) LAST CHANCE FOR LCW

Don’t forget! Tomorrow (9/22) is the very last day to send your application for Library Council of Washington (LCW). There are four open positions: School, Special, Underserved and Tech. Complete information is available on our web page.

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2) LAST CHANCE – CREATE A DISASTER RECOVERY PLAN

The Protecting Cultural Collections: Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, Response & Recovery workshop is offered Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Odegaard Library, University of Washington. This is the last time this workshop will be available in Seattle, or in the State of Washington, for that matter.

The workshop is free using funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Participation in the in-person workshop requires viewing the archived Part 1 webinars BEFORE attending the Part 2 in-person workshop AND completing the workshop assignments. Any exception requires the permission of the instructor, Gary L Menges, Librarian Emeritus, University of Washington, WESTPAS (Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Service) trainer.

The goal is to produce the following outcomes for disaster preparedness activities:

  • Complete a disaster response & collection salvage plan by the end of Part 2;
  • Learn how to train staff to implement your plan effectively;
  • Set pre- and post-disaster action priorities for your collections;
  • Understand practical decision-making skills needed during an emergency;
  • Experience salvage procedures for books, documents, photos & objects.

Who should attend? Administrators and staff responsible for emergency preparedness, response and decision-making, in all types of cultural institutions. By registering for the workshop, the institution commits to supporting the attendee(s) to achieve the workshop’s disaster preparedness goals. When possible, please commit two attendees so they can work together on the disaster preparedness activities.

Register for the in-person session at tinyurl.com/ot4kve2. Go to Nov. 16 on the calendar and activate the provided link. Your registration confirmation will include links to the required archived webinars. For registration assistance, contact Wendy Cao. For general questions and content information, contact Gary Menges. For a complete description of this workshop, and more information on WESTPAS, visit www.westpas.org.

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3) NNLM OFFERS CHIS FROM MLA

Your National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region (NNLM PNR) is alerting you to a wonderful opportunity to brush up your health reference skills, evaluate your collection, and explore the health and wellness needs of your community. The opportunity is entirely free but does involve a commitment of your time.

A new federally-funded project is covering the costs for a cohort of public library librarians and staff to earn a Consumer Health Information Specialization certificate (CHIS) from the Medical Library Association (MLA). This is only for those who do not have a CHIS.

NNLM is recruiting for a public libraries class of Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services. The course takes 12 hours to complete, and earns a Consumer Health Information Specialization certificate upon completion, good for three years. You will be asked to provide feedback on the platform, course content, and the cohort experience.

If interested, send an e-mail to martinc4@uw.edu with the following information: Your name, email address, library name, library address, size of population served. Space is limited so please take a careful look at your schedule during the class dates (October 30 through December 5). Plan to spend approximately 3 hours a week on this course. Only submit your name if you are committed to completing the course work and evaluations. NNLM PNW needs to know ASAP.

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4) IMLS MUSEUM AWARDS

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has announced $21,188,413 in funding for 160 projects for museums across the country. IMLS received 705 applications requesting $121,308,714 for the funding initiatives that are part of its Museums for America grant program. The grant recipients will match the funds with $31,308,489 in non-federal funds.

Museums in Washington that received awards:

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5) HEALTH LITERACY TOOLKIT

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine and the American Library Association have partnered through the Libraries Transform campaign and have created a free health literacy toolkit. This toolkit equips library professionals with customizable tools to promote health literacy in October and throughout the year providing

  • Program ideas
  • Downloadable marketing tools:
  • Bookmark templates
  • Social media graphics
  • Posters
  • Table tents
  • Postcards

Library staff can guide their community members to trusted health information so that they can make educated decisions about their health and that of their loved ones. Access the toolkit via this shortcut link: sos.wa.gov/q/Htoolkit.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, September 25

Tuesday, September 26

Wednesday, September 27

Thursday, September 28

Friday, September 29

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WSL Updates for September 7, 2017

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 Posted in Digital Literacy, For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for September 7, 2017


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Topics include things wanted:

1) WANTED – LIBRARY COUNCIL MEMBERS

2) ECLIPSE GLASSES WANTED

3) HISTORICAL ZINES WANTED

4) AMERICANS TRUST LIBRARIES

5) RURAL PUBLIC LIBRARY GRANTS

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) WANTED – LIBRARY COUNCIL MEMBERS

The mission of the Library Council of Washington (LCW) is to help all Washington citizens access library services, information, and resources. The LCW advises the State Librarian and the Office of the Secretary of State on statewide library issues and the expenditure of federal LSTA funding. The fifteen members represent all types of libraries and library users. The Council meets in person three to four times each year.

Members may include library employees, volunteers, trustees, foundation board members, advocates, consultants, or educators. We seek new members that are active and knowledgeable, have great communication skills, and can advocate for all libraries while representing a specific interest group’s views as well. There are currently four open positions on the LCW, representing:

  • Special libraries,
  • Technology,
  • Underserved populations,
  • Schools (western Washington).

If you want to help shape our libraries, have at least three years’ experience working with libraries in Washington State, and are interested in applying, please send a copy of the application form and your resume. Application information is available at sos.wa.gov/q/vacancy. Applications must be postmarked by September 22, 2017.

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2) ECLIPSE GLASSES WANTED

If you’re wondering what to do with those eclipse glasses you acquired for the big event, don’t throw them away: the State Library wants them! Drop your eclipse glasses off in the lobby, and they will be donated to Astronomers Without Borders. Or check for a collection center near you. The plan is to send them to schools and other institutions in countries where they are needed but not available. The next two solar eclipses across populated areas are in 2019, in South America (total) and southeastern Asia (partial).

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3) HISTORICAL ZINES WANTED

Announcing the 3rd Annual Historical Zine Contest – Make Washington History Come Alive! The Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, is sponsoring the 3rd Annual Historical Zine Contest. Participants are asked to create a Zine about some aspect of Washington History using primary resources.

Entries will be accepted from four age groups:

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

Entries will be accepted from September 1 – December 15, 2017. See the Zine webpage for more information and a video about how to make a zine. Questions? Contact Judy Pitchford at judy.pitchford@sos.wa.gov

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4) AMERICANS TRUST LIBRARIES

Americans struggle to determine what news and information sources they should trust and how to discern reliable information online. They worry that fake news is sowing confusion about current events. And many express a desire to get help.

About six-in-ten adults (61%) say they would be helped at least somewhat in making decisions if they got training on how to find trustworthy information online, according to a new analysis of Pew Research Center survey data from 2016. What’s more, a majority of Americans say public libraries are helpful as people try to meet their information needs.

About eight-in-ten adults (78%) feel that public libraries help them find information that is trustworthy and reliable and 76% say libraries help them learn new things. Also, 56% believe libraries help them get information that aids with decisions they have to make. While the library is seen as one useful resource, the survey also found that 55% of adults say that training to gain confidence in using computers, smartphones and the internet would help in making decisions.

This analysis represents an opportunity for libraries to offer training on media literacy, evaluating information sources, and similar topics. The New York Times provides interesting “lesson plans” on the subject. An Internet search for “evaluating information” turns up numerous related resources, many from academic libraries. This topic is hardly new for libraries, but perhaps the current attention to “fake news” provides a more ready audience.

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5) 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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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, September 11

Tuesday, September 12

Wednesday, September 13

Thursday, September 14

Friday, September 15

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WSL Updates for August 31, 2017

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for August 31, 2017


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Topics include several literacy programs:

1) ZINES TO THE FRONT

2) FINANCIAL LITERACY FOR LIBRARIANS

3) HEALTH LITERACY MONTH

4) IMMIGRANT LITERACY GRANTS

5) OPIOID CRISIS TOWN HALL

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) ZINES TO THE FRONT

Zines to the Front: Building a Library Collection for the People, by the People is the title of September’s First Tuesdays program. Agatha Burstein and Kelsey Smith from the Timberland Regional Library system will provide an overview of zines, zine culture, and zine collections in libraries. Topics will include drafting a zine collection proposal for your library, zine acquisitions and cataloging, ziners advisory, and using zines in library programming and outreach. Resources for further exploration of this topic will also be made available.

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

Please note that our virtual classroom software has changed. Please ensure that you have Zoom installed to join First Tuesdays.

  • Tuesday, September 12, 2017: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PDT

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2) FINANCIAL LITERACY FOR LIBRARIANS

Last month about 50 people attended Financial Literacy Training for Librarians, an all-day workshop at the Seattle Public library. The training, sponsored by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, featured panels of representatives from government and nonprofit agencies that serve the public. Attendees described the sessions as “extremely informative” and important to share with patrons. In addition to information for consumers, the speakers provided a wealth of ideas and experience in programming and partnerships for public and college libraries.

Video recordings of the presentations have now been uploaded to the Washington State Library’s YouTube channel. Slide and handouts from the panels are linked in the descriptions of each video if available. Available video topics include:

  • Money and Me
  • Personalized Financial Education
  • Resources for Targeted Audiences
  • Fraud Prevention 101
  • CFPB Libraries Project
  • Retirement Strategies
  • Credit – What Consumers Need to Know

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3) HEALTH LITERACY MONTH

October is Health Literacy Month. The American Library Association (ALA) and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) have created a Health Literacy Month toolkit for the Libraries Transform campaign.

Join Amanda J. Wilson (NNLM) and Jeff Julian (ALA) for a free webinar as they discuss NNLM’s mission to support health literacy efforts in libraries and explain how to use the key messages, data, and marketing materials to promote health literacy at your library.

For more on Health Literacy Month, visit www.healthliteracymonth.org.

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4) IMMIGRANT LITERACY GRANTS

Vernon Library Supplies is giving away 100% of its 2017 operating profits to libraries and other non-profit organizations with programs designed to help new immigrants achieve English literacy and proficiency. Grants for as much as $5,000 each will be given out starting December 1, 2017.

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5) OPIOID CRISIS TOWN HALL

Over two million people in the US are estimated to be dependent on prescription opioids or heroin. A sharp rise in drug overdoses has made it the leading cause of death among Americans under 50. This epidemic is happening in all regions of the country, in communities of all sizes, without discrimination for age, ethnicity, or income. As library staff see this crisis impacting their own communities, their urgent question arises: How do we respond?

Join WebJunction and PLA for a virtual town hall, where representatives from libraries and other community organizations will describe their local efforts and who they’re collaborating with. They also want to hear from you: They will ask audience participants to describe the informational, structural, financial and emotional support that library staff and community members need to withstand and address this alarming epidemic. The insights gleaned from this town hall will be shared to inform plans for future efforts. Details:

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Tuesday, September 5

Wednesday, September 6

Thursday, September 7

Friday, September 8

Saturday, September 9

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WSL Updates for August 24, 2017

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for August 24, 2017


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Topics include:

1) OUTSIDE THE LINES – LIBRARIES REINTRODUCED

2) GIRLS WHO CODE – FREE STARTER KITS

3) READERFEST 2017

4) BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL

5) AUTISM WELCOME HERE

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) OUTSIDE THE LINES – LIBRARIES REINTRODUCED

Libraries and library staff are skilled in their ability to adapt to meet the changing needs of their communities. Step into today’s library, and you might find expanded collections that include everything from telescopes to fishing poles to sewing machines. Libraries have embraced ideas and services that help communities to be their best, whether that’s by providing access to the latest technology or facilitating life-long learning through programming for all ages.

Yet, despite these innovations, many outdated perceptions of libraries linger. For the library industry as a whole, the challenge remains: How do we help our communities understand that libraries are more relevant than ever? Outside the Lines, now in its fourth year, is an international grassroots initiative aimed at doing just that.

Outside the Lines is a weeklong celebration – September 10-16, 2017 – demonstrating the creativity and innovation happening in libraries. Libraries of all types–small, large, urban, rural, public, academic–are invited to participate in an effort to reintroduce themselves to their communities. To do this, organizations agree to host at least one event or campaign during Outside the Lines (OTL) that gets people thinking and talking about libraries in a new way.

For more information and ideas, visit www.getoutsidethelines.org/ or this WebJunction page.

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2) GIRLS WHO CODE – FREE STARTER KITS

Computing skills are the most sought-after in the US job market, but girls across the US are being left behind. Today, less than a quarter of computing jobs are held by women, and that number is declining. By 2020, there will be 1.4 million open jobs in computing, but fewer than 1 in 5 computer science graduates are women. With women making up almost half of our work force, it’s imperative for our economy that we’re preparing our girls for the future of work.

Reshma Saujani, the founder and CEO of the national non-profit organization Girls Who Code, has taught computing skills to and inspired more than 10,000 girls across America. At the opening general session of the 2017 ALA Annual Conference this past June, Reshma spoke about Girls Who Code, how they are working to teach 100,000 girls to code by the end of 2018, and the organization’s many intersections with libraries.

Ms. Saujani is motivated to make sure that libraries—especially those who are interested in developing coding resources and programs—know about her free resources. She invites ALA members and advocates to join the Girls Who Code movement. To request a free Girls Who Code Starter Kit, including tips for leaders, giveaways and more, email: schoolandlibrary@us.penguingroup.com. For more information, visit girlswhocode.com/clubs or (for the ALA connection): sos.wa.gov/q/code.

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3) READERFEST 2017

Join beloved local storytellers and authors from around the world September 9 for a free all-day festival at Magnuson Park in Seattle, WA. The event runs from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and has both indoor and outdoor events for all ages: live music, creative activities for kids, thought-provoking panels with noteworthy authors, and a wealth of diversity in participants and vendors. Headliners include Nisi Shawl, Nebula finalist for 2016, and Salina Yoon, author of more than 100 children’s books.

Readerfest is also seeking “rogue librarians,” storytellers, and others who would be interested in presenting a reading, or telling a story during the event. For more information, visit www.Readerfest.com or contact Karen Junker writersweekend@hotmail.com 425-429-3698 or 425-443-3895 cell.

Readerfest is a nonprofit organization in Washington formed for the purpose of creating more free literary events in Seattle that are fun for all ages.

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4) BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL

Breaking the Fourth Wall is the theme for the Pacific Northwest Library Association’s 2018 Conference. The 2018 PNLA conference will be held from August 1 – 3 at the Red Lion Hotel Kalispell, Montana. Mark your calendars today for this great event!

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5) AUTISM WELCOME HERE

The “Autism Welcome Here: Library Programs, Services and More” grant is sponsored by Libraries and Autism: We’re Connected. Each year, a total of $5,000.00 will be awarded. Depending on the applications received, one grant for the full amount or multiple grants for smaller amounts totaling $5,000.00 may be awarded.

  • 2018 grant applications are now available.
  • Applications will be accepted starting September 1, 2017.
  • The application deadline is December 1, 2017.
  • The grant funding period is April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019.
  • For more information and application materials, visit librariesandautism.org/grant.

Any type of library in the United States or Canada can apply, and the proposal can fund projects and services for any age group. Applicants may propose to initiate a new, creative program or service, bring an already-existing, successful program or service to their library for the first time, or enhance a program or service they already offer. All programs or services proposed must benefit people with autism or their families, directly or indirectly. Funds may be used to hire a trainer to present a workshop, to buy program materials, to pay for staff, etc.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, August 28

Tuesday, August 29

Wednesday, August 30

Thursday, August 31

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WSL Updates for August 17, 2017

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 Posted in Digital Collections, For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for August 17, 2017


Volume 13, August 17, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) SEEKING LIBRARY COUNCIL MEMBERS

2) RURAL HERITAGE GRANT AWARDS

3) WIKIPEDIA + LIBRARIES: BETTER TOGETHER

4) ACADEMIC LIBRARIES TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES

5) STATEWIDE PURCHASING & CONTRACTING WORKSHOP

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) SEEKING LIBRARY COUNCIL MEMBERS

The mission of the Library Council of Washington (LCW) is to help all Washington citizens access library services, information, and resources. The LCW advises the State Librarian and the Office of the Secretary of State on statewide library issues and the expenditure of federal LSTA funding. The fifteen members represent all types of libraries and library users. The Council meets in person three to four times each year.

Members may include library employees, volunteers, trustees, foundation board members, advocates, consultants, or educators. We seek new members that are active and knowledgeable, have great communication skills, and can advocate for all libraries while representing a specific interest group’s views as well. There are currently four open positions on the LCW, representing:

  • Special libraries,
  • Technology,
  • Underserved populations,
  • Schools (western Washington).

If you want to help shape our libraries, have at least three years’ experience working with libraries in Washington State, and are interested in applying, please send a copy of the application form and your resume. Application information is available at sos.wa.gov/q/vacancy. Applications must be postmarked by September 22, 2017.

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2) RURAL HERITAGE GRANT AWARDS

Congratulations to the latest group of public libraries and heritage organizations recently awarded digitization grants through the Washington Rural Heritage program! Over the next year Washington State Library staff will be working with these organizations to digitize unique, historically significant materials held in their collections. Awardees will be trained in all aspects of digitization and their collections will be publicly hosted and digitally preserved through the Washington Rural Heritage website and digital repository.

Below are this year’s grant recipients. Read about the details of each project.

  • $6,157 – Fort Vancouver Regional Library District: the La Center, Ridgefield, and Woodland community libraries will partner with the La Center Historical Museum, Woodland Historical Museum Society, and Charlotte Clevidence of Ridgefield.
  • $6,300 – Spokane County Library District, Moran Prairie branch, in partnership with the Moran Prairie Washington Grange #161.
  • $6,981 – Richland Public Library.
  • $4,689 – Whitman County Library in partnership with the Tekoa Museum and J.C. Barron Mill (Oakesdale, Washington).
  • $4,500 – Asotin County Library.
  • $7,000 – Whatcom County Library System, (Lummi) Island Library.
  • $6,958 – Kalama Public Library in partnership with the Kalama History House, the City of Kalama, and the Port of Kalama.
  • $5,669 – Orcas Island Public Library in partnership with the Orcas Island Historical Society.

To learn more about participating in Washington Rural Heritage, contact Evan Robb, Digital Repository Librarian at evan.robb@sos.wa.gov. Washington Rural Heritage is supported with Library Services and Technology Act funding provided by the federal Institute for Museum and Library Services.

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3) WIKIPEDIA + LIBRARIES: BETTER TOGETHER

This fall, WebJunction will offer a free online training program for up to 500 US public library staff to learn to confidently engage with Wikipedia. The course, Wikipedia + Libraries: Better Together, will provide a collaborative learning environment for public library peers to build their Wikipedia skills, implement Wikipedia programming, and amplify the role of libraries as information literacy leaders in their communities.

The 9-week course will run from September 13 through November 15, and will consist of 6 live online sessions, online discussion forums, reading, plus skill and knowledge-building activities. As a result of participating, public library staff will be able to use Wikipedia to:

  • Engage and empower their community members to build information literacy skills and to access and create knowledge;
  • Raise the visibility of their libraries and their unique, local collections;
  • Build on their own digital, critical thinking, and community engagement skills—and encourage their colleagues to do the same.

Learn more about the program and enroll today.

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4) ACADEMIC LIBRARIES TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES

Learn how to foster conversation and lead change on campus and beyond with Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Models for Change, a free learning series on dialogue and deliberation from ALA, ACRL, and the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation. Through three free webinars in fall 2017, participants will learn to convene critical conversations with people with differing viewpoints; connect more meaningfully with library users and better meet their needs; and translate conversation into action.

Academic library professionals who view all three webinars, live or recorded, are invited to attend a free one-day pre-conference workshop on Feb. 9, 2018, at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver.

The three webinars are scheduled as follows:

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5) STATEWIDE PURCHASING & CONTRACTING WORKSHOP

Registration is now open for a two day Purchasing and Contracting Workshop in Lynnwood on August 22 and 23. The first day of this workshop will be on purchasing and the second day on public works contracting. Registration is open to all local agencies and private consultants statewide. Presented by the Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC) and the Contract Administration Education Committee (CAEC) of the American Public Works Association (APWA).

Details:

  • August 22, 23, 2017 at the Sno-Isle Regional Library, Lynnwood
  • Workshop fees are $70 for one day or $90 for both days, per person. Attendees can attend either both days or only one day, depending on their interests.
  • More information and registration: sos.wa.gov/q/MRSLwkshp.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, August 21

Tuesday, August 22

Wednesday, August 23

Thursday, August 24

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WSL Updates for July 27, 2017

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


Volume 13, July 27, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) STEM PROGRAMS – FIRST TUESDAYS

2) WASHINGTON READS – ONE STATE/ONE BOOK

3) WELCOME TO SKILLPORT

4) LIBRARIES READY TO CODE

5) IMLS GRANTS WEBINAR

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) STEM PROGRAMS – FIRST TUESDAYS

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

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

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

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2) WASHINGTON READS – ONE STATE/ONE BOOK

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

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3) WELCOME TO SKILLPORT

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

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4) LIBRARIES READY TO CODE

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

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

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

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

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5) IMLS GRANTS WEBINAR

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

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

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

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

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, July 31

Tuesday, August 1

Wednesday, August 2

Thursday, August 3

Friday, August 4

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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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WSL Updates for July 20, 2017

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 Posted in Digital Collections, For the Public, Grants and Funding, News, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for July 20, 2017


Volume 13, July 20, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) IMLS BUDGET VICTORY

2) TWO NEW RURAL HERITAGE COLLECTIONS

3) CENTER FOR THE BOOK

4) MEASURES THAT MATTER PART 3

5) GRANTS – RECORDINGS AT RISK

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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