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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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IMLS Report: Libraries are a Vital Community Resource

Monday, July 6th, 2009 Posted in Articles, For Libraries, News | Comments Off on IMLS Report: Libraries are a Vital Community Resource


From the IMLS Press Release:

http://harvester.census.gov/imls/images/logoIMLS.gifThe character of library services has changed dramatically with the advent of new information technologies, the continuous development of locally-tailored services, and the expectations of the 21st century library user, according to the first analysis of the Grants to States program by the Institute of Museum and Library Service (IMLS). The report, “Catalyst for Change: LSTA Grants to State Program and the Transformation of Libraries Services to the Public,” focuses on services provided through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants to State Library Agencies, the single largest source of federal funding for the nation’s libraries and the only library grants that require state-wide planning. IMLS conducted the study to inform the American public, the Administration, Congress and the library community about the program’s contributions.

To address the growing demand for online services, libraries have added computer workstations, increased available bandwidth, and provided training in communities where they are often the sole provider of free access to the Internet. Some State Libraries Agencies are incorporating technology investments into their statewide strategic plans while other states manage such investments on a local or regional basis, according to the new report.

Check out the full report here (pdf).