- Lodi library uses prank to its advantage
- Stoughton Public Library seeks Youth Services Librarian
- Member/Staff News
- New OverDrive video tutorials available
- Registration open for history & preservation conference
- Continuing Education Calendar
Lodi library uses prank to its advantage
Just days after arriving in town, before anyone even had a chance to learn his name, a new friend disappeared without a trace and an all-out "gnome hunt" ensued.
With tired feet and a weary head a quiet traveling gnome took refuge on the roof of the Lodi Woman's Club Public Library over the Fourth of July weekend. He found a cozy spot in the sun and began reading one of his favorite mystery novels.
But who is this strange fellow, where has he traveled from and why has he chosen Lodi as his new home? To these and other questions the until now thought to be extinct creature keeps silent.
You can read the entire article in the Lodi Enterprise eNews.
Lodi Woman’s Club Public Library staff knew nothing about the arrival or disappearance of the gnome, but took advantage of the opportunity to create a significant amount of public interest.
Stoughton Public Library is seeking a full-time (40 hours per week) professional Youth Services Librarian to oversee operations of the Youth Services Department, including programming, collection development, and outreach.
The successful candidate will supervise the department staff, using an integrative collaborative management approach and actively participate on the library management team.
The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to schedule innovative and creative programming, teach the use of the public library as a lifelong resource, help staff excel in technological explorations, and consistently present the Stoughton Public Library and its resources to the public in a positive manner.
This job also includes the opportunity for teen programming, grant writing, outreach via a wide variety of methods, and an opportunity to exercise creativity in traditional and technological library settings. The work includes some nights and weekends. The position starts at $20.50 per hour/$42,640 per year, with excellent benefits.
- master’s degree in Library Science from a ALA accredited program
- one to three years of library experience with a background in youth services
- experience presenting programs and managing programming budgets, including experience directing and speaking to large groups of children & families
- experience selecting materials for youth in a public library setting and managing collection development budget
- computer skills including database searching, familiarity with Microsoft Office programs, familiarity with eReaders, and computer troubleshooting
- previous supervisory experience required
To apply, print a City of Stoughton application at www.ci.stoughton.wi.us/ and mail, along with a meaningful cover letter and resume by 5:00 p.m. on Aug. 17, 2012 to Stoughton Public Library, Richard MacDonald, Director, 304 S. 4th St., Stoughton, WI 53589. For a full job description visit www.Stoughtonpubliclibrary.org.
The City of Stoughton is an equal opportunity employer.
The Friends of ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) recently awarded one of two scholarships to the ALSC National Institute to Amanda Struckmeyer (Middleton Public Library) to support ALSC's goal of continuing education for children's librarians. The scholarship includes Institute registration, round-trip transportation, and two nights at the Sheridan Indianapolis City Centre where the Institute is being held Sept. 20-22. Struckmeyer was chosen from a pool of more than 25 well-qualified applicants. Criteria for selection included commitment to children's library services and to ALSC; leadership qualities as displayed through library and community involvement; need for professional development and desired outcome for attending the 2012 ALSC National Institute; and financial need for scholarship, personally and professionally.
The August issue of WSLL@Your Service has been published at http://wilawlibrary.gov/newsletter/1208.html. This issue includes:
- What's New -- In the good ol' summertime...; Have program, will travel; Library staff news; Closed for holiday
- This Just In... -- New and updated library materials
- Tech Tip in Brief -- "How old is this web site?"
- WSLL Recommends: Bender's Forms of Discovery
- Odds 'n' Endings: Drought information sites; Books that shaped Wisconsin
South Central Library System previously produced its own video tutorials for using various devices to access the digital content, but we will now rely on the new resources made available by OverDrive.
Get started quickly with digital books and more using these short, step-by-step videos. Each series is designed to help you browse, check out, and download from an OverDrive-powered site, and have you enjoying your favorite titles in no time.
Subject areas include Going Mobile for:
- IOS (iPhone and iPad)
- Sony Readers Wi-Fi
- Windows Phone
There is also a video about the Adobe Digital Editions software.
Registration is now open for the Sixth Annual Local History and Preservation Conference sponsored by the Wisconsin Historical Society. The conference will take place September 28-29 at the Sheraton Madison Hotel. Early bird registration ends August 10.
For more information, or to register, visit the conference website at www.wisconsinhistory.org/localhistory/annual_convention.asp.