- Adjacent County information available on SCLS website
- ‘Speak Up’ cards help libraries build base of support
- Member/Staff News
- New titles added to SCLS Professional Collection
- TechSoup begins digital storytelling webinar series
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau releases largest collection of federal consumer financial complaint data
- Continuing Education Calendar
Adjacent County information available on SCLS website
Adjacent County information for SCLS member libraries is now available on the SCLS website. Information from the 2012 Public Library Annual Reports is the basis of the calculations for what SCLS libraries are eligible to request from adjacent counties.
Libraries must request reimbursement by July 1, 2013, for reimbursements that are payable by March 1, 2014.
Beginning in 2013, SCLS is willing to do the actual "billing" of adjacent counties of behalf of any member library that is interested. If you haven’t already done so, email Denise Anton Wright to share your library’s wishes.
Getting your customers to value the services and resources you provide is the first step of advocacy, but you still need a way to reach out to your supporters and call them to action. That is the value of the SCLS “Speak Up for Your Library” cards.
Available at no cost to SCLS member libraries, the cards are a great way to collect the email addresses of your library’s customers. Best of all, we take care of managing the email list. Just return the cards to us through SCLS Delivery, and when you need to contact your supporters, just ask Mark Ibach for your library’s email list.
We also encourage libraries to link from their website to the online sign-up form at http://www.scls.info/pr/speak_up.
Distribution of the cards in your library, or promotion of the online signup option, also allows SCLS to create a base of support for system-wide and state-wide advocacy efforts.
Bronna Lehmann (right) is the new director of Belleville Public Library, where she previously served four years as the library’s Youth Services Director. She loved her tiny hometown library in Granton, WI, while growing up and said she has greatly enjoyed working in a small-town library. Bronna brings both corporate and nonprofit work experience to the position, along with years of volunteering for youth and family-related organizations. She has a Bachelor's degree from UW-Madison and now has a son attending college there.
Madison Public Library's Hawthorne Branch (2707 E. Washington Ave.) will celebrate it's 100th anniversary of service on Thursday, April 18, from 6-8 p.m. Sponsored by The Friends of Hawthorne Library, the event will feature an exhibition of archival materials, an historical presentation, and beverages and light refreshments. More information is available on The Hawthorne Friends Facebook page.
Kelly Sternberg (left) is the new director at Angie W. Cox Public Library in Pardeeville. She previously worked at Portage Public Library for two years as the "Jane of All Trades," starting at the circulation desk but taking on more duties as time went on. “Working at the Portage Public Library made me realize that my true ‘niche’ was a career in librarianship, and I am very excited to start on this new path,” Kelly said. Her educational background is in computer network systems, but she has also taken college courses in early childhood education and the liberal arts.
The April issue of WSLL @ Your Service has been published at http://wilawlibrary.gov/newsletter/1304.html.
The following titles have been added to the SCLS Professional Collection, which is available to staff at member libraries.
- Evaluating Teen Services and Programs, by Sarah Flowers
- Techniques for Electronic Resource Management, by Jill Emery and Graham Stone
- From Children’s Literature to Readers Theatre by Elizabeth A. Poe
- Audiobooks for Youth: a Practical Guide to Sound Literature by Mary Burkey
- Best Books for Children: Preschool through Grade 6, Supplement to the 9th Edition, by Catherine Barr
- Public Library Core Collection: Nonfiction, 14th edition
- Picturing the World: Informational Picture Books for Children by Kathleen T. Isaacs
- The Transformed Library: E-books, Expertise, and Evolution by Jeannette Woodward
- Librarian’s Handbook for Seeking, Writing, and Managing Grants by Sylvia D. Hall-Ellis, et al.
- Going Places: a Reader’s Guide to Travel Narratives by Robert Burgin
- Food Lit: a Reader’s Guide to Epicurean Nonfiction by Melissa Brackney Stoeger
- Managing in the Middle, edited by Robert Farrell and Kenneth Schlesinger
- Balancing the Books: Accounting for Librarians by Rachel A. Kirk
- Public Libraries and Resilient Cities edited by Michael Dudley
Some of the best fundraising and marketing tools for your library lie in digital videos and images. Pictures have the power to send many messages at once, and TechSoup has the tools, the techniques, and the training to help yours get noticed.
What better way to learn than by doing? Join TechSoup for fun, interactive instruction, then submit your 90-second video or five-image slideshow to bring your cause into focus ... and win prizes!
The introductory webinar was held April 4, but you can join the discussion anytime and enter your library’s project until April 30, 2013. The April 4 webinar talked about how to get you’re your entire organization engaged in marketing -- through storytelling. This will be followed up with a new chat or webinar every week, and you can always visit the project website for more information and advice.
This week the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) went live with the nation’s largest public database of federal consumer financial complaints, opening up to consumers across the country information on more than 90,000 individual complaints on financial products and services.
“By sharing these complaints with the public, we are creating greater transparency in consumer financial products and services,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray at a field hearing in Des Moines where he announced the expansion of the CFPB Consumer Complaint Database. “The database is good for consumers and it is also good for honest businesses. We believe the marketplace of ideas can do great things with this data.”
Here's a link to the database: http://www.consumerfinance.gov/