- System Celebration award winners announced
- Member/Staff News
- 2006 Wisconsin public library statistics available
- OverDrive statistics available online
- CCBC events coming this fall
- ALA publishes national report on funding and technology in public libraries
- Continuing Education Calendar
System Celebration award winners announced
System Celebration 2007 was held last night (Sept. 20) at Sweet Sophie’s Restaurant and Hall in Waunakee, with more than 180 in attendance.
Award recipients announced last night are as follows:
- Outstanding County Trustees
- Columbia: Terry Manley, Lodi
- Dane: Mary O’Connor, Monona
- Sauk: Don Greenwood, Spring Green
- Wood: Hilde Henkel, Wisconsin Rapids
- SCLS Trustee—Dr. J. Robert Curtis
- Public Official—Bill Wenzel, Prairie du Sac (Sauk County Supervisor)
- Special Award—John Tortorice, Madison, UW-Madison Libraries
- Partnership—Dane County Humane Society, Master Foods USA and Marshall Community Library
- Library of the Year—Marshfield Public Library
- Snavely—Kilbourn Public Library, Wisconsin Dells
Photos and more information about each award are available on the System Celebration web page.
This information came from Middleton Public Library Director Paul Nelson, who reminded us of the “Who needs libraries?” predictions from the mid-1990s. Read "Libraries facing Internet traffic jam" at www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20731032/.
The latest edition of Libraries@UW-Madison has been published at http://devweb.library.wisc.edu/newsletter/.
The Department of Public Instruction's Public Library Development Team (PLDT) annually collects statistics from Wisconsin's 388 public libraries and 17 public library systems. Excel and PDF files of the latest statistics are now available at http://dpi.wi.gov/pld/dm-lib-stat.html.
The files include over 115 data elements grouped by general categories. Information is provided on public library collections, services, staffing, funding, and non-resident use. The data are available in four different files.
- State totals by System
- County totals by County
- Public Library statistics for each of the individual 388 libraries sorted by population
- Public Library statistics grouped by County by System
The Website includes statistics back to 1996. If you have any questions on the statistical information in the above files, contact Al Zimmerman, consultant, Public Library System Administration, at (608) 266-3939 ([email protected]).
--from Channel Weekly (Vol. 10, No. 1; Sept. 6, 2007)
OverDrive Digital Audiobooks statistics for South Central Library System member libraries are now available at www.scls.info/statistics/2007databases.html#overdrive. The page also includes links to excel spreadsheets for individual months, from January through July, 2007.
The Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) of the School of Education at UW-Madison recently announced three upcoming lectures by distinguished authors of books for children and teens. These free public lectures are aimed at teachers, librarians, members of the UW-Madison community and other interested adults.
- The Wall: Growing Up: Behind the Iron Curtain. A Lecture by Peter Sís -- Oct. 3, 2007, 4:30 p.m., Chazen Museum of Art (Elvehjem Building), Room L160, 800 University Avenue, Madison -- Internationally acclaimed author, artist, and filmmaker Peter Sís will discuss his new picture book memoir “The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain.” Sís chronicles his development as an artist coming of age in Czechoslovakia before and during the rise of communism in the mid-20th century. The book grew out of Sís’ desire to explain to his own children that democracy and freedom cannot be taken for granted, especially in the aftermath of 9/11 and “what we’ve been willing to give up in the name of security.” In addition to “The Wall” (2007), Sís is the author of numerous highly regarded picture books for children and teens, including “Tibet: The Red Box” (1998), “The Tree of Life: A Book Depicting the Life of Charles Darwin” (2003), and “Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei” (1996, all published by Frances Foster Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux). He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2003.
- The 10th Charlotte Zolotow Lecture featuring Patricia MacLachlan -- Oct. 11, 2007, 7:30 p.m, Wisconsin Union Theater, Memorial Union, 800 Langdon Street, Madison -- MacLachlan is the critically acclaimed author of over twenty books for children and teens, including the Newbery-Award winning novel “Sarah, Plain and Tall” (1985) and its sequels, “Skylark” (1994), “Caleb's Story” (2001), “More Perfect Than the Moon” (2004) and “Grandfather's Dance” (2006), all published by HarperCollins. Among her highly acclaimed texts for younger children is the recent poetry collection “Once I Ate a Pie” (HarperCollins, 2006), coauthored with her daughter, Emily MacLachlan. The lecture is cosponsored by the Friends of the CCBC and the Wisconsin Book Festival. For answers to frequently asked questions about the Zolotow Lecture, go to www.education.wisc.edu/ccbc/czfaq.asp.
- Beverley Naidoo Lecture -- Nov. 15, 2007, 7 p.m., Room 5120 Grainger Hall, 975 University Avenue, Madison -- A native of South Africa, Naidoo has written novels and short stories for children and teens about South Africa before, during and after apartheid, as well as stories about refugees and the struggle for justice in other African nations. Her books include “Journey to Jo'burg: A South African Story” (Lippincott, 1985), “Out of Bounds: Seven Stories of Conflict and Hope” (HarperCollins, 2003) and “The Other Side of Truth” (HarperCollins, 2001).
No tickets are required for any of these events. For more information about these and other programs and resources available through the CCBC, visit http://www.education.wisc.edu/ccbc/.
The ALA Office for Research & Statistics recently published “Libraries Connect Communities: Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study 2006-2007.” The full report is available online at www.ala.org/plinternetfunding, and the bound book is available through the ALA Store.
The study has received significant media interest, including a national Associated Press story, CNN Radio and CBS Radio. The AP story is at www.signonsandiego.com/news/nation/20070911-2101-libraries-internet.html and the full press kit is available from the ALA Public Information Office.