- Tech Day 2012 is Oct. 5 in Wisconsin Dells
- Mark your calendar now for Nov. 8 Cornerstone Award Reception
- Member/Staff News
- New titles added to SCLS Professional Collection
- Delivery facility tours available
- Stevens Point CE addresses digital content
- Wisconsin library digital book checkouts top 2 million
- Obtaining resources from UW-Madison Libraries after July 1, 2013
- Wisconsin awarded Connecting to Collections Statewide Implementation grant
- New BadgerLink resource announced
- Bill Moyers for the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out
- ALA’s Carnegie-Whitney Grant deadline is Nov. 2
- ALA president decries e-book sales practices by some major publishers
- Continuing Education Calendar
Tech Day 2012 is Oct. 5 in Wisconsin Dells
A program called Googliciousness! will lead off the day, which begins at 9 a.m. There was a time when Google was just a search engine, but times have changed. Google now offers a plethora of services that are helpful for all public libraries. Beth Carpenter (Kimberly Public Library) and Stef Morrill (WiLS) will introduce various Google services and share tips and tricks for using them. They’ll cover maps, mobile, photo, and productivity tools and even more awesomeness. Registration for the morning session is now underway.
The afternoon session will focus on updates from SCLS tech staff, and a program called Hackerspaces & Libraries. The SCLS updates will share information about plans for high speed Internet, provide a sneak peak at the new software center that you can use to easily install selected software, and we’ll also share information about credit card payment options for libraries.
From 2-3:30 p.m., Jessie Vieau and Trent Miller (Madison Public Library) will talk abut hackerspaces, makerspaces, and community workshops. Call it what you will, but they are popping up all around the nation, including several in Wisconsin. Madison Public Library and its hometown hackerspace, Sector 67, will share their experiences in the effort to bring people together through making, by facilitating the sharing of knowledge and resources. Sauk City Library Director Ben Miller also will be on hand to demonstrate his library’s new 3D printer. (register)
The all-day program includes an option of lunch for an additional $12. You can make this selection on either of the registration forms (morning or afternoon), but only select it once. Remember that there are separate registrations for the morning and afternoon, so if you plan to attend all day send in both registrations.
Directions to the Wintergreen are on the conference center’s website.
The 2012 SCLS Foundation Cornerstone Award Reception will be held Nov. 8 at Fitchburg Public Library, 5530 Lacy Road. This year’s honoree is Barbara Dimick, former director of Madison Public Library.
"This is the Foundation's fourth annual award, which honors people who have made significant contributions to the improvement of library service in their own communities, throughout the South Central Library System, and statewide," said Trish Frankland, foundation board president.
The reception, which runs from 5:30-7 p.m., is open to everyone. There is no cost to attend, and no need to RSVP. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served.
After 36 years of service, Diane Creola is retiring from the Pittsville Community Library on Oct. 31. In her honor, there will be a retirement party on Oct. 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Pittsville Community Center. Light refreshments will be served.
We are pleased to announce that Michael Fehrenbach has joined SCLS through the end of the year as a technology intern. Michael (or Mike) is completing his Associate of Applied Science degree from Madison College in December 2012. His major is IT—Computer Systems Administration Specialist. Mike will be assisting with the Help Desk, so you will be introduced to him if you call for support over the next several weeks. He will also be joining the techs in doing field work in the libraries. You may already know Mike, however, as he has been working as a Delivery Driver at SCLS since October 2010. Mike will continue doing delivery shifts during his internship in the Tech Dept. We hope you join us in welcoming Mike in his new role at SCLS.
Madison Public Library welcomes Melissa Barnes (Page 2, Lakeview Library).
The following titles have been added to the SCLS Professional Collection, which is available to staff at member libraries.
- The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror, 2nd edition, by Becky Siegel Spratford
- Picture Books for Children, Fiction, Folktales, and Poetry by Mary Northrup
- Read, Rhyme, and Romp: Early Literacy Skills and Activities for Librarians, Teachers, and Parents, by Heather McNeil
- Joint Libraries: Models that Work by Claire B. Gunnels, Susan E. Green, and Patricia M. Butler
- Being a Teen Library Services Advocate by Linda W. Braun
- Answering Teens’ Tough Questions by mk Eagle
- Fundamentals of Reference by Carolyn M. Mulac
- Fundamentals of Managing Reference Collections by Carol A. Singer
- RFID in Libraries: a Step toward Interoperability by Lori Bowen Ayre
- Grassroots Library Advocacy by Lauren Comito, Aliqae Geraci and Christian Zabriskie
- Grant Money through Collaborative Partnerships by Nancy Kalikow Maxwell
- Building and Managing e-Book Collections by Richard Kaplan
- Going Mobile: Developing Apps for your Library using Basic HTML Programming by Scott La Counte
- Multicultural Storytime Magic by Kathy MacMillan and Christine Kirker
- Get Those Guys Reading! Fiction and Series Books that Boys Will Love by Kathleen A. Baxter and Marcia Agness Kochel
- Crash Course in Library Services for Seniors by Ann Roberts and Stephanie G. Bauman
- PLA 2012: Recorded Programs (DVD)
Are you a new SCLS library director curious about how Delivery works? Perhaps you are looking for an activity for your staff on an In-Service day? Does your front line staff have questions about where those mysterious red trucks come from and where they're headed when they leave your library full of books? Consider a tour of the Delivery warehouse. We'd be happy to show you around!
We can show you the role that Delivery plays in statewide delivery, how materials are prepared for your library, and answer questions you might have about work flow, staffing, trucks, routing slips, and just how many items we sort in one day.
To schedule a tour, contact Bruce Smith at (608)-266-4695.
An Oct. 11 Continuing Education (CE) program at Portage County Public Library in Stevens Point will explore digital content and devices that have seen unprecedented growth during the past year.
“Balancing at the Digital Tipping Point: Trends, Impacts, and Responses” will feature presenters Stef Morrill and Sara Gold from WiLS from 10 a.m. until noon. The Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC) digital collection has experienced a 69% increase in circulation over the past six months alone, and libraries may soon see changes to their physical spaces and services as they continue to integrate digital content into their collections. Join Stef and Sara as they examine physical library, mobile and content trends, as well as the impacts and responses to each.
To register for this two-hour program, visit the SCLS Continuing Education Calendar.
In the afternoon there will be an OverDrive Lab from 1:30-3:30. Do you have questions about OverDrive? Want to check out some eReaders? Join Jean Anderson, resident OverDrive expert, for an overview of OverDrive and a chance to check out some eReaders. Bring your devices and your questions!
To register for this two-hour program, visit the SCLS Continuing Education Calendar.
Wisconsin's Digital Library hit an astonishing 2 million overall checkouts in September, placing Wisconsin among the highest level of users in the U.S.
This collection of audiobooks, e-books, music and video distributed through OverDrive is available to all library patrons in Wisconsin through the cooperative efforts of the state's 17 library systems and their 387 member public libraries. Responding to the growing popularity of electronic books (e-books), all the library systems are participating in a statewide program to purchase $1 million in new content in 2012 for the Wisconsin Digital Library.
Checkouts since 2005 reached 1 million last summer, and with circulation increasing 69% in the past year, the millionth checkout for 2012, and the next milestone of 1 million checkouts in a single year is expected around the end of September. The Wisconsin collection has consistently been the third highest circulating out of thousands of OverDrive partners, with steady growth and checkouts surpassing the famous New York Public Library as well as similar large state consortiums like the Ohio eBook Project and Tennessee READS.
Library users with a valid library card are able to download e-books and audiobooks directly to their mobile e-book readers and MP3 players, in addition to downloading to their computers. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees.
The Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC) was created in 2000 among Wisconsin public libraries and Wisconsin public library systems to provide all Wisconsin citizens with access to a collection of electronically published materials. These may be accessed from home, work or school, or from any library in the Consortium. Funding for the collection comes from public library systems, library contributions, and LSTA grants from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Change is coming July 1,, 2013, in how public libraries obtain materials from UW-Madison libraries. The change was outlined in a Sept. 27 email from Ed Van Gemert, interim director of libraries at UW-Madison, and Stef Morrill, director of Wisconsin Library Service (WiLS). The email is reprinted below.
The Wisconsin Library Services (WiLS) currently acts as the lending agent for UW-Madison library materials to other libraries (including those from the Wisconsin Historical Society Library). The University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries have been exploring a consolidation of our resource sharing operations for a number of years and beginning July 1, 2013, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries will incorporate lending into its full range of interlibrary loan and document delivery services. By streamlining our services we will be able to more effectively and efficiently serve all of our users.
This is a major change and it will take several months to transition our services. We want to reassure the Wisconsin library community that we remain steadfast in our commitment to the professional sharing of resources and that access to UW-Madison's rich collections will continue during this transition period and beyond.
We recognize that many questions will arise regarding access, transaction costs, procedures and processes. These and other questions will be addressed in a transition plan that will be widely distributed at the beginning of 2013. In the meantime, WiLS will continue to act as our lending agent until June 30, 2013.
Much more information to follow in the coming months, but do let us know if you have immediate questions.
Wisconsin is one of eight states recently awarded a Connecting to Collections Statewide Implementation Grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). A total of $1,775,638 in grants was awarded.
"These awards will allow for the implementation of plans developed with Connecting to Collections Planning Grants," said IMLS Director Susan Hildreth. "Each project addresses at least one need identified by the Heritage Health Index: providing safe conditions for collections, developing emergency plans, assigning collections-care responsibility to staff, and increasing awareness of and support for collections care."
The Wisconsin Historical Society, in partnership with Wisconsin Library Services, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Division for Libraries and Technology, and the Wisconsin Federation of Museums, will receive $237,760 in support of a project to address the most urgent needs of the state’s collecting institutions through a series of targeted trainings and expanded access to resources. Workshops in risk assessment, disaster planning, and salvage for 200 institutions across the state will result in tangible draft disaster plans and partnership in regional networks of institutions experienced in salvage techniques following disasters. More than 300 collecting institution staff will receive instruction in low-cost, practical measures to improve the foundations of their current collections care protocols, as well as instruction in the use of a preservation self-assessment tool delivered to the attendees at 13 statewide organizational and regional conferences. The major grant partners will collaborate to promote a short, reliable list of preservation information sources to all collecting institutions in the state through the broad use of their newsletters, websites, and listservs, and the public will benefit from improved overall preservation and care of the collections held in trust by Wisconsin’s cultural heritage organizations.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Our grants, policy development, and research helps communities and individuals thrive by providing broad public access to knowledge, cultural heritage, and lifelong learning. To learn more about IMLS, please visit www.imls.gov.
--from Channel Weekly (Vol. 15, No. 3 – Sept. 20, 2012
ECB.org is excited to offer Digital Science Online, free of cost to all Wisconsin educators via BadgerLink.
Digital Science Online is a new collection of standards-based visual teaching tools for the elementary and middle school science classroom and includes:
- 183 full-length videos
- over 1,700 video clips
- over 2,900 annotated images
- over 750 animations
- over 1,400 assessments, hands-on activities, vocabulary exercises and reading activities
--from Channel Weekly (Vol. 15, No. 3 – Sept. 20, 2012
Bill Moyers, legendary journalist and honorary co-chair of Banned Books Week, has produced a video essay in honor of the 30th Anniversary of Banned Books Week and for the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out. Moyers discusses the importance of our freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. The video is entitled "The Bane of Banned Books."
Check out the Virtual Read-Out page for more information.
The Carnegie-Whitney Grant provides an award that is based on a special fund first established by Andrew Carnegie in 1902, “the income of which is to be applied to the preparation and publication of such reading lists, indexes and other bibliographical and library aids as will be especially useful in the circulating libraries of this country.” The Carnegie Fund was subsequently enhanced by a merger with a fund established by James Lyman Whitney in 1910. The Publishing Committee, a standing committee of the American Library Association, administers the grant.
The Carnegie-Whitney Grant provides grants for the preparation of popular or scholarly reading lists, webliographies, indexes and other guides to library resources that will be useful to users of all types of libraries in the United States.
Grants are awarded to individuals, local, regional or state libraries, associations or organizations, including units, affiliates and committees of the American Library Association, or programs of information and library studies/science.
Grants of up to $5,000 are awarded annually. The number and the amount of the grants are at the discretion of the Publishing Committee and vary from year to year.
More information, including application materials, is available at www.ala.org/offices/publishing/sundry/alapubawrds/carnegiewhitney. The application deadline is Nov. 2, 2012.
American Library Association (ALA) President Maureen Sullivan released an open letter on Tuesday protesting the refusal by some large trade publishers to sell or license e-books for access by U.S. libraries and their users. The letter states that the policies of three publishers, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin, “…have been denying access to their e-books for our nation’s 112,000 libraries and roughly 169 million public library users.” The letter also states, in part:
“Librarians understand that publishing is not just another industry. It has special and important significance to society. Libraries complement and, in fact, actively support this industry by supporting literacy and seeking to spread an infectious and lifelong love of reading and learning. Library lending encourages patrons to experiment by sampling new authors, topics and genres. This experimentation stimulates the market for books, with the library serving as a de facto discovery, promotion and awareness service for authors and publishers.
“Publishers, libraries, and other entities have worked together for centuries to sustain a healthy reading ecosystem — celebrating our society’s access to the complete marketplace of ideas. Given the obvious value of libraries to publishers, it simply does not add up that any publisher would continue to lock out libraries. It doesn’t add up for me, it doesn’t add up for ALA’s 60,000 members, and it definitely doesn’t add up for the millions of people who use our libraries every month….
“We have met and talked sincerely with many of these publishers. We have sought common ground by exploring new business models and library lending practices. But these conversations only matter if they are followed by action: Simon & Schuster must sell to libraries. Macmillan must implement its proposed pilot. Penguin must accelerate and expand its pilots beyond two urban New York libraries.”
The press release with the full content of the open letter can be found on the ALA website.
--from Channel Weekly (Vol. 15, No. 4 -- Sept. 27, 2012)