- Monkey Business Playshop scheduled April 10
- Member/Staff News
- SCLS registers group site to visit PLA Virtual Spring Symposium
- OverDrive upgrade to include new browser-based eBooks
- New titles added to SCLS Professional Collection
- NEH announces Preservation Access Grants for small to mid-sized institutions
- IMLS releases 2010 National Public Library Survey
- Continuing Education Calendar
Monkey Business Playshop scheduled April 10
A special Continuing Education “Playshop,” featuring The Monkey Business Institute, has been scheduled April 10 at The Barn at Harvest Moon Pond, N3540 State Highway 22, Poynette (just south of Wyocena).
The Monkey Business Institute has been spreading the secret benefits of improvisation for almost 10 years. They have helped countless individuals, groups and corporations learn how to use improvisational skills to improve their personal and professional lives.
In this session, you will:
- learn effective methods of collaborating with others in a positive way.
- understand how to build ideas rather than resisting them.
- see the value of being as aware as possible of your environment and the people around you.
- be able to use that awareness to improve your connections to others.
- become more effective at being in the moment and rolling with changes.
- most importantly, have a whole heck of a lot of fun!
More information and a link to registration is available on the SCLS Continuing Education Calendar. There will be a $12 fee for lunch, and vegetarian options will be available. You can pay at registration, or send a check (made out to SCLS) to Heidi Moe at SCLS.
Columbus Public Library is pleased to announce its newest hire, Kelsey Johnson. Kelsey joins the library as its Youth Services Librarian/Assistant Director, a newly created position. As she finishes her last semester toward her MLS at UW-Madison SLIS, Kelsey will work part-time. Upon graduation in May she'll join the library staff as its second full-time degreed librarian. Kelsey comes to Columbus with library experience aplenty, having begun her career as a teen volunteer for her local library's Book Club. That work set her on the path of children's librarianship and brought her to Columbus, with some stopovers at the Rosemary Garfoot Public Library in Cross Plains for an SLP practicum and the Verona Public Library where she is doing a reference practicum this semester. Welcome Kelsey!
Marc Gartler, Supervising Librarian for Hawthorne and Lakeview Libraries in Madison, was selected as one of 24 leaders to attend the Public Library Association Leadership Academy in March. The 2013 PLA Leadership Academy is developed with support from an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) planning grant with the intent to design a leadership training model that enhances the capacity of libraries to advance community goals and to be active agents in communities across the United States.
In an effort to make the upcoming PLA Virtual Spring Symposium available to a broader SCLS audience, Jean Anderson has registered a group license for viewing the March 20 webinar.
Moderated by Stephanie Gerding, librarian, author, and trainer, the PLA Virtual Spring Symposium will be a full day of rich education with:
- eight education programs;
- lunchtime updates highlighting digital learning, the Edge Initiative, and e-book communications; and
- a closing session with keynote speaker Garry Golden, futurist.
You can learn more about the Symposium at www.ala.org/pla/education/springsymposium. Information and registration is also on the SCLS Continuing Education Calendar.
Wisconsin’s Digital Library, sponsored by the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC), will migrate to OverDrive’s Next Generation digital library (see a three minute video) the week of Feb. 18. This will implement “One-Step Checkout,” OverDrive Read (browser-based eBooks), and many search and navigation improvements.
The new website uses “responsive design” which allows the mobile and desktop experience to be the same -- optimized for any size screen regardless of a user’s device.
OverDrive’s Next Generation digital library website also launches OverDrive Read, browser-based eBook reading. OverDrive Read is available for the majority of EPUB eBooks in your collection with no need to purchase an additional format. Next Generation still supports (and provides easier borrowing for) all currently compatible eBook and audio/video devices including Kindle in the US, Android, iPad and Nook. To see a live Next Generation library in action, visit CLEVNET (OH).
A ‘Coming Soon’ promotional graphic has been added to the left navigation bar of Wisconsin’s Digital Library to provide advanced notice of the switch-over.
Please note the following:
- The Next Generation digital library website makes use of web technologies such as HTML 5 and CSS 3, which are not supported by some versions of Internet Explorer. If a user has IE 7 installed, they will be immediately prompted to complete a one-time install of the Google Chrome Frame plug-in. The plug-in is free and only takes a few seconds to install. Users of IE 8 & 9 will also be prompted to install the plug-in for use of OverDrive Read. Users may switch to another browser such as Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.
- The responsive website will show on all desktop and mobile modern web browsers. However, users browsing the site within the iOS mobile app will be directed to the existing mobile website with which your users are familiar. We are working to fix this exception as soon as possible.
- Updated marketing resources are available in the Next Generation Marketing Kit. If you’d like copies of any of these materials for your library, please contact Mark Ibach.
The following titles have been added to the SCLS Professional Collection, which is available to staff at member libraries.
- The Generation X Librarian, edited by Martin K. Wallace, Rebecca Tolley-Stokes and Erik Sean Estep
- Preserving Local Writers, Genealogy, Photographs, Newspapers, and Related Materials, edited by Carol Smallwood and Elaine Williams
- Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators, 3rd edition, by Kenneth D. Crews
- Face2Face: Using Facebook, Twitter, and other Social Media Tools to Create Great Customer Connections by David Lee King
- Read On…Speculative Fiction for Teens by Jamie Kallio
- Foundations in Wisconsin: A Directory by Funding Information Center, Marquette University
NEH announces Preservation Assistance Grants for small to mid-sized institutions to "improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections." You can read the full announcement here.
The application deadline is May 13, 2013 for projects beginning in January 2014.
To help you write your grant, the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) is offering a free webinar on March 14: Writing Your NEH Preservation Assistance Grant. For more information, visit the NEDCC Training Calendar.
Public libraries served 297.6 million people throughout the United States in 2010, a number that is equivalent to 96.4 percent of the total U.S. population, according to new research by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). In 2010, there were 8,951 public libraries in the 50 states and the District of Columbia with 17,078 public library branches and bookmobiles.
IMLS recently released the 2010 Public Libraries in the United States Survey (http://goo.gl/RErnU), an analysis of the most comprehensive annual data collection of U.S. public library statistics. Nationally, public libraries have seen reductions in operating revenue, service hours, and staffing. Numbers for circulation, program attendance, and computer use continue to trend upward.
This is the first federal statistical report on public libraries to go beyond a national level analysis to report on trends at the local, regional, and state levels. The report identifies indicators in three areas: services and operations, resources, and workforce. To provide a more complete picture of library service in the U.S., the report provides a snapshot for each state, describing characteristics of library service. Wisconsin's summary page is available here:
Highlights from the Report
Public Library Services and Operations:
- Public libraries offered 3.75 million programs to the public in FY 2010, which amounts to an average of at least one program a day for every library system in the country. The majority of these programs (61.5%) are designed for children. Attendance at programs has continued to rise, indicating an increased demand for these services.
- Public libraries circulated 2.46 billion materials in FY 2010, the highest circulation in 10 years, representing a continued increasing trend. Circulation of children’s materials has increased by 28.3 percent in the last 10 years and comprises over one-third of all materials circulated in public libraries.
- The composition of public library collections has changed dramatically in recent years. While books in print continue to dominate the physical portion of the collection, making up 87.1 percent of the total in FY 2010, the share of non-print materials, including audio and video materials and electronic books, has increased. The number of e-books has tripled since FY 2003. In FY 2010, there were 18.50 million e-books available for circulation.
- Public access computer use continued to be one of the fastest growing services in public libraries. In FY 2010, public libraries reported a computer use rate of more than one use for every five visits to the library. Public libraries have responded to demand by increasing access, doubling the number of public computers in the past 10 years.
- Physical visits to libraries decreased 1.1 percent in 2010. (Note: the survey does not collect data on online visits or transactions of public libraries.) Physical visits remain strong with an overall 10-year increase of 32.7 percent from FY 2001-FY 2010. On average, Americans visited a public library 5.3 times per year, a ten-year increase of 21.7 percent.
Public Library Resources:
- Public libraries had $11.3 billion in revenue in FY 2010, a decrease of 3.5 percent from FY 2009, after adjusting for inflation. Although local governments have generally been the largest source of revenue for public libraries, they have had to take on an even larger role as state support declined over 10 years.
- Public libraries reported operating expenditures of $10.77 billion dollars in FY 2010, the first decrease since FY 2001. Although expenditures across all U.S. public libraries were $36.18 per capita, per capita expenditures varied greatly by state, with spending as low as $15.99 and as high as $67.78.
Public Library Workforce
- The recession has had an impact on the public library workforce, which has decreased by 6,385 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) staff since FY 2008, a decrease of 3.9 percent. Staff-related expenditures were $7.21 billion, 67.0 percent of public library expenses in FY 2010.
- Librarians made up one-third of all library staff. Although the majority of these librarians hold a Master’s degree in Library Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association (ALA-MLS), only half of all libraries reported having a librarian with an ALA-MLS on staff.
A copy of the FY 2010 Public Library Survey can be accessed on the IMLS website.
Wisconsin's public library compiled service data, including 2011 library statistics, is available on the DLT website.
--from Channel Weekly (Vol. 15, No 15 – Jan. 31, 2013)