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WSL Updates for October 26, 2017

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for October 26, 2017


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

Topics include:

1) BASIC LEGAL REFERENCE

2) READING LIST GRANTS

3) OSPI GRANTS INCLUDE LIBRARIES

4) CREATE A DISASTER RECOVERY PLAN

5) FOLLETT CHALLENGE CONTEST

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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Legal Reference: The Basics is the topic for the November First Tuesdays program. This online workshop will provide an introduction to basic legal research. Topics covered will include primary and secondary sources of the law, online resources for finding the law created by the three branches of government, and an overview of Washington State Law Library services available to librarians and their patrons. Presented by Shani Cate, State Law Library.

First Tuesdays is designed by the Washington State Library 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.

Note: the First Tuesdays’ virtual classroom software has changed; please ensure that you have Zoom installed to join First Tuesdays.

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2) READING LIST GRANTS

The Carnegie-Whitney Grant funds the preparation of popular or scholarly reading lists, webliographies, indexes and other guides to library resources that will be useful to users of all types of libraries in the United States. Grants of up to $5000 are awarded to cover preparation costs appropriate to the development of a useful product, including the cost of research. The grants do not cover the costs of final printing or online distribution of the product.

The project(s):

  • Must be focused on American Libraries
  • Proposals must demonstrate how the project would stimulate the use of library resources
  • Must have potential appeal and usefulness to a broad audience
  • Must be intended for national distribution
  • Must meet a need for publication
  • Must be completed within two years.
  • Must be new or in process. Completed works, works under contract for publication, or projects associated with the completion of academic work are not eligible.

The deadline for submission of the proposal is November 3, 2017. For more information, visit sos.wa.gov/q/C-W.

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3) OSPI GRANTS INCLUDE LIBRARIES

More than $4 million in federal grants was awarded to support afterschool and summer learning programs for students in high-poverty, low-performing schools, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) recently announced. The grants are part of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program. In addition to support for core academic subjects, 21st Century Community Learning Centers also provide students with a variety of other activities, such as drug and violence prevention, counseling, art, music, recreation, technology, and character education programs. Grants are funded for five years.

These grants require a community partner, which can include libraries. One of the current awardees—White Salmon School District—lists the Fort Vancouver Regional Library as its community partner. Three other proposals have public libraries listed as additional partners:

  • Burlington-Edison School District – Burlington Public Library,
  • Walla Walla Public Schools – Walla Walla Public Library,
  • Wenatchee School District – North Central Regional Library.

In addition, two other proposals utilize school libraries: ESD 123 and Puget Sound ESD 121.

Congratulations to all of these libraries for their participation in these important projects! For more information, visit www.k12.wa.us/21stCenturyLearning.

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4) 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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5) FOLLETT CHALLENGE CONTEST

The Follett Challenge has launched its seventh annual contest. The 2018 Follett Challenge, open for entries through December 15, will award $200,000 in products and services from Follett to schools or districts with innovative educational programs that teach 21st-century skills to students. All public and private K–12 schools or districts in the US, Canada, and Australia are eligible to apply.

For more information, visit www.follett.com/news?articleid=14725.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, October 30

Tuesday, October 31

Wednesday, November 1

Thursday, November 2

Friday, November 3

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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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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 March 9, 2017

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 Posted in For Libraries, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for March 9, 2017


Volume 13, March 9, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) SERVICE EXCELLENCE IN YOUR LIBRARY

2) JOIN NASA IN CELEBRATING EARTH DAY

3) SUMMER MEALS PROGRAM

4) TRENDS ANALYSIS

5) CONFRONTING MISINFORMATION

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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