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Upcoming Programs:

The New Washington Library Trustees Manual: An Overview

Thursday, May 2, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. repeated from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Diane Hutchins of the Library Development Program at the Washington State Library will present an overview of the newly revised and updated Washington Library Trustees Manual, which will be available online in a wiki format.

The end result of an 18-month long process, the revised manual is a valuable resource for all library Trustees, and their library directors. Diane will explain how the wiki works, and demonstrate key aspects of the newly updated manual.

To join the session at either of the two available time slots, use this link: http://www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/WillsRoom

WLFFTA WLA/OLA Conference Programs


WLFFTA has organized and is co-sponsoring several programs at the April 24-26 WLA/OLA Joint Conference in Vancouver:

Wednesday, April 24, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. – Pre-Conference: Open Access: What You Need to Know Now
Libraries routinely struggle to afford access to expensive journals, and patrons may not be able to obtain every scholarly paper they need. Is Open Access (OA) the answer? In this presentation, noted library thinker Walt Crawford explains what OA is (and isn’t) as he summarizes the benefits and drawbacks of different OA models, such as “Green,” “Gold,” "Gratis,” “Libre,” and various hybrid forms. Addressing the subject from the library perspective while taking a realistic view of corporate interests, Crawford presents a coherent review of what Open Access is today and what it may become. Future implications for libraries will be discussed with time provided for questions and interactive discussion.

Thursday, April 25, 4:00 - 5:15 p.m. – Give Us a Dollar and We’ll Give You Back Four
For all library advocates, we present noted library thinker, author, and speaker, Walt Crawford, discussing the research behind his book of the same title. Your public library is in competition with a lot of other agencies for money–-city, county, district, even state. You want your library to sustain its current services and expand them in the future. You know you get a lot of bang for your buck, but how do you show that to the people who hold the purse strings? Walt Crawford, author of Give Us a Dollar and We’ll Give You Back Four, has compiled, analyzed, and organized library funding and service data from all around the United States. Using a custom study for the public library systems in Oregon & Washington, Walt will discuss the research methodology and the results, and how our libraries compare with libraries across the country. The custom study will be available in PDF format. This program is essential for all library advocates!

Friday, April 16, 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. – The Librarian's Guide to Micropublishing
In this talk, library expert Walt Crawford demonstrates how libraries (both public and academic) can provide important new services at little or no cost. Based on his recent book of the same title, Crawford explains the how, what, and why of libraries and community micropublishing. He details the use of no-cost/low-cost publishing tools such as Lulu and CreateSpace and describes how libraries can guide their patrons in the production of quality print books. Micropublishing is one way that libraries can move into the forefront of the rapidly changing publishing marketplace. This is pertinent to all types of libraries, programming staff, administrators, outreach coordinators and others.


Past Programs

  • February 14, 2013, 10:00 a.m.

Washington Law and the Friends of the Library: What Friends’ Groups Need to Know

Friends of the Library groups need to remain current on changing Washington State Law to stay within the regulations for nonprofit organizations. This presentation and discussion by an attorney includes pertinent information on IRS and nonprofits, levy lifts, nonprofits and elections, and advertising.

Speaker: Daniel Gottlieb, Gottlieb Fisher PLLC

This program consists of a streaming video broadcast of the program originally presented at the 2012 WLA Annual Conference in Tulalip. Those in attendance have indicated that it was a very informative and valuable session, presented in a personable and comprehensible style.

View the slides from this presentation!