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WSL Updates for August 31, 2017

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for August 31, 2017


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Topics include several literacy programs:

1) ZINES TO THE FRONT

2) FINANCIAL LITERACY FOR LIBRARIANS

3) HEALTH LITERACY MONTH

4) IMMIGRANT LITERACY GRANTS

5) OPIOID CRISIS TOWN HALL

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) ZINES TO THE FRONT

Zines to the Front: Building a Library Collection for the People, by the People is the title of September’s First Tuesdays program. Agatha Burstein and Kelsey Smith from the Timberland Regional Library system will provide an overview of zines, zine culture, and zine collections in libraries. Topics will include drafting a zine collection proposal for your library, zine acquisitions and cataloging, ziners advisory, and using zines in library programming and outreach. Resources for further exploration of this topic will also be made available.

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, lasting about 60 minutes, are recorded so that others may listen at their own convenience.

Please note that our virtual classroom software has changed. Please ensure that you have Zoom installed to join First Tuesdays.

  • Tuesday, September 12, 2017: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PDT

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2) FINANCIAL LITERACY FOR LIBRARIANS

Last month about 50 people attended Financial Literacy Training for Librarians, an all-day workshop at the Seattle Public library. The training, sponsored by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, featured panels of representatives from government and nonprofit agencies that serve the public. Attendees described the sessions as “extremely informative” and important to share with patrons. In addition to information for consumers, the speakers provided a wealth of ideas and experience in programming and partnerships for public and college libraries.

Video recordings of the presentations have now been uploaded to the Washington State Library’s YouTube channel. Slide and handouts from the panels are linked in the descriptions of each video if available. Available video topics include:

  • Money and Me
  • Personalized Financial Education
  • Resources for Targeted Audiences
  • Fraud Prevention 101
  • CFPB Libraries Project
  • Retirement Strategies
  • Credit – What Consumers Need to Know

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3) HEALTH LITERACY MONTH

October is Health Literacy Month. The American Library Association (ALA) and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) have created a Health Literacy Month toolkit for the Libraries Transform campaign.

Join Amanda J. Wilson (NNLM) and Jeff Julian (ALA) for a free webinar as they discuss NNLM’s mission to support health literacy efforts in libraries and explain how to use the key messages, data, and marketing materials to promote health literacy at your library.

For more on Health Literacy Month, visit www.healthliteracymonth.org.

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4) IMMIGRANT LITERACY GRANTS

Vernon Library Supplies is giving away 100% of its 2017 operating profits to libraries and other non-profit organizations with programs designed to help new immigrants achieve English literacy and proficiency. Grants for as much as $5,000 each will be given out starting December 1, 2017.

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5) OPIOID CRISIS TOWN HALL

Over two million people in the US are estimated to be dependent on prescription opioids or heroin. A sharp rise in drug overdoses has made it the leading cause of death among Americans under 50. This epidemic is happening in all regions of the country, in communities of all sizes, without discrimination for age, ethnicity, or income. As library staff see this crisis impacting their own communities, their urgent question arises: How do we respond?

Join WebJunction and PLA for a virtual town hall, where representatives from libraries and other community organizations will describe their local efforts and who they’re collaborating with. They also want to hear from you: They will ask audience participants to describe the informational, structural, financial and emotional support that library staff and community members need to withstand and address this alarming epidemic. The insights gleaned from this town hall will be shared to inform plans for future efforts. Details:

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Tuesday, September 5

Wednesday, September 6

Thursday, September 7

Friday, September 8

Saturday, September 9

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WSL Updates for August 17, 2017

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 Posted in Digital Collections, For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for August 17, 2017


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Topics include:

1) SEEKING LIBRARY COUNCIL MEMBERS

2) RURAL HERITAGE GRANT AWARDS

3) WIKIPEDIA + LIBRARIES: BETTER TOGETHER

4) ACADEMIC LIBRARIES TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES

5) STATEWIDE PURCHASING & CONTRACTING WORKSHOP

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) SEEKING LIBRARY COUNCIL MEMBERS

The mission of the Library Council of Washington (LCW) is to help all Washington citizens access library services, information, and resources. The LCW advises the State Librarian and the Office of the Secretary of State on statewide library issues and the expenditure of federal LSTA funding. The fifteen members represent all types of libraries and library users. The Council meets in person three to four times each year.

Members may include library employees, volunteers, trustees, foundation board members, advocates, consultants, or educators. We seek new members that are active and knowledgeable, have great communication skills, and can advocate for all libraries while representing a specific interest group’s views as well. There are currently four open positions on the LCW, representing:

  • Special libraries,
  • Technology,
  • Underserved populations,
  • Schools (western Washington).

If you want to help shape our libraries, have at least three years’ experience working with libraries in Washington State, and are interested in applying, please send a copy of the application form and your resume. Application information is available at sos.wa.gov/q/vacancy. Applications must be postmarked by September 22, 2017.

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2) RURAL HERITAGE GRANT AWARDS

Congratulations to the latest group of public libraries and heritage organizations recently awarded digitization grants through the Washington Rural Heritage program! Over the next year Washington State Library staff will be working with these organizations to digitize unique, historically significant materials held in their collections. Awardees will be trained in all aspects of digitization and their collections will be publicly hosted and digitally preserved through the Washington Rural Heritage website and digital repository.

Below are this year’s grant recipients. Read about the details of each project.

  • $6,157 – Fort Vancouver Regional Library District: the La Center, Ridgefield, and Woodland community libraries will partner with the La Center Historical Museum, Woodland Historical Museum Society, and Charlotte Clevidence of Ridgefield.
  • $6,300 – Spokane County Library District, Moran Prairie branch, in partnership with the Moran Prairie Washington Grange #161.
  • $6,981 – Richland Public Library.
  • $4,689 – Whitman County Library in partnership with the Tekoa Museum and J.C. Barron Mill (Oakesdale, Washington).
  • $4,500 – Asotin County Library.
  • $7,000 – Whatcom County Library System, (Lummi) Island Library.
  • $6,958 – Kalama Public Library in partnership with the Kalama History House, the City of Kalama, and the Port of Kalama.
  • $5,669 – Orcas Island Public Library in partnership with the Orcas Island Historical Society.

To learn more about participating in Washington Rural Heritage, contact Evan Robb, Digital Repository Librarian at evan.robb@sos.wa.gov. Washington Rural Heritage is supported with Library Services and Technology Act funding provided by the federal Institute for Museum and Library Services.

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3) WIKIPEDIA + LIBRARIES: BETTER TOGETHER

This fall, WebJunction will offer a free online training program for up to 500 US public library staff to learn to confidently engage with Wikipedia. The course, Wikipedia + Libraries: Better Together, will provide a collaborative learning environment for public library peers to build their Wikipedia skills, implement Wikipedia programming, and amplify the role of libraries as information literacy leaders in their communities.

The 9-week course will run from September 13 through November 15, and will consist of 6 live online sessions, online discussion forums, reading, plus skill and knowledge-building activities. As a result of participating, public library staff will be able to use Wikipedia to:

  • Engage and empower their community members to build information literacy skills and to access and create knowledge;
  • Raise the visibility of their libraries and their unique, local collections;
  • Build on their own digital, critical thinking, and community engagement skills—and encourage their colleagues to do the same.

Learn more about the program and enroll today.

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4) ACADEMIC LIBRARIES TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES

Learn how to foster conversation and lead change on campus and beyond with Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Models for Change, a free learning series on dialogue and deliberation from ALA, ACRL, and the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation. Through three free webinars in fall 2017, participants will learn to convene critical conversations with people with differing viewpoints; connect more meaningfully with library users and better meet their needs; and translate conversation into action.

Academic library professionals who view all three webinars, live or recorded, are invited to attend a free one-day pre-conference workshop on Feb. 9, 2018, at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver.

The three webinars are scheduled as follows:

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5) STATEWIDE PURCHASING & CONTRACTING WORKSHOP

Registration is now open for a two day Purchasing and Contracting Workshop in Lynnwood on August 22 and 23. The first day of this workshop will be on purchasing and the second day on public works contracting. Registration is open to all local agencies and private consultants statewide. Presented by the Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC) and the Contract Administration Education Committee (CAEC) of the American Public Works Association (APWA).

Details:

  • August 22, 23, 2017 at the Sno-Isle Regional Library, Lynnwood
  • Workshop fees are $70 for one day or $90 for both days, per person. Attendees can attend either both days or only one day, depending on their interests.
  • More information and registration: sos.wa.gov/q/MRSLwkshp.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, August 21

Tuesday, August 22

Wednesday, August 23

Thursday, August 24

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WSL Updates for August 10, 2017

Thursday, August 10th, 2017 Posted in Digital Collections, For Libraries, News, Updates, Washington Center for the Book | Comments Off on WSL Updates for August 10, 2017


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Topics include:

1) WASHINGTON STATE BOOK AWARDS

2) GALAXY SCIFI ARCHIVE

3) THE STATE OF EBOOKS IN LIBRARIES

4) MORE THAN #MOTIVATIONMONDAY

5) LIBRARIES, LGBTQ YOUTH, & HOMELESSNESS

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) WASHINGTON STATE BOOK AWARDS

The Washington Center for the Book, a partnership of The Seattle Public Library and Washington State Library, announces the finalists in eight categories for the 2017 Washington State Book Awards (WSBA) for outstanding books published by Washington authors in 2016. This is the 51st year of the program, formerly called the Governor’s Writers Awards.

Winners will be announced at the awards celebration, held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Seattle Public Library’s Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636. A reception and book signing will follow in the Norcliffe Foundation Living Room on Level 3 of the Central Library, with book sales by Third Place Books. This event is free and open to the public.

A book award is given based on the strength of the publication’s literary merit, lasting importance and overall quality to an author who was born in Washington State or is a current resident and has maintained residence here for at least three years. The authors of the award-winning books, as well as the illustrator of the picture book, will receive a $500 honorarium, thanks to the generous support of The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

For a complete list of Award finalists, and the names of this year’s judges, visit sos.wa.gov/q/WSBA.

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2) GALAXY SCIFI ARCHIVE

One of the science fiction genre’s best magazines is now freely available online. The Internet Archive is hosting a collection of Galaxy Science Fiction, which published many seminal works in the field, including an early version of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and Alfred Bester’s The Demolished Man. Included are stories from such SciFi legends as Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Clifford Simak, Theodore Sturgeon, and many more. Although the run is not quite complete, the archive comprises 355 separate issues, ranging from 1950 through 1976. In addition to the Galaxy collection, the Archive also has a complete run of Hugo Gernsback’s Amazing Stories.

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3) THE STATE OF EBOOKS IN LIBRARIES

Libraries have been handling eBooks for quite some time now, but while libraries have time-tested workflows for online serials, eBooks present complexities that may require new workflows. The online format provides many opportunities for libraries but also many challenges.

Join us for an engaging and informative discussion on these opportunities and challenges. This Forum will discuss the following topics:

  • Collection development and acquisitions models
  • Technical Services workflows
  • eBook licensing and metadata
  • Faculty outreach and user instruction and support
  • Usage and assessment

e-Forums are moderated, electronic discussion forums that provide an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest on an ALCTS email discussion list. These discussions are free of charge and available to anyone who wishes to subscribe to the email list. Details:

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4) MORE THAN #MOTIVATIONMONDAY

Employees motivated to deliver top notch service are key to a library’s success. But many in library organizations don’t know how to effectively instigate employee motivation. As a critical management and leadership skill, it’s important to know what motivation is and isn’t, what works and what doesn’t. This WebJunction webinar, More Than #MotivationMonday: Motivating Your Team Any Day of the Week, will explore factors that influence motivation at work and review strategies for supervisors to keep their teams motivated and productive. No matter the size of your library or your role, you will be inspired to find your own motivation and will be able to catalyze others!

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5) LIBRARIES, LGBTQ YOUTH, & HOMELESSNESS

Libraries as Allies – A Beginner’s Guide for Libraries: Welcoming and Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth Experiencing Homelessness is a toolkit which provides an introduction to public libraries on the topic of LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning) youth experiencing homelessness. The toolkit comes out of a pilot IMLS grant, the LAMBDA (Library Anchor Models for Bridging Diversity Achievements) project, which brought together the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as well as four public libraries, two in east Tennessee—Clinch River and Ocoee—and two in California: San Francisco Public Library and San Diego County Library.

During the three years of the grant, the LAMBDA project provided trainings, workshops, resources, a website, and a Summit. For more information about the LAMBDA project, visit lambda.sis.utk.edu. The toolkit is available at lambda.sis.utk.edu/libraries-as-allies-toolkit. Submit questions or comments to Julie Ann Winkelstein, PhD, Post-doctoral researcher, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, at jwinkels@utk.edu.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, August 14

Tuesday, August 15

Wednesday, August 16

Thursday, August 17

Friday, August 18

Saturday, August 19

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WSL Updates for August 3, 2017

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Topics include:

1) FREE BOOKS

2) LJ DESIGN INSTITUTE COMES TO WASHINGTON

3) MEDIA MARKET CONFERENCE NEARBY

4) COMMUNITY WEB ARCHIVES

5) WHO HAS YOUR BACK?

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) FREE BOOKS

Thanks to the generosity of Jefferson County Library, the Seattle Public Library Foundation, the Tacoma Public Library and the Walla Walla Public Library, the State Library has books to give away for book club kits or community reads. Usually a minimum order five copies of the same title is required but due to some special circumstances we are offering a mix and match special, minimum of five total books per order.

  • Nickel & Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich – 29
  • A Sudden Light, Garth Stein – 259 paperback, 26 hardback, 37 audiobooks
  • The Singing & Dancing Daughters of God, Timothy Schaffert – 6
  • The Painter, Peter Heller – 4
  • The Empathy Exams, Leslie Jamison – 1
  • The Time In Between, Maria Duenas – 1
  • Snow Falling on Cedars, David Guterson – 1
  • The Jump-Off Creek, Molly Gloss – 12
  • Little Bee, Chris Cleave – 15
  • Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health, Jo Robinson – 9
  • The Paris Wife, Paula McLain – 5
  • Yoga Bitch, Suzanne Morrison – 11

This is first come, first serve as there are very limited numbers of some of the titles. Contact Leanna Hammond with your request at leanna.hammond@sos.wa.gov.

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2) LJ DESIGN INSTITUTE COMES TO WASHINGTON

Hosted by Library Journal in partnership with Fort Vancouver Regional Library—at its award-winning Vancouver Community Library—the newest installment of the well-known library building and design event will bring you the latest trends in library design. Dig deep with architects, librarians, and vendors to explore building/renovating/retrofitting spaces both large and small that will engage your community.

Whether you’re in the dreaming and planning stages or further along the design road, you’ll find ideas, information, and inspiration for renovating, retrofitting, and building anew, no matter your budget! This event is open to all types of libraries.

This full-day think tank provides expert panel discussions with architects and librarians on how to get the community on board and issues in library space, design, and construction, as well as hands-on, architect-led breakout sessions dealing with real-life design challenges submitted in advance by you and your fellow attendees. “Speed-sessions” with individual architects and furniture and equipment vendors will help you address your own library-specific questions (be sure to bring photos, illustrations, floor plans, or plat maps–whatever you think will enhance the discussion). There will be plenty of face time and networking opportunities throughout the day with colleagues, too.

Event details:

  • Thursday afternoon, October 19: Half-day architectural tour (more information coming soon);
  • Friday, October 20: Library Journal Design Institute, Fort Vancouver Regional Library, Vancouver Community Library, 901 C Street, Vancouver, WA 98660;
  • For more information and to register: lj.libraryjournal.com/designinstitute.

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3) MEDIA MARKET CONFERENCE NEARBY

As the pace of change in media increases, it gets harder and harder to make the right choices for your library. The National Media Market (NMM) & Conference is dedicated to boosting your knowledge and resources in a unique, collegial atmosphere, unlike any conference you’ve ever attended.

NMM was established to provide an opportunity for exhibitors/distributors to show their new releases in the most convenient, cost-effective way possible and for buyers to preview, select and negotiate the best deal. Rules for participation were developed and enforced to provide a level playing field for all. NMM exhibitors have expanded to include platforms and library services companies.

The National Media Market & Conference highlights the best media content, and provides professional development to address constantly evolving issues for content acquisition, access, and promotion. This year’s intensive topics include digital-era copyright, how to make the most of streaming packages, and effective strategies for marketing media content to your patrons.

Event details:

  • October 21-26 in Portland, Oregon;
  • Early registration ends August 13;
  • Registration information: www.nmm.net/register;
  • First time attendees use code NMM10 for 10% off registration.

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4) COMMUNITY WEB ARCHIVES

The Internet Archive is accepting applications from public librarians interested in participating in a program of continuing education and training to enable libraries to build collections of historically-valuable, web published materials documenting their local communities. This program is offered by the Internet Archive in partnership with WebJunction, and with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to provide subsidized training, professional development, and web archiving services.

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5) WHO HAS YOUR BACK?

In 2016, the United States government sent at least 49,868 requests to Facebook for user data. In the same time period, it sent 27,850 requests to Google and 9,076 to Apple. These companies are not alone: where users see new ways to communicate and store data, law enforcement agents see new avenues for surveillance.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has released its annual report on how the policies and advocacy positions of major technology companies stack up in regards to handing over user data to the government. 26 companies are analyzed, and each is rated in 5 specific categories:

  • Follows industry-wide best practices
  • Tells users about government data requests
  • Prohibits use of product(s) for surveillance
  • Stands up to NSL (National Security Letter) gag orders
  • Pro-user public policy: Reform 702

The results of the study are both interesting and illuminating. Read the report and/or download the PDF version at www.eff.org/who-has-your-back-2017.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, August 7

Tuesday, August 8

Wednesday, August 9

Thursday, August 10

Friday, August 11

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WSL Updates for July 27, 2017

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates, Washington Center for the Book | Comments Off on WSL Updates for July 27, 2017


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Topics include:

1) STEM PROGRAMS – FIRST TUESDAYS

2) WASHINGTON READS – ONE STATE/ONE BOOK

3) WELCOME TO SKILLPORT

4) LIBRARIES READY TO CODE

5) IMLS GRANTS WEBINAR

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) STEM PROGRAMS – FIRST TUESDAYS

There is a wealth of information available regarding STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) but how does one decide what type of STEM program(s) to implement into the classroom, library, grade level, school or district? This free webinar explores possible ways to implement STEM ranging from simple to complex depending on the amount of time and energy you feel that you can allocate to STEM.

“Implementing STEM Programs: to fit your time constraints and comfort levels,” will be presented by Jane Rizika, Teacher Librarian, East Olympia Elementary School, August 1, 2017, 9:00 a.m., Pacific Time. sos.wa.gov/q/FirstTuesdays.

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, lasting about 60 minutes, are recorded so that others may listen at their own convenience. Past sessions are archived here: sos.wa.gov/q/Broadcasts.

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2) WASHINGTON READS – ONE STATE/ONE BOOK

By now we hope you’ve heard about the new partnership between the Seattle Public Library and the Washington State Library – the Washington Center for the Book. A major goal for this partnership is to bring all of Washington State and all types of libraries together through literature. We are in the early stages of planning a statewide Washington Reads program and your library’s information and input would be very helpful to us as we move forward. If they haven’t already done so, please ask your community reads coordinator to help us with our planning by filling out a short survey or fill it out yourself, if you’re that person. Here’s the link: www.surveymonkey.com/r/N6QMJ7D. Thank you!

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3) WELCOME TO SKILLPORT

Staff of all types of libraries in Washington now have free access to Skillsoft (via Skillport), a learning management system with access to online self-paced courses and instructional videos. There are hundreds of available topics ranging from using Microsoft Office and Windows, to leadership essentials, to creating budgets. It’s easy to set up a series of classes on a specific topic, too. Register for free and select Washington as your state – you qualify through the Washington State Library’s partnership with OCLC WebJunction.

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4) LIBRARIES READY TO CODE

Applications are being accepted through August for Libraries Ready to Code grants from ALA and Google. The goal is to fund a cohort of school and public libraries to develop resources to help get U.S. libraries “Ready to Code.” The $500,000 pilot program is part of Phase III of Libraries Ready to Code, an ongoing collaboration between ALA and Google to ensure expert library professionals are prepared to develop and deliver programming that promotes computer science and computational thinking among youth, two skills that will be required for challenges and jobs of the future.

25 to 50 participating libraries will receive funding from ALA, along with consulting expertise and operational support from Google. Individual libraries may use funding for devices, staffing, marketing and other costs associated with piloting an educational toolkit developed in partnership, by libraries, for libraries.

The toolkit, set to release in conjunction with National Library Week in April 2018, will consist of computer science resources that libraries find most useful for designing and implementing youth computer science programming. This cohort of libraries will also initiate a community of practice to sustain momentum and build expertise across thousands of school and public U.S. libraries.

To apply for Libraries Ready to Code grants, visit www.ala.org/tools/readytocode.

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5) IMLS GRANTS WEBINAR

Learn more about the National Leadership and Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Grants programs from IMLS (the Institute of Museum and Library Services) during the third informational webinar to be held on Monday, July 31, 12:00 p.m. PDT. Use this shortcut link to join the webinar: sos.wa.gov/q/GrantsWebinar.

National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG-L) support projects that address significant challenges and opportunities facing the library and archives fields and that have the potential to advance theory and practice. Successful proposals will generate results such as new tools, research findings, models, services, practices, or alliances that will be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to extend the benefits of federal investment.

The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21) supports developing a diverse workforce of librarians to better meet the changing learning and information needs of the American public by: enhancing the training and professional development of librarians, developing faculty and library leaders, and recruiting and educating the next generation of librarians.

For more information on IMLS grants, visit www.imls.gov/grants.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, July 31

Tuesday, August 1

Wednesday, August 2

Thursday, August 3

Friday, August 4

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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 July 13, 2017

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 Posted in For Libraries, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for July 13, 2017


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Topics include:

1) HIGH SCHOOL 21+

2) COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

3) INTRO TO PROPOSAL WRITING

4) HELP EVERY STUDENT SUCCEED

5) PROJECT OUTCOME UPDATES

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) HIGH SCHOOL 21+

High School 21+ is a competency-based high school equivalency program for adult learners 21 and older who do not have a high school diploma or equivalency. Adults demonstrate competencies in reading, writing and math contextualized in science, history, government, occupational studies, and digital literacy. This can be done through alternative means including, but not limited to:

  • High school and college transcript credits,
  • Work, life, military experience,
  • Prior learning portfolio,
  • Credit for testing.

High School 21+ is currently offered by all 34 of the state’s community and technical colleges, 5 community based organizations, and 3 corrections sites. Most of the college programs offer an online option through Canvas. This program expands high school completion options already offered by the community and technical college system.

In November 2015, Troy Goracke, Basic Education for Adults Program Administrator at the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, presented a WSL First Tuesdays webinar on High School 21+. The program was recorded, and is available on YouTube at youtu.be/akHigIjEhn0.

Washington libraries may wish to promote High School 21+ to adults seeking high school equivalency programs. For more information, visit sos.wa.gov/q/HS-21.

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2) COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

The library of the 21st Century is considered an essential part of its community. With that in mind the director and staff need to “get out of the stacks and into the streets!” Being involved in organizations and activities outside of the library provides a unique perspective to both staff and trustees in regard to the culture and needs of the community.

Community engagement, while it may have a different meaning depending upon your role in the library, is reaching outside of the physical library building, meeting people in the community and listening to them. There are many roles to play and you can monitor your level of involvement based on your capacity. Community engagement activities provide an opportunity to offer the library as a solution to issues, or at least as a potential partner to help tackle issues. This can be accomplished through building relationships and sharing ideas and library resources, whether that is space, staff or other assets to accomplish a common goal.

This free one-hour online course was produced through the COSLA (Chief Officers of State Library Agencies) Continuing Education Connector project with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and is available through WebJunction.

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3) INTRO TO PROPOSAL WRITING

You know how important it is for nonprofits to maximize their funds by spending wisely. But this doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice when it comes to professional development. Are you new to proposal writing or looking for a quick refresher? The Foundation Center’s free “Introduction to Proposal Writing” training covers the basics of writing a winning proposal including the do’s and don’ts and how to follow up whether the answer is yes or no. Este curso también se ofrece en español. The training is available in several formats:

In addition, the Foundation Center’s GrantSpace service offers these resources:

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4) HELP EVERY STUDENT SUCCEED

In August, Washingtonians will have another chance to learn about the state’s plan to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) federal accountability plan.

The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is conducting four webinars to provide more information about the ESSA Consolidated Plan’s creation, changes from the first draft, and how the public can provide feedback before submission to the U.S. Department of Education in September. The four ESSA webinars will cover how OSPI has revised the Consolidated Plan since the first public comment period late last year.

  • Tuesday, August 15, 4–6 p.m. (register)
  • Saturday, August 19, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. (register)
  • Wednesday, August 23, 5–7 p.m. (register)
  • Wednesday, August 30, 6–8 p.m. (register)

To learn more about ESSA in Washington State, visit the OSPI ESSA website.

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5) PROJECT OUTCOME UPDATES

The Public Library Association’s (PLA) Project Outcome is a free online toolkit designed to help public libraries understand and share the impact of their programs and services by providing simple surveys and an easy-to-use process for measuring and analyzing outcomes. This webinar will overview the last two years of Project Outcome’s development and provide updates on the latest participation numbers, outcome data metrics, library stories, and Task Force work. PLA will also cover planning throughout the rest of the grant period and management of Project Outcome in the future. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and share their experiences.

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will:

  • Know how Project Outcome has developed over the last two years;
  • Understand how other libraries are implementing the surveys and what the outcome data results looks like; and
  • Know how Project Outcome will continue to serve the library field in the future.

This webinar is free, but registration is required and space is limited. Details:

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, July 17

Tuesday, July 18

Wednesday, July 19

Thursday, July 20

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WSL Updates for March 2, 2017

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 Posted in For Libraries, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for March 2, 2017


Volume 13, March 2, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) RECRUITING A LIBRARY CONSULTANT

2) FIRST TUESDAYS – CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE

3) PRIVACY LITERACY AT YOUR LIBRARY

4) NCCE ADOBE STORYTELLING ACADEMY

5) STATE OF DIGITIZATION REPORT

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for February 16, 2017

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Public Services, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | Comments Off on WSL Updates for February 16, 2017


Volume 13, February 16, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) SIGN UP FOR SERVICE EXCELLENCE

2) VISUALIZING (AND FINDING!) LIBRARY FUNDING

3) NIH FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

4) NEW IMLS GRANT OPPORTUNITY

5) WE’RE WAY PAST PEAS – USES OF GENETIC INFORMATION

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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Online learning helps library staff across the state keep skills sharp

Friday, May 10th, 2013 Posted in Articles, For Libraries, Training and Continuing Education | 1 Comment »


cropped image001Written by guest blogger, Adrienne Doman Calkins, CE/Training Intern, Washington State Library, Library Development

Library staff have questions too. Lots of them. Like: How can I best implement eReader training at my library? What are the current trends in library programming? How can I improve our website? What training materials already exist to help me train my new staff? How can I best help my community with digital literacy skills? I want to brush up on my communication skills, but how can I from a remote area with few training opportunities. How can I learn about project management with my busy schedule?

Most importantly, library staff want to know how to keep their skills current to best serve their evolving communities.

The Washington State Library sponsors online learning for library staff across all 71,000+ square miles of the state through a statewide membership to WebJunction, an online learning community designed specifically for library staff. Washington is one of 18 states partnering with WebJunction to offer sponsored access to online courses and webinars for library staff. While WebJunction has a national presence, it is also a local organization based in Seattle, Washington, since 2003. Washington library staff benefit from WebJunction’s connections to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the parent company to WebJunction, OCLC.

If you’ve used WebJunction in years past, look again. The newly redesigned WebJunction website is easier to navigate and offers more resources.

Library staff across Washington are getting value out of the WSL partnership with WebJunction:image003

  • 700 courses were taken in 2012
  • 527 registered users attended 24 different live webinars in 2012
  • Library staff from 30 different libraries registered for courses in 2012
  • 561 Washington library staff are currently registered as WebJunction Washington members.
  • With current membership, courses cost WSL about $22 each. That price gets lower the more members join and take courses. The current contract pays for over 3,600 library staff to join WebJunction.
  • WebJunction content is available 24/7 to library staff wherever they have an internet connection, making it a great resource for rural library staff, who may not be able to attend offsite trainings as easily, or any staff who need to be as efficient as possible with their time.
  • New content is constantly being added to WebJunction. Upcoming webinars can be found on www.webjunction.org, or look on the Washington Partner page to see these and links to WSL’s First Tuesday webinars. Can’t make the date? Past webinars are accessible as archives, as well. New courses will soon be available in video format when WebJunction adds Lynda.com trainings to their course catalog, increasing the software, business and creative offerings sponsored by WSL. Note: access to Lynda.com trainings will be limited, so registered staff should look for the invitation via email soon.
  • Washington library staff can create a free account on the WebJunction site. Sponsored access will be approved by WSL and WebJunction within 48 hours.

Some WebJunction users are really taking advantage of the resources. One power-user, Keyla Gonzalez, a Circulation Clerk 2 from Bellingham Public Library, took 25 courses in 2012. She has built an impressive list of skills using WebJunction: “I have learned cultural communication styles, how to reach out to our non-English speaking patrons and how to better equip myself to be more helpful when answering patron’s requests.” What does Keyla appreciation about the WSL sponsored access to WebJunction? “I love that I can use my own time and finish my course load at my own pace. If there’s a course that is strenuous I know I can go back and re-do it however many times I want. Mostly I love that it is accessible at any time and it is free!”
WebJunction WebinarsAnother important role in online learning is the WebJunction champion—that person who encourages staff to take courses and attend webinars. Some champions are peers, others are trainers, administrators, managers or supervisors. All of them know access to online learning is only part of the solution to help staff keep their skills sharp. The other part is creating a culture that prioritizes learning and gives staff the time, space and resources to participate in online training opportunities.

One such champion is Patricia Chupa, Circulation Supervisor at the Shelton Timberland Library. Pat, as her staff know her, has built just such a culture in her department. She incorporates online learning into the goals her staff make during annual performance evaluations and goes on to make a contract with her staff: if they “partner with one another to get the materials handling work done in a timely fashion,” then they are guaranteed “protected time to do their courses” and staff help cover for each other by negotiating the best time for trainings. Has the effort paid off? Pat is proud to report “the professional approach to their customer service has improved across the team, and that has readily been demonstrated in the level of satisfaction we see and hear from our patrons.”

The WebJunction Washington partner resources are managed by the Washington State Library, with input from a state-wide WebJunction Washington Advisory Team made up of members from public, academic, and special libraries across the state. It’s the sponsored learners, though, that make WebJunction resources come alive as library staff interact with library patrons with skills learned through this state-sponsored resource.

 

 

December 2012 WSL Training News

Monday, December 3rd, 2012 Posted in For Libraries, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | Comments Off on December 2012 WSL Training News


Discover free and inexpensive trainings available online and around the state; compiled by Jennifer Fenton, CE/Training Coordinator, Washington State Library

Featured Free Trainings:

Registration information for the below trainings and webinars is available at: http://www.sos.wa.gov/library/libraries/training/trainingCalendar.aspx

 

 Washington State Library is pleased to offer the following FREE online training in December:

 First Tuesdays: Exploring Washington Rural Heritage Digital Collections

December 4, 9:00-10:00 a.m. PT

Join us as Washington State Library’s Evan Robb and Ross Fuqua provide an introduction to searching, browsing, and exploring Washington Rural Heritage, a digital repository for Washington’s public libraries. The presentation will demonstrate advanced search functionality, website navigation, and integration of social media and collection visualization components. Presented by Evan Robb and Ross Fuqua, Washington State Library.

For these and many more free and low-cost trainings, visit the Washington State Library Training calendar which is constantly being updated, so check back frequently.

  

WebJunction Washington Courses (must be logged into WJ WA to view courses):

WebJunction has launched the new site; here is some information to help you understand the new WebJunction Washington. There are now two sites, the portal page which does not require a log-in and the course catalog which requires affiliation with Washington to access free courses. Courses are unlimited.

New portal website: http://www.webjunction.org/partners/washington.html

*Please note that the content has not yet been added, so it is a skeleton website at this time.

New Learning Management System for courses:

User ID: USERID; Password: WebJunction

 

Early registration for January WebJunction webinars is now open:

The Impact of an Ice Cream Sundae

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 ♦ 11 am Pacific 60 min

Early Registration: http://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/The_Impact_of_an_Ice_Cream_Sundae.html

What does an ice cream sundae have to do with library partnerships? Let’s pretend that your community organizations (school, academic, public and special libraries, and other local organizations) are your favorite kind of ice cream. Now let’s ladle your favorite toppings over the ice cream to represent  the organizations’ resources, programs, personnel and funding.  How can the ice cream “mix” with the toppings to be the most luscious dessert possible for the most people?  When community organizations collaborate to share their resources with one another, they make the biggest possible impact on the most lives. Learn easy, understandable and powerful strategies that will give you renewed energy to create bold and imaginative collaborations among all types of community organizations.

Presented by: Kathy Jacobs, Director, Yankton (SD) Community Library

Creating a Culture of Innovation in your Library and Community

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 ♦ 10 am Pacific 60 min

Early Registration:  http://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/Creating_a_Culture_of_Innovation.html

We hear about libraries that are leaders in innovation, implementing ideas that keep the library growing and vital. Perhaps you have watched from the sidelines and wished you could kickstart some innovation at your library, but you’re not sure where to start. Come to this webinar for an active and lively discussion on how to find innovative ideas, how to connect with the people to help make them happen, and how to get buy-in and support for your ideas. There is a lot to be learned from other libraries’ examples and experiences.

Presented by: Heather Braum, Digital & Technical Services Librarian at the Northeast Kansas Library System, blogger at www.heatherbraum.info, and 2010 Kansas Library Association’s New Professional of the Year.

 

 For many more free and low-cost trainings, visit the Washington State Library Training calendar which is constantly being updated, so check back frequently.

 For more information on these and many more CE events, continue reading….

 

 Training Opportunities in December 2012

For full information, please click on the link or visit http://www.sos.wa.gov/library/libraries/training/trainingCalendar.aspx

*Please note that all times are listed in PT on this list, some webinar registrations will reflect other time zones

12/3/2012: Makerspaces: A New Wave of Library Service
12/3/2012: Open Mic Night with Dr. Joyce Valenza!
12/4/2012: First Tuesdays
12/4/2012: Tech-Savvy Staff: Better Service for Library Users
12/4/2012: Create a Story and Tell it Too: Engaging Supporters with Online Video
12/4/2012: Reading is a Superpower! Comic Books, Graphic Novels, & Literacy
12/5/2012: Applying the 70:20:10 Enterprise Learning Model
12/5/2012: Branding yourself and your library career on LinkedIn
12/5/2012: It’s Not Just for Kids Anymore: Adult Summer Reading Programs
12/6/2012: How to Create Your Own Library (or Personal!) Knowledge Base.
12/6/2012: Assessing the Cloud for Nonprofits and Libraries
12/6/2012: Outreach Programs in Rural Communities: Simple Steps for Surprising Results
12/6/2012: Lerner Publishing Group Spring 2013 Librarian Preview Webinar
12/7/2012: Tech Tools With Tine: 1 Hour of Evernote
12/7/2012: Accessibility Handbook: Making 508-Compliant Websites
12/10/2012: Bozarthzone! Nuts and Bolts of Social Media
12/11/2012: Better Together: Tech Trainers Sharing Expertise
12/11/2012: Creating a Comprehensive and Engaging Volunteer Training Program
12/11/2012: Mobile Accessibility – The Status of Accessibility in Mobile Devices
12/12/2012: What Would Walt Do?: Quality Customer Service for Libraries
12/12/2012: Polite Debate Society
12/12/2012: Basic Graphic Design for Library Staff: Quick and Easy Solutions
12/12/2012: Perfect Phrases for Fundraising
12/13/2012: Making the Choice: Mobile Solutions for Your Library

 **Please note that times and topics are subject to change and WSL is not responsible for non-WSL events. Please verify time and topic when registering. Also, new webinars are added to the training calendar throughout the month as time allows, so please check back. This is only a partial list of free CE Events available online.

 

 Archived presentations:

Don’t have time to catch these courses live? Many are available later as an archived presentation. To view archives, visit the following sites:

Infopeople

Common Knowledge

School Library Journal

Booklist

Tech Soup

Library Journal

SirsiDynix Institute

WebJunction

NCompass Live

Texas State Library

American Management Association

Carterette Series Webinars Archive: Georgia Library Association

 

* WSL provides information about outside training events for your convenience only; please contact the event sponsor for the most up-to-date information and all questions about the event.