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WSL Updates for October 12, 2017

Thursday, October 12th, 2017 Posted in For Libraries, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates, Washington Center for the Book | No Comments »


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Topics include:

1) WASHINGTON STATE BOOK AWARDS

2) 2016 PUBLIC LIBRARY STATS

3) LSTA 5-YEAR PLAN APPROVED

4) HEALTH IN THE HEADLINES

5) © IS COMPLICATED

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) WASHINGTON STATE BOOK AWARDS

Join the Washington Center for the Book on Saturday to celebrate the literature and incredible authors of our state at this year’s Washington State Book Awards. These awards recognize outstanding poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and children’s and teen literature published in 2016 and penned by a Washington writer. This event is free and open to all. For more information and a list of finalists, visit sos.wa.gov/q/Awards.

Event details:

  • Saturday, October 14, 7:00 p.m. at the Seattle Public Library’s Central Library in downtown Seattle.
  • At 8 p.m. following the ceremony there will be a reception and a book signing.

The Washington Center for the Book, a partnership of the Washington State Library and The Seattle Public Library, administers the annual Washington State Book Awards given for outstanding books published by Washington authors and to bring attention to the quality of writing being produced in Washington. Books are judged on literary merit, lasting importance and overall quality of the publication.

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2) 2016 PUBLIC LIBRARY STATS

Need statistics on public libraries in the state of Washington? Interested in salary and benefits data for libraries? Looking for a map of public library service in Washington? The Washington State Library (WSL) is pleased to announce that the 2016 Washington Public Library Statistical Report is now available; visit sos.wa.gov/q/stats.

Public library statistics including budget, collections, and usage data, are collected and compiled on an annual basis by WSL Library Development staff and are part of the Public Libraries Survey, administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Questions? For more information, contact Evelyn Lindberg, State Data Coordinator, at evelyn.lindberg@sos.wa.gov.

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3) LSTA 5-YEAR PLAN APPROVED

The Washington State Library is pleased to announce that its LSTA (Library Services & Technology Act) 5-year plan for federal fiscal years 2018 – 2022 has been officially approved by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the federal funding agency in charge of the LSTA program. The approval letter has been posted on the WSL website, where the plan itself, together with related documents, all in PDF format, are also available.

In the approval letter, Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, IMLS Director, states that “. . . your Plan documents the need for and impact of LSTA funds in the communities you serve. It is an excellent framework for the future, and it is approved for the full five-year period.” For more information, and to access the 5-year plan, visit sos.wa.gov/q/libdev.

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4) HEALTH IN THE HEADLINES

Health Issues in the Headlines: Reading Between the Lines is a National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) class offered on the Moodle platform for the month of November and will introduce participants to the environment of health reporting as well as some tips and resources that will help you and your patrons navigate the world of health news. It’s free and you can work at your own pace but attendees are encouraged to participate in forum discussions in a timely manner.

This class is eligible for 4 Medical Library Association (MLA) CE credits as well as for the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS). For more information, and to register, visit sos.wa.gov/q/Health-Headlines.

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Questions about library resources and fair use in online education are expanding from the appropriate use of journal articles and eBooks to published images, video clips and more in faculty-created resources for instruction that our licensing terms often don’t explicitly address. What to do?

Join Nicole (Nikki) Dettmar, Curriculum Design Librarian at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library for Copyright & Online Learning Resources: It’s Complicated!, a free webinar in the PNR Rendezvous series from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region.

  • Wednesday, October 18, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. PDT. No registration required. Visit sos.wa.gov/q/PNR-copyright for more details and connection information.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, October 16

Tuesday, October 17

Wednesday, October 18

Thursday, October 19

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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 | No Comments »


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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 28, 2017

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 Posted in For Libraries, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for September 28, 2017


Volume 13, September 28, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) SENSORY STORY TIMES

2) REGISTER FOR THINK, DO, SHOW

3) PAVE THE WAY

4) MAKE BETTER DECISIONS

5) IMLS RELEASES PUBLIC LIBRARY DATA

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) SENSORY STORY TIMES

While libraries strive to be welcoming places for all, children with special needs may not always thrive in traditional story times where crowds, bright lights, and sudden noises can overstimulate and overwhelm. Parents of children with special needs can often feel conspicuous and unwelcome in a library setting.

October’s First Tuesdays program will address these issues. One small town library welcomed these families by establishing a story time structured around special needs. The program became so successful that a second session of it was necessary and the library saw an increase in library use by patrons with special needs, adults and children alike.

First Tuesdays is designed by the Washington State Library as a continuing-education opportunity for staff of libraries in Washington State. The special-subject presentations, lasting about 60 minutes, are recorded so that others may listen at their own convenience.

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2) REGISTER FOR THINK, DO, SHOW

Registration is now open for the “Think, Do, Show – Telling the Library Story with Data” workshops, brought to you by the Washington State Library. To register, visit the WSL online training calendar, and advance to November. The workshops will run from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the following locations and dates:

  • November 13, Timberland Regional Library Service Center, 415 Tumwater Blvd SW, Tumwater
  • November 15, Whitman County Rural Library System, 102 S. Main Street, Colfax
  • November 17, King County Library System Service Center, 960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah

In this free, all-day workshop, you will learn practical, strategic methods for evaluating your library’s programs and services. Through a series of interactive exercises, you will discover how to collect and analyze your data, use your results to inform your strategic planning, management, and communication with stakeholders, and visually present your statistics in infographics and other formats to demonstrate your library’s impact.

Questions? Contact Mary Campbell at mary.campbell@sos.wa.gov or 360-570-5571.

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3) PAVE THE WAY

Is your library working to help advance student achievement? Registration is open for the 2017 Pave the Way conference set for October 19 at Central Washington University in Ellensburg. Registration is $110 and includes continental breakfast and lunch on the day of the event.

The annual conference organized by the Washington Student Achievement Council focuses on strategies to advance equity, increase college readiness, and broaden access to higher education in Washington. Pave the Way aims to ensure students receive the support they need to succeed, regardless of income, race, or other potential barriers.

The conference brings together educators, policymakers, and community partners from across the education system, from preschool through college. It features interactive group sessions and offers workshops focused on policy and practice in college and career readiness, culturally responsive teaching and learning, student transitions, collective impact, and more.

For more information and to register, visit www.wsac.wa.gov/pavetheway.

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4) MAKE BETTER DECISIONS

How can we use data to inform good governance? What is the art that accompanies the science of data, especially when we apply it to policy decisions that affect constituents? This webinar, “Using Data Visualization to Make Better Decisions,” will look at decision-making that is informed by data as well as the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to advising leaders on how best to use—and to avoid the perils of misusing—your data.

Educational objectives; in this webinar, attendees will learn how to:

  • Interpret and distill data;
  • Depict complex findings using visuals, interactive visuals, and other tools;
  • Communicate results to decision-makers in a compelling and informative way.

Event details:

  • Sponsor: MRSC (Municipal Research & Services Center)
  • Date & Time: October 19, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT
  • Cost: $35/person
  • Register

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5) IMLS RELEASES PUBLIC LIBRARY DATA

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently released two key information products: the latest data from its annual Public Libraries Survey and a new report on the previous year’s data. The Public Libraries Survey examines key indicators of public library use, financial health, staffing, and resources. Explore the FY 2015 data and the FY 2014 report via this shortcut: sos.wa.gov/q/IMLS-data.

The FY 2014 report provides a national overview of trends and a snapshot of a variety of indicators for the year. In particular, it demonstrates how public libraries are faring financially since the last recession (December 2007 to June 2009) and how public library services and resources have evolved over the decade.

Other key findings include:

  • Indicators for financial health and staffing of public libraries increased slightly from 2013 to 2014, but remain below 2009 levels.
  • Public libraries’ collections are adapting; the majority of the total collections (66%) were still print materials, but e-books (18%), audio (10%), and video (6%) made up the remainder of our nation’s library collections. The number of e-books per 1,000 people also increased 2,140% between 2005 and 2014.
  • Although there is a decline in the use of traditional library services, attendance at public programs is increasing.
  • In response to the interest, public libraries offered 4.5 million programs, a 1-year increase of 5% and a 10-year increase of 68%.
  • Over the past 10 years, public-access internet computers increased 55%.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, October 2

Tuesday, October 3

Wednesday, October 4

Thursday, October 5

Friday, October 6

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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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An archive of past updates is available at http://list.statelib.wa.gov/read/?forum=wslupdates

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


Volume 13, September 21, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list

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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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 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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WSL Updates for July 13, 2017

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 Posted in For Libraries, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for July 13, 2017


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

Topics include:

1) HIGH SCHOOL 21+

2) COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

3) INTRO TO PROPOSAL WRITING

4) HELP EVERY STUDENT SUCCEED

5) PROJECT OUTCOME UPDATES

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) HIGH SCHOOL 21+

High School 21+ is a competency-based high school equivalency program for adult learners 21 and older who do not have a high school diploma or equivalency. Adults demonstrate competencies in reading, writing and math contextualized in science, history, government, occupational studies, and digital literacy. This can be done through alternative means including, but not limited to:

  • High school and college transcript credits,
  • Work, life, military experience,
  • Prior learning portfolio,
  • Credit for testing.

High School 21+ is currently offered by all 34 of the state’s community and technical colleges, 5 community based organizations, and 3 corrections sites. Most of the college programs offer an online option through Canvas. This program expands high school completion options already offered by the community and technical college system.

In November 2015, Troy Goracke, Basic Education for Adults Program Administrator at the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, presented a WSL First Tuesdays webinar on High School 21+. The program was recorded, and is available on YouTube at youtu.be/akHigIjEhn0.

Washington libraries may wish to promote High School 21+ to adults seeking high school equivalency programs. For more information, visit sos.wa.gov/q/HS-21.

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2) COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

The library of the 21st Century is considered an essential part of its community. With that in mind the director and staff need to “get out of the stacks and into the streets!” Being involved in organizations and activities outside of the library provides a unique perspective to both staff and trustees in regard to the culture and needs of the community.

Community engagement, while it may have a different meaning depending upon your role in the library, is reaching outside of the physical library building, meeting people in the community and listening to them. There are many roles to play and you can monitor your level of involvement based on your capacity. Community engagement activities provide an opportunity to offer the library as a solution to issues, or at least as a potential partner to help tackle issues. This can be accomplished through building relationships and sharing ideas and library resources, whether that is space, staff or other assets to accomplish a common goal.

This free one-hour online course was produced through the COSLA (Chief Officers of State Library Agencies) Continuing Education Connector project with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and is available through WebJunction.

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3) INTRO TO PROPOSAL WRITING

You know how important it is for nonprofits to maximize their funds by spending wisely. But this doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice when it comes to professional development. Are you new to proposal writing or looking for a quick refresher? The Foundation Center’s free “Introduction to Proposal Writing” training covers the basics of writing a winning proposal including the do’s and don’ts and how to follow up whether the answer is yes or no. Este curso también se ofrece en español. The training is available in several formats:

In addition, the Foundation Center’s GrantSpace service offers these resources:

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4) HELP EVERY STUDENT SUCCEED

In August, Washingtonians will have another chance to learn about the state’s plan to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) federal accountability plan.

The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is conducting four webinars to provide more information about the ESSA Consolidated Plan’s creation, changes from the first draft, and how the public can provide feedback before submission to the U.S. Department of Education in September. The four ESSA webinars will cover how OSPI has revised the Consolidated Plan since the first public comment period late last year.

  • Tuesday, August 15, 4–6 p.m. (register)
  • Saturday, August 19, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. (register)
  • Wednesday, August 23, 5–7 p.m. (register)
  • Wednesday, August 30, 6–8 p.m. (register)

To learn more about ESSA in Washington State, visit the OSPI ESSA website.

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5) PROJECT OUTCOME UPDATES

The Public Library Association’s (PLA) Project Outcome is a free online toolkit designed to help public libraries understand and share the impact of their programs and services by providing simple surveys and an easy-to-use process for measuring and analyzing outcomes. This webinar will overview the last two years of Project Outcome’s development and provide updates on the latest participation numbers, outcome data metrics, library stories, and Task Force work. PLA will also cover planning throughout the rest of the grant period and management of Project Outcome in the future. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and share their experiences.

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will:

  • Know how Project Outcome has developed over the last two years;
  • Understand how other libraries are implementing the surveys and what the outcome data results looks like; and
  • Know how Project Outcome will continue to serve the library field in the future.

This webinar is free, but registration is required and space is limited. Details:

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, July 17

Tuesday, July 18

Wednesday, July 19

Thursday, July 20

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Topics include:

1) ARSL SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE EXTENDED

2) LIBGUIDES FOR WASHINGTON

3) FINANCIAL LITERACY TRAINING

4) DIGITAL LITERACY IN SPANISH

5) RESOURCES FOR MAKERSPACES

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) ARSL SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE EXTENDED

Librarians and library employees are encouraged to apply for a full scholarship to attend the Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference from September 6-9 in St. George, Utah. The Washington State Library is providing these scholarships with funding from the Library Services and Technology ACT (LSTA).

The deadline to apply has been extended to June 23!

Scholarships will include transportation, all conference fees, and lodging. Preference will be given to applicants who have not won this scholarship before.

The application, requirements, and submission information are available at: sos.wa.gov/q/arslscholars.

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2) LIBGUIDES FOR WASHINGTON

Looking for information about Washington? The ALA GODORT (Government Documents Round Table) State Agency Databases LibGuides Project lists eResources maintained by state agencies for all 50 states.

The Washington page lists both general databases, e.g., Census QuickFacts Washington, and specialized resources, such as the Interactive Online Crop Location Map. A vast array of useful topics are included.

You will also find some familiar OSOS (Office of the Secretary of State) databases:

Check it all out at godort.libguides.com/washingtondbs.

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3) FINANCIAL LITERACY TRAINING

Do you receive lots of requests from patrons for help with financial matters? The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wants to help make libraries the go-to source for unbiased financial education and resources in every community. This free all-day workshop (8:30 to 4:30) at the Central Seattle Public Library on July 19, 2017, will provide detailed information on the free resources available in your community to use when fielding financial questions from patrons.

You will learn about organizations in your community that provide free unbiased financial literacy resources to help empower patrons to make appropriate financial choices for themselves. A wide array of financial topics will be covered, including:

  • Paying for college
  • Prevention of financial fraud
  • Planning for retirement
  • Basics of credit such as mortgages and credit rating and scores
  • Resources for seniors including financial caregiving and reverse mortgages.

Questions? Contact Daniel Nguyen at daniel.nguyen@spl.org. To register, visit sos.wa.gov/q/finlit.

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4) DIGITAL LITERACY IN SPANISH

Spanish speakers now have access to digital literacy training resources thanks to recent efforts by the Public Library Association (PLA) a division of the American Library Association. PLA recently announced that all learning content on its website DigitalLearn.org is available in Spanish.

DigitalLearn.org offers a collection of self-directed tutorials for learners to increase their digital literacy on critical topics such as navigating the World Wide Web, using email, searching online for employment and creating a résumé. Modules are video-based with narration, six-to-22 minutes long, and written at the fourth-grade reading level. Since the site’s launch in 2013, nearly 60,000 users have accessed DigitalLearn.org, completing approximately 15,000 modules each year. Visitors may access the site in Spanish by simply clicking the link marked “Español” at the top of any page.

DigitalLearn.org was created in 2013 with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Libraries can set up their own branded, DigitalLearn website, accessible to patrons at any time, that shows the library is providing digital literacy training as a service.

DigitalLearn.org is just one tool PLA offers to help its members make their libraries digital literacy learning centers. The Association also offers continuing education on digital literacy training and a variety of professional tools for public librarians. For more information, visit www.ala.org/pla/initiatives/digitalliteracy.

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5) RESOURCES FOR MAKERSPACES

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce the availability of  “Making + Learning in Museums & Libraries: A Practitioner’s Guide & Framework,” one of several new resources designed to guide and grow the capability of museum and library professionals and create the conditions to support learning within their uniquely formed maker programs. The downloadable publication was developed as part of the Making + Learning project, a collaboration between the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

It will serve as a foundation for the Making + Learning website and a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) which provides  free tutorials that museum and library professionals can use at any time to facilitate use of the project’s suite of tools. The MOOC is presented by Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Peer 2 Peer University.

For more information, and to access these resources, visit makingandlearning.squarespace.com.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, June 19

Tuesday, June 20

Wednesday, June 21

Thursday, June 22

Friday, June 23

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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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BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS: Topics include:

1) FREE BOOKS

2) FIRST BOOK

3) WIN $100 IN BOOKS

4) LC SURPLUS BOOKS PROGRAM

5) MEASURES THAT MATTER

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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