Tuesday, November 18, 2014

New Library Update Available to View

A new episode of Library Update is up on YouTube. This is part one of Episode 33, State of the State's Libraries. Make sure to catch parts 2 and 3 of the episode as well.

The West Virginia Library Commission is committed to promoting, assisting, and supporting high quality library services and information resources to all West Virginia residents. This includes getting relevant information out to library directors, their staff, and patrons through various formats. Currently the Library Commission uses its website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Blog, Library Lookout and other e-bulletins, and now YouTube, to disseminate information. 
 
WVLC plans on bringing you current programs, topics, and trends. This broad spectrum includes partnerships, training, programming, and service. We want this program to be a useful, entertaining resource for you. If you ever have any questions or comments regarding topics on this show, please do not hesitate to call us at 1-800-642-9021. 
 
This program is not intended to act as a calendar of events, but as a vehicle of ideology and practical tips. Specific event information can always be found on our website www.librarycommission.wv.gov and at your local libraries.
 
The video in this post is the first segment of the episode. Check it out, then view parts 2 and 3. Make sure you subscribe to the West Virginia Library Commission YouTube channel so you don't miss the newest episodes!

Monday, November 17, 2014

DEADLINE EXTENDED December 12, 2014 RE: Digital Inclusion Survey




The original invitation was sent out September 23, 2014:
We encourage all public libraries to participate in the 2014 Digital Inclusion Survey, which is available through November 21, 2014. THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL DECEMBER 12. As community-based digital hubs, public libraries are critical community assets that facilitate the development and sustainability of digitally inclusive communities. The survey generates unique and valuable data that informs policy- and decision-makers about the essential contributions of libraries in the areas of digital literacy, economic and workforce development, civic engagement, broadband, and public access to the Internet.

You can access the survey by going to http://digitalinclusion.umd.edu. There is both e-mail and phone support for the survey, M-F from 9AM-5PM EST.  Call: (301) 405-9445  Email: ipac@umd.edu

The study uses your data in a number of ways to show how libraries help build inclusive communities — including interactive mapping tools (http://digitalinclusion.umd.edu/content/interactive-map), issue briefs, state summary pages, and more found at http://digitalinclusion.umd.edu.  


The Digital Inclusion Survey is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and conducted by the American Library Association and the Information Policy & Access Center at the University of Maryland College Park, in partnership with the International City/County Management Association.

Please contact Susan P. Hoskins with questions about the Digital Inclusion Survey



Susan P. Hoskins
Planning and Programs Consultant/
   State Data Coordinator
West Virginia Library Commission
Culture Center
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, West Virginia 25305
Telephone: 304 558 3978, Extension 2014
Fax: 304 558 1612
 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

New Library Update Available to View

A new episode of Library Update is up on YouTube. This is part one of Episode 32, Fundraising. Make sure to catch parts 2 and 3 of the episode as well.


The West Virginia Library Commission is committed to promoting, assisting, and supporting high quality library services and information resources to all West Virginia residents. This includes getting relevant information out to library directors, their staff, and patrons through various formats. Currently the Library Commission uses its website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Blog, Library Lookout and other e-bulletins, and now YouTube, to disseminate information. 
 
WVLC plans on bringing you current programs, topics, and trends. This broad spectrum includes partnerships, training, programming, and service. We want this program to be a useful, entertaining resource for you. If you ever have any questions or comments regarding topics on this show, please do not hesitate to call us at 1-800-642-9021. 
 
This program is not intended to act as a calendar of events, but as a vehicle of ideology and practical tips. Specific event information can always be found on our website www.librarycommission.wv.gov and at your local libraries.
 
The video in this post is the first segment of the episode. Check it out, then view parts 2 and 3. Make sure you subscribe to the West Virginia Library Commission YouTube channel so you don't miss the newest episodes!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

New Library Update Available to View

A new episode of Library Update is up on YouTube. This is part one of Episode 31, Weeding Your Library Collection. Make sure to catch parts 2 and 3 of the episode as well.

The West Virginia Library Commission is committed to promoting, assisting, and supporting high quality library services and information resources to all West Virginia residents. This includes getting relevant information out to library directors, their staff, and patrons through various formats. Currently the Library Commission uses its website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Blog, Library Lookout and other e-bulletins, and now YouTube, to disseminate information. 
 
WVLC plans on bringing you current programs, topics, and trends. This broad spectrum includes partnerships, training, programming, and service. We want this program to be a useful, entertaining resource for you. If you ever have any questions or comments regarding topics on this show, please do not hesitate to call us at 1-800-642-9021. 
 
This program is not intended to act as a calendar of events, but as a vehicle of ideology and practical tips. Specific event information can always be found on our website www.librarycommission.wv.gov and at your local libraries.
 
The video in this post is the first segment of the episode. Check it out, then view parts 2 and 3. Make sure you subscribe to the West Virginia Library Commission YouTube channel so you don't miss the newest episodes!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Banned Books Week, September 21-27


Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Check out the frequently challenged books section to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

For more information on getting involved with Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, please see Ideas and Resources, Calendar of Events, and the new Banned Books Week site. You can also contact the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4220, or bbw@ala.org.

For media inquiries related to Banned Books Week, please contact: Heather Cho, Media Relations Specialist, 312-280-4020, hcho@ala.org.

Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; the American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American PublishersComic Book Legal Defense Fund; the Freedom to Read FoundationNational Coalition Against Censorship; National Council of Teachers of English; National Association of College Stores; PEN American Center and and Project Censored.  It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

September is Library Card Sign-up Month



Library Card Sign-up Month is a time to remind parents and children that a library card is the most important school supply of all.

Participate on social media using the hashtag #LibraryCardSignUp.

Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man, the Hulk, Xmen, Iron Man and the Fantastic Four is the  Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month.

Video: Stan Lee on the value of libraries