Statewide Projects and Initiatives

Current projects

Ask-WA

Ask-WA is a cooperative of more than 60 libraries throughout Washington State, both public and academic, providing online reference services through chat, email, and instant messaging (IM) technologies. This statewide network is tied in to a global network allowing access to 24/7 live online reference services for every participating library and its users.

Connecting Libraries through Resource Sharing

The purpose of Connecting Libraries through Resource Sharing (CLRS) grant cycle is to encourage cooperation among public libraries in counties where inter-local agreements to share materials do not exist by providing grant funds for collection development with materials to be rotated between partnering libraries.

Connecting the Dots

Although public libraries in the state of Washington have taken an active role in supporting the development of early learning, particularly in the area of emergent literacy, the success of such programs has been difficult to prove due to the lack of outcome-based evaluation models and documentation of best practices. Connecting the Dots will address this critical need by supporting the development of research-based methodologies and tools that can demonstrate the effectiveness of Washington’s public libraries as hubs for community-based early learning initiatives.

Connect with Your Library: A mobile app for Washington

The Washington State Library is partnering with the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation on a mobile application that will connect citizens to their library and its services. Public, tribal, and non-profit academic libraries are eligible to participate in the project.

eBook Reader Pilot Project

Library users are increasingly asking libraries for more downloadable eBook content. In addition library users also expect library staff to be able to assist them with their eBook readers as they download materials from library websites. The goal of the pilot program is to develop "best practices." Participants in the pilot program will be expected to share their eBook reader experiences with other libraries in the state. This will be done at least twice via the Elluminate software. Participants will also be expected to contribute their information about their experiences for a proposed WLA program. One written report at the end of the program will also be expected.

Hard Times in Washington Libraries

We’ve assembled a Hard Times work group and are compiling resources and training to assist libraries in dealing with new information demands during these rough economic times. Resource topics include job hunting, resume writing, computer instruction, and helpful economic websites. We’ve also created a community where libraries can share best practices and resources with other libraries.

K-20 Network

State Library staff coordinate the connection of public libraries to the K-20 Educational Network, a high speed data network serving educational institutions throughout Washington State.

Library as Instructional Leader

Library as Instructional Leader expands upon an earlier LSTA grant, "Information Literacy in Washington Community and Technical Colleges" (2003 – 2008) that focused on promoting information literacy (IL) in the state's community and technical colleges by providing professional development and collaborative project grants in authentic assessment of information literacy for librarians.  In this project, additional opportunities will be made available for librarians to become aware of the needs of pre-college students and faculty.

Off the Page: Downloadable Audiobooks for Washington

The goal of this project is to allow residents of Washington State access to downloadable audiobooks by negotiating a statewide price that would make the product more affordable for libraries.

Preserving Washington's Cultural Heritage: Connecting to Collections

Connecting to Collections will create a model statewide plan for preserving Washington's cultural heritage collections.

Renew Washington

This grant program awarded funds to libraries across the state to help them provide assistance, resources, and training to unemployed and underemployed people in their local communities.

Statewide Database Licensing

The SDL project coordinates the efforts of nearly 2,000 libraries to purchases a statewide license for online, full-text, periodical and newspaper databases and facilitates group purchases of other electronic resources.

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Summer Reading Program

The Washington State Library has joined a consortium to provide children with summer reading program materials through their public libraries.

Supporting Student Success

Supporting Student Success is a new project designed to assist school and public libraries to work together for the success of K-12 students in completion of Classroom Based Assessments (CBAs).

Washington Rural Heritage

Washington Rural Heritage is a new initiative undertaken by the Washington State Library to establish a statewide digital repository and provide the infrastructure and training to both digitize and serve historically unique collections to a widespread audience.

Teacher-Librarian Core Cadre (TLC3)

A new initiative that will support the implementation of Common Core in Washington public schools. While the TLC3 direct trainings will target teacher-librarians, TLC3 resources and professional development tools will be available to all educators and school administrators, public librarians, and communities engaged with Common Core implementation.

Wayfinder: The Catalog of Washington Libraries

The Wayfinder catalog provides a single search for locating materials held in over 250 Washington libraries, with the eventual goal of including all of Washington’s libraries. This project leverages local library systems and increases visibility for library collections statewide.

Previous Projects and Initiatives (no longer active)

Connecting Learners to Libraries

The Connecting Learners to Libraries Initiative seeks to improve students' ability to effectively locate, evaluate, and use information to become independent life-long learners by encouraging collaborative efforts among libraries, learners, and schools through information literacy activities, opportunities, and demonstration projects.

Early Learning Initiative

The three-year Early Learning Initiative was designed to educate public library staff about emerging brain research in children from birth through pre-school age.

Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library Initiative

A two-year early literacy grant funded by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.

Information Literacy (LibrarySmart.com - no longer active)

A WSL sponsored website to instruct consumers in getting reliable information (from libraries and from the Web) and using it intelligently.

K-12 Initiative

The K-12 Library Initiative was formed to provide school librarians with the skills, tools and training needed to make a positive impact on student achievements. The initiative focuses on curriculum development, collaboration, technology resources, leadership and advocacy, and evaluation.

One Book

This project assists libraries in developing or expanding One Book One Community efforts.

Statewide Library Outreach Training Initiative

The Statewide Library Outreach Training Initiative is designed to enhance the skill of library staff in marketing library services, advocating for their libraries, and developing partnerships.

Virtual Reference Project

The Statewide Virtual Reference Project enables libraries to use a variety of electronic methods--email, the internet, and evolving technology--to connect citizens with information from sources and experts worldwide.

Washington Preservation Initiative

The Washington Preservation Initiative preserves historical library collections in all formats, to give citizens access to collections and help library staff develop preservation expertise.

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