- SCLS Board approves governance changes
- Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference archive available
- ALA President welcomes new Pew report on 'Library Services in the Digital Age'
- Continuing Education Calendar
SCLS Board approves governance changes
- Clusters are now organized by county (a new election process is underway);
- ILS will be a separate, stand alone committee that does not need AC approval for decisions.
- Technology and Delivery committee decisions will still need AC approval.
- If there is a dispute with the AC or ILS committee decisions, appeals will go to the SCLS Board of Trustees.
- There will be three All Directors meetings with a possible fourth if requested. The first one will be March 21, and Laura Page will provide training. The location and agenda will be announced in the near future.
If you have questions about changes to the SCLS governance structure, contact Martha Van Pelt.
In other action later that day, the SCLS Foundation Board finalized the transfer of all holdings to First Business Bank, a locally held institution.
Effective with the January 2013 statements, the administrative fee will be lowered from 2% to 1.57%. New contracts will be sent to all Foundation members with the updated information incorporated.
The Foundation Board also determined that it will make another disbursement from the SCLS portion of the Foundation in 2013 because the fund has surpassed the board’s $100,000 goal. Foundation Board members will decide at a future meeting how the funds will be distributed.
In other action, Peter Kaland of Columbus and Joe Carter of Madison were appointed to the Foundation Board.
More than 650 people attended last week’s Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference, which was developed by Nicolet Federated Library System and sponsored by other systems across the state (including SCLS). It featured six webinars in one day (using GotoWebinar), with presenters from California to Maine.
The Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference recordings, slides, and CE Activity Reports can be found on the SCLS Website. Topics and presenters were:
- The Great Library Swindle: Your Rights are at Risk presented by Carson Block, Fort Collins, CO
- Dealing with Difficult Situations presented by Sonja Plummer-Morgan, Presque Isle, ME
- Marketing on the Edge presented by Ben Bizzle, Jonesboro, AR
- Library Self vs. Library Action presented by Jenica P. Rogers, Potsdam, NY
- Are We Hypocrites? Library Ethics and Digital Content presented by Sarah Houghton, San Rafael, CA
- Scale Up: 10 Ways to Increase Your Impact Without Increasing Your Workload presented by Joan Frye-Williams
Maureen Sullivan, president of the American Library Association (ALA), submitted the following statement regarding the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project report, “Library Services in the Digital Age,” that was released Jan. 22. The report examines the role of libraries in communities, how people use libraries and their websites, and the kinds of services people would like to see from libraries and librarians.
“The American Library Association is pleased to have this new data that both confirms and expands our understanding of why and how people use our nation’s public libraries,” Sullivan said. “As our nation’s librarians look to the future, the Reinventing Libraries report confirms that people want it all: access to computers and technology training; print books and early literacy; and mobile and online services that allow the library resources to be available 24/7.
“The good news is that our nation’s libraries embrace this broad vision of meeting community needs in person and online and already are working to implement it. The challenge, of course, is determining how to best meet growing information and learning demands at a time when many libraries still face flat or reduced budgets.”
Three vital findings from this report are:
- People value public libraries and librarians and believe they are important to their communities. Ninety-one percent of those aged 16 and older say that public libraries are important to them. Millions of people have used library services in the past year. They have visited in person and many taken advantage of library websites and digital collections. Half of all those who have visited their library say they did so to get help from a librarian. Eighty percent of all people reported that reference librarians are a “very important” service of libraries. Libraries are centers of learning and discovery, and librarians serve as guides and teachers.
- Libraries continue to be at the forefront of bridging the digital divide. Libraries ensure that all people have access to books in all formats, to the Internet, and to training that enables them to use technology and research resources. More than a quarter of people aged 16 and older say they have used computers or Wi-Fi at the library to go online. People use technology services to do research, to connect with others via email and social media, and to obtain health, government and employment information. Library technology services are essential to serving communities of all sizes. The investments that have been made in our nation’s libraries (e.g., the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program) must be sustained.
- Libraries continue to innovate and evolve in ways that bring value to our communities. About 70 percent of public libraries offer digital/virtual reference and information services to answer patron questions. Libraries have tripled the number of e-books available to their readers. Thirty-nine percent of libraries circulate e-book readers for patron use. Ninety percent of libraries offer formal and informal technology training to patrons. A growing number of libraries offer mobile websites, apps and QR links to library resources and services. Many of these new services have been recognized as “cutting-edge technology in library services” by the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy.
“I continue to be inspired by the ways in which libraries are re-inventing themselves in order to continue to reach and serve our diverse communities,” Sullivan said. “Too often this work and the contributions of librarians to their communities slips under the radar. I thank the Pew Internet Project and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for helping to shine a spotlight on how libraries are reinventing themselves.”