Update on the Affordable Care Act

I attended a webinar this morning that updated information about the ACA (Affordable Care Act).  Things are on target for the October 1 open enrollment.  There is a lot of information that is still being developed, but in the meantime I thought that I’d pass along the following:

  • Customers can apply online (preferred because they’ll receive immediate results), on the phone, or in-person working with an IPA (In-Person Assister).  We are working with several agencies to provide some IPA service in some of our buildings.  I’ll keep you updated on our progress.


  • The Washington State Customer Support Center will open on Tuesday, September 3.  Their hours are M-F 7:30 am-8:00 pm.  Help will be available in up to 175 different languages. Call 1-855-WAFINDER (1-855-923-4633) or TTY/TTD 1-855-627-9604




The webinar is archived at:  http://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/Libraries_and_ACA_Resources.html

Obituary Look-ups at the State Library

There will be some changes, due to budget cuts.  Out-of-state residents may no longer request obituaries–they’ll be directed to their home library.

And if you’re using the service for one of our customers, please remember to include:

  • Name of the person at the time of their death
  • Specific Date of death – We need at least the month & the year.
  • Location of death in Washington State
  • Location of residence in Washington State
  • Age

Back to School Webinars from Gale


Student Resources in Context

This ever-growing collection of premium cross-curricular content promotes learner engagement while fostering critical-thinking, problem-solving, collaboration and creativity skills. Uncover how this resource removes the risk of unverified sources on the open web while delivering an authoritative, multimedia selection of essential content.

September 10, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)

September 25, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (ET)



Opposing Viewpoints in Context

From climate change to immigration, find thousands of thought-provoking pro/con arguments in Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Balanced overviews and fact-based opinions from curriculum-focused references combine with multimedia to deliver an engaging way for students to develop critical-thinking skills. Join this webinar to see how you can integrate Opposing Viewpoints in Context into your library or lesson plan.

September 5, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)

September 18, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (ET)

September 27, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)


Microsoft Academy

You might have heard some rumblings over the past few weeks about a project from the Washington State Library that would fund subscriptions to Microsoft Academy.  And it’s true!   This is a robust e-learning system that contains instruction for technical skills at all levels.  Here’s a sample of the curriculum:

  • The Microsoft Digital Literacy curriculum provides essential computing skills for learners new to computing
  • The Microsoft E-Learning curriculum provides unlimited access for more than 400 courses.
  • Ready-to-use, customizable lesson plans including links to relevant Microsoft E-Learning and free demos and videos
  • E-reference provides digital access for educators to more than 600 technology books, searchable by topic, technology and subject
  • The Microsoft Official Academic Course (MOAC) series delivers a complete learning and teaching framework developed specifically for use in an academic setting
  • Microsoft Official Courseware (MOC) is instructor-led training intended for IT professionals and developers who build, support, and implement solutions by using Microsoft technologies


I know that we’re anxious to begin, but there’s some groundwork to be done.  Here’s what Jeff Martin at the State Library has shared:

What I can tell you is that before the project opens to the public there will be: 1) a series of online meetings for library staff to bring everyone up to speed; and 2) a series of face-to-face and virtual trainings to help library staff with the mechanics of getting their patrons set up and moving forward. Microsoft has welcome kits that will be sent out within the next few weeks to a month.

They will send the welcome kits to us and we’ll distribute from SRV.  I have no timeline for anything yet, but will get in touch with you as soon as we learn more.  In the meantime, the State Library has put together an information page and will be adding to it as more information is available:  http://www.sos.wa.gov/library/libraries/projects/ita/   and be sure to read the FAQ.

New Eresource: Birds of North America Online

Thanks to a savvy Edmonds customer, we now subscribe to Birds of North America Online, which was developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the American Ornithologist’s Union.  Not familiar with ornithology?  Here’s the scoop:

In two centuries of American ornithology, The Birds of North America (BNA) is only the fourth comprehensive reference covering the life histories of North America’s breeding birds. Following in the footsteps of Wilson, Audubon, and Bent, BNA provides a quantum leap in information beyond what those historic figures were able to assemble. The print version of BNA was completed in 2002 – 18 volumes, 18,000 pages — a joint 10 year project of the American Ornithologists’ Union, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and the Academy of Natural Sciences. Now as an online project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, BNA is becoming a living resource. Account contents are updated frequently, with contributions from researchers, citizen scientists, and designated reviewers and editors. In addition, BNA Online contains image and video galleries showing plumages, behaviors, habitat, nests and eggs, and more. And most online BNA accounts now feature recordings of the songs and calls of their species, recordings selected from the extensive collection of Cornell’s Macaulay Library.

Top GVRL Titles in July

For the first time in several years, Dutch Oven Cookery has not made the July Top Ten!

  1. VideoHound’s Golden Movie Retriever 2013
  2. The Rough Guide to Beijing
  3. Encyclopedia of American Government and Civics
  4. The Encyclopedia of Women’s Health
  5. Art
  6. The Rough Guide to China
  7. California Wine Country
  8. Alzheimer Disease Sourcebook
  9. Atlas of the World’s Strangest Animals
  10. Madrid