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WSL Updates for February 1, 2018

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for February 1, 2018


Volume 14, February 1, 2018 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) FREE UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

2) SAVE AMERICA’S TREASURES

3) LIBRARY VOTER SERVICES SURVEY

4) TOPNOTCH NONPROFIT TRAINING

5) LEVY LID LIFT WEBINAR

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) FREE UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

The Washington State Library (WSL) is offering two sets of half-day workshops in February and March at a variety of locations around the state. The topics are:

Sign up now to ensure your spot in one of these free workshops near you. Check the WSL CE Calendar for exact dates, locations, and times. Don’t miss out!

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2) SAVE AMERICA’S TREASURES

The National Park Service is accepting proposals for the Save America’s Treasures Grant Program. The application deadline is February 21, 2018.

The National Park Service, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), is now accepting applications for $5 million in matching grants to support the preservation of nationally significant historic properties and collections through the Save America’s Treasures program. For the complete announcement, use this shortcut: sos.wa.gov/q/save.

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3) LIBRARY VOTER SERVICES SURVEY

Student researchers in The Evergreen State College Masters of Public Administration, Second Year Cohort, are examining the relationship between public access to local ballot measure information and voter participation. Researchers want to identify gaps in current data and utilize these gaps to create a framework for increasing voter knowledge about where to access locally relevant ballot measure information and if this can increase civic participation in the form of voting.

Researchers will examine what role libraries currently play in providing the public with voter information, identify opportunities to provide desired services, and if suggested services are provided, determine if these services are marketed to the public with easy access in-person and online. You are encouraged to take a “Library Services” survey, which should require about 10 minutes of time to complete.

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4) TOPNOTCH NONPROFIT TRAINING

Washington Nonprofits in cooperation with the Charities Division of the Office of the Secretary of State is offering several free webinars this coming week:

Finance Unlocked is an interactive, hands-on workshop that will work through the why, what, who, and how of nonprofit finance including the five main financial topics that every nonprofit person needs to know: Balance Sheets, Income Statements, 990, Giving, and Oversight.

All nonprofits need bylaws. Bylaws are the governing document for the nonprofit and its board of directors. But what does that mean? What is the real purpose of the bylaws and what provisions should be in bylaws? Nonprofit Bylaws is excellent for those who would like to review and update their nonprofit provisions. Highly recommended for nonprofit board members.

Boards play an important role in the success of any organization. Boards in Gear will cover board responsibilities, operations, development, fundraising, and advocacy. This webinar is designed for board members and the people who work with them, namely executive directors and program staff.

For a more complete list of related training events, both live and online, visit www.sos.wa.gov/charities/training/workshops.aspx.

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5) LEVY LID LIFT WEBINAR

Are you thinking about a levy lid lift? The 101% limit on property tax levies restricts revenue growth for Washington local governments. With costs rising at a faster pace than the 1% allowed by state statute and assessed values of property increasing at a pace well beyond inflation for many areas of the state, the only method to access this available levy capacity is through a ballot measure to the voters for a levy lid lift. But what type of lid lift to choose, among the bewildering array available, and timing are both critical components to crafting a successful measure.

This webinar will review how the levy lid lift works and discuss the various levy lid lift options, and it will address the importance of the ballot title and the timing of your ballot measure to assure collection in the next calendar year. Cities, counties, and special purpose districts will come away from this webinar with a better understanding of what type of levy lid lift would best serve their needs and the process for ensuring the measure is brought to public vote.

Webinar details:

  • Date & time: February 7, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST
  • Sponsor: MRSC (Municipal Research and Services Center)
  • Cost: $35.00
  • Registration deadline: Feb. 6, 11:00 a.m.
  • Shortcut link: sos.wa.gov/q/lift.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, February 5

Tuesday, February 6

Wednesday, February 7

Thursday, February 8

Friday, February 9

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WSL Updates for June 15, 2017

Thursday, June 15th, 2017 Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for June 15, 2017


Volume 13, June 15, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list

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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WSL Updates for February 24, 2011

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for February 24, 2011


Volume 7, February 24, 2011 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) FIRST TUESDAYS – AUTHORS, ILLUSTRATORS, AND LIBRARIANS, OH MY!

2) SIMPLY WASHINGTON – NEW & IMPROVED

3) LIBRARY LEGISLATION TRACKER

4) DOE GRANT – IMPROVING LITERACY THROUGH SCHOOL LIBRARIES

5) FREE WEBJUNCTION COURSES – MICROSOFT OFFICE 2007

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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Comcast Newsmakers: Sam Reed

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public | Comments Off on Comcast Newsmakers: Sam Reed


Comcast Newsmakers talks with Sam Reed about the various functions of his office. It’s a good summary of the (rather odd) variety of functions the Office of the Secretary of State performs: elections, corporations, charities, archives, legacy project, the state library.

The Washington State Library gets excellent treatment, both time-wise and praise-wise. If you’re impatient, you can skip ahead – we’re covered from 1:01 – 2:16.