Impeachment Papers – DPLA

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has made a collection of documents pertaining to the impeachment of President Trump available as a pdf download or for reading in a browser.

DPLA is proud to release this preliminary version of The Impeachment Papers: A Compendium of Documents Related to the Impeachment of President Donald J. Trump and The Report by the Senate Intelligence Committee on Russian Active Measure Campaigns and Interference in the 2016 U.S. Election.


Coming Soon – Information Services Staff Survey!

It’s that time again!

The Information Services Staff Survey will take place from October 26th to November 4th.

Please, contain your excitement.

Each year the Washington State Library asks us to share statistics about library usage, including the number of customer transactions that take place.  Since it’s totally unreasonable to ask you to track every transaction year-round, we run the staff survey twice a year to collect the numbers that we then extrapolate for a full year estimate.

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There will be plenty of time ahead of the survey dates to practice getting into the habit of recording your interactions, and to clarify any confusion about the different types of transactions.  To get ready you can review the Information Services Staff Survey page on the intranet.  The ARL survey is live if you’d like to take a look at the form (please don’t click the submit button).

Questions? Please don’t hesitate to give me a call at 7064.


Census 2020 – racing closer!

Can you hear the clock ticking?  There are just 209 days left until April 1, 2020…


Sno-Isle is in the midst of planning programs and preparing for the many ways we will inform people about the census and help them fill out the survey when the time comes.

In the meantime take a gander at the 2020 Census Staff FAQs to learn more about Sno-Isle’s activities around the census.  Stay tuned here for more exciting information in the coming months, such as:

Will there be a 2020 Census-sponsored Nascar?

Who knows, but we’ll tell you if there is.


2010 Census NASCAR
On March 4, 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau announced an agreement with Roush Fenway Racing to serve as the primary sponsor of the No. 16 Ford Fusion driven by Greg Biffle for three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. The Ford Fusion will carry the 2010 Census paint job in Sprint Cup races at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 7; Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 21; and Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, March 28.


Census 2020 – closer than you think!

It’s just over one year until the 2020 Census takes place – April 1st, 2020.

Of course, not all census activities take place on THAT day.  Much happens in the lead up before April 1st, and survey results are collected for a few months after that day.

Sno-Isle Libraries will be playing a number of roles throughout the process.  We will be key participants in the Complete Count Committees for Snohomish and Island Counties.  Census Bureau employees will be holding hiring information sessions at some of our locations.  New for this census is that the survey will be taken online – meaning we will definitely be seeing people in the libraries needing assistance!

Over the next few months, we’ll be planning the best way to meet the needs of our customers, whether it’s a link on the public computer desktops, dedicated census computers, drop-in sessions, or…?  We will also provide information and training for staff to ensure we’re ready.

I receive email updates from the Census Bureau, and will share interesting tidbits here in this blog.  For example, here is how people will be notified it’s time to take the census survey:

How the 2020 Census will invite everyone to respond[Source: U.S. Census Bureau]

Stay tuned for more updates in the coming months!



The Public Domain – New Entries in 2019!

Here’s some exciting news for 2019 – for the first time in over 20 years new works will be entering the public domain!

This is an exciting announcement for everyone, thousands of written works, musical compositions, films, paintings and photographs will be free of the bonds of copyright.  Some of you may be old enough to remember when changes to copyright law were passed in 1998, with the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act.


Copyright can be very confusing – if you’d like to read up on the details you can do so here.

What can we look forward to having unfettered access to in the new year?  Plenty.  1923 was a big year in entertainment, the arts, and literature.

You’ll be excited to know that beginning January 1st you will be able to publicly perform a mashup of The Prophet and Yes! We Have No Bananas should you be so inclined.

2019-book_gibran_prophet + 2019-music_yes-we-have-no-bananas + YOU = ???

The possibilities are endless!

Ubiquitous YouTube

Have you recently turned to YouTube to learn how to do something?  You’re not alone – over half of the respondents in a recent Pew Research Center study reported using YouTube videos to help them learn something new.


The study also looked at YouTube as a content provider for children:

The findings also highlight YouTube’s key role in providing content for children. Fully 81% of all parents with children age 11 or younger say they ever let their child watch videos on YouTube. And 34% of parents say their child watches content on YouTube regularly. It should be noted that YouTube explicitly states that the platform is not intended for children younger than 13, and that the site provides a YouTube Kids option for children that has enhanced parental controls.

Wow.  Perhaps unsurprisingly, 61% of respondents that let their children watch YouTube videos felt their child had encountered unsuitable content.

Pew also analyzed the YouTube recommendation engine, and found that recommendations tended towards longer and more popular videos as they worked through several iterations.  The findings in this section are particularly interesting.  Here’s the process they used to analyze recommendations – try it and see if you experience the same thing!

This report is full of information that can help us learn how people use technology to access information, and how algorithms can affect the variety of information people are exposed to (or lack thereof).

Have you made any interesting observations from you or your family members’ use of YouTube?

Verifying RINCs – Family Histories and other Genealogy Titles


One of my new responsibilities as the Information Services Lead Librarian is looking over RINCs that are classified as REF – most often these are family histories or other genealogy titles.

This week for some reason there were a lot of these requests – maybe as the weather worsens people are turning to their winter activities, including hours of genealogy research.  As I worked through the list I did a Google search for each title.  I found the full text of several of them online from sites like HathiTrust or the Internet Archive.  Other sources may have these titles as well.

I highly recommend a Google search as part of the verification process, even though it’s not specifically called out on the verification form.  In some instances I added the author’s last name to make sure I hadn’t missed anything, and that  brought up a result that wasn’t there in the first search.

So many of these books have been digitized in the last few years.  Providing our customers with the link to the digital item lets them access the book immediately, often saving 8-10 weeks of waiting for the physical copy.