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2015 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 01/30/2015

January 30th, 2015 Nono Burling Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Updates No Comments »

Courtesy of the Legislative Planning Committee, Washington Library Association Library Related Legislation. The Washington Library Association (WLA) tracks state legislative activity that will potentially affect Washington Libraries. Their tracker is posted weekly on this blog.

For information on the legislative process or becoming involved, see the WLA site referenced above

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Clippings January 30, 2015

January 30th, 2015 Staci Phillips Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Updates No Comments »

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Library Clippings for the week of January 30, 2015

Library News

Evergreen library reopening Sundays (Everett/Mukilteo Tribune, Snohomish, 12/24/14)

Library faces looming budget cut (The North Coast News, Ocean Shores, 12/25/14)

Why buy when you can borrow?
I had a recent dentist appointment and as I sat in the waiting room, I read a novel on my e-reader. A woman sitting near me asked me how I could read on “that newfangled thing.” When she learned that I was a librarian, she was surprised. “Don’t these things take away from your business at the library?” “We are busier than ever,” I assured her. People are often surprised at how many borrowing options there are in the King County Library System. Visiting the ebook and downloads page at www.kcls.org/downloads/ shows the options between books, audio downloads, magazine downloads and video and music. Staff members are happy to help with your download questions. You can visit a library or call Ask KCLS staff at 425-462-9600. With your library card and an internet connection, you can borrow any number of titles and formats to suit your needs and interests. Some of the best things in life really are free. This is a synopsis of an article written by Darcy Brixey, teen services librarian with the Bellevue System. (Bellevue Reporter, Kent, 12/26/14)
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WSL Updates for January 29, 2015

January 29th, 2015 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

Volume 11, January 29, 2015 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) 10 TECHNOLOGIES TO MAKE LIBRARY LIFE EASIER

2) FREE BOOKS FOR WASHINGTON LIBRARIES

3) WLA BOARD CANDIDATES NEEDED

4) ARSL CALLS FOR 2015 CONFERENCE PROPOSALS

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When the going gets tough, the tough get creative

January 26th, 2015 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Institutional Library Services No Comments »

Kathleen Benoun, long time Library Associate at the Western State Hospital library, had an idea. For over thirty years Kathleen has delivered excellent service to the hospital patients.  ddwIn the past Kathleen used to take the library to the patrons, presenting programs ranging from trivia contests to poetry reading. However over the time that she has worked at the Hospital library, like librarians across the nation, Kathleen has had to learn to do more with less.  As the solo librarian she is no longer able to visit the wards.  So let’s get back to the idea.  In January of 2011 she started writing a monthly library newsletter which the hospital print shop produced and the mail room distributed.  Kathleen reports:

My original goal was to highlight books and films in our collection by themes.  Often, we added new materials that I wanted to advertise immediately.  Thus, the monthly newsletter became a weekly in 2013.   Later, I began to add some historical information about the hospital.  The response has been good.  Staff and patients contact me to request the materials highlighted in the newsletter.

If you’ve ever written a weekly newsletter you know that coming up with an idea every week can be a challenge so here’s where the creative part comes in.  As of January 2015 the Dewey Digest Weekly – “50 states edition” was born.  Each week Kathleen highlights a state pulling together books, films and music that salute the state of the week. There’s a little bit of state background information (what librarian doesn’t want to impart a tidbit of knowledge when they have the chance), followed by books, musical artists and movies associated with that state.  Is it working? ddw2 Kathleen reports that she definitely notices an uptick in requests for materials highlighted in the newsletter.  Kathleen’s newsletters are a fun and visual way of continuing to take the library to the patrons.  Fifty states… well that takes care of 2015.  We can’t wait to see the ingenious idea Kathleen comes up with for next year’s newsletter.

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2015 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 01/23/2015

January 23rd, 2015 Jeff Martin Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Updates No Comments »

Courtesy of the Legislative Planning Committee, Washington Library Association Library Related Legislation. The Washington Library Association (WLA) tracks state legislative activity that will potentially affect Washington Libraries. Their tracker is posted weekly on this blog.

For information on the legislative process or becoming involved, see the WLA site referenced above.

 

         
Bill Title Sponsor Status Date Latest Cmte Mtg Info Companion 
HB 1008 Agency data practices audits Smith H Gen Govt & Inf 1/12/2015 Jan 30 Scheduled for public hearing in the House  Committee on Gen Govt & Info Tech at 8:00 AM. (Subject to change)  
HB 1079 Joint utilization contracts Kochmar H State Governme 1/12/2015 Jan 21 Public hearing in the House  Committee on State Government at 8:00 AM. SB 5348(SGovtOp&StSec)
HB 1086 Public record commercial use Moeller H State Governme 1/12/2015 Jan 20 Public hearing in the House  Committee on State Government at 10:00 AM.  
HB 1105 Operating sup budget 2015 Hunter H Approps 1/12/2015 Jan 26 Scheduled for public hearing in the House  Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM. (Subject to change) SB 5076(SWays & Means)
HB 1106 Operating budget 2015-2017 Hunter H Approps 1/12/2015 Jan 14 Public hearing in the House  Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM. SB 5077(SWays & Means)
HB 1107 Cultural & heritage programs Springer H Comm Dev, Hous 1/12/2015 Jan 20 Public hearing in the House  Committee on Community Development and Housing & Tribal Affairs at 1:30 PM. SB 5463(SWays & Means)
HB 1133 Public utility tax, counties Tharinger H Local Govt 1/14/2015 Jan 22 Public hearing in the House  Committee on Local Government at 1:30 PM.  
HB 1168 Retiree return-to-work/PERS Ormsby H Approps 1/14/2015 Jan 29 Scheduled for public hearing in the House  Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM. (Subject to change) SB 5211(SWays & Means)
HB 1189 City, district publ. records Hunt, S. H Local Govt 1/15/2015 Jan 27 Scheduled for executive session in the House  Committee on Local Government at 10:00 AM. (Subject to change)  
HB 1250 Notice and review processes Holy H Local Govt 1/16/2015 Jan 27 Scheduled for public hearing in the House  Committee on Local Government at 10:00 AM. (Subject to change) SB 5138(SGovtOp&StSec)
HB 1251 Emergency med services levy Van De Wege H Finance 1/16/2015 Jan 23 Public hearing in the House  Committee on Finance at 8:00 AM.  
HB 1322 State retirement plans Reykdal H Approps 1/19/2015 Jan 29 Scheduled for public hearing in the House  Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM. (Subject to change)  
HB 1331 School library & tech progs Muri H Education 1/19/2015   SB 5294(SEL/K-12)
HB 1374 Agency contract information Taylor H Judiciary 1/19/2015    
HB 1425 Advisory committees, etc. Pollet H State Governme 1/20/2015    
HB 1542 PERS, TRS, SERS/earlier ages Hunt, S. H Approps 1/22/2015   SB 5473(SWays & Means)
HB 1615 Postretirement employment Appleton H Approps 1/23/2015   SB 5545(SWays & Means)
             
SB 5076 Operating sup budget 2015 Hill S Ways & Means 1/13/2015   HB 1105(HApprops)
SB 5077 Operating budget 2015-2017 Hill S Ways & Means 1/13/2015 Jan 14 Public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Ways & Means at 3:30 PM. HB 1106(HApprops)
SB 5138 Notice and review processes Roach S GovtOp&StSec 1/14/2015 Jan 20 Public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Government Operations & State Security at 10:00 AM. HB 1250(HLocal Govt)
SB 5211 Retiree return-to-work/PERS Bailey S Ways & Means 1/15/2015   HB 1168(HApprops)
SB 5226 Public sector union finances Becker S Commerce and L 1/15/2015 Jan 26 Scheduled for executive session in the Senate  Committee on Commerce & Labor at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change)  
SB 5294 School library & tech progs McAuliffe S EL/K-12 1/19/2015 Jan 27 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change) HB 1331(HEducation)
SB 5329 Public employee bargaining Braun S Commerce and La 1/19/2015 Jan 26 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Commerce & Labor at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change)  
SB 5348 Joint utilization contracts Miloscia S GovtOp&StSec 1/20/2015 Jan 29 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Government Operations & State Security at 10:00 AM. (Subject to change) HB 1079(HState Governme)
SB 5463 Cultural & heritage programs Hill S Ways & Means 1/22/2015   HB 1107(HComm Dev, Hous)
SB 5466 PEBB benefits eligibility Becker S Ways & Means 1/22/2015    
SB 5473 PERS, TRS, SERS/earlier ages Chase S Ways & Means 1/22/2015   HB 1542(HApprops)
SB 5525 Property taxes Sheldon S Ways & Means 1/23/2015    
SB 5533 Electronic data, charges for Hobbs S GovtOp&StSec 1/23/2015    
SB 5545 Postretirement employment McAuliffe S Ways & Means 1/23/2015   HB 1615(HApprops)
SJR 8203 Prop tx valuation base years Sheldon S Ways & Means 1/23/2015    
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Clippings January 23, 2015

January 23rd, 2015 Staci Phillips Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Updates No Comments »

 

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Library Clippings for the week of January 23, 2015

Library News

Saturday hours gone at library (Statesman-Examiner, Colville, 12/17/14)

South Everett library gets noisy for 25th bash
The Evergreen Branch library celebrated its 25th anniversary on Wednesday, Dec. 10. The library was built in 1989 as a way to give South Everett, a hotly growing area in the 1980s under Mayor Bill Moore, an access point for books and library services. Nowadays, it is widely acknowledged the library has outgrown its space. The library’s expansion plans, though, were halted earlier this year because of the city’s belt-tightening budget process, a library board member said last week. An architectural firm already had been contracted in 2013 to sketch out the expansion. (Everett/Mukilteo Tribune, 12/17/14)

Book donations for Toybox
Librarian Nichole Kopp delivers book donations to Jim Krouse at the Colfax Fire Department for the Firemen’s Toybox project. Friends of Whitman County Library provided a drop site at the Colfax Branch for new books and toys for the annual drive hosted by the Colfax Fire Department. Colfax Thrifty Grandmother’s and others donated new books which were available to youngsters in the drive. (Whitman County Gazette, Colfax, 12/18/14)
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Statewide Database Licensing Needs Assessment Survey

January 22nd, 2015 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Technology and Resources No Comments »

 

DATABASE at Postmasters, March 2009 by Michael Mandiberg / CC BY-SA

DATABASE at Postmasters, March 2009 by Michael Mandiberg / CC BY-SA

The Washington State Library’s Statewide Database Licensing (SDL) project announces the release of two important needs assessment surveys, one for library staff, and one for library users. All library staff who are aware of the library’s electronic resources, especially research databases, are encouraged to take the staff survey, and all Washington libraries are encouraged to promote the user survey to their clientele, through their web sites, social media, patron newsletters, and any other appropriate media or opportunities.

The surveys will be available through Friday, February 20, 2015. Here are the survey links:

• Library user survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SDL-2015
• Library staff survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SDL-Staff

The library audience for both surveys includes all types of libraries that participate in SDL: public libraries, private academic, community and technical colleges, hospital and research libraries, and K-12 schools, both public and private. In the case of K-12 schools, the end user survey is intended for classroom teachers and administrators, rather than students, but college and university students are strongly encouraged to take the survey.

In promulgating the survey links, be sure to notice that they use the secure https protocol. Visit sos.wa.gov/q/SDL for additional information, including suggestions for promoting the survey to your users. For questions about the surveys or the SDL needs assessment process, please contact SDL project manager Will Stuivenga will.stuivenga@sos.wa.gov 360.704.5217. Thank you in advance for your participation and cooperation in making these surveys a success.

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WSL Updates for January 22, 2015

January 22nd, 2015 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

Volume 11, January 22, 2015 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) SDL NEEDS ASSESSMENT SURVEYS

2) 2015 WLA CONFERENCE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

3) BUILDING BRIDGES TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE

4) IMLS ANNOUNCES SPARKS! IGNITION LIBRARY GRANTS

5) COMING SOON IN OREGON

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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Support for the State Library has poured in from all over Washington

January 20th, 2015 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public No Comments »

Several months ago in light of a potential budget shortfall the Washington State Library held an “Essential Needs Survey”. We were amazed and touched as support came in from all over the state. Someone from every district in Washington State told us how valuable the services of the State Library was to them in their work and in their life. It would be impossible to share them all so we came up with this method to show you the broad impact of the Washington State Library. For this entry we chose just one from every district. Would you like to learn what else is being said in your district? Just ask and we’ll be happy to share more of the comments.


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2015 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 01/16/2015

January 16th, 2015 Jeff Martin Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, News, Updates No Comments »

Courtesy of the Legislative Planning Committee, Washington Library Association Library Related Legislation. The Washington Library Association (WLA) tracks state legislative activity that will potentially affect Washington Libraries. Their tracker is posted weekly on this blog.

For information on the legislative process or becoming involved, see the WLA site referenced above.

  Library Tracker 1-16-2015          
Bill Title  Sponsor Status Date Latest Cmte Mtg Info Companion Bills
HB 1008 Agency data practices audits Smith H Gen Govt & Inf 1/12/2015    
HB 1013 County legislative meetings Appleton H LGDP 1/15/2015 Jan 15 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Local Government at 1:30 PM.  
HB 1086 Public record commercial use Moeller H State Governme 1/12/2015 Jan 20 Scheduled for public hearing in the House  Committee on State Government at 10:00 AM. (Subject to change)  
HB 1105 Operating sup budget 2015 Hunter H Approps 1/12/2015 Jan 14 Public hearing in the House  Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM. SB 5076(SWays & Means)
HB 1106 Operating budget 2015-2017 Hunter H Approps 1/12/2015 Jan 14 Public hearing in the House  Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM. SB 5077(SWays & Means)
HB 1107 Cultural & heritage programs Springer H Comm Dev, Hous 1/12/2015 Jan 20 Scheduled for public hearing in the House  Committee on Community Development and Housing & Tribal Affairs at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change)  
HB 1133 Public utility tax, counties Tharinger H Local Govt 1/14/2015 Jan 22 Scheduled for public hearing in the House  Committee on Local Government at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change)  
HB 1168 Retiree return-to-work/PERS Ormsby H Approps 1/14/2015   SB 5211(SWays & Means)
HB 1189 City, district publ. records Hunt, S. H Local Govt 1/15/2015 Jan 20 Scheduled for public hearing in the House  Committee on Local Government at 10:00 AM. (Subject to change)  
HB 1250 Notice and review processes Holy H Local Govt 1/16/2015   SB 5138(SGovtOp&StSec)
HB 1251 Emergency med services levy Van De Wege H Finance 1/16/2015    
             
SB 5076 Operating sup budget 2015 Hill S Ways & Means 1/13/2015   HB 1105(HApprops)
SB 5077 Operating budget 2015-2017 Hill S Ways & Means 1/13/2015 Jan 14 Public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Ways & Means at 3:30 PM. HB 1106(HApprops)
SB 5109 Infrastructure/local govt Brown S Trade & Economi 1/14/2015    
SB 5138 Notice and review processes Roach S GovtOp&StSec 1/14/2015 Jan 20 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Government Operations & State Security at 10:00 AM. (Subject to change) HB 1250(HLocal Govt)
SB 5211 Retiree return-to-work/PERS Bailey S Ways & Means 1/15/2015   HB 1168(HApprops)
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