Thursday, April 22, 2010

WVLC Commissioners meeting 05/07/2010

The Library Commission's next Commissioners meeting will be held May 7, 2010 at 10:00 A.M. at the Library Commission Offices.

Monday, April 19, 2010

When Families Grieve Outreach Kits

When Families Grieve Outreach Kits are available to educators and public libraries! Each DVD kit features the Sesame Street Muppets and documentary footage of families who have experienced the death of a parent, a children’s story book designed to comfort children as they cope with the death of a parent, and a guide for parents and caregivers providing tips, strategies, and activities. Go to  for more information. Beginning April 15, one kit is available per library or educator by submitting requests to Debbie Oleksa at W.Va. Public Broadcasting, 1-888-596-9729, with your name, contact information, library, and shipping address. Very limited quantities are available and requests will be filled as they are received until supplies run out.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Freeze-N-Read 4 Libraries

Libraries Are Cool!
If you think so, too...Freeze-n-Read on Saturday, April 17th at 4:00 PM!

Set your alarm now to Freeze wherever you are and chill with a good book in support of libraries! Find out more about the event and its promotional items.

Library Meltdown: Facts and Statistics
Flyers and Posters
Excerpt from a website posted by a creative library media specialist in Florida and her students.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

WVLC Commissioners meeting 04/16/2010

The Library Commission's next Commissioners meeting will be held April 16, 2010 at 10:00 A.M. at the Library Commission Offices. The agenda was revised on 04/13/2010. Click here to download the new agenda (PDF format).

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Millions of People Rely on Library Computers

A national study shows that 77 million people used library computers and Internet access in past year. Nearly one-third of Americans age 14 or older — roughly 77 million people — used a public library computer or wireless network to access the Internet in the past year, according to a national report released today. In 2009, as the nation struggled through a recession, people relied on library technology to find work, apply for college, secure government benefits, learn about critical medical treatments, and connect with their communities.

The report, Opportunity for All: How the American Public Benefits from Internet Access at U.S. Libraries, is based on the first, large-scale study of who uses public computers and Internet access in public libraries, the ways library patrons use this free technology service, why they use it, and how it affects their lives. It was conducted by the University of Washington Information School and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Read the press release in its entirety or view the report at the IMLS website. Excerpt from IMLS press release.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Library Snapshot Day 04.21.10

The Library Commission has posted a special Snapshot Day web page where promotional materials, survey forms, and eventually comments, numbers, pictures and videos will be posted. Every academic, public, school and special library in West Virginia is encouraged to participate. The larger the numbers, the greater the impact.

Start planning your events for April 21st. Line up your photographers and videographers. Plan a special event for the day so that you can capture it in story and photos. Watch the Snapshot Day web page and WVLC E-Bulletin for additional developments.

Monday, April 5, 2010

WVLC at WVLA Spring Fling

The Library Commission will be presenting several presentations at the WV Library Association Spring Fling conference.  Presentations include:
  • E-rate for WV libraries.
  • Creating research guides for small to medium libraries.
  • Status of the network.
For the complete Spring Fling schedule click here.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

April Featured Resource

Oxford Reference Online Premium Collection

Available at the Reference Library or from your home/office. Results will open in a new window.
First stop resource for facts, definitions, dates, biographies, quotations, country information, etc. Includes brief reference information and in-depth articles across all subjects. Provides cross references to related topics and reliable web sites.