FREE Training Opportunites from WSL – February 2011

Registration information at
Innovations at WTBBL

February 1; 9:00-10:00 a.m. PST

Learn how public libraries can assist Washington Talking Book & Braille Library members in their communities in downloading free books that patrons can keep for life. Presented by Eura Ryan, Washington Talking book & Braille Library.


Free Content for Library Collections: College of DuPage series “Library Futures: Staying Ahead of the Curve

February 4; 9:00-10:30 a.m. PST

The Internet offers a treasure trove of free resources that can greatly expand the range of information and services that libraries can offer their patrons. But it’s not always easy to find the best information to meet users’ needs. In this program, Michael Galloway, Manager, Digital Collections for ipl2: Information You Can Trust, and John Mark Ockerbloom, editor of The Online Books Page, will give a tour of some of the millions of books, magazines, journals, and informative web sites that can be accessed online for free. They will discuss how they evaluate and describe online resources to include in their directories, how readers can find what they need in these directories and elsewhere online, and how they can distinguish useful information from unreliable or irrelevant sites. You’ll find out how you can integrate free online resources with your local library offerings in ways that give patrons better service than either online or print alone can provide. And you’ll also learn how your library and your patrons can contribute to this growing corpus of knowledge.
Important Notes:
To receive instructions to view this session, select the 2nd option ” Series (4 programs) Paid for by State Library or Agency.”

This session will not be broadcast live at Washington State Library due to Library Legislative Day in Olympia. An archive will be available for a short time.


Trustee Orientation

February 7; 10:00-11:00 a.m. or 2:00-3:00 p.m. PST

February 8; 10:00-11:00 a.m. or 2:00-3:00 p.m. PST

Presented by Carolyn Petersen, Washington State Library. The session will cover the following:

  • Responsibilities of a board member
  • Differences between a governing and an advisory board
  • Roles of a governing and advisory library board
  • Differences between roles of the library board & the library director
  • Conduct of meetings
  • Open Meetings Act
  • What to do when the press calls
  • Resources from the State Library


Legal Reference for Public Librarians

February 14; 9:30-11:00 a.m. PST

Legal reference questions can be challenging to answer. This class will help public librarians learn practical skills for approaching these types of questions.

Participants will be able to:

  • Translate keywords from reference questions into legal search terms for finding resources
  • Describe legal resources available through WA web sites (KCLL, WashingtonLawHelp and others)
  • Refer legal questions as appropriate to a law library

Online via Elluminate. Instructions for log-in will be sent to each registrant.


Building Community Support for Broadband: Know Your Stakeholders

February 24; 9:00-10:00 a.m. or 2:00-3:00 p.m. PST

Community organizations, government officials, neighbors: these are just a few of your stakeholders. Understand who your stakeholders are and why they are important for Broadband support. These sessions are held in Elluminate and instructions will be sent to registered participants.

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