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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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WSL Updates for September 28, 2017

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 Posted in For Libraries, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for September 28, 2017


Volume 13, September 28, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) SENSORY STORY TIMES

2) REGISTER FOR THINK, DO, SHOW

3) PAVE THE WAY

4) MAKE BETTER DECISIONS

5) IMLS RELEASES PUBLIC LIBRARY DATA

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) SENSORY STORY TIMES

While libraries strive to be welcoming places for all, children with special needs may not always thrive in traditional story times where crowds, bright lights, and sudden noises can overstimulate and overwhelm. Parents of children with special needs can often feel conspicuous and unwelcome in a library setting.

October’s First Tuesdays program will address these issues. One small town library welcomed these families by establishing a story time structured around special needs. The program became so successful that a second session of it was necessary and the library saw an increase in library use by patrons with special needs, adults and children alike.

First Tuesdays is designed by the Washington State Library as a continuing-education opportunity for staff of libraries in Washington State. The special-subject presentations, lasting about 60 minutes, are recorded so that others may listen at their own convenience.

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2) REGISTER FOR THINK, DO, SHOW

Registration is now open for the “Think, Do, Show – Telling the Library Story with Data” workshops, brought to you by the Washington State Library. To register, visit the WSL online training calendar, and advance to November. The workshops will run from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the following locations and dates:

  • November 13, Timberland Regional Library Service Center, 415 Tumwater Blvd SW, Tumwater
  • November 15, Whitman County Rural Library System, 102 S. Main Street, Colfax
  • November 17, King County Library System Service Center, 960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah

In this free, all-day workshop, you will learn practical, strategic methods for evaluating your library’s programs and services. Through a series of interactive exercises, you will discover how to collect and analyze your data, use your results to inform your strategic planning, management, and communication with stakeholders, and visually present your statistics in infographics and other formats to demonstrate your library’s impact.

Questions? Contact Mary Campbell at mary.campbell@sos.wa.gov or 360-570-5571.

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3) PAVE THE WAY

Is your library working to help advance student achievement? Registration is open for the 2017 Pave the Way conference set for October 19 at Central Washington University in Ellensburg. Registration is $110 and includes continental breakfast and lunch on the day of the event.

The annual conference organized by the Washington Student Achievement Council focuses on strategies to advance equity, increase college readiness, and broaden access to higher education in Washington. Pave the Way aims to ensure students receive the support they need to succeed, regardless of income, race, or other potential barriers.

The conference brings together educators, policymakers, and community partners from across the education system, from preschool through college. It features interactive group sessions and offers workshops focused on policy and practice in college and career readiness, culturally responsive teaching and learning, student transitions, collective impact, and more.

For more information and to register, visit www.wsac.wa.gov/pavetheway.

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4) MAKE BETTER DECISIONS

How can we use data to inform good governance? What is the art that accompanies the science of data, especially when we apply it to policy decisions that affect constituents? This webinar, “Using Data Visualization to Make Better Decisions,” will look at decision-making that is informed by data as well as the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to advising leaders on how best to use—and to avoid the perils of misusing—your data.

Educational objectives; in this webinar, attendees will learn how to:

  • Interpret and distill data;
  • Depict complex findings using visuals, interactive visuals, and other tools;
  • Communicate results to decision-makers in a compelling and informative way.

Event details:

  • Sponsor: MRSC (Municipal Research & Services Center)
  • Date & Time: October 19, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT
  • Cost: $35/person
  • Register

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5) IMLS RELEASES PUBLIC LIBRARY DATA

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently released two key information products: the latest data from its annual Public Libraries Survey and a new report on the previous year’s data. The Public Libraries Survey examines key indicators of public library use, financial health, staffing, and resources. Explore the FY 2015 data and the FY 2014 report via this shortcut: sos.wa.gov/q/IMLS-data.

The FY 2014 report provides a national overview of trends and a snapshot of a variety of indicators for the year. In particular, it demonstrates how public libraries are faring financially since the last recession (December 2007 to June 2009) and how public library services and resources have evolved over the decade.

Other key findings include:

  • Indicators for financial health and staffing of public libraries increased slightly from 2013 to 2014, but remain below 2009 levels.
  • Public libraries’ collections are adapting; the majority of the total collections (66%) were still print materials, but e-books (18%), audio (10%), and video (6%) made up the remainder of our nation’s library collections. The number of e-books per 1,000 people also increased 2,140% between 2005 and 2014.
  • Although there is a decline in the use of traditional library services, attendance at public programs is increasing.
  • In response to the interest, public libraries offered 4.5 million programs, a 1-year increase of 5% and a 10-year increase of 68%.
  • Over the past 10 years, public-access internet computers increased 55%.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, October 2

Tuesday, October 3

Wednesday, October 4

Thursday, October 5

Friday, October 6

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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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