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WSL Updates for May 4, 2017

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 Posted in For Libraries, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for May 4, 2017


Volume 13, May 4, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) NATIONAL LIBRARY LEGISLATIVE DAY

2) LSTA 5-YEAR EVALUATION & PLAN

3) 2017 ARSL CONFERENCE

4) SERVING NEW AMERICANS

5) PATRON PRIVACY CHECKLISTS

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Tuesday, May 9

Wednesday, May 10

Thursday, May 11

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WSL Updates for April 6, 2017

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for April 6, 2017


Volume 13, April 6, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) SCHOOL LIBRARY GRANTS

2) GRANTS FOR DIGITIZATION

3) NEH PRESERVATION ASSISTANCE GRANTS

4) CIVILITY GOES VIRAL

5) IMLS GRANTS TO STATES

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) SCHOOL LIBRARY GRANTS

The Washington State Library (WSL) is accepting applications for RSL-2: a new cycle of “Refreshing School Libraries” grants. The purpose of the grant is to help bolster schools’ nonfiction collections. We hope to help support Common Core Standards and student enjoyment.

We anticipate making 100 awards of $2,000 in reimbursable funding. Libraries in public and non-profit K-12 schools are eligible. The deadline for both the online application and the signature sheet (postmark) is May 1, 2017. Awards will be announced on May 30, 2017. For more information, including the guidelines and application documents, visit sos.wa.gov/q/grants.

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2) GRANTS FOR DIGITIZATION

Washington Rural Heritage (WRH), the Washington State Library’s statewide digitization initiative for public and tribal libraries, is currently accepting grant applications for 2017-2018 digitization projects:

  • This grant cycle is open to all public and tribal libraries currently lacking a functioning digital repository. Current WRH partners are not excluded.
  • Libraries from communities of any size may apply at either the system or individual branch level.
  • The application deadline is Wednesday, May 31, 2017.
  • To review eligibility requirements, grant guidelines, and to download grant applications, visit sos.wa.gov/q/grants.

Collections digitized with these grants will be publicly accessible at www.washingtonruralheritage.org. Learn more about the project and see a full list of contributors by visiting www.washingtonruralheritage.org/cdm/about. For questions and to discuss potential projects, applicants are encouraged to contact Evan Robb, WRH Project Manager, at 360-704-5228 or evan.robb@sos.wa.gov.

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3) NEH PRESERVATION ASSISTANCE GRANTS

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) provides Preservation Assistance Grants (PAG) to help small and mid-sized institutions such as libraries improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. These grants can help institutions purchase supplies, attend classes or workshops, or hire a consultant for collections care. The program encourages applications from small and mid-sized institutions that have never received an NEH grant. The application deadline is May 2, 2017.

LYRASIS can provide training and consulting services to suit your analog or digital preservation needs. Their free webinar recording on applying for a PAG is available via this shortcut: sos.wa.gov/q/LYRASIS-NEH. Contact annie.peterson@lyrasis.org with questions.

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4) CIVILITY GOES VIRAL

To “choose civility” means to celebrate diversity and choose respect, compassion, empathy, and inclusiveness when interacting with others. Civility is the healing power we need to counteract the divisive, fragmented forces that seem to be undermining our social fabric.

Since 2006, Howard County Library System (MD) has been leading the way toward community connectedness with their Choose Civility initiative. They, along with three library systems across the country, invite you to join the movement to nurture civility in your own community. Learn how kindness creates communities, how to challenge stereotypes effectively, and cultivate random acts of civility. Find opportunities to implement Choose Civility to enhance internal and external customer service, develop partnerships and community support, and create a more connected community of people who will #choose2Bkind. Let’s see civility go viral in 2017.

This free webinar, “Civility Goes Viral: A New Approach for a New Era,” is sponsored by WebJunction.

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5) IMLS GRANTS TO STATES

The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) website, IMLS.gov, offers information about grants made by the agency to libraries and museums across the nation. The Grants to States program is the largest source of federal funding for library services in the U.S. Using a population-based formula, more than $150 million is distributed every year to State Library Administrative Agencies (such as state libraries) located in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as the territories and the Freely Associated States.

For a guide on how to access the most frequently requested data regarding the Grants to States program and more, visit sos.wa.gov/q/FindingIMLS.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, April 10

Tuesday, April 11

Wednesday, April 12

Thursday, April 13

Friday, April 14

Saturday, April 15

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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The impact of IMLS on Washington: A story told in maps

Friday, March 24th, 2017 Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Grants and Funding | Comments Off on The impact of IMLS on Washington: A story told in maps


Here at the State Library we love maps.  We have a large number of maps in our collection, some which have been digitized and many, many more in our stacks. In recent years we’ve fallen in love with something called Storymaps, which is a web platform that allows you to create maps to tell a story.  As our service area includes the entire state we’ve found it to be a fun and different way to tell the State Library’s story.  Many of the maps we have shared are about projects we’ve sponsored using funds from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

This year IMLS is celebrating its 20th Anniversary.  IMLS is the branch of the federal government which supports libraries and museums around the country “to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development.” (1).  The IMLS funds that the State Library receives are transformed into grants and programs which support libraries all over Washington.  For IMLS’s 20th anniversary we thought we’d re-share some of the maps we’ve made.

Click on each image to be taken to the corresponding Storymap. The first is really the mother-lode featuring eleven different programs.  Public, Academic, Special and Tribal libraries all show up in these maps.  Make sure that you click on the icons as they provide more information about each library.

The next map represents the outcome of a grant that we gave to 230 school libraries, sending each library an age appropriate treasure box of books related to the STEM subjects.

And finally we come to our traveling STEM kits.  The kids (and adults) think they are playing but in addition, we are helping Washington youth gain a comfort with everything from coding to engineering. This kits and more are still circulating around the state.

 

 

WSL Updates for March 23, 2017

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for March 23, 2017


Volume 13, March 23, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) REFRESHING SCHOOL LIBRARIES GRANTS

2) RAISING VISIBILITY AND RELEVANCY

3) PUBLIC LIBRARY POLICIES UPDATE

4) THINK, DO, SHOW – EVALUATION WORKSHOP

5) IMLS RELEASES STATEMENT ON BUDGET

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for February 23, 2017

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Volume 13, February 23, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE

2) FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE HISTORY 101

3) BEYOND THE WALLS – TV WHITESPACE FUNDING

4) THE CHANGING ROLE OF LIBRARIES

5) ALA LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for February 16, 2017

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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 January 26, 2017

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Volume 13, January 26, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) WRITING EFFECTIVE EMAIL

2) WE HAVE ZINE WINNERS!

3) SPARKING CHANGE AS COMMUNITY CATALYSTS

4) EDITORIAL CARTOON EXHIBITS

5) READING APPRENTICESHIP CONFERENCE

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) WRITING EFFECTIVE EMAIL

The Washington State Library is offering a free, 3-hour, hands-on course designed to teach the following skills:

  • Using email formats to create clarity;
  • Understanding and utilizing the general and courteous “rules of engagement” when composing or replying to email;
  • Performing an audience analysis prior to writing;
  • Composing email that clearly communicates desired actions (e.g., approval, commitment, providing information, etc.);
  • Recognizing and stopping inappropriate, emotional, or harmful email threads;
  • Essential proofreading for tone, punctuation, and grammar.

Identical morning and afternoon sessions will be offered at four locations throughout the month of February:

  • Thursday, February 2, 2017: King County Service Center, 960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah;
  • Tuesday, February 14, 2017: Pierce County Service Center, 3005 112th St E, Tacoma;
  • Thursday, February 16, 2017: Fort Vancouver Regional Library. 1007 Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver;
  • Thursday, February 23, 2017: Spokane City Library, 906 W Main Ave.

Visit www.sos.wa.gov/q/email for exact times, and to register.

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2) WE HAVE ZINE WINNERS!

The Washington State Library received many wonderful entries to this year’s 2nd Annual Historical Zine Contest and the choices were tough, but here are the winners:

  • Grades 4-6: The Grand Coulee Dam, Anna Riley, 4th grade (Bainbridge Island);
  • Grades 7-9: Women’s Rights & Wonder Women from Washington’s Past, Janisa Cook, 7th grade (Bothell);
  • Grades 10-12: Pike Place Market, Adrian Poslednik, 12th Grade (Steilacoom);
  • Adult: 721 Seventeenth Avenue: A Love (Hi)Story, Amanda Demeter (Seattle).

Each winner will receive $75, a certificate of participation and their Zine will be added to the Washington State Library Zine Manuscript Collection. For more information, visit sos.wa.gov/q/Zine.

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3) SPARKING CHANGE AS COMMUNITY CATALYSTS

Remember that “Most Likely to Succeed” award in high school? If you have gone back to a high school reunion you know how unpredictable life’s ups and downs can be. The same holds for community change initiatives. Often it’s the unexpected scrappy little rag-tag groups that succeed. You can dream about change and take your chances on stumbling into just the right partnerships and circumstances, or you can attempt to engineer it.

A new report from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and Reinvestment Fund provides insights for libraries and museums to connect with their communities in newer and deeper ways. Produced as part of the Community Catalyst initiative, the 59-page report is a handbook for libraries and museums to position themselves as critical sites within broader social and institutional networks that support community well-being. The report includes case studies and a discussion of conceptual frameworks that can guide libraries, archives, and museums that seek to spark catalytic change in their communities. The report’s full title is “Strengthening Networks, Sparking Change: Museums and Libraries as Community Catalysts.”

For more information and to download the report, use this link: sos.wa.gov/q/spark.

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4) EDITORIAL CARTOON EXHIBITS

On behalf of The Herb Block Foundation, ELY, Inc., a museums services company, is offering five panel exhibitions featuring the illustrations of Herb Block, editorial cartoonist for The Washington Post. We are asking for your help to spread the word about this exciting opportunity to bring these educational and thought provoking exhibits to university and college libraries. There is no rental fee for the exhibitions. The hosting institution is only responsible for the shipping costs. These exhibits discuss the following subjects:

  • Education
  • Civil rights
  • The environment
  • The presidency
  • Democracy

For more information or to apply, visit www.herblockexhibitions.org/exhibit.

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5) READING APPRENTICESHIP CONFERENCE

The third annual Regional Reading Apprenticeship® Conference, Metacognition & Mindfulness: Academic Literacies for the 21st Century, will be held March 10, 2017 from 3 to 7 p.m. and March 11, 2017 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Renton Technical College. As an example of a session described as a must-attend for librarians and English composition instructors, consider the following:

“Thinking About Thinking About the Research Paper: Engaging Metacognition Throughout the Student Research Process,” presented by Zoe Fisher, University of Denver. Participants will:

  • Identify Reading Apprenticeship routines to use at various points in the research process, including searching for sources, reading sources, and integrating sources;
  • Model and practice RA routines to use in the classroom;
  • Reflect on how to integrate RA routines into existing research paper assignments.

For a full schedule, and to register, visit www.rtc.edu/3rd-annual-reading-conference. Early-bird discounted registration is available until February 1.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, January 30

Tuesday, January 31

Wednesday, February 1

Thursday, February 2

Friday, February 3

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 January 12, 2017

Thursday, January 12th, 2017 Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for January 12, 2017


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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