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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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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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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 May 11, 2017

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Tribal, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for May 11, 2017


Volume 13, May 11, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) FREE BOOKS

2) ARSL SCHOLARSHIPS

3) MRSC MAKES YOUR JOB EASIER

4) BUILDING SUPPORT FOR YOUR RURAL LIBRARY

5) KEEPING IT PRIVATE

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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