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WSL Updates for February 22, 2018

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 Posted in For Libraries, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | No Comments »


Volume 14, February 22, 2018 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) INCREASE YOUR EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

2) FINANCIAL LITERACY – FACTS VS. FICTION

3) FREE EXHIBITS – WILL TRAVEL

4) LC – FREE TO USE AND REUSE

5) OCLC – CONNECTING WITH YOUR COOPERATIVE

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) INCREASE YOUR EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

Work that focuses on public service can be both rewarding and costly. Being mindful of our own work narrative and understanding how we deal with conflict are two key areas that require our attention. The Washington State Library presents Self-Talk and Emotional Intelligence: Improving your Work Narrative.

Participants in this 3-hour workshop will learn how to:

  • Identify and adjust their self-talk;
  • Understand their personal work mission;
  • Develop awareness of cycles of conflict; and
  • Improve clarity and effectiveness of communication.

This free workshop is still available in Seattle (Feb. 27, 28) and Richland (March 15, both a.m. and p.m.). For more information and to register, visit sos.wa.gov/q/EI.

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2) FINANCIAL LITERACY – FACTS VS. FICTION

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) protects consumers from unfair and deceptive business practices by filing lawsuits against scammers and distributing educational materials about how to avoid scams. Financial literacy is a key component in helping consumers recognize and prevent problems. Join us for the March First Tuesdays webinar, Financial Literacy: Facts vs. Fiction, 9:00 a.m. March 6.

FTC staff will discuss how to spot and avoid financial scams and how consumers and consumer advocates can access the FTC’s free financial literacy materials. Topics will include using financial planning resources; obtaining credit and credit repair services; laws regulating debt relief and debt collection; and scams preying on vulnerable consumers. Many of the free resources are also available in Spanish. Presented by Richard McKewen, Nadine Samter, and Tina Kondo, Federal Trade Commission.

Register for this First Tuesdays session.

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3) FREE EXHIBITS – WILL TRAVEL

Exhibits available to travel! Legacy Washington is happy to share their exhibits with historical institutions, schools, and libraries throughout the State of Washington. Available free (except transportation). Please contact Amber Raney for more information: 360-902-4126.

The two exhibits currently available are:

  • Washington 1889 – A year of big dreams, big burns, and big politics, 1889 captured a place in our history as a time of great prosperity and adversity. The face of Washington changed. Pioneers arrived and townsfolk rebuilt from the rubble. Finally, on November 11, 1889, Washington rose as the 42nd state in the union.
  • Who Are We? Washington’s Kaleidoscope – Is there a quintessential Washingtonian? Hardly. History has made clear that we’re more than our identity—more than techies or coffee lovers or outdoor enthusiasts. We’re a kaleidoscope, a cultural melting pot. We live in a place constantly reinventing itself.

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4) LC – FREE TO USE AND REUSE

The Library of Congress’ Free to Use and Reuse page is making public domain and rights-clear content easier to find and use.

One of the Library of Congress’ biggest challenges is letting users know about all of the content available at loc.gov. Another challenge is letting them know what they can do with it (in a nice way). The Library is working on several fronts to improve the visibility of public domain and rights-clear content and moved one step in that direction with the launch of its Free to Use and Reuse page.

The page features themed sets of content (such as travel posters, presidential portraits, Civil War drawings) that are all free to use and reuse, meaning there are no known copyright restrictions associated with this content. In other words, you can do whatever you want with it. Read the blog posting for more information.

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5) OCLC – CONNECTING WITH YOUR COOPERATIVE

Membership with OCLC brings many benefits to a library and its users. High quality research, participation in governance, and the value of shared resources. Join this free, live, one-hour webinar, hosted by Meryl Cinnamon, OCLC Member Relations Liaison, to get up-to-the-minute information about what’s going on at your cooperative. You will:

  • Learn about new research, governance, and membership activities;
  • Hear high-level updates on OCLC products and services; and
  • Explore new opportunities to engage with your cooperative.

Connecting with Your Cooperative: Wednesday, February 28, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST; Register.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, February 26

Tuesday, February 27

Wednesday, February 28

Thursday, March 1

Friday, March 2

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

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WSL Updates for September 14, 2017

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 Posted in Digital Collections, For Libraries, News, Technology and Resources, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for September 14, 2017


Volume 13, September 14, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include resources:

1) RESILIENCE RESOURCES

2) FREE BOOKS

3) THINK, DO, SHOW – SAVE THE DATE

4) THE FORGOTTEN WAR REMEMBERED

5) LATINO CULTURES RESOURCES

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) RESILIENCE RESOURCES

Many people around the country are facing difficult, trying times right now. Evacuees displaced by the recent hurricanes in Texas and along the southeastern seaboard states, immigrants, refugees, and others who have had to leave their homes may suffer increased anxiety and concern.

Feelings of worry, disbelief, fear, and anger are normal when dealing with situations that are out of our control. Many displaced people may want to find shelter at a public library, escape between the pages of a good book, attend a library program, or just feel connected to someone or something within their local community.

For helpful tips for libraries when providing services for evacuees, refugees, immigrants, and others who have been displaced and/or impacted by a recent crisis, check out the latest blog posting (partially quoted above) from the ALA ALSC Public Awareness Committee.

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2) FREE BOOKS

The Seattle Public Library Foundation and the Kitsap Regional Library generously donated books which were left over from their latest community reads to the Washington State Library for redistribution to libraries in Washington State for use as community read titles, classroom sets, or book club kits.

The Washington State Library has:

  • The Turner House by Angela Flournoy: 279 trade paperbacks
  • A Sudden Light by Garth Stein: 147 trade paperbacks. 14 hardback large print copies, and 23 audiobook copies.
  • The Painter by Peter Heller: 2 trade paperbacks.
  • The Secret of the Nightingale Palace by Dana Sachs: 1 trade paperback

A minimum of five copies per order is required. They can be a mix and match of titles. This is a first come, first serve process. Please contact Leanna Hammond with your request at leanna.hammond@sos.wa.gov.

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3) THINK, DO, SHOW – SAVE THE DATE

The Washington State Library is bringing the workshop Think, Do, Show – Telling the Library Story with Data to three locations in November. 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.

Presenter Linda Hofschire is the Director of the Colorado State Library’s Library Research Service (LRS). She has more than 20 years of experience working in social science research and evaluation. At LRS, she manages a variety of research and evaluation projects including outcome-based evaluations of state library programs, and a national training event, the Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL).

  • November 13, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Timberland Regional Library Service Center, 415 Tumwater Blvd SW, Tumwater
  • November 15, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Whitman County Rural Library System, 102 S. Main Street, Colfax
  • November 17, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., King County Library System Service Center, 960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah

All registration will be managed through the WSL online training calendar; watch for an announcement (coming soon) and then register online. Space is limited. Questions? Contact Mary Campbell at mary.campbell@sos.wa.gov or 360-570-5571.

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4) THE FORGOTTEN WAR REMEMBERED

Legacy Washington announces the opening of a new exhibit, Korea 65: The Forgotten War Remembered, that captures the stories of veterans and Korean Americans whose lives were influenced by the Korean War. The exhibit, housed in the lobby of the Secretary of State’s Office in the Capitol Building in Olympia, opens on September 14. Anyone visiting the state capitol is invited to stop by to view the exhibit. Those not able to visit in person may check out the project, available in its entirety, online. View or read both the subject profiles, and the exhibit.

Libraries may wish to purchase the Korea 65 book, which includes 13 unique stories of Washingtonians who were affected by the war. The $22.50 cost includes shipping. The book may be purchased online.

For teachers, Korea 65 lesson plans are available. Three-part mini-units are available free online for teachers to introduce the exhibit and project into their classroom.

Legacy Washington is a program of the Office of the Washington Secretary of State.

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5) LATINO CULTURES RESOURCES

Libraries across the country are working in a variety of ways to improve the full spectrum of library and information services for the approximately 58.6 million Spanish-speaking and Latino people in the US and build a diverse and inclusive profession.

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins September 15, Google Cultural Institute has collaborated with more than 35 museums and institutions to launch a new platform on September 7 within Google Arts & Culture: Latino Cultures. The platform brings more than 2,500 Latino cultural artifacts online and—through immersive storytelling, 360-degree virtual tours, ultra-high-resolution imagery, and visual field trips—offers first-hand knowledge about the Latino experience in America.

The American Library Association’s President-Elect Loida Garcia-Febo says she is excited about this new resource, which she believes will help libraries continue to draw attention to the rich legacy of Latinos and Latinas across America. “Nationwide, libraries are celebrating Latino cultures by offering programs that highlight our music, cuisine, art, history, and leadership,” says Garcia-Febo. “I know this platform will be a great springboard as we continue to reshape our library collections to include Spanish-language and Latino-oriented materials.”

For more from ALA, use this shortcut: sos.wa.gov/q/Latino.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, September 18

Tuesday, September 19

Wednesday, September 20

Thursday, September 21

Friday, September 22

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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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