- SCLS creates family literacy Facebook page
- LSTA Advisory Committee meeting held in DeForest
- Member/Staff News
- Lodi dedicates Peg’s Green Grove
- Overview of 2012 e-rate applications
- Support Staff & Circulation Conference is May 23
- ALA’s Office For Literacy and Outreach Services offers free toolkit
- Choose Privacy Week: A Privacy Bibliography
- ALA offers free advocacy strategy webinar
- Continuing Education Calendar
SCLS creates family literacy Facebook page
SCLS has created a Family Literacy Facebook page for updates about family literacy programs and services and as an opportunity for member library staff to ask questions and share stories about literacy programs in their communities.
All library staff are welcome to explore, visit and contribute to this new Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sclsfamilyliteracy.
LSTA Advisory Committee meeting held in DeForest
A two-day LSTA Advisory Committee meeting was held in DeForest on April 17-18, 2012. There are five new members on the committee serving three-year terms: Cherilyn Stewart, Director, Manitowoc Public Library; Krista Ross, Director, Southwest Library System; Gerri Moeller, Automation Manager, Outagamie Waupaca Library System; Mary Driscoll, Outreach Librarian, Dane County Library Service; and Linda Stobbe, Office Manager, Northern Waters Library Service.
The public hearing included testimony in support of the following LSTA categories: assistance for small libraries to join regional shared integrated automation systems; statewide delivery services; public library system technology grants; and continued e-content support.
Based on potential funds available and evaluation results of the Five-Year LSTA plan of 2008-2012, the Division for Libraries and Technology staff presented preliminary grant categories for 2013 with corresponding requests for funding. During the meeting’s second day the committee recommended that the following categories be continued and supported at the proposed funding levels: Delivery services, Digitization-Local Resources, Library Improvement/Technology, Public Library System Technology, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning (both Statewide Technology and WISCAT), Statewide Library Improvement, continued funding for the Learning Express database, and LSTA Administration.
The federal agency that distributes the funding for LSTA for states (IMLS) requested that the Statewide Library Improvement category be proposed as a separate project from the Youth and Special Services Librarian. Communications and Planning, a category that supports the Assistant State Superintendent’s participation in national and statewide meetings, was increased to provide funds to support the work of a task force to consider updates to a study done in 2006 of public library systems’ integrated library system (ILS) expenses, and consider options such as linking or combining existing ILSs, or implement a statewide integrated library system. The task force would also review how those changes would be incorporated into or supplant current inter-library loan processes and management.
The committee endorsed $200,000 in digital-content licensing support (ebooks and downloadable audio) to encourage continued public library collaborative investment in the statewide public library digital buying pool. School libraries received funding to investigate e-book collaborative purchasing to serve K-12 students.
Public libraries and public library systems’ competitive grant categories will include Literacy initiatives and Accessibility grants. In addition, a new category called Digital Creation Technologies will be available to develop and improve library resources and services promoting digital creativity and learning by designating and cultivating digital creation spaces in public libraries. Projects will need to address both space and services needs and emphasize learning, community, technology, and access. Projects may involve other organizations, institutions, or employment support agencies that promote digital learning in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the project. Guidelines and grant scenarios for this new category will be included in the LSTA Information and Guidelines 2013 to be issued in late May 2012.
Funds were allocated for a new “Youth Services Leadership Institute” to provide professional development and networking for librarians who serve infants, children, and teens in small to medium-size public libraries. The institute will target librarians who have no graduate-level education in librarianship and/or work in rural library communities. The institute will be limited to 25 participants in order to facilitate an effective, intimate, and focused institute experience to help foster future networking and professional participation, online and in-person. E-Learning opportunities were also funded to encourage staff continuing education efforts.
New and ongoing grant categories recommended by the LSTA advisory committee must be approved through the State Superintendent’s office before grant applications can be solicited by the Division for Libraries and Technology. As the grant cycle progresses, information on categories and the application process will be posted to http://dpi.wi.gov/pld/lsta.html.
--from Channel Weekly (Vol. 14, No. 29 – April 19, 2012)
Andrea Halbersma is the new director at the Lester Public Library of Vesper. She attended MATC and earned a degree in early childhood and development, then lived and worked in Madison for five years teaching pre-school and being a nanny. In October 2011 she began working at the Lester Public Library of Vesper as a Librarian Assistant, and in January 2012 became the interim director.
The Friends of the Marshall Library recently completed their mini golf course (see photo at right) and held a successful fundraiser with the course. The mini golf course was used inside the library and families loved it. The nine hole course was laid out in and around the stacks. The course is available for rent through the Friends of the Library. Contact Diana @ Marshall.
Lodi dedicates Peg’s Green Grove
"Did you ever stop to think and forget to start again?" "What was your favorite book as a child?" "Light, seeking light, doth light of light beguile," "Thank you Peg." From fictitious characters to literary greats, things to ponder to words of thanks, these are just some of the phrases that grace the walkway in Peg's Green Grove next to the Lodi Woman’s Club Public Library.
Installed in remembrance of former director Peg Hilliker, the space next to the library has become an outdoor reading room. The dedication will be held this evening, April 30.
Read more about the project, and dedication, in the Lodi Enterprise.
Overview of 2012 e-rate applications
The application deadline for the July 1, 2012, E-rate funding year is now closed. The number of applications and the total funding requested nationwide are not yet available, although in most past years about 35,000 applications are filed requesting approximately $4 billion.
Preliminary information from applications submitted by Wisconsin’s schools and libraries is available, and it shows the following:
- 646 -- the total number of Wisconsin school and library applicants
- 2,805 -- the total number of separate funding requests submitted by the 646 schools and libraries
- $7,297,017.45 -- funds requested in the internal connections category
- $7,289,399.02 -- funds requested in the Internet category
- $31,105,672.48 -- funds requested in the telecommunications category
- $45,692,088.95 -- total funds requested
Staff in the Universal Service Fund’s Schools and Libraries Division (SLD), the entity that administers the E-rate program, have already started reviewing the applications. It is expected that the first approved applications will be completed by mid-May, but it will likely be the fall before most applications are processed. Any questions on the E-rate program should be directed to Bob Bocher at (608) 266-2127.
-- from Channel Weekly (Vol. 14, No. 28 – April 12, 2012)<
Support Staff & Circulation Conference is May 23
Working Together -- Blending, Merging, Transforming is the theme for the May 23 one-day conference sponsored by the Support Staff and Circulation Services Section of WLA in Appleton at the DJ Bordini Business & Industry Center.
For just $45 for members ($60 for non-members), you'll get a full day of programming on current topics in library management -- and some just for fun:
- The Tattooed Librarian (Keynote) -- Amelia Osterud is the Director of Information Services and Circulation Librarian at Carroll University in Waukesha, as well as being the author of "The Tattooed Lady: A History." Join Osterud for a discussion about her research, the research process, and the long road to publishing a book that seeks to clear up the mystery and misinformation surrounding tattooed ladies in the historical and scholarly record.
- Library Advocacy (Keynote) -- Ron McCabe, WLA President
Other topics include:
- Implementing RFID Technology: From Tagging to Automated Materials Handling
- Understanding and Serving Patrons on the Autism Spectrum
- Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC) Access and Navigation
- ILS Transition From III Millennium to Koha
- ResCarta: Create, Collect and Display Local History
- Chair Yoga
- Overdrive and eReaders in a Public Library
- Telling the Library's Story
ALA’s Office For Literacy and Outreach Services offers free toolkit
“Literacy for All: Adult Literacy @ your library,” a toolkit from the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS), is now available as a free print or digital edition.
Developed by the ALA Committee on Literacy and the Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, “Literacy for All” features tips and tools for assessing community adult literacy needs and tailoring a literacy plan to address those needs, as well as examples of successful and replicable library literacy plans and resources for serving adult new and non-readers. The toolkit is available as an eight-page print edition, an easily-navigable web edition or as a downloadable PDF file (797K).
The OLOS provides a series of outreach advocacy toolkits, including “The Guide to Building Support for Your Tribal Library,” “How to Serve the World @ your library: Serving Non-English Speakers in U.S. Public Libraries,” “The Small but Powerful Guide to Winning Big Support for Your Rural Library” and “Keys to Engaging Older Adults @ your library.” For more information on “Literacy for All: Adult Literacy @ your library” and other OLOS toolkits, including ordering instruction, please visit www.ala.org/olos.
The ALA Committee on Literacy develops and recommends the Association’s policies related to the promotion of literacy, and develops and encourages the development of programs, educational opportunities, and other resources that assist librarians and libraries in promoting literacy. It also raises the awareness of literacy within the Association and works cooperatively with the Literacy Assembly, the Office for Literacy and Outreach Services and its Advisory Committee and other ALA units on efforts that have a literacy focus. It also develops and maintains partnerships with national literacy organizations.
--from Channel Weekly (Vol. 14, No. 29 – April 19, 2012)
Choose Privacy Week: A Privacy Bibliography
Just in time for Choose Privacy week (May 1-7), the CCBC is featuring a new bibliography, "Privacy Between the Pages."
Choose Privacy week is an initiative of the American Library Association encouraging individuals to become knowledgeable and active in protecting their personal privacy and the right to privacy.
For more information about Choose Privacy Week, go to www.privacyrevolution.org.
The "Privacy Between the Pages" bibliography suggests books for older children and teens that look at a range of privacy issues and how they impact individuals and our society.
ALA offers free advocacy strategy webinar
“Rallying Your Community: Mobilizing the Grassroots” will be the topic of a free webinar sponsored by the American Library Association’s Committee on Library Advocacy from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2.
The webinar will demonstrate how two community organizations, the Sustainable Library Citizens Coalition of Indianapolis-Marion County (Ind.) Public Library and Urban Librarians Unite of New York City, have used their voices to impact library funding.
Marci Merola, director of the ALA Office for Library Advocacy, will moderate the webinar and demonstrate practical applications of resources from the ALA Office for Library Advocacy.
To register, visit https://ala.ilinc.com/register/thvbchx.
--from Channel Weekly (Vol. 14, No. 29 – April 19, 2012)