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WSL Updates for December 21, 2017

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017 Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for December 21, 2017


Volume 13, December 21, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list

WSL Updates will take next week off and will resume publication in January. On behalf of the Washington State Library and its staff, holiday greetings and best wishes for the New Year to all WSL Updates readers!

Topics include:

1) STATE OF STATE LIBRARIES

2) LIS ONLINE PROGRAM

3) HONDA STEM GRANTS

4) REVISITING THE FOUNDING ERA

5) LISA LIBRARIES

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES WEEK AFTER NEXT

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1) STATE OF STATE LIBRARIES

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has released the latest report (PDF, 16MB) on the State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAA) Survey. The biennial survey, conducted in FY 2016, assesses the condition of SLAAs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The IMLS report found that SLAAs experienced significant decreases in revenues and staffing during the economic recession from 2007 to 2009, with no sustained gains afterward.

The survey found that over the past 12 years, SLAA revenues declined by over a fifth, while expenditures fell in parallel by 22 percent. However, despite decreased revenue, 31 SLAAs reported providing statewide reading programs, an increase from 61 to 86 percent over two years.

Additional services offered by SLAAs remained relatively unchanged. Forty-nine of the 51 SLAAs provided consulting services, most commonly for library management/organizational development, continuing education, and youth services. Thirty-nine SLAAs provided some form of literacy support.

For more of the report summary, visit sos.wa.gov/q/statelibs.

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2) LIS ONLINE PROGRAM

The LiS Certificate and AAS online degree program targets library staff and paraprofessionals. All Library Science classes and electives are now offered online. Students are not required to attend any on-campus orientations, advising or testing—these services are offered online. Students are also required to complete library internships at their local library. Alternative tuition discounts are available for qualified library staff and/or volunteers.

Spokane Falls Community College will offer the following classes starting winter quarter (January 3, 2018):

  • LMLIB 125 School Library Media Services. 5 credits. Online. No textbook required.
  • LMLIB 116 Introduction to Circulation Systems and Services. 5 credits. Online. No textbook required. Meets ALA LSSC competency access services.
  • LMLIB 220 Technical Services II: Introduction to Cataloging. 5 credits. Online. No textbook required. Meets ALA LSSC competency cataloging and classification.
  • LMLIB 126 Library Technology and Services for Educational Support. 3 credits. Online. No textbook required. Meets ALA LSSC competency.

For more information, visit sos.wa.gov/q/LiS or contact Paula Swan, paula.swan@sfcc.spokane.edu.

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3) HONDA STEM GRANTS

The American Honda Foundation supports youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment. More than $37 million have been awarded to organizations serving over 117 million people in every state in the U.S.

Nonprofit charitable organizations classified as a 501(c) (3) public charity by the Internal Revenue Service, or a public school district, private/public elementary and secondary schools as listed by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) are eligible for funding.

Organizations may only submit one request in a 12-month period. This includes colleges and universities with several departments/outreach programs.

  • The grant range is from $20,000 to $75,000 over a one-year period.
  • Proposals must be submitted online. No paper or faxed applications will be accepted.
  • Apply by February 1 of any year.

For more information or to apply, visit www.honda.com/community/applying-for-a-grant

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4) REVISITING THE FOUNDING ERA

Public libraries are invited to apply for Revisiting the Founding Era, a nationwide project that will use historical documents to spark public conversations about the Founding Era’s enduring ideas and themes and how they continue to influence our lives today.

Up to 100 U.S. public libraries will be selected to host programs related to the American Revolution and the early years of the nation. Participating libraries will receive:

  • 10 copies of a 100-page reader containing selected documents from the lauded Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in U.S. history;
  • $1,000 to help implement discussion groups and other public programs;
  • Training, resources, and support.

Libraries, working in collaboration with scholars, local experts, and others, will be asked to implement at least three public programs for adult and teen audiences. Topics may include the rights of citizens versus the rights of government; who is “we the people?”; and decision-making and taking action.

The application deadline is January 31, 2018. Visit sos.wa.gov/q/era for more information or to apply.

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5) LISA LIBRARIES

Lisa Libraries donates new children’s books and small book collections to organizations that work with kids in poor and under-served areas. They have a strong interest in supporting small, grass-roots organizations. Recipients of these free books will need to cover the shipping costs. Must have a tax exempt 501(c)(3) status.

For information on how to apply, visit lisalibraries.org/need.php.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES WEEK AFTER NEXT

Note: No CE opportunities were found for next week (Dec. 26-30) but there are a few for the following week (Jan. 2-5).

Wednesday, January 3

Thursday, January 4

Friday, January 5

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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 30, 2017

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


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

Topics include:

1) LIBRARY SNAPSHOT DAY

2) FIRST TUESDAYS RAISES RELEVANCY

3) APPLY FOR PNLA LEADS

4) LIBRARY DEGREE PROGRAMS

5) CENSUS DATA WEBINAR SERIES

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for January 5, 2017

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, State Library Collections, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for January 5, 2017


Volume 13, January 5, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) JUMPSTART USER EXPERIENCE (UX)

2) HOW TO DO A TEDX PRESENTATION

3) MICROSOFT IMAGINE ACADEMY LAB GRANTS

4) 50 YEARS OF PNW HISTORY NOTES

5) ONLINE LIS DEGREE PROGRAM AT SFCC

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) JUMPSTART USER EXPERIENCE (UX)

By designing your library with the user experience in mind, you have the potential to deepen the connection your library has with its community, and make your library a place that people love to use. This hands-on workshop presented by UX expert Aaron Schmidt is a practical guide to assessing and improving all sorts of touchpoints in your library, and also covers foundational UX theory. You’ll acquire experience with important user research techniques as well as analyzing the resulting data. After this free workshop you’ll have a keener critical eye, and a framework with which you can make your library the most important place in your community.

Workshops are scheduled from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. as follows:

  • April 5, 2017 – Burlington Public Library
  • April 6, 2017 – Lacey Timberland Library
  • May 10, 2017 – Brooks Library Central Washington University
  • May 11, 2017 – Spokane Public Library – South Hill Branch

Sign up for these workshops via the WSL training calender.

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2) HOW TO DO A TEDX PRESENTATION

This month’s First Tuesdays webinar, “How to Do a TEDx Presentation,” is scheduled for January 10, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Sno Isle Libraries has presented two TEDx events to rave reviews. Join us as Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Communications Director, who organized these effective events, shares what is needed to stage a successful TEDx program.

Designed as a continuing education opportunity for library staff in Washington State, these free First Tuesdays web presentations are an opportunity to learn about new library-related topics. Sessions are recorded so that others may listen at their own convenience. For more information about First Tuesdays, visit sos.wa.gov/q/FirstTuesdays. For instructions on joining the presentation, visit sos.wa.gov/q/FirstT.

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3) MICROSOFT IMAGINE ACADEMY LAB GRANTS

Applications from Microsoft Imagine Academy program members are being accepted now through January 24, 2017 to receive equipment and limited funding to support new, or expand existing, coding programs and Microsoft certification. Laptops, 10-inch tablet computers, and routers purchased by the State Library are available (there is no limit to the quantity of each that can be requested; hardware technical specs are available in the Grant Guidelines), along with up to $3000 per award to purchase equipment accessories like cases, tablet sleeves, keyboards, etc., or other materials and activities to support project activities.

  • Lab Grant applications must be received by COB Tuesday, January 24, 2017, with contract execution expected before March 20, 2017.
  • Grant materials (Guidelines and Application) are available on the State Library’s Grant page.
  • This Lab Grant opportunity replaces the Microsoft Imagine Academy 2016-2017 grant, which will close Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

Questions and comments about this opportunity should be directed to Elizabeth Iaukea at elizabeth.iaukea@sos.wa.gov.

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4) 50 YEARS OF PNW HISTORY NOTES

For the past 50 years, the Washington State Library has compiled a quarterly bibliography of Pacific Northwest history publications for the Pacific Northwest Quarterly (PNQ). Historian, author, and Washington Room librarian Hazel Emery Mills began the column in the January, 1967, Vol. 58 issue. WSL librarians have performed this service ever since. The current compiler is Sean Lanksbury, WSL Pacific Northwest & Special Collections Librarian. For more information, including links to PNQ and its index, visit Between the Lines, the WSL blog.

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5) ONLINE LIS DEGREE PROGRAM AT SFCC

The online library science degree programs at Spokane Falls Community College, (LiS AAS, LiS Certificate, School Library Media Paraprofessional AAS) offers the following classes starting winter quarter, January 2017:

  • LMLIB 125, 5 credits, online: Introduction to School Library Media Services;
  • LMLIB 126, 3 credits, online: Library Technology for Educational Support (meets ALA Library Support Staff Competency for Technology);
  • LMLIB 220, 5 credits, online: Technical Services II: Introduction to Cataloging (meets ALA Library Support Staff Competency for Cataloging and Classification);
  • LMLIB 116, 5 credits, online: Introduction to Circulation and Customer Services (meets ALA Library Support Staff Competency for Communication and Teamwork).

For more information contact Paula Swan, LiS Instructor, SFCC at paula.swan@sfcc.spokane.edu or 509.533.3617 or visit libguides.spokanefalls.edu/librarytech.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, January 9:

  • What Is Tech-Savvy Leadership? A Panel Discussion (edWeb); 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. PST

Tuesday, January 10:

  • Career Development: Today’s Meta-Priority (Training Magazine Network); 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PST
  • How to do a TEDx presentation (Washington State Library); 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PST
  • 2017 ALA Carnegie Shortlist Finalists (Booklist); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST
  • Bozarthzone! Better Than Bullet Points (InSync); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST
  • Preschool Storytime Basics (Texas State Library and Archives Commission); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST

Wednesday, January 11:

  • The Psychology of Success: Why Are Some People More Likely to Succeed than Others? (American Management Association); 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PST
  • How to Implement Things When People Hate Change (SirsiDynix); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PST
  • Nonprofit Boards & Effective Governance (4Good); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PST
  • Science Soup, Part 1 On Major Government Science Databases (Federal Depository Library Program); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST
  • Using Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) for Research and Learning (Infopeople); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PST
  • Service Excellence in Challenging Times (WebJunction); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PST

Thursday, January 12:

  • What is Bioinformatics Librarianship? (National Network of Libraries of Medicine); 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PST
  • The Power to Delight: Providing extraordinary service (Colorado State Library); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST
  • Outcome Measurement Made Easy with PLA’s Project Outcome (Public Library Association); 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST
  • Philanthropy Blueprint 2017 (GrantSpace); 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. PST
  • School Library Resources Available at Wyoming State Library (Wyoming State Library); 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. PST

Friday, January 13:

  • Going Digital (LYRASIS); 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PST

For more information and to register, visit the WSL Training Calendar at sos.wa.gov/q/training.

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ALA-APA RECOGNIZES SFCC LIBRARY PROGRAM

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Training and Continuing Education | Comments Off on ALA-APA RECOGNIZES SFCC LIBRARY PROGRAM


ILSSC Logon a press release dated September 5, 2013, the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) announced that it will officially recognize graduates of the Library and Information Services Program at Spokane Falls Community College (SFCC) with the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) designation.

The ALA-APA had reviewed the SFCC curriculum and determined that it met most of the LSSC requirements. Candidates must also have one year of recent library experience, or meet that requirement within 4 years, in order to receive the LSSC designation.

In the press release, Lorelle Swader, director of ALA-APA, was quoted as saying, “SFCC’s graduates will be recognized for their acquired skills and knowledge with this national certification, which is quickly becoming a standard for the profession.  The LSSC will show employers of these graduates that they have made a commitment to furthering their own continuing professional development and future.”

The Washington State Library congratulates the SFCC Library and Information Services Program on this recognition and achievement.