- Registration open for Annual Report Workshop, ILS webinar
- Register now for Library Legislative Day: make your voice heard
- Member/Staff News
- Tessa Michaelson Schmidt joins Library Development Team
- ALTAFF compiling info from library friends groups
- Preservation assistance grants available from NEH
- Continuing Education Calendar
Registration open for Annual Report Workshop, ILS webinar
SCLS will hold its Annual Report Workshop on filing the Wisconsin Public Library Annual Report online on Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. This session is designed especially for new directors or others completing the report for the first (or nearly first) time, or for anyone who has recently experienced questions or problems with the report. However, anyone who is working on the state annual report should find it a helpful review and is welcome to attend.
Featuring DLTCL's John DeBacher, this year's workshop is again offered via GoToWebinar (register).
As you use the online Annual Report Form, please keep in mind that you should use the email [email protected] to report any problems that you encounter. John DeBacher has extra DPI staff helping with support, so using this email should provide faster resolution to any issues.
SCLS also has scheduled two sessions of the ILS Annual Report Webinar; Feb. 2 at 9 a.m. (register), and Feb. 7 at 1 p.m. (register) Both sessions will be conducted via GoToWebinar.
The ILS annual report webinars will provide guidance on using your LINKcat year-end reports to answer questions on your library's annual report, and will cover Cataloging, Serials, and Circulation data. The Cataloging/Serials portion will be first and will take approximately an hour. After a 15-minute break the Circulation portion will begin and should also last approximately one hour.
If you have questions about the ILS webinar, contact Michelle M. Karls, ILS Support Technician, at (608) 242-4720.
Register now for Library Legislative Day: make your voice heard
Library Legislative Day is Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, and as of this week registration was very low for this annual event. This year’s theme is "Libraries at the heart of the community" which is appropriate for all types of libraries -- academic institution, K-12 school, a municipality, or a museum, law firm or hospital. Legislators need to hear from you about important library issues and your role in serving your customers.
Major issues in 2012 include gaining support for:
- a bill extending the deadline for changes to the UW System’s research functions and WiscNet
- protection of the Common School Fund for school library use
- a bill to enable public library districts
- a bill to improve options for recovering overdue library materials
Your participation in Library Legislative Day is an opportunity to learn what is important to public officials and, in the process, position yourself as a resource on library issues. Appointments will be made for you and others from your legislative district. Background materials and a briefing provided in advance give you talking points on the issues, and professional lobbyists will provide tips on having an effective meeting. SCLS also will provide background information.
To maximize your impact when meeting with legislators, we encourage libraries to bring library supporters who can talk about the important role your libraries plays in your community.
Your participation is vital, so please register at www.wla.lib.wi.us/legis/day/.
If you are unable to participate in person, please take some time to become involved through the Virtual Library Legislative Day. On Feb. 14, simply e-mail, call, or write your legislator. Not sure who that is? Go to WLA's CapWiz advocacy site and find out.
All WLA background information on key issues will be available online prior to Library Legislative Day, so you'll be fully informed about the issues. You can also contact Lisa Strand, WLA Executive Director, at (608) 245.3640 if you have specific questions.
Nikki Busch (pictured) began her duties as director at Brodhead Public Library on Jan. 2, 2012. Nikki has a BA in Cultural Anthropology and a Women Studies Certificate from UW-Madison, and she also received her MLS from UW-Madison. Prior to Brodhead, Nikki worked at UW for six years as the Grants Librarian. Nikki also volunteered with World Library Partnership in South Africa to help create rural libraries.
This article, submitted by Pamela Westby, Middleton Public Library Director , appeared in “Governing the States and Localities” on Jan. 18, 2012. Titled “Local Libraries Weather Threat of Cuts in Internet Age,” the article quotes ALA officials.
Tessa Michaelson Schmidt joins Library Development Team
The Department of Public Instruction’s Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning recently announced that Tessa Michaelson Schmidt will join the Library Development Team as the Youth and Special Needs Consultant, filling the vacancy created by Barb Huntington’s retirement last summer.
Many in the Wisconsin youth services community may recall Tessa’s work at the Cooperative Children’s Book Center. She also worked as a school library media specialist at Wingra School in Madison. Prior to earning her MLS at the UW-Madison, Tessa worked as a teacher at Wingra. More recently, Tessa worked as a librarian, then Assistant Director, at the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library in Pagosa Springs, CO. She brings with her a broad range of experience in libraries, training, and social media skills, as well as considerable service on state and national library associations and award committees.
Tessa will join the Library Development Team in February, joining consultants Bob Bocher and Terrie Howe, and John DeBacher, who took over as director of the team effective Jan. 15.
--from Channel Weekly (Vol. 14, No. 16 – Jan. 19, 2012)
ALTAFF compiling info from library friends groups
The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends, and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association, is conducting a survey for Friends of the Library groups. The survey can be accessed at www.surveymonkey.com/s/J7V9QYZ, and responses will be collected through March 1, 2012.
The 10-question survey can be completed in five minutes or less. Survey responses will help ALTAFF develop resources for members and will be published on ALTAFF’s website and in an upcoming edition of ALTAFF’s newsletter for members, “The Voice.” Groups that complete the survey will be entered for a chance to win one of three prizes: $250, a year of ALTAFF membership or a one-year membership renewal (a value of up to $125), or a copy of ALTAFF’s "Even More Great Ideas for Libraries and Friends" (a $44.95 value).
Please e-mail [email protected] with any questions or call (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161. Survey results will be posted on the ALTAFF website later this year. ALTAFF is a division of the American Library Association that supports citizens who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries, including library Trustees, advocates, Friends, and Foundations.
--from Channel Weekly (Vol. 14, No. 16 – Jan. 19, 2012)
Preservation assistance grants available from NEH
The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Division of Preservation and Access has offered Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions for more than a decade. These grants help small and mid-sized cultural heritage institutions such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities improve their ability to preserve and care for their humanities collections.
Awards of up to $6,000 support preservation related collection assessments, consultations, training and workshops, and institutional and collaborative disaster and emergency planning. Preservation Assistance Grants also support education and training in best practices for sustaining digital collections, standards for digital preservation, and the care and handling of collections during digitization. Institutions may request funds for a preservation assessment of digital collections. NEH does not fund digitization or the development of digital programs in this grant category.
All applications to the NEH must be submitted through Grants.gov. The 2012 guidelines for Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions are available at www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/pag.html. You will also find sample project descriptions, sample narratives, and a list of frequently asked questions. The deadline for applications is May 1, 2012.
Small and mid-sized institutions that have never received an NEH grant and those considering projects in digital preservation are especially encouraged to apply.
For more information, contact the staff of NEH's Division of Preservation and Access at 202-606-8570.