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WSL Updates for February 8, 2018

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 Posted in For Libraries, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for February 8, 2018


Volume 14, February 8, 2018 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) SCREEN SCENE FOR CHILDREN

2) WSL & WEBJUNCTION OFFER SKILLSOFT

3) TAKE OUR SURVEY—PLEASE!

4) AMERICA SAVES WEEK

5) BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL – PNLA 2018

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) SCREEN SCENE FOR CHILDREN

Screens are everywhere! Young children are spending more and more time engaged with screen media. Learn what and when children might be learning from screens as well as how we can best support children’s media activities. The State Library presents Screen Scene: Best Practices for Using Screen Media with Young Children, a workshop that will explore important cognitive advances children make during the first years of life that impact their ability to learn from screens. The workshop will also discuss the many practical applications and resources for parents and educators, and ways to make the most of ever-present media technology.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize research-based understandings of the impact of digital engagement on early learning;
  • Apply an understanding of joint media engagement to their regular interactions with children in a library setting;
  • Develop appropriate models of digital engagement for very young children.

Who should attend? Anyone who works with pre-school children and/or their parents. Register at sos.wa.gov/q/screen. The following sessions are still available:

  • Monday, February 12, Burlington Public Library
  • Thursday, February 15, Bainbridge branch, Kitsap Regional Library
  • Tuesday, February 27, North Spokane branch, Spokane County Library
  • Wednesday, February 28, Sunnyside branch, Yakima Valley Library

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2) WSL & WEBJUNCTION OFFER SKILLSOFT

Looking to strengthen your technology skills or improve your interpersonal skills? All library staff in the state have access to free learning through the State Library’s WebJunction subscription to Skillsoft. With over 700 online courses, 30,000 short instructional videos (2 – 8 minutes) and job aids on a wide range of technology and business topics, you’ll find great learning opportunities. Library staff can pick up great skills as well as tips and techniques through this free resource.

Here are just a few of the courses that you have access to:

  • Time Management: Planning and Prioritizing Your Time
  • Creating a Positive Attitude
  • Privacy and Information Security
  • Essentials of Interviewing and Hiring Conducting an Effective Interview

There are also a variety of technology courses including:

  • New and Improved Features in Office 2016, Word, and Outlook
  • Microsoft Excel 2016 Essentials: Creating, Editing, and Saving Workbooks
  • Google Apps: Gmail and Calendar
  • Adobe Photoshop CC

Skillsoft is all self-paced, online learning so you can take a course when it fits your schedule. Register for your free account now!

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3) TAKE OUR SURVEY—PLEASE!

Thanks to all who have completed the 2018 Washington Library Association / Washington State Library Continuing Education Needs Assessment. We still need many more library staff from all types of libraries to complete the survey.

The deadline for adding your voice to the survey is February 16, 2018.

We need to hear from all parts of the Washington library community: academic libraries, public libraries, school libraries, special libraries, and tribal libraries. We rely on your input to help us understand which training topics are most important to you.

Please also share this survey with your colleagues. Many are not members of the lists to which we have access. Based on reporting statistics, the average time to complete the survey is less than 10 minutes. Your voice matters.

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4) AMERICA SAVES WEEK

America Saves Week (ASW) is February 26 through March 3, 2018. This annual event encourages consumers to save responsibly and automatically. Check out the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) blog posting which encourages consumers to save all or part of their tax refunds to help achieve their financial goals. To get your patrons involved, get a free America Saves Week Digital Toolkit featuring a sample of social media posts, digital content, and other helpful resources direct from the America Saves organization.

Get your library prepared to participate in Money Smart Week (MSW) programs, presentations, and educational classes that promote personal financial literacy. These events run from April 21 to April 28, 2018. To get more information about MSW and events in your area, go to www.moneysmartweek.org. CFPB provides free materials—like bookmarks, flyers, postcards, posters, standing displays, and more—to support your library’s participation in MSW. You can order free MSW materials for your library now.

Do you have Spanish-language patrons with financial education questions and needs? The CFPB has a Spanish-language website with similar information, tools and resources to their English-language website. To help these patrons get the impartial financial information they need, direct them to www.consumerfinance.gov/es. You can order CFPB’s free Spanish-language financial education publications in bulk as well as display materials for your library.

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5) BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL – PNLA 2018

In the theater, “breaking the fourth wall” refers to the practice of ignoring the invisible wall between actors and their audience. The 2018 Pacific Northwest Library Association Conference will explore what it looks like when libraries and librarians break the fourth wall to go beyond traditional roles to meet the needs of their patrons. This is a call for conference proposals.

  • PNLA 2018: Breaking the Fourth Wall – August 1 – 3, Kalispell, MT;
  • Conference proposals will be accepted through February 17, 2018;
  • Registration will open soon for the conference;
  • Details: www.pnla.org/conference_2018.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, February 12

Tuesday, February 13

Wednesday, February 14

Thursday, February 15

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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 January 11, 2018

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 Posted in For Libraries, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for January 11, 2018


Volume 14, January 11, 2018 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) SELF-TALK AND EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

2) SCREEN SCENE FOR CHILDREN

3) FREE BOOKS

4) CAREER AND COLLEGE READINESS

5) BIBLIOMETRICS AND MORE

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) SELF-TALK AND EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

Work that is focused 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 will be presented on several dates and at multiple locations around the state beginning January 30 at Fort Vancouver Regional Library. For more information and to register, visit sos.wa.gov/q/EI.

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2) SCREEN SCENE FOR CHILDREN

Screens are everywhere! Young children are spending more and more time engaged with screen media. Learn what and when children might be learning from screens as well as how we can support children’s media activities. The State Library presents Screen Scene: Best Practices for Using Screen Media with Young Children, a workshop that will explore important cognitive advances children make during the first years of life that impact their ability to learn from screens. The workshop will also discuss the many practical applications and resources for parents and educators, and ways to make the most of ever-present media technology.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize research-based understandings of the impact of digital engagement on early learning;
  • Apply an understanding of joint media engagement to their regular interactions with children in a library setting;
  • Develop appropriate models of digital engagement for very young children.

Register at sos.wa.gov/q/screen. The following sessions are available:

  • Tuesday, February 6 (a.m. session) Fort Vancouver Regional Library Headquarters
  • Monday, February 12 (p.m. session) Burlington Public Library
  • Thursday, February 15 (p.m. session) Bainbridge branch, Kitsap Regional Library
  • Tuesday, February 27 (p.m. session) North Spokane branch, Spokane County Library
  • Wednesday, February 28 (p.m. session) Sunnyvale branch, Yakima Valley Library

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3) FREE BOOKS

Thanks to the generosity of the Seattle Public Library Foundation, the Everett Public Library, the Tacoma Public Library and the Kitsap Regional library, the Washington State Library has the following titles to redistribute to libraries in Washington State:

  • Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • Sudden Light by Garth Stein
  • Nickel and Dimed by Garth Stein
  • Clean by David Sheff
  • The Turner House by Angela Flournoy
  • Early Literacy Storytimes by Saroj Ghoting and Pamela Martin-Diaz
  • House of Hope and Fear by Audrey Young
  • Genesis Girl by Jennifer Bardsley

There are some audiobooks and large print titles in this offering. 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. To place your order go to blogs.sos.wa.gov/book-sharing. Questions? Please contact Leanna Hammond: leanna.hammond@sos.wa.gov.

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4) CAREER AND COLLEGE READINESS

Monthly webinars aimed at school counselors hosted by the Office of Superintendent for Public Instruction and the Washington Student Achievement Council continue into the new year. The Jan. 17 session will focus on K-12 Career and College Readiness, but additional topics are available at archived and upcoming webinars. Library staff welcome!

For more information, and to register: sos.wa.gov/q/readiness.

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5) BIBLIOMETRICS AND MORE

Bibliometrics, Altmetrics, & the Question of Research Impact is the title of the next PNR Rendezvous webinar session. On January 17 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., Robin Chin Roemer will address the history and evolution of meaningful metrics in higher education. She is the co-author of the book Meaningful Metrics: A 21st Century Librarian’s Guide to Bibliometrics, Altmetrics, and Research Impact.

Starting in 2018 attendees for the PNR Rendezvous are strongly encouraged to register for these free webinar sessions. Learn more about this session and register.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Tuesday, Jan 16

Wednesday, Jan 17

Thursday, Jan 18

Friday, Jan 19

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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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