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WSL Updates for November 30, 2017

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 Posted in For Libraries, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for November 30, 2017


Volume 13, November 30, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) FIRST TUESDAYS – KEEPING IT PRIVATE

2) PTSD RESOURCE ADDED TO PROQUEST

3) CAREER BRIDGE – VALUABLE RESOURCE

4) CONSERVATION ASSESSMENTS

5) IMLS RELEASES FY2017 REPORT

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) FIRST TUESDAYS – KEEPING IT PRIVATE

Washington State is very open with the way it shares data within the public trust. Our state has one of the most advanced public records laws in the nation, and most public meetings are subject to the Open Meetings Act. At the same time, citizens have a right to privacy under the state’s Constitution. On the private side, hackers are stalking personal data and data brokers are collecting and selling it. You may be putting your privacy at risk simply by leaving your phone unlocked or by sharing personal information with an organization that then makes it publicly available.

Will Saunders & Alex Alben from the Office of Privacy & Data Protection will present December’s First Tuesdays program: Keeping It Private: Navigating the Balance of Public Data and Privacy Protections.

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 are recorded so that others may listen at their own convenience. An archive is available at: sos.wa.gov/q/Broadcasts.

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2) PTSD RESOURCE ADDED TO PROQUEST

As of last week, the PILOTS database has been added to all Washington library ProQuest accounts.

The Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress (PILOTS) Database is an electronic index to the worldwide literature on PTSD and other mental health consequences of exposure to traumatic events. Unlike other databases, the PILOTS Database does not restrict its coverage to articles appearing in selected journals. It attempts to include all publications relevant to PTSD and other forms of traumatic stress, whatever their origin without disciplinary, linguistic, or geographic limitations.

The PILOTS Database is produced by the National Center for PTSD, and is electronically available to the public. There is no charge for using the database. Although it is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the PILOTS Database is not limited to literature on PTSD among Veterans. For more information, visit www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/pilots-database.

Questions or comments? Contact Will Stuivenga at will.stuivenga@sos.wa.gov or 360.704.5217.

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3) CAREER BRIDGE – VALUABLE RESOURCE

Find Washington job and career information at Career Bridge, overseen by the State’s Workforce Board, which includes over 6,500 education programs in one place, with employment and earnings results for many of them. The site is used every day by Washington middle and high school students to chart their career and education pathways, and includes resources for financial aid, jobs in demand and decline by region, apprenticeships, military and veterans and people with disabilities (not just for students!).

Find Career Bridget at www.CareerBridge.wa.gov and consider adding it to your library’s web resources under career exploration or resources for job searchers.

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4) CONSERVATION ASSESSMENTS

Applications for the 2018 Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program are now being accepted through February 1, 2018. CAP is administered by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC) under a three-year cooperative agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The CAP program is open to small and medium-sized museums, zoos, aquariums, arboreta, and botanical gardens in the United States. Participating institutions receive support for a general conservation assessment from a qualified collections assessor and a building assessor. The two assessors work collaboratively to provide institutions with recommendations for improved collections care. Assessments consist of preparatory work, a two-day site visit, a written report, and a one-year follow-up consultation.

For more information or to apply, visit sos.wa.gov/q/CAP.

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5) IMLS RELEASES FY2017 REPORT

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is pleased to release the agency’s annual Performance and Accountability Report (PAR), showcasing key accomplishments for FY 2017. As required by the Office of Management and Budget, the report includes an independent financial audit and describes the agency activities and achievements from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017, including a focus on helping museums and libraries deepen their engagement with their communities.

For more information about IMLS’s accomplishments in FY 2017, the full report is available on the IMLS website.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, December 4

Tuesday, December 5

Wednesday, December 6

Thursday, December 7

Friday, December 8

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WSL Updates for June 1, 2017

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for June 1, 2017


Volume 13, June 1, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:
1) ARSL SCHOLARSHIPS
2) PROQUEST RENEWAL
3) POV SCREENING @ THE LIBRARY
4) POVERTY IMMERSION
5) LIBRARIES & THE MEDICAL HOME NEIGHBORHOOD
6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK
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New ProQuest Newspaper Content

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015 Posted in For Libraries, News, Updates | Comments Off on New ProQuest Newspaper Content


WSL UPDATES SPECIAL EDITION FOR DECEMBER 22, 2015

Note: the next regular edition of WSL Updates will be published December 31, 2015.

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WSL Updates for May 15, 2014

Thursday, May 15th, 2014 Posted in For Libraries, News, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for May 15, 2014


Volume 10, May 15, 2014 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) SDL PROQUEST RENEWAL

2) FREE BOOKS FOR WASHINGTON LIBRARIES

3) AASL SEEKS PRECONFERENCE PROPOSALS

4) LIBRARY INSTRUCTION WEST 2014

5) FREE PRESERVATION WORKSHOP IN SPOKANE

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) SDL PROQUEST RENEWAL

The WSL Statewide Database Licensing Project (SDL) announces the 2014-2015 ProQuest renewal for all participating Washington libraries. Barring significant cancellations, pricing is not expected to change appreciably for the upcoming year.

For public, academic, and special libraries, the renewal is automatic. Invoicing from ProQuest will occur in June or July. If your library needs to be invoiced prior to June 30, please contact us so that we can request expedited invoicing for you. For public or private K-12 libraries, renewal (or cancellation) is through your local ESD (Educational Service District).

If a library wishes to cancel its ProQuest subscription through the statewide contract, please fill out, sign, and return a Cancellation form by or before close of business on Friday, May 30. The cancellation form can be found on the SDL ProQuest renewal page: sos.wa.gov/q/Renewal.

Information about the ProQuest database package can be found at sos.wa.gov/q/PQ. For questions please contact project manager Will Stuivenga at will.stuivenga@sos.wa.gov, 360.704.5217, or toll-free 866.538.4996.

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2) FREE BOOKS FOR WASHINGTON LIBRARIES

Thanks to the generosity of the Pierce County Library, The Seattle Public Library Foundation, the Kitsap Regional Library, the Everett Public Library, and the Timberland Regional Library, the Washington State Library has the following five adult titles, which can be used for community reads, classroom sets, or book club kits, to ship free of charge to any school or public library within Washington State:

  • Stories for Boys: A Memoir by Gregory Martin;
  • The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula McLain;
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A Novel by Maria Semple;
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed;
  • The Leisure Seeker: A Novel by Michael Zadoorian.

These will be distributed on a first come, first served basis at no charge to the requestor. Please request a minimum of five copies per request.

One copy requests will be honored for the following audio editions:

  • The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America by Timothy Egan;
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A Novel by Maria Semple.

If you are interested in any of the above, please contact Carolyn Petersen at carolyn.petersen@sos.wa.gov.

To receive earlier notices of free book sets, which are available several times a year, sign up for Washington State Library Updates by visiting sos.wa.gov/library/libraries/lists.aspx.

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3) AASL SEEKS PRECONFERENCE PROPOSALS

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of ALA, is currently seeking proposals for preconference programs to be presented during ALA’s 2015 Annual Conference, which will be held June 25-30, 2015, in San Francisco. Preconference workshops can be either half or full-day.

All programs should include up to three learning objectives and should address how the session supports the AASL Strategic Plan, the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner, and/or Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs. Consideration will be given to submissions that incorporate one or more of these characteristics:

  • Demonstrates innovative thinking and/or new perspectives;
  • Presents strategies for effectively implementing new ideas and technology;
  • Incorporates at least one active hands-on learning exercise;
  • Includes activities that will incorporate various learning styles;
  • Demonstrates how learning outcomes will be achieved.

Submissions will only be accepted via the online form. For additional information or to submit a proposal, go to ala.org/aasl/rfp. Questions regarding AASL programming at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference should be directed to Allison Cline at acline@ala.org or 800.545.2433, ext. 4385. The deadline for preconference submissions is 9:59 p.m. PDT, Thursday, May 29, 2014.

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4) LIBRARY INSTRUCTION WEST 2014

Library Instruction West, formerly known as LOEX of the West, is a conference focused on user education in academic libraries, held every two years on a college or university campus in the western US or Canada. This year’s conference will be hosted by Portland State University Library on the campus of Portland State University in Portland, Oregon from July 23-25, 2014. The 2014 conference theme is Open, Sustainable Instruction. Alison Head of Project Information Literacy will keynote the conference.

For additional information about the conference or to register, visit library.pdx.edu/liwest2014.html.

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5) FREE PRESERVATION WORKSHOP IN SPOKANE

There’s still time to register for Creating and Funding Preservation Projects to Enhance Collection Care, a free one-day workshop from the Western States & Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS). The workshop emphasizes working collaboratively with colleagues to develop and receive feedback on project proposals and shows participants:

  • How to identify and prioritize collection needs;
  • Where to go to find sources of available grant funding;
  • How to answer the key preservation questions found on grant applications.

Workshop information:

  • When: Thursday, May 29, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. PDT;
  • Where: Davenport Hotel Flowerfield Room, Spokane, WA;
  • Cost: Free;
  • Registration required: Participants must register no later than Tuesday, May 27, 2014. To register, go to www.sos.wa.gov/q/WESTPAS29May;
  • Need help? For registration assistance, contact Alexandra Gingerich at gingerich@plsinfo.org. For general and content information, contact Gary Menges at menges@uw.edu.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, May 19:

  • TL (Teacher Librarians) News Night Season Finale 2014 (TL Virtual Café); 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/TLNews;

Tuesday, May 20:

  • The Future of Mystery Fiction (Booklist); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/BL20May;
  • Mobile Worklists: Opening the Stacks (Innovative/Library Journal); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/LJStacks;
  • WorldShare Management Services Live Demonstration: Electronic Collections (OCLC); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/OCLC20May;
  • Past, Present, and Future of the 3D Printed World – Understanding What They Are and How They Work (Texas State Library); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/TSL20May;
  • How To Turn Strangers Into Strategic Partners Using LinkedIn (4Good); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/4Good20MayPM;

Wednesday, May 21:

  • Research Projects: Identification to Publication (Day 1) (ALCTS); 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/ALCTSMay;
  • NCompass Live: Doing Smart ‘Social’ Media (NCompass Live); 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/NComp21May;
  • ChatAble: An Introduction to ChatAble (AbleNet University); 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/ANU21May;
  • Tips and Tools for Creating Transformational Teams (4Good); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/4Good21May;
  • What Public Librarians Need to Know about Common Core State Standards (Junior Library Guild/Library Journal/School Library Journal); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/SLJCCSS;
  • Engaging Your Community with Facebook (Demco) 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/DEMCO21May;
  • Introduction to Finding Funders (GrantSpace); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/GS21May;
  • Just Listen: Tips from a Former FBI Negotiation Trainer on How to Get Through To Anyone (Training Magazine Network); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/TMNFBI;
  • What’s New in Children’s Literature 2014 (Infopeople); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/Info21May;
  • Is Your Board on Board: Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards (4Good); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/4Good21MayPM;
  • Maximize Student Engagement with Library Resources: Create an Effective Marketing Plan for Your Academic Library App (Boopsie); 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. PDT: boopsie.com/customer-webinars;

Thursday, May 22:

  • Research Projects: Identification to Publication (Day 2) (ALCTS); 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/ALCTSMay;
  • Disaster Recovery and Salvage for Government Records (Texas State Library); 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/TSL22May;
  • Transforming Library Space for Community Engagement (WebJunction); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/WJ22May;
  • Planning for your library’s future: A discovery demonstration for library leaders (OCLC); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/OCLC22May;
  • Bozarthzone! Turning Stress Into Power (InSync Training); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/BZ22May;
  • Measuring Success: How to Evaluate your Volunteer Program (VolunteerMatch); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/VM22May;
  • Tending the Garden of Innovation (Colorado State Library) 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/CSLGarden;

Friday, May 23:

  • ProQuest Administrator Module (ProQuest); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT: sos.wa.gov/q/PQ1037.

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Washington Libraries and ProQuest

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 Posted in Articles, For Libraries, Technology and Resources | Comments Off on Washington Libraries and ProQuest


This past week (Oct. 8-13) I had the privilege and pleasure of visiting several libraries on the Eastern side of the mountains. I hope to post some pictures and additional details in later blog entries, time permitting!

My trip culminated in attending the WLMA (Washington Library Media Association) conference in Yakima, where the Washington State Library as is our custom, sponsored a booth in the exhibit hall. I attended several informative conference program sessions as well as spending time staffing the WSL booth. This trip provided me with the opportunity to visit and talk with librarians, library staff, and teacher librarians along the way, in various venues and settings.

During the course of my visits, it came to my attention that information about the “new” statewide ProQuest contract, and the revised content that came with it, had somehow not trickled down, or gotten through to everyone. A number of people were not aware of some of the content that should be available to them through the Statewide Database Licensing (SDL) project’s current contract with ProQuest.

The new SDL contract with ProQuest went into effect on July 1, 2011. Under the terms of the new contract, some of the previous content was removed from Washington accounts, and some new content was added in its place.

The new content consists of:

  • SIRS Discoverer
  • History Study Center
  • ProQuest Learning: Literature
  • ProQuest Family Health (included in “ProQuest”)

All of these, except ProQuest Family Health, are specifically aimed at the K-12 audience, and the SIRS Discoverer interface and significant content are aimed at the lower grades. Material in both SIRS Discoverer and eLibrary are identified by reading level, and searches can be limited or sorted by reading level.

More recently, a larger newspaper database, the Western Newsstand (included in “ProQuest”), was added to the package, to compensate for the loss of three Washington newspapers.

Previous content that is no longer included in the Washington contract is as follows:

  • eLibrary Elementary (the standard eLibrary is still included)
  • World Conflicts Today (this content is now included in the History Study Center)
  • Ethnic NewsWatch (was included in “ProQuest”)
  • Alt-Press Watch (was included in “ProQuest”)

Unchanged content that we had previously, and still have now includes:

  • eLibrary
  • ProQuest Research Library (included in “ProQuest”)
  • ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry (included in “ProQuest”)
  • ProQuest National Newspaper Core (included in “ProQuest”)
  • ProQuest Washington Newsstand (now down to only 5 current titles; included in “ProQuest”)

You will find a complete list of the current and the previous package contents, along with the relevant links, product descriptions, title, lists, etc., on the SDL ProQuest package web page here: http://www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/PQ

Please note: Items listed above that are described as “included in ProQuest” are items that you access through the standard ProQuest search platform. The items NOT so described run on their own platforms, and require separate individual links for access.

If you are a school librarian, I recommend that you check your school or district’s web site, and if you do not have access to the “new” content, please make every effort to contact whoever is in charge, and ask them to add links to the new content, and drop links to the content that is no longer available. Without these links, you are not getting full value for your subscription.

If you are a public librarian, you may want to double check that your library is offering all of these resources to your staff and patrons.

Keep in mind that access to ProQuest for K-12 school (public or private) is via your local ESD. That is, while the State Library pays half the cost of the statewide contract centrally using federal LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) funding made available through IMLS (The Institute for Museum and Library Services), the other half of the cost is divided between all of the participating libraries, and access, while inexpensive, is not free. Your school or district needs to pay its share of the subscription cost through your local ESD.

Without the participation of ALL Washington libraries, this project would not succeed. It’s the combined purchasing power of practically the ENTIRE state (K-12, public, private academic, community college, and even hospital and medical libraries) that makes this project sustainable.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions. Thank you for your participation and support!

Will Stuivenga, Cooperative Projects Manager
Washington State Library | Office of the Secretary of State
360.704.5217 | fax: 360.586.7575
will.stuivenga@sos.wa.gov

WSL Updates for June 30, 2011

Thursday, June 30th, 2011 Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for June 30, 2011


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SDL Chooses ProQuest Again

Monday, May 9th, 2011 Posted in Articles, For Libraries, News, Technology and Resources | Comments Off on SDL Chooses ProQuest Again


ProQuest logoThe Washington State Library, and the Statewide Database Licensing Project, and its Advisory Committee  are pleased to announce that ProQuest has again been selected to provide a suite of database products to the nonprofit libraries of Washington State. The package will include a periodicals collection, a collection of Washington and national newspapers, and a collection of resources for children and students.

Contract negotiations with ProQuest are currently underway with the goal of providing a seamless transition to the new, slightly revised package of database content that ProQuest is offering to libraries in Washington. Pricing for individual libraries is not anticipated to increase, but uncertainty about the LSTA funds that Washington State will receive under the newly adopted U.S. budget makes exact predictions difficult.

All currently participating public, academic, and special libraries are requested to fill out and return an "Intent to Participate" form, which can be found on the project web site: www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/SDL. Schools and school districts should contact their respective Educational Service Districts. For questions, please contact SDL Project Manager, Will Stuivenga, at will.stuivenga@sos.wa.gov or 360-704-5217 or toll- free: 866-538-4996.

WSL Updates for April 7, 2011

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for April 7, 2011


Volume 7, April 7, 2011 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) MATH AND SCIENCE LITERACY TRAINING FOR LIBRARIANS

2) TARGET STORE GRANTS SUPPORT READING PROGRAMS

3) IFFLA SOCIAL MEDIA SURVEY

4) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for March 31, 2011

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for March 31, 2011


Volume 7, March 31, 2011 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) RESOURCE SHARING GRANT Q&A SESSION

2) FIRST TUESDAYS – SEARCH THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES

3) FUNDING FOR LIBRARY SUPPORT STAFF CERTIFICATION

4) NEW YORK TIMES AVAILABLE THROUGH LIBRARIES

5) MAKING SENSE OF THE CIVIL WAR

6) CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK (SOME FREE, SOME NOT)

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